Wedded: Kathleen Miller and Michael Pukacz

Date: March 1

Her story: Kathleen Miller, 30, grew up in Darnestown in Montgomery County. She is a risk analyst at Legg Mason in Baltimore. Her mother, Peggy Miller, lives in Frederick, and her father, Ted Miller, lives in Bethesda.


His story: Michael Pukacz, 32, grew up in Severna Park. He is a financial analyst at LaSalle Investment Management in Baltimore. His parents, Ron and Yvonne Pukacz, live in Severna Park.

Their story: Kathleen and Mike met through in October 2010. Soon after they connected online, they met for happy-hour drinks at Looney's Pub in Canton.


They followed up by meeting for dinner the next week. Their relationship grew from there, and they continued to hang out every weekend. They now live together in Canton.

The proposal: Throughout the early months of 2013, Mike was studying nonstop for the Chartered Financial Analyst test. When he completed the test last June, he told Kathleen that he wanted to take her away for a weekend to thank her for all the support she had given him while he was studying.

He planned a trip to a bed-and-breakfast in the Lehigh Valley of eastern Pennsylvania. That Saturday, they toured four wineries in the area. At the last winery of the day, they were sitting under a secluded oak tree when Mike knelt on one knee and proposed.

"I started crying, and that was it," Kathleen says. "For him to do something like that was just really special."

Venue: The ceremony at Corpus Christi Church in Bolton Hill was attended by 115 guests. A reception followed at the Belvedere in Mount Vernon.

Decor and flowers: "I wanted something that was timeless and elegant and romantic," Kathleen says.

She and Mike also wanted to incorporate their love for living in Baltimore. Reception tables were named after neighborhoods in the city, and guests received hand-decorated "Boh" sugar cookies from Snickety Snacks in Lovettsville, Va., as favors.

Crimson & Clover Floral Design in Roland Park created bouquets and centerpieces using white hydrangeas, pale peach and yellow roses, pink rosebuds, and dusty miller. Kathleen's bouquet stems were wrapped in satin and adorned with buttons from her grandmother's wedding dress.


Her dress: Kathleen wore a strapless lace gown with a sweetheart neckline, floral embroidery, beading and a chapel train by Watters from Betsy Robinson's Bridal Collection in Pikesville.

She also wore her late grandmother's fur wrap and a pair of diamond stud earrings that were a wedding gift from Mike.

Bridesmaids' dresses: The women wore blush pink, chiffon, floor-length gowns by Bill Levkoff. They also wore monogrammed wraps that were gifts from Kathleen.

Behind the Veil in Severna Park did hair and makeup for the bridal party.

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Men's attire: The men wore traditional black tuxedos from Tuxedo House in Lutherville. Mike wore an ivory bow tie, while his groomsmen wore black bow ties.

Music: DJ Jason Wallace of EventPro DJ in Glen Burnie entertained. Kathleen and Mike's first dance was to "At Last" by Etta James.


Food and dessert: Belvedere & Co. Events provided dinner, which included chicken topped with crab meat and beef tenderloin. Toward the end of the reception, cheeseburger sliders and mini grilled cheese sandwiches were also offered.

Baltimore Cakery made a four-tier cinnamon cannoli cake decorated with roses and hydrangeas.

Special touches: Kathleen gave Mike a box of gifts and notes on the morning of the wedding, including a pair of socks in case he got "cold feet," a small bottle of Jack Daniel's whiskey to "calm his nerves," a pack of mints "to ensure a fresh first kiss," and a Tag Heuer watch from Smyth Jewelers to make sure he made it to the altar on time.


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