"We just were talking about friends who had gotten engaged...and I was asking if you can get married on the beach, do you have to get a permit," she says. "And he said, 'I don't know about getting married on the beach, but I know you can definitely get engaged.' And so I opened my eyes, and he was down on one knee with an open Radcliffe ring box. I started screaming and jumping up and down and asking if he was serious. Of course, he said he was."
That answer — also — was yes.
The ring: Since Megan works at a jewelery store, Brian knew she would have some definite ideas about what kind of ring she would want.
"Her good friend [and co-worker] Shirley [Spearman] was very helpful," he says. "She did some reconnaissance work for me."
There was a specific New York designer — Joseph Dardashti — that Shirley knew Megan liked when she saw his things at a trunk show three years ago.
"So, Shirley and [store owner] Paul Winicki brought in samples for stock for the store," says Megan."They just knew that because I loved this designer so much that I would come over and try things on."
Shirley took notes and reported back to Brian.
"The ring is a reproduction from the 1920's — very Art Deco style," says Megan. "There are pave diamonds around the center diamond — which is round — and two emerald cuts on either side, set in platinum."
The wedding: It, too, will be in Ocean City, at The Sunset Room — which is part of the Roland E. Powell Convention Center, on the bay side.
"The best way I can describe it is that it's a barn by the beach, with exposed beams, floor to ceiling windows and a wraparound double porch," says Megan. "It got its name because you have the best view of the sunset from anywhere in Ocean City."
The ceremony will be outside on the deck, with Brian's brother-in-law, Tim Daly, officiating.
The theme is rustic beach-chic. Lots of ivory and natural candlelight.
"We've been collecting spaghetti sauce jars and taking the labels off them to use as votive candle holders with a Mason jar look," she says.
Tablecloth and napkin colors will probably be a little bit of blush and champagne, beachy neutral colors. They're still working on the flowers with Ocean City floral designer Julie Witt. But, Megan envisions centerpieces of baby's breath and peonies, her favorite flower, if they're in the right price range. Instead of being wrapped with a ribbon tied in a bow at the back, chair covers will be wrapped and tied with strips of burlap.
What's most important to the couple is that everyone at the wedding feel comfortable and have a good time. That's why she's letting her six bridesmaids, maid-of-honor and matron-of-honor choose their own dresses.
"Because I have many a [bridesmaid's] dress that will never be re-worn," she says. "I told them to get something in champagne, blush or a khaki color — a short cocktail dress."
She's asked each to email her a photo of the dress they like for her approval, before they buy it.
As far as her dress is concerned, Megan will only reveal it's an ivory gown with a champagne sash from the Vera Wang White Collection from David's Bridal.
She's still searching for her perfect wedding shoes. But, because they are for her wedding, she'll probably splurge on a pair of Jimmy Choo's from Saks Fifth Avenue.
Brian chose what he wanted all the guys in the wedding party — including himself — to wear; navy blue sports coats, khaki pants, with a soft pink or champagne plaid or gingham shirt.
"The neckwear is still up for debate, either a long or bow tie," says Megan. "That's all up to Brian. He doesn't like to get terribly dressed up. He's more of a business-casual kind of guy.
Brian says he's going for open collar.
The Sunset Room's Centerplate catering will provide food stations offering some of the couple's favorites, like braised short ribs, macaroni and cheese, field green salad and Maryland crab soup.
They haven't decided on a cake yet, but are exploring the possibility of cupcakes.
Brian is in charge of the music, and is scouting Ocean City area deejays.
Other than marrying Brian, what Megan is most looking forward to that day is the morning.
"Getting ready with my mom, my grandmother, my friends and my sisters-to-be...drinking champagne and getting our hair done and getting dressed up."
Her favorite wedding planner: "I'm doing a Pinterest page all about the wedding," says Megan. "It's very useful...I show it to Brian and email him ideas all day long. He's extremely tolerant."