Nuptials: Cherie Bartozzi and Matt Tropea wed May 29

Sunday, June 20, 2010; E08

Cherie Bartozzi, 27, plans to study nursing. Matt Tropea, 33, is an information technology recruiter. They live in Potomac.

Wedding date: May 29.

Locations: Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, the District, and Woodend Sanctuary, Chevy Chase.

Guests: 362.

How they met: Cherie signed up for kayaking lessons in September 2007. Before her first one, she visited a Rockville store that Matt managed to buy gear. It was love at first sight for Cherie, but Matt was seeing someone. They hit it off, however, and talked for two hours. After the first lesson, Cherie realized the equipment Matt sold her wasn't adequate for frigid water so she had an excuse to return. They didn't start dating, though, until October 2008.

The proposal: Right before they took a trip to the Bahamas with Cherie's family, Cherie's parents gave Matt the diamond for a ring and Matt's mother provided the setting from her wedding and engagement band. He took the finished ring on vacation and had hoped to propose after swimming with dolphins. When a thunderstorm ruined those plans, he decided to ask for her hand as they got ready for dinner.

The wedding: They were introduced as husband and wife under an arch made from kayaking paddles.

Honeymoon: Worked at a friend's resort in Eleuthera, Bahamas.

-- Kathleen Hom

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