Cristy Michel and Adam Levine at their wedding reception at the Sequoia in Washington, D.C. on Feb.17. (Photography by John Frank)

Cristy Michel & Adam Levine

Cristy Michel, 27, is an account executive for a Baltimore advertising agency. Adam Levine, 29, sells public relations and marketing software for a Beltsville company. They live in Baltimore.

Wedding date: Feb. 17

Location: The Sequoia, Washington, D.C.

Guests: 150

How they met: Adam Levine and Cristy Michel, both marketing majors, were in many of the same classes at Penn State. They didn’t date in college, although Adam wanted to, but frequently studied together and bonded over their shared interest in hockey and football. A year after graduation in 2008, Adam, who had just moved to Baltimore, knew Cristy was visiting her mother in Charm City and sent her a message online about getting together. They officially began dating soon after. Cristy attributes her change of heart to “being older and wiser” and to their close friendship.

The proposal: Shortly before Thanksgiving 2011, Cristy came home to a candle-lit living room. Adam called down to her to come upstairs, where she found a big heart made of rose petals on their bed and Adam on one knee, ring in hand. Adam had arranged a back table at their favorite restaurant, and they headed out to dinner to celebrate.

The wedding: One of Adam’s close college friends officiated, relating anecdotes about the couple from their friends and family. To incorporate Adam’s Jewish roots with Cristy’s Catholic ones, they set up a chuppah and hung Cristy’s grandmother’s rosary beads on an inside corner. As is customary in Cristy’s hometown of Pittsburgh, friends and family baked and filled a table with 18 types of cookies, including black-and-white cookies and ones dotted with jam to coordinate with the reception’s color scheme of black, white and raspberry. The cake, which came from Fancy Cakes in Bethesda, paid tribute to Penn State with a little Nittany Lion sticking out from the bottom layer.

The honeymoon: They vacationed in Mexico, exploring the Mayan ruins, sailing and snorkeling, and spending time relaxing after a busy year of wedding planning.

— Janet Bennett Kelly