History in the Making at William Paca House

Bridgette Miller and Ross Westholm Begin Their Lives by Celebrating the Past

By Sarah Hagerty  |  Photography by Marcus Chacona, The Annapolis Photographer

Their romance began with a chance meeting in a tavern in the old-time neighborhood of Federal Hill in Baltimore. History was already playing a part in this love story.

Bridgette, a project manager for Under Armour Performance, spent 11 months working on her perfect August 27, 2016 wedding, with the help of Lacey Wheatley. Just as Bridgette was in final negotiations with the Annapolis Yacht Club for the reception location, a fire all but destroyed the venerable venue. Bridgette, who grew up in the Baltimore area, asked her Annapolis-native fiancé Ross (a commercial real estate appraiser for his family firm) to send out a general alarm. Through contacts and kindness, the couple secured the grounds of the Charles Carroll House—an impressive landmark that rarely grants such requests. It could not have turned out better if the couple had been planning on that location all along.

Helpful locals also played a part when a friend of the family (Annapolis architect Scarlett Breeding, mother of one of the bridesmaids Megan Alt) lent her picture-perfect waterfront home to the girls for their pre-ceremony preparations. There, Kimi Collins from Happily Ever After Hair created the ’dos while Courtney McCormick worked her makeup magic on the ladies. My Flower Box provided the floral artistry.

The ceremony took place in the gardens of the 18-century Georgian masterpiece William Paca House. Talk about history—Paca actually signed the Declaration of Independence. (An appropriately ironic spot for exchanging wedding vows.) In a non-traditional twist, the ceremony’s officiant was Bridgette’s former Girl Scout leader. The bride wore a Watters Cinzia dress from Betsy Robinson’s Bridal Collection; the groom wore a Vera Wang tuxedo from Men’s Wearhouse. Additionally, Towne Transport helped shuttle those who didn’t want to walk between venues.

Ken’s Creative Kitchen provided their always memorable goodies including Chesapeake Bay rockfish with jumbo lump Maryland crabmeat served with a savory lemon soufflé. Almond amaretto cake and chocolate peanut butter cake joined Fiona Cakes’ wedding creation to please all the sweet teeth in the crowd. Winship Live brought the evening alive with music.

After all that excitement, the happy couple needed the rest and relaxation of their Costa Rican honeymoon.


Venue: William Paca House, annapolis.org
Wedding Gown: Betsy Robinson’s Bridal Collection, robinsonsbridal.com
Tuxedo: Men’s Warehouse, menswearhouse.com
Flowers: My Flower Box Events, myflowerboxevents.com
Hair: Kimi Collins from Happily Ever After Hair, happilyeverafterhair.com
Makeup: Courtney McCormick
Catering: Ken’s Creative Kitchen, kenscreativekitchen.com
Wedding Cake: Fiona’s Cakes, fionascakes.com
Entertainment: Winship Live, winshiplivemusic.com
Transportation: Towne Transport, townetransport.com