For Lynne DuMouchel and Frazier Baldwin, love is a happy mix of sea salt, fairy dust and stage presence.
Lynne, best known by her nickname, "Suga," began corresponding with Frazier over the Internet about three years ago. She was a widow living in Florida who was trying to make a new connection after the death of her husband. She stumbled across Frazier's personal ad on an Internet site:
"Semi-senior solo sailor seeks slender shipshape smoke-free shipmate for sharing Chesapeake cruises, classic cuisine and classical music. Kindness and consideration assured. RSVP ASAP Fraz."
Frazier, a Ruxton native who looks for all the world like a leprechaun, had spent many years living on the water aboard yachts in various states of repair in area marinas. A part-time piano technician for Jason's Music in Woodlawn, Frazier spends his off hours sailing the Chesapeake Bay or readying boats for the water.
Suga was sure the author of the witty ad was no longer single. She e-mailed him anyway, asking if he was still free.
"I'm not free but I'm reasonable," he quipped. And that's how their friendship began.
It turned out that Suga, 64, and Frazier, 68, had a lot in common. They shared a love of all things nautical. The daughter of a retired U.S. Army captain who had commanded troop ships, Suga was practically raised on the water.
"When you speak to someone who knows the language of sailing, you know it right away," she says aboard the boat she and Frazier now call home.
The couple also share a love of theater, fostered by their own careers on the stage.
Frazier, an accomplished tenor since his days at Towson High School, appeared in numerous amateur and professional productions in Baltimore and Annapolis. He spent 10 years associated with the Baltimore Comic Opera Company and also was a regular lead at the Colony Seven and Burn Brae dinner theaters. In the early 1960s, while in the Army, he belonged to a touring company that played at servicemen's clubs across Germany.
Suga began her theatrical career in Florida, helping to establish the Brandon Road Theatre (now the Village Players) in Brandon. She and her late husband starred in many of the company's productions with their children. Along the way, Suga joined a troupe of children's entertainers, and eventually branched out on her own.
She became "the Party Lady," dressing in characters such as Mrs. Mouse and a purple dinosaur for children's birthday parties and other events. Her favorite character - one she hopes to revive in Maryland - was a fairy queen.
For about three years, she and Frazier talked daily on the phone and e-mailed one another. They finally met last February when Suga visited her children who live in Baltimore and on the Eastern Shore.
After a few more visits, Suga moved here. In July, the couple found a new home together: a 52-foot yacht moored in the Baltimore harbor.
On Aug. 19, Suga and Frazier married at the Kent Island Yacht Club on the Eastern Shore. The ceremony, held beside a lagoon, was performed by a minister, and one of Suga's sons and one of her daughters-in-law took part in the ceremony as well.
Suga's youngest granddaughters, dressed as tiny fairies, escorted the bride and her 84-year-old father down the aisle. Suga's daughters and some of her friends dressed in white and held colored ribbons that served as a makeshift aisle for the 60 guests, who stood to watch the ceremony.
After Suga and Frazier said their vows, Frazier sang "You Were Meant for Me," and his words floated across the water in the morning sunshine.
The couple named their new home Hot Tub, and soon, Suga plans to paint the name on the yacht's stern. There will also be a caricature of a hot tub floating down the Chesapeake along with its passengers - a fairy queen and a leprechaun.