Can’t Smile Without You

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Jill & Jason Smulson First Date: American Visionary Arts Museum, Jan. 8, 2011 Wedding Date: Oct. 19, 2013 Venue: The Inn at the Colonnade Residence: Elkridge, Md. Favorite Activity: Cooking and hiking with their beagle, Beau Jill Markowitz was surprised at how well her first date with Jason Smulson went. After meeting at a “Jewy… Read More

Be My Girl

Anna And Ryan Blank First Date: Liberatore’s in Timonium, spring of 2007 Wedding Date: Oct. 5, 2013 Venue: Suburban Club of Baltimore Residence: Pikesville Favorite Activity: Traveling Twelve-year-old Ryan Blank handed 12-year-old Anna Pens a note one day while they passed in the hall at Pikesville Middle School. “Will you be my girlfriend,” it read…. Read More

A Lifetime Of Giving

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Although their memories of their early days together remain cloudy, Eileen (nee Jaslow) and Jerry Chiat do remember what mattered. “Her eyes were what drew me to her,” says Jerry, 67. “Her eyes were her soul. She still has those eyes.” Jerry remembers her cute dimples as well, as he recalls their first date at… Read More

‘Lucky To Have Found Her’

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When David Kowitz met Rachel Shapiro, he was overwhelmed. “I knew the first instant I saw her,” he said of that day in late 2009, when she appeared to help organize a friend’s office for her company, Back to Basics Organizing, LLC. “If I could have created the perfect person for me, it would be… Read More

A Perfect Match

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Marla & Neil Markoff First Date: May 15, 2009 at the Flying Fish in Old Town Alexandria Wedding Date: July 3, 2011 Wedding Venue: Chizuk Amuno Congregation Current Residence: Alexandria, Va. Favorite Activity: Hanging out with friends In October 2010, Neil Markoff suggested to his girlfriend, Marla Wolf, that she dress up for dinner. They… Read More

‘A Very Beautiful Moment’

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Jenn and Jason Miltenberger First Date: Paper Moon Diner, Aug. 31, 2012 Wedding Date: July 28, 2013 Venue: Anchor Inn, Pasadena, Md. Current Residence: Severn, Md. Favorite Activity: Orioles games Before Jenn Erwin and Jason Miltenberger recited their vows, Cantor Ann Sachs shared a few poignant comments from their pre-wedding meetings. Jason had told the… Read More

‘Living the Life’

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Rochelle & Mike Sullivan First Date: May 1986 to the movies Wedding Date: March 11, 1995 Venue: Columbia Interfaith Center Jewish Wedding: May 26, 2013 Location: Beth Israel Congregation Residence: Eldersburg Favorite Activity: Cooking together Before Rochelle Jacobs and Mike Sullivan married at the Interfaith Center in Columbia in March 1995, they had talked extensively… Read More

Animal Magnetism

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Jaime & Mike Kurman First Date: March 5, 2009 at Mezze in Fells Point Wedding Date: June 15, 2013 Venue: Mansion House at the Maryland Zoo Current Residence: Pikesville Favorite Activity: Going to the beach On Father’s Day, Mike Kurman and Jaime Ball invited their families to the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. Mike, a professional… Read More

Pure Gold

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First Meeting: May 1972 Wedding Date: June 24, 1973 Venue: Emerald Gardens,Baltimore Current Residence: Owings Mills Favorite Activity: Going to museums, traveling Diane Warner and Jesse Harris met at a wedding in Baltimore in May 1972. They talked around a girl who was seated between them. They spent the entire affair dancing and conversing. Jesse… Read More

Best Friends

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Rachel & Dan Taylor First Date: January 23, 2010 Where: Dinner in Little Italy Wedding Date: March 16, 2013 Venue: Grand Lodge, Hunt Valley Current Residence: Clipper Mill in Hampden Favorite Activity: Short weekend getaways Last fall, Dan Taylor had a revelation. He decided that he wanted to convert to Judaism. It wasn’t something his… Read More