'We knew it was going to work'


Kate