A Tented, Wildflower-Filled September Wedding Weekend in St. Michaels

Photographs by Lisa Ziesing for Abby Jiu Photography.

Mutual friends set up Sam and Megan for a formal at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. Sparks flew, and six years later Sam popped the question.

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Friends and family checked into St. Michaels’ Wildset Hotel—reserved exclusively for the wedding weekend, including a getting-ready suite for the bride—then gathered at the onsite restaurant, Ruse, for a welcome party with dinner and toasts followed by music and s’mores. The next day, September 5, 2021, Sam’s eldest brother officiated the nuptials under the couple’s favorite tree at the groom’s family’s nearby farm. The modern-California/Eastern Shore fete incorporated natural textures, wildflowers, oak foliage, and even tomatoes from the property into an understated, laid-back celebration. The late-summer menu included watermelon-and-feta skewers, pimiento-cheese doughnuts, oyster shooters, and crabcakes, plus an ice-cream buffet from local parlor Justine’s and a funfetti cake. Under the stars, guests partied on a string-lit dance floor and refueled on late-night Philly cheesesteaks and Boardwalk fries.





The Details

Planning and design: Vieira EventsFlorist: Sophie Felts Floral DesignCaterer: Heirloom CateringCake: Graul’s MarketHairstylist: Ishmael for THE Artist AgencyMakeup: THE Artist AgencyBride’s attire: Oscar de La Renta from Carine’s Bridal AtelierBridesmaids’ attire: BHLDN, Fame & Partners, Shona JoyGroom’s attire: Gieves & Hawkes (London) • Groomsmen’s attire: BonobosMusic: Mixing Maryland DJsTent: Eastern Shore Tents & EventsRentals: Something Vintage, Party Rental Ltd.Transportation: Thoroughbred Limousines

This wedding originally appeared in the June 2022 issue of Washingtonian.

Amy Moeller
Fashion & Weddings Editor

Amy leads Washingtonian Weddings and writes Style Setters for Washingtonian. Prior to joining Washingtonian in March 2016, she was the editor of Capitol File magazine in DC and before that, editor of What’s Up? Weddings in Annapolis.