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Tessa + Doug | The Oyster Farm



Let me start by saying that Tessa was a dream… such a beautiful,down to earth woman. Everything with her felt so comfortable from the very beginning. I’m so glad she came to us to schedule a makeup trial – it was a perfect fit!

Her entire bridal party was a blast – so much laughter being shared. Some of that laughter needs to be credited to the fact that Tessa and Doug were using walkie talkies to talk to each other – that was a first for me!

In getting to know Tessa, I learned that she is a school teacher and her husband, Doug, is in the Coast Guard. They have been together for 15 years and, if they couldn’t be any more of a picturesque couple, he proposed two days after Christmas. They spent the holiday with family is Massachusetts and then flew to Florida, where Doug was stationed at the time. He had a Christmas tree set up for her with presents underneath, like Santa had come to visit while they were up North. One of the gifts was a set of Russian nesting dolls and with each doll she opened, there was another word…spelling out the question “Will You Marry Me?” Doug, that was brilliant and unique – the perfect end to the Christmas holiday and a beautiful start to a New Year.

Doug is now stationed on the Eastern Shore so, for the sake of simplicity, that’s where they wanted to have their wedding. They chose The Oyster Farm in Cape Charles, which is a beautiful venue/restaurant/bar located on the waterfront of the Chesapeake Bay. Can you blame them? It is seriously the perfect backdrop for a wedding. We have had the privilege to get several brides ready at this venue and we are never disappointed with the accommodations or the scenery.

If we didn’t already think Doug was a cool dude, would you believe that he took care of a lotof the decorating for their wedding?! He built the beautiful wooden arbor for the ceremony, the wooden signs and the window pane seating chart!


Let us not get away from the lady of the hour…Tessa was stunning. A true vision. From the flower crown to her gorgeous gown, she was perfection.  Her day was captured by the talented Grant and Deb Photography. Below you will see few of our favorite pictures from the big day!


Tessa fell in love with this Allure wedding dress and purchased it from Carbonneau Bridal and Formal Wear in Worcester, MA


The beautiful floral arrangements and flower crowns were artfully created by Seagrass Floral Studio, located in Cape Charles. We loooove the colors she used!


Doug’s Mom and Aunt’s made and decorated her beautiful cake. The cupcakes were made by Twisted Sisters


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This elegant braided style was created by Victoria Smith, who we have had the pleasure of working with before. Check her out here: The Hair Days


Cheers to a lifetime of love!



Makeup: Anna of Darling & Dapper Studio

Hair: Victoria Smith of The Hair Days

Venue: The Oyster Farm, Cape Charles

Dress: Carbonneau Bridal and Formal Wear, Allure

Flowers: Seagrass Floral Studio

Cake: Family of the Bride and Groom

Cupcakes: Twisted Sisters

Photographer: Grant and Deb Photographers




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