Wedded: Shannon Braitsch and Pete Kriscumas

Date: March 28

Her story: Shannon Braitsch, 32 , was raised in Halethorpe. She works as a talent acquisition manager for Best Buy. Her mother, Gail Ridgely, and stepfather, Eddie Ridgely, live in Halethorpe.


His story: Pete Kriscumas, 40, was born and raised in Baltimore. He is a legislative aide to Baltimore County Councilman Tom Quirk. His mother, Robin Kriscumas, lives in Baltimore.

Their story: The two met on a football field in September 2012. He was coaching youth football; she was coaching youth cheerleading.


"We crossed paths while I was leaving the field and she was getting on," Pete said. "That's how it all began."

Pete and Shannon started chatting on Facebook, then by phone. A week later, they went on their first date.

The couple now live in Pasadena.

The proposal: Pete and Shannon became engaged during a cruise to the Bahamas in May 2013.

Pete had an elaborate proposal planned that involved asking her to marry him on the rooftop deck of the cruise ship. But Mother Nature had other plans in mind. A rainstorm forced them below deck. Shannon, who was worried about packing for their early-morning departure, made them return to their cabin to prepare, which prevented Pete from proposing at the end of dinner.

"It's kind of comical," Pete said.

Finally, Pete was able to get Shannon to one of the ship's piano lounges. There, he pretended to drop a package of gum on the ground. When he bent down to pick it up, he got on one knee and popped the question.

"There were a lot of smiles, laughter and tears of happiness," he said. "She said yes. We hugged. And we got back to the States, and the wedding planning began."


Venue: One hundred and forty people attended the wedding at the Governor Calvert House in Annapolis.

Flowers and decor: The colors of the wedding were navy and fuchsia, which reflected the couple's love of nautical themes, Pete said.

"Because we got engaged on a cruise ship and had our wedding in Annapolis, we went with a nautical theme," he said. "We threw the fuchsia in because it was a good color to match. Also, it reminded us of the gum box that I put the engagement ring in."

Shannon made the flower arrangements herself.

Her dress: Shannon's dress was by Allure Couture from Brides and Grooms Inc. in Pikesville.

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Bridesmaids' attire: The women wore navy blue dresses from Brides and Grooms Inc.


Men's attire: Pete wore a navy blue suit by Ralph Lauren from Cy's Tuxedos in Catonsville. Groomsmen wore navy blue jackets and khaki pants, also by Ralph Lauren and from Cy's Tuxedos.

Music: DJ Randy Valenstein provided the music. The couple's first dance was to "I Cross My Heart" by George Strait.

Food and dessert: The Governor Calvert House catered the wedding. Appetizers included chicken teriyaki on a stick, crab cakes, spring rolls, jumbo shrimp and shrimp wrapped with bacon. Dinner consisted of chicken breast with roasted potatoes and green beans. The couple also served a two-tiered cake and cupcakes by Melissa Wowk of Sweet Cheeks Bakery.

Favors: The couple handed out mimosa kits, with small bottles of champagne and orange juice that read "Love Pete and Shannon" as favors.

Special touches: The groomsmen surprised everyone by performing a choreographed dance to 'N Sync's "Bye, Bye, Bye."

The couple went on a 10-day cruise to the western Caribbean for their honeymoon.