Wedded: Liz Erlich and Matt Wyman
Pet lovers raise awareness for local animal shelter during their Baltimore wedding
(credit Jenni at Forever-Yesterday, Baltimore Sun / November 23, 2012)
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Her story: Liz Ehrlich, 31, grew up in Glen Rock, N.J. She is a care manager for CIGNA. Her mother, Jackie Ehrlich, is an executive assistant at a law firm in downtown Baltimore. Her stepfather, Alan Davis, is the owner of Princeton Sports in Columbia. Her father is deceased.
His story: Matt Wyman, 31, grew up in Towson. He is a lawyer. His father, Steve Wyman, is a District Court judge in Baltimore County. His mother, Jacqui Dawson, is a Circuit Court master in Baltimore County.
Their story: Liz and Matt began dating in October 2010 and Matt proposed on Christmas Eve last year.
"I said I was going to go downstairs to get some medicine because I was sick at the time," says Liz. "He said he would get it for me, and he came back with a ring."
Matt had originally planned to give Liz the ring the next morning as a Christmas gift, but he says he couldn't wait. He'd bought the emerald-cut diamond ring with baguettes on the sides at Smyth Jewelers.
The place: About 130 guests attended the ceremony and reception at the Sheraton Baltimore North.
Canine companion: Liz's dog, Tovi, a rescued mixed breed, walked her down the aisle in a Ravens jersey.
"He has been my steadfast companion for the past eight years and has been everywhere with me," says Liz. "He even traveled to my dad's funeral with me."
Her dress: Liz wore an ivory strapless taffeta gown with a sweetheart neckline by Watters. She purchased it from preownedweddingdresses.com.
"I love thrift shops and recycling clothes," she says. "Instead of buying a new dress that costs thousands of dollars, I bought one from this website … and it has pockets. I wanted it because I love pockets. I put Matt's ring and my vows in my pockets."
His attire: Matt wore his own black tuxedo with a purple vest, purple necktie and Ravens cufflinks, in honor of their wedding colors.
A good cause: Instead of traditional table numbers, Liz and Matt named the tables after pets that had been rescued. They created a photo book detailing the animals' stories and also created place cards to resemble business cards with the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) logo and vouchers for a free pet adoption from the shelter.
"We both love our local animal shelter, BARCS, and wanted to give back and also bring awareness to animal rescue to those who may not have had exposure before," says Liz.
Additionally, the couple hosted a wish-list drive for BARCS at their reception.
"It contained items ranging from donating old linens to purchased items of varying price points, some as low as $1 so anyone could participate," says Liz. "PetSmart of Timonium generously lent us a dog house to house the wish-list items we received.
"We decorated it with paw-printed stockings, and posters made last year for a BARCS fundraiser by the children at Southwest Baltimore Charter School, the elementary school where our DJ [Brad Hunter] teaches," she says.
"Cork-y" elements: Liz and Matt collected more than 13,000 corks to make coasters and centerpieces for the wedding. For the ceremony, they mounted corks on wide ribbon and draped them down the sides of the aisle.
Dessert: The couple selected a cake from Baltimore Cakery with a gluten-free top, paw prints on half and Ravens and Orioles logos on the other half. The top part was vanilla and the other two flavors were Nest of Pirates, which is a "spicy rum and coconut cake filled with mango mousse and iced with buttercream," and Peaches B. Demented, which is "peach cake filled with ginger mousse, iced with buttercream, garnished with wasabi croquants," according to the bakery's website.
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