Bethesda Magazine | May-June 2017

A Local Couple Planned Their Perfect Wedding on the Water

The big day included a crab feast, a sand ceremony and flip-flops for everyone

Photos by Michael Bennett Kress

The dress: Megan wore an Amsale ivory gown, which she bought at Garnish Boutique in Baltimore. “It was very much a princess feel, which is what I was going for,” she says. She also wore a tiara headband that had a decorative string draping down her back. 

The couple: Megan Miles, 28, grew up in Bethesda and went to Walter Johnson High School. She’ll be graduating from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in May and joining MedStar Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore as an orthopedic surgery resident. Jed Kurry, 32, grew up in Chevy Chase and graduated from Gonzaga College High School in D.C. He’s a fire protection engineer for the U.S. State Department and a volunteer firefighter for the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad. They live in Baltimore.

How they met: Megan and Jed volunteered at the B-CC Rescue Squad as teenagers. “I always remember looking at Jed as that ‘cute older boy,’ ” she says. “I was way too nervous to talk to him then, so I never got a chance to really get to know him.” It wasn’t until 2010, when Jed had graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, and Megan was a college senior, that they started dating. A mutual friend at the squad invited them out to set them up, not realizing they had known each other for six years. The couple had their first date a few weeks later at Black’s Bar & Kitchen in Bethesda. 

The proposal: Jed had always wanted to see the sun rise in the east and set in the west on the same day—an idea he’d come up with while working as a lifeguard on a beach one summer—so he decided to propose on June 21, 2013, the day of the year with the most daylight hours. While vacationing at his family’s house on the Jersey Shore, he woke Megan and told her he wanted to watch the sunrise on the beach. “We were sitting in our pj’s on the big lifeguard chairs,” she says. “It was just beautiful.” Back at the house, Jed told Megan to pack her bags. He wanted to surprise her by flying to Los Angeles and proposing on the beach that evening, but a delayed flight foiled his plan. (They ended up seeing the sun set from their airplane window as they were landing in L.A.) On the beach in Santa Monica the next day, as the sun set over the ocean, Jed asked Megan to marry him. 

The wedding: Megan and Jed were married on June 25, 2016, at Herrington on the Bay in North Beach, Maryland, about 30 miles south of Annapolis. “We got engaged on the beach, that’s where we always vacation. We wanted to get married outside along the water,” Megan says.

Number of guests: 110

Planning time: Megan started medical school soon after they got engaged, so the couple decided not to get married for a while—they waited until her two-week break the summer before her fourth year. “We wanted to have a wedding weekend, where everyone was invited to the rehearsal dinner, we had activities Saturday and then we had a brunch on Sunday,” she says. Guests stayed at the waterfront resort, which has a small private beach. “We originally were thinking about doing our wedding in the Caribbean, and we felt like this was a similar feel to everyone taking a vacation together.”

The ceremony: Jed took care of planning the evening ceremony next to the water. Jed’s sister, who was living in Santa Monica, where Jed and Megan had gotten engaged, brought sand from the beach there, and Jed got sand from the Jersey Shore. “He did a sand ceremony where he combined the sands and wrote a speech,” Megan says. Jed’s niece and nephew walked down the aisle, and the little boy wore a chalkboard sign that read, “Jed here comes your girl.”