JDE Bride: Ellen

Hey friends! I'm so excited to introduce you all to JDE Bride Ellen! Ellen & Jake got married last October, smack in the middle of Hurricane Matthew...and their day was so awesome! I've asked Ellen to share a little bit about her wedding planning journey.

Introduce yourself and your husband: I’m Ellen Anderson – My husband Jake and I got married in October of 2016 at The Oyster Farm at Kings Creek on the beautiful Eastern Shore of Virginia.

What's your love story? How did the two of you meet? How did you get Engaged? Two of our friends introduced us about three years ago, and we hit it off immediately. We spent the next week hanging out before Jake headed off to OCS in Rhode Island. We pen-pal-ed it for the next three months or so before I flew up for his graduation where I was introduced as his girlfriend, a title I happily accepted! To complete the trip we took the ultimate leap of faith and embarked on a ten-hour road trip back home to Virginia Beach. Somewhere between Jake slapping my hand away from the radio dial, sitting in silence and being completely comfortable with each other, and me finding “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus on Jake’s iPod, I confirmed my original thoughts about Jake… he was the one. We spent a month or so together before Jake moved down to Panama City, but continued our relationship and visited each other every month or so. When Jake visited for Valentine’s day he nervously shared news of his orders to Guam (which later got changed to Rota, Spain). I calmly replied, “Okay cool, I’m gonna stay here, but can I visit?”

Jake was SO pleased with my cool response and commitment to our relationship that he put a ring on it two months later on the night of my birthday. In typical Jake fashion, he planned an elaborate string of events and watched it go down while remaining calm, cool and collected... He made three days worth of crème brulee, a fabulous dinner, and then presented me with a series of random unrelated gifts, one by one… First was a Bonsai tree, then a “How to care or your bonsai tree” book, then a scarf, a blue rock from Afghanistan, and jewelry cleaner. He watched me get increasingly anxious about whether or not he was going to propose – I mean, it was my birthday how could he not?!? I seriously thought he might have hidden the ring in one of the crème brulees, and was distracted by thoughts of whether I would need to eat all eight servings in one night.

Then he said those magic words… not “will you marry me”.. but, “go check the pocket of my rain jacket.” And inside that pocket, there was the most beautiful ring I’ve ever seen. My heart felt like it was going to explode with happiness (even though I was clearly expecting this to happen.) I looked at Jake, he just sat there with a coy smile on his face until I reminded him I can’t say yes if you don’t ask me the question!!!!

We’ve been through some pretty amazing times and have spent most of our relationship apart from each other. There is a light at the end of the tunnel though, and I would not trade our love for a thing in the world


What 5 words would you use to describe your wedding? Clean, Simple, Perfect, Romantic, Oysters

Where did you go for your honeymoon? We’re going to St. John, USVI Islands this September!

What were your favorite/least favorite parts of wedding planning? Favorite Part: Tie between cake testing and eating cheese & drinking champagne with Holly and Liz. Least Favorite Part: Not being able to share the cake testing with Jake

If you could do one thing different throughout your entire wedding planning journey, what would it be? It’d probably be more fun to have Jake here for part of the journey, but I think he’s pretty happy that he missed out on most of it

Do you have any advice for future brides? Breathe, delegate, and focus on what you can control! And I highly recommend ALL of my vendors – it takes some special people to deal with a high-energy, determined, and sometimes a little cray cray bride – but they pulled it off with ease, and showed up for our #hurricanewedding with smiles on their faces!

Oh and… advice for the day of – when in doubt, head to the dance floor!

Who were your vendors? Venue: Oyster Farm at Kings Creek  //  Coordinator: Just Dandy Events  //  Photographer: Elizabeth Henson Photos  //  Cake: Incredible Edibles  //  Florist: Seagrass Floral  //  DJ: Astro DJ  //  Hair: Beach Bridal Artistry  //  Makeup: Makeup By Kim Porter  //  Officiant: Cotton Markert // Gown: Martina Liana - Pure English // Invitations: Minted // Wedding Day Printables: MintyPaperieShop // Runners: Jake’s Mom