Kimberly Scheetz & Brian Cera

The Washington Post Sunday - - ARTS & STYLE - — Ellen McCarthy

Kimberly Scheetz, 25, works in the in­surance depart­ment of a home med­i­cal ser­vices firm. Brian Cera, 29, is a graphic de­signer. They live in Fred­er­ick.

Wed­ding date: Dec. 18.

Lo­ca­tion: The Cas­tle at Mary­vale in Brook­landville, Md.

How they met: Kim and Brian grew up in Poolsville and at­tended the same high school, though he was a se­nior when she was a fresh­man. In Fe­bru­ary 2008, Kim’s friends dragged her to a lo­cal bar, where she re­con­nected with Brian. “We’ve been in­sep­a­ra­ble ever since,” she says.

The pro­posal: Their first date was at a Carrabba’s Ital­ian Grill in Fred­er­ick. To pop the ques­tion in Jan­uary 2009, Brian took Kim back to the res­tau­rant and sat in the same booth. Brian had de­signed a menu in ad­vance that looked just like the real one but was filled with notes about all the rea­sons he loved Kim. At the bot­tom were the words, “Will You Marry Me?”

The wed­ding: Kim and Brian wanted a win­ter wed­ding that evoked a Jack Frost won­der­land. Their cer­e­mony took place on a back ter­race sur­rounded by ar­range­ments of birch tree branches, pine cones and vo­tive can­dles. The re­cep­tion room was dec­o­rated with sil­very-blue table­cloths and tall, white cen­ter­pieces.

Hon­ey­moon: The cou­ple spent the hol­i­days with their fam­i­lies be­fore fly­ing to Mex­ico.

STU­DIO C PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

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