i love this wedding. it is so traditionally beautiful, yet also has so many adorable unique aspects to it that really make this truly the jennas’ wedding. i do have to say though, that being a UVa grad, it was a bit hard for me to publish a Virginia Tech grad’s wedding, but i got over my hang-ups quickly because i was just too excited to share this with you all! also, their proposal story reminded me so much of my own – and in fact would have been almost exactly the same had our flight to San Francisco not been delayed…
there are many things that i love about this wedding, but my favorites are definitely the matching embroidered button-downs for hair & make-up, the casual porch gathering during wedding prep, the emotion on their parents’ faces, the dad-daughter first look, the impeccable details of the reception, the epic dance-party that ended the night, and of course, the morning-after bridal party mug shots!
congrats jenna & jenna!
their photographers, Kathy & Matt of Mathy Shoots People wrote, “The Jenna’s are too cute for words. They were married in early September among the vines at Running Hare Vineyard in Solomons Island, MD. The day was happy and relaxed all the way through. The weather was absolutely perfect and it went off without a hitch! The girls prepared separately with family and bridesmaids and waited to have their first look be from either end of the aisle. Classic romance. Proceeded by the flower girl carrying a “here comes the brides” sign, the Jenna’s came down the aisle one by one accompanied by their fathers. It was a beautiful ceremony that focused on appreciating the support and love they had felt from each and every one of their guests throughout the years. It was very touching. They also boxed a bottle of wine for their anniversary! The reception was a complete party. The Jennas booked a full band who absolutely rocked! There was partying and dancing through to the end of the reception and it followed to a bar after that! It was such a blast watching these two families come together bonded by the love of these two wonderful women! “
now, onto their story…
How did you two meet? Fate isn’t something either of us thought about in a relationship until we met in the Fall of 2009. Few words were spoken when we were introduced for the first time at a tailgate for a Virginia Tech football game. It was just a feeling that we both got instantly without knowing much about each other. When the weekend festivities ended in Atlanta, we exchanged numbers and spent every waking moment in contact with each other. Three weeks later, Jenna flew to Richmond for a short weekend, and we realized what we felt the moment we first met was an amazing love.
How did the proposal happen? (From Jenna Reich’s Perspective): It started as a race through the security checkpoint at Regan National Airport on our way to San Francisco. I didn’t take my eyes off the backpack the entire first 3 days of the trip. If Jenna couldn’t find something you better believe l looked for everything to make sure she didn’t look in the backpack.
After 3 amazing days exploring San Francisco and keeping the biggest secret of my life we were off to pick up our Jeep Wrangler to make the scenic drive from San Francisco to Napa Valley, where we would spend the next few days. Once we checked into our hotel I was off to figure out where to put the ring before heading to our first tasting. This may be the only time I have regretted not carrying a purse, for once I had something I couldn’t have Jenna hold on to for me.
Luckily for me Sperry’s little ties are the perfect security for an engagement ring. After the first tasting we pulled down a private dirt road into the vines. We got out and walked through the vines when it felt like the perfect moment. It was there in the Robert Sinskey cabernet vines where I asked Jenna to be my wife. Jenna had always thought she would be the one who would propose, so needless to say she was shocked and beyond ecstatic.
(From Jenna Nobles’ Perspective): What Jenna didn’t know when she proposed was that I already bought a ring for her. Originally, I planned on proposing while we were in California, but her ring didn’t come in for eight weeks. When we got back from vacation I was so anxious to pick up her ring.
A week after we got back to DC, the jeweler called and Jenna’s ring had finally arrived. I immediately hopped on the metro and went to pick it up. Luckily Jenna was working late that night, so I had some time to set up.
I had already decided that I wanted to do something at this little park behind our house in the city where we would always have picnics and take Kota for play dates. The timing was perfect by the time Jenna got off work and walked home.
I left Jenna a note at home that said I took Kota (our dog) to our spot if she wanted to meet us. We were waiting in the park as the sun set with flowers and a nice bottle of wine we brought back from Napa. When Jenna walked up the steps to the park Kota ran up to her with the ring tied around her neck. She said yes of course, and we made a toast to the past, present, and future.
Were certain traditions incorporated into the day? Both of us were walked down the aisle by our fathers where they traditionally gave us away. I went down first, and my dad and I waited as Jenna and her father walked down to Cannon in D. She was stunning in a form fitting sweetheart cut dress. My favorite thing about her was the birdcage. I had no idea she was wearing one.
One of our favorite touches was the wine box in place of the unity candle for our ceremony. Jenna and I wrote love letters to one another and sealed them in a box with a bottle of the vineyard’s wine. The officiate explained to our family and friends as music played that these letters were written to express how happy we were on this day. Neither of us knew what the other had written. If in the event we hit a rough patch we are supposed to open the box and read our letters in separate rooms to remember this day. The hope is we never open this box and on our 10th wedding anniversary we open the box, read the letters and share the wine.
What are a few favorite things about your day: Having two girls plan a wedding means details, details, details! Jenna and I had the time of our lives picking out bridesmaid dresses, color schemes, hors d’oeuvres, the whole nine. There were a few things that were non-negotiable in the planning process. We wanted a large band. We ended up booking an 8-piece band that quite literally blew the roof off the place. The dance floor was packed the entire night. My dad and I shagged for our first dance to Carolina Girl by Chairman of the board.
If we had to give our wedding a theme it would be ‘vineyard prep.’ From the groomsmen’s navy vested suits and mum boutonnieres to the bridesmaid’s slate gray dresses with pearls it was gorgeous. We used hydrangeas everywhere! They were on our invitations, they lined the aisle, and everyone in the wedding had some in their bouquet.
We spent many nights up late with DIY projects like the cork name cards, and table numbers that had our yellow lab Dakota on them. We were in our element. We wanted to put our special touch on everything. More importantly, we planned this wedding with our friends and family in mind. We wanted everyone to have a great time. It was all about the experience for us, and thanking everyone for their support.
A few words of advice to share with other couples: Just have fun — You’ll inevitably hear horror stories along the way about mother of the brides, budgets and day of mishaps, but remember the wedding is all about you and your soon to be wife/husband. Celebrate your love, and keep what makes you guys happy in the fore front of all of your decisions. If you ever get too stressed out with the planning… open a bottle of wine, look through old pictures and remember you’re doing this with your best friend.