Date: Sept. 6, 2013
Her story: Jennifer Silk, 31, grew up in Perry Hall. She is a medical secretary at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center. Her father, John Willner, lives in Perry Hall. Her mother, Donna Snapp, and stepfather, John Snapp, live in Parkville.
His story: Steven Burkhart, 29, was born in Pittsburgh but grew up in Coral Springs, Fla. When he was 13, he moved to Annapolis. He is on the heavy rescue unit for the Baltimore City Fire Department. His parents, Mary-Ann and Jeff Burkhart, live in Arnold.
Their story: Jen and Steve met through Steve's co-worker in December 2010. Because they started out as friends, they say they don't recall having an official first date. About a month after they met, things transitioned romantically.
"We just started hanging out, and it went from there," says Jen. "A friendship quickly turned into a relationship."
They now live in Parkville with Jen's two daughters from a previous marriage, Riley, 7, and Sofia, 4.
The proposal: "I took her up to Havre de Grace one night, and we walked around," says Steve. He proposed by the water on April 14, 2013.
Jen and Steve knew they wanted a September wedding but did not want to wait until the next year, so they decided on a short engagement. Steve's work schedule, which changes in January, was also a factor in the decision.
The venue: About 100 guests attended the waterfront ceremony and reception at Celebrations on the Bay in Pasadena. The Rev. Paul Raddin Jr. presided.
Decor: "We didn't really go with a theme, just colors we liked," says Jen. They decided on a palette of coral and dark gray. Allison Barnhill Designs made the gray pocket folder invitations with touches of coral and pink. Accents of yellow, orange and purple appeared throughout the wedding. The reception table numbers were framed photographs of Jen's daughters holding numbered signs: Riley with odd numbers and Sofia with even numbers.
Flowers: Theresa Kastner of Floral Impressions in Parkville created the bridal bouquets using coral, yellow, purple and white gerbera daisies.
Her dress: The bride wore a strapless, Empire waist, A-line gown with beading on the bodice and train from David's Bridal. Jen wore Steve's mother's pearl necklace and earrings as her "something borrowed" and her grandmother's brooch in her hair as her "something old."
Bridesmaids' dresses: The women wore coral floor-length chiffon gowns from David's Bridal. Jen's daughter Sofia, who was the flower girl, wore a miniature version of Jen's dress.
Men's attire: The men wore dark gray tuxedos from Men's Wearhouse. The groomsmen wore coral ties and Steve wore a silver tie.
Music: DJ Ray Der of Baltimore entertained the guests. Jen and Steve's first dance was to "Better Together" by Jack Johnson.
Food and dessert: Catering by Uptown provided the food, including chicken marsala, crab cakes, beef tenderloin and stuffed mushrooms. SugarBakers of Catonsville provided the three-tier lemon cake with white icing, which was decorated with a white scrollwork pattern and gerbera daisies.
Favors: In honor of Steve's Italian heritage, his grandmother, Rita Orelli Kittka, put together the "bomboniere," which is Italian for "favors." Along with stemless wine glasses featuring the sentiment "Eat, drink and be married," guests received Jordan almonds in five different colors to signify health, wealth, fertility, happiness and long life.
Special touch: Steve's father and grandfather, Richard Burkhart, built a wooden bench for guests to sign. After the wedding, they preserved it with finish. It is now part of Jen and Steve's home.
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