Her story: Annabelle Alberts, 30, grew up in Detroit. She lived in New York City for 31/2 years before moving to Maryland in September 2012. She is the manager of marketing for Deloitte Forensic in Baltimore. Her parents, Marcia and Mike Alberts, live in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
His story: Scott Palagyi, 31, was born in Pittsburgh but grew up in York, Pa. He spent seven years working in Ohio for Procter & Gamble before being relocated to Baltimore about three years ago. He is the northeast distributions center operations leader for Procter & Gamble in Hunt Valley. His parents, Judy and John Palagyi, live in York.
Their story: In July 2010, Scott went on a business trip to New York City. A mutual friend mentioned that Annabelle lived in the city and told Scott he should get in touch with her. Scott sent Annabelle an email introducing himself and asking if she would show him around the city when he arrived.
They met at a bar on 26th Street and spent about three hours talking and getting to know each other. A few weeks later, Scott visited again. He continued to visit more frequently for the next six months, and their relationship became official on New Year's Day 2011. They dated long-distance for the next year and a half until Annabelle moved to Baltimore. They now live in Canton.
The proposal: Scott proposed on Aug. 13, 2013. He designed a custom ring and was waiting for it to arrive with the hope of proposing during a family trip to northern Michigan, but on the eve of the trip, the ring was still in Los Angeles.
Scott eventually had the ring sent overnight to a FedEx store in Michigan and asked Annabelle's best friend, who was also going on the trip, to pick it up on her drive from Chicago.
That Saturday morning, when Annabelle was out for a run, Scott asked her father for his permission and blessing. Scott proposed that evening at sunset during dinner with Annabelle's family and friends at a waterfront restaurant. As Scott and Annabelle were down on the docks while their party was watching from a balcony, Annabelle's father told them to pose for a photo. As Annabelle was waiting for the picture, Scott got down on one knee.
Venue: About 200 guests attended the ceremony and reception at the Baltimore Museum of Industry in Federal Hill. Two of Annabelle's family friends played piano during the ceremony.
Decor and flowers: The reception space was decorated in white and gray with touches of natural and vintage elements, such as moss, birdcages and burlap table runners made by Scott's mom. Annabelle's passion for the water, which she developed while growing up surrounded by the Great Lakes, was reflected through nautical accents. Scott's dad made the ceremony "altar" from two vintage wine barrels and nautical rope.
Centerpieces from Belle Fleurs in Baltimore featured white flowers including roses, hydrangeas and peonies. Miniature jars of Old Bay were used as place cards.
Her dress: The bride wore a strapless Chantilly lace gown with a sweetheart neckline and champagne underlay by Alvina Valenta from Garnish Boutique in Ruxton.
Annabelle wore her sister-in-law's veil as her "something borrowed," her grandmother's pearl necklace as her "something old," her grandmother's aquamarine brooch as her "something blue," and a David Yurman bracelet that was a wedding gift from Scott as her "something new."
Bridesmaids' dresses: The women wore graphite gray cocktail dresses in different styles from J.Crew. They also wore J.Crew bracelets that were gifts from Annabelle.
Men's attire: Scott and the groomsmen wore black tuxedos from the Vera Wang collection at Men's Wearhouse. Instead of tuxedo shoes, Scott wore his favorite pair of gray Sperry Top-Siders.
The men also wore gray chambray ties, nautical cufflinks, anchor tie clips and "pirate" crossbones socks, all from J.Crew. Scott wore a handmade watch from Shinola, a Detroit-based company, which was a wedding gift from Annabelle.
Music: Captain Jack, a Baltimore-based band, played classic hits from the '80s and '90s mixed with current songs. Annabelle and Scott's first dance was to an acoustic version of "Just the Way You Are" by Bruno Mars, performed by Captain Jack.
Food and dessert: Rouge Fine Catering in Hunt Valley provided lump crab cakes and chicken for dinner. For dessert, Rouge made spiked fruit skewers and a cake featuring maple bacon and cookie dough layers.
Following a Pittsburgh wedding tradition, Scott's mom and aunt made 4,000 cookies in 36 flavors for a "Pittsburgh cookie table." To-go boxes were available for guests to pack cookies to take home.
Favors: In addition to the miniature jars of Old Bay, guests received custom crab mallets adorned with the wedding logo "Sip & Belle," which featured Annabelle and Scott's nicknames (Scott's initials are S.I.P.).
Special touches: Annabelle's father, who created a vineyard called North Course Vineyard in his backyard, made bottles of wine for each table to drink during a toast at the reception. SIP, a cabernet, and Belle, a chardonnay, were decorated with custom labels featuring the wedding logo.
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