We met in 5th grade in band. We both played the Saxophone. We always had so much fun together, but we never dated in middle school or high school, or really even paid any attention to each other during that time. Then we had gym class together the last semester of our senior year, and we sparked each other’s interest. Things kind of fell into place, and we fell in love the summer before we went to college. We both ended up coming back from school early, and we were together for 5 years. We broke up in a not so great way when we were 22-23. We were apart for a little under 2 years. Genna moved to North Carolina, and Jamie stayed in New York. Eventually, Jamie went to lineman school in Georgia, and when we were both in the South, we reconnected, and got back together. We lived together in North Carolina for a year, and then moved home together in 2017.
Jamie works out of town all week long, so he was going to be gone for Genna’s birthday. They were together at Jamie’s parents house, and Jamie said he was going to go birthday shopping for Genna, so Genna went home and just hung out for a while. Jamie called and asked what Genna was doing, and said he would be home in 20 minutes. Genna started making them lunch, and then sat down on the couch. Jamie came through the door and got down on one knee in front of the couch, but no words came out. Genna started saying some choice words… such as “Oh my God what the f%&^ are you doing?! Do you want to f%$%^&ing marry me?!” to which Jamie replied yes. And the rest is history!
We really wanted everything to be convenient and in one place. We also were looking for a rustic, industrial, tuscan vibe. We wanted to incorporate Genna’s Italian heritage, and Jamie’s manly, rustic vibe together. The Cannery was the perfect place for all of those things. Genna’s dad also required that the venue be air conditioned haha.
We used a wedding planner, and Genna used AislePlanner to help plan with the wedding planner (Port City Wedding and Events, Debbie Herrington).
We really wanted to be able to relive the day. Everyone told us that it was going to go so fast, and it truly did. We also knew that with 190 guests, we wouldn’t have to time to see every single person and what everyone was doing, so we wanted to be able to look back on moments that we may have missed.
START EARLY. A videographer may seem expensive, but if you have a long engagement, and find the one you want early on in the process, saving for it is so much more manageable and then it doesn’t seem like a stressful thing, but a splurge that was worth the money.
We loved our ceremony so much, it was so special for Genna’s uncle to marry us. We also loved seeing all of our very favorite people all in one place.
Again, START EARLY. And have a day-of planner so you don’t have to spend the day stressed out about setting up.
Port City Wedding and Events, Debbie Herrington
Bride and MOH – Abbey West, Bridesmaids – Port City Day Spa
Pretty Little Vintage rentals, Moore Boutiques