A Farm Wedding Featuring an Adorable French Bulldog

She brought the couple together and then proceeded to totally steal the show.

All photographs by Michelle VanTine Photography.

After meeting Scott Lombardi at a reggae concert, Jessica (Jess) Bejm was interested enough to seek out his Myspace profile. But what really sealed the deal was what she saw there: photos of his French bulldog, Stella. Jess, who had always dreamed of owning a Frenchie, quickly messaged Scott, gushing about his adorable pup.

As the two continued messaging back in forth, they realized how much they had in common—they loved the same music, enjoyed the same hobbies, had the aforementioned affection for French bulldogs. It wasn’t long before Scott invited Jessica over to meet Stella and then out for drinks at Illusions Magic Bar and Lounge in Baltimore’s Federal Hill, and they shared their first kiss that night.

On a trip to California six years later, Scott took Jess on a day trip to Point Lobos in Carmel. The pair hiked up the cliffs overlooking the ocean, and once they reached the top, Scott knelt down before Jess and asked for her hand in marriage.

A year and a half later, family and friends joined them at Flora Corner Farm to celebrate their nuptials. Of course, Stella played a role, joining the couple at the altar and inspiring the wedding favors: wine glasses that Jess and Scott hand-etched with images of French bulldogs. The couple wed before the rows of golden cornstalks, then moved into the rustic-chic barn for the rest of the celebration. The guests sipped Stella Kisses cocktails—St. Germain, Prosecco, soda water, and lemon—and when the dancing portion rolled around, Jess and her father surprised the crowd by jumping into a choreographed polka mid-slow dance, in honor of his Polish heritage.

Venue: Flora Corner Farm

Photographer: Michelle VanTine Photography

Bride’s Gown: Melissa Sweet, David’s Bridal

Groom’s Tux: Men’s Warehouse

Dog’s Gown: Stella Designs Shops

Bridesmaid Dresses: eShatki

Hair: Krista Fawcett

Makeup: Sara Shakir

Event Coordinator: Amanda Lozano, Flora Corner Farm

Cake: Conspicuous Cakes

Florist: Scarborough Farms Flowers

Caterer: Rita B. Catering

Videographer: Joe Anderson, Thunderkick Films

Music/Entertainment: Bryan Ewald, guitarist; Jason Walsh, Bay DeeJays

Invitations: Laura Burton

Associate Editor

Caroline Cunningham joined Washingtonian in 2014 after moving to the DC area from Cincinnati, where she interned and freelanced for Cincinnati Magazine and worked in content marketing. She currently resides in College Park.