Divine in­ter­ven­tion

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - REAL ESTATE - By John-John Wil­liams IV

DATE: Sept. 2, 2017 HER STORY: Keshia Pol­lack, 38, was born in Rockville Cen­tre, N.Y., and grew up in Long Is­land, N.Y. She works as a pro­fes­sor. Her mother, Yvonne Pol­lack, lives in Long Is­land.

HIS STORY: Ed­ward Porter, 39, was born in Dou­glasville, Ga., and grew up in Al­liance, Ohio. He works as an IT su­per­vi­sor. His fa­ther, Ray Porter, lives in Colum­bus, Ohio.

THEIR STORY: The two met through an on­line dat­ing site in April 2015.

Their first phone con­ver­sa­tion lasted more than two hours.

“I re­mem­ber not wanting to hang up,” she said. “I was so ex­cited to meet him in per­son.”

Ed­ward im­me­di­ately made clear that he be­lieved in their re­la­tion­ship by ar­riv­ing with a sin­gle red rose when he picked up Keshia.

“My car broke down on the morn­ing of our first date and since I couldn’t drive to meet him, he picked me up at home,” she ex­plained. “I knew he was spe­cial, and I took him to New York to meet my fam­ily only about three weeks af­ter we met. We both knew that God brought us to­gether.” The two live in Mid­dle River. THE PRO­POSAL: Ed­ward de­cided to pro­pose to Keshia on Oct. 27, 2016, the one-year an­niver­sary of her fa­ther’s death.

“I knew how im­por­tant he was to her,” Ed­ward said.

Ed­ward brought Keshia to her fa­vorite restau­rant, Wood­berry Kitchen, to honor her fa­ther’s pass­ing.

“Since she thought we were hav­ing din­ner to honor her dad, she had no idea I was go­ing to pro­pose,” he said.

“Ev­ery­thing was per­fectly planned,” Ed­ward said. “I hired pho­tog­ra­phers to cap­ture the mo­ment. Roses were brought to the ta­ble. I got down on one knee and asked her to marry me. She said ‘yes,’ and the rest is his­tory.”

VENUE: One hun­dred guests at­tended the wed­ding and re­cep­tion at Ho­tel Monaco.

FLOW­ERS AND DECOR: The col­ors of the wed­ding were black, red and white. My Flower Box pro­vided the flo­ral designs.

HER DRESS: Keshia wore an ivory strap­less mul­ti­lay­ered ball­gown from Blu Rayne Bridal Bou­tique in Com­mack, N.Y.

BRIDES­MAIDS’ DRESSES: Brides­maids wore black one-shoul­der Vera Wang dresses from David’s Bridal. The maid of honor wore a strap­less ver­sion of the same dress.

MEN’S AT­TIRE: Ed­ward wore a black Vera Wang slim-fit tuxedo with a black bow tie and sus­penders from Men’s Wear­house. Grooms­men wore black Calvin Klein tuxe­dos with a red tie also from Men’s Wear­house.

MU­SIC: Can­ter­bury Strings and vo­cal­ist Nasim Sid­deeq per­formed dur­ing the cer­e­mony. DJ Jig­saw from Rich­mond, Va., pro­vided the mu­sic for the re­cep­tion. The cou­ple’s first dance was to “Spend my Life With You” by Eric Benet fea­tur­ing Tamia.

FOOD AND DESSERT: Ex­ec­u­tive Chef Scott Hines from the B&O Amer­i­can Brasserie cre­ated the menu for the cou­ple. Ap­pe­tiz­ers in­cluded jerk chicken, shrimp cock­tail shoot­ers and crab cakes. Din­ner con­sisted of Mary­land crab soup, Old Bay brined chicken and braised short ribs with lo­cally sourced veg­eta­bles. The cou­ple also had a late-night snack of chicken and waf­fle bites, choco­late-cov­ered ba­con, and soft pret­zels. They served a mul­ti­tier cake con­sist­ing of lemon, red vel­vet and choco­late fla­vors from Le Cak­erie.

FA­VORS: The cou­ple handed out glass coast­ers, fea­tur­ing a prince and princess sil­hou­ette danc­ing and “Keshia and Ed­ward Est. 2017.”

SPE­CIAL TOUCHES: Twenty per­cent of the wed­ding was com­posed of youth, so the cou­ple had a spe­cial kids’ ta­ble with in­di­vid­ual gift bags, a pop­corn ma­chine and a photo booth. Dur­ing the re­cep­tion, Won­der Woman and Spider-Man ar­rived and pro­vided face paint­ing and bal­loon an­i­mals for the kids. Makeup for the bride and bridal party was pro­vided by Maeion Bryant Cos­met­ics.

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