Love Grows


Hy was part of a group of Jewish singles who planned monthly dances at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation. He and a friend formed a planning committee, and Eileen became secretary. The first dance was held just after the High Holidays in fall 1953, and Hy encouraged his friends to date the attractive and pleasant girl. Hy… Read More

At First Ping

Shelby & Mike Albo

First Date: 
August 2008, New York City

Wedding Date: 
Oct. 25, 2014

Temple Oheb Shalom

New York City

Favorite Activity: 

In summer 2008, Shelby Leigh Streimer and Mike Albo found themselves on a group chat with a mutual friend through BlackBerry Messenger. Mike was traveling through Europe and Shelby was preparing to do the same. As they chatted over the next few months, Mike suggested hostels and museums. The chats became more playful. Shelby was… Read More

Just Blessed


When Susan Fedder met Herb Garten in June 1947, she was taken aback. He was bright and ahead of himself in his thinking, and he had a nice build and a wonderful personality. But “nice Jewish girls didn’t go out with soldiers,” she recalled. Herb, too, was impressed with the nice looking, charming Southern lady… Read More

Lifetime Job

Erin & Brad Zisow

First Date: 
May 8, 2012, 
Fells Point

Wedding Date: 
Nov. 1, 2014

Grand Historic Venue, 

Fells Point

Favorite Activity: 
Traveling, trying new restaurants

Erin Iwanicki answered an advertisement for a job with Bradley Images and met with owner Brad Zisow in November 2012. Brad was impressed by her drive, dedication and attention to detail. After an hour, the conversation turned chatty, and Brad invited Erin for a drink the next day. “He was cute,” said Erin, 29. “But… Read More

Best Friends


Julie & Cory Oppenheimer First Date: December 2010 Wedding Date: Oct. 18, 2014 Venue: Windham Grand Hotel in Pittsburgh Residence: Federal Hill Favorite Activity: Going to Orioles games Three years after meeting through the online matching service JDate, Cory Oppenheimer proposed to Julie Cohen. After connecting online, they had agreed to meet in December 2010,… Read More

Funny in Love


First Date: 
July 2012 in Columbia

Wedding Date: 
Aug. 10, 2014

Beth El Congregation’s 
Goren Chapel

Mari Luna


Favorite Activity: 
Taking road trips

From the moment they met online, Michael Aronin had Mia Stein Corvilla laughing. Michael, a Social Security Administration program analyst by day and a comedian by night, sent Mia a YouTube link of a motivational speech he had delivered. Instead of telling her that he has cerebral palsy, performs comedy routines and was previously married,… Read More

School Daze


Lauren & Matthew Mittleman First Date: June 2008, Artful Gourmet Bistro Wedding Date: June 14, 2014 Venue: Woodholme Country Club Residence: Owings Mills Favorite Activity: Walking their Golden Retriever/Border Collie mix, Chloe Lauren Shapiro and Matthew Mittleman were schoolmates. They played at the JCC preschool and attended Franklin Middle School together. They even summered together… Read More

All Smiles, All the Time


Laurie & Mike Rosen First Date: Sept. 27, 2011, for yogurt Wedding Date: May 17, 2014 Venue: Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Hotel in Baltimore Residence: Pikesville Favorite Activity: Spending time with their 4-year-old puggle, Bentley Laurie Collins planned a surprise for boyfriend Mike Rosen’s 26th birthday. They were vacationing in Naples, Fla., and she arranged… Read More

Love on Time

Evelyn Katz knew her date would be late. She told him she wouldn’t go if he was even five minutes tardy. When he was 10 minutes late that Friday, April 11, 1946, she had removed her makeup and put her hair in curlers. When her date finally showed up with his handsome second cousin, Mitchell… Read More

Smooth Sailing


Sally & Arnold Rifkin First Date: Moonlight cruise, August 1945 Wedding Date: Sept. 4, 1949 Venue: Chizuk Amuno Congregation Residence: Pikesville Favorite Activity: Cooking, traveling Sally Conn fell in love with Arnold Rifkin on their first date. Arnold, 17, needed a date for his fraternity’s moonlight cruise. A family connection paired him with Sally, 14…. Read More