Wedding day: Oct. 6, 2012
Her story: Cara Lewis, 26, grew up in Hampstead. She is an assistant state's attorney for Baltimore City. Her mom, Cheryl Lewis, is senior vice president of lending at Farmers & Merchants Bank in Upperco.
His story: Peter Nothstein, 34, grew up in Rodgers Forge. He is an assistant U.S. attorney for Maryland. His mother, Patricia Nothstein, is the director of the lower school at the Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore. His father is deceased.
Their story: Cara and Peter met on April 9, 2010, at Pickles Pub across from Camden Yards during the home opener for the Baltimore Orioles through a mutual attorney friend.
Two weeks before they had met, Cara was in a friend's wedding in Rochester, N.Y. and walked down the aisle with a young man who also knew Peter.
"He said, 'You two would be great together,' and it came to fruition that I met Peter," says Cara.
On July 10, 2011, Peter proposed to Cara on the beach in Negril, Jamaica, with a princess-cut diamond ring from Smyth Jewelers.
"I dragged Cara onto the beach, and it was pitch-black," says Peter. "As we're walking out, bats were flying at us. So we went to the beach, I got down on one knee and gave her the ring, and she said yes."
The place: About 134 guests attended the ceremony and reception at the George Peabody Library in Mount Vernon. Judge Robert Cahill Jr. of the Baltimore County Circuit Court officiated at the ceremony.
"I was his law clerk for a year," says Cara. "It was very significant to have him marry us because we have such a great relationship with him."
"We kept everything Baltimore," Cara says about the venue and the wedding. "Because we work here. We live here. We play here, and we just invest a lot of our time in the city. It was very important to us to stay local and true to the city."
Her dress: Cara wore an Italian silk ball gown from Alfred Angelo in Glen Burnie.
"It had pockets, which were my favorite part," she says. "And buttons all the way down the back of the gown. My veil was something borrowed. It was the veil Peter's sister wore in her wedding."
Bridesmaids' dresses: The bridesmaids wore dark purple floor-length Grecian-style dresses from Dessy in New York.
"I knew I wanted a long dress, and I really loved the chiffon," says Cara. "And I thought the Grecian style looked great on everybody."
Men's apparel: Peter and the groomsmen wore simple black Calvin Klein tuxedos with black bow ties from Men's Wearhouse.
Court of love: Before the ceremony, the couple and their bridal party took pictures at the Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. Courthouse in Baltimore.
"I think the courtroom has a lot of significance for both of us because of what we do," says Cara. "And I loved the idea of being in the jury box."
Literary touches: Cara used the Dewey Decimal System to create custom wedding programs. For the escort cards, she used books covered in shades of purple with the guest's name on the spine and the corresponding table number on a bookmark.
"Our save-the-date cards were the cards that go into the back of library books when you used to stamp them out, and they said 'May we borrow you?' with our wedding date stamped in red," she explains. "I wanted to kick off things with the library theme and make a memorable first impression."
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