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Real Wedding: Jennice & John
This couple celebrated their Southern ties with an over-the-top pink wedding.Jennice and John on their wedding day. All photographs by Amy Raab Photography.
Within two weeks of knowing each other, Jennice Marie Walter and John William Countryman knew they were meant to be. “I remember meeting her and thinking, who is the vivacious Southern blonde?” says John, who stars as Jerry Lee Lewis in the Broadway production Million Dollar Quartet. Jennice, the production’s manager of merchandise sales, heard John playing the piano for a local band, the Dirty Names, one night and was bowled over by his musical talent. “I was smitten—I had met a handsome Southern gentleman who was killer on the keys,” she says. Ten months into their relationship, John surprised Jennice on a girl’s night out while walking down the State Circle in Annapolis. There, he escorted her to the top of the steps of the State House and proposed.
Sixteen months later, Jennice and John tied the knot in a pink-themed wedding that paid homage to their shared Southern roots.
Photographer: Amy Raab
Venue: Brittland Manor
Event Coordinator: Jackie Wood Walter, Mother of the bride
Bride’s Gown: Augusta Jones, Betsy Robinson’s Bridal Collection
Hair: Andi Heilman, Aveda
Makeup: Amie Decker Beauty
Groom’s Tux: Joseph & Feiss, Men’s Warehouse
Caterer: Ken’s Creative Kitchen
Cake: Bay Country Bakery
Cake Flavors: Lemon cake with raspberry; Italian cream with amaretto filling
Cocktail: The J Squared: Malibu, triple sec, and cranberry
Florist: Blue Vanda Designs
Flowers: Hydrangeas, stephanotis, peonies, garden roses, spray roses, standard roses, snap dragons, carnations, daisies, baby’s breath, and daisy pom
Music/Entertainment: DC Synergy of Entertainment Exchange at the reception and Bay Strings at the ceremony
First Dance Song: “I Only Have Eyes For You” by the Flamingos
Invitations: The Paper Trousseau
Bride’s Favorite Detail: “My mother surprised us with extra musicians at the ceremony to accompany Bay Strings. When we walked down the aisle as man and wife, bells pealed and trumpets sounded. It was incredible.”
Groom’s Favorite Detail: “I really enjoyed the classic vibe of the wedding. The groomsmen and I donned white dinner jackets and crisp bow ties.”
Biggest Surprise: “We ensured great weather by burying the bourbon (another nod to our Southern roots), but we were so thrilled to have a ‘super moon,’ too.”
Decor Details: 1956 Chevy Bel Air
Theme: Vintage blush and bashful
Four Words That Describe the Wedding: Elegant, lovebirds, Southern, eclectic
Honeymoon Spot: Mediterranean cruise
Where They Currently Live: Annapolis, MD
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