Devon Siegel and Hunter Siegel met when they were both working at the same tennis and beach camp in Rowayton, Connecticut. They had a sweet summer fling, and then he went away to college and she went back to high school. The two spontaneously reunited through Instagram seven years later, after Devon’s friend’s mom liked one of his photos from at least 60 weeks prior. They quickly became a couple, and six years later, he proposed to Devon on his 30th birthday.
Hunter’s father had proposed to his mother at Windows on the World, the restaurant at the top of the Twin Towers, so Hunter wanted to somewhat keep that tradition going. He invited Devon for drinks on the 64th floor of the World Trade Center, the building he works in. “To my surprise, there was no bar in the observatory, and Hunter quickly got down on one knee and had coworkers hiding to take photos of the whole event,” she says. “We mostly blacked out from excitement, but as soon as we realized what happened, we FaceTimed all of our family and friends to the point that both of our phones died.”
Once engaged, Devon knew she wanted to get married somewhere special to her family, and she’d grown up visiting them on the eastern shore of Maryland. When they found Brittland Manor in Chestertown, which could also host their crab bake rehearsal dinner on the property, it was a no brainer to book. “I also loved the old, Georgian aesthetic of the home and the English garden feel of the lawn,” the bride says. To help plan their September wedding, they hired Adriana Gorman of Adriana Marie Events, and for florals, they trusted Sophie Felts Floral Design.
When looking for a wedding dress, Devon knew she wanted something timeless with a high neckline. “I think my inspiration came from one of the first scenes in The Parent Trap when supermodel, Vendela Kirsebom, wore a high-neck dress in the bridal photoshoot scene,” she explains. The bride ended up choosing a classic silhouette with a low back for a bit of drama.
Before Devon walked down the outdoor aisle with her father, her and Hunter’s pup, Stella, fabulously acted as their flower girl. Then she met Hunter and his Aunt Linda, who officiated the short, sweet, and personal ceremony. “As a couple, we are not religious, but my dad’s side of the family is Jewish, so we wanted to honor my grandfather with the ceremonial smashing of the glass,” she explains. Once they shared their first kiss as a married couple, they recessed back down the aisle and started cocktail hour by the pool.
For the tented reception, with rentals from White Glove Rentals, they wanted dinner to feel like one of their big suppers, so they served the meal family style. “Being in Maryland, we wanted to have as much crab as possible,” Devon says. After crab claws during cocktail hour, crab cakes were also on the menu, calligraphed by Every Little Letter, with filet and roasted chicken. Once plates were cleared, guests rushed to the dance floor and seemingly never left for the rest of the night.
After the band had played their last song, everyone was treated to a surprise performance from the couple’s childhood friend and rapper, Chris Webby, who performed for nearly two hours by the River Lodge. “It was a great after-party, since most of the rehearsal dinner lights and bar were still up from the night before!” Devon says. The newlyweds and their family and friends spent the rest of the night drinking, dancing, and celebrating.