Mary Ellen and TJ’s proposal is one of the most unique proposal stories we’ve ever heard! TJ, who graduated from the Naval Academy, was home on leave but he told Mary Ellen he had to spend the evening with his family. Mary Ellen is a firefighter and that evening they were practicing ladder operations on top of a parking garage. Mary Ellen was the first to climb up and when she got to the top and looked down, she saw that the roof was filled with people and they were holding a sign that said “Will you Marry Me?” She quickly realized she knew everyone standing on the roof and saw that TJ was down on one knee beside them!
Since Mary Ellen and TJ’s shared family history of the Naval Academy brought them together at a random bar in Philadelphia, it only made sense that they return to the Academy for their wedding. TJ, his father and Mary Ellen’s brother all graduated from the academy. With so many connections to Annapolis, even though the guests were mostly from out of town, it felt like one big, happy reunion!
Their reception took place the Annapolis Waterfront Hotel where Intrigue Designs created one of the most beautiful reception rooms we’ve ever seen! Cascading flowers dripped from ginger jars while hundreds of candles floated in votives. Some of the centerpieces were so tall that Davey stood on a ladder to take the photos!
One of our favorite parts of the way was when a local fire truck pulled up outside of the Chapel immediately following the ceremony. It was so sweet to see the Annapolis fire community show up to support Mary Ellen & TJ! Mary Ellen and TJ have so much love for their families and their community and we absolutely loved being a part of their day!
Ceremony Location :: USNA Chapel
Reception Venue :: Annapolis Waterfront Hotel
Wedding Design and Flowers :: Intrigue Designs
Band :: Sound Nation
Cake and Dessert Display :: Sugarbakers
Make Up and Hair :: Behind the Veil
Transportation :: Towne Transport
Popcorn Buffet Display :: Myra’s Popcorn Kitchen
Jewelry :: Sara Gabriel
Gown designer :: Pronovias
Dress Boutique :: Van Cleve
Bridesmaids Dresses :: Dessy
Invitations :: Paper Rock Scissors
Rentals :: White Glove Rentals
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