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Engaged: Faith Deutschle & Jason Albert

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Wedding Day: December 1, 2012

Her story: Faith Deutschle, 28, grew up in Dublin, Ohio, and now lives in Federal Hill. Her father, Jean Deutschle, is senior sales manager at Abbott Laboratories. Her mother, Marianne Deutschle is a pre-kindergarten teacher in Dublin. Deutschle is senior marketing consultant for LivingSocial.

His story: Jason Albert, 35, grew up in Manchester, Maryland, and now lives in Federal Hill. He is general manager at the Delia Foley's pub in Federal Hill. His father, Michael Albert, is deceased. His mother, Diana Albert, is a paralegal at William R. MacDonald Attorney at Law in Westminster.

Their story: They met in November 2009.

"The first night she saw me, I was working at MaGerks [Pub & Grill], and I had a little issue with someone who was a bit intoxicated," says Jason. "I had to get a little forceful with the guy. I guess she was kind of impressed, because the next time she saw me she came up to me and asked what happened.".

"I went up to him and started talking," says Faith. "We exchanged numbers. He called me and asked me if I wanted to go to a party. And we just hit if off."

When did they know something special was going on?

"We both say it was when we went to brunch the first time," Faith says. "Jason ordered a shot of Jameson, and I said, 'Where's mine?' We bonded over Jameson.

"We started dating and we realized how many mutual friends we had," she says. "Every time we were out, we'd run into mutual friends. Neither one of us was looking for a relationship, so we were both hesitant in putting on any labels. Then, one day we were out to dinner and friend asked, 'What's going on here?' We looked at each other and said, "We are boyfriend and girlfriend.' We've been virtually inseparable ever since."

Some of his interests became her interests. And vice versa.

"Jason's really into rock climbing," says Faith. "So, we just sort of started doing more and more outdoorsy things together, and our relationship just grew."

"She definitely got me more involved in politics," says Jason. "We're more involved in city politics, and community involvement.

Something they already had in common was a history on stage.

After graduating college with a theater degree, Faith came to Baltimore to visit her sister, Hope Deutschle, Under Armour senior marketing manager.

"I saw an audition for an off=Broadway show that was going to run at the Hippodrome, 'Awesome 80's Prom'," she says. "I decided I had nothing to lose, so I went and got a call the next week that I was in show. The show ran for about six months and that was plenty of time to fall in love with the city -- so I never left."

Meanwhile, Jason -- an accomplished guitarist -- toured the East Coast for a couple of years in the hard rock band, Malvado.

Each of them had also decided that chasing the dream of being a star wasn't all it was cracked up to be and were following other careers.

The proposal, Opening Day, April 5, 2012: "I actually had known that I wanted to marry her probably six months after we started dating," says Jason. "I guess I waited a while because I wanted to be patient with it and be sure that things would continue as well as they had.

"It was actually something I was supposed to do when we were going to spend an evening in DC -- have dinner at a nice restaurant and all this stuff. My work picked up and her work picked up and we weren't able to go. But, the ring had been sitting in my sock drawer since January. We went to Opening Day, and met up with a bunch of friends and had a great day out.".

"He never gave me any sign that anything was coming," Faith says. "We got home that evening and Jason said, 'Do you want to take [Kaya, their pitbull mix] on a walk with me?' We were sitting down near some railroad tracks. He's talking about how these trains could go anywhere and that it's kind of like life. And I'm thinking, 'Where's he going with this?' All of sudden, he was shaking. I thought something was wrong. He said, 'I've just wanted to do this for a really long time. ' And he pulled out the ring.

"I made the decision about five minutes before we went out for the walk," says Jason. "With our schedules, if I waited for the perfect night for a getaway, we'd have to wait for months."

The ring: "The only thing I knew was that she liked her mother's ring," says Jason, "and she didn't want me to spend a lot of money. She thought we could use the money in more important ways."

Jason says Faith's mother's ring was very classic, in yellow gold.

"I have a friend who owns a gold trading company, who called and told me, 'I just got this ring. It's beautiful, but it's from an estate and it's in yellow gold.' I said, 'That's interesting because that's what I was looking for.' It's a classic-looking ring with a princess cut diamond.'

The Wedding: "Our goal is to be about our guests, and not about us," says Faith.

With that in mind, the couple will have a welcome party for out-of-town guests at Frank & Nick's West End Grille, following a smaller rehearsal dinner for the wedding party.

The ceremony will be at Our Lady of Good Counsel on Fort Avenue, officiated by Father John Williamson. The reception for "about 200" will be held at Tabrizi's.

They're not really going for a strong theme, except to make things as "Baltimore" as possible. Like the wedding transportation Jason's lined up -- a purple Ravens fan bus.

When it came to her dress, Faith says she broke a cardinal rule at a bridal shop in Bel Air.

"I tried on a Jim Hjelm dress that was really expensive," she says. " They added a sash by Pronovias and I loved all of it. But, I could not [spend the money]. My sister said, ':et's just go over to David's Bridal for fun.' I showed the woman there the picture and they had another dress that was discontinued that was just like it.'"

She describes it as a strapless ivory satin gown with a sweetheart neckline, drop-down V-back, trumpet skirt and no decorations,

So, she got it and went back to the bridal shop for the sash.

Faith also wanted to save money on flowers.

"I don't like flowers,' she says. "They cost a lot of money and then they die".

So, she's playing with a bouquet made with birch, holly, and baby's breath -- "more of an organic, rustic look rather than a floral bouquet."

"The centerpieces will be some sort of wreath. So, whoever ends up with it at the end of the night has a wreath for the season," she says, "The only flowers there will pots of red poinsettias, which I'll donate to the church, so they can decorate with them for the Christmas season."

While the colors will be the couple's favorites -- green and gold -- they will only be used as accents for the bridal party. Her matron-of-honor and four bridesmaids have been told they can wear any cocktail or tea length black dress they want.

The groomsmen will be in black tuxes with green cummerbunds or ties.

Faith has a history with wedding photographer Terry Pozniak of tPozPhotography.

"She was my first client ever on LivingSocial," she says. "I've watched her grow and she is an amazing photographer. She's awesome."

Food-wise, there will be a sit-down dinner featuring salmon or sea bass and chicken entree choices. Pastry chef Afaf Tabrizi -- wife of chef-owner Michael Tabrizi -- will be doing a small wedding cake for the couple and cupcakes for the guests. The cake toppers will be Natty Boh and the Utz Girl bobble-heads.

With Jason's musical bent, he's the one more involved in the tunes for the evening.

He is working with deejay Jacob Jensen from Absolute Entertainment on a playlist that will feature lots of music from the '80s and early '90s, like Huey Lewis & The News.

"We want 'The Wedding Singer' kind of music" says Faith. "We describe it as bad wedding music...It's really fun."

"The big thing is that a lot of our friends call us their favorite couple," Jason says. "We love to go out and paint the town. We really wanted it to be a big party."

The couple is planning a karaoke after-party upstairs at Delia Foley's.

"Or, I have a friend who plays in an '80s band, and we might have them play, but allow people to sing with them as well ," says Jason.

Faith says she won't be changing out of her gown for that.

"I'm going to rock that thing all night," she says.

The fun will continue the next day, as Faith and Jason Albert plan to head to the Ravens-Steelers game with a bunch of friends, even though they don't yet have tickets.

"We'll either be buying them or begging them for gifts," says Jason, with a laugh.

Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
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