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Wedded: Hyerim Shin and Frank Glover

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Date: Jan. 18

Her story: Hyerim Shin, 26, was born and grew up in Gyeongju, South Korea. After graduating from college there, she moved to Singapore in 2011, where she got a job with DHL. She moved to the U.S. in November. Her parents, Kukhwan Shin and Soondeuk Jung, live in Gyeongju.

His story: Frank Glover, 29, grew up in Reisterstown. He graduated from Calvert Hall College High School before attending the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and later receiving an international MBA from the University of South Carolina. He is a chartered financial analyst and the vice president of business development for the restaurant finance division of TD Bank in Greenville, S.C. His parents, Raymond and Diane Glover, live in Reisterstown.

Their story: In February 2011, Frank moved to Beijing to study Mandarin as part of his international MBA degree. That summer, Frank visited Singapore during a tour of Southeast Asia. While making travel arrangements, he used CouchSurfing.com, a global hospitality website that connects travelers with local residents who are willing to host out-of-town members or act as tour guides.

Hyerim, who moved to Singapore a few months earlier, was a member of the website, which she says she joined to make friends. She and Frank connected through the site and made plans to meet when he arrived in Singapore.

Their initial plan fell through, but they continued communicating via email for the next few months. They met in Manila that winter, where they spent Christmas and New Year's together.

"It's not a very romantic city, but we kind of fell in love there and decided that we're going to try to spend more time together," Frank says.

They continued meeting for the next eight months, visiting seven more countries together, until Frank moved back to the U.S. in summer 2012.

"There was a big question there, of 'what's next?' " he says. "She decided that she was going to quit her job and come to America to see if she could live here, away from what she knows in Asia."

Hyerim made the trip to visit Frank that November and spent three months with him and his family.

The couple now live in Greenville, S.C.

The proposal: During the final week of Hyerim's visit in January 2013, Frank proposed in the billiards room of the Johns Hopkins Club, located on the university's Homewood campus.

The venue: In October 2013, the couple had a traditional Korean ceremony in South Korea that was attended by Frank's mother and Hyerim's family and friends.

In January, a Catholic ceremony was held at Sacred Heart Church in Glyndon. A reception followed at the Johns Hopkins Club.

Flowers: Radebaugh Florist and Greenhouse of Towson made the bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages and floral displays using red hypericum berries and calla lilies, Frank and Hyerim's favorite flower.

Her dress: The bride wore an ivory, strapless taffeta ballgown with a draped bodice and tulle skirt from David's Bridal. She also wore a white blusher veil accented with a tulle flower.

Maid of honor's dress: Frank's sister, Alexandra Glover of Little Italy, was the maid of honor. She wore a red, floor-length chiffon gown with a halter neckline by Belsoie from Juliet's Bridal Couture in Parkville.

Men's attire: Frank wore a black tuxedo from the Pierce Tuxedo Co. outlet in Reisterstown. Frank's brother, Benjamin Glover of New York City, was the best man and wore his own black tuxedo.

Music: DJ Larry Adler of Adler Entertainment in Towson played music. Frank and Hyerim's first dance was to "Come Away with Me" by Norah Jones.

Food and dessert: The Johns Hopkins Club provided dinner, which included Maryland crab cakes, roast beef tenderloin, roasted turkey and a baby spinach salad.

Graul's Market in Mays Chapel made a four-tier poundcake decorated with buttercream icing in a draped lace pattern, accented by a white chocolate bow topper.

Favors: Out-of-town guests received Baltimore-themed welcome bags that included Berger cookies, Otterbein's sugar cookies, Goetze's Caramel Creams, and Baltimore maps and tourism booklets.

Special touch: Hyerim's parents and brother traveled from South Korea to attend the wedding. It was their first time in the U.S. They stayed for a week after the wedding and visited Annapolis, Washington, and New York City with Frank and Hyerim.

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