Ashley, 27, is a student-athlete counselor at American University. Neal, 32, is an economist. They live in Rockville.
The Main Event: A “country, crafty and elegant” wedding July 7 in Derwood, Md.
How They Met: Online. The first time he messaged her, he was at a Billy Joel-Elton John concert at Nationals Park; she messaged him back a few hours later to say she was at the same concert.
First Date: Nationals Park, but this time for a baseball game.
First Impressions: “That girl looks like she could beat me up, so I’d better be on my best behavior.”
First Kiss: On the Metro platform after their first date. “Neal grabbed my shoulders, pulled me in, and scared me half to death. I had no idea he was going in for the kill.”
How he Proposed: On Columbus Day along the Tidal Basin.
Pet Names: “I call him ‘Bubby.’ Neal calls me ‘Yes, Dear.’”
Making It Unique: “I pretty much bought all of Etsy.com!”
Wedding Jitters: Ashley: “I will run out of time to get my hair done. That has been a recurring dream I’ve had these past few months.” Neal: “That my brother gives a toast so bad it winds up on YouTube.”