Wedded: Julia King and Jake Lawson

Julia King and Jake Lawson vacation annually in Miami's South Beach, where Lawson proposed to King.
Julia King and Jake Lawson vacation annually in Miami's South Beach, where Lawson proposed to King. (Courtesy of Ricky Chung Photography, Handout photo)

Date: Oct. 5

Her story: Julia King, 33, grew up in Glenelg. She is the managed-services specialist at Mary Kraft Staffing and HR Solutions in Lutherville. Her mother, Barbara King, lives in Glenelg. Her father, Richard "Digger" King, died in 2010.


His story: Jake Lawson, 35, grew up in Hampstead. He is an executive partner at Platinum Reputations in Baltimore. His mother, Pam Bonsuk, and stepfather, Rick Bonsuk, live in Hampstead. His father, James Lawson, and stepmother, Brenda Goodrich-Lawson, live in Arbutus.

Their story: Julia and Jake met about 14 years ago when Julia dated and became engaged to Jake's brother. She says that she and Jake noticed a spark between the two of them when they first met, but that it wasn't something either of them acted on, because they were both in relationships at the time.


Julia and Jake's brother eventually broke up, and in 2011, she and Jake reconnected through social media.

The couple's first date was to see "Real Steel" at the AMC Loews Theater in White Marsh that October.

The proposal: Throughout their relationship, the couple have vacationed annually in Miami's South Beach.

Jake decided that South Beach would be the best place to propose. He began planning six months before the couple's vacation scheduled for August 2013.


He purchased a custom ring from John Greenan and Sons Inc. in Burtonsville and reserved a private cabana at Nikki Beach Miami, an oceanfront restaurant, for the proposal dinner. He also arranged for two dozen roses to be delivered during dinner.

He proposed by candlelight. When Julia said yes, the restaurant staff gave the couple a T-shirt that read "She said yes at Nikki Beach" with the proposal date. Julia and Jake took a picture holding the shirt and posted it on social media to announce the engagement to friends and family.

The couple live in White Marsh.

Venue: About 160 guests attended the ceremony and reception at Thatcher's Run, a barn in Damascus owned by Julia's aunt and uncle.

A friend of Jake's presided. The couple wrote their own vows.

Flowers and decor: Julia and Jake merged rustic and formal for the event. They chose a black-and-white color scheme with Tiffany blue as an accent.

Wicked Willow in Baltimore designed bouquets using white gerbera daisies with stems wrapped in Tiffany blue ribbon.

Diana Venditto from Eventi Planning in Towson provided wedding coordination and design services.

Her dress: The bride wore a strapless fit-and-flare gown with a corset back, ruffled skirt and sweetheart neckline by Sottero and Midgley from Betsy Robinson's Bridal Collection in Pikesville.

For her "something blue," Julia sewed a blue fabric heart, cut from one of her father's shirts, into her bodice.

Her "something borrowed" was a pair of earrings from John Greenan and Sons.

Bridesmaids' dresses: The women wore black floor-length gowns from Amanda Ritchey Bridal and Beauty in Fallston.

The flower girl and ring girl wore black-and-white floral dresses, also from Amanda Ritchey.

Julia made matching necklaces and bracelets for the bridal party.

Men's attire: The men wore black pinstriped Perry Ellis tuxedos from the Tuxedo House in Timonium. The groomsmen wore Tiffany blue pocket squares and Jake wore a white pocket square.

Jake gave each groomsman monogrammed cuff links and matching patterned socks.

Music: DJ Two-Four of Upper Marlboro played music. Julia and Jake's first dance was to "Adorn" by Miguel.

Food and dessert: Sascha's in Baltimore made bacon straws, shrimp and grits, and miniature crab cakes for appetizers. A dual entree of chicken Chesapeake and braised short ribs was served for dinner.

Sascha's also provided homemade ice cream sandwiches for dessert.

Kupcakes and Co. in Elkridge made a two-tiered vanilla cake and a billiards-themed groom's cake.

A self-serve candy station was available for guests during the reception.

Special touches: Shortly before Jake proposed, the couple spotted a rainbow above Nikki Beach from their condo.

"Since my dad passed away, I have always believed that rainbows are his way of communicating with me or letting me know he's there," Julia says.

Julia's two brothers walked her down the aisle in place of her father.

As a wedding gift, Julia gave Jake a gold bracelet that her father wore daily. Jake gave Julia a Kate Spade necklace featuring a "Mrs." charm, a bracelet and a handwritten love letter.

Gold Rush Event Services provided a photo booth for the evening.