By By L'Oreal Thompson and Baltimore Sun Media Group
Nov 24, 2012 | 6:11 PM
Wedding day: Oct. 27, 2012
Her story: Marielle Alexis Newman, 27, grew up in New Rochelle, N.Y. She is a color specialist for Under Armour. Her dad, Howell Newman, works for IBM and her mother, Leona Newman, works for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
His story: Benjamin Allen Schiffman, 26, grew up in East Petersburg, Pa. He is a patent examiner for the U.S. Patent Office. His dad, Jeffrey Schiffman, is the sports director at WSBA, a radio station in York, Pa. His mother, Lynne Morrison, is the executive director of Hands-on House, a children's museum in Lancaster, Pa.
Their story: The couple met at University of Delaware, when Benjamin was a freshman and Marielle was a sophomore. They lived next to each other in the dorms and began dating in November 2004.
After Marielle graduated, she moved to Baltimore to begin working for Under Armour, and Benjamin soon followed. On June 9, 2011, he asked her to marry him.
"I came home from work randomly one night and Ben was sitting on the couch, and I was going upstairs to change out of my work clothes when I saw all kinds of notes and papers hanging from the ceiling leading up the stairwell," says Marielle. "They were all the love notes and cards he had collected during our relationship, and they led to his office, where the ring was dangling from the middle of the ceiling on a string. It was very cute!"
The couple had designed an aster-cut diamond ring with black diamonds on either side from Smyth Jewelers in Timonium.
The place: About 140 guests attended the ceremony and reception at the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park in Baltimore.
"We chose it because it was right on the waterfront, and we really loved the view — it's incredible," says Marielle. "We also liked that it was a mix of historical and modern with a really cool layout."
The dress: Marielle wore a diamond-white Monique Lhullier mermaid gown with a sweetheart neckline and off-the-shoulder straps from Betsy Robinson's Bridal Collection in Pikesville.
"I also wore vintage family jewelry and the shoes were Christian Louboutin peep-toe slingbacks," she says. "They were really awesome — I was obsessed with those shoes!"
Bridesmaids' dresses: The bridesmaids wore sleeveless black satin knee-length dresses from Nordstrom.
Men's apparel: Benjamin wore a black tuxedo from Brooks Brothers, while the groomsmen wore black Vera Wang tuxedos from Men's Wearhouse. The maid of honor, Tiffany Rogers, of Knot by Tiffa, designed custom bow ties for the men.
Flowers: Marielle's bouquet was designed by Divine Design & Events in Federal Hill and consisted of cool water lavender roses with black feathers, while the bridesmaids' bouquets contained white roses and black feathers.
Music: DJ Aran Keating of Ridiculous Entertainment kept the crowd dancing all night with popular dance tunes and the couple's favorite indie music.
Dessert: In lieu of traditional wedding cake, the couple opted for pie. Marielle and Benjamin cut a regular-size strawberry rhubarb pie, while their guests enjoyed mini versions of apple, blueberry and peach pies from Rouge Caterers in Hunt Valley.
"We were pretty excited about that," says Marielle. "We both like pie a lot, more than cake, and Ben's family loves pie."
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