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Wedded: Courtney Douglas and Brian Katzenberg

Date: Dec. 28

Her story: Courtney Douglas, 28, grew up in Elmhurst, Ill., a suburb of Chicago. She lived in Washington for three years while going to school for a master's degree in education. She moved to Baltimore in 2012 and teaches at the Jemicy School in Owings Mills. Her father, Keith Douglas, lives in San Diego.

His story: Brian Katzenberg, 29, grew up in Mount Washington. He is an attorney at the law firm of Cohen, Snyder, Eisenberg & Katzenberg, where his father is one of the founding partners. His parents, Alex and Carla Katzenberg, live in Mount Washington.

Their story: In October 2009, Courtney and Brian were invited to the same Halloween party in Washington by mutual college friends.

Brian says he was talking to the host's now-husband about the lack of single women at the party.

"I was like, 'Everyone's dating, this isn't really fun,' " Brian says.

As he said that, Courtney and her roommate walked into the party.

"There were three guys [including Brian] standing at the door," Courtney says. "They said you had to take a picture with someone when you came into the party, and so I took a picture with Brian."

Courtney and Brian say they instantly clicked and spent the whole night talking. When Brian told Courtney that he would be in town the next weekend for a Washington Capitals hockey game, she started telling him about Chicago Blackhawks players she remembered from the early '90s.

"I fooled him into thinking I knew all this about hockey," she says.

They had their first date the next week when Brian called Courtney and invited her to the Capitals game and dinner. The couple now live in Wyman Park.

The proposal: Before Courtney began teaching at the Jemicy School, she worked for Baltimore's public schools, which included teaching Saturday mornings.

One Saturday in February 2013, Brian picked Courtney up from work and they went to lunch at One World Cafe in North Baltimore before visiting the Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens in Druid Hill Park. Brian proposed to Courtney in the Palm House of the conservatory.

That night, the couple dined at Peter's Inn in Fells Point before attending the 1920s-themed Bootleggers Bash gala at the 1840s Ballroom in Baltimore — plans they had already arranged with Courtney's friends.

The venue: The Jewish ceremony at the Suburban Club in Pikesville was attended by 185 guests. Rabbi Andrew Busch of Baltimore Hebrew Congregation presided.

Decor and flowers: The reception area was decorated in white and antique gold colors. Shimmery linens and dozens of white candles adorned the tables.

Mike Blondell of Blondell's Accent on Events in Linthicum Heights installed pot lights above the tables and hanging glass candle holders above the dance floor.

Fern Sugar of Belles Fleurs in Baltimore created bouquets and centerpieces using all-white arrangements of mini-calla lilies, hydrangeas, roses and orchids.

Her dress: The bride wore a strapless Tara Keely gown with a sweetheart neckline, beading on the bodice and hem and a dotted Swiss overlay from Garnish Boutique in Ruxton. She also wore a pearl necklace and bracelet set belonging to Brian's mother.

Bridesmaids' dresses: The women wore navy Alfred Sung cocktail dresses in different styles from

Men's attire: Brian wore a custom tuxedo by English American Tailoring in Westminster and a black bow tie. The groomsmen wore black tuxedos and bow ties from the Tuxedo House in Timonium.

Music: Rio, a band from Philadelphia-based EBE Events & Entertainment, sang pop and Motown songs.

Courtney and Brian's first dance was to "Home" by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.

Food and dessert: The Suburban Club provided an oyster bar, salmon with pesto sauce, filet with peppercorn sauce, and butternut squash risotto. The staff also made heart-shaped chocolate chip cookies for dessert.

Debi's Cake Studio made a three-tier cake with layers of tiramisu, lemon, and chocolate and peanut butter. The cake-topper, a set of hugging porcelain polar bears, was from


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