Kelsey & Danny

photographs by Anna Reynal Photography

When Danny Lucas asked the bartender at Stalking Horse to give him her phone number, he entered it under “Dreamgirl” in his cell. Not to spoil the rest of this piece, reader, but he married her. Fast forward to their very first date: Danny was late, and Kelsey Haywood, AKA Dreamgirl, suffering from a stomach bug but not wanting to cancel, threw up in the bathroom of Metropolitan. Not an auspicious start but still promising enough for a second date. It was a joyful and romantic Fourth of July get-together with friends and fireworks that truly cemented their relationship. Five years later, on another July evening, Kelsey and Danny had packed a picnic dinner and watched Best In Show at the American Visionary Art Museum’s Flicks From the Hill. Unbeknownst to Kelsey, Danny had been carrying around an engagement ring for six months, waiting for the perfect moment. As they walked toward home, Danny put down all their stuff, got down on one knee, and nervously held up the ring box—upside down. There was hugging and sobbing and kissing and calls to their families. “It was perfect,” says Kelsey. “Most spontaneous night ever. I was in sweats. No makeup on. It was the best night ever.”

Well, topped only by a flawless wedding. Loving the vibe of Tulum, Mexico, with its low-key glam—but not wanting a destination wedding—they turned the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club into a black-tie jungle bash. “Tulum is bohemian, but so stylish,” says Kelsey. “It’s laid back, but everything is beautiful. With Tulum, on one side of the street it’s beach, and on the other side, it’s jungle.” That was their goal, achieved with elements like stunning protea, gold spray-painted palms, and a ceremony overlooking the water.

Wedding Date August 19, 2017

Beauty Andrea Mitchell (hair); Kaytee Spanoghe (makeup)

Caterer Chesapeake Bay Beach Club

Dessert Flavor Cupcakery

Event Signage Designed by Jennica Atkinson

Floral Design Steelcut Flower Co.

Groom Ted Baker suit at Nordstrom; Gucci shoes

Invitations Paperless Post

Music District Strings (ceremony and cocktail hour); Millenium (reception)

Officiant Dr. Ross Bregel, a family friend

Paper Goods Minted (menus, programs, table cards)

Photo Booth Pixilated (with a Steelcut Flower Co. floral backdrop and Make Tribe botanical props.)

Photographer Anna Reynal

Rings Radcliffe Jewelers

Venue Chesapeake Bay Beach Club

Wedding Dress Hayley Paige gown and Sophia Webster shoes

Wedding Stylist Jessica D’Argenio Waller of Make Tribe

   
   

Kelsey & Danny

photographs by Anna Reynal Photography

When Danny Lucas asked the bartender at Stalking Horse to give him her phone number, he entered it under “Dreamgirl” in his cell. Not to spoil the rest of this piece, reader, but he married her. Fast forward to their very first date: Danny was late, and Kelsey Haywood, AKA Dreamgirl, suffering from a stomach bug but not wanting to cancel, threw up in the bathroom of Metropolitan. Not an auspicious start but still promising enough for a second date. It was a joyful and romantic Fourth of July get-together with friends and fireworks that truly cemented their relationship. Five years later, on another July evening, Kelsey and Danny had packed a picnic dinner and watched Best In Show at the American Visionary Art Museum’s Flicks From the Hill. Unbeknownst to Kelsey, Danny had been carrying around an engagement ring for six months, waiting for the perfect moment. As they walked toward home, Danny put down all their stuff, got down on one knee, and nervously held up the ring box—upside down. There was hugging and sobbing and kissing and calls to their families. “It was perfect,” says Kelsey. “Most spontaneous night ever. I was in sweats. No makeup on. It was the best night ever.”

Well, topped only by a flawless wedding. Loving the vibe of Tulum, Mexico, with its low-key glam—but not wanting a destination wedding—they turned the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club into a black-tie jungle bash. “Tulum is bohemian, but so stylish,” says Kelsey. “It’s laid back, but everything is beautiful. With Tulum, on one side of the street it’s beach, and on the other side, it’s jungle.” That was their goal, achieved with elements like stunning protea, gold spray-painted palms, and a ceremony overlooking the water.

Wedding Date August 19, 2017

Beauty Andrea Mitchell (hair); Kaytee Spanoghe (makeup)

Caterer Chesapeake Bay Beach Club

Dessert Flavor Cupcakery

Event Signage Designed by Jennica Atkinson

Floral Design Steelcut Flower Co.

Groom Ted Baker suit at Nordstrom; Gucci shoes

Invitations Paperless Post

Music District Strings (ceremony and cocktail hour); Millenium (reception)

Officiant Dr. Ross Bregel, a family friend

Paper Goods Minted (menus, programs, table cards)

Photo Booth Pixilated (with a Steelcut Flower Co. floral backdrop and Make Tribe botanical props.)

Photographer Anna Reynal

Rings Radcliffe Jewelers

Venue Chesapeake Bay Beach Club

Wedding Dress Hayley Paige gown and Sophia Webster shoes

Wedding Stylist Jessica D’Argenio Waller of Make Tribe