Date: Sept. 5
Her story: Samantha "Sam" Saunders, 30, grew up in Morganton, N.C., and moved to Baltimore for work in 2007. She is a graduate student records administrator at Goucher College in Towson. Her parents, Sandy and Hoyt Saunders, live in Morganton.
His story: Tom Consroe, 30, was born in Maryland but moved out of state with his family when he was 3. He lived in California, Connecticut and New Mexico before returning to attend Towson University, and now teaches seventh- and eighth-grade social studies in Baltimore. His parents, Christine and Edward Consroe, live in Lutherville.
Their story: Sam and Tom met on the dating website OkCupid in 2008. Their first date was dinner at El Salto Mexican Restaurant in Parkville, followed by drinks at The Brewer's Art in Mount Vernon.
Sam says their wedding day coincidentally marked exactly six years that she and Tom had been a couple.
"I guess we'll start celebrating both," Sam says. "Next year will be seven [years of dating] slash one [year of marriage]."
The proposal: Tom proposed in July 2013 in the living room of the couple's Towson home. He and Sam had looked at rings together, but Sam didn't know if or when Tom actually made a purchase.
"I bought [the ring] the weekend before I was going to propose," Tom says. "I am really, really bad at keeping secrets. It was just too much stress, and I had to ask. I was too excited."
He proposed with a Tiffany & Co. ring featuring a round brilliant-cut diamond flanked by two diamond ribbons.
Venue: About 75 guests attended the ceremony and reception held at the Admiral Fell Inn in Fells Point. The couple's friend Addy Cullen of Fells Point got ordained to perform the ceremony and was also the maid of honor. Sam and Tom wrote the ceremony and vows.
Flowers and decor: Sam wanted to contrast the black-and-white polka-dot theme with pops of bright colors, including hot pink and purple.
Local Color Flowers in Baltimore designed floral arrangements using marigolds, dahlias, black-eyed Susans, purple thistle and craspedia in yellow, orange, pink and purple shades.
Sam used pink ribbon to tie escort cards onto small, potted succulent plants, which were also guest favors.
Her dress: The bride wore a strapless A-line silk taffeta gown with a notched sweetheart neckline and pockets from J. Crew. She wore multicolored glitter high heels by Kate Spade, a birdcage veil and a hot pink satin sash.
Sam's "something blue" was her mother's wedding garter. Her "something borrowed" was an antique bracelet that has been passed down in her family for decades.
Bridesmaids' dresses: The women wore black knee-length dresses in different styles from J. Crew. They wore gold high heels and matching Kate Spade bangle bracelets.
Men's attire: Tom wore a black suit from J. Crew. The groomsmen wore their own black suits without jackets. All of the men wore white dress shirts, black suspenders, hot-pink bow ties and black dress shoes.
Music: DJ John Paul Berry of Absolute Entertainment in Hanover played music. Sam and Tom's first dance was to a cover of the Dire Straits song "Romeo and Juliet" by The Killers.
Food and dessert: The Admiral Fell Inn made bacon-wrapped scallops, mini crab cakes, steak, chicken and vegetarian lasagna.
SugarBakers Cakes in Catonsville made a three-tier Smith Island cake decorated with hand-piped polka dots and fresh flowers.
Special touches: Charm City Photo Booths in Essex provided a photo booth for the evening. Sam and Tom arranged a dress-up station with props for guests to use in the photo booth.