Cara Selick, 24, is a book publicist in New York City. David Mieles, 25, works in IT for a hedge fund in Westport, Conn. They live in Stamford, Conn.
Wedding date: Jan. 20
Location George Peabody Library, Baltimore
How they met: In September 2006, her freshman year at Johns Hopkins University, Cara Selick needed a place to study away from her loud roommates. She went across the hall and asked her friend whether she could sit on his roommate’s bed and read. When the roommate came back, Selick liked what she saw; so did David Mieles, also a freshman. They began spending more time together. By second semester they were dating exclusively.
The proposal: Mieles’s relatives from Turkey, Germany and the United States planned a reunion in Istanbul in December 2011, and Selick was invited. A few days into the trip, Selick suspected something was brewing when Mieles said they had dinner reservations at a swanky restaurant in the city. They were both so nervous that dinner began awkwardly, Selick said. They eventually warmed up, and Mieles gave her flowers after dinner. Then he said he had another gift for her: a robin’s-egg-blue box. As soon as Selick lifted out the velvet box inside, Mieles took it from her and got down on one knee and proposed.
The wedding: The ceremony included vows written by the couple and an acknowledgment that they were thankful to get married in a state “anyone can marry anyone they love.” For Selick, the Peabody Library, filled with music and books, was the ideal venue. A performance by a belly dancer and guests doing the hora celebrated the groom’s Turkish and bride’s Jewish roots. To honor her parents, Selick, who acts in community theater, sang the Beatles’ “Here There and Everywhere,” the song they danced to at their wedding more than 30 years ago.
The honeymoon: They visited Oahu and Maui, where they went whale watching and ziplining, snorkeling and surfing. “We tried to do one new thing each day,” Selick said.
— Janet Bennett Kelly