Posted by on Jan 15, 2018 in Blog


This week’s Betsy Bride couple owes their love story to the water and the cosmic alignment of the stars. Michele and John grew up in the same place and shared mutual friends, but did not meet officially until he arrived by boat on the dock of an Annapolis restaurant. He caught Michele’s eye right away, and the grand entrance seemed fated to happen. In fact, Michele and John believe their loved ones in heaven helped guide them to each other. They spent years milling about near each other, but it wasn’t until that day on the dock that their paths finally crossed.


After that it was predictably smooth sailing for the couple and, Michele is full of nothing but the sweetest things to say about John and their love. John proposed on Christmas Eve at the water’s edge and their families were all waiting to celebrate with them at McGarvey’s in Annapolis.



They were married on October 21st 2017 at the Annapolis Waterfront Hotel, and everything went so wonderfully that their only regret is not being able to relive the day over and over again. It went by in such a blur that it was hard to remember and appreciate every moment. That’s a common problem for so many brides, but Michele has some amazing pictures by Amy Deputy Photography to help her reminisce about each moment.


Michele loved every bit of wedding planning and exclaimed in all caps that it was “FUN.” That kind of enthusiasm is infectious, and it’s a welcome reminder of what wedding planning should actually be. Sure, you have a lot of decisions to make and people to please, but the more you focus on what’s truly important, the more fun you will have. It should be a fun experience that culminates with an even more fun day.



Every detail of the wedding, from getting ready at her parent’s home in downtown Annapolis to her perfect Martina Liana gown helped to make the day special. Michele looked amazing from head to toe. The delicate lace straps, the low back, the buttons, and the contouring applique all made sure that this Betsy Bride stunned from every angle. Thomas Knoell jewelry and a custom Toni Federici veil helped complete the look.



And what about those Watters bridesmaid dresses? Are they #goals or what? The deep purple works so well with the surrounding greenery and the pop of the sunflowers. At a time when bridal parties are wearing eight different dresses in eight different shades, Michele kept it simple and elegant and did a great job.



The big smiles in every photograph tell the tale of certain wedding success. John and Michele had a great time, and so did their guests. They created an atmosphere of love, support and happy wishes for a happy couple. Let’s all give them the same.