See Photos from Our Cover Wedding at The Hay-Adams

Mallory Caudle and Philip Hoon married on July 26, 2014.

All photographs by Sweet Tea Photography.

Mallory Caudle and Philip (Phil) Hoon don’t agree about exactly when they first met. She says it was at a party one winter with a group of friends; he says it was at a restaurant downtown the summer before. But either way, they did meet, and it was at that winter party that they struck up a conversation.

“While her beauty was what initially caught my attention, her infectious smile and engagement during our first conversation had me hooked,” says Phil. A few months later, they ran into one another again, and it was then that Phil asked his dream girl on a first date. Though both a little nervous, they knew this was a romance that would last. “I though Phil was the total package,” says Mallory. “He was (and still is!) smart, charming, enthusiastic, and gorgeous!”

Four years of dating later, they were in Chestertown visiting his parent’s home. It was July, so they went out on a boat to watch the log canoe races. Phil set up a GoPro under the pretense of filming the boat races. “Phil asked me to sit up front, which I did find odd,” says Mallory. “He said he wanted to have me in the video with the sailboats in the background, so I just shrugged it off and sat up front.” But when Phil went up to join her, he brought a ring with him. He was so nervous, he could only get out four words: “Will you marry me?”

The couple wed on July 26, 2014 with a celebration at The Hay-Adams. To bring in a bit of eastern shore flair, Mallory and her mother filled jars with crab seasoning from Chestertown and used oyster shells as escort cards, and Phil wore a custom Craig Paul suit with a fish-patterned fabric lining.

Wedding Ceremony Venue: St. Mary’s Catholic Church

Wedding Reception Venue: The Hay-Adams

Photographer: Sweet Tea Photography

Bride’s Gown: Austin Scarlett, Hitched Bridal Couture

Groom’s Tux: Craig Paul

Hair Dresser: Nina Hastings, Salon deZEN

Makeup Artist: Sarah Mason, Salon deZEN

Event Coordinator: Tabitha Roberts, Roberts & Co Events

Cake: Kendall’s Cakes

Florist: Distinctive Floral Design

Caterers: The Hay-Adams

Transportation: Chariots for Hire

Music/Entertainment: Prime Time, The Davis Event Group

Invitations: Digby & Rose

Cake Topper: Better Off Wed

Bridesmaids’ Robes: Millie’s Gifts

Associate Editor

Caroline Cunningham joined Washingtonian in 2014 after moving to the DC area from Cincinnati, where she interned and freelanced for Cincinnati Magazine and worked in content marketing. She currently resides in College Park.