The head table will have a white tablecloth with a burlap runner. On top of that will be white candelabras with crystals hanging from them and another "runner" of white and ivory flowers like hydrangeas, Bells of Ireland and ivory dahlias.
"I love tall cylinder containers with floating candles and lots of flowers," says Cori. "The cylinders will have sweet gum branches mixed with curly willow with some orchids in there and a bell of Ireland, too," she says.
Around the base will be smaller glass cylinders wrapped in burlap with floating candles.
The flowers are being done by My Flower Box Events in Baltimore and Marina Rowley at Contessa Flowers in Annapolis.
"We're also going to do hanging lanterns with white pearl accents and hanging candles over the dance floor," says Racquel.
Cori and Raquel also wanted to include Chris' love of aviation in the theme, too.
So, the engagement photos and save-the-date cards featured the couple at the Bay Bridge Airport where Chris works. And the invitations will be aviation flight maps of Annapolis and the Bay Bridge airport area. Both are being done by Paper Trousseau in Severna Park. Raquel and Cori are also looking into using little balsa wood airplanes as place cards or party favors.
"[Raquel and Cori] really went out of their way to incorporate things I enjoy," says Chris.
Guests will have a choice of entree for the seated dinner: Chicken Chesapeake or steak au poivre.
The couple is still working with Fiona's Creative Cakes on exactly what wedding cake they want. And guests will all get caramel apples courtesy Oh My Chocolate.
"That works in really well with the theme," says Cori.
C&J Entertainment is supplying the deejay.
"He's a blast — he's animated and genuine," says Chris, who is also enthusiastic about Hamilton Photography, which did the engagement photos and will do the wedding, as well.
And there's another form of photography at the wedding, too — a photo booth, courtesy Maryland Mojo Photo.
"Our friends are going to be able to go into a photo booth and snap some pictures," says Chris. "And we're going to have a wedding album where people can slap in some of the photos and write something to us."
Ask Chris and Cori about wedding planning stress and you'll hear there is none, thanks to Raquel and the rest of the wedding prize.
"Everyone has made this so easy and smooth," says Chris. "Ultimately, we're not extravagant people. Small things make us happy. This whole thing is surreal for the fact that we weren't expecting everything we were going to have, and the Bistro is supplying it all."
"We are so appreciative — it feels like a fairytale, and we get to have the wedding of our dreams," says Cori.
"What she wants ultimately makes me happy," says Chris."I just want to be able to give her the wedding she deserves, and this has made it possible to do that."