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Wedded: Renee Coshin and Peter Coolbaugh

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Date: Dec. 7

Her story: Renee Coshin, 39, grew up in Conshohocken, Pa., a suburb of Philadelphia. She works for a law firm in downtown Baltimore. Her mother, Irene Coshin, lives in Conshohocken. Her father, Randall Coshin, lives in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

His story: Peter Coolbaugh, 39, grew up in Scranton, Pa. He moved to Washington in 1992 and then to Baltimore in 2006. He also works for a law firm in downtown Baltimore. His mother, Geraldine Coolbaugh, lives in Scranton. His father, Thomas Coolbaugh, died in 2012.

Their story: Renee and Peter met in early 2008 while working at different law firms — she was in Boston, he was in Baltimore. Their firms were serving as defense counsel for different clients in the same case, and over several months, Peter and Renee exchanged emails discussing the case.

One week, Peter says, he sent Renee a "snide" comment about the New England Patriots, saying he hoped they would lose a coming game.

When Renee replied that she was a Philadelphia Eagles fan, not a Patriots fan, Peter asked her if she was from Pennsylvania. After discovering they grew up less than 100 miles from each other, Peter says their conversation grew more personal. He asked for Renee's phone number and called her that night.

In February 2008, the couple met in person for the first time when Renee flew from Boston to Baltimore for the weekend. They spent that Saturday at the Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards, visited Washington on Sunday and ate dinner at La Scala in Little Italy on Sunday night.

Renee moved to Philadelphia that October and the couple dated long distance until she moved to Baltimore in 2010. Renee and Peter now live in Pigtown.

The proposal: The couple, who say they have both been baseball fans since childhood, are members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y.

In April 2012, Peter told Renee they might have the opportunity to meet Steve Carlton, a former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher, at a members-only Hall of Fame event that month. They made the trip and brought two brand-new Rawlings baseballs in boxes for autographs. Peter put one of the boxes, which held an engagement ring, in his sports coat pocket.

When Renee was looking at the museum's collection of World Series rings, Peter asked her if she preferred the 1980 or 2008 Phillies ring.

"While she was answering, I fumbled, got everything out, and said 'Well, how about this one instead?' " Peter says. He took the ring out of the Rawlings box and proposed.

The venue: The ceremony at St. Leo Roman Catholic Church in Little Italy was attended by 70 guests. A reception followed at La Tavola several blocks away.

Decor and flowers: The theme was "baseball and bling." Charlene Libertini of Your Day Your Way coordinated the reception.

Tables were named after Major League Baseball teams, and place cards were made in the shape of miniature baseball jerseys with respective team logos. Inverted glass vases filled with baseballs were used as centerpieces. Guests signed a custom baseball bat engraved with Renee and Peter's names as a guest book.

Renee and her bridesmaids made the bouquets, boutonnieres and tabletop floral arrangements using white hydrangeas, calla lilies, and red and green wildflowers.

Her dress: The bride wore a one-shoulder, ivory A-line gown with a black, satin, beaded sash from David's Bridal. She also wore a rhinestone headpiece from David's Bridal and diamond earrings that were a wedding gift from Peter.

Bridesmaids' dresses: The women wore black, satin, floor-length gowns made from David's Bridal.

Men's attire: The men wore black tuxedos from the Vera Wang Collection at Men's Wearhouse. Peter wore an ivory tie and vest to match Renee's dress.

Music: DJ Matthew Daughaday of Northside Productions entertained. Renee and Peter's first dance was to "Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley.

Food and dessert: La Tavola provided dinner, which included a garden salad, tortelloni with red sauce, chicken and fish. The restaurant also provided a dessert and coffee bar, including chocolate mousse and mini cannolis with pistachio filling.

Baltimore Cakery of Fells Point provided a three-tier cake decorated with red icing to look like baseball stitches.

Favors: A candy buffet was available for guests to fill small bags to take home as favors.

Special touches: Out-of-town guests received Baltimore- and Philadelphia-themed welcome bags with Tastykake cakes, Utz crab chips and passes to a brunch at the Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards the next day.

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