DATE: June 10, 2017
HER STORY: Michelle Simard, 29, was born in Galveston, Texas, and grew up in Baltimore. She works as an attorney. Her parents, Monique Bellefleur and Marc Simard, live in Baltimore.
HIS STORY: Benjamin Lowenthal, 30, was born and raised in Atlanta. He works as an attorney. His mother, Suzanne Silvers, lives in Atlanta.
THEIR STORY: The two met at Pace Law School in December 2010.
"I thought he was cute from afar when I'd see him in the library and around our law school campus, then thought he was a really fun, nice guy after we first met and spent time together," Michelle said.
The two refer to each other as their "library crush from afar."
Michelle added: "We finally met in person one night … and here we are."
The two reside in New York City.
THE PROPOSAL: Almost five years after they met, Ben proposed to Michelle on Christmas Eve in 2015 at Homeland Lakes.
"Every year on Christmas Eve, the neighborhood gathers around to watch the kids sing Christmas songs," Michelle said.
Without Michelle's knowledge, Ben had taught the group of neighborhood children to sing "Michelle Ma Belle" by The Beatles instead of the Christmas songs they were supposed to be singing.
Ben brought Michelle to the stage where the kids were performing and proposed to her at the end of the song.
"He completely surprised me," she said. "I didn't know he was going to propose until he asked me to come to the front of the stage with him. It's kind of a blur because it was so exciting, but I remember crying (good tears) and being so happy. And then I remember thinking that I wanted to let the kids get back to singing carols."
VENUE: One hundred forty guests attended the wedding and reception at the Elkridge Furnace Inn.
"We chose this venue because we knew we wanted to get married outdoors and the outdoor space at Elkridge Furnace Inn is magnificent," Michelle said. "And we knew the food would be top-notch as well, which was also very important to us."
FLOWERS AND DECOR: The theme was a "simple outdoor" wedding. Eve Thompson with Eden Floral Design provided the flowers. The colors were pinks, oranges, yellows, whites and greenery.
BRIDE'S DRESS: Michelle wore a strapless sweetheart neckline and tiered skirt by Paloma Blanca from Kleinfeld Bridal in New York City.
BRIDESMAIDS' DRESSES: Bridesmaids wore blush dresses by Hayley Paige.
MEN'S ATTIRE: Ben and the groomsmen wore light navy blue summer suits with white shirts and matching light green ties from Black Lapel.
MUSIC: The band, The Bachelor Boys, provided the music. The couple's first dance was to "Blue Sky" by The Allman Brothers Band.
FOOD AND DESSERT: Elkridge Furnace Inn provided the food. The menu consisted of a Chesapeake station with rockfish and crab cakes, an action pasta station, and a traditional station with tenderloin and turkey. Elkridge Furnace Inn also made a spice and marble cake with buttercream frosting. Mini desserts — cheesecakes, eclairs, fruit tarts and chocolate-covered strawberries — were also served.
SPECIAL TOUCHES: The couple honeymooned in Portugal.
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