Wedded: Jennifer Hoffman and Andrew Werner

Jennifer Hoffman and Andrew Werner met while attending the University of Richmond.
Jennifer Hoffman and Andrew Werner met while attending the University of Richmond. (Courtesy of Kory Chase, Twist Photography)

Date: June 6

Her story: Jennifer Hoffman, 28, was born in Baltimore. She works as a communications director for the Democratic staff of the U.S. House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Her parents, Peter and Lynn Hoffman, live in Owings Mills.


His story: Andrew Werner, 28, was born in Newton, Mass. He is a senior account director in advertising for Atlantic Media. His parents, Randolph and Ronna Werner, live in Rye, N.H.

Their story: The two met while attending the University of Richmond.

"We had a class together senior year," Jenn said. "We became friends."

On Valentine's Day in 2009, Andrew bought Jenn a singing balloon, and the relationship went from there.

The couple live in Washington.

The proposal: On Jan. 23, 2014, Andrew lit dozens of candles throughout their apartment in Washington in preparation for the proposal.

"I walked in from work. He had candles lit in the shape of an arrow," Jenn said.

That arrow pointed to a slide show presentation that Andrew put together. By the time the presentation was over, Andrew was down on one knee with a ring.

"It was a complete shock," Jenn said. "I was too overwhelmed to cry. I was definitely surprised.

"He wouldn't let me call my parents. He said to call after dinner. When I showed up to dinner, both our parents were there."

When Jenn realized that her parents were at the restaurant, it really sank in.

"I really couldn't believe it. I squealed then," she said. "Andrew was very coy throughout the entire process."

Venue: Two hundred people attended the wedding. The ceremony was outside at the pier behind the National Aquarium in Baltimore. The reception was under a tent at the aquarium immediately following the ceremony.

Flowers and decor: Simply Beautiful Flowers, located in Pikesville, did the flowers. Arrangements included assorted light pastel flowers.


Her dress: Jenn's mermaid, fitted dress, which featured lace detail along the top, was by designer Justin Alexander and from Amanda Ritchey Bridal and Beauty.

Bridesmaids' attire: Bridesmaids wore blush dresses by Joanna August from Bella Bridesmaids.

Men's attire: Andrew wore a dark gray suit by Vera Wang at Men's Wearhouse. Groomsmen wore the same.

Music: The band Nightsong provided the music. The couple's first dance was to "You Are The Best Thing" by Ray LaMontagne.

Food and dessert: Classic Catering catered the wedding. Appetizers included crab cakes with fried green tomatoes, mini chicken and waffle bites, grilled shrimp, and wagyu sliders. Dinner consisted of three stations: flank steak, rockfish, and beer-can chicken with sides. The couple also had a milkshake bar.

Special touches: The couple went to the Greek islands for their honeymoon.