How They Met: Rebecca Piper and Brian Cannon first locked eyes at a work function in Baltimore. Both new to the company, they were placed in the same training course a few weeks later. For a few months, they each maintained a “shy, school-kid crush,” until one night when they ran into each other in Baltimore City. “We were clueless that we both lived not only in the city but about two blocks from each other,” says Rebecca, 31, of Farmingdale. From then on, they were inseparable.
Will You Marry Me?: For Rebecca, spending every Easter Sunday with her family in Toms River is priceless. So, when Brian, 30, of Fallston, Maryland, walked into her bedroom early on Easter morning in 2015 and asked her to be his wife, she couldn’t have been happier to share the moment with her loved ones. “For me, nothing could beat running out of the room holding up a beautiful ring knowing I was to be this amazing man’s wife,” she says. Rebecca’s parents were in wait with a bottle of champagne to celebrate.
Back to the Beach: When it came time to plan their wedding, the couple knew they would go back to their roots at the Jersey Shore, where each of their families had sun-soaked memories. “Our main focus was being able to include everyone and staying true to who we are,” says Rebecca.
I Do: On September 17, 2016, Rebecca walked down the aisle escorted by her father in the very same church that her parents were married in 37 years earlier. “Our one minute walk meant the world—more than any of us could put into words—and we all felt it,” Rebecca says.
Decor: At the reception to follow, loose, garden-picked arrangements in different shades of white brought Jack Baker’s Sunset Ballroom to life, while high flowing centerpieces, pale-blue silk linen overlays and white lanterns adorned the space, emitting an understated elegance. Small driftwood sailboats engraved with the couple’s monogram decorated each table, where guests were awed by the abundance of crystal chandeliers sparkling overhead.
Parting Gift: After the last song played—by Journey, of course!—guests were treated to “Jersey Style” pork roll and cheese sandwiches as they headed home.
Favors: Keeping to a Greek tradition, Rebecca’s mother made custom sachets that held five candied almonds to symbolize five wishes for the new bride and groom: health, wealth, happiness, children and a long life.
Advice for other brides: “Focus on what is most important to you as a couple and don’t lose sight of it,” says Rebecca.
Floral and Decor Rentals: Katydid Signature Floral and Event Design, Spring Lake
Bride’s Gown: Berta
Bride’s Veil: Monique Lhuillier
Bride’s Shoes: Alexandre Birman and Miu Miu
Hair & Makeup: Michelle Elise Hair and Makeup Artistry
Bridesmaids Gowns: Amsale
Invitations: The Pretty Papery
Ceremony Music: Sweet Harmony Music, Plainfield
Reception Music: SCE Event Group, West Long Branch
Videographer: Truly Wed Films
Cake: Mueller’s Bakery, Bay Head
Menu Design: Minted