Date: Dec. 31
Her story: Allison Kapner, 32, was born and raised in New Fairfield, Conn. She works at Northrop Grumman as an organization effectiveness manager. Allison earned a bachelor's degree from Ithaca College and an MBA from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. Her parents, Marvin and Denise Kapner, live in Chattanooga, Tenn.
His story: Ryan Weir, 30, was born in Baltimore and grew up in Lutherville. He attended St. Paul's School and then went to Hobart & William Smith Colleges. He is an assistant vice president in the investment banking division at M&T Bank. His parents, Matthew and Duffy Weir, live in Lutherville.
Their story: The couple met the evening of Allison's going-away dinner at Bo Brooks in Canton in 2012. She had just accepted a position in Las Vegas to work for MGM Resorts International after working for the Carey Business School. Ryan just happened to be at the restaurant the same evening.
The two were introduced that night through a common friend and they "hit it off," said Allison, who moved five days after they met.
"We're both travelers and committed to a long-distance relationship before I moved," she said. "Thirteen months of travel and many adventures later, I moved back to Baltimore to accept a new position and be with Ryan."
The couple currently live in Federal Hill with their goldendoodle, Hadley.
The proposal: In 2013, Allison and Ryan attended the annual National Kidney Foundation of Maryland "Sante" fundraiser and won a trip to Kauai, Hawaii. When they went on the trip the following March, Ryan surprised Allison by taking her to the remote island of Lanai. He brought her on a long hike and, after finding the perfect overview, proposed to Allison. She said yes, and the couple spent the rest of the week celebrating in Hawaii.
Venue: 160 people attended the ceremony at the St. Paul's School Chapel and the reception at the Baltimore Country Club in Roland Park.
Flowers and decor: Inspired by the New Year's Eve date, Wicked Willow provided flowers in silver, gold, ivory and black. The wedding was coordinated by Union3 Event Productions.
Her dress: Allison described her Lazaro gown as a "rare find." She purchased it at the annual Best Dressed Sale fundraising event put on by the Women's Board of Johns Hopkins Hospital. She then had the dress redesigned and personalized by her friend Kathy Abbott. Allison further personalized the gown by adding Ryan's mother's veil.
Allison also wore a vintage white fox stole, which she purchased from the Best Dressed Sale.
Bridesmaids' dresses: The bridesmaids wore long, black and lace dresses by Jim Hjelm Occasions from Bella Bridesmaids.
Men's attire: Ryan and the groomsmen wore monogrammed Brooks Brothers tuxedo shirts and classic black tuxedos.
Music: Jacob Jensen from Event Pro DJ entertained guests for the evening. The couple danced to Taj Mahal's "Lovin' in My Baby's Eyes" for their first song.
Food and dessert: Baltimore Country Club provided the food, which included crab balls, poke-style lollipops (inspired by their Hawaiian engagement), Old Bay crispy chicken and other appetizers. Dinner included a gourmet pasta station and a carving station featuring roast turkey and prime rib.
"The best part of the meal were the ice cream sundae shots and late-night sliders," Allison said.
Graul's Market provided the marble wedding cake. A Champagne toast at midnight celebrated the couple's union and the new year.
Favors: Guests were given home-roasted coffee, which is a hobby of Ryan's. Guests were also handed gloves to keep their hands warm while handling sparklers and confetti outside for the New Year's celebration. A candy bar satisfied every sweet tooth. And "fun" wigs were handed out as props for the photo booth.
Special touches: Allison and her bridesmaids surprised Ryan by doing a choreographed dance to "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," which was a song that reminded her of him throughout their long-distance relationship. Allison and Ryan left the following evening for their honeymoon, which included stops in Cambodia, Bangkok and Koh Samui, Thailand, for relaxation on the beach.
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