The threat of rain loomed over Sammie and Nic’s wedding day at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay. But this cheerful couple was all smiles, and we like to think they scared the rain away with their warmth and enthusiasm.

The 342-acre resort that the couple chose for their wedding site is both gorgeous and fun. It features an 18-hole golf course, boat marina, pool, and full-service spa. If you have out-of-town guests coming to stay, this is the perfect place for them to pamper themselves over a long weekend.

The wedding photographer for Sammie & Nic was Kathleen of Love and Adventure Photography. And she takes the “adventure” part seriously. When she’s not shooting weddings in Maryland or Washington, DC, she’s traveling the world to capture weddings in places as disparate as Greece, Newfoundland, and Texas. How about an elopement to Antarctica during a solar eclipse? Think of the photos!!!

After the bride and groom, the next star of the show at this June wedding was the couple’s goldendoodle. This sweet boi had his own special moment during the processional. He even got to hold the rings for a minute.

For the pre-ceremony music, Sammie and Nic asked for a gentle playlist of string covers, which Cambridge MD wedding DJ Jordan was happy to provide. They maintained the string theme for the rest of the ceremony music, starting with the parents, grandparents, and bridal party entrance to Vitamin String Quartet’s cover of Island in the Sun by Weezer. This playful version of the song was SO much fun. You can’t listen to it without bobbing your head.

For Sammie’s grand entrance, they chose another string cover. This one was A Thousand Years played on violin by Alan Ng. The ceremony was held waterside (of course, because you don’t get married on the Chesapeake Bay and not enjoy the views!) After they were pronounced husband and wife, the party danced back down the aisle to a string cover of Walk The Moon’s Shut Up and Dance by Simply Three. By sticking with string covers from prelude music all the way through the recessional, the couple created a cohesive musical experience while still playing with several genres. We loved it!

After cocktail hour by the resort’s outdoor fireplace which overlooks the bay, it was party time. The bridesmaids got their own entrance to the tune of Vida 23 by Pitbull, followed by the groomsmen to In Da Club by 50 Cent. Then, DJ Jordan introduced husband and wife Sammie and Nic to the dance floor to Danza Kudro by Don Omar ft. Lorenzo.

For the couple’s first dance, they chose Arms by Christina Perri. Confession: A Thousand Years may be her most famous song, but we actually like this one better. ;-)

For the father/daughter dance, Sammie chose My Baby You by Marc Anthony. Then Nic and his mom sped things up a bit with Sweet Child O’ Mine by Guns and Roses. After that, the dance floor was opened up and DJ Jordan kept it packed all night long!

For the last song of the night, the couple played the original Shut Up and Dance by Walk the Moon. We love this way of connecting ceremony to reception, playing a string version of a song first, and the original later in the night.

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Thursday, July 15, 2021