Date: Sept. 1, 2013
Her story: Nadia Ennis, 34, grew up in Freeport, Long Island. She is a veterinary technician at Belvedere Veterinary Center in Baltimore. Her parents are retired and live in Palm Bay, Fla.
His story: Robert Zanotti, 34, was born in New Mexico and grew up in central Maine. He moved to Maryland in 2000 and is a construction project manager for ProSys, Inc., an on-site and wireless project management company based in Nottingham. His father, Michael Zanotti, lives in West Virginia, and his mother, Evelyn Clinedinst, lives in Virginia.
Their story: Nadia and Rob met in July 2007 at the wedding of Nadia's high-school friend, who was marrying Rob's college fraternity brother. About a month later, during Labor Day weekend, they went on their first date: an overnight camping trip to Bear Mountain State Park in New York state. On the way home from camping, they stopped to see "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" in a theater and visited Coney Island's amusement park. The two dated long-distance for about a year until August 2008, when Nadia moved to Maryland to be with Rob. They now live in Essex.
The proposal: On a Wednesday evening in December 2011, Rob took Nadia to dinner at Ruth's Chris Steak House near the Inner Harbor.
"I don't like surprises," says Nadia. "So I was like, 'If you're going to propose to me out in public, please do it calmly. I don't want any singers, I don't want anything too fancy.' "
After they finished eating, Rob handed Nadia a ring from across the table and proposed.
"I kind of suspected something was up," she says. "I wasn't exactly sure, but I had a feeling."
The venue: About 90 guests attended the ceremony and reception in Edinburgh Hall at Grand Historic Venue on Charles Street in Baltimore.
Decor: "We did a lot of traveling to get to each other in the beginning of the relationship," says Nadia.
"And we like to travel, too" says Rob. They decided on a travel theme with vintage touches. Jewel tones like gold, red and navy blue were used throughout the decor. Reception tables were named after places that Nadia and Rob have visited together, including San Francisco, Detroit, Boston, Atlanta and Philadelphia.
Flowers: Stacy Bowen Flowers and Fine Flowers by Linda, both of Bel Air, provided the bouquets, centerpieces and boutonnieres. Nadia's bouquet, arranged in an ombre pattern from white to dark red, included white, pale pink and red roses, white hydrangeas and red calla lilies.
Her dress: The bride wore a strapless fit-and-flare satin gown with all-over beading and a sheer lace neckline by Alfred Angelo Bridal in Glen Burnie. Nadia's pearl earrings were a gift from her sister, Pietro Ennis, and her "something borrowed" was a pearl bracelet that belongs to her sister. She wore strappy silver high heels by Nina from Lord & Taylor.
Bridesmaid's dresses: The women wore floor-length navy blue gowns of different styles from David's Bridal.
Men's attire: Rob wore a dark gray suit and the groomsmen wore navy blue suits, all from Jos. A. Bank. As groomsmen's gifts, the men received dress shirts from Lord & Taylor, red, white and blue-striped ties and socks from Nordstrom and silver Kenneth Cole cufflinks. As a wedding gift, Nadia gave Rob a pair of clockwork cufflinks with working gears.
Music: DJ Jason Wallace from Absolute Entertainment entertained the guests. Nadia and Rob's first dance was a rumba-tango combination to Adele's cover of "Love Song" by The Cure.
Food and dessert: The menu, catered by the adjoining Tremont Plaza Hotel, included crab cakes, steak and vegetarian lasagna. Baltimore Cakery provided the cake, which was styled to look like a stack of three vintage suitcases and had one layer of cinnamon cake with cannoli cream and two layers of pear cake with salted caramel sauce. The cake topper, miniature figurines of Nadia and Rob, was from the shop Licorice Wits on Etsy.
Favors: Nadia, her mom and her sister made luggage tags as favors, which also served as the reception escort cards.
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