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Real Weddings: Kristen Cambell & Jonathon Scruggs

Jun 09, 2015 07:32PM ● By Anonymous

The Couple. Kristen, a nonprofit consultant, and Jonathon, an attorney, met online and dated for more than three years before tying the knot last fall. For the proposal, Jon recreated an early, particularly memorable date that included a picnic at Ft. Henry—and ended with a ring. The next day, the couple left for a two-week trip to see Kristen’s family in New Zealand, a vacation she dubbed their “engagementmoon.”

The Venue. The Historic Annapolis residents chose Harbourtowne Resort in St. Michaels for their wedding weekend “We wanted to create a relaxed weekend retreat feel for our guests,” says Kristin, “so we tried to find a place where people didn’t have to leave the property, but had a charming town atmosphere if they did.” We also wanted to take advantage of the natural beauty of Maryland, especially with how glorious it can be in the fall.

The First Look. Jon and Kristen say they wanted to have a moment, just the two of them, before things got crazy and they got swept up in the day, so they opted to do a first look. “It was really emotional, and created some very precious memories,” Kristen says. “Jon got pretty emotional again when I walked down the aisle so I don’t feel like it took anything away from that more traditional “see-the-bride” moment.”

The Ceremony. Jon and Kristen were married in front of 170 guests by the Hon. Thomas Stansfield, whom Jon did his clerkship with. “He has become a mentor and a man whose own marriage we truly admire,” Kristen says. “It was incredibly special to have him preside for us.” In fact, Kristen says, she and Jon “are blessed to have many great marriage examples.” Jon’s parents have been married for 38 years, and Kristen’s parents. All four sets of grandparents were married until their passings—for Kristen’s maternal grandparents, that meant 65 years! To honor them all, Jon and Kristen borrowed the idea from friends to have their parents take vows with them. “After we made our vows to each other, our parents stood and took vows to support us and welcome each of us as their own child.” Jon’s dad took the role of Best Man, the bride and groom’s mothers each read poems, and Kristen’s dad walked her down the aisle and gave the welcoming speech.

The Food. At cocktail hour, Kristin and Jon’s guests nibbled on bacon-wrapped scallops, spanakopita, and ginger beef. Their dads encouraged them to go with a buffet for dinner, and that they did. Among the options were chicken Chesapeake, a beef tenderloin carving station, and a custom pasta bar. For dessert, the couple chose individual mini-cakes in four flavors: red velvet, chocolate raspberry, strawberry shortcake, and peanut butter cup.

The Details. “The Scrambells,” as some of their friends call them, went to more than 30 weddings during their courtship, so when it came time to plan their own wedding, they had a few ideas in mind. “Many things in our wedding carried deep symbolism, even if you couldn’t tell on the outside,” Kristen says. For example, sunflowers—the flower of choice for the wedding—were the first flowers Jon bought Kristen. They “borrowed” several ideas from the weddings of friends. “We still made them our own,” Kristen says, “but not only did it help make planning easier, it also felt like a small way to honor many relationships that have inspired us and supported our own journey to the altar.”


First Dance:
Billie Holliday’s “The Very Thought of You”

Father/Daughter Dance:
Stevie Wonder, “Sunshine of My Life”

Emily Hill, Emily Hill Events, Washington DC

Bride and Emily Hill Events

Monteray Farms, Trappe

Center Stage Entertainment, Lindenwold, NJ

Harbourtowne Resort, St. Michaels

With Sugar on Top, Hurlock, MD

Essence of Australia from Flares Bridal, Walnut Creek, CA

Bride’s Shoes:
Bridal Flip Flops on Etsy

Bridesmaid dresses:
David’s Bridal, assorted styles in marine

Men’s attire:
Assorted, 3 in Tom James by English American

Engagement Ring:
Indulgence Jewelers, Greenville, DE

Wedding Bands:
Indulgence Jewelers, Greenville, DE

Write Notepads, Baltimore

Custom photo magnets from MagnetUp, sunflower seeds from Etsy

Deb Lindsey Photography, Potomac

Photobooth:, Silver Spring

Ebb Tide Event Rentals, Queenstown

Serenity Salon and Spa, St. Michaels