Michele Plantamura & Abe Warfel

Michael Stavrinos Photography

Occupations: Michele works in marketing at PANDORA Jewelry; Abe is the Senior Mechanical Engineer at Louis Berger Group in Washington, D.C.

Wedding date: May 10, 2014

Number of Attendees: 150

Number of Attendants: Four bridesmaids, five groomsmen, and two flower girls.

How You Met: Michele and Abe met through their mutual friend, Celia. Celia introduced the couple back in November 2008 when at the time, Michele was living in New Jersey where she grew up, and Abe was in Maryland.

The Engagement: Abe proposed during the half marathon of the 2012 Baltimore Running Festival. He surprised Michele with a ring at the 13th mile, right in front of Camden Yards. Michele's family was present, and captured the moment which they'll treasure forever. Abe has participated in the Baltimore Running Festival annually since 2007 and Michele since 2009 when she moved to Baltimore. You can read about their engagement in the Baltimore Sun.

Wedding Design Inspiration: Michele and Abe didn't really have a specific vision other wanting somewhat of a nautical feel since the wedding was took place at the Inner Harbor. So, they chose to carry the color navy blue color throughout. The couple wanted the look to reflect their personal taste, and not be stuffy or too ornate looking.

What Was Unique and Special About Your Wedding: Abe and Michele created their menu based on miniature portions of their favorite foods! The menu featured fried chicken and waffles, rock fish with mango salsa, and lobster macaroni and cheese, just to name a few. All of their guests raved about the selection of food and presentation. Michele and Abe wanted their guests to be able to enjoy dinner while at the same time taking in the local flare of the museum. The museum lent itself to a more conversational atmosphere and having small less cumbersome dishes meant the guests didn't have to remain seated!

Favorite Details: Michele and Abe incorporated a knot tying ceremony into their wedding nuptials. They had attended a lot of weddings together and wanted to add a unique element to their ceremony. The tying of the fisherman's knot symbolizes the couple coming together, and how the relationship will only become stronger under pressure, just like the knot. One unexpected element of incorporating this into the ceremony was how much practice was needed in order to get the knot right. Michele and Abe got it right during the ceremony (thank goodness)!

Most Unexpected Event on the Day of the Wedding: Rain! Michele and Abe's original plan was to get married outdoors and have the cocktail hour outside immediately following. Because rain was passing through during setup, it was decided the ceremony and cocktail hour should be moved inside. Of course, once the ceremony began there wasn't a cloud in the sky. In the end, their guests were none the wiser, and everyone really enjoyed the museum during the ceremony and cocktail hour.

Piece of Advice: Don't sweat the small stuff. Not everything will go according to plan, but that's ok.

Honeymoon Destination: Turks & Caicos

Bridesmaids' attire: Watters from Betsy Robinson

Cake: Graul's Market

Caterer: Rouge Fine Catering

Flowers: Whole Foods, Harbor East

Groom and Groomsmen's attire: Jos. A. Bank

Hair & Make-up: Rebecca Murry (hair); Lindsey Funk (makeup)

Invitations: Etsy

Location: Baltimore Museum of Industry

Music: Beat 2 Beat DJs

Officiant: Reverend Howard Dickerson

Transportation: First Student Bus Charter

Wedding Dress: Watters from Betsy Robinson

   
   

Michele Plantamura & Abe Warfel

Michael Stavrinos Photography

Occupations: Michele works in marketing at PANDORA Jewelry; Abe is the Senior Mechanical Engineer at Louis Berger Group in Washington, D.C.

Wedding date: May 10, 2014

Number of Attendees: 150

Number of Attendants: Four bridesmaids, five groomsmen, and two flower girls.

How You Met: Michele and Abe met through their mutual friend, Celia. Celia introduced the couple back in November 2008 when at the time, Michele was living in New Jersey where she grew up, and Abe was in Maryland.

The Engagement: Abe proposed during the half marathon of the 2012 Baltimore Running Festival. He surprised Michele with a ring at the 13th mile, right in front of Camden Yards. Michele's family was present, and captured the moment which they'll treasure forever. Abe has participated in the Baltimore Running Festival annually since 2007 and Michele since 2009 when she moved to Baltimore. You can read about their engagement in the Baltimore Sun.

Wedding Design Inspiration: Michele and Abe didn't really have a specific vision other wanting somewhat of a nautical feel since the wedding was took place at the Inner Harbor. So, they chose to carry the color navy blue color throughout. The couple wanted the look to reflect their personal taste, and not be stuffy or too ornate looking.

What Was Unique and Special About Your Wedding: Abe and Michele created their menu based on miniature portions of their favorite foods! The menu featured fried chicken and waffles, rock fish with mango salsa, and lobster macaroni and cheese, just to name a few. All of their guests raved about the selection of food and presentation. Michele and Abe wanted their guests to be able to enjoy dinner while at the same time taking in the local flare of the museum. The museum lent itself to a more conversational atmosphere and having small less cumbersome dishes meant the guests didn't have to remain seated!

Favorite Details: Michele and Abe incorporated a knot tying ceremony into their wedding nuptials. They had attended a lot of weddings together and wanted to add a unique element to their ceremony. The tying of the fisherman's knot symbolizes the couple coming together, and how the relationship will only become stronger under pressure, just like the knot. One unexpected element of incorporating this into the ceremony was how much practice was needed in order to get the knot right. Michele and Abe got it right during the ceremony (thank goodness)!

Most Unexpected Event on the Day of the Wedding: Rain! Michele and Abe's original plan was to get married outdoors and have the cocktail hour outside immediately following. Because rain was passing through during setup, it was decided the ceremony and cocktail hour should be moved inside. Of course, once the ceremony began there wasn't a cloud in the sky. In the end, their guests were none the wiser, and everyone really enjoyed the museum during the ceremony and cocktail hour.

Piece of Advice: Don't sweat the small stuff. Not everything will go according to plan, but that's ok.

Honeymoon Destination: Turks & Caicos

Bridesmaids' attire: Watters from Betsy Robinson

Cake: Graul's Market

Caterer: Rouge Fine Catering

Flowers: Whole Foods, Harbor East

Groom and Groomsmen's attire: Jos. A. Bank

Hair & Make-up: Rebecca Murry (hair); Lindsey Funk (makeup)

Invitations: Etsy

Location: Baltimore Museum of Industry

Music: Beat 2 Beat DJs

Officiant: Reverend Howard Dickerson

Transportation: First Student Bus Charter

Wedding Dress: Watters from Betsy Robinson