Lena Bloom & Joshua Hershkovitz
Lena Bloom, 29, is a public health practitioner. Joshua Hershkovitz, 33, helps manage a family business and is an aspiring restaurateur. They live in Baltimore.
Wedding date: Oct. 17.
Location: Newton White Mansion, Mitchellville, Md.
How they met: In the spring of 2008, Lena moved to Baltimore for graduate school. She wanted to meet people in her new home, so she signed up for Match.com and contacted Josh shortly after. They got together for drinks at an Irish pub that summer and followed up with a second date two days later.
The proposal: Nine months later, Josh took Lena to Baltimore's Oceanaire Seafood Room. They were walking back to the parking garage when Josh claimed to have an untied shoelace. He knelt to "tie" it and pulled out the ring. Then they spent the next half-hour trying to find their car in the garage.
The wedding: Josh's event-planner mom helped the couple organize a romantic, nature-influenced wedding at the Newton White Mansion. They brought in Lena's family rabbi from Cincinnati to perform their ceremony and skipped the bridal party in lieu of having their parents and siblings with them under the chuppah. Their reception incorporated locally brewed beer and locally sourced flowers.
The honeymoon: The couple journeyed through Italy, visiting Rome, Florence and the Tuscan countryside.