WHEN KARLA CASTRO met Jeremy Stroh at Ellsworth Air Force Base’s clinic in Rapid City, S.D., she admits he was in a vulnerable spot. “Here I am having chemistry with this guy, and he’s shirtless and at my mercy,” she laughs. Both in the Air Force, Jeremy needed a required physical for his pilot’s test, while Karla was the medic who administered his EKG. Upon returning home a week later, she was in for another shock: “He was my new next-door neighbor. ” So, naturally, she baked him banana bread, and it wasn’t long before they went for a hike in Custer State Park. “She had a sweet voice and great smile,” says Jeremy. A year later, they relocated to the D.C. area, and it was in front of the Lincoln Memorial that Jeremy dropped the ring and forgot to get down on one knee. “When we finally kissed,” says Karla, “a passer-by told us to get a room.” They will wed Aug. 9 in Seattle.

Karla, 30, is a nursing student at George Mason University. Jeremy, 31, is a GMU law student. They live in McLean with their daughter, Ana.