Her story: Nessa Klein, 33, grew up in Arbutus. She is a human resources consultant for St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore. Her mother, Linda, works for Baltimore County public schools and her father, Charles, is retired.
His story: John Mimm, 35, grew up in Columbia. He works in sales and estimating at Eastern Waterproofing and Restoration in Jessup. His mother, Helga, is a stay-at-home mom, and his father, John, works in sales for Durrett Sheppard Steel.
Their story: Nessa and John met at Seacrets in Ocean City during Labor Day weekend 2009. After running into each other a few times, they exchanged numbers. John, however, was living in Philadelphia at the time, so the two traveled back and forth for about two years until he moved to Maryland.
The proposal: John proposed on Valentine's Day 2012 with a round diamond engagement ring from Royal Jewelers at Arundel Mills.
"My mom suggested he get a box of Rheb's Jimmy truffles and put the ring in the box," Nessa said. "We were at home making Valentine's Day dinner, and he ran out to get something from the car. He came back in, and I recognized the [Rheb's] box immediately. I went to open the box and when I saw the ring, he was down on one knee."
The venue: About 180 guests attended the ceremony and reception at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club in Stevensville.
"I fell in love with the view because it is beautiful," said Nessa. "We love outdoor activities, such as hiking and camping, so [the venue] fit us and felt right."
The groom's best friend from college, Joe Caughy, officiated at the ceremony.
"He got ordained so he could marry us," John said.
Food: Nessa and John opted for a Chesapeake Bay seafood theme, complete with crab legs and crab cakes with lamp chops and top sirloin.
Dessert: The couple selected a four-tier cake from Peace of Cake in Stevensville. The almond cake included raspberry filling and buttercream icing. The cake topper was from the Etsy shop Blue Butterfly Design and was modeled after the "LOVE" sculpture in Philadelphia.
Favors: The couple gave their guests Rheb's Jimmy truffles.
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