Beth and Frank

Beth and Frank danced the night away at their reception at the Baltimore Country Club in Roland Park. (Bill Rettberg Jr. and Robin Summer, Positive Images by Rettberg / December 28, 2012)

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Wedding date: Dec. 29, 2012

Her story: Elizabeth "Beth" Passapae Sauer, 28, grew up in Baltimore. She is an associate attorney for Semmes, Bowen & Semmes in Baltimore. Her father, Francis A. Sauer, is an attorney in Towson, and her mother, Janet Passapae Sauer, is a social worker at William Paca Elementary School in Baltimore.

His story: Carroll Francis "Frank" Hopkins III, 28, grew up in Bel Air. He works in medical device sales as a video sales associate for Karl Storz. His mother, Lauren Andrews, works as a home health care coordinator at Upper Chesapeake Hospital in Bel Air, and his father, C. Francis Hopkins Jr., is a horse racing director. His stepfather is Robert Andrews and his stepmother is Elizabeth Hopkins.

Their story: Beth and Frank met through mutual friends in 2009 at the Preakness and crossed paths during the summer at Dobbins Island on the Chesapeake Bay. They began dating shortly after meeting again at a Canton bar in March 2010. Their first date was at Pazo in Harbor East, where Frank surprised Beth with her favorite bottle of wine.

The proposal: While vacationing with Beth's family in the Outer Banks in Duck, N.C., Frank asked Beth's dad for permission to marry her. On July 29, 2011, Frank and one of his friends went down to the beach and wrote, "Will you marry me?" in the sand.

After making up a story about their lost dog to get Beth to the beach, Frank led her to the message in the sand and proposed with a round solitaire diamond ring from Radcliffe Jewelers.

"I was completely caught off guard," says Beth. "We've been vacationing in Duck for years, so to tie it all in and have my family there was so incredibly special. I couldn't think of a more special place."

The venue: About 200 guests attended the ceremony at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Glyndon and the reception at the Baltimore Country Club in Roland Park.

"Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved the Christmas season," says Beth. "Getting married around the holidays was a dream come true … the light snow that day added the perfect touch to my Christmas wedding."

Her dress: Beth wore a custom-designed satin organza gown by Judd Waddell with a jeweled sash and cathedral-length veil from Hitched Salon in Georgetown.

Bridal party dresses: The bridesmaids wore champagne-colored satin floor-length dresses by Jim Hjelm from Betsy Robinson's Bridal Collection in Pikesville, while the flower girls wore ivory dresses from Alfred Angelo in Glen Burnie.

Men's apparel: The groom and groomsmen wore black tuxedos with black bow ties and black cummerbunds from Jos. A. Bank in Hunt Valley.

Flowers: Radebaugh Florist & Greenhouses in Towson designed the bouquets and boutonnieres with a mixture of ivory roses, hydrangeas, hypericum berries and stephanotis with pearl accents. Beth and Frank created the centerpieces using candles, gold ribbon, and silver, gold and red Christmas balls.

Music: Millennium, a band from the Washington Talent Agency featuring Season 4 "American Idol" finalist Travis Tucker, entertained the crowd. The couple's first dance was to Frank Sinatra's "The Way You Look Tonight."

"Frank is a big Sinatra fan, and the song fit our personality as a couple perfectly," says Beth.

Dessert: The couple selected a three-tier cake with ivory flowers and champagne ribbon from Graul's Market. The flavors included red velvet with cream cheese frosting, almond-flavored cake with raspberry filling and buttercream frosting. They also served a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and a pound cake with Key lime filling and buttercream frosting from Graul's.

Favors: In lieu of favors, the couple made donations to Rockbridge SPCA in Lexington, Va., and Vom Blue Rottweiler and All Breed Rescue in Evansville, Ind., in honor of their adopted dogs.

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