Abby Rot­man & Ben Stoll

The Washington Post Sunday - - ONLOVE - — Janet Ben­nett Kelly

Abby Rot­man, 28, is a per­sonal trainer. Ben Stoll, also 28, is a real es­tate devel­op­ment an­a­lyst. They live in Bethesda.

Wed­ding date: Oct. 2, 2010

Lo­ca­tion: The River Plan­ta­tion, Queen­stown, Md.

Guests: 160

How they met: The cou­ple met at Buck­nell Col­lege through mu­tual friends in 2002. Even be­fore their first date— din­ner and a rented movie --Ben thought Abby was a knock­out and ad­mired her com­mit­ment to fit­ness (they of­ten saw each other at the gym).

The pro­posal: The cou­ple went to New York City for Me­mo­rial Day week­end in 2009, sup­pos­edly to visit Ben’s brother and a col­lege friend. Ben took Abby for a walk along the Hud­son River. Along the way he pulled out a scrap­book they had made of their lives to­gether so far and said there was one ques­tion he had to ask her. It took a sur­prised Abby a minute or two to say yes.

The wed­ding: Dec­o­ra­tions for the fall themed party in­cluded pump­kins with the bride and groom’s ini­tials carved into them. At the al­tar, Abby fol­lowed the ad­vice from a client who told her to take in the moment and no­tice all the peo­ple sur­round­ing her whom she loved and who loved her.

The hon­ey­moon: Though he knew Abby wasn’t fond of trav­el­ing, Ben thought he could push her com­fort level and planned a trip to to Paris, Lake Como and Venice. On the first day, Abby an­nounced she wanted to go home; Ben suc­ceeded in calm­ing her down and by the next day, she said she never wanted to leave.

COUR­TESY OF ABBY ROT­MAN AND BEN STOLL

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