By L'Oreal Thompson, The Baltimore Sun
12:08 PM EDT, April 5, 2013
Wedding date: Feb. 9, 2013
Her story: Dana Perzynski, 28, grew up in Columbia. She is an associate planner with Ayers Saint Gross, an architectural and planning firm in Baltimore. Her mother, Karen Kurzawa, is a commercial interior representative; her father, Paul Perzynski, died in 1996.
His story: Graham Johnson, 30, grew up in Davidsonville. He is a vice president and commercial relationship manager at SunTrust Banks. His father, Todd Johnson, is managing director of investor relations for National Real Estate Advisors; his mother, Gail Johnson, died in 2008.
Their story: Dana and Graham met in June 2007 at a bar in Canton through mutual friends. Graham proposed on Dec. 10, 2011, while they were decorating a Christmas tree. He gave Dana a three-stone custom 2-carat diamond engagement ring from Radcliffe Jewelers. The two side stones were from Graham's maternal grandmother's ring.
The venue: About 155 guests attended the ceremony at St. Louis Roman Catholic Church in Clarksville, which is the bride's hometown church.
Remembrance bouquets in honor of Dana's father and Graham's mother were presented as part of the wedding procession and placed in the pews where they would have been sitting.
Her dress: Dana wore an ivory lace trumpet-style gown with a deep-V neckline by Wtoo from Betsy Robinson's Bridal Collection in Pikesville. For a special touch, she wore Graham's mother's cathedral-length veil from her wedding in the 1970s. The bride's mother surprised her with a nostalgic memento the day of the wedding.
"My mom had the florist put a locket picture of me and my dad in the flowers," says Dana. "So it was something special to walk down the aisle with."
Bridesmaids' dresses: The bridesmaids wore black strapless floor-length gowns with a sweetheart neckline by Wtoo from Betsy Robinson's Bridal Collection.
Men's apparel: The men wore traditional black tuxedos with cummerbunds from Tuxedo House in Timonium.
Flowers: Fleur de Lis in Baltimore kept with the couple's black-and-white themed wedding with ivory roses, hydrangeas and anemones with black centers.
Reception: The couple hosted their reception at Tabrizi's restaurant in South Baltimore's Harborview.
Music: DJ Anthony Simpson of My Deejay entertained the crowd, while Dana and Graham showed off a choreographed routine to their first dance, "Lovely Day" by Bill Withers. Much to the surprise of their guests, Dana and Graham had been secretly taking dance lessons to prepare for the big day.
"We started in a high-school sway for the first couple of seconds, and when the song picked up, we went into the routine we'd been practicing for months," says Dana. "It was very exciting."
Dessert: Midnite Confection's Cupcakery in Federal Hill created black velvet cupcakes with white icing.
Favors: In lieu of traditional favors, Dana and Graham included four quarters for each guest in little boxes. Attached to the box was an explanation of how the two met. When Graham had gotten up to leave the bar that fateful Sunday night, Dana asked him to stay, and he said, "Heads I stay and tails I go." He flipped a coin and ended up staying.
On the back of the box, the couple asked their guests to donate the quarters to their choice of charity at the card table: Helping Up Mission, Catholic Charities and/or Believe in Tomorrow Children's Foundation.
"We wanted to do something that involved charities, but we wanted it to be more interactive," says Dana.
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