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Real Weddings: Jenna & Ian | Cove Point Lighthouse, MD

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{Featured in Vol. 22}

Photographer:  Amanda Adams Photography

Tuxedo and Mens Attire:Men’s Warehouse//Museum:Cove Point Lighthouse//Lighting: DJ MAX POWERS//Floral Designer: Kenny’s Flowers//Caterer:Linda’s Luncheonette //Dress Store: Mary’s Bridal and Formal//Event Designer:Top Hat Party Design//Cake Designer: Wildewood Pastry Shop//Submitted via Two Bright Lights


My mom gathered over 300 mason jars from my grandmother’s basement (she is quite the canner) and scrubbed them until they were good as new. With candles placed inside, the jars served as centerpieces for the two long rows of tables.

Antique windows from my great-grandmother’s house were used to display seating arrangements, the dinner menu, and shuttle times.

Ian’s dad worked laboriously to craft a replica of the lighthouse and keeper’s cottage to be used as a card box.

I made Mr. and Mrs. lifesavers to hang from the back of our chairs to stick with the nautical vibe of the lighthouse. They turned out so cute!

My favorite detail was the cookie table; I come from a long line of great bakers and have quite the sweet tooth. In Pittsburgh, cookie tables are a staple at weddings. So many friends and family members volunteered to bake for us! The result was a gorgeous, delicious, enormous spread with hundreds of sweet treats for our guests.

My mom collected tons of clear glass cake stands and trays to display the cookies (I have an affinity for vintage glassware). Our friends and families all contributed baked goods.

For additional Pittsburgh flair, we had Pittsburgh Popcorn during cocktail hour to get the party poppin’.


Instead of a traditional catering service, we opted to go for a food truck which lent itself perfectly to the laid back vibe of our wedding. Our guests raved over the crab cake/pulled pork sliders and mac & cheese. I loved that it was something different and unique. For dessert, we skipped the traditional towering cake in favor of berry shortcake with vanilla ice cream from the Penn State Creamery on the side. A friend who used to work at one of our favorite bars at Penn State tended the bar at our wedding.

The most memorable moments for me were during the ceremony. That’s when it hit me that this day that we had been planning for and working toward for so long was finally here. All of the stress melted away when I realized that it was time to take it all in. I loved walking down the aisle and seeing all of the people that matter most to us there to support us on such a momentous occasion. It was so exciting to see Ian for the first time that day. I hadn’t heard Ian’s vows before the ceremony and it was so sweet to hear him sum up what our relationship means to him. He also read his vows from his phone which made me laugh. I just felt so happy and lucky to be marrying the tall, funny, attentive, handsome guy across from me. It was overwhelming in the best possible way. I’ll always smile ear to ear just thinking of it.

Another favorite moment of mine was seeing that everything had come together. I had gone inside for hair and makeup while my mom and bridesmaids finished up some of the décor. When it was time for the reception, it was so gratifying to see that everything had turned out exactly as I had envisioned it from the start. I couldn’t believe that we had pulled it off, but I am so glad that we did!


Remember that there is nothing more that you can do once the big day comes. There were a couple of things that didn’t go exactly according to plan on our wedding day. First, there was a bit of miscommunication with our food truck caterer as to what exactly was being served for dinner. Later in the evening, there was a torrential downpour that threatened to blow away the bar tent and left several guests and my dear groom soaking wet. Don’t worry about these things that come up. Instead of getting upset over this kind of thing, remember that you have worked too long and too hard to let a couple of minor mishaps ruin your big day. Our guests raved about the food and everyone said that the rainstorm is what made the reception – people had so much fun huddled under the tents together.

Assign a friend to be your runner. You’ll never make it back to where you were if you try to just run and grab your lipstick or your phone quickly – you’ll get stopped a million times!

Oh, and all of the people may offer to help you – let them! You’ll be glad that you did.

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