When Jennifer moved to Maryland in the summer of 2015 for work she decided to join a dating app. “Pavel was my first date through that app, so I got really lucky. We met for the first time in person at the annual Kentlands Oktoberfest. We walked around and got to know each other, talking until well after the vendors had closed up shop.”
After dating for three years, Pavel proposed to Jennifer in front of the Brooklyn Bridge. “It had been my dream to see the Christmas tree in NYC and Pavel had planned this awesome trip while secretly planning his proposal. When we got to the Brooklyn Bridge, there was a set of stairs covered with cardboard and Pavel started to pick it up. I was confused as to why he decided to suddenly pick up trash, but then saw the chalk words ‘Will You Marry Me?’ being uncovered. Then I blacked out for a second. Fortunately, Pavel had hired a photographer to capture the moment.”
The couple was married at Kentlands Mansion in December 2019 with fifty guests attending. “We attended Kentlands Oktoberfest every year after our first date. It was the backdrop to many of our walks through the neighborhood. It just seemed right to have it in the place where we first met and fell in love.”
Jennifer and Pavel chose a winter theme for their wedding decor, using the colors green and gold, and doing most of the decorating on their own, including building the arch they stood under for the ceremony. Jennifer also hand-lettered the signage and built her flower bouquet.
Jennifer is a clinical social worker and Pavel is an IT systems engineer. They currently reside in Gresham, Oregon.
First dance song: “From the Ground Up” by Dan + Shay
Honeymoon: Shenandoah National Park
Venue: Kentlands Mansion**
Photography: Ashely Jayde Photography
Catering: Mission BBQ
Dessert: Nothing Bundt Cakes
Hair & Makeup: Stress Away
Entertainment: DJ Sway
Bartender: With A Twist Mixologists
Invitations: Invitations: Jessica Guinan