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Unveiled: Jenny’s Wedding

Wel­come to Gen­er­a­tion Tux’s Unveiled! Here we inter­view real brides from real wed­dings to give you all the inside scoop. Jen­ny and Sam’s sto­ry will inspire some hard­core wan­der­lust. 

How did you and your hus­band meet?

We actu­al­ly met in high school. I always saw Sam as that old­er guy who was a lot cool­er than me. Some­how we became friends, and I just decid­ed to call him one day. We talked for hours and hours and even­tu­al­ly start­ed dat­ing! Sam went off to col­lege in Mary­land while I was still in high school. We are both very inde­pen­dent peo­ple, so when it was my turn to choose a col­lege, I decid­ed to go to James Madi­son Uni­ver­si­ty in Vir­ginia. Hon­est­ly, long-dis­tance was a huge bless­ing for our rela­tion­ship. We grew as indi­vid­u­als and made friends on our own. We vis­it­ed each oth­er about once a month. We had such a sup­port­ive rela­tion­ship through the long dis­tance. 

After col­lege, we went on a month-and-a-half-long back­pack­ing trip in Europe. We learned so much more about each oth­er. On that trip, I real­ized that Sam was going to be my per­son for­ev­er. We dat­ed for about nine years total. 

Tell us your engage­ment sto­ry!

Sam was plan­ning on going on a solo back­pack­ing tour through Ice­land for two weeks. He asked me if I want­ed to come and meet him dur­ing the sec­ond week of the trip. So, I flew out to meet him, and we explored Ice­land togeth­er. Sam real­ly want­ed to hike up to a glac­i­er pass, but I was very hes­i­tant because I didn’t think we were pre­pared for the harsh weather/hiking con­di­tions. How­ev­er, Sam insist­ed that we go. Obvi­ous­ly, I know now that he had big­ger plans than just sight-see­ing! 

Once we got past all the tourists, we found our­selves alone…surrounded by jaw-drop­ping beau­ty. We end­ed up hav­ing a mean­ing­ful, heart-to-heart con­ver­sa­tion (which is not unusu­al for us). Then, the next thing I know, Sam is down on his knee ask­ing me to mar­ry him! I was so hap­py, I basi­cal­ly skipped down the moun­tain.

bride and groom in blue suit in front of flower arbor

When and where did you get mar­ried?

We got mar­ried on June 7, 2019 in Som­er­set, Vir­ginia. Our venue was The Mar­ket at Gre­len. It was a dream!

Tell us about your wed­ding dress!

I found my dress at the very first shop we went to. A group of ladies came with me. I fell in love with the del­i­cate lace and the shape of the dress. But I asked my seam­stress to cus­tomize the dress to fit my vision. It was orig­i­nal­ly a cap-sleeve, v‑neck dress. She trans­formed it into my dream dress with off-the-shoul­der sleeves. I absolute­ly loved the end prod­uct. It was so unique, and I am so thank­ful that I had the oppor­tu­ni­ty to cus­tomize it.

Fun­ny story…at the end of our first dance, Sam raised my arms up too high and my sleeve com­plete­ly ripped off! My face went from shock to laugh­ter in sec­onds. It was so fun­ny! I think our pho­tog­ra­ph­er and video­g­ra­ph­er cap­tured the moment. My Maid of Hon­or even­tu­al­ly helped me take off the oth­er sleeve. 

What were your wed­ding col­ors?

My brides­maids wore shades of nude, blush, and cham­pagne. The girls’ dress­es were all dif­fer­ent styles and fab­rics. So, those col­ors were more light and neu­tral, but we incor­po­rat­ed lots of bright col­ors with the flow­ers and oth­er decor. I asked for vibrant and bold flow­ers to cap­ture the essence of mine and Sam’s rela­tion­ship. Mary Ellen from Steel Cut Flower Co. is the most amaz­ing florist and human to ever grace the earth. I told her that I envi­sioned “boho secret gar­den with sexy sum­mer flo­rals,” and she brought that vision to life! We got mar­ried in a nurs­ery, so every­thing was very lush and green. I want­ed our flow­ers to com­ple­ment our venue. 

bride and bridesmaids

Did the grooms­men behave them­selves?

They are insane, but they are the best group of guys! One of Sam’s grooms­men ripped his pants right before the wed­ding! Anoth­er grooms­man ran­dom­ly had a sewing kit and was able to fix them. 

Also, Sam got all the guys match­ing Sponge­bob socks, so they were crack­ing jokes the whole day. The grooms­men were so great and sup­port­ive the entire time. We couldn’t have asked for a bet­ter group to be there on our spe­cial day. 

How involved was Sam in the wed­ding plan­ning?

I orig­i­nal­ly con­sid­ered an elope­ment, but Sam want­ed to cel­e­brate with all the peo­ple we love. I agreed, but I told him that I would need help. Sam was so incred­i­bly help­ful and deci­sive through­out the wed­ding plan­ning process. He han­dled all the alco­hol and worked with the band to deter­mine the music selec­tion. Sam also played a huge part in choos­ing our cater­er and menu. 

groom in blue suit

What was your favorite part of the day? 

The whole day was amaz­ing. How­ev­er, my favorite part was exchang­ing our vows. Sam is a real­ly good writer, so I knew that what­ev­er he had writ­ten was going to be so good. He blew it out of the park. I was bawl­ing like a baby! 

Our band was also spec­tac­u­lar. Sam doesn’t par­tic­u­lar­ly like to dance, but I love to. He danced with me all night long! 

Where did you and Sam go on your hon­ey­moon?

We went to Bali and Lom­bok for our hon­ey­moon. Sam and I absolute­ly love to trav­el togeth­er. The flight was about 24 hours, so we decid­ed to stay for three and a half weeks. We explored five dif­fer­ent cities. The first week we were at a beau­ti­ful resort, relax­ing and drink­ing cock­tails on the beach. The rest of the hon­ey­moon was more adven­tur­ous. The whole trip was amaz­ing. 

bride and groom kissing during sendoff

What is some advice that you have for future brides?

Don’t over-Pin­ter­est and over­think all the options for your wed­ding. At the end of the day, that is not what a wed­ding is about. Your guests are going to remem­ber the feel­ing, not the flow­ers or invi­ta­tions. If the cou­ple get­ting mar­ried is in love, you can feel that. If every­one is hav­ing a great time, you can feel the ener­gy. Don’t let the small details become the focus, because they are not impor­tant at the end of the day. Your mar­riage is the most impor­tant. 

While choos­ing the wed­ding ven­dors for your spe­cial day, make sure that you have a good con­nec­tion with them. If you feel con­fi­dent that the peo­ple are going to do an amaz­ing job, you have noth­ing to wor­ry about the day-of. Choose peo­ple that you trust com­plete­ly and that you vibe with. Find ven­dors who can see your vision and under­stand your taste.

Would you rec­om­mend Gen­er­a­tion Tux to oth­er brides and grooms?

Heck yes! I would rec­om­mend Gen­er­a­tion Tux to any­one. Your com­pa­ny is amaz­ing! Some of our friends used Gen­er­a­tion Tux for their wed­ding. They said the suits were amaz­ing, the cus­tomer ser­vice was great, and they looked awe­some in pho­tos. We decid­ed to look into it. We reached out to cus­tomer ser­vice, and they sent us some swatch­es. The team went above and beyond to make us hap­py. 

I was thrilled when I saw all the guys in their Mys­tic Blue Suits on our wed­ding day. I have noth­ing but amaz­ing things to say about Gen­er­a­tion Tux. 

groom and groomsmen in blue suits

Pho­tog­ra­ph­er: David & Sarah Lynn

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