Jillian, 28, a sales associate, and Ryan, 27, who plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers, met on the dance floor at a nightclub in Atlanta. She was celebrating with friends and he was visiting the city with his teammates. They started flirting via text, fell in love and dated for two years long distance before Ryan popped the question. On April 28, 2011 they tied the knot in Pittsburgh. Share their love!
Jillian selected this stunning Anne Barge tiered ball gown to wear as she met her prince charming at the altar — and it was a great pick — she couldn’t have looked more amazing in all those layers of luxurious tulle and embellishments.
“The bridesmaids’ gowns were by D’Zage,” says Jillian. “It was extremely difficult finding a gown that would compliment 10 different sized women. Thank goodness my husband’s sisters took on multiple bridal store trips and tried on dozens of gowns until we found the best one.”
When a bride is juggling budgets, contracts and deadlines she can find herself overwhelmed and too tired to focus on details. Luckily Jillian had help from Shayla Hawkins of SHE Events (Shayla Hawkins Events) on our team to help make dreamy, fun ideas like this one come true.
Jillian is a vision of beauty with her stunning gown and her classic all-white bouquet. She bows her head in appreciation as she journeys down the aisle with her father. “My dad kept me calm and steady as we walked down the aisle,” she admits.
All brides are budget conscious, but things don’t always go as planned when it’s time to tally up the totals. “We were tying to stay within a certain number,” admits Jillian. “But, we definitely exceeded it.”
If there’s one area Jillian and Ryan refused to skimp on it was the entertainment. “We had a pianist, vocalist and magician during the cocktail hour,” says Jillian. “A DJ played tunes during the reception and we also had a photo booth running during the cocktail hour and reception.”
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