Engaged: Colby Previti and John Celmer
It will be a winter wonderland wedding (with hints of Ravens purple!) for this fun-loving couple who like to laugh together and spend time with their adorable Chihuahua (who actually played a role in engagement story).
Engaged: John Celmer and Colby Previti. (Chad Heller / April 22, 2012)
Her story: Colby Previti, 26, grew up in Bowley's Quarters and now lives in Middle River. She is a freelance model and make-up artist. Her father, Vincent Previti, is a retired firefighter. Her mother, Kimberly Previti, is a licensed personal trainer and hair stylist.
His story: John Celmer, 28, grew up in Dundalk and now lives in Middle River. He is a representative for Forest Pharmaceuticals. His father, Robert Celmer, is a retired Bethlehem Steel mill wright. His mother, the late Linda Celmer, was a real estate agent.
Their story: They met May 15, 2006 at The Horse You Came In On.
"I had a shoot that day in Bethesda and really didn't want to go out that night," says Colby. "But, my girlfriends [convinced me]. John happened to be there. I saw him and thought he was attractive, but he was with another girl, so I didn't say anything. I went up to the bar to get a drink and saw him checking me out in the mirror. He stopped me and tried making conversation. I wasn't really into it. I said to him, 'Why are you talking to me? Aren't you with your girlfriend?' " Colby says.
"I was checking her out," says John. "Then I walked up to her, talking to her and wanted to find out if the guy she was with was her boyfriend. And she was trying to find out if the girl I was with was my girlfriend."
It turned out, neither one was. So numbers were exchanged, and they went out to lunch within the next couple of days.
"We really hit it off," she says. "He worked right near where I lived. He had grown up in the same area. We're both really big into family — very close to our families. Everything pretty much clicked."
They continued dating.
"About two or three months later, we went to this club downtown that isn't there anymore — Have a Nice Day Café," Colby says. "We were sitting on a bench swing in the back. He grabbed my hand and said, 'I think I love you.' And I said it back."
The relationship continued to grow, and the couple bought a house together in 2010. Then came the next milestone.
"John was going away for work a lot," says Colby. "I was here by myself. I'm an animal person. I grew up with animals. I wanted something here with me when he was away. I found out John is allergic to cats. And he didn't want a big dog. I — being the girly girl that I am — wanted a cute little dog I could carry around as an accessory, and dress up in clothes. So, I asked John about getting a smaller dog. He wasn't too keen on the idea."
"I grew up with dogs," he says. "I thought they were a big responsibility and that we should wait. But, she had other plans."
"He didn't say no, but he didn't yes," says Colby. "So, I knew if I bought him this adorable little dog, he wouldn't be able to say no. So, I went with a friend to a breeder to see these little Chihuahuas. They were about 7 weeks old and were about a pound and half [each] — so tiny, so adorable. The breeder had two left. One was white with some brown spots, and the other was a dark chocolate color with some caramel in the coloring. As soon as I opened the cage, the little brown one came running out at me, wagging her tail. The other one was a little more reserved. John and I are really outgoing, so I knew that the brown dog was for us.
"I didn't really tell John," she says. "But, I bought the dog. I went to PetSmart and bought all sorts of cute stuff for her. I brought her home. I had her little newborn puppy dress on, pink with white polka dots, with a pink fluffy bed. And you can't forget the rhinestone collar. I had her behind my back. He was on the couch watching TV and said, 'What are you hiding?' As soon as I pulled her out, the expression on his face was priceless. He didn't know whether to be mad or excited. But, as soon as he held her, he fell in love with her."
"With her being dressed up and all, it was a little over the top," John admits. "But, she was very tiny and very lovable."
"Zsa Zsa's been with us for almost two years now," Colby says. "And I will tell you that she's daddy's little girl. Her wardrobe is almost as big as mine. She actually weighs about 5 pounds now. She's our little guard dog."
The acquisition of Zsa Zsa is a good example of something Colby loves about John.
"He puts up with me," she says, laughing. "When you do modeling people expect you to be prim and proper. And I'm not like that. I like to have fun...I'm a really outgoing person. I'm a goofball. I'll act out a skit from Saturday Night Live or bust out in a Broadway song. John laughs. He's used to me. He likes me just the way I am. John would just give you the shirt off his back. He's the biggest family person I know. His dad is his best friend. He is a really good person with a really big heart. He's very respectful, too."