It was the perfect Maryland fairytale when Abigail met her future husband. They both worked in Ocean City (the Maryland one, for all the Jersey people reading this). He worked at Fish Tales, she worked at Phillips across the street. Boy meets girl. Girl chases boy.
“Needless to say, I became a frequent visitor at Fish Tales!” she said. “He will never let me forget that I completely chased after him and thank God I did.”
Didn’t I tell you it was the perfect Maryland love story?
It wasn’t long before they moved on from meeting in Ocean City to planning their wedding in the state where they met.
Abigail remembers that it was the perfect proposal. Jaymie knew Abigail wouldn’t want a big, splashy public proposal, so he popped the question at home before they went to a charity event where her family and friends were waiting to celebrate with her.
“My ring consists of diamonds he purchased [along with] with my family’s diamonds, which is very special to both of us,” she said.
From there they began planning their big day, giving Abigail the excuse to spend her days guilt-free on Pinterest. She got to see her Pins fly from her boards into reality to make a Pinterest-perfect wedding.
“My favorite parts about my wedding were talking to my mom on the phone about five times per day,” she said. She also was so thankful for her amazing and supportive bridesmaids. Did we mention she and her bridesmaids put together their own bouquets the day before, and built her centerpieces that day, like legit pros?! #squadgoals!!
Unfortunately, like most brides, her wedding planning hit a bump or two on the road to an otherwise, flawless wedding. For her though, it was most brides’ nightmare, but Abigail didn’t let it get her down.
“I thought I found the perfect dress,” Abigail said. “Long story short, it didn’t work out.” It was just over two months before her wedding and what she thought was the perfect gown was no longer seeming so perfect. But if one thing is true about this bride, even when things are going wrong and she’s stressed out, she is quick to find a solution and move forward (often with help from her level-headed mom).
“I contacted Laura at Laura & Leigh Bridal with less than 10 weeks until the big day.” Abigail remembers. “To say Laura saved the day is an understatement. She is the type of person you meet and swear you’ve known for years; she is personable, knowledgeable, and a boss babe! She bent over backwards and helped turn an extremely stressful situation into a true dream!”
(Excuse me while I pause writing to sob for how sweet this bride and her mom were. I truly can’t take credit. It really was the perfect gown for her. Who knew it was just waiting here for her to arrive? Also, I swear I didn’t even know she was going to say that.)
Fast-forward to the week before her beautiful wedding day at Ocean City’s Lighthouse Sound (again…Maryland, not Jersey). The couple got another surprise: the weather. It predicted rain all week and they were almost at capacity for their wedding venue, so getting married inside was not going to be ideal.
“Luckily, it did not rain for the ceremony, but was super cold,” she said. “We bought about 300 hand warmers and fortunately many guests were prepared and brought jackets.”
Even when she felt stressed, she had her amazing mom there to reassure her. “There are things you can control and there are things you can’t,” Abigail remembers her mom saying. Nothing could be truer when it comes to planning your dream wedding.
It turned out okay. The cold never bothered them anyway. The Abigail and Jaymie were both too excited to think about anything other than tying the knot.
Abigail was just happy to see her guests at their wedding. “[I was looking forward to] all my favorite people being under one roof! So very awesome and rare,” she said. “There was so much love in one space I couldn’t stop smiling!” Abigail had a feeling she would be the big crier that day. She was so happy it was no surprise to her or Jaymie that she spent the day with happy tears!
The only real surprise for the couple was how quickly the night went. Abigail knew it would, but didn’t expect it could fly by quite so fast. “It sounds super cliché, but it really did feel like I was dreaming,” she said.
Abigail’s Advice for Future Brides:
“Nothing is as important as what is happening on the day of your wedding… don’t get caught up in the little things and soak up every second! Oh, and make Laura and Leigh Bridal your first stop once you get engaged!!”
(I swear I didn’t prompt that either, but thank you Abigail)