HIA Governor Calvert House Wedding: Jen + Ryan

Jen and Ryan first met in High School in South Jersey. He was a senior and she was a sophomore, but they sat next to each other in French class. A few years later, they met again through friends of friends and hit it off. They made long distance relationship work despite her being in Australia and him in the US. Then later with her in State College and him in New Jersey. When Jen graduated, Ryan quit his job and they both moved down to DC together.

In November 2013, they went to DC to (what she thought was to) celebrate Ryan’s acceptance into the Naval officer program. They went to Jen’s favorite spot on Pennsylvania avenue, which was in the bike lane in the center of the road with the Capitol building and the entire city in sight. When they were finally at the spot, Ryan distracted Jen to look the other way. When she turned back, he got down on his knee and asked her to marry him. πŸ™‚

Surprisingly, they decided to do the wedding really soon, just a over a month after their engagement, before Ryan had to go for his military training program. If they waited after the training program, then the wedding could only be held two years later. So their only choice was to do it within the next two months, or they would have to wait two years. They did not want to wait that long, so they worked really hard and fast in order to be able to get everything done soon. Everyone was surprised that Jen and Ryan was able to pull of a beautiful wedding in a very short time! Way to go guys! πŸ™‚

For the wedding venue, they decided that the Historic Inns of Annapolis, Governor Calvert House would be the perfect place for their beautiful wedding.

Bride and Groom along the waters of the US Naval Academy campus kissing. Historic Inns of Annapolis, Governor Calvert House wedding Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

Bride writing vow for ceremony. Historic Inns of Annapolis, Governor Calvert House wedding Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride's engagement and wedding ring, and Groom's wedding band. Historic Inns of Annapolis, Governor Calvert House wedding Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Flower girl trying to take video of Bride getting ready. Historic Inns of Annapolis, Governor Calvert House wedding Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

The Bride’s white flower bouquet was designed by Fantastic Flowers.

Bride's white flower bouquet attached with her late Grandmother's necklace. Historic Inns of Annapolis, Governor Calvert House wedding Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

The necklace attached around the bouquet was actually from Jen’s late Grandmother.

Group shot of Groom with Best Man and Groomsman. Historic Inns of Annapolis, Governor Calvert House wedding Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Group shot of Bride with Maid of Honor and Bridesmaid. Historic Inns of Annapolis, Governor Calvert House wedding Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Chairs at ceremony site decorated with ribbons and flowers. Historic Inns of Annapolis, Governor Calvert House wedding Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride putting on her bracelets. Historic Inns of Annapolis, Governor Calvert House wedding Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride ready with wedding gown anxiously waiting to meet her uncle. Historic Inns of Annapolis, Governor Calvert House wedding Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

Both of Jen’s Uncles were so happy and proud seeing her for the first time in her Wedding dress, ready to walk down the aisle.

Bride's uncles and Mother of Bride seeing Bride for the first time in her wedding dress. Historic Inns of Annapolis, Governor Calvert House wedding Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Close up shot of flower decoration for chairs at the ceremony site. Historic Inns of Annapolis, Governor Calvert House wedding Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Mother of Ringbearer took out plush toy dog to make her son walk down the aisle. Historic Inns of Annapolis, Governor Calvert House wedding Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride walking down the aisle during procession, escorted by both of her Uncles. Historic Inns of Annapolis, Governor Calvert House wedding Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Groom emotional seeing Bride for the first time in her wedding dress during procession. Historic Inns of Annapolis, Governor Calvert House wedding Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Groom and Bride kissed after pronounced as husband and wife. Historic Inns of Annapolis, Governor Calvert House wedding Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride and Groom walking out of the aisle during recessional ceremony. Historic Inns of Annapolis, Governor Calvert House wedding Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride and Groom trying to kiss during the recessional. Historic Inns of Annapolis, Governor Calvert House wedding Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Group shot of Bride and Groom with their Bridal and Groom wedding party at the US Naval Academy. Historic Inns of Annapolis, Governor Calvert House wedding Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride, Groom, Best Man, Maid of Honor, Groomsman, and Bridesmaid doing silly group shot pose. Historic Inns of Annapolis, Governor Calvert House wedding Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride sitting on lap of Groom whom sitting on the bench with Commitment inscription at the USNA. Historic Inns of Annapolis, Governor Calvert House wedding Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride kissing Groom's forehead at the United States Naval Academy campus. Historic Inns of Annapolis, Governor Calvert House wedding Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Groom kiss Bride while overlooking the water view at the US Naval Academy pier. Historic Inns of Annapolis, Governor Calvert House wedding Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com White flower table centerpiece with candle by Fantastic Flowers and M&M wedding favors. Historic Inns of Annapolis, Governor Calvert House wedding Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com First dance of Bride and Groom with guests in the background. Historic Inns of Annapolis, Governor Calvert House wedding Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride and Groom performing first dance with the Maryland State Capitol building image in the background. Historic Inns of Annapolis, Governor Calvert House wedding Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

Their wedding cake was created by Caroline’s Cake. The cake topper was a wireframe airplane with the Bride and Groom’s name and their wedding date.

