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Ace of Cakes Star Makes Baltimore Proud, Even on the West Coast

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Although we miss having Duff Goldman and his Ace of Cakes crew here in Baltimore — Goldmand and much of his staff transplanted to Los Angeles a couple of years ago to found Charm City Cakes West — it’s good to hear that they’re still out there making Baltimore proud.

Destination Wedding? Look No Further Than 30 Miles Down the Road to Annapolis

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The William Paca House & Garden. Photo by David Hartcorn Photography.

Sure, destination weddings can be incredibly romantic, festive and adventurous, but they can also be a big, boring challenge for bride, groom, and guests: planning from afar can complicate the process and take the pleasure out of an already stressful life experience.

But don’t give up the faraway dream just yet. You can actually arrange for the romance of a getaway wedding weekend without renewing your passport. You want waterfront? Quaint brick-lined streets? Eighteenth century mansions? Breathtaking water views? No, not Nantucket.  We mean Annapolis, our slightly better-looking cousin to the southeast, a million miles from the look and feel of urban Baltimore, but a mere 30 miles from the city.

You’re Invited to a “Big Gay Public Wedding”

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Put it on your calendars now:  if you voted yes on Question 6, thus helping Maryland be one of the first states to legalize marriage equality by popular vote, then you’re invited to Chris and Shawn Riley’s “big gay public Maryland wedding” the second weekend of April 2013. A week before the election, Chris Riley told the internet that if Question 6 passed, he would “invite ANYONE that votes YES to my wedding ceremony.” He’s making good on that promise — so we have a feeling it’ll be a pretty crazy party.

Couple Gets Married at Honfest

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Angie Gentile, a yoga instructor and Andy Snair, a commercial artist, got married in Hampden during Honfest on Saturday.  The couple tied the knot at Yoga Village in Clipper Mill and then celebrated at Grano on Chestnut Street.  The couple and bridal party then made their way through the crowd to the newlywed’s house on Hickory Street, drawing attention and good wishes from the Honfest revelers.

See the pictures at The Baltimore Sun

 

“My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding” Features Couple from Hagerstown, Md.

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My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, the cable television hit that features gypsies in England, Ireland and other parts of Europe, comes closer to home with My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding. One couple on the show lives in Hagerstown. Md. and will be featured on the finale of the eight-part show which premieres Sunday, April 29 on TLC at 10. The finale airs June 17.

Nettie and JR of Hagerstown, Md., are featured on My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding

The Maryland couple, JR and Nettie, eloped when they where teenagers.  Now, 14 years and three children later, Nettie wants the big gypsy wedding and she gets it, complete with a super-sized gypsy wedding dress and a “bachelor” party for JR.

Gypsies keep their family life guarded to preserve gypsy culture. “Gypsy men go out and make the money, and gypsy women stay home and take care of the kids…change the baby diapers,” says JR.

Women drop thousands of dollars on the most extravagant dresses for their weddings, which they begin to dream about at an early age.  “Soon as the baby’s even born, gypsies are already planning the wedding,” says wedding dress designer, Sondra Celli. “The girl could be two and they ‘ve already got the wedding dress in their head.”

Nettie and JR are from a gypsy community known as Romanichals, who came to America from England in the 1800s.  On the show, JR’s father says of the Romanichal gypsies, “We’re just badass, and that’s it!”

A Perfect Match All Along

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Even if Avery Knox and Drew Hill took a while to admit that they were perfect for each other, everyone else around them seemed to know it–even before they’d met. Knox’s grandfather, the owner and founder of the Buffalo Sabres for over 30 years, had always told his granddaughter that she’d marry a hockey player; until last year, she’d never even dated one. Then one of Knox’s friends met a fun, outgoing hockey enthusiast — Hill–whose zest for life reminded her of Knox. 

The friend’s hunch was right:  Hill and Knox immediately hit it off when they were introduced at Padonia Station in January, 2010. “I was laughing the whole night. I’d never met someone who made me laugh so much,” Knox recalls. But even if their connection was immediate and easy, nothing else was. At the time of their meeting, Hill was in his fourth year of recovery from extensive injuries sustained as a member of the Special Forces serving in Afghanistan in 2006. After his helicopter came under fire, Hill fell out of the aircraft and ended up with a shattered ankle, fractured back and neck, and a shoulder torn out of its socket. When they met, Hill had just moved out of the hospital and was focussing on recovering from shoulder surgery. 

