"Some days I feel like I slipped your name into a stream 300 miles away without realizing it was you I was looking for. It finally made its way to the Chesapeake here today, and I get to pluck it out of the water and realize a dream I didn’t know I'd dreamt." Jen Kaleba (Bride)
It was set to be a beautiful day in Queenstown, Maryland, where Jason and Jen had planned their backyard wedding with the ceremony between two trees overlooking a body of water. But the clouds rolled in and it began raining, then pouring, stopping just a little to tease us, then more rain again. With the help of their friends and family, the ceremony moved under the reception tent and their intimate and crowd sourcing ceremony started just as the sun was setting behind them. Jen and Jason, merging their two families, had a speaker for each one of their daughters, sharing words and wisdom and love. And for each other, they shared touching vows. It was as personalized and community oriented as a wedding could get.
Jen and Jason made their own traditions and instead of a first dance, they had a first song. They then sang together with their guests a song that had a lot of meaning to them. The night continued with an ice cream bar and a fireworks display despite the rain (their friends had gotten fireworks from West Virginia and doggone it, they were going to light them up!) And after all was said and done, they enjoyed the fireworks and danced and celebrated the night away.