Date: March 22
Her story: Taylor Salditch, 29, was born and raised in Hunt Valley. She works as a director of marketing for LearnVest, a financial planning company in New York City. Her parents, Ilene and Ian Salditch, live in Hunt Valley.
His story: Brendan Butler, 29, was born and raised in Winchester, Mass. He works as a senior manager at Accenture. His parents, Dorothy and Edward Butler, live in Winchester.
Their story: The couple met just before their sophomore year at Tufts University.
"I picked him well before he picked me," Taylor said. "I overheard him talking about summer plans at the end of our freshman year. He was going to spend the summer teaching kids to sail. I thought that was adorable."
The two didn't get to know each other well until participating in a study abroad program in the town of Talloires, France, in 2005. "We became really good friends," Taylor said. "Two weeks before the program ended, he kissed me, and that was it."
The couple now live in Brooklyn, N.Y.
The proposal: Brendan orchestrated an elaborate proposal that Taylor describes as "really over the top and pretty out of character for us."
"We tend to be this pretty understated couple," she added.
It started during December 2013, when Brendan bought them a trip to Costa Rica as a Christmas gift. There was one hitch: He said that the two had to fly out from Boston so they could attend a company event, according to Taylor. While the two were driving to the corporate dinner, Brendan took a detour and wound up on the Tufts campus. There, he took Taylor to the library rooftop, where he had a photographer waiting, and popped the question. Brendan then took her to dinner, where their families were waiting for them.
"I was shocked," she said. "It sounds silly, but it was a really grand gesture, and that's really not our style. It was moving and very special."
Venue: Thirty people attended a private ceremony and brunch reception at Taylor's parent's home in Hunt Valley. The couple is planning a larger wedding in June in Talloires. "It's the most beautiful place in the world," Taylor said of the French town.
"My grandparents couldn't make it [to France], so that's why we had a smaller wedding at my parents' home," she said. "I'm very close to them."
During the ceremony, Taylor was able to incorporate many Jewish traditions from her family.
For example, the supports for the chuppah, a traditional wedding canopy, were branches cut from trees surrounding her parent's home. And the fabric used for the structure came from her mother's wedding dress.
"Our immediate family members read the translation of the blessing in English," Taylor said. "It was really special, personal and intimate. I wish everyone got a chance to get married in that way."
Flowers and decor: Flowers & Fancies in Owings Mills provided the flowers in a color scheme of white, light blue and orange.
Her dress: Taylor wore a Rag & Bone shift dress from Nordstrom in Towson. Her Jimmy Choo shoes from Nordstrom were a gift from Brendan. "He's an exceptional shopper," Taylor said.
She completed the look with her grandmother's ring.
Men's attire: Brendan wore a gray suit from Bonobos.
Music: A playlist that Taylor's father made entertained guests during the reception.
Food and dessert: The reception was food-focused. "Sunday morning is a pretty sacred time for my family," Taylor said. "We decided to have Sunday brunch."
The menu included bagels, white fish salad, lox, deviled eggs, corned beef, kugel and assorted French pastries. The praline cake was from Patisserie Poupon.
Special touches: One of Taylor's sisters, Blair, listened in on the ceremony via Skype on an iPad from Madagascar, where she is serving in the Peace Corps.