Great Oak Manor Wedding Inspiration | Washington, DC Wedding Photography / by Clarissa Villondo

Elegant Neutral Takeover

Towards the end of 2016, Rachel Kendall Events reached out to us and asked if we were interested in shooting a styled shoot with her and a team of vendors she was booking in 2017. We agreed and before we knew it, we were driving out to the Eastern Shore at 5 a.m. The day was split into two shoots and we spent the afternoon at Great Oak Manor for this particular shoot. 

The “Elegant Neutral Takeover” styled shoot was inspired by driving down the tree-lined entranceway into Great Oak Manor, on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Once you get a view of the manor house, you can immediately picture this classic wedding scene: the most elegant bride and groom share their first kiss after saying, “I do.” The celebration continues as the guests take their table assignments and a welcome glass of Crow Vineyard’s Sparkling Vidal. They head into the reception tent adorned in neutral accents of ivory, white, and gold, designed by Rachel Kendall Events, with rentals provided by Eastern Shore Tents & Events. With the floral talents of Flora Boh, Pantone’s color of the year – greenery – was incorporated into the night with an elevated botanical centerpiece of fern and lush greenery accented by classic white lilies and garden roses. The artful menus on the plates, designed by Little Bit Heart, cause anticipatory excitement in the guests for what is to come. The night continues as the Bride (hair & make-up by Serena Rose Styles, wearing Brideside, Emma Katzka Bridal accessories, and Mangan Jewelers rings) and the Groom, (dressed in The Black Tux with his new Mangan Jewelers ring) overlook the Chesapeake Bay sunset. The whole night is captured perfectly for the couple to remember by the talents of Karlin Villondo Photography.
— Rachel of Rachel Kendall Events

This shoot was featured on My Eastern Shore Wedding.


Photographer | Karlin Villondo Photography
Venue | Great Oak Manor
Design | Rachel Kendall Events
Florist | Flora Boh
Hair & Make-Up | Serena Rose Styles
Bride & Bridesmaid Dresses | Brideside
Bridal Hair Accessories & Jewelry | Emma Katzka Bridal
Groom’s Attire | The Black Tux
Rentals | Eastern Shore Tents & Events
Papergoods and Hand Lettering | Little Bit Heart
Sparkling Wine | Crow Vineyard
Rings | Mangan Jewelers

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