Patricia Jenson and Jason Beakes

Married August 10, 2012 in Dickerson

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Patricia Jenson and Jason Beakes’ love story begins in August 2010. That’s when the pair kayaked over the falls together at Pennsylvania’s Ohiopyle State Park. Jenson had just met Beakes that weekend at the Ohiopyle Falls Race, but she already knew of his reputation as an extreme whitewater kayaker and longtime member of the U.S. national team. So she agreed to kayak over the falls with him, even though she initially hadn’t planned on doing so. Almost two years to the day, the couple took a different kind of plunge when they each said, “I do.”

Bride and groom

Jenson is an arts fundraiser originally from Edina, Minn. Beakes is a contractor for Mid Atlantic Infrared Services and is originally from Bethesda. The couple now lives in Poolesville.

The wedding

Aug. 10, 2012, at the Comus Inn in Dickerson, with the reception on Aug. 11 at Calleva Farm in Dickerson

How they met

Jenson and Beakes were camping with a group of kayakers before the Ohiopyle Falls Race in Pennsylvania.

First date

Kayaking over the falls the day they met

The proposal

After a stressful move to the couple’s new home, Beakes popped the question as he and Jenson rested on a couch late one night, surrounded by moving boxes.

What she loves most about him

“His passion for life and willingness to put heart and soul into everything he takes on.”

What he loves most about her

“The cheerful competence she brings to all of life’s challenges.”

Wedding theme

Old Hollywood elegance in the outdoors

Number of people who attended

48 at the ceremony; 150 at the reception

What made the day so special

Although storms moved through the area during the days before the wedding, the skies cleared for the ceremony and reception, providing a glorious sunset. Beakes’ two children waved homemade white papier-mâché birds on long bamboo poles over the guests’ heads as they led the couple from the ceremony.

What made them cry

To open the ceremony, Beakes told of the moment when he knew he wanted to marry Jenson. “We were sitting beside a river and saw an older couple on a rock across the water from us holding hands,” he said. In that moment, he knew that when he envisioned an older version of himself holding hands with someone by the river, he wanted that someone to be Jenson.

Gown

Oleg Cassini

Photographer

Martin Radigan Photography

Cake

Red velvet by Creative Cakes in Silver Spring

The honeymoon

Still in the planning stages

Catering

Comus Inn

Hair

Sunny Scrima

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