HER STORY: Karen Lynn Clark, 56, was born and raised in Frederick and made her home in Pasadena. She is retired from the Department of Defense at Fort George G. Meade. Her father, Raymond Clark, lives in Sarasota, Fla.
HIS STORY: Bryon Francis Stepp, 53, was born in Washington and raised in Annapolis. He works as a senior mechanical engineer for Vantage Systems at NASA/Goddard and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab in Columbia. He is the son of Robert Stepp of Port St. Lucie, Fla.
THEIR STORY: Karen and Bryon initially met online in February 2009.
When Karen saw Bryon's photo on Match.com, she thought he had a nice smile and warm eyes.
"I literally had no clue. It was a Sunday in April. I had no idea. I was not even thinking about it," she said. "I stumbled and stammered for a little while and then I cried. My hand shook when he put the ring on my hand."
The couple promptly began to inform their friends and family about their news.
Bryon had already changed his relationship status on Facebook by the time she started calling friends and family.
MUSIC: Ceremony music was provided by a trio of musicians from the Antares Musicians. Reception music was provided by Frank Marsden of Friendly Entertainment. The couple's first dance was to "Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You" by Frankie Valli.
FOOD AND DESSERT: Zeffert and Gold Caterers and Event Planners catered the cocktail hour and reception. Passed hors d'oeuvres included petite bang bang shrimp tacos, root beer BBQ pork sliders and scallops wrapped with bacon. Entree choices included chicken roulade with sun-dried tomatoes, seasoned tenderloin of beef in a cabernet sauce and Mediterranean salmon topped with rustic pesto. Dessert included a three-tier wedding cake from Herman's Bakery in Dundalk.
FAVORS: Each guest received a Hershey's candy bar wrapped in signature red wrapping with the couple's names and the wedding date. The ingredients section was personalized with equal amounts per serving of friendship, laughter, respect, honesty and romance to equal a successful marriage.
SPECIAL TOUCHES: Makeup for the bridal party was done by Maeion Bryant. The couple featured an animal ambassador: a penguin, Kookaburra. The bride's hair was styled by her long-time stylist, Scott Jecelin of Image Creators. The couple honeymooned at the Inn at Middleton Place in Charleston, South Carolina. Simmone Marsden, the wife of Frank Marsden, the master of ceremonies, served as the wedding officiant.
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