But that’s not the only way that their timing was–as Knox puts it– “inconvenient.”  Hill had recently made the decision to put his considerable energy toward things that had nothing to do with being in a relationship. A hockey player in high school, he had been introduced to sled hockey–a version of ice hockey designed for players with physical disabilities–while undergoing rehabilitation at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. Reacquainting himself with the ice–first through sled hockey and later, as his recovery progressed, through standing hockey–had galvanized his recovery; now, along with a group of friends, he was hoping to give that same sense of purpose to other wounded or disabled vets. In 2009, Hill founded the USA Warriors Ice Hockey Program, a non-profit aimed at getting injured soldiers onto the ice. The sport empowers vets on an emotional level, as well as a physical one.  “Most of us have been gaining the ability to do something again or to do it with a different part of our body,” Hill told USAHockey.com. “It’s a return to what you once were and what you thought you’d never be able to do it again.”

By the time he met Knox, the Warriors were Hill’s main focus. Not to mention the fact that the program’s success in the Baltimore area led him to consider a move to Minnesota, where much of his family lives, in order to start another chapter. 

Knox, too, was wary. Nevertheless, as the two spent more time together, she became more and more sure of the intuition she’d had on the night they met–that Hill would be someone important in her life. She began volunteering with the Warriors, and the pair “did the friend thing,” as Knox puts it. But their strong connection persisted. “I think we both felt, Okay, you’re a little too perfect,” Knox admits. In the meantime, their work with the Warriors made it clear that they functioned well as a team. Even though Knox was touched by Hill’s compassion, she was still hesitant: “We both kind of knew once we said, ‘Yeah, okay, we’re dating,’ that would be it. So we put that off, [telling people] ‘We’re not dating yet.’ “

By June, though, Knox and Hill had realized, as Knox puts it, that “it [was] possible to have the relationship you want,”–and knew that  that relationship was with each other. The two balance each other out, says Knox: “He’s very intense and strong. He has a lot of Type A qualities, and I’m pretty laid back and quiet. He’s taught me to stick up for myself and I’ve taught him how to mellow out and see that everybody has a story.”

These days, Knox works at a salon, but spends much of her time helping out with the Warriors. If Hill takes care of everything on the ice, Knox jokes, then she’s responsible for everything off it–from taking photographs to ordering new warmup suits to babysitting players’ kids during practices. Their teamwork–and the players’ hours of practice–has paid off. This year, the Warriors won their division at the USA Disabled Festival; last year, they lost all of their games

Photo by Maria Vicencio Photography

The pair’s wedding plans matched their courtship: seemingly inconvenient yet ultimately ideal.  Although Knox’s mother and sister had gotten married at the family’s farm in Monkton, she had always imagined herself doing something different–a barefoot beach wedding. But after she met Hill, her idea of the perfect ceremony “totally changed,” she laughs. Suddenly, a winter wedding seemed like the perfect fit. “So much of our relationship was solidified in the cold,” Knox notes — not only chilly hockey rinks, but also trips skiing and snowboarding.  

But when family health issues made the pair decide to move the wedding earlier, hosting the ceremony at the farm started to make more sense. “We wanted everyone to be able to be there… There are so many people in our lives that are significant,” Knox said. Plus, the location is “absolutely gorgeous,” she added. The May 14 ceremony proved gorgeous, despite light rain. The springtime ceremony hinted at wintry wonder with a January-inspired color palette (Tiffany blue, white, and silver), and trees festooned with tiny Christmas lights. A stunning tent kept the 330 guests dry while allowing ample pristine country views.

Some of the credit for the flawless afternoon might go to one of Knox’s family’s unusual traditions. After her mother’s racehorse No Triskadeckaphobia (Greek for fear of the number 13) started doing better when he raced under the number 13, the family adopted the figure as a token of luck. Fittingly, the ceremony featured 13 bridesmaids and groomsmen, including Knox’s sister, who was born on Friday the 13th. And though the wedding itself was held on a Saturday, the date of the rehearsal dinner–Friday, May 13 –promised an auspicious start to a relationship that, as Knox puts it, “came out of nowhere”–but seemed fated to happen all along.

Baltimore’s Royal Couple Gets Hitched

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In perhaps the most talked about betrothal since that of Kate + William, Natty Boh and Sally Utz were officially married today at noon at Power Plant Live. Classy event for a classic duo. High profile shenanigans have marked their entire engagement, with the slender Mr. Boh proposing to an ebullient Ms. Utz on a billboard near Baltimore’s Penn Station in 2007. The couple, whose ages have not been made public, has been followed closely by papparazzi ever since, or at least it feels that way. In truth, the blissful event was a cunning publicity stunt for an ad campaign that moves forward full-force this week, wedding rings adorning said mascot lovers. 

 

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