Fikile and Karen Guralnick


Leonard and Ann Guralnick, of Columbia, announce the marriage of their daughter, Karen Ann Guralnick, to Fikile Richard Brushett, son of Stephen Brushett and Refiloe Bam, of Silver Spring, on June 25, 2011.

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The bride is a graduate of the University of Maryland, where she earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. She is currently employed by Exxon Mobil at the Joliet Refinery, in Illinois.

The groom is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and earned a PhD in chemical and biomolecular engineering from the University of Illinois. He is currently employed as a post doctoral researcher for Argonne National Laboratory, near Chicago.

The ceremony and reception were held at the Columbia Sheraton Hotel. Amber Arshad, a lifelong friend of the bride, served as the maid of honor. The groom's college roommate, John Ingram, served as the best man.

The couple honeymooned in Hawaii and currently reside in Oswego, Ill.


Ngozi Okaro and Eric Palmer


Former Columbia residents Amy Powell, now of Baltimore, and James Okaro, now of Lagos, Nigeria, announce the engagement of their daughter, Ngozi Okaro, to Eric Palmer, son of Cecilia James, of Gastonia, N.C., and Clarence James, of Williamstown, N.J.

The bride-to-be is a graduate of Wilde Lake High School; earned a Bachelor of Arts from Morgan State University; and earned a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center. She is currently self-employed as a philanthropic advisor.

The future groom is a graduate of Glassboro High School, in Glassboro, N.J., and earned a Bachelor of Science from Wilkes University, in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. He is currently employed as a controller at Infrastructure Technologies Inc.

A wedding is planned for Sept. 24.


Bryce and Casey Armstrong


Donna Carpenter, of Severn, announces the marriage of her daughter, Casey Elena Nagle, to Bryce Todd Armstrong, son of Marilyn Armstrong, of Columbia, and Alan Armstrong, of Seabrook Island, S.C., on July 2, 2011.

The bride is a 2001 graduate of Westlake High School and a 2005 graduate of the University of Maryland. She is currently employed as a fifth-grade teacher in the Frederick County Public School system.

The groom is a 1994 graduate of Hammond High School and a 1998 graduate of the University of Colorado. He previously served in the U.S. Marine Corps in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is currently employed by the Department of Defense.

A ceremony was held at the American Visionary Art Museum. Matthew Hoh officiated. Jillian R. Keys, sister of the bride, served as the maid of honor. Ryan Armstrong, brother of the groom, served as the best man.

A reception followed at the museum.

The couple honeymooned in Italy. They currently reside in Leesburg, Va.