Stefanie Mach & Sean Gregory
Stefanie Mach, 27, is a law student. Sean Gregory, 29, is a graduate student. They live in Chapel Hill, where both attend the University of North Carolina.
Wedding date: Dec. 31
Location: Admiral Fell Inn, Fells Point, Baltimore
How they met: The Baltimore natives met while doing cancer research at the same Johns Hopkins lab in 2005. When Stefanie invited Sean to watch Fourth of July fireworks with her in 2006, they realized that they just might have a spark of their own.
The proposal: The two spent Valentine’s Day 2008 eating a special dinner and playing Texas hold ’em, a favorite pastime. Then Sean, who’d asked her parents’ permission beforehand, got down on one knee to propose — much to Stefanie’s surprise.
The wedding: The blue-and-white color scheme at the inn, which overlooks Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, evoked a winter wonderland. During the intimate ceremony, the couple stood in a circle of candles, surrounded by family and friends who expressed loving sentiments about them. After dinner and the countdown to 2011, they danced the night away.
The honeymoon: Before classes resumed, they squeezed in a cruise through the Caribbean, where they ziplined through the St. Lucian rain forest and snorkeled with a school of barracudas in St. Croix.