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High Winds Couldn't Even Shake Jenna Ackerman and Brian Sullivan's Love

By Alana Tosti | April 17, 2020 | People


June 22, 2019
Ceremony & Reception:
Holly Acres
Photography by Dana Zarin Photography

Jenna Ackerman and Brian Sullivan Jr., both business owners, got engaged in October 2018 during what was supposed to be a romantic evening starting with a plane ride over Ocean City, N.J. High winds canceled the plane ride, and a stroll on the beach turned into a frantic chase for their dog, Java, and a search for Jenna’s missing cellphone. The story has a happy ending as all were found—and eight months later the pair were celebrating their nuptials on the front lawn of the bride’s childhood home. “Although we were standing in front of 185 people, the ceremony felt intimate and we couldn’t be happier so many joined us,” remembers the bride. An “orange crush” cocktail welcomed guests to the reception (in the backyard) where they were invited to select premade corsages, boutonnieres and hair flowers from a flower bar created by A Garden Party. The evening ended sweetly with fresh New Jersey blueberries and a three-tiered cake.


Wedding Planner Erin Proud, Proud to Plan,
Bride’s Gown Martina Liana, Philly Bride,
Bride’s Shoes Jimmy Choo,
Bride’s Hair Jessica, Mora Salon,
Rings Bernie Robbins Jewelers,
Florals Mary Coombs, A Garden Party,
Catering Sage Catering,
Cake Bredenbeck’s Bakery,
Invitations First Impressions Calligraphy,
Rentals Ocean Tents & Party Rentals,; Maggpie,
Linens Total Table, Lighting Lumos Co.,
Entertainment Ceremony: Miss Musique,; reception: BVTLive!, All About Me,

Photography by: Dana Zarin Photography