Wedding cake by Caroline's Cake with an airplane wireframe cake topper with the Bride and Groom's name and their wedding date. Historic Inns of Annapolis, Governor Calvert House wedding Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride and Groom kissing at the sweetheart table. Historic Inns of Annapolis, Governor Calvert House wedding Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride and Groom laughing listening to toast speech from Maid of Honor. Historic Inns of Annapolis, Governor Calvert House wedding Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bridesmaid and Maid of Honor laughing and got emotional listening to toast speech. Historic Inns of Annapolis, Governor Calvert House wedding Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

After the toast speeches from the Maid of Honor, Best Man, and Mother of Bride, Jen did the parent dance with her Uncle.

Bride dance with uncle during parent dance. Historic Inns of Annapolis, Governor Calvert House wedding Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

Next was Ryan and his Mother for the Mother-of-the-Groom and Son dance.

Mother of Groom and Son dance. Historic Inns of Annapolis, Governor Calvert House wedding Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride laughing and dancing with Mother of Bride. Historic Inns of Annapolis, Governor Calvert House wedding Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

This great lady that Jen kissed was Grandma Rose. She was actually Jen’s Aunt, but people called her Grandma Rose.
My first impression of Grandma Rose was that she was a really nice and lovely person. I spent a few minutes talking with her after she called me to come over. During our conversation, she told me her age. I was really surprised! I asked her what was her secret that she looked so healthy and vivacious at her age. She told me the most important thing was that we should not worry about things, always be positive, and especially be happy all the time! That was her secret. She emphasized, always be positive and be happy!
At the end of the conversation, she held my hands with both of her hands and wished me a lot of success for my business.
Thank you so much, Grandma Rose! I will always remember what you said. πŸ™‚

Later at the end of the wedding, I mentioned to Jen about Grandma Rose. Jen explained that Grandma Rose was a really nice person and would be friends with anyone.

Bride kissed Grandmother on the cheeck during open dance. Historic Inns of Annapolis, Governor Calvert House wedding Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride and Groom smashing cakes to each other during the cake cutting. Historic Inns of Annapolis, Governor Calvert House wedding Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride's friend got emotional after listening to the song she composed played. Historic Inns of Annapolis, Governor Calvert House wedding Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride dancing with her uncle. Historic Inns of Annapolis, Governor Calvert House wedding Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride dancing with Groom and doing the dip. Historic Inns of Annapolis, Governor Calvert House wedding Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

The girls were singing their favorite song that they requested from DJ Chris Temple from C&J Entertainment.

Bride and her friends singing to their favorite song played by Dj Chris Temple from C&J Entertainment. Historic Inns of Annapolis, Governor Calvert House wedding Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

The guys were also singing their hearts out!

Guests singing their hearts out. Historic Inns of Annapolis, Governor Calvert House wedding Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

This would be one of the liveliest bunch I’ve ever photographed at a wedding. πŸ˜€

Guys singing loud and acting goofy and crazy during open dance. Historic Inns of Annapolis, Governor Calvert House wedding Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

This was Jen’s sister, Leanne. I told her that she looked like the actress Kirsten Bell. Apparently, later on that night some people also said that she looked like Kirsten Bell. πŸ˜€

Bride's sister laughing and hugging her fiancΓ©. Historic Inns of Annapolis, Governor Calvert House wedding Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride and Groom kissing while dancing in a circle of their guests. Historic Inns of Annapolis, Governor Calvert House wedding Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride and Groom having fun and dancing. Historic Inns of Annapolis, Governor Calvert House wedding Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

Congratulations Jen and Ryan!
May you live happily ever after! πŸ™‚

 

Leo Dj

Vendors

Venue/Catering: The Governor Calvert House

Officiant: Rita Mielke

Make up: Veruna Aveda Salon, Brittany

Hair: Veruna Aveda Salon, Amanda

Dress: J.Crew

Tuxedo: Men’s Wearhouse

Florist: Fantastic Flowers

Cake: Caroline’s Cakes

DJ: C&J Entertainment

Wedding favors: M&M’s / Glass with a Twist

 

 

One Response to “HIA Governor Calvert House Wedding: Jen + Ryan”

  1. Chris

    Gorgeous color, love your work!

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