Date: July 12
Her story: Michelle Reilly, 31, grew up in New Market in Frederick County. She is a family and consumer sciences teacher for Howard County Public Schools. A former Ravens cheerleader, Michelle performed with the team from 2001 to 2004. Her mother, Rita Reilly, lives in New Market. Her father, Mark Reilly, lives in Boothbay, Maine.
His story: Zack Nunn, 30, grew up in Ellicott City. He is a physical education teacher and high school baseball coach for Howard County Public Schools. His parents, Bette and James Nunn, live in Ellicott City.
Their story: Michelle and Zack met in early 2010 when Michelle was student-teaching in Howard County. She talked to Zack briefly one day after a seminar when a student teacher who worked at Zack's school introduced the two.
A month later, Zack was driving to Liberty Mountain Resort in Pennsylvania after work to go snowboarding when he stopped at a gas station in Frederick. The pump's credit card reader wasn't working, so he walked inside to pay and saw Michelle already waiting in line.
"It was crazy," he says.
Shortly after, Michelle sent Zack a Facebook friend request and they made plans to meet for happy hour at Serafino's (now closed) in Ellicott City. Zack expected Michelle to bring a few of her friends, but she came alone instead.
"It made things interesting when I put my game on real quick," Zack says.
The couple now live in Catonsville.
The proposal: Zack proposed on Aug. 11, 2013, during a weekend trip to Ocean City with Michelle and their friends and family.
He planned a waterfront dinner at Catch 54 in Fenwick Island, Del., and was going to propose in front of their friends at sunset. But when Michelle found out about the fancy dinner plans, she refused to go, still unaware of Zack's intentions to propose. Zack had run into a few unexpected bills after having car trouble earlier in the week, and Michelle said the expensive meal would be irresponsible given the situation.
Zack decided to postpone the proposal until the next day. He hoped to pop the question right before a family portrait session on the beach, but before he got the chance, Michelle said she wasn't feeling well and left to take a nap.
"I ended up proposing on an air mattress," Zack says. "It was not super romantic, but it was funny and it's a good story."
"He pulled out the [ring] box and I literally pulled the covers over my head and I told him to put it away," Michelle says. "I was like, 'This is not the way I wanted to be proposed to.' I finally took my head out and was like, 'Well, OK. Let me see what's in the box.'"
Zack, who teases Michelle about ruining the first two proposals, says he plans to eventually get down on one knee and "officially propose" to Michelle, most likely for a special anniversary.
Venue: The ceremony at St. Augustine Church in Elkridge was attended by 100 guests. The Rev. Michael Murphy,Zack's priest from when he went to Mount Saint Joseph High School, presided.
A reception followed at Frank and Nic's West End Grille near Camden Yards.
After the reception, Michelle, Zack and about 20 guests watched the Orioles play the New York Yankees from the balcony of a suite at the Hilton Baltimore that overlooked the stadium.
Michelle had family in town from Pittsburgh and wanted them to experience Baltimore's team pride.
"When the O's are playing the Yankees, it doesn't get better than that," she says.
Decor and flowers: "We wanted it pretty down-to-earth and fun, and that whole Baltimore atmosphere," Zack says.
They used touches of orange and Baltimore-inspired accents throughout the reception, like a pair of lifelike Orioles placed atop a vintage bird cage acting as the card holder, and beer koozies featuring Mr. Boh proposing to the Utz girl.
Michelle used white roses and greenery to make bouquets for her and the bridesmaids.
Her dress: The bride wore a strapless, organza Mori Lee ballgown with a sweetheart neckline and rhinestone sash from M'Jourdelle and Associates in Towson. Buttons lined the back of the dress and the entirety of the chapel-length train.
Instead of wearing "something blue," which Michelle says would have showed support for the Yankees, she added an orange fabric flower to her garter as her "something orange."
Bridesmaids' dresses: The women wore beige and off-white dresses in different styles.
Men's attire: Zack and the groomsmen wore traditional black tuxedos from Men's Wearhouse. Before the reception, they each swapped their dress shoes for a pair of Vans sneakers.
Music: Michelle and Zack created a wedding playlist on an iPod and hooked it up to the sound system at Frank and Nic's. Their first dance was to "All of Me" by John Legend.
Food and dessert: A buffet provided by Frank and Nic's included chicken tenders, mini crab cakes, sausage and peppers, pulled pork sliders and salad.
Two of Michelle's friends from high school made a small couple's cake, which was orange inside. They also made three flavors of cupcakes decorated in orange and black wrappers: chocolate with peanut butter icing, chocolate with Oreo icing and lemon with vanilla icing.
Special touches: On the day after the wedding, Michelle and Zack hosted a barbecue at Zack's parents' house for their extended family and friends who were not at the wedding.
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