Melissa Bishop and John Scherfel at their wedding reception at Brady's Run Park Lodge in Beaver Falls, Pa., on September 29, 2012. (Handout)
Melissa Bishop & John Scherfel

Melissa Bishop, 31, is a business analyst with the Mitre Corp. John Scherfel, 33, is the director of development and communications for Travelers Aid International. They live in Old Town Alexandria.

Wedding date: Sept. 29

Location: Brady’s Run Park Lodge, Beaver Falls, Pa.

Guests: 200

How they met: In April 2000, as teens volunteering at a maple syrup festival, Scherfel walked over to Bishop’s booth and asked her to lunch at Brady’s Run Park Lodge. They were students at the same high school, and she had “always thought he was cute,” so she accepted Scherfel’s invitation. They stayed together after graduation and commuted between colleges for a semester before Bishop transferred to the University of Pittsburgh to be closer to Scherfel, who studied at St. Vincent College.

The proposal: In November 2011, they vacationed in Greece. On top of the Acropolis, Scherfel got down on one knee and proposed. “We were a couple for a long time and already had a lot of romantic memories, so I had to pull this off in a big way for it to be really magical,” Scherfel says.

The wedding: After a small ceremony, the couple hosted a reception in Brady’s Run Lodge, the site of their first date. Guests snacked on a bacon bar and dined on whole roast pig, grilled chicken and kielbasa. In lieu of cake, they observed a western Pennsylvania tradition of a cookie table, with treats baked by family members.

The honeymoon: They vacationed in Palm Springs, where they visited Joshua Tree National Park, shopped for antiques and rode an aerial tram into the mountains above the desert.

Janet Bennett Kelly