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Wedded: Kimberly Reis and Mario Soto

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Date:
Aug. 10

Her story: Kimberly "Kimi" Reis, 29, grew up in Pigtown. She has worked in the dental field for 11 years and is a practice administrator at Elliott Family Dentistry in Linthicum. Her mother, Pam Reis, and grandparents, Bill and Shirley Reis, live in Pigtown.

His story: Mario Soto, 28, grew up in South Baltimore. He is a longshoreman in Local 333 at the port of Baltimore. His father, Jimmy Soto, is also a longshoreman at the port. His mother, Kim Littman, is a dental hygienist. They both live in South Baltimore.

Their story: Kimi and Mario met through a mutual friend in the early summer of 2006 at Skybox Bar (now Wiley Gunters) on Fort Avenue in Federal Hill. In July 2006, they went on a first date to see the movie "Click."

The proposal: Following a tradition dating to when Kimi and Mario first became a couple, they each open one gift every Christmas Eve. Typically, Kimi says, they exchange Christmas pajamas.

But in 2011, Kimi unwrapped her present to find a scrapbook album instead. Mario had decorated the pages with photographs from throughout their relationship. A page titled "Our Engagement" was blank except for pictures of rings and wedding-themed decorations.

"When I got to that page, I kind of bypassed it because I wasn't thinking anything," says Kimi. "And then he grabbed me by the arm and had the ring and proposed."

The venue: About 240 guests attended the ceremony and reception held in the Jim Rouse Visionary Center at the American Visionary Art Museum in Federal Hill. The couple chose the AVAM since it has added meaning for them — Mario included a photo of the museum's exterior neon love sculpture in the scrapbook with which he proposed.

Decor: Kimi chose a modern theme with an orange-and-gray color palette inspired by the Orioles, though baseball wasn't otherwise incorporated into the wedding. As centerpieces, Kimi and Mario made white tabletop lanterns featuring photos from their engagement. Orange-and-gray clothespins strung on ribbon and mounted on corkboard held seating place cards.

Flowers: The couple's friend, Kara Masaitis of Baltimore, made the bridal bouquets using orange gerbera daisies (Kimi's favorite flower), white hydrangeas, white and pale-orange roses and green hypericum berries.

Her dress: The bride wore a strapless, fit-and-flare gown with a sweetheart neckline and ruffled skirt by Maggie Sottero from Betsy Robinson's Bridal Salon in Pikesville. She added a dark gray sash adorned with white, gray and orange fabric flowers that she ordered from Etsy.com. She wore silver high heels with "I do" spelled out in blue rhinestones on the underside for the ceremony and changed into gray Converse shoes for the reception.

Bridesmaids' dresses: The women wore dark gray, knee-length, strapless chiffon dresses by Bill Levkoff from Betsy Robinson's. They wore shoes in different shades of orange, and the maid of honor, Kelly Smith, wore a sash with flowers matching Kimi's.

Men's attire: The men wore white dress shirts with gray vests, orange ties and gray pants, all from Men's Wearhouse. Mario wore orange Converse shoes and the groomsmen wore gray, which were given as gifts.

Music: DJ Jason Wallace of Absolute Entertainment entertained the guests. Kimi and Mario's first dance was to "When You Got a Good Thing" by Lady Antebellum.

Food and dessert: Absolutely Perfect Catering of Elkridge provided the seated dinner, which included a salad and chicken breast with bacon sauce and green beans. In lieu of a cake, the couple had a tower of cupcakes in red velvet, chocolate and vanilla flavors provided by their friend, Maria Yazvac of Cakes by Maria.

Favors: Guests received beer koozies with "Eat, drink and be married" stamped on one side and the couple's name and wedding date on the other.

Special touches: Kimi's grandfather, Marine Corps veteran Sgt. Bill Reis, walked Kimi down the aisle.

Kimi's son from a previous relationship, Damien Borck, 10, was a junior groomsman. Kimi, Mario and Damien shared family vows during the ceremony.

 

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