Wedded: Danielle Young and William Kelly

Date: March 29

Her story: Danielle Young, 33, grew up in Bel Air. She is a project manager for Leidos, a government contractor in Columbia. Her parents, Sylvia and Earl Young, live in Bel Air.


His story: William Kelly, 31, grew up in Torrington, Conn. He moved to Maryland in 2005 and is a chief systems engineer for the federal government. His parents, Charlotte and Michael Kelly, live in Torrington.

Their story: In October 2010, Danielle and William were at Looney's Pub in Canton, watching a New York Giants game separately — she was upstairs with her friends and he was downstairs with his. During halftime, Danielle went downstairs and ran into a friend who was there with William. Her friend, using a "How I Met Your Mother" reference, said "Have you met my friend Will?" and quickly walked away, leaving William and Danielle at the bar.


"Just as I was about to turn away, he offered me a drink, and we chatted the rest of the night, missing the end of the game," Danielle says. "We've been together ever since."

The proposal: William surprised Danielle with a trip to New York City in August 2012, telling her it was her early birthday gift. As soon as they arrived in the city, Danielle insisted on finding a nail salon to get a manicure, something she says she would have done earlier had she known about the trip.

"Little did I know, Will had already arranged an appointment for me the next day. So I ruined that part of the surprise," Danielle says.

The next evening, William told Danielle to be ready for dinner by 4 p.m. When they left the hotel, Danielle started walking to the corner of the block to hail a cab. William, who secretly booked a limousine, had to steer her in the other direction and reveal that he had scheduled a private tour of Manhattan for them.

They stopped at Strawberry Fields in Central Park, a spot they had visited during their first trip to the city a few years earlier. William told Danielle that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her, then took out a ring and proposed.

They celebrated that evening with dinner at The View Restaurant & Lounge, a 360-degree revolving rooftop restaurant in Times Square.

Venue: The ceremony and reception at the Peabody Library in Mount Vernon was attended by 100 guests. Danielle and William's friend, Virgilio "Vic" Victoriano of Baltimore, presided.

Flowers and decor: The couple worked with Elle Ellinghaus of Elle Ellinghaus Designs to create a "peacock elegance" theme. Tables were decorated with purple linens, teal napkins and gold charger plates. Arrangements of white and peacock feathers in tall glass vases were used as centerpieces.


Wicked Willow in Baltimore designed Danielle's cascading bouquet using blue orchids and cream roses accented with peacock feathers.

Her dress: The bride wore an ivory mermaid-style satin gown with a ruched bodice and draped skirt by Kenneth Pool from Betsy Robinson's Bridal Collection in Pikesville.

Danielle also wore a pin belonging to her maid of honor's grandmother as her "something old" and "something blue," and a bridal robe from a bridesmaid who was married two years earlier as her "something borrowed."

Bridesmaids' dresses: The women wore sage satin gowns by Bill Levkoff from Bridal Fashions by Niko in Baltimore. The maid of honor wore a mauve gown by Bill Levkoff.

Men's attire: William and the groomsmen wore black tuxedos with tails from Jos. A. Bank. William wore an ivory bow tie to match Danielle's dress.

Music: Dance Masters Entertainment of Parkville played music. Danielle and William's first dance was to "Come Away with Me" by Norah Jones.

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Danielle's father and his band, The Trammps, gave an impromptu performance. The group is best known for "Disco Inferno ," their hit song from the 1970s.

Food and dessert: Chef's Expressions in Timonium provided grilled salmon filet and grilled Black Angus loin for dinner.

La Cakerie in Towson made a four-tier red velvet cake topped with two golden peacocks and sugar peacock feathers cascading down the side.


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