The details: Casey Guadagnini and Matt Lockwood wedding

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Casey Guadagnini and Matt Lockwood were both raised on the water -- though on different sides of the Atlantic -- so they chose Celebrations at the Bay, in Pasadena, Md., for their wedding and reception. Their 130 guests gathered on the venue's dock and they were wed by a Navy chaplain on March 6, the first sun-filled Saturday of the season.

Ambiance: Jovial. Guadagnini and Lockwood introduced their families for the first time at the rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding. "It's different families, different cultures, different personalities -- this could go horrible," Guadagnini remembers thinking. "But it was awesome. Our families just love each other."

The food: Catering by Uptown, which owns Celebrations, served hors d'oeuvres, including lobster bisque "martinis" and crab cakes, during cocktail hour. For dinner, guests were served filet mignon and chicken breast stuffed with asparagus and prosciutto. In addition to a cake by Catonsville, Md.-based SugarBakers Cakes, there was a chocolate fountain with fruit, pretzels and cookies.

Points of interest: The couple -- who've been long-distance for most of their relationship -- used luggage tags as place cards. They also set up a table with wedding photos of their parents and grandparents. Their own table was decorated with small frames containing the words "Hot or Not."

The first dance: "Right Here Waiting" by Richard Marx. Two-thirds of the way through their unrehearsed dance Lockwood asked Guadagnini if he could lift her up and spin her around. "I don't know," she replied. "Can you?" Turns out he could.

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