Mary Krawczyk and Jeffrey Ludwig at their wedding reception at the Fairfax Hotel in Washington, DC on July 9, 20011. (John Keith)
Mary Krawczyk & Jeffrey Ludwig

Mary Krawczyk, 26, is an elementary school teacher. Jeffrey Ludwig, also 26, works in commercial real estate. The couple live in Crofton, Md.

Wedding date: July 9

Location: Fairfax Hotel, Washington, D.C.

Guests: 150

How they met: In 2003, on move-in day of their freshman year at Catholic University, Ludwig noticed Krawczyk leaving the front porch of her dorm. “That’s the one,” he said to his friend, and he proceeded to knock on every door in the building until he found her. They became friends and often ate together with a group at the campus cafeteria. At the end of January 2004, Ludwig asked her to be his girlfriend. A few days later, they celebrated “official couplehood” with dinner at the Chart House in Annapolis.

The proposal: On March 27, 2010, Ludwig asked Krawczyk to join him for a walk in the park behind Sacred Heart Church in Bowie. When they sat down at a shrine on the church grounds, Ludwig asked her to take off her sunglasses, saying he’d like to see her eyes. Then he pulled a small blue box from his pocket, dropped to one knee and said he had a question for her.

The wedding: Reflecting their commitment to the environment, the bride and groom rode to the reception in the best man’s Prius. The table decorations were “postcards” they made using images of cities significant to them, including Poznan, Poland, where Krawczyk had studied. On the back, they wrote a couple of sentences about what each location meant to them. Krawczyk, who loves Elvis Presley, selected “Fools Rush In” for their first dance (although she admits that, after eight years, they were neither fools nor rushing).

The honeymoon: The couple went to Bar Harbor, Maine, where they enjoyed kayaking and hiking in Acadia National Park and feasted on lobster.