Wedding date: Jan. 26, 2012
Her story: Shellie Bronis, 27, grew up in Baltimore. She is a marine biologist for the Department of Natural Resources. Her father, Joseph Bronis Jr., is a retired water taxi captain, and her mother, Paulette Bronis, is a meetings coordinator.
His story: Kenneth Spencer III, 31, grew up in Plymouth, Mass. He is an officer for the U.S. Park Police. His father, Kenneth Spencer Jr., is a telecommunications specialist for a veterans hospital in Washington, and his mother, Kimberly Spencer, is a Target cashier.
Their story: Shellie and Ken met at a concert at Rams Head Live in Baltimore through a mutual friend in May 2009.
"My best friend was dating Ken's best friend, George, and she said I should come meet this guy," says Shellie. "I didn't want to go, but I bought a ticket at the last minute and went to the concert, and that's how we met."
The proposal: During a walk along the beach near their Romancoke home in Kent Island on Jan. 25, 2012, Kenneth started playing with the couple's dog and acted as though the dog had something in its mouth.
"I said, 'What is this?' " says Kenneth. "She turned around, and I pulled the ring out. I got down on one knee, and she said yes."
Kenneth had selected a round solitaire engagement ring from Master's Jewelers in Longmeadow, Mass.
The venue: About 150 guests attended the ceremony and reception at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club in Stevensville.
"We really wanted a winter wedding, and this was the one weekend without football," says Shellie.
Her dress: Shellie wore a fitted lace gown from Lily's Bridal in Arbutus with her grandmother's vintage mink shawl and blue velvet shoes. Shellie's mother wrapped her bouquet in material from her wedding dress.
Bridesmaids' dresses: The bridesmaids wore charcoal-gray chiffon floor-length gowns from Lily's Bridal.
Men's apparel: The groom and groomsmen wore charcoal-gray tuxedos from
Flowers: Island Flowers of Chester designed the bouquets, which included eucalyptus, white roses and baby's breath. Shellie, her mother and bridesmaids created the centerpieces, which were made with wood, branches and votive candles.
"We went with a more woodsy theme because we didn't want to make it too wintry or Christmas-y," says Shellie.
The couple's first dance was to "You Are the Best Thing" by
Dessert: Shellie and Kenneth selected both a traditional wedding cake and a groom's cake by Peace of Cake in Stevensville. The wedding cake included lemon and raspberry, chocolate ganache and strawberry, while the groom's chocolate cake was shaped and designed like a bottle of Jameson's Irish whiskey.
"We really enjoyed smashing the cake in each other's face," says Shellie. "It was really unexpected, but it was fun. We had a great time."
Favors: The couple gave their guests tumblers that read, "Eat, drink and be married."
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