A happy holiday, a new start

JUST MARRIED

Meghan Gullette And Brian Wells

January 06, 2002|By Sandy Alexander | Sandy Alexander,Sun Staff

A new year brings a new start for many people, and that's especially true for Meghan Gullette and Brian Wells, who were married on New Year's Eve. "It's a special holiday for the two of us," says Meghan, explaining that she and Brian have celebrated every New Year's Eve together since they started dating.

This past New Year's Eve, the couple's evening began at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore with a Catholic wedding ceremony. Amid eight bridesmaids and seven groomsmen, one space was left empty for Meghan's brother, who died in a car accident a year ago.

Afterward, there was a black-tie reception at the Belvedere hotel. Guests danced all evening and then counted down to midnight with party hats and bells. There was a champagne toast, a wedding cake with five layers -- each a different flavor -- and a groom's cake made of chocolate puff pastries. Meghan, 25, and Brian, 26, sent friends and family home with hangover kits filled with coffee, headache remedies and their best wishes.

Meghan, who is earning her master's degree in counseling psychology at Lesley University in Massachusetts, and Brian, a financial adviser for UBS PaineWebber in Boston, met at Bates College, a small school in Maine.

They occasionally saw each other on campus and Meghan, who grew up in Lutherville, remembers thinking that Brian was "the nicest guy." But the first time they really got to know one another was at a party in fall 1996 when Brian was a senior and Meghan was a junior. A mutual friend introduced them and they talked for hours.

"Before we knew it," says Meghan, "there was nobody there but the two of us."

Brian, who grew up in Groton, Mass., called the next day and they went on a date a week later. At the end of the semester, they spent their first New Year's Eve together in Baltimore.

The next school year brought a long-distance relationship as Meghan finished college and Brian worked in Boston. But they were reunited when Meghan moved to Boston in 1998.

"It always just felt right," Meghan says of their relationship.

"Meghan is the first person I want to see at the end of the day," adds Brian. "She puts a smile on my face."

The two enjoy going to the theater and sporting events in Boston and traveling to Cape Cod and Myrtle Beach, S.C., each year. Sometimes, says Meghan, the best times together are spent "renting a movie and curling up on the couch."

The two knew they wanted to get married, but Brian told Meghan he wouldn't propose at an obvious time, like a holiday. So she was surprised when at her birthday dinner in 2000 Brian gave her an engagement ring and a card asking her to spend the rest of her life with him.

The couple plans to move into a house they bought in Foxborough, Mass. Meghan will complete her degree in May and look for a job as a school counselor.

They say loving and supporting each other is the key to their relationship.

"He's been there through thick and thin," says Meghan, including the difficult time after the loss of her brother.

Adds Brian: "It's overall, unconditional love."

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