Meghan Bell & Nicholas DeCarlo
Nov 01, 2013 08:30PM ● Published by Anonymous
The Couple. Meghan Bell, a 24-year-old second grade teacher, and Nicholas DeCarlo, a 25-year-old athletic trainer, met—each already otherwise attached—through mutual friends while attending Towson University. Eventually they found themselves single at the same time, and Nick swooped in. “Nicholas asked me to a movie,” Meghan says, “and the rest was history!”
The Engagement. In December of 2011, Nick and Meghan had planned a weekend vacation at Rocky Gap Resort to celebrate their second anniversary. After a long drive, they still had a few hours before dinner so they decided to go for a hike around the resort. Cold, Meghan wanted to head back in, but Nick insisted they go to the pier and sit for a few minutes. After spending some time on the dock, they finally headed in, and as they were walking, Nick stopped in his tracks and popped the question.
The Ceremony. The two planned an August wedding at Maria’s Love Point Bed and Breakfast. “Growing up on Kent Island, being on the water was a must for me,” Meghan says. “We were also looking to bring in our own caterer, and once we met Ed and Maria we knew it was the perfect place.” The ceremony, Meghan says, was “short and sweet.” Surrounded by 135 loved ones, the pair opted for a rope-tying ceremony rather than a unity candle. “We decided to tie a fisherman’s knot, symbolizing our unity. We each started with our own knot, and pulled it together to create a larger knot in the center. We now have the rope on our mantle in our house,” Meghan says.
The Details. In keeping with a nautical theme, table numbers included chart maps from around the state. Instead of a guestbook, Meghan and Nick asked guests to sign oars, which now hang in their home. With Meghan raised on the Eastern Shore, it was only natural that they used a bushel basket for a card box. To personalize the day even more, the couple included an “in memoriam” table, and during the ceremony, asked for a moment of silence to remember loved ones who were not there. “Besides being able to spend the day with our friends and family, we both thought our first dance was the best part of the day,” Meghan says. “As chaotic and fun as the day had been, in that moment it felt as if it was just us and no one else was there. It was a special moment that we will both never forget.”
Meghan then danced with her father to Tim McGraw’s “My Little Girl,” and her stepfather to Alabama’s “How Do You Fall in Love.” Nick danced with his mother to Rod Stewart’s “Have I Told You Lately.”
The Garb. Meghan donned a strapless gown by Morilee, belted at the waist with a flower detail and a short train. “Looking for dresses, I knew I wanted a lace dress with a slight train,” Meghan says. “When I went to try dresses on, I had a list of dresses I wanted to try, and the bridal consultant pulled a few, as well. I ended up trying one that was not on my list at first and I fell in love with it instantly. I tried on three more dresses but I knew the first one was the one.” The bridal party included 16 attendants: seven bridesmaids dressed in navy blue strapless Alfred Sung numbers; six grooms outfitted in khaki pants, a navy jacket, and boat shoes; plus a flower girl in a little white dress, and two ring bearers wearing white button-ups with kelly green shorts.
The Menu. For cocktail hour, guests dined on fried mozzarella, crab balls, and Jamaican jerk chicken. Dinner included a buffet of prime rib, Chesapeake chicken, Chilean Sea Bass, and a mashed potato bar. “Everything was delicious,” Meghan says. For dessert, they served up mini desserts, including éclairs and apple pie, and a cake of raspberry amaretto.
Happily Ever After. Following the wedding, Meghan and Nick honeymooned for eight days at the Excellence Resorts in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. “It was our first real vacation together,” Meghan says. “We went horseback riding on the beach, zip-lined through the jungle, and rode a dune buggy through the city.” Now, they say, they are taking time to enjoy each other and their dog Payton. “We bought a house right before we got engaged, so we are slowly starting to remodel and add our personal touches,” Meghan says. “In the future, we plan to expand our family and enjoy life on Kent Island!”
Maria’s Love Point Bed and Breakfast, Stevensville
Murdoch Florists, Centreville
Windows on the Bay Catering, Pasadena
Windows on the Bay Catering, Pasadena
Morilee/Cameo Bridal, Glen Burnie
Alfred Sung/The Dessy Group
Jos. A. Bank
Wholesale Diamond Consultants (Rings)
Blue Nile (Bride’s Jewelery)
Paper in the Park, Severna Park
Lesley Spunker/Mane Effects (bride),
Jessica Lutzow/hair and Brittany Brainer/makeup (bridesmaids)
“When You’ve Got a Good Thing” by Lady Antebellum
“My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw