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Wedded: Michele Huffman and Larry Mueller

Date: May 17

Her story: Michele Huffman, 34, grew up in Perry Hall. She is the special events manager in the fundraising department at Kennedy Krieger Institute. Her mother, Rose Huffman, is a retired nurse and lives in Perry Hall. Her father, Frank Huffman, died in November 2012.

His story: Lawrence "Larry" Mueller Jr., 31, grew up in Edgewood. He is a service manager for Terminix pest control. His father, Lawrence Mueller Sr., a Vietnam War veteran, lives in Conowingo. His mother, Linda Mueller, died in August 2008.

Their story: Michele and Larry met through Match.com in August 2011. During Tropical Storm Irene, Michele was stuck inside and decided pass the time by browsing the website. She came across Larry's profile and sent him a "wink," which is a way of showing interest on the website.

A few days later, she received a message from Larry. They emailed for a week, followed by a week of texting before they met in person at Buffalo Wild Wings in White Marsh. Michele says the two got along well and talked for several hours. They met for a second date soon after, and the relationship progressed from there.

The couple live in Parkville.

The proposal: Michele and Larry were engaged on March 8, 2013, two days before their 11/2-year anniversary.

Larry came to Michele's condo that evening to pick her up for dinner at The Avenue at White Marsh. After telling Michele he had an anniversary gift for her, Larry took out a ring and proposed.

"Larry and I talked about getting married at times," Michele says. "I remember getting super-excited, and I did tell my mom, who in turn told my dad. So my dad passed away knowing that Larry was wanting to go down that route."

Venue: About 160 guests attended the ceremony at the Shrine of the Little Flower Roman Catholic Church in East Baltimore, where Michele's parents were married in 1972. A cocktail hour and reception followed at Oak Crest Village in Parkville.

Flowers and decor: Perry Hall Florist used hot-pink and white gerbera daisies for the bouquets, corsages and boutonnieres.

Charms displaying Michele's father's photograph were tied to her bouquet, her sister's bouquet and her mother's corsage.

As a surprise, Michele tied charms with Larry's mother's photograph to his boutonniere, his father's boutonniere, and his sister's and niece's bouquets.

Michele made centerpieces using gerbera daisies placed in wine bottles that were painted black and decorated with black and hot-pink ribbons.

Her dress: The bride wore a satin A-line strapless, side-draped gown with beaded appliques on the bodice from David's Bridal.

She wore Larry's sister's veil as her "something borrowed" and a University of North Carolina garter as her "something blue" (Larry is a big fan of the basketball team), and carried her dad's handkerchief as her "something old."

Bridesmaids' dresses: The women wore black knee-length dresses in different styles from David's Bridal.

The flower girls wore matching white dresses with black polka dots from Zulily.com.

Men's attire: Larry and the groomsmen wore black tuxedos and shirts from Men's Wearhouse. Larry wore a white vest and tie, while the groomsmen wore hot-pink vests and ties.

Michele made black-and-white polka-dot pocket squares for the men.

Music: DJ Matt Davis of 98 Rock entertained. Michele and Larry's first dance was to "When You Say Nothing at All" by Alison Krauss.

The couple also did a parent dance — Michele danced with Larry's father and Larry danced with Michele's mother — to "Somewhere over the Rainbow" by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole.

Food and dessert: Oak Crest Village provided appetizers and dinner, including buffalo chicken dip, chicken Chesapeake and beef sirloin.

Michele's friend Julie Rozankowski of White Marsh made a two-tier vanilla poundcake decorated with pink, black and white polka dots. Four types of cupcakes, including cannoli, peanut butter and jelly, vanilla and carrot cake, were also made by a friend of Michele's, Nina Weiland of Parkville.

Favors: Guests received personalized decks of playing cards in a hot pink, white and black color scheme.

Special touches: On the way to the church, Michele stopped at her father's grave with her mother and sister to leave a boutonniere and say a prayer.

A unity candle was lit during the ceremony by Michele and Larry's older sisters to honor their late parents. The couple lit a candle during the reception and placed it in a memory vase, which was engraved with their late parents' names.

After the reception, Michele, Larry and about 40 guests continued the celebration at Della Rose's Avenue Tavern in White Marsh.

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