Her story: Ann Sosnowski, 32, grew up in Brooklyn Park. She is a proposal team leader at Maxim Healthcare Services in Columbia. Her father, John Sosnowski, lives in Arundel Gardens. Her mother, Susan Sosnowski, died in 2013.
His story: Joseph Stader, 33, grew up in Pasadena. He is a field system specialist for Pitney Bowes in Baltimore and is enrolled in a Web application development program at Wilmington University. His mother, Colleen Stader, lives in Hurlock. His father, Roland Stader, lives in Pasadena.
Their story: Ann and Joseph met on Match.com in March 2012. After emailing and talking on the phone for about a week, they met for dinner at The Olive Tree in Glen Burnie.
About five minutes into their conversation, they realized that they had several mutual friends; Ann's best friend and Joseph's best friend even dated in high school.
The two say they can pinpoint one time when their paths likely crossed years ago — at a concert for Joseph's high school band.
"There's a particular video of my band playing, and the singer of the band does a shoutout to Ann," Joseph says.
The proposal: Ann and Joseph say they were open with each other about an engagement and getting married — something neither of them expected for their futures until they met each other.
Together, they chose and purchased Ann's engagementring, which features her birthstone, topaz, but she didn't know how or when Joseph would propose.
A few months later, in October 2013, Joseph and Ann were sitting and talking in the living room of their home when Joseph excused himself and returned with the ring hidden in his pocket. About 20 minutes later, he proposed.