Seafood. Historical homes. A prestigious campus. Boat rides on the Chesapeake. All these attractions make Annapolis a popular choice for destination wedding-goers. With its seasonal weather and crabcake delights, the city is drawing more and more couples to tie the knot amongst the activities of their guests.
At the campus of the U.S. Naval Academy, chapel weddings “under the swords” take place, in season, every hour on the hour on Saturdays. Any Academy grad may apply, and plenty do. Visitors will not only witness the wedding parties from these unions, but those of the more civilian variety, at local restaurants, bed and breakfasts, and hotels such as the new Doubletree or Waterfront Marriott. There are wedding packages, wedding cruises, and the ceremonies themselves are held in picturesque Georgian setting such as the William Paca House and Garden. Sailing buffs can rent a harbor and bay cruise aboard the 74-foot Schooner Woodwind, which appears in the sailing scene in the hit movie “Wedding Crashers”. Yes, Vince Vaughn and Jayne Seymour were here, and Woodwind Captain Jennifer Brest commanded the craft for the film’s “to the family estate” scene.
Such elements keep the city’s wedding planners busy, and its lodging booked. Despite all the bridal bustle, the capital remains an walkable, friendly destination, full of boutiques, galleries, and restaurants to every taste. For the latter, lunchgoers should try Irish-themed Galway Bay on Maryland Ave., and dinner groups will find the Doubletree’s Ports of Call restaurant (specializing in dishes from ports such as Charleston, Boston and New Orleans) and West Street’s trendy Kyma to their liking. Don’t miss a daytime stroll to homemade ice cream biz the Annapolis Ice Cream Company, where patrons have left signed plastic spoons of all covers in a collectively decorative wall display.