The Naval Academy is still one of our favorite wedding venues in Annapolis and we get so excited every time we have the opportunity to head back there! Alana and Roscoe were such a sweet couple to work with and every single detail of their day was gorgeous! This was the first time we’ve ever shot at Hidden View Farm and we were blown away by the decor Wedding Savvy pulled together and the beauty of the property! It was such an honor to be a part of such a beautiful celebration!
From the bride:
Roscoe and I met on a blind date for the Naval Academy Ring Dance in 2013. We love telling our story because people react with so much surprise, and those moments always make us remember how lucky we are to have found each other. Roscoe is from Maine, and I was born and raised in Georgia. We had no reason to meet otherwise, but USNA brought us together, which is why we decided to get married there in September of 2017.
Roscoe and I share a love for the outdoors, adventure, and good, old-fashioned fun. Our wedding day was no exception. The day started early, with the bridal party getting ready together over an endless supply of mimosas. The groom’s party joined each other a bit later for scotch and relaxing before the events began. My favorite part of looking back through our pictures is seeing what Roscoe and his buddies did while I was getting ready with my girls. It’s so fun to see what they were up to, and he looked so happy; it always brings a smile to my face.
We wanted our ceremony and reception to be light-hearted celebration of our love. The ceremony was short and sweet. I chose to have a string quartet perform our ceremony music over the traditional organ; it was something that I had day dreamt about for years, and I was delighted that it worked out. Roscoe and I exchanged our hand-written vows, which was a non-negotiable requirement of his. I stressed about it at first, but I’m glad that we did it; it was nice to have something more personal than traditional for our ceremony. Our reception was at Hidden View Farm & Private Manor House, in Crownsville, MD. The setting was a beautiful, open field, and it could not have been more magical. I really wanted an ethereal atmosphere, and that’s exactly what I got! I planned our wedding from California, which would make most brides go crazy, but I had a wonderful team who helped put me at ease throughout the entire process. I cannot even begin to express the excitement of arriving to our venue without any knowledge of how it would look, but knowing that it would look incredible. It was such a magical moment.
My favorite detail of our wedding was my flower crown that my florist, Rhonda Kaplan, created. I wore my veil for the ceremony, then swapped for the delicate crown. The ribbons trailing the back were so pretty, and it was just such a fun detail. Roscoe and I both loved sipping on our signature cocktail, which was a Dark n’ Stormy. I had the best time when his Navy pilot buddies serenaded me with “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling”. It’s a classic thing to do at Navy weddings, and I dropped the hint that I wanted to continue the trend at least a few times. Finally, we both loved the guest book photo album. Instead of hiring a photo booth, we decided to display mini instant cameras for our guests. The idea was that our guests would take a picture of themselves to put in our guestbook with a note. I was afraid that it wouldn’t translate well, but I really underestimated how wonderful of an idea it was. After our reception, we sat in the back of our limo and flipped through the pages of pictures, not just of our guests, but of us as well. Our family and friends documented the entire evening flawlessly, and we have so much fun seeing those vintage inspired polaroids.
Our wedding was exactly what we wanted it to be, and I wish that we could go back and do it all over again. We are so happy to be husband and wife, and we cannot wait to see what adventures are in store for us.