"I was working full-time and going to school part-time,” she says. “We wanted to wait when everything wasn't so crazy.”
"We're very symbolic people,” she says. “Everything has a meaning."
That's why they wanted to get married inSt. Michaels.
"Our first big date was going there on a boat Jimmy used to have,” she says. “We ate at the Inn at Perry Cabin. We just fell in love withSt. Michaelsand how quaint it was."
The ceremony, officiated by Floyd L. Herman, Rabbi Emeritus of Baltimore's Har Sinai Congregation, will take place waterside on the grounds of The Oaks inn. An outside cocktail reception follows. Then, guests will go inside for a seated dinner and dancing to the music of the band Millennium.
They're going for a "shabby chic" nautical theme.
"It's blue and white, with touches of green,” says Jim. “Green's my favorite color."
Erin says the linens will be navy and white with floral centerpieces surrounded by candy seashells.
Her maid-of-honor, four bridesmaids and one junior bridesmaid will be wearing navy silk organza one-shoulder Jenny Yoo short dresses from Hitched inWashington, D.C.They'll be carrying bouquets of white calla lilies. All the flowers are being done by Rennie Freidlander from Simply Beautiful Flowers in Owings Mills.
Erin will only reveal that her Augusta Jones dress from Betsy Robinson is "very flowy, very simple." Her bouquet will be white orchids.
The groomsmen will be wearing khaki suits, rented from Tuxedo House.
"I wanted khaki suits,” says Jim. “I didn't want to be in a penguin outfit."
"Jimmy's dad passed away about two years ago,” says Erin. “So, my dad has really been there for him. He took Jimmy to Victor Pascal [Custom Tailors in Baltimore] and got a khaki suit made for him."
"I'm very particular with what I wear,” says Jim. “We're going to be out in the sun inSt. Michaels— on the water with no tent. I didn't want something dark that would absorb the heat. I was trying to wear shorts, but that didn't work out so well."
While The Oaks is catering the affair, the seafood will be supplied by Jim's company, including the crabmeat in the entree surf-and-turf combo of filet mignon and crab cake.
"We're thinking about doing an oyster bar — maybe something with scallops and shrimp,” he says. “It's a good bet that there will be some great seafood choices during the cocktail hour."
The wedding cake is being made by Julie Bakes inSt. Michaels.
"It's so delicious, like a strawberry shortcake, with fresh strawberries and cream as the filling," Erin says.
An important part of the wedding will be the wedding favors.
"We're making donations in our guests’ names to the Lewy Body Dementia Association [912 Killian Hill Road SW, Lilburn, GA, 30047] in honor of my father," Jim says.
Favorite wedding "helpers": Erin says wedding planner Lorin Kline, of Celebrations Unlimited, has been "an absolute lifesaver."
"I felt like she was the guru of weddings," says Erin. "She was able to put all of our ideas and dreams that we had into a reality. I found Lorin because her mom [Celebrations Unlimited owner] Lynn Kotz planned my bat mitzvah."
Jim is particularly enthusiastic about Baltimore-based photographer Pete Redel.
"He's very, very, very gifted,” Jim says. “He's got a fantastic eye. When we had our original meeting and looked at his work, we were blown away. It was original, and amazing."
Future "tradition": Jemicy will most likely continue to play an important role in the couple's lives in the future.
"We're both dyslexic, so we'll be having dyslexic babies,” says Erin with a laugh. “And they'll go to Jemicy, too."