Love Deepens

Marilyn & Alan  Riffkin First Date: December 1962  for ice skating Wedding Date: July 3, 1966 Venue: Richfield Caterers,  Verona, N.J. Residence: Silver Spring, Md. Favorite Activity: Dining out A glance at a JCC dance in  December 1962 was all it took. Marilyn Friedman, a high school senior, spied Alan Riffkin, a student at Rutgers… Read More

Walk the Talk

Amanda & Noah  Isserman First Date: June 16, 2012, Golden West Café  in Hampden Wedding Date: Sept. 5, 2015 Venue: Westin Annapolis Residence: Arlington, Va. Favorite Activity: Running; dining out and  the movies In May 2012, Amanda Schnitzer traveled to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Bethesda, Md., office for a meeting. She spotted… Read More

Togetherness

Ellen & Chuck Donen First Date: January 1955 Wedding Date: June 24, 1956 Venue: Union Temple, Brooklyn, New York Residence: North Oaks in Pikesville Favorite Activity: Being together   Ellen Krakower and Charles Donen first met on a blind date in Brooklyn, N.Y. A friend arranged a blind date for Ellen and asked her to… Read More

Play Ball

Sandy & Brett Sanders First Date: July 4, 2005 at Panera Bread in Pikesville Wedding Date: Aug. 1, 2015 Venue: Celebrations at the Bay,  Pasadena, Md. Residence: Brewers Hill/Canton Favorite Activity: Dining Out Sandy Stutman met Brett Sanders on the Franklin High School varsity baseball team bus. Sandy was the team’s manager. Brett, the catcher,… Read More

Run to You

Jen & Eric Schulman First Official Date: July 13, 2013; bowling, dinner and drinks Wedding Date: Sept. 19, 2015 Venue: The Barn at Grimmel Farms, Jarrettsville, Md. Residence: Baltimore Favorite Activity: Running   On a warm Saturday in August 2014, Eric Schulman and Jen Winters set out on a seven-mile training run in advance of… Read More

In Sync

On New Year’s Day 2015, Alexander Schostak took Abigail Malis to the American Visionary Arts Museum, but this was no typical visit. Alex knew it was Abby’s favorite place in her native Baltimore, and he was going to have her mom, Shelly Malis, suggest they go there during a family brunch with her aunt, uncle… Read More

Having a Ball

Joanna “Joey” Morris remembers the day clearly. It was three weeks after her move to Richmond, Va., for a dietician internship. She had joined a softball team with a friend through the River City Sports & Social Club in an effort to meet people. For the first inning of the first game, Joey found herself… Read More

A Real Friend

When Jeffrey Love learned The Central Perk Coffee Shop would open in New York for one month during the fall of 2014, he asked girlfriend Lauren Bilenky to visit. Lauren, a huge “Friends” fan, was ecstatic. The replica coffee shop marked the 20th anniversary of the sitcom’s first episode, and Lauren had to go. Today,… Read More

Cupcake Love

David Goldstein, from Owings Mills, and Laura Schimberg, from Pikesville, had friends in common in high school through USY. David, a former regional president, was active, and Laura attended the occasional conference. Their paths crossed a few times in high school as well as through college. Eight years after first meeting in 2002, they began… Read More

Well-Seated

It was love at first sight for Ethan Zweig. Ethan met Brooke Shemer briefly at a party on New Year’s Eve 2014. Afterward, they connected at Walt’s Inn in Baltimore. “Her smile really stuck with me,” said Ethan, 30. “I really enjoyed talking with her.” Brooke noticed Ethan as well, even pointing him out to… Read More