St. Michaels Magic

Jessica Andrews and Daniel Honeywell celebrate in style on the Eastern Shore.

By Sarah Hagerty  |  Photography by Hamilton Photography

St. Michaels is an enviable destination wedding spot. But for bride Jessica Andrews Honeywell it’s just her hometown. She had often pictured her wedding taking place at her family home—five waterfront acres perfectly suited for just such an occasion.

When it came time to plan the real thing last September, however, Jessica and her mother considered the logistical problems of carting virtually everything needed onto the property. They decided to let The Oaks Waterfront Inn nearby deal with it instead. (“They were so easy to work with,” the bride reveals.) But the stunning family property, complete with an arbor (“My mother takes great pride in her garden”), provided a memorable location for wedding photography.

Jess and Dan met in college when they both attended Lehigh University. After graduation, the couple settled in New York City where Jess works for a hedge fund and Dan, a design engineer, creates packaging for surgical equipment.

The like-minded couple (together for more than 10 years since they lived on the same freshman hall at college) shared a master plan for their wedding—fun, fun, fun! “We love dancing and we love a good party!” They also wanted a relaxed, low-pressure affair for all their guests… and themselves. This even extended to Jess’s selection of a dress, which she found in NYC. “After you try on gowns, you realize you want comfort and convenience … and you want to be able to get closer to people.” Her simple Nicole Miller gown filled the bill. As did her Kate Spade shoes, her “something blue.” She was even able to dance all night in her sparkling, sling-back choice. “I kept them on all night!”

The couple took the time to regroup and recoup on a honeymoon in Kauai, Hawaii, before returning to their high-pressure (but fun-filled) life in New York.

 

Venue: The Oaks Waterfront Inn, the-oaks.com
Wedding Gown: Nicole Miller, nicolemiller.com
Hair and Makeup: Serendipity Salon & Spa, serendipity-salon-and-spa.com
Groom’s Suit: Armen’s Custom Tailor Studio, armenstailorstudio.com
Flowers: Great Expectations Flowers by Inka, greatexpectationsflowers.com
Photography: Hamilton Photography, hamiltonphotography.net
Band: Love 77, Ebe Events & Entertainment, ebetalent.com