MacDonald-McConnaughey wedding
MacDonald-McConnaughey wedding (Victoria V Photography)

Sept. 14

Her story: Brittany MacDonald, 25, grew up in Delta, Pa., in southern York County. She is a nurse at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center in Rosedale. Her mother, Michele Mullins, lives in Delta and her father, Gary MacDonald, lives in South Carolina.

His story: Cale McConnaughey, 28, grew up in Forest Hill. He is a carpenter for Baldwin Mill Cabinetry of Forest Hill. His parents, Cherie and John McConnaughey, live in Forest Hill.


Their story: Brittany and Cale met in the summer of 2009 when Brittany was working in the customer service department of a grocery store located near the Maryland-Pennsylvania line. They crossed paths several times and chatted whenever Cale came into the store.

That year on the Fourth of July, when Brittany was working, Cale came in to buy stamps. He invited Brittany to watch fireworks with him from his friend's boat later that evening. Their friendship developed into a relationship, and they now live in Delta.

The proposal: One morning in August of 2012, Cale suggested to Brittany that they make coffee and take it for a walk around the pond behind their house. When they returned home, Cale stopped on their front porch, got down on one knee and proposed.

The 'Two-wheel Wedding' contest: While on a trip to Ocean City this summer, Cale and Brittany were browsing through a copy of Fast Lane Biker Magazine Delmarva when they saw an advertisement for a contest to win a wedding taking place during OC Bikefest weekend.

Cale, who grew up competing in BMX (bicycle motocross) and riding dirt bikes, owns a Harley-Davidson and is teaching Brittany how to ride a motorcycle. They submitted a photo of themselves and a 200-word essay explaining why they should win. A few weeks later, they got the good news: They had been chosen ahead of 16 other entries.

"We were really hoping to win," says Brittany, "but we were totally surprised."

The venue: The wedding took place on the main stage at the Ocean City inlet. Cale and Brittany had about 40 of their friends and family present, but hundreds of Bikefest spectators were also in the crowd. A reception followed at the 45th Street Taphouse Bar & Grille.

Sponsors and decor: "Everything was a complete surprise," says Brittany. Barefoot Bride of Ocean City coordinated the wedding, which had an orange-and-black color scheme inspired by Harley-Davidson. Coastal Tented Events of Millville, Del., provided high-top tables and chairs for the inlet ceremony. Park Place Jewelers of Ocean City donated two matching titanium wedding bands for the couple. The "Two-wheel Wedding" prize included, among other goods and services, tux and gown rentals for the bride and groom, hair and makeup for the bride, flowers from Barefoot Bride, the reception, cake and a champagne toast.

Her dress: The bride wore a strapless, satin mermaid-style gown with a sweetheart neckline by Justin Alexander from Amber Nicole's Bridal in Salisbury. A custom black satin sash adorned with silver beading and white satin flowers was also from Amber Nicole's.

Bridesmaids' dresses: The women wore knee-length black dresses of their own choice.

Men's attire: The groom wore a black tuxedo with a black pinstripe vest and tie from Amber Nicole's. The groomsmen wore black dress shirts, black pants and black ties of their own choice.

Food and dessert: The reception was catered by the 45th Street Taphouse Bar & Grille. Seafood items, including crab pretzels and crab balls, were featured on the menu. Cake Art of Salisbury provided a two-tier chocolate cake decorated with ivory frosting and white and orange hydrangeas.

Music: Dr. Harmonica & Rockett 88, a band based in Wilmington, Del., entertained the guests during the reception.

Special touch: Cale and Brittany had photographs taken with two Harley-Davidson bikes provided by Rommel Harley-Davidson of Annapolis.



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