By Samantha Iacia, For The Baltimore Sun
11:50 AM EST, November 7, 2013
Her story: Laura Schott, 35, grew up in Lutherville. She is a corporate travel agent at Maxim Healthcare Services in Columbia. Her parents, Phyllis and Bob Schott, are both retired teachers and live in Lutherville.
His story: Serafim "Fim" Houliaras, 40, grew up in Cockeysville and Linthicum. He owns Elias Electric, an electrical contracting company started by his father, Elias Houliaras. His father and mother, Ria Houliaras, emigrated from Greece in 1969. They live in Glen Burnie.
Their story: Laura and Fim met on July 21, 2011, when their Baltimore Sports and Social Club co-ed softball teams were out for drinks. Laura and Fim were on separate teams and didn't know each other, but their teams had the same color T-shirts.
Laura went to the restroom and, thinking her team moved while she was gone, walked over to Fim's team when she returned.
"I was like, 'Hey guys, cheers!' and he turned around I was like 'Whoops, I don't know you,' " says Laura.
They started a conversation and things went from there.
Three days later, Fim left for a three-week trip to Greece. He and Laura stayed in touch by texting and when he was about to return home, he asked Laura on a date.
"I gave him a hard time for the longest time for asking me out on text," says Laura.
Their first date was at the Annabel Lee Tavern on Clinton Street in Canton.
They now live together in Lutherville.
The proposal: After a 10-day trip to Alaska in July 2012, Laura and Fim started talking about marriage. Last November, they began browsing for rings together and in December, they found and bought the rings from Jared, though they weren't engaged yet. Fim wanted to surprise Laura with a proposal — and he hadn't acquired the stone for the ring yet.
On Jan. 12, Laura and Fim returned home after watching the Ravens playoff game against the Denver Broncos at a friend's house. While Laura was looking for the television remote to watch the postgame highlights, Fim left the room, returned with the ring and proposed.
Venue: To honor Fim's heritage, the couple chose to have a Greek ceremony with 30 of their friends and family on Sept. 22. On Sept. 27, about 160 guests attended an outdoor Lutheran ceremony at the Elkridge Furnace Inn in Elkridge, where the Rev. Mark A.G. Huffman presided.
Decor: Laura and Fim wanted to incorporate undertones of the Orioles and Ravens throughout their wedding. White linens provided by the inn and purple, orange or green cloth overlays dressed the tables. Photo carousels served as centerpieces. Laura and her sister, Christine Schott, made polka dot garlands that hung around the reception tent.
Flowers: Radebaugh Florist of Towson made the bridal bouquet using white and orange roses, purple lisianthus, orange lilies and green hypericum.
Bride's dresses: For the Greek ceremony, the bride wore an A-line, halter gown from the Bridal Boutique in Columbia. Her necklace was a pendant of the letter "L" in Greek.
For the second ceremony, Laura wore a strapless, ivory fit-and-flare gown with beading on the bodice, sash and skirt by Casablanca from Stella Bridal in Canton. She wore a beaded brooch in her hair and white flip-flops.
Bridesmaids' dresses: The women wore purple, strapless knee-length dresses with sweetheart necklines from Isabella Bridal in Nottingham. They wore pewter-colored high heels from DSW and amethyst pendant necklaces from Greece, which were given as gifts.
Men's attire: The men wore black suits with white shirts from Men's Wearhouse. Fim wore a purple shirt and tie from Express.
Music: The Koko Brothers of Baltimore entertained the guests. Fim and Laura's first dance was to "We've Only Just Begun" by the Carpenters.
Food and dessert: Elkridge Furnace Inn provided appetizers and dinner, including Greek dishes like spanakopita, feta cheese and rice, and vegetarian moussaka.
The vegan chocolate cake, decorated with vegan buttercream frosting and fondant polka dots, was a gift from the couple's friend, pastry chef Sung Cadd. Two figurines dressed as Orioles and Ravens players topped the cake.
Favors: Guests received Ravens scratch-off Maryland Lottery tickets as favors.
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