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Wedded: Leah Pressman and Ori Lieberman rekindled their childhood friendship

Wedded: Leah Pressman and Ori Lieberman rekindled their childhood friendship
Leah Pressman and Ori Lieberman married on March 26 at Royal Sonesta Harbor Court in Baltimore. (Sachs Photography / Handout)

Date: March 26

Her story: Leah Pressman, 26, was born in Philadelphia before her family moved to Memphis, Tenn., and later to Baltimore in 2002. Leah works as a social worker for Community Access, a New York-based nonprofit. Her parents, Mark and Fran Pressman, live in Owings Mills.

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His story: Ori Lieberman, 26, was born in Chicago and raised in Baltimore. Ori is an M.D./Ph.D. candidate at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. His parents, Elli and Laura Lieberman, live in Owings Mills.

Their story: Leah and Ori met for the first time as children in 2002 at the Maryland State Fair when Leah's family first moved to the area. The two were later reintroduced to one another when they started sixth grade at Krieger Schechter Day School in Pikesville.

After a year had passed, Ori developed a crush. Soon after, they became each other's first boyfriend and girlfriend. The two would eat lunch together every day and went on dates to the movies. But things fizzled and they lost touch in high school.

They met again in 2010 during their freshman year at the University of Maryland, College Park. They both registered for a course on the art and archeology of Africa. Ori repeatedly said he would drop the class but never did because of Leah. The timing, however, was still not right, according to Leah. The class ended and they went their separate ways.

Toward the end of their sophomore year, Leah and Ori were newly single and crossed paths on campus. They struck up a conversation.

"I was surprised at how much he'd changed from the boy I knew in middle school," Leah recalled. "I instantly felt comfortable with him and knew he was someone I wanted to spend more time with. Ori kept telling himself he didn't want another relationship right away, but I think he felt the same way."

They decided to attend a Jewish Student Union dance together later that week.

The night of the dance, they had their first kiss. They've been inseparable ever since.

The two coordinated their medical school and graduate school applications in an effort to wind up in the same city. They moved to New York together in August 2013.

The two live on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

The proposal: Ori proposed on a quiet day in December 2015 in their New York apartment. He popped the question just one week after getting the engagement ring.

"I was overwhelmed with emotion — although not surprised. We'd talked about getting married for a while before the proposal," Leah recalled. "We were both immediately so excited and told everyone we knew. I couldn't wait to start planning."

Venue: One hundred sixty guests attended the wedding at Royal Sonesta Harbor Court in Baltimore.

Flowers and decor: Flowers and decor were provided by Ann's Garden. The theme of the wedding was "modern classic with a gardeny feel," according to Leah. The colors of the wedding were white, ivory, blush and green with a pop of magenta in the bridesmaid's bouquets. Leah's bouquet was a modified cascade. The couple's traditional chuppah was decorated with white and ivory florals and included prayer shawls from the bride and groom's family. The guest card table vignette included tulips and cymbidium orchids. Reception decor introduced the green and blush colors.

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Bride's dress: Leah wore a vintage gown designed by Enzoani from Betsy Robinson's Bridal Collection.

Bridesmaids' dresses: Bridesmaids wore navy cocktail dresses from J. Crew.

Men's attire: Ori wore a tuxedo and the groomsmen wore three-piece suits, all from Jos. A. Bank.

Music: Marc Wilner from Washington Entertainment was the DJ. The couple's first dance was to "Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley.

Food: The Royal Sonesta catered the wedding. Dinner consisted of a roasted carrot salad and a duet of sea bass and grilled filet mignon served with risotto and spring vegetables. The couple served a cake alternating in layers between chocolate and Smith Island cake covered with French butter cream frosting from SugarBakers.

Special touches: The couple plans to go on their honeymoon in June to Paris.

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