Real Weddings // Jen + Breandan

After connecting on Match.com over a shared passion for a Michael Lewis book, Jen Kamstra and Breandan Gleason scheduled drinks and spent hours talking and getting to know one another. It didn’t take long for the two to realize their mutual appreciation for wine, food, travel, after-dinner cordials, and most importantly, each other.

Two and a half years later, while vacationing in Mexico, Breandan surprised Jen by coordinating with their resort a private dinner where he popped the question. Jen happily accepted and they called their families to break the good news before cracking open a bottle of wine (that Breandan brought from home) and indulging in a decadent surf and turf dinner.

Breandan inherited his love of wines, particularly Spanish wines, from his late father who sent Breandan on a quest while studying abroad in Spain to find a particular Spanish wine that was not readily available in the U.S. The couple carried their passion for fine wine through their wedding by serving hand-selected and sourced Spanish wines, as a unique and personalized tribute to Breandan’s father.

But Breandan’s father wasn’t the only individual whose spirit was honored at their  wedding day. Jen and Breandan had “with great expectations” written on their cake and engraved in their rings, just as Breandan’s Grandpa Gleason has inscribed on his wife’s ring.

Full Event Planning + Design:  Style-Architects

Venue:  Aria

Caterer:  Fabulous Catering

Photographer:  Studio 306

Videography:  Sky Focus Films

Bridal Gown:  Jenny Packham gown from l’atelier couture

Hair + Make-Up:  Blow Dry Blow Dry

Floral Design:  Munster Rose

Reception Linens + Chargers:  Après Party and Tent Rental

Cocktail Linens, Furniture + Large Dining Chandelier:  Linen Effects

Lighting + Chandeliers:  Phos Events

Band:  Rhythm Collective, Washington D.C.

String Quartet:  Loring String Quartet

Officiant:  Anita Beste

Cake:  Gateaux, Inc.

Invites + Day-Of Paper: Beau Papier by Gateaux, Inc.

Transportation: Eclipse Transportation

Valet:  Uptown Valet

Draping:  Richfield Flowers

Room flip video: http://vimeo.com/92180420