Wedded: Ruby Estayan and Edward Reynon

Estayan-Reynon(Rettberg/Sommer photos)

Date: Aug. 31

Her story: Ruby Estayan, 26, grew up in Manila, Philippines. She moved to Maryland with her family in 2006. She is a geriatric nurse at Genesis HealthCare Heritage Center in Dundalk. Her parents, Tess and Raul Estayan, live in Abingdon.


His story: Edward Reynon, 27, grew up in Rosedale. He is also a geriatric nurse at Heritage Center. His parents, Elvie and Al Reynon, live in Baltimore.

Their story: Ruby and Edward met on June 11, 2006, at the annual Filipino Festival in Towson. They officially became a couple about a month later on July 7. On their first date, they walked around the Inner Harbor, visited the aquarium and ate lunch at Phillips Seafood. Edward, who plays softball in Baltimore County and coaches football in Harford County, introduced Ruby to local sports.


The proposal: On Christmas Eve 2010 while Ruby was at the gym, Edward went to her parents' house to ask for Ruby's hand in marriage. The next day at a Christmas party, Ruby's family blindfolded her and took her outside, convincing her that a gift was waiting.

"I was like, 'What in the world is going on?'" says Ruby, who thought she might be getting a new car.

Instead, her brother and cousin were singing a cover of "More than Words" and Edward was on one knee ready to propose.

The venue: About 300 guests, some who traveled from Singapore and the Philippines, attended the Filipino Catholic ceremony at St. Francis de Sales in Abingdon. The Rev. Roque Lim presided. A reception followed at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen. During a cocktail hour, Ruby, Edward and their wedding party played softball and football on the field.

Decor: The couple chose the Ravens and Orioles as their dual theme. Tables were dressed with orange or purple tablecloths, gold charger plates, and orange or purple napkins. The 30 tables were named after various Orioles and Ravens players, including Brian Roberts and Jacoby Jones. Edward stayed up until 3 on the morning of the wedding ensuring that the decorations were perfect.

Flowers: JJ Cummings Floral Co. of Baltimore made Ruby's bouquet using purple lisianthus. The bridesmaids carried bouquets of white hydrangeas, calla lilies and orange roses. Edward wore a purple lisianthus boutonniere and the groomsmen wore orange roses.

Her dress: The bride wore a one-shoulder, mermaid-style lace gown with gemstones by Pronovias from Pizazz Wedding Boutique in Aberdeen. She wore purple high heels and her aunt, Mila Gros, gave her earrings made in the Philippines as a gift.

Bridesmaids' dresses: The bridesmaids wore purple, one-shoulder, knee-length chiffon gowns from Alfred Angelo Bridal in Glen Burnie. The maid of honor wore a matching floor-length gown.

Men's attire: The groomsmen wore cream Filipino barongs, or traditional formal shirts. Edward's custom barong was purple. For the reception, Edward changed into a tuxedo with purple vest, bowtie and white dinner jacket from Men's Wearhouse. He wore Ravens cufflinks that were a gift from Ruby.

Music: DJ Marc Nieto of Abingdon, the couple's friend, emceed the reception. Ruby and Edward walked out as a couple to "Hot in Here" by Nelly and performed the Ray Lewis "Squirrel Dance." Their first dance started out as a waltz to "A Thousand Years" by Christina Perri and transitioned into a mash-up of dances, including the YMCA, chicken dance and Gangnam Style.

Food and dessert: Double Play Dining of Aberdeen catered the event. The dinner menu featured crab cakes, roasted tenderloin, garlic mashed potatoes and a vegetable medley. Flavor Cupcakery of Bel Air provided cupcakes in a variety of flavors. The couple had a personal cookies-and-cream cake decorated with an Oriole Bird and Ravens topper from Etsy.

Favors: Inspired by the Alzheimer's and dementia patients they meet as geriatric nurses, Ruby and Edward gave each guest a purple Alzheimer's bracelet and made a donation to the Alzheimer's Association in lieu of favors.



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