Her story:Erin Shannon, 28, was born and raised in Baltimore. She works as a registered nurse at Baltimore Washington Medical Center at St. Agnes Hospital. Her parents, Shawn and Debbie Shannon, live in Falston.
His story:Mike Renaud, 39, was born and raised in Hightstown, N.J. He is director of business development for Unison Business Solutions in Towson. His parents, Andre and Sharon Renaud, live in Hightstown.
Their story:The two met face to face Feb. 12, 2014, at Main Street Oyster House* in Bel Air. They met through the online dating site Christian Mingle, although neither of them is particularly religious.
They only planned to meet for a quick drink that snowy night, but both wound up staying at the restaurant for hours deep in conversation.
"The voice said, 'This is Tammy from Smyth. Is this a good time to talk?' I said 'no' and I hung up the phone. It was very obvious," Mike recalled.
Mike wound up having Tammy draft a fake email saying she had made a mistake. He later showed that email to Erin.
"I was so excited but disappointed," Erin said.
In Aruba, Mike accidentally grabbed the wrong box the night he planned to propose to Erin. So he had to text his father to bring him the right ring, which ruined his opportunity to pop the question at dinner.
To add another twist, there was a mix-up with the reservation. The bartender wished the two a happy honeymoon when giving them two glasses of champagne.
Bride's dress:Erin wore a ivory ruched dress by Badgley Mischka from Francesca's Bridal Salon.
Bridesmaids' attire:Bridesmaids wore their own black dresses.
Men's attire:Mike wore a black tuxedo from Jos. A. Bank that he owned. Groomsmen wore their own black tuxedos.
Music: Spectrum, a Washington band, provided the music. The couple's first dance was to "Into the Mystic" by Van Morrison.
Food and dessert:Bar Vasquez catered the wedding. Appetizers included empanadas, shrimp ceviche, papas fritas and beef tartare. Dinner consisted of pasta, steak and salmon. The couple also served a chocolate cake with peanut butter filling and white chocolate frosting from Bar Vasquez.
Special touches: The couple plans to go to Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Pennsylvania for their honeymoon.
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