Date: Jan. 4
Her story: Kathryn "Katie" Thomas, 26, grew up in Frederick. She is a veterinarian at the Highland County Veterinary Hospital in Hillsboro, Ohio. Her father, Kevin Thomas, is a retired Army colonel, and her mother, Susan Thomas, is a stay-at-home mom who raised Katie and her five siblings. Her parents live in Frederick.
His story: Cody Yager, 26, grew up in Tempe, Ariz. He is a veterinarian employed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. His mother, Dr. Elizabeth Yager, is a triple board-certified psychiatrist and lives in Christiansburg, Va.
Their story: Katie and Cody met in September 2010 during their second year of veterinarian school at Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in Blacksburg, Va. They were both members of the Christian Veterinary Fellowship, and Cody organized a hike with the group to Cascade Falls in southwest Virginia.
"He and I just kind of talked the entire time, and at that point, it was kind of like, 'Wow, OK. Here we go,' " Katie says.
In the weeks after the hike, Cody and Katie spent time getting to know each other through study groups. Their first date was to the VMRCVM homecoming Fall Ball on Nov. 5, 2010. The couple now live in Wilmington, Ohio.
The proposal: In January 2012, Cody, Katie and Cody's mom spent a week vacationing in Orlando, Fla. At the end of the trip, they visited Discovery Cove at SeaWorld, where Katie and Cody got the chance to swim with dolphins, a lifelong item on Katie's bucket list.
After the 30-minute session was over, the instructor asked everyone to exit the dolphin lagoon except for Katie and Cody. Katie was allowed to signal a dolphin to do a trick and it returned, holding a buoy in its mouth that read, 'Katie, will you marry me?' She turned to see Cody kneeling in the water as onlookers on the beach started clapping and cheering.
The ring, which wasn't allowed in the lagoon because of SeaWorld regulations, was waiting at a flower-covered table on the beach.
The venue: The ceremony at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Taneytown was attended by 130 guests. The Rev. Michael C. Adams presided. The reception was held at Antrim 1844 Country House Hotel, also in Taneytown.
Decor and flowers: C.M. Bloomers in Brunswick made Katie's bouquet and the men's boutonnieres using white and purple roses with silver and pine accents.
Cody's mom made the bridesmaids' bouquets, also using white and purple roses with silver accents.
To match the "winter wonderland" theme, Katie made centerpieces using hurricane lamps and silver candles surrounded by winter wreaths.
Her dress: The bride wore an ivory A-line gown by Allure Bridals featuring an all-over lace applique and three-quarter-length sleeves from Proms, Pageants, and Pretty Things at the Bride's House in Roanoke, Va.
She wore her grandmother's gold and pearl necklace as her "something old" and "something borrowed," with a pair of sapphire stud earrings that were a wedding gift from Cody as her "something new" and "something blue."
Bridesmaids' dresses: The women wore strapless, A-line, floor-length chiffon gowns in regency purple by Bill Levkoff from TLC Bridal Boutique in Frederick.
They also wore silver high heels and matching pearl jewelry sets that were given as gifts.
Men's attire: The men wore charcoal-gray tic-weave suits with white shirts and purple satin ties from Jos. A. Bank.
Cody wore silver pig cuff links, which he received as a gift from Katie on their wedding day. She says he was known as "the pig guy" by classmates and friends in veterinary school because of his fondness for pigs.
Music: Shew-sical Entertainment Services of Walkersville played music. Katie and Cody's first dance was to "Hey Pretty Girl" by Kip Moore.
Food and dessert: Cocktail hour and dinner, both catered by Antrim 1844, included bacon-wrapped scallops, butternut squash soup, braised beef short ribs and crab cakes.
Carriage House Candy & Bake Shop in Walkersville made a three-tier cake with vanilla and chocolate layers separated by Bavarian cream and raspberry filling.
Instead of a groom's cake, Katie ordered pig-shaped sugar cookies for Cody from Snickety Snacks in Lovettsville, Va.
Favors: Guests received the pig-shaped cookies, and a silver-and-purple-themed self-serve candy bar was set up during the reception.
Special touches: Katie loves horses, so Cody suggested she ride on horseback from the church to reception, which was about a half-mile. He led her on a white Andalusian stallion from Spring Fever Farm in Mount Airy.
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