By Matthew Langsdale
Photos submitted by Chesapeake Inn
605 2nd St. Chesapeake City, MD 21915
Outdoor weddings are some of the most beautiful and romantic events that the world has to offer. The budget-friendly rates, unbeatable waterfront vistas, and Ballroom that the Chesapeake Inn Restaurant and Marina offers will have you and your spouse saying “I do” in every step of your wedding process.
The Chesapeake Inn Restaurant and Marina, located at 605 2nd St. in Chesapeake City offers a variety of outdoor wedding ceremony locations. This includes the Moon Property, which overlooks the canal and sits below the Chesapeake City Bridge and the Pell Gardens, which features an assortment of flowers along the walkways and a few structures also overlooking the canal.
The Chesapeake Inn was started in 1996 by Giuseppe Martuscelli and his family. The family has been in the hospitality business for nearly 45 years since 1978. It started off with the ownership of La Casa Pasta Restaurant in Newark, Del., which is still owned and run by the family today.
Giuseppe’s son Gianmarco and his wife Gilda are the owners and operators of the Chesapeake Inn. The pair also owns Klondike Kates in Newark. They formed the Martuscelli Restaurant Group, which runs the restaurant group and provides an array of different dining options and special event spaces throughout their locations for guests to enjoy.
All of the ceremony locations are within walking distance of the Chesapeake Inn and guests are encouraged to proceed back to the restaurant’s ballroom for the reception after the ceremony has ended. This vast space, added to the inn in 2007, boasts room for up to 150 guests and features a fiber optic ceiling that sparkles above as family and friends dine and dance.
The entirety of the premises and every room in the building is wheelchair accessible. There is an outdoor Terrace connected to the ballroom which is great for cocktails and hors d’ oeuvres, it is possible to view a 360° tour of it on the Chesapeake Inn’s website, www.chesapeakeinn.com. The site features a host of information about the venue and it also includes contact information in case you have a question that is not answered by the details provided.
Renting this venue for wedding ceremonies and their receptions is very affordable, with most full service weddings ranging from $100 to $175 a person per wedding, depending on the day and season.
This does not include the costs of and DJs and live entertainment, flowers and other addons traditionally seen at weddings.
The venue’s affordability leaves plenty of playroom in the couple’s budget. Of course, the beauty of each of the ceremony locations is enough to persuade almost any engaged couple to ditch the lofty arches and stained glass of a church for the verdant, open scapes that the Chesapeake Inn has to offer.
The venue has several other rooms and locations of note, such as the marina out back where boats can dock for an evening of drinks and food. There are the Anna and Veranda rooms, which can each host up to 50 guests, and several outdoor attachments such as the Deck and the Terrace encourage similar numbers.
Imagine you and your spouse standing underneath a white arch, before a backdrop of deep blue water that extends beyond the green of the grass, and you have a portrait of perfection til death do you part.