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Wedded: Casey Schachter and Brian Bowen

Date: April 20

Her story: Casey Schachter, 33, grew up in Leonardtown in St. Mary's County. She works for a government contractor and also teaches yoga at Evolve Yoga + Wellness in California, Md. Her mother, Carol Schachter, and her mother's fiance, Charlie Bass, live in Callaway. Her father, Steve Carey, and his wife, Kim Carey, live in upstate New York.

His story: Brian Bowen, 36, grew up in Lusby in Calvert County. He is a firefighter in Washington. His parents, Linda and George Bowen, live in Lusby.

Their story: Casey and Brian met during summer 2003 at the Tiki Bar on Solomons Island. They saw each other at the Tiki Bar every summer after that but didn't start dating until about five years after they first met.

Their first official date was dinner at the now-closed Naughty Gull restaurant on Solomons Island, followed by drinks at the Tiki Bar.

"And then he took me out to the front of the pier at the Tiki Bar and slow-danced with me," Casey says.

The proposal: Brian, who says he is an avid hunter and waterman, was working on the engine of a small boat in December 2011. A few days before Christmas, he told Casey he was taking the boat out on the water to test the engine and asked if she would join him.

As they were coming back to shore, Brian shut the boat's engine off while Casey wasn't looking. She thought the boat was breaking down, but as she turned to look at Brian, he was handing her a ring.

"He said, 'How would you like to go for a boat ride with me forever?' And of course I said yes," Casey says.

The couple live in Lusby with their 1-year-old daughter, Meadow.

Venue: The ceremony at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum in St. Leonard was preceded by a reggae cocktail hour and was attended by about 170 guests. A reception followed at a nearby pavilion on the property. The wedding took place on Easter Sunday, which was also Casey's birthday.

Decor and flowers: Casey says she was going for rustic, whimsical look with minimal decor.

"It was such a beautiful setting, we didn't really need a whole lot," she says.

Flower balls and crystals hung from trees at the ceremony site and strands of lights accented the reception space. White lace tablecloths and burlap runners accented the reception tables. A family friend, Casey Page-Pfeiff of Leonardtown, designed centerpieces using an assortment of wildflowers in clear glass vases.

Her dress: The bride wore an ivory lace fit-and-flare gown with cap sleeves and beading from Today's Bride and Formal Wear in Lexington Park.

She wore her grandmother's blue topaz and diamond ring as her "something old," "something borrowed" and "something blue." As her "something new," Casey wore a pearl bracelet that was a gift from Brian. She also wore a crown of flowers in her hair.

Bridesmaids' dresses: The women wore dresses in different styles and jewel tones, including emerald, amethyst and topaz. Each bridesmaid wore a flower in her hair to match Casey's crown.

Men's attire: Brian and his best man wore matching gray suits from Men's Wearhouse.

Music: "My family's really musical," Casey says. Her mom, who is in a band, sang and played guitar during parts of the wedding. Casey's aunts, uncles and cousins played various string and horn instruments.

Casey and Brian's first dance was to "I Won't Give Up" by Jason Mraz.

Food and dessert: Spinnaker's Waterfront Restaurant in Ridge provided prime rib and chicken.

Friends and family members made Italian sausages, pasta salad, baked beans and coleslaw.

Casey and Brian's friend Theresa Ramsey-Manley of North Beach made an almond-flavored wedding cake that was filled with homemade cherry preserves and decorated with wildflowers.


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