Nuptials: Jen Buhr & Steve Braud
Jen Buhr, 27, is an operations supervisor at UPS. Steve Braud, 25, is an account rep for Moulding & Millwork. They live in Hanover.
Wedding date: Sept. 5
Location: Chesapeake Bay Beach Club, Stevensville
How they met: Jen and Steve were on the crew team together at the University of Maryland at College Park. Both had been dating other people. When those relationships ended, Jen said, "We kind of were there for each other." Before they knew it, they had fallen for each other. Neither can pinpoint an official first date, though they suppose it was sometime near when Jen graduated in 2004.
The proposal: Steve's parents live in the area but were planning a birthday celebration for his dad last year in California. Jen and Steve joined them. On the parents' itinerary was a hot-air balloon ride in wine country. As Steve planned, his mom said she didn't want to go up in the balloon, so Steve and Jen went instead. While they were in the air, those on the ground arranged a huge sign that read, "Jen, will you marry me?"
The wedding: Water brought them together, so the couple made the beach a central theme of their wedding, which was at a club along the bay. Jen and Steve continued the theme by inserting guest place cards in Adirondack chair picture frames that rested in sand-filled wooden trays that Steve built.
Honeymoon: A week in Kauai, Hawaii.
-- Becky Krystal