Governor Calvert House Ceremony & Reception Rustic Themed Wedding

It's not easy to pull off a rustic theme in an indoor space but Colleen and Michael pulled it off and then some!  With the help of their Wedding Savvy Coordinator & Designer, Amelia, this wedding left us swooning for days! Everything worked so well for them, from the brick walls and flannels in the dressing rooms, to the lovely bouquets and table centerpieces!  But our favorite part about this wedding?  Hands down the look of joy on these two faces on thier wedding day.  Before the royals -- there were Colleen and Michael -madly in love!  Hats off to the wonderful wedding professionals who made this possible listed below.

“ was the first of my friends to get married, so I had zero recommendations for vendors, and on top of that I was planning my 200-guest Maryland wedding from California (with less than a year from choosing our venue to the wedding day). At first I was hesitant about using part of our budget on a planner, but can honestly say that having Amelia as a partner in our planning process was worth every cent.

Amelia started by providing an incredibly detailed budget spreadsheet, and going through it with us step-by-step to help us figure out what our most important items were and where we could cut costs. From there, she provided a design inspiration board and vetted vendor recommendations to make our selection worry-free. Since I am on the West Coast, Amelia arranged calls late in the evening to accommodate our work schedule, which we were SO thankful for. 

The event coordinator from our venue was a nightmare to work with throughout the process (and quit without notice 2 weeks out from our wedding day) and Amelia stepped in to make sure things ran seamlessly and that I was not stressed. She helped organize a rowdy wedding party from the rehearsal to the reception (color-coded schedule!), and set up every detail of our venue exactly how I imagined. Our dog was our ring bearer, and Amelia even helped take care of her and to get her to the sitter following our ceremony. 

One of my most special memories of the night was right before I walked down the aisle... Amelia adjusted my dress and veil, and whispered to pause for a moment to breathe and take it all in (you can see her in the back of the picture attached). 

I'm sure there are so many more things that Amelia did behind the scenes so that we wouldn't have to stress that we don't know about. Amelia was a trusted resource and friend through a process that pushed me totally out of my comfort zone, and I cannot say enough how thankful we were to have her by our side. 

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Colleen, you are fabulous. Thank you so much for sharing your experience and thank you for trusting Wedding Savvy with such an important day! Love and hugs to you and Michael and congratulations on your amazing day! 
~Amelia & The Wedding Savvy Team

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Wedding Planner: Partial Planning with Amelia of Wedding Savvy

Venue Governer Calvert House

Photographer Sarah Culver

Videographer By Design Film

Band Sly45

Hair & Makeup Behind the Veil

Florist My Flower Box


Raquel Shutt

Raquel Shutt is the owner of Wedding Savvy Inc., a custom event planning & design company located in Annapolis. Since its inception in 2002, Wedding Savvy has been featured in many regional publications such as The Knot Magazine, The Washingtonian, The Capital, as well as featured on We TV’s “Platinum Weddings.” Wedding Savvy is the highest rated company on  Visit our website to learn more!