Wedded: Catharine Paules and Randall Bielski

Date: Feb. 14

Her story: Catharine Paules, 29, was born in York, Pa. Catharine is an infectious diseases fellow at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda. Her parents, Mark and Sherri Paules, live in York, Pa.


His story: Randall "Randy" Bielski, 29, was born in Towson. He served three years in the Army. He's now a project manager for Under Armour. His parents, Barbara Grasmick and Randall Bielski, live in Towson.

Their story: The couple met at a mutual friend's wedding. They wound up dancing that night and have been "inseparable" ever since.


After a year of dating, they moved in together.

"She said she didn't want to live with anyone who she wasn't going to marry," Randy said with a laugh. "It was a running joke we had. I was the first person she had ever lived with."

The couple now live in Silver Spring.

The proposal: Randy surprised Catharine when he proposed to her last April during an Orioles game at Camden Yards during a fireworks show.

He worked with Catharine's friends to orchestrate the event. Randy told his future bride that he was going out of town on a business trip, so he gave her and three friends tickets to the game. The plan was for Randy to surprise Catharine during the game with a proposal, though it was almost ruined by rain. But her friends — who were in on the surprise — forced her to remain at the game.

"I kept asking my friends if we could go. But they insisted we stay," Catharine said.

Randy worried that the weather would spoil his proposal.

Her friends came through, and then it was Randy's turn to ask her the big question.


"I was just hoping she would say yes," he said. "She was so surprised she didn't say anything for a full minute. [But] it was something I was pretty confident in. We had talked about it before. I was more nervous asking her dad" for permission.

Venue: A total of 140 people attended the ceremony at the chapel at Loyola Blakefield high school and the reception at the Lord Baltimore Hotel. Terri Young with Classic Catering coordinated the wedding.

Flowers and decor: Catharine and Randy chose a 1920s "Great Gatsby" theme, including colors of gold, black, white and silver. To continue the theme, the reception featured a Champagne tower and a jazz band for the cocktail hour, and the bride even walked into the reception doing the Charleston. "Great Gatsby" quotes in gold frames were scattered throughout the room. The guest book was made of 1920s-style valentines that everyone signed.

Wicked Willow provided the flowers.

Her dress: Catharine's lace, strapless, trumpet-style gown was designed by Juliet's Bridal in Parkville. "I wanted a vintage feel and fell in love with the dress the minute I tried it on," she said.

Although Catharine loved her dress, she loved her shoes even more. She said the black-embellished mother-of-pearl and crystal shoes designed by Emmy London are her favorite thing she has ever owned — besides her dog.

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Bridesmaid dresses: The women wore Adrianna Papell dresses from Bella Bridesmaid. The maid of honor wore a long version and the other bridesmaids wore the short version of the black and silver sequined, flapper-style dresses. The flower girl wore a handmade flapper outfit, which was created by an Etsy designer.

Men's attire: Randy's tuxedo was made for him by the designer Tom James. The groomsmen wore black tuxedos as well.

Music: DJ Frank Marsden kept the crowd dancing all night. The couple's first dance was to "A Thousand Years" by Christina Perri.

Food and dessert: Classic Catering provided the meal of crab cakes and filet. The bride had risotto formed in the shape of a heart. The rest of the guests had mashed potatoes and broccolini. La Cakerie made the black and gold, square Art Deco-style cake.

Favors: Guests received crab mallets, which the couple painted black and gold and stamped with the wedding date. The couple tied their favorite crab recipes — crab imperial and steamed crabs — to them.

Special touches: The couple's signature drink was a Champagne cocktail in honor of Catharine's grandfather, who died several years ago. "It was his favorite drink," she said.


The couple honeymooned at Sandals Halcyon Beach in Saint Lucia.