Her story: Abby Redding, 24, grew up in Severna Park. She is a licensed esthetician and is also a store manager at Sally Beauty Supply in Elkins, W.Va. Her father, Douglas Redding, and stepmother, Norann Redding, live in Severna Park. Abby's mother, Wendy Redding, and her partner, Diane Cowen, live in Glen Burnie.
His story: Michael "Mike" Elliott, 24, grew up mostly in Severna Park but also lived in England, Colorado and Texas while his father, Berton Elliott of Pasadena, served in the Air Force. He is a bulk plant operator for Schlumberger Limited, an oil field services company. His mother, Linda Iosbaker, and stepfather, David Iosbaker, live in Elkins.
Their story: Abby and Mike met in eighth grade when they had a math class together.
"She had a big crush on me," Mike says. "I was all about skateboarding so I was like, 'eh, I don't have time for you,' and then we didn't really talk much through high school," he says.
When they were 19, they reconnected through Facebook and arranged a time to hang out, but the plans fell through. After losing touch for a few years, they reconnected a second time and saw each other on several occasions. But they say the timing wasn't right, and they lost touch again.
In early 2013, Abby decided to give it another shot.
"I searched for his name on Facebook like every day because I kept thinking about him," she says. Abby liked one of Mike's pictures on the website, and he sent her a message the next day. A few weeks later, Abby visited Mike, who had since moved to West Virginia, and they began dating. The couple now lives in Elkins, W.Va.
The proposal: "He proposed three times," Abby says. "The first time, it was two weeks after I went out to West Virginia — two weeks after we started dating. We had talked for a few weeks before we actually started officially dating."
It happened in June 2013, when Mike was visiting Abby in Baltimore. One day while they were driving, he casually asked her if she wanted to get married. She agreed, but Mike decided she needed a proposal that was more special, Abby says.
He planned a proposal to take place during his family reunion about a month later. On the eve of the reunion, Mike's sister accidentally spoiled the surprise for Abby, which became the second proposal.
The third proposal happened the next day when Mike proposed to Abby surrounded by his family, who caught everything on video.
Venue: Abby and Mike were first married in a courthouse ceremony on Oct. 28.
"We already had our date set for May, but we didn't want to wait," Abby says.
The ceremony and receptionin May took place at the Whitehurst Club and Marina in Severna Park and was attended by 72 guests.
Food and dessert: Red Hot & Blue in Annapolis catered the dinner, which included barbecue-style foods such as pulled pork sandwiches, baby back ribs, beans and coleslaw.
A vegetarian couscous dish made by Norann Redding was also served.
Abby's mother's friend Lisa Ash of Pasadena made a tower of red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese icing for dessert. She also made cartoon figurines of Abby and Mike using cake fondant to display atop the cupcake tower.
Special touches: Abby's "something borrowed" was a cake cutter that was used at Mike's grandparents' wedding.
"[Mike's grandmother] polished it and set it on the dessert table next to the cupcakes," Abby says. "It was really special for her to bring that for us."