Ever After: Jennifer Burton & Todd Follmer

By / Weddings / January 25, 2018

An not-so-perfect meeting leads to a beautiful wedding for this West Coast couple

Chicago native Jennifer Burton, 34, was visiting her mother in Palm Desert, California, in late 2016 when she got into an argument with the man sitting next to her at Bighorn Golf Club. “I started talking a bit of smack about a Bulls player,” laughs Burton, a realtor. “It was funny in retrospect, because I had no business talking about sports. He ended up winning [the argument].” The minor scuffle with Todd Follmer, Senior VP of Fleet Management for ORBCOMM, did little to dull the sparks: The two later took a walk outside to see the Coachella Valley lights. “As we walked, she took my arm and I was thunderstruck,” remembers Follmer, 56. “The following day I took her to the airport and could not get her out of my head. I immediately worked on plans to go see her in Chicago, and we’ve been inseparable ever since.”

By June 2017, Burton had moved to the West Coast — and on Dec. 2 married Follmer at the country club where they met. The celebrations started with a retro Palm Springs party, complete with pink flamingos, cabanas and palm fronds. The next night, the two recited their vows against the Down Valley backdrop (with their names projected on the mountains, pictured above). “There were twinkly lights, a full moon and stars,” Burton says. “It was out of a dream.”

Watch Jennifer Burton surprise her new husband by dancing and singing to “Hooked On A Feeling” by Blue Swede.


Photos by Maggie Rife Ponce and Kelly Feldmiller, Revealed Studios

It’s in the details

Bride’s gown: Anne Barge, Bella Bianca Bridal Couture, 12 W. Maple; Bellabianca.com

Groom’s attire: custom Armani, Saks Fifth Avenue, 700 N. Michigan; Saksfifthavenue.com

Bridesmaids’ dresses: Badgley Mischka, Rent the Runway, 710 N. Wabash; Renttherunway.com

Groomsmen’s attire: Vera Wang, Men’s Wearhouse, 535 N. Michigan; Menswearhouse.com

Wedding planner: Tamara Bolton-Bryant, Sensorium Events; Sensoriumevents.com

Floral: bouquet of blush, ivory and deep burgundy flowers with wineberries, seeded eucalyptus and gold accents

Sweets: Champagne, strawberry and German chocolate cupcakes, Over the Rainbow Desserts; Romanblas.com

Videographer: Lux Media; Luxmediasd.com

Invitations: Minted; Minted.com


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