Weddings on the water are always a bit more relaxed. It is a nice change of pace from the normal hustle and bustle of a wedding day. What is it about water that helps us to breathe and relax? I have photographed weddings in Annapolis and Baltimore on Watermark Cruises. Watermark makes it very easy for couples to create a one-of-a-kind wedding on the water. The couples who wed on the water want a special way to celebrate with friends and family. Susie and Donnie planned their wedding aboard the Lady Sarah for a Saturday night in September. Susie wanted to marry Donnie beneath the stars so she planned a night cruise. Susie contacted me to coordinate professional photos and video of the wedding. I received the Cruise orders from Maggie at Watermark that lists the options the couple selected and the details for the cruise. Kona Prann was the Watermark Day of Coordinator. My videographer Dan and I arrived at the city dock early to get on board before the guests. I captured drone video of the Lady Sarah arriving at the Annapolis City Dock at Sunset. Everyone boarded the Lady Sarah with anticipation as the golden sunset slowly faded. Susie and her bridesmaids boarded last so Donnie wouldn’t see her. Susie and Donnie said their personal vows in front of everyone and they did their first dance together. We captured the ceremony then took photos with the couple under the stars. Each wedding has a unique vibe and this wedding was relaxing with family and friends. Kona, the wedding coordinator, did an amazing job making sure the couple had everything they wanted and everything was organized. Susie and Donnie spent time with each of the 60 guests. What a beautiful night on the water. The ceremony and cruise was everything Susie and Donnie wanted exactly as they wanted it.
Photographer: Dave McIntosh Photographics
Watermark has been in the business of private yacht charters in the Chesapeake Bay area for over 45 years. Their luxury yachts offer a stunning and magical setting for everything from rehearsal dinners to large weddings. With ports in Annapolis City Dock, the Baltimore Inner Harbor, the Eastern Shore, Weddings on the Bay by Watermark has something for anyone in any region.
Take a peek inside a Q&A with one of their recent brides, and check out the gallery below to discover all of the different possibilities for your special day!
Q: How did you and the groom meet?
A: We met at work.
Q: How did the proposal happen?
A: He had our dog bring me the ring at home. It was so cute, the best way since I am a total dog lover, and I was completely surprised. Needless to say, there was a lot of laughter and happy tears!
Q: Why did you choose to get married on the water?
A: As soon as I started looking at wedding venues, I knew that it had to be near or on the water. Both of us being Marylanders and living on the eastern shore, we love the bay and have spent so much time on the water. It was just a natural choice for us and I knew that no matter what, it would be a beautiful backdrop for a wedding.
Q: What made you choose Watermark?
A: I came across the Watermark website while browsing wedding venues on the Chesapeake Bay. The idea of a yacht wedding sounded so much fun. We met at the office, took a site tour of the yacht, and I knew it was the right choice for our wedding. The Watermark staff is absolutely incredible.
Q: What do you love most about Annapolis?
A: Annapolis is one of the best things about Maryland. We love the history of Annapolis, the picturesque views, and the most amazing dining options. There are always plenty of new shops and restaurants to check out as well as diverse arts and entertainment options for everyone to enjoy. It’s a family friendly, dog friendly, hip place that all ages can enjoy.