Her story: Tracie Schwartz, 40, grew up in Silver Spring. She works in marketing for Ameritox, a toxicology company with offices in Baltimore and Columbia. Her parents, Donna and Jimmy Schwartz, live in Gaithersburg.
His story: Theodore "Ted" Sadowski, 44, grew up in Westminster. He sells commercial HVAC equipment for Ward-Boland Associates, based in Owings Mills. His mother, Mary Lou Bauerlein, and stepfather, Steve Bauerlein, live in Westminster. His father, Tom Sadowski, also lives in Westminster.
Their story: About 14 years ago, Tracie moved to New York City, where she worked in cosmetics and beauty marketing for 11 years. She moved back to Maryland in early 2010 and was living at her parents' Gaithersburg home until she found a job.
"My parents were getting a little sick of me hanging out with them all the time," says Tracie jokingly. "So my mom was basically like, 'You need to find a guy or some friends.' "
Her mom suggested Match.com, which Tracie had used before but eventually stopped because she didn't like it.
Shortly after rejoining the website, Tracie received a message from Ted. They talked by phone and email for a few weeks until Dec. 22, 2010, when they met in person at the Olney Ale House, halfway between Gaithersburg and Ted's home in Halethorpe.
They continued meeting halfway for about six months until Tracie moved in with Ted in 2011.
The proposal: In July 2012, Tracie and Ted planned a vacation to the Dominican Republic with Tracie's family. A few days before the trip, Tracie told a friend that she didn't think Ted would ever propose.
On their first night in the Dominican Republic, Tracie and Ted were having drinks by the resort's pool when she got upset again about the lack of a proposal and left for the hotel room.
Ted, who had planned to propose during a sunset walk on the beach, followed her. When he got to the room, Tracie saw that he wasn't as upset as she was — at which point she got more worked up, she says. Ted used an iPod docking station in the room to turn on "Marry Me" by Train and then pulled out a ring and proposed.
The venue: The ceremony and reception at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club was attended by 100 guests.
Decor: Tracie and Ted wanted a simple, classic theme that also incorporated a vintage feel. Lanterns holding white candles lined the ceremony aisle and served as centerpieces.
Flowers: Jennifer McLaughlin of Floral Expressions in Nottingham made the bouquets, aisle decorations and floral cake topper, which included roses, mums and hydrangeas in baby pink, mauve and white.
Her dress: The bride wore a strapless lace A-line gown with a sweetheart neckline by Justin Alexander. Tracie also wore a pearl necklace that was a gift from her mom for her 40th birthday.
"She asked me not to wear it until the day of the wedding, so that was pretty special to me," Tracie says.
Bridesmaids' dresses: The women wore strapless, floor-length taupe chiffon gowns from Betsy Robinson's Bridal Collection in Reisterstown.
Men's attire: The men wore black tuxedos from the Vera Wang collection at Men's Wearhouse. Ted wore a white bow tie and vest. The groomsmen wore black bow ties and vests.
Music: Junkyard Saints, a Baltimore-based band, entertained the guests. Ted and Tracie's first dance was to "Crazy Love" by Van Morrison.
Ted, who has played drums in various bands since he was 11 years old, has been with his current band, Radio Caroline, for 16 years. He and the band played a few songs during one of Junkyard Saints' breaks.
Food: Chesapeake Bay Beach Club provided steak and crab cakes for dinner. Baltimore Cakery, which offers cakes with Baltimore-inspired names, made a four-tier cake with "Rockets' red glare" red velvet and "Little Italy" cinnamon cannoli layers.
Favors: Ted and Tracie made CDs featuring songs from the wedding. The exterior CD cover described their wedding plans, and the interior cover honored Ted's late grandparents by listing their wedding plans from 1936.
"My dad had given me their budget and they had written down on a piece of paper what they were doing for their honeymoon," says Ted.
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