Cupcake Love

Laura & David 

First Connection: 
USY, fall 2002

Wedding Date: 
May 10, 2015

Beth Israel Congregation

Silver Spring, Md.

Favorite Activity: 
Walking their 1-year-old Spaniel-Dachshund mix, Meeka

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


Brooke & Ethan Zweig
(Artful Weddings by Sachs Photography)

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

The Tour Guide

Maya & Drew 

First Date: 
August 2007, 
DiPapa’s in Miami

Wedding Date: 
Nov. 14, 2015

Four Seasons Baltimore


Favorite Activity: 
Working out

On a stifling hot August afternoon in South Beach, Fla., Drew Bloomberg suggested to Maya Smith that they walk their Miniature Goldendoodle puppy, Jessie, at South Point Park. Upon their arrival, they experienced a challenge with parking, and Drew quietly stewed. After deciding to valet at Smith & Wollensky, one of Miami’s finest restaurants, Maya… Read More

The Sands of Time

First Date: 
January 2002

Jonathan cooked dinner for Melissa

Wedding Date: 
Sept. 6, 2015
Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel

Frederick, Md.

Favorite Activity: 
Attending concerts

In September 2007, Jonathan Maxa took Melissa Dahne on a long weekend trip to the North Carolina Outer Banks. An excursion to Ocracoke Island had its ups and downs. They took a ferry to the island, spent the day and had a lunch that neither enjoyed. At day’s end, they hopped back into Jonathan’s car… Read More

Comfortable, Casual and Fun

(One Rock Studio)

Naomi Pinson and Jordan Tucker enjoyed the time of their lives in college. “We would joke that we wished we met each other much later,” said Jordan, 28, a partner in Pikesville commercial real estate firm Deronda Corporation. “We were so happy at such a young age.” Jordan, then 20, and Naomi, 19, connected at… Read More

Camp Connection

Sam & Adam Kruger

First Date:
September 2008, 
Home Grown Café 
in Newark, Del.

Wedding Date: 
June 14, 2015

Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel

Federal Hill

Favorite Activity: 
Curling up on the couch 
and watching movies

Adam Kruger and Samantha Ellis did not go to the same summer camp growing up. But a camp connection through friends brought them together. While a University of Delaware senior in August 2008, Adam hosted a visiting international counselor. At a fraternity party, his friend’s friend brought Sam along. During Sam’s first week on campus,… Read More

At Last

Melinda & Keith Michel

First Date: 
April 11, 2010 
at Bonaparte in Fells Point

Wedding Date: 
Aug. 2, 2015

Elkridge Furnace Inn

Owings Mills

Favorite Activity: 
Going to concerts, 
trying new restaurants

At the encouragement of mutual friends, Melinda Greenbeg and Keith Michel spent two hours at a bakery in April 2010, sharing pastries, smooth conversation and a stroll along the waterfront. Before parting, they arranged their second date, at Peter’s Inn in Fells Point. Meanwhile, they spent several hours each evening sharing their histories by phone…. Read More

School Daze

Lisa & Ross 

First Date: 
April 1, 2013, 

Wedding Date: 
July 11, 2015

Peabody Library

Cross Keys

Favorite Activity: 
Trying new restaurants and 
cooking together

On June 10, 2014, Mary Lee and Richard Dannenberg brought cupcakes to their daughter’s kindergarten classroom, just as they did each year. Ross Nochumowitz joined them at Southwest Baltimore Charter School that day, to help celebrate teacher Lisa’s 30th birthday. Ross was a familiar visitor to the school, and the students knew him by name…. Read More

A Roller Coaster

Karen & Aaron 

First Meeting: 
Camp Kanata (N.C.), 
December 1987

Wedding Date: 
Jan. 5, 1997

Beth El Synagogue, 
Durham, N.C.

Current Residence: 
Brookeville, Md.

Favorite Activity: 
Visiting museums

At a December 1987 Young Judea convention at Camp Kanata in Wake Forest, N.C., 16-year-old Aaron Becker noticed a cute, smiley girl. “I remember her walking in the room, and I remember I was done. It was love at first sight,” said Aaron, about Karen Hurwitz. They spent the weekend hanging out late into the… Read More

The Same for Everything


After four years as a physician’s assistant, Scott Jerome found himself back in Baltimore in December 1987 for a two-month medical residency. While running a 10K race, his brother’s friend told Scott that he had the perfect girl in mind for him. So, Scott called Barbara Chait and left multiple messages. Barbara was impressed by… Read More