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Intimate Maryland farm wedding with sparklers, confetti and an original song

Intimate Maryland farm wedding with sparklers, confetti and an original song

Carly and Shannon’s relaxed and intimate Maryland wedding took place at Tusculum Farm amidst rolling hills and colorful autumn leaves.As a professional wedding photographer, Carly didn’t want the day to feel like work, so the couple made sure their day felt wholly unique. They chose, for example, not to hide from one another all day, and as a surprise, Carly wrote and sang the song that played while the couple walked down the aisle.

Guests also handed each bride flowers as she walked down the aisle to create Carly’s bouquet, a representation of Carly’s late father who used to visit bearing wild flowers as a gift,

They also had a surprise confetti canon at the end of the ceremony.

“There were so many small, unique touches that helped curate a day bursting at the seams with joy and laughter,” they write. “We wanted our guests to leave feeling so loved.”

What advice would you give to engaged LGBTQ+ couples?

Start your planning with a private conversation with just you and your partner. Remember at the end of the wedding it is just you two! Try to find the few things that mean the most to just you two and then go forward planning. It will help you both to stay true to the two of you and not be swayed by the thousands of websites, opinions, and past events you’ve seen.

Whether it rains, snows, or is sunny and 100 degrees, you are getting to marry your person. At the end of the day that is what was MOST exciting for us. The party was just the icing on top of finding a life partner.

What advice do you have for vendors and venues working with LGBTQ+ couples?

Please use the word couple, spouse or partner. There were so many times we had to mention or correct people. It didn’t upset us, but we know it could offend others. It is such a gentle and easy shift to start using more kind and open language.

What challenges did you face as an LGBTQ+ couple planning your wedding?

Great Oak Manor – Gay Friendly Bed & Breakfast in Chestertown, Maryland

Great Oak Manor - Gay Friendly Bed & Breakfast in Chestertown, Maryland

Great Oak Manor - Gay Friendly Bed & Breakfast in Chestertown, Maryland

“Elegance on the Bay” is The Great Oak Manor, a historic 1938 Georgian-style building with all the modern touches on Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay.

We’re on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, just eight miles away from Chestertown MD. The Manor house and our beautiful grounds are perfect for a relaxing escape from the stresses and demands of your life back home.

The Great Oak Manor has twelve guest rooms, each with a private bathroom and king-sized bed. If you’re looking for a little privacy, our Carriage House offers a special retreat for two couples or a family looking for some peace and quiet.

Great Oak Manor also has our own small but private beach with a canoe, kayaks and stand-up paddle boats – take these out on the bay for a beautiful spring or summer day. We also have bicycles you can use tp cruise around our neighborhood.

The Manor and its property has a long history, dating back to the sixteen hundreds when Lord Baltimore deeded the land to Josias Fendall, a rebel against the crown. Fendall spent time in prison and lost his lands, so the property was transfered to Marmaduke Tylden. The Manor House itself was built by Russell D’Oench, heir to the W.R. Grace shipping firm. He hired a well-known Baltimore architect who won the state’s highest honor in architecture in 1940 for the amazing Georgian details incorporated in the house.

See the Great Oak Manor Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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River House Inn – Gay Owned Bed & Breakfast in Snow Hill, Maryland

River House Inn - Gay Owned Bed & Breakfast in Snow Hill, Maryland

River House Inn - Gay Owned Bed & Breakfast in Snow Hill, Maryland

NATIONAL REGISTERED VICTORIAN B&B

Enjoy a casual, elegant getaway at the River House Inn Bed and Breakfast, a spacious National Register Victorian home on the beautiful Pocomoke River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Our Maryland bed and breakfast is located in the village of Snow Hill, where you can be as active or relaxed as you choose – thee are so many possibilities. The area is rich in history and natural beauty, with antiquing, kayaking, boating, beautiful beaches, nature preserves, cycling, swimming, fishing and golf al outside your front door.

We’re just 45 minutes from the Assateague National Seashore and Ocean City, Maryland. Snow Hill, Maryland, was incorporated in 1686 – a picturebook of architectural treasures. Take a walking tour of the village along old brick sidewalks, down picturesque streets, past more than a hundred homes that have passed the 100 year mark.

The Eastern Shore towns of Chincoteague, Assateague, Ocean City and Crisfield, with its boats to Smith and Tangier Island, are only about 30 minutes away.

You can even rent a canoe or kayak just one block from the Inn to explore on the wild, scenic Pocomoke River. And the Chesapeake Bay is close by, too – perfect for sailing and motor cruising.

See the River House Inn Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Black Walnut Point Inn – Gay Owned Bed & Breakfast in Tilghman, Maryland

Black Walnut Point Inn - Gay Owned Bed & Breakfast in Tilghman, Maryland

Black Walnut Point Inn - Gay Owned Bed & Breakfast in Tilghman, Maryland

PRIVATE RETREAT ON TILGHMAN ISLAND

By any measure, Black Walnut Point on Maryland’s Tilghman Island is unique. A private gate and a half-mile drive through fifty seven acres of bird sanctuary leads you to a natural paradise and our six-acre island of lawn.

As the sun rises over the Choptank River and sets over the length of Chesapeake Bay, you’ll enjoy sea breezes, ocean waves and endless gorgeous water views.

Our property is chock-full of wildlife – a pair of nesting eagles, osprey and black ducks, migrating butterflies, water fowl and singing birds. You may even see dolphins, skates and schools of bluefish out on the bay. And the back dock, looking out over the cove, is the perfect place to watch the herons fish.

At night, our Maryland sky is full of stars, another surprise of nature, making Black Walnut Point a quiet, secret, peaceful place just an hour by car from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

See the Blak Walnut Point Inn Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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