marco polo and ibn battuta Jennifer Ayd and John Linehan
Her story: Jennifer “Jenny” Ayd, 29, grew up in Baltimore. She is a registered nurse at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Her mother, Elaine C. Ayd, is a secretary and her father, Gregory J. Ayd, is a general contractor and owner of Quadrant Construction.
His story: John “Jack” Linehan, 33, grew up in Baltimore. He is an attorney at Ober Kaler. His mother, Michelle P. Linehan, is a research administrator at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and his father, Michael J. Linehan, is an architect at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.
Their story: Jenny and Jack met in October 2008 at a bar on Cross Street in Federal Hill.
“We were in the same group of friends and most of us met playing rec league sports in the city,” says Jack.
The proposal: Jack proposed to Jenny on May 13, 2012, with a brilliant cut solitaire diamond ring in a cathedral setting from Radcliffe Jewelers.
“He’d planned a picnic at Sherwood Gardens. It was really sweet,” says Jenny. “I got everything set up and when I turned around, he was down on one knee and he asked me to marry him.”
The venue: About 150 guests attended the ceremony at St. Ignatius Church of Baltimore, and the Rev. William J. Watters presided.
“We are both members of St. Ignatius, so it was a pretty easy choice, and we are very fond of Father Watters,” says Jenny.
Her dress: Jenny wore a lace empire waist A line dress with cap sleeves by Casablanca Bridal from Gamberdella Bridal Salon in Baltimore. She wore earrings from Nordstrom and shoes by Kate Spade, along with a bracelet that belonged to her mom for “something borrowed.”
“One of my bridesmaids gave me a handkerchief with the letter ‘J’ on it for my ‘something blue,'” she says.
Bridesmaids’ dresses: The bridesmaids wore fit and flare navy dresses by Bill Levkoff from Gamberdella.
Men’s apparel: Jack wore his own Polo Ralph Lauren tuxedo, and the groomsmen wore their own dark suits and ties from J. Crew.
Flowers: James Paulus of Michael Designs Florist in Annapolis used a variety of white flowers, such as anemones, roses and hydrangeas for Jenny’s bouquet, blue hydrangeas for the bridesmaids’ bouquets and roses for the boutonnieres.
Reception: Jenny and Jack selected the Center Club overlooking the Inner Harbor because of its “amazing and unique view.”
Special touch: Local artist Laura Condouris created a map for the programs and a signature book for the reception.
“We both have a thing for maps,” says Jenny. “The map highlighted specific locations important to us, such as Sherwood Gardens, the church, the reception, where we work, and the Ravens and Orioles stadiums since we’re both local sports fans.”
Entertainment: Bryan George Music Services of Washington played during the cocktail hour and reception. The couple’s first dance was to “Have I Told You Lately” by Van Morrison.
Dessert: Patisserie Poupon in Baltimore created the traditional tiered cake, which was chocolate hazelnut with vanilla frosting and fresh strawberries.
“Growing up, I had a neighbor I used to baby sit who had autism and a cousin who has autism, so it’s close to my heart,” says Jenny.