Anchors Aweigh

Jenna Elizabeth Mock Marries Kyle Thomas Jones in Annapolis

By Sarah Hagerty  |  Photography by Hamilton Photography

 

A Naval Academy wedding is a very special event—one that requires an Academy or local military connection, as well as the patience to wait for an available date.

Surprisingly, one thing that a Naval Academy Chapel locale does not  require is wearing a uniform. This was important to bride-to-be Jenna Mock who had “always imagined a tuxedo wedding.” The only compromise: They had to leave out the traditional sword salute at the Chapel entrance. That must be carried out by those in uniform. (The uniform was optional for another reason. By the time you read this, Kyle will have completed his mandatory service and started a new civilian career.)

dsc_4216Those all-important tuxes came from Enzo Custom Clothiers in Washington, D.C. Jenna’s out-of-the-ordinary gown came from a boutique near Myerstown, Pennsylvania, which Jenna onlyagreed to investigate to make her grandmother happy since she lives in the area. Much to Jenna’s amazement (she had been envisioning white lace) she found the gown designed by Shail K, and was further amazed to discover it wasn’t intended as a wedding gown but as a prom dress. This story is a perfect illustration that all brides should keep an open mind—you never know where inspiration may strike. Jenna came back to Maryland for the lovely floral creations designed by Soo Son at Silverstems in Annapolis.

The big day was an all-Academy event. Following the ceremony, the wedding party (four bridesmaids and five groomsmen) strolled the grounds surrounding the Chapel posing for one-of-a-kind photo ops. Then it was only a short walk to the Naval Academy Club, a setting steeped in tradition for more than one hundred years. The simple but elegant plated dinner consisted of either chicken or steak with crab cake, garlic mashed potatoes and asparagus.

Lots of revelry and dancing followed dinner. “My favorite moment was dancing to ‘New York, New York’ by Frank Sinatra as our last song,” Jenna says. “We are moving there and starting a new chapter of our life in the big city!” But not before enjoying a memorable honeymoon in Italy (Capri, Positano, Rome).

Buona fortuna!

 

Venue: Naval Academy Chapel, usna.edu/Chapel
Wedding Gown: Shail K, shailkusa.com
Tuxedos: Enzo Custom Clothiers, enzocustom.com
Flowers: Silverstems, thesilverstems.com