Cerry & Jack Miller – June 25, 2011
Cerry and Jack Miller were both stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in North Carolina. They shared the same circle of friends, but the relationship didn’t progress until they both separated from the Marines and moved away to Tennessee and Maryland. Reconnecting through Facebook, the two old friends instantly became close. Conversations on the telephone turned to visits to each other’s state, and then within a few months, they moved in together in Maryland.
Spending the day in Washington, D.C. as tourists, Cerry and Jack rode paddle boats, visited the monuments, enjoyed dinner and drinks at their favorite restaurant, then finished up at the Jefferson Memorial. Right there on the steps, Jack got down on one knee and asked Cerry to marry him. Surprised but elated, Cerry said, “yes” and the rest is history.
Friends, Family and Fun
The couple dreamed of having an outdoor wedding that was more of a fun, relaxed affair that they could share with their closest family and friends. The couple was pleasantly surprised that many of their friends and relatives were able to attend their wedding considering the bride’s family is from Tennessee and the groom’s family is from Pennsylvania.
The couple exchanged their vows at Jefferson Patterson Park in Calvert County. The natural surroundings, rolling fields, and beautiful views was the perfect location for the couple to create their wedding memories. Relying on the natural beauty of the park, Cerry wanted to keep the décor to a minimum and decorated the ceremony site herself. White guest chairs were positioned under a shade of trees and that held various size white Chinese lanterns suspended from them. Pails hung on shepherd hooks to line the aisle for the ceremony. At the front of the ceremony site, the couple promised their love to one another for eternity with an hour-glass sand ceremony atop a rustic wooden barrel.
The bride wore a beautiful handmade white strapless wedding gown with embellishments by Leie . Her three bridesmaids wore a variety of style spring green full-length chiffon and satin dresses. The groom and his groomsmen wore khaki-colored suits with spring green ties.
Kathy York from Scarborough Farm Flowers carried the theme through to the reception. Many natural greens and country touches were used to make this dream come true for Cerry. The handles of the bouquets were wrapped with twine. Black tablecloths were draped over the picnic tables. Small, galvanized pails served as centerpieces and were filled with white and green flowers. Even granny smith apples with the tops cut off were used as vases for small bunches of flowers. This natural décor brought out all of the colors of the outdoor surroundings.
An old, faded and rusty green mailbox served as a holder for the gift cards on the gift table. Over and around the gift table, twine and mini-clothespins hung pictures of the Cerry and Jack from childhood, through adulthood, and finally from dates and life together. Keeping with the theme of the pavilion, they made chalkboards for signs and used a 48″x96″ framed chalkboard as the guest book for their 75 guests to sign.
While the couple wanted a whole roasted pig, they didn’t desire a cookout. So they selected Adam’s Ribs to cater and bartend the reception. This delicious feast included a whole pig, crab cakes, and plenty of sides. The couple had a four-tier wedding cake with white fondant decorated with small spring green leaves and black ribbon at each tier’s base to correspond with the wedding color scheme. Favors were individual white boxes decorated with black and white ribbons and filled with green hard candy. For a bit of rustic fun, Cerry and Jack built a photo-booth for the reception and filled it with plenty of props and disposable cameras. They were pleasantly surprised with all of the great photos from friends and families.
After enjoying a wonderful evening with their loved ones, the newlyweds headed to Niagra Falls, Canada for their honeymoon. They stayed at the Embassy Suites in a Junior Presidential room overlooking the Horseshoe Falls.
Photo credit: Sandi Foraci of Sandi Foraci Photography