Six and a half years ago we filmed the wedding of Lisa and Jeff... and we absolutely couldn't wait to be there to film Lisa's sister, Jill, and her fiancée Glen's big day, too! It was a wonderful spring day (that felt more like summer!) and it really was such a joy to celebrate with this sweet couple and with their warm and welcoming family.
Jill and Glen met in 2014 at a friend's birthday party. Even though they had mutual friends in common, they'd never crossed paths until that momentous night. They had so much fun that evening, talking and laughing, and decided to exchange phone numbers. As Jill put it so beautifully, "that night was the beginning of our forever." The very next day, they went on their first date and the two have been inseparable since then!
About six and a half years later, on Jill's birthday, she and Glen took a day trip to Annapolis, Maryland. It was a pretty summer's day, and the couple strolled the streets, sightseeing and visiting the stores on Main Street with other tourists and shoppers. Once they reached the dock, they stopped to listen to a duo of street performers. It was the perfect scene... the sounds of the piano and violin with the water and boats in the background. Glen asked bystanders to take their photo, who happily obliged, and when he asked for a second picture, Glen got down on one knee. With diamond ring in hand, he asked Jill, "Will you?" She didn't say yes exactly... but nodded her head, crying, and said, "Uh huh."
Jill was an absolutely beautiful bride! She got ready for her wedding day at her parents' home in Maryland. After hair and makeup was completed, she dressed into her amazing Stella York gown. Her dress had an A-line silhouette, a subtle V-neckline and featured gorgeous lace appliqués in beautiful floral and vine-line patterns over soft tulle. And those blue sandals were fantastic!
Jill's bridal party wore lovely matching light blue dresses and the wedding theme colors of soft blue and blush were also reflected in the gorgeous flower bouquets from Floral Impressions.
Glen and his groomsmen wore classic black tuxedos, the groom standing apart from the rest of the guys with a white tie and vest. Glen's best man's and groomsmen's light periwinkle blue ties coordinated perfectly with the bridal party's light and summery gowns.
Then it was time for to make it official! Jill and Glen's ceremony was held at Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Baltimore, Maryland. Father Bob Harrison performed their traditional Catholic ceremony and gave a beautiful homily. Jill and Glen recited their very emotional vows, lit the symbolic unity candle together, exchanged rings and were pronounced as 'husband and wife'.
Before their reception began, we spent time outdoors with TLIC Media as they took candid and formal photographs of the couple and their wedding party. It was a pleasure to work with their team on this very special day.
Jill and Glen's reception took place at the Shriners Boumi Temple in Rosedale. The décor was gorgeous, with pink and blue florals and linens, cozy lanterns and rustic wood accents. Just perfect!
Introductions of the wedding party began, and it was so fantastic to see Jill's cute baby nephew arrive for the party in his little car, looking so cool in his dark sunglasses (congrats to her sister Lisa and her husband, Jeff!). He was so adorable!
Then, Jill and Glen were introduced as the newest Mr. and Mrs.! And they shared their beautiful first dance. Jill's father then gave a touching speech to honor the bride, groom and the couple together, and once again moved us all to tears!
We always love seeing the Polish wedding customs represented, such as the sharing of the bread, salt and wine. The newlyweds were presented with these symbolic gifts as a wish for prosperity, good health, cheer and the continued love of many friends. Jill also had a Czepek placed upon her head, evoking blessings, and a traditional (fun!) hat was placed on Glen's head as well.
Glen's best man and Jill's matron of honor, her sister, gave wonderful toasts, both funny and heartfelt. We especially loved the poem of advice and about the joys of marriage shared by Jill's sister. And after dinner, Jill shared her special dance with her father and Glen followed with a sweet dance with his sister. With their warm embraces, you can easily see the love they share.
As dancing continued, the couple and guests participated in the traditional Polish Apron Dance, where money is donated cheerfully to the couple as everyone continues dancing the night away in celebration! DJ Isaac, from Baltimore's Premier Event Solutions, definitely knew how to keep this party going strong all night!
The couple took a break from dancing to cut and share a taste of their amazing four-tiered wedding cake from Sugar Bakers. And at the end of the celebration, Jill and Glen were given an exciting sparkler salute to send them off!
We're so blessed to have had the opportunity to share in Jill and Glen's incredible wedding day! They were so sweet and down to earth each time we chatted over the many months that ticked by before their wedding day, and it was so wonderful to film such an important day in their lives together. Congratulations and all our best wishes to Jill and Glen!
Photographer: TLIC Media - Melanie Lear - Frederick, MD
Floral Design: Floral Impressions - Phoenix, MD
Hair Stylist: Hair by Amy J - Amy Johnston - Maryland
Makeup Artist: Picture Perfect Makeup by Chrissy - Chrissy Forbes - Abingdon, MD
Wedding Dress: Stella York
Bridal Party Attire: David's Bridal
Formal Wear: Tuxedo House - Timonium, MD
Entertainment: Baltimore's Premier Event Solutions - DJ Isaac - Rosedale, MD
Cake: Sugar Bakers - Catonsville, MD
Officiant: Father Bob Harrison - Baltimore, MD
Church: Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church - Baltimore, MD
Venue: Boumi Temple - Rosedale, MD