Wedded: Ashley Boarman and Doug Jagoda

This couple's love grew as they explored Baltimore together

  • Ashley Boarman and Doug Jagoda dated casually one summer in college, then met up again in Baltimore years later.
Ashley Boarman and Doug Jagoda dated casually one summer in… (Lindsay Hite, READYLUCK photo)
August 01, 2014|By Samantha Iacia, For The Baltimore Sun

Date: June 6

Her story: Ashley Boarman, 27, grew up in Olney. She is a senior account executive at MGH Inc., an advertising firm based in Owings Mills. Her parents, Jeff and Alice Boarman, live in Olney.

His story: Doug Jagoda, 28, was born in New Jersey and moved to Derwood in Montgomery County when he was 8. He is the assistant superintendent at Clark Construction Group in Bethesda. His mother, Elaine Adornetto, and stepfather, Tom Adornetto, live in Derwood.

Their story: Ashley and Doug met through a mutual friend in 2007 when they were home for summer vacation during college. They dated casually for the rest of that summer and stayed friends throughout school; he was at the University of Maryland, College Park, and she was at East Carolina University in North Carolina. Shortly before Ashley moved to Baltimore in 2010, she got a call from Doug, who had recently gotten a job at Aberdeen Proving Ground and was also moving to Baltimore.

"It was just this crazy thing because Baltimore, I think, was never on either of our radars," Ashley says. "We've always had great chemistry, and then once the whole Baltimore thing happened, everything fell into place."

One of their first dates as an official couple was dinner at Cinghiale in Harbor East.

"We grew to love Baltimore and really love the neighborhoods and love being here, and fell in love with each other, too," Doug says.

The couple live in Federal Hill.

The proposal: In August 2013, Doug planned a weekend trip for the couple to visit Cape May, N.J. On the first day of the trip, they rented bicycles and rode them to the Cape May lighthouse. They climbed to the top of the lookout tower, and while Ashley was taking pictures, Doug knelt on one knee and proposed.

"He said some really beautiful words about our relationship and where we had been and where we were going, and how I make him a better person," Ashley says. "And then he asked me to marry him."

Doug worked with a jewelry designer to create a custom multiband eternity ring, which features continuous diamonds around each band.

Venue: The ceremony, cocktail hour and reception at the Belvedere hotel in Baltimore were attended by 80 guests. Jeff Maszel of Alexandria, Va., presided.

Flowers and decor: Inspired by BHLDN, Anthropologie's wedding brand, the couple chose a theme of understated elegance with romantic touches that mixed traditional and modern elements.

Teresa Kastner of Floral Impressions in Hunt Valley arranged the centerpieces, bouquets and boutonnieres using roses, hydrangeas and peonies in shades of cream, white and blush.

Her dress: The bride wore a strapless fit-and-flare lace gown with an asymmetrical peplum waist by Mikaella Bridal from Gamberdella Salon for Brides in Towson.

She wore a pearl necklace and matching earrings from Gamberdella during the ceremony and changed to Elizabeth Bower jewelry from Nordstrom for the reception.

Bridesmaids' dresses: The women wore blush, knee-length Bill Levkoff dresses in different styles from Betsy Robinson's Bridal Collection in Pikesville.

The women wore matching sets of earrings by Nadri, which were gifts from Ashley.

Men's attire: Doug, the groomsmen, and Doug and Ashley's fathers wore midnight blue tuxedos from theblacktux.com.

Music: The Antares Musicians, an Ellicott City-based string quartet, played contemporary music during the ceremony and cocktail hour, including violin versions of "All I Ask of You" from "The Phantom of the Opera", "Viva La Vida" by Coldplay and the "Game of Thrones" theme song.

DJ Michael Bell of MyDeejay in Washington entertained during the reception. Ashley and Doug's first dance was to an acoustic version of "Latch" by Sam Smith.

Food and dessert: Belvedere & Co. Events, the Belvedere's in-house caterer, made panko-crusted salmon and stuffed prosciutto chicken Sambuca for dinner.

Baltimore Cakery in Canton made a three-tier cake with chocolate ganache and raspberry almond flavors, which was decorated with white icing and hot pink peonies.

Favors: Midnite Confections Cupcakery in Federal Hill made an assortment of cupcakes for guests to take home.

Special touches: Before the ceremony, Ashley and Doug did a "first look" at the Homewood Suites in Harbor East, where the wedding party got ready.

"I loved the little bit of time with Doug so I could see him and get those emotions out," Ashley says.

The couple also wrote their vows.

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