By L'Oreal Thompson, The Baltimore Sun
4:16 PM EDT, April 1, 2013
Wedding date: Feb. 9, 2013
Her story: Rebecca Bressi, 28, grew up in Middle River. She is a senior business analyst for T. Rowe Price. Her mother, Barbara, is an executive secretary at Alban Tractor and her father, Joseph, co-owns Portside Pub in Essex.
His story: Eric Wozniak, 28, grew up in Edgemere. He is a crane operator at the port of Baltimore. He was raised by his aunt and uncle — Pam and Victor McQuay, who also work at the port of Baltimore.
Their story: Rebecca and Eric were introduced through mutual friends in fall 2006. They met after a Mr. Greengenes concert in Federal Hill and went on their first date shortly thereafter.
The proposal: On Dec. 15, 2011, Rebecca and Eric went to New York City for the day with four of their close friends. Their last stop of the day was the Rockefeller Center for a tour.
"Everyone knew it was happening except for me," says Rebecca.
Eric proposed with a Kirk Kara round diamond engagement ring with pave diamonds from Saxon's Diamond Center in Bel Air.
The venue: About 180 guests attended the ceremony at Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Church in Highlandtown.
Her dress: Rebecca wore a Blue by Enzoani strapless gown with a sweetheart neckline from Curvaceous Couture in Columbia.
"Our wedding was very rustic, so my garter was white lace with a blue flower as my something blue," she says. "I also wore my mom's diamond bracelet as my something borrowed."
Bridesmaids' dresses: The bridesmaids chose their eggplant dresses from Alfred Angelo in Glen Burnie.
"Some were strapless, some were cap sleeves," Rebecca says. "They wore what fit them best. I had a wide range of ages and sizes, so I wanted them to pick dresses that they liked."
Men's apparel: The groom and groomsmen wore black suits from K&G Fashion Superstore. Eric also wore Ravens cufflinks to pay homage to his favorite team.
Flowers: Floral Expressions by Jennifer in Parkville included charms made from photos of the bride's deceased grandparents in her bouquet. The bouquets included hydrangeas, purple lisianthus, white anemones and white ranunculus with green centers.
The reception: The couple hosted their reception at the Great Room in Savage Mill in Savage.
"We wanted something really open and we liked the rustic, old charm there," says Rebecca. "We fell in love with it. We loved the character there."
Victory dance: DJ Santana Hahn, of Santana Entertainment in Charlestown, Cecil County, entertained the guests. The bridal party entered to "Seven Nation Army" — the unofficial Ravens song — while wearing Ravens jerseys over their attire. Rebecca and Eric did the Ray Lewis "squirrel dance" when they entered the reception hall.
The couple's first dance was to Tim McGraw's "My Best Friend," and the matron of honor began her speech with "Two Tickets to Paradise," former Ravens safety Ed Reed's theme song during the team's Super Bowl run.
Dessert: Rebecca and Eric's friend, Angela Cassano, created a raven-shaped cake for the groom with an orange center to symbolize the Orioles. The couple also selected a traditional tiered cake from Yia Yia's Bakery in Middle River. The flavors included yellow cake with a layer of cheesecake and strawberry cream cheese; two layers of chocolate and yellow cake with cannoli filling; and almond cake with raspberry ganache.
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