Engaged: Carly Mistovich and Greg Patronik
The "upscale country" wedding planned by the food service and energy company executives caps a six-year courtship.
Carly Mistovich and Greg Patronik are planning a country-chic wedding. (Handout photo courtesy of Mistovich and / April 5, 2012)
Her story: Carly Mistovich, 28, grew up Glen Rock, Pennsylvania. Her father, Ken Mistovich, is vice president at L&L Supply Corp., a brick company. Her mother, Lisa Mistovich, is a server and bartender for several catering companies in the area. Carly moved to Federal Hill six years ago for her job. She's the director of sales for Aramark food services at M&T Bank Stadium.
His story: Greg Patronik, 29, grew up in Reisterstown. His father, Nick Patronik, owns Patron Services, Inc., a logistics company that's involved with importing and exporting cargo. HIs mother, Colleen Patronik, is accounts manager of the company. Greg is the manager of natural gas operations for Constellation Energy.
Their story: One night In May, 2006, Greg was at Ryleigh's Oyster with some friends. .
"I saw this woman, who was talking with a guy she was obviously uncomfortable with," he says. "So, I went over and acted like I knew her to help her in the situation. That woman was Carly's good friend, Megan Ward. Greg and his friends had such a good time talking with Megan and her friends, they all arranged to get together a few nights later, something Carly says she wasn't going to go to, initially.
"I had been diagnosed with Lyme Disease and was on an intense dose of antibiotics," Carly says. "So, I couldn't drink." But Megan's persuasiveness won her over. The group met up at No Way Jose.
Within a matter of days, Carly and Greg starting dating, and everything went really well — too well, as a matter of fact.
"She was my first serious girlfriend and it kind of freaked me out," Greg admits. At 23, I wasn't looking for someone to fall in love with. I felt I was too young. I could tell Carly was really someone special and I didn't want to do something stupid."
So, they talked.
"He told me straight up that he felt that way, and I said if you feel that way, I appreciate that you are honest with me," Carly says. "But, if you feel that way, it's probably best if we don't continue this relationship."
That breakup lasted eight months. They both lived in Federal Hill and kept running into each other. Soon Greg started coming up with reasons to call Carly, more and more often.
"So, we just started over; a little slower this time," says Greg. "Even though it had been only eight months since the breakup, I felt like I was ready. says Greg. That was five years ago this month.
After two years, they moved in together, adding their rescue dog, Daphne, to their home in 2009.
The proposal, April 8, 2011: He got chocolate-covered strawberries, a dozen red roses, and balloons. He put rose petals in the shape of a heart on their bed, and placed red and white votive candles all around the room. And he had to do it all in four minutes; as Carly was returning home from a walk with the dog.
"It was scary as hell," says Greg. "My heart was pounding in my chest."
Carly went upstairs and saw Greg take in a deep breath and then blow it right out.
"It was so funny,: says Carly. "He looked like he was going to pass out. Then, he got down on one knee. I was so shocked. He really wanted to surprise me, and he did."
The surprises continued, with a private driver and a Mercedes arriving to take them to dinner at Charleston, then helping them pick up friends to go out and celebrate later that night at the place they met, No Way Jose.
The ring: Greg knew Carly liked a princess cut diamond, but when he went to Nelson Coleman in Towson, he decided on a Hearts On Fire Dream Diamond.