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A Magical Annapolis Yacht Club Wedding

When we say magical… we mean it! Thabata & Johnny’s wedding was special in so many ways. From the fact that Thabata & Johnny met in the first place — she is from Brazil and he is from Annapolis - to having an adorably handsome son together that could be a part of the day, to bringing families together from across the world on the most perfect summer day to celebrate. It was a wedding to remember …and here are the pictures to prove it!

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The day started with the Bride getting ready at the Parent’s of the Groom’s house and the men started with breakfast at Iron Rooster and then to the Annapolis Waterfront to get ready together and hop on a trolley to head to Holy Family Catholic Church. They elected to have a full mass which was beautifully executed and very meaningful to the couple and their families as their catholic faith is an important part of who they are. The church was decorated nicely with pretty pew flowers with butterflies (that held a special meaning to the family) and gorgeous Altar arrangements that were donated to the church. One of our favorite things about this wedding was how it brought two families, two cultures together and the love you could feel between them (despite the language barrier — Thabata’s Mom & Grandmom didn’t speak any English! But they could give lots of hugs and kisses!)

After the ceremony, the couple and bridal party jumped on the trolley and headed downtown for some fun photos. After photos, the Bride & Groom were picked up by boat by a family friend in City Dock and then taken to AYC for a really fun water arrival! Imagine everyone enjoying a cocktail to then look over and see a skipper with our Bride and Groom!

The cocktail hour was held outside on the patio of the Yacht Club. Wedding Savvy asked Event Pro to make the patio extra special and they did not disappoint! They embraced our “modern garden elegance” theme and added a pop of Brazilian fun with a custom entrance, greenery & hanging candles from the umbrellas, and a fun mirror bar with a gold border!

Now that all the guests have enjoyed the view, had a cocktail and amazing appetizers from AYC, it was time to transition to the main event! The elegant decor was a show stopper that left every guest breathless when they walked into the room. Event Pro flawlessly executed our vision and the new Skipjack room sparkled with the clear chairs and gold rimmed glass chargers. The head table was adorned with lovely lace and delicate pink water glasses to accomplish our vision of a soft yet classic look. We custom created a 10ft. trellis to hang above the head table with glass votive bulbs and delicate orchids and sheer fabric for an amazing focal point for the event.

The night kicked off with fun formal introductions where you can sincerely see the joy on this families’ faces. The night became a special one with the Maid of Honor & Best Man toasts followed by the Father of the Groom’s hilariously funny and touching welcoming remarks. The evening ended with lots of dancing thanks to the amazing Bachelor Boys Band. We loved seeing our Bride and Groom out on the dance floor all night long, making the most of the dance floor and even, yes, table shots! Table shots are a great way to ensure you capture all your guests on film.

As the evening went on, guests headed outside to enjoy the view and perfect evening. For dessert, the couple served a traditional Brazilian dessert of Dulce de Leche cake complimented by brigadeiros, a traditional Brazilian sweet. The Bride also ordered cute flip flops representing the joining of America & Brazil - one foot at a time! Guests absolutely loved it.

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So much to say about an amazing family, amazing couple, amazing wedding professional team and an amazing night! Thabata & Johnny, thank you for letting Wedding Savvy be a part of your wedding experience. It was our pleasure and it sincerely was such a special night!


Full Planning Wedding Planner: Wedding Savvy, Raquel Shutt

Bridal Party Hair - Tough Love Salon (Lisa Cardillo)

Bridal Party Makeup - Vaughan Diann Salon & Spa (Charlene)

Bride’s Hair: Laura Calori Hair Design

Bride’s Makeup Fabi Antunes

Ceremony Site - Holy Family Catholic Church 

Reception Site- Annapolis Yacht Club - Roberta Nowell 

Photographer - Megan Kelsey

Videographer - 87 and Smith

Decor & Floral - Event Pro 

Band - The Bachelor Boys

Arrival Boat - (family friend)

Photo Booth - Party Favor Photo Booth

Linens & china - Party Rental LTD

Cake - Cristine Perrucho Brazilian Sweets

Guest Transport - Z Best Limo (Wendy Taylor)

Bridal Party Transport - Towne Transport

Click HERE to watch the moving and amazing video trailer by the amazing 87 and Smith!