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Chesapeake Bay Beach Club chosen for 'Today' wedding


The Chesapeake Bay Beach Club in Stevensville was picked by Today show voters as the wedding venue for Mark Dale and Sarah Raley of Southern Maryland.

The couple was selected last month by viewers as the Today show Hometown Wedding couple. The morning show pays for their Sept. 16 wedding and reception and the public votes on everything from the rings to the honeymoon.

The other finalists were Evergreen House of Baltimore, the Annapolis City Dock and St. Mary's College of Maryland in St. Mary's City.

About the location

The bliss factor: This is a popular wedding venue in Stevensville, known for its gardens, sandy beaches, boardwalk-like terraces and rooftop bar.

The potentially unpleasant surprise: Finding the best man stuck in traffic on U.S. 50 along with hordes of beachgoers.

Location, location, location: Mark and Sarah have said they're partial to the water, and this beats the others in that category.

Things that make you say "Awwwwwww!": The swans floating on the bay.

What Christi Barth, owner of Absolutely Weddings in Baltimore, says: "Everything about it, from the ceremony to the cocktail hour, is in a setting that's not posh and stuffy, so you feel relaxed. The Today show usually does morning weddings, and that will sit well with them."

But will Katie like it?: Beachfront property is said to feature the best sunsets this side of the Grand Canyon. Heck, Katie may want to buy it.

Odds of being chosen: Best. Being on the water in a private location makes this tough to beat.

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