Her story: Megan Quick, 36, grew up in Oaklyn, N.J. She is a registered nurse at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Her father, Michael, works for Susquehanna Bank and her mother, Doreen, is a retired medical receptionist.
His story: Aaron Shirk, 39, was born in Vietnam and lived in various countries. He is a computer engineer for Bill Me Later in Timonium. Both of his parents — Peter Shirk and Roxie Gilmore —worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Their story: Megan and Aaron met two years ago on chemistry.com.
"We started talking online, and our first date was right after the Super Bowl," says Megan. "That was one of the reasons we wanted a February wedding. We got married two years and two days after our first date."
The proposal: Aaron proposed to Megan on June 18, 2012 while they were celebrating her birthday at a bed-and-breakfast in Rehoboth Beach, Del. He selected a radiant cut diamond engagement ring from an online retailer.
"He gave me all of my birthday presents and then gave me a cute card and got down on one knee," Megan says. "I don't remember anything he said because it was so emotional and really simple, which I loved. It was perfect."
The venue: About 85 guests attended the ceremony and reception at Antrim 1844, a country house hotel in Taneytown.
"We wanted something cozy for a winter wedding, and it's a beautiful venue," says Megan. "There was also a feeling of friendliness. We felt comfortable there."
Flowers: Interior designer Katie DeStefano of Curiosity in Federal Hill designed Megan's bouquet, as well as the centerpieces and decor for the wedding. The bouquet included orchids and calla lilies with a "lucky cricket" on the back, while the centerpieces and decor included lanterns, moss, small Buddhas and elephants for an earthy, Asian feel to symbolize Megan's trips to India.
"I actually wanted an Indian wedding," Megan says. "I traveled there many times, and I love it. That's actually how I knew Aaron was the one, because I was just as excited to come home to him as I was for the adventure."
Music: Megan and Aaron booked the band Prime Time with the Washington Talent Agency for the wedding. The guitarist played Jason Mraz's "I Won't Give Up" while Megan walked down the aisle during the ceremony and the pianist played during the cocktail hour. The entire band entertained the guests during the reception.
"Everyone was on the dance floor all night," says Megan. "Even my 90-year-old grandmother was dancing the whole time."
Dessert: The couple selected almond, mocha chocolate and red velvet cupcakes from Starry Night Bakery in Westminster for dessert. They chose a small chocolate chip cake for cutting.
"It was more than just a wedding, it was a time for our families and friends to come together and have a great time," says Megan. "It was one of the best wedding gifts to see everyone come together and have a good time. It was worth every penny spent."
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