The couple poses for a kiss in Mount Vernon
(Ben Chang)

Wedding date: Feb. 23, 2013

Her story: Kimberly Carlins, 32, grew up in Ocean Pines. She is a government contractor for URS Corp. in Germantown. Her father, Leo, is a repairman for Sears, and her mother, Renee, is a secretary for a nonprofit organization.


His story: Sigmund Young, 32, grew up in Bethesda. He is an engineer at Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington Yard in the District of Columbia. His father, Charles, is a physician, and his mother, Sue, is her husband's office manager.

Their story: Kimberly and Sigmund met on eHarmony.com in April 2010. Their first date was a month later at Leopold's Kafe & Konditorei, a Viennese restaurant in D.C.

"We ended up having a six-hour date," says Kimberly. "Honestly, those flower stools were not the most comfortable things. But we were really surprised we had such a good time. We didn't leave until around midnight. A few days later we had our second date."

The proposal: While vacationing in Spain, Sigmund popped the question on December 25, 2011 with a yellow sapphire solitaire ring set in platinum by Rita Davis Jewelry in Manchester, N.H.

The couple had set up a Christmas picnic not far from their bed-and-breakfast in Mallorca when Sigmund asked Kimberly to open a bottle of cava, or Spanish wine, from their recent stay in Barcelona. As Kimberly was opening the bottle, she saw Sigmund fishing for something in his pocket — the ring wrapped in tissue paper.

"I couldn't have asked for anything better or more romantic," she says. "It was very special, to say the least."

The venue: About 100 guests attended the morning ceremony and brunch reception at the Peabody Library in Baltimore. Kimberly and Sigmund chose the venue because of their love of architecture and music, respectively.

Aubrey Canale, of Simply Created Events in Baltimore, served as the day-of coordinator, while Amy Kaneko of Amy Kaneko Events in San Francisco served as the wedding designer.

Her dress: Kimberly wore a satin, strapless A-line dress by Simone Carvalli from Jeanette's Bridal in Manassas, Va., with Stuart Weitzman shoes and diamond pave earrings from her grandmother.

"I was supposed to borrow [the earrings] from her for the day, but she ended up giving them to me," says Kimberly. "It was so sweet and so unexpected. They were one of those things I loved growing up."

Kimberly switched into a short Diane von Furstenberg lace dress from Bloomingdale's for the reception.

Bridesmaids' dresses: The bridesmaids wore gray strapless sweetheart cocktail dresses by Monique Lhuillier from Nordstrom's and black satin shoes with rhinestone details by Badgley Mischka.

Men's attire: Sigmund wore a gray suit by Leonard Logsdail in New York and the groomsmen wore gray suits custom made by Evolution of Style, white shirts and black ties.

Flowers: Randy Woods of Wicked Willow in Baltimore designed the bouquets and boutonnieres. Kimberly's bridal bouquet featured white anemones, lamb's ear and white kalanchoe, while the bridal party bouquets contained white tulips. Sigmund's boutonniere was a grouping of three galax leaf cones with white kalanchoe blooms, and the groomsmen wore a single white ranunculus.


Music: For the ceremony and cocktail hour, the couple selected harpist Laura Stokes. The Sarah Carlisle Jazz Trio played during the reception.

Dessert: A pear cake with caramel buttercream frosting by Baltimore Cakery served as the centerpiece for each table. Guests were also served peach and pear bellinis, mimosas, wine, Heavy Seas beer and cava. Additionally, the couple opted for hot chocolate and apple cider bars.


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