When Maria Guempelein and Robert Jennings were first set up, Robert was unaware of the situation and spent the whole night watching football on TV. Maria thought he wasn't interested. But a couple of months later, they finally talked -- about football. It was then that the two realized they had a spark, and a year later they became engaged.
The bride, in a gown by Barbra Allin, stands with her sister Kristina (in a Serafina dress). Maria's "something borrowed" is a pearl necklace belonging to her sister-in-law, Ericka Jennings. Around her shoulders is a warm blanket that she spontaneously used as a wrap to ward off the cold during the photos.
Rather than signing a traditional guest book, guests are given postcards with the bride and groom's address printed on the back to fill with good wishes during the reception and drop in a copper mailbox displayed in the lobby. The cards are to be mailed the next day by a friend of the couple so that the newlyweds will return from their honeymoon to a brimming mailbox.
Instead of one large wedding cake, Maria and Robert offered a number of choices for their guests. "I wanted a country bake-sale kind of feeling," Maria said. The main cake was a square layered tiramisu decorated with Lady apples dipped in either caramel or chocolate. Other baked delights included (from left) a chocolate sour-cream pound cake with raspberry filling and chocolate ganache frosting, miniature cupcakes with apricot filling and topping, and a round layered spice cake with cream-cheese frosting. Hand-painted, calligraphed signs listed the names of the desserts.