Brittany Coughlan and Kevin Fitzpatrick were married at Belmont Manor in Elkridge.
Brittany Coughlan and Kevin Fitzpatrick were married at Belmont Manor in Elkridge. (Ashton Kelley Photography)

Date: May 13

Her story: Brittany Coughlan, 25, grew up in Columbia and attended Atholton High School. She works at Hammond High School as the career research and development teacher. Brittany's parents, Kenny Porter and Suzanne Coughlan, live in Columbia.


His story: Kevin Fitzpatrick, 25, grew up in Columbia and attended Mount Saint Joseph High School. He works as a sales executive for Veritiv Corp. His father, Kevin Fitzpatrick, and stepmother, Julie Fitzpatrick, live in Houston, and his mother, Tracey Fitzpatrick, lives in Clearwater, Fla.

Their story: Brittany and Kevin met in 2005 at the age of 15 while attending their youngest brothers' basketball game. The brothers were on opposing teams.

"When I first saw Kevin, I thought he was really good looking," Brittany said. "I also loved that he was at his brother's game. As a family-oriented girl, I thought it was neat that he was supporting him. I came to find out that I was spot on, as Kevin is an amazing brother and son. He definitely puts his loved ones first, and I adore that about him."

Kevin was attracted to Brittany for similar reasons.

"I too loved the fact that Brittany was supporting her family and loved the fact that Brittany seemed to be thoroughly enjoying the game," he said. "Little did I know, Brittany [was] actually pretty decent at the game herself."

After the basketball game, Brittany got Kevin's number from her brother, who was already friends with Kevin and both of his brothers.

"We started texting," Brittany recalled. "That led to an on-and-off relationship that lasted through the beginning of college."

The two dated for the majority of high school and into college. Brittany played basketball on a full scholarship at Berry College in Georgia, while Kevin received a scholarship to play football at Marist College in Georgia. Due to the distances and the time taken up by their athletic commitments, they spent a few years apart. They were reunited when they both moved back to Maryland.

The two bought their home in Otterbein together in November 2014. They have lived there since.

The proposal: When Brittany arrived home from work on June 4, 2015, she found a note from Kevin asking her to come up to the rooftop.

"When I walked in and found Kevin's note to meet him on the roof, I just knew," Brittany said. "I started screaming alone in our condo out of excitement. As I walked up the steps to meet him, I reminded myself to take in the moment. As much as I wanted to rush up those steps and grab him, I wanted to treasure the moments leading up to it."

On the rooftop, Brittany found Kevin with peach roses and Champagne; music was playing. Kevin got on one knee and asked her to marry him.

"I thought about everything in our lives that had brought us to this moment and I was just completely overjoyed," Brittany said. "I was more than ready to tell him that I would love nothing more than to spend the rest of my life by his side."

Kevin was anxious and excited.


"When I saw Brittany's car pull in he carport, I was giddy," he recalled. "As soon as I saw her, my heart started pounding and I couldn't believe that we had finally reached this moment."

They celebrated with their family and closest friends the following night at The White Oak Tavern.

Venue: Two hundred guests attended the garden wedding at Belmont Manor in Elkridge.

Her dress: Brittany found an Enzoani Blue collection dress at Francesca's Bridal. The dress, named "Harlem," was classic white chiffon with an illusion neckline and beaded appliques.

Bridesmaids' dresses: The bridesmaids wore floor-length, Champagne-colored gowns from Calvin Klein.

Men's attire: Kevin wore a traditional black Calvin Klein tuxedo with a black bow tie from Men's Warehouse. His groomsmen also wore traditional black Calvin Klein tuxedos, though in slightly different design. Brittany's man of honor — her brother Anthony — wore a black Calvin Klein tuxedo.

Food and dessert: The couple decided to serve a barbecue-themed meal. Kloby's Smokehouse provided the food. The menu included brisket, pulled pork, boneless chicken thighs, macaroni and cheese, potato salad, green beans and cornbread.

The couple also served a four-tier vanilla cake with strawberry shortcake filling from Charm City Cakes.

Favors: Flower seed packets with a special message from the bride and groom — including the couple's hashtag, #PerfectFitz — were arranged on each table.

Special touches: The couple took a weeklong honeymoon in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.