Wedded: Ann Sosnowski and Joseph Stader

Date: Sept. 13

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 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 engagement ring, 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.

"He said, 'I'm going to do this right now' and he pulled out the ring and asked me to marry him," Ann says.

They live in Linthicum Heights.


Venue: About 80 guests attended the ceremony and reception at Belmont Manor and Historic Park in Elkridge.

Ann's friend Daniel Johnson of Baltimore became ordained so he could marry the couple.

Flowers and decor: Ann and Joseph chose a medieval theme, which was inspired by their love for the HBO show "Game of Thrones" and the Maryland Renaissance Festival.

Ann chose purple, green and blue as the wedding colors. She and her bridesmaids made bouquets and boutonnieres using peacock feathers and fabric flowers accented with ribbons and rhinestones.

Joseph's mother made centerpieces using votive candles set in glass vases decorated with ivy vines and peacock feathers.

Her dress: The bride wore a custom medieval-style black velvet gown with long bell sleeves, a white middle panel and corset back that she ordered from Dawns Medieval Dresses in the United Kingdom.


She wore a beaded headpiece and hood instead of a veil.

Bridesmaids' dresses: The women wore purple, floor-length chiffon gowns by Dessy. The matron of honor wore a matching gown in emerald green.

The flower girl, Ann's niece, wore a dress with a purple, blue and green tulle skirt. The ring bearer, Ann's nephew, carried a scroll sign that read "Here Comes the Bride."

Men's attire: Joseph wore a custom black linen tunic and matching pants with silver embroidered trim from Etsy.

He wore a pair of black leather boots he bought from the Renaissance Festival several years ago, and a silver metal belt.

The groomsmen wore gray dress shirts, while the best man wore a blue dress shirt. Each man also wore black suit vests decorated with a peacock-feather pattern.

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Music: Medieval-style music was played during the ceremony processional and recessional.

DJ Ray Bachman of Baltimore played classic and contemporary music during the reception. Ann and Joseph's first dance was to "So Far Away" by Staind.

Food and dessert: Mission BBQ in Glen Burnie provided a barbecue buffet, which included turkey, pork and brisket.

Kupcakes and Co. in Elkridge made cupcakes for dessert.

Favors: Guests received jars of honey decorated with medieval-style labels.

Special touches: Memorial candles were lit in honor of Joseph's late grandfathers and Ann's mother.


The couple wore their custom medieval outfits to the Renaissance Festival several weeks after the wedding.