Her story: Julia King, 33, grew up in Glenelg. She is the managed-services specialist at Mary Kraft Staffing and HR Solutions in Lutherville. Her mother, Barbara King, lives in Glenelg. Her father, Richard "Digger" King, died in 2010.
His story: Jake Lawson, 35, grew up in Hampstead. He is an executive partner at Platinum Reputations in Baltimore. His mother, Pam Bonsuk, and stepfather, Rick Bonsuk, live in Hampstead. His father, James Lawson, and stepmother, Brenda Goodrich-Lawson, live in Arbutus.
Their story: Julia and Jake met about 14 years ago when Julia dated and became engaged to Jake's brother. She says that she and Jake noticed a spark between the two of them when they first met, but that it wasn't something either of them acted on, because they were both in relationships at the time.
Julia and Jake's brother eventually broke up, and in 2011, she and Jake reconnected through social media.
The couple's first date was to see "Real Steel" at the AMC Loews Theater in White Marsh that October.
The proposal: Throughout their relationship, the couple have vacationed annually in Miami's South Beach.
Jake decided that South Beach would be the best place to propose. He began planning six months before the couple's vacation scheduled for August 2013.
He purchased a custom ring from John Greenan and Sons Inc. in Burtonsville and reserved a private cabana at Nikki Beach Miami, an oceanfront restaurant, for the proposal dinner. He also arranged for two dozen roses to be delivered during dinner.
He proposed by candlelight. When Julia said yes, the restaurant staff gave the couple a T-shirt that read "She said yes at Nikki Beach" with the proposal date. Julia and Jake took a picture holding the shirt and posted it on social media to announce the engagement to friends and family.