By L'Oreal Thompson, The Baltimore Sun
May 18, 2013
Wedding date: April 6, 2013
Her story: Jamie Crumpler, 33, grew up in Bel Air. She is an executive assistant for Constellation in Baltimore. Her father, James, works for BGE and her mother, Teresa, is a stay-at-home mom.
His story: Chris Kalck, 36, grew up in Fallston. He is a program analyst with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in Woodlawn. His parents, Lawrence and Geraldine, are recently retired.
Their story: Jamie and Chris met while they were students at Fallston High School. Jamie was a cheerleader and Chris was a basketball player. Many years later, in 2011, they ran into each other at No Way Jose, a bar in Federal Hill, and began dating soon afterward.
The proposal: Chris proposed on May 4, 2012, which was also his birthday. Jamie had planned a picnic on top of Federal Hill and was setting up the automatic timer on her camera when she turned around to find Chris down on one knee with a classic round solitaire diamond ring from Smyth Jewelers. The timer happened to go off as she said yes.
"We are so incredibly fortunate to have such an amazing photo … one that wasn't even planned, but was certainly meant to happen," says Jamie.
The venue: About 125 guests attended the reception and ceremony at the Belvedere in downtown Baltimore.
"After scouting many locations, we fell in love with Baltimore's historic Belvedere, as it reminded me of The Tower of Terror in Walt Disney World — a wedding location I dreamt about as a child — a location full of history, romance and magic," says Jamie. "If I couldn't get married in a tourist attraction, where better than the Belvedere? And keeping with the Baltimore theme, I even named each reception table after a Baltimore street."
The dress: Jamie wore a Blue by Enzoani tulle gown from K&B Bridal in Bel Air. She wore sapphire blue heels to match her bridesmaids' dresses.
Bridesmaids' dresses: The bridesmaids wore floor-length sapphire blue chiffon strapless dresses by Bill Levkoff from Gamberdella Bridal Salon in Towson.
Men's apparel: The groom and groomsmen wore black Calvin Klein tuxedos from Men's Wearhouse in Bel Air. Chris wore a white tie and vest, while his groomsmen wore black ties and vests.
Flowers: My Flower Box Events in Glen Burnie provided the flowers, which included white roses and hydrangeas.
Music: A violinist and cellist from Hill Chamber Music of Baltimore performed during the ceremony, while C&J Entertainment from Odenton deejayed the cocktail hour and reception. The bride and groom entered the reception to "Where the Streets Have No Name" by U2.
Dessert: The couple selected a traditional three-tier cake with ivory lace and pearl designs from Baltimore Cakery in Fells Point. The flavors included red velvet cake with mini chocolate chips in cream cheese icing and almond cake with raspberry filling and buttercream frosting. Jamie and Chris also served Berger cookies to keep with their Baltimore theme.
Favors: Using Pinterest as inspiration, Jamie created favors that included the quote "Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness" by Oliver Wendell Holmes on cards attached to an antique skeleton key, which could also be used as a bottle opener.
"The key was very fitting for so many reasons, as it is something very symbolic in our relationship, but also resembles a room key that would have been used at the Belvedere Hotel years ago," says Jamie.
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