Marrying his 'best friend'


Holly Schwarz And Jason Klarman

November 25, 2001|By Sandy Alexander | Sandy Alexander,Sun Staff

Jason Klarman doesn't want to forget any important moments of his relationship with Holly Schwarz. In four binders, he has love letters and cards, receipts, ticket stubs, photos and keepsakes (blades of grass, a broken necklace) reaching back nine years.

On Nov. 10, the couple, both from Parkville, added a new chapter to their story by becoming husband and wife.

"She's my best friend," says Jason. "We have no problem talking about anything."

They met in a ninth-grade French class at Parkville High School, and a lot of their conversation revolved around Holly's helping Jason with his dating problems. But when they were juniors, Holly passed him a note detailing her romantic feelings for him, and they became a couple for a year and a half.

After graduation, they decided they needed a break from each other. They both started at the Community College of Baltimore County, Essex campus and then transferred -- Holly to Towson University and Jason to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. But being in the same area with a shared group of friends, they still saw one another regularly.

Over time, Jason began to realize he still cared for Holly, and when she started dating a friend of his, he says, "I had to have her back." Jason worked to regain Holly's affection, and both realized they had grown and matured.

In 2000, Jason planned a marriage proposal to take place during a weekend trip to Ocean City with another couple. First, he suggested that he and Holly visit his relatives at their nearby condominium. On the way, Jason nervously ate an entire roll of breath mints.

Holly says, "I'm driving down Coastal Highway thinking, 'What is wrong with him?' ... Then he started on the gum."

When they arrived, Jason suggested a stroll on the beach, and as the sun set, he read Holly a poem he had written that ended with a proposal.

Jason and Holly, both 23, were married in a Catholic ceremony at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Towson, followed by dinner and dancing at the Parkville American Legion. They don't expect a lot of big changes after the wedding and a honeymoon that included Disney World and a cruise to the Bahamas.

Their parents, Parkville residents John and Diane Klarman and Seibert and Frances Schwarz, have become friends who spend time together on weekends and holidays. The couple also shares a lot of the same friends and interests. Both began working at The Sun this year, Jason as a digital-processing technician and Holly as a promotions coordinator.

The couple, who bought a house in Bel Air, is relaxed about whatever scrapbook additions the future may bring. Says Jason: "As long as we're together, that's all that matters."

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