Wedded: Jennifer Meunier and Adam Backes

Date: April 25

Her story: Jennifer Meunier, 33, was born in Clinton and was raised in Dunkirk. She works as a restaurant manager at Mamma Lucia in Prince Frederick. Her parents, Aubrey and Phyllis Jones, live in Owings.


His story: Adam Backes, 40, was born in Jacksonville, Fla. He comes from a military family, so he moved across the country growing up. He is a mortgage loan officer with Prospect Mortgage. His parents, Douglas and Mary Backes, live Naples, Fla.

Their story: "We met through mutual friends," Jennifer said. After hanging out for a while, the two decided to date.


"Our first official date was a mini golf date in Crofton at Night Hawk," she said. "It stayed complicated for a few months."

On Memorial Day weekend five years ago, they decided to take their relationship to the next level. "We made it Facebook official," Adam said.

They live in Chesapeake Beach with their two cats, O'Hara and O'Riley.

The proposal: Adam proposed last May 25 at an Orioles game. He arranged for 15 of their friends to be at the game to witness the proposal.

"It was a surprise for me, but everyone else knew," she said. "He did it at the end of the fourth inning because we were together for four years. We were sitting and he said, 'All right, babe, this is the moment.' I spun around. And he got down on one knee. He did his little spiel. I cried. All of my friends did. He may have shed a tear."

Venue: About 135 guests attended the wedding and reception at the Center Club in the Transamerica Towers in downtown Baltimore. The wedding occurred just feet from protests for Freddie Gray, who died April 19 after injuries suffered in police custody, that quickly escalated into destructive behavior.

"We were not affected at all," Jennifer said. "The only thing that was going to bring us in was the rain. Even with the rioters outside on both street corners, directly in front of us, we followed through with what we wanted to do 100 percent. We saw it and heard it, and we proceeded with the ceremony."

Flowers and decor: The colors of the wedding were shades of purple — Jennifer's favorite color.


"We did all the flowers ourselves from the centerpieces to the bouquets," she said.

The couple used wholesale websites Global Rose and Fifty Flowers to fashion centerpieces and bouquets from white roses, purple haze roses, orchids, hydrangeas and baby's breath.

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Her dress: Jennifer's A-line sweetheart dress with layers of sheer organza fabric was by Essense of Australia from The Bridal Boutique in Columbia.

Bridesmaids' attire: Bridesmaids wore one-shoulder ruffled plum dresses from David's Bridal.

Men's attire: Adam wore a gray tuxedo from the Black by Vera Wang Collection at Men's Wearhouse. He finished off the look with a white vest. Groomsmen also wore gray tuxedos, with plum vests to match the bridesmaids' dresses.

Music: DJ Ivan with Crow Entertainment provided the music. The couple danced to "Thinking Out Loud" by Ed Sheeran.


Food and dessert: The Center Club catered the wedding. Appetizers included shrimp cocktail, meatballs, bruschetta, and broccoli and cheese puffs. Dinner consisted of filet and crab cakes. They served a four-layer cake with butter cream frosting from Custom Cakes by Mindy.

Favors: Guests received little seed packets that read "Let Love Bloom." They also supplied a bucket of flip-flops for guests so that they could dance all night, Jennifer said.

Special touches: The couple plans to honeymoon for a week at Sandals in St. Lucia.