Date: June 21
Her story: Brandy Edwards, 34, grew up in Catonsville. She is a stay-at-home mother. Her parents, John and Marcia Edwards, live in Catonsville. She has four daughters: Kristina Cromwell, 16; Kimberly Cromwell, 14; Destiny Caulder, 11; and Amy Caulder, 10.
His story: Kurt Jones, 33, also grew up in Catonsville. His parents, Robert and Edie Jones, live in Catonsville. He has served in the Navy for 10 years and is a petty officer second class. He has three children: Faith, 11; Xavier, 8; and Shyanne, 7.
Their story: Brandy and Kurt originally met while attending Westowne Elementary School in Catonsville. Brandy says she had a crush on Kurt, but they were separated when he went to Arbutus Middle School and she went to Catonsville Middle School for a year and was then home-schooled. They reconnected in May 2012 when Brandy sent Kurt a Facebook friend request.
"We both were going through a lot of things and confided through each other on [Facebook] and then eventually exchanged numbers," Kurt says. He was stationed in Virginia at the time and would occasionally see Brandy on weekends when he visited Maryland.
Their first date was a five-hour drive through Catonsville, Ellicott City and Laurel on Aug. 31, 2012. Brandy moved to Virginia to live with Kurt in February 2013 and they moved to Maryland in March when Kurt was transferred to Annapolis. They now live in Catonsville.
The proposal: Kurt proposed on Dec. 21, 2013, during a trip to visit Brandy's friends in Raleigh, N.C.
While walking through downtown Raleigh with their friends, the couple paused to take a picture in front of a Christmas tree on display in front of the state Capitol. That's when Kurt proposed, on two knees.
"When he went to propose, he first was on one knee and then he started to put the ring on the wrong hand," Brandy says. "I whispered, 'You're putting it on the wrong hand.' He kind of fumbled and then was on both knees."
Venue: The ceremony held at Owen Brown Interfaith Center in Columbia was attended by 145 guests. A reception followed at the Elks Lodge in Catonsville.
Flowers: Brandy made the bouquets and floral arrangements using her favorite flowers, purple orchids and white roses.
Her dress: The bride wore a strapless, A-line gown with a draped bodice and chapel-length train from The Bridal Boutique in Columbia.
As her "something blue," Brandy wore a pair of light blue Converse shoes.
Bridesmaids' dresses: The women wore dark purple dresses in different styles from David's Bridal. Brandy's daughters also wore purple dresses, while Kurt's daughters wore champagne-colored dresses.
Men's attire: The men wore tan suits from Jos. A. Bank. Kurt wore a champagne vest and tie, while the groomsmen wore purple vests and ties.
Music: Shane Mudd of Springfield, Va.-based Blue Pepper Music and DJ Service entertained. Brandy and Kurt's first dance was to "This I Promise You" by 'NSYNC.
Food and dessert: Monaghan's Pub in Gwynn Oak provided chicken, beef and garlic mashed potatoes for dinner.
Kurt's mother's friend made a three-layer chocolate and vanilla cake decorated with purple orchids.
Special touches: The wedding party got ready at the Paradise Bed and Breakfast in Catonsville.
A table holding a candle and flowers was set up during the reception in memoriam of Kurt's brother, Keith Jones, who died in 2012.
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