Liz and Dan are a wonderful couple! Liz is such a strong, amazing woman with a compassionate, funny man by her side. This Navy couple planned their wedding from across the country, all while the bride worked on her law degree and dealing with the extended separation that comes with being in the military. Liz is a graduate of the US Naval Academy so they held the ceremony at the chapel. The reception was a huge celebration at the Governor Calvert House, which is one of the Historic Inns of Annapolis.
The couple emphasized how the love and support of their families and friends helped to strengthen their relationship. Dan’s sister surprised him before the ceremony by showing up with his 5 day old nephew! Along with a moving speech at the reception by his brother, the groom shed a few tears that day. Along with plenty of laughs and winks for his bride, we had so much fun photographing this Annapolis wedding the 9 hour day flew by!
I don’t know what I did to get so lucky, but we are blessed with the most wonderful couples and the most wonderful colleagues to work with. Thank you for having us along for the ride of one of the most amazing days of your love story. Liz and Dan’s wedding is a true celebration of love, family and the beautiful city we live in. Congratulations!
Photography – Kate Fine Art Photography
Preparations – Go Navy Rentals
Ceremony – US Naval Academy Chapel
Reception + Catering – Historic Inns of Annapolis, Governor Calvert House
Gown – Nordstrom
Hair – Mindy Whalen
Makeup – Michelle McConarty
Florist – Rhonda Kaplan
DJ – Mixing Maryland, DJ Sean
Bakery – Graul’s Market
Transportation – An Extraordinar Limousine
Rhonda Kaplan is an artist, a true connoisseur of all things floral and bridal. Her expansive design experience combined with a genuine excitement towards every bride and wedding day exemplifies both the creativity and care Rhonda consistently employs in her art and at Rhonda Kaplan Floral Design.
I recently visited Rhonda in her design studio, located on Harness Creek in Annapolis, where she shared with me some of her bridal inspiration and behind-the-scenes details which all operate together to bring floral recipes (in this context, a system for planning, ordering and organizing floral designs) to life. “This is really personal,” Rhonda explained, referring to the working relationship and floral design process associated with each wedding “I don’t do what I want, I do what they [brides] want, in my style.” This is demonstrated in part by the setup of the studio; Walking around, the space offers a comfortable and neatly organized environment with a variety of pictures, vases and accessories on display.
In addition to the enjoyment of working with brides, Rhonda’s focus on learning and creativity provide for ongoing excitement in her work. Having had a background involving a variety of artistic mediums, her love of flowers and industry expertise contribute to her approach towards unique arrangements and challenging projects. Over nearly a decade since the opening of her floral design studio, Rhonda has grown her team with the addition of four design professionals.
She explained to me that their work week typically starts on a Wednesday, when flowers are delivered, and involves a substantial amount of time preparing the flowers with the proper care for arrangement, set up at the event, and clean up thereafter. The flowers are obtained from wholesalers as well as local farms, allowing Rhonda to find the exact variety needed for each wedding being served.
Rhonda’s passion for floral creativity and focus on every bride that walks through her doors is evident and consistent in the way she expresses herself through her website, social media, and in person; “I absolutely love what I do,” she told me. From the initial interview meeting, to the reviewing of a bride’s wish list, to the wedding day itself, Rhonda guides brides through each step in efforts of articulating and achieving their vision for the special day. It comes as no surprise that such commitment combined with her sincere and positive disposition often nurtures a relationship that lasts well beyond the wedding.
If you’re looking for a floral designer, I highly encourage you to reach out and connect with Rhonda – You’ll be in a for a special experience.
Images courtesy of Melissa Khuta and Rhonda Kaplan Floral Design