Their bond began with family ties TRACY BRINKLEY AND DOUG BAUMGARTEN


An incorrect wedding date was given in the Just Married feature in Sunday's Arts & Society section. Tracy Brinkley and Doug Baumgarten were married on April 25.

The Sun regrets the errors.

Family and friends are the most important part of Tracy Brinkley and Doug Baumgarten's relationship. It's been that way since her sister, Pamala Adams, introduced the couple in 1986, when Doug was a senior and Tracy was a sophomore at Lansdowne Senior High School.

Some members of the Brinkley and the Baumgarten families were already acquainted with one another through their work in the Lansdowne Volunteer Fire Company. When Tracy and Doug finally got serious about their relationship in 1988, relatives and friends took it for granted they'd long be together.

The couple went on summer vacations to Delaware beaches, parking their camper alongside those belonging to Tracy's parents, Diane and Edward Brinkley Sr., and her sister-in-law and brother, Jennifer and Edward Brinkley Jr. Doug, 30, is an amateur hockey player and in the winter, he and Tracy, 27, went to his North American Hockey League games. Tracy cheered so wildly in the stands that the team once gave her an award for her enthusiasm.

Five years ago, when Doug bought the Lansdowne house they now share, everyone knew it was Tracy who chose the cozy bungalow just a quarter-mile from where Doug's parents, Charles and Catherine Baumgarten, live, and only a little farther from the homes of Tracy's parents and Pamala and her husband, Robert Adams. No one who knew the couple well was surprised when Tracy moved in with Doug two years later.

Doug, a seemingly unsentimental Baltimore City police sergeant, blushes when asked what attracted him to Tracy. "During our [marriage classes], he said I was a good cook and I was thoughtful and caring," Tracy offers, while Doug sits tongue-tied in their living room.

By last summer, the couple had been together so long that many of those closest to them, including Tracy's mom, believed it was time for them to start their own family. That way Tracy, employed as a nanny, could begin taking care of her own children - even if she and Doug weren't married.

Doug and Tracy's dad had other ideas. And so Doug finally got down on both knees - "because I was really sore from hockey that week," he says with a grin - and popped the question.

On April 26, Tracy and Doug were married at Our Lady of Good Counsel Roman Catholic Church in Locust Point while 14 attendants and 150 guests looked on. "We wanted to have everybody who was really special to us [in the wedding]," Tracy explains. "We've known almost all of the people for 10 years or longer."

She had two matrons of honor: her sister, Pam, and her cousin Tina Hamilton, "because I didn't want to choose between them," she says. The two best men were Donald Stivers, a longtime friend of Doug's family, and Doug's brother, Chuck Baumgarten. Tracy's niece and goddaughter, Kristie Adams, held the honor of being junior bridesmaid.

As they were leaving their reception at Dewey Lowman American Legion Post No. 109 in Arbutus about 8:30 p.m., Tracy and Doug invited all of their guests to a party at her parents' house. There they stayed, surrounded by the love and well wishes of more than 100 family members and friends and savoring every minute of it, until 2:30 a.m.

Sleep would wait until their honeymoon - a relaxing cruise to the Caribbean.

Pub Date: 5/03/98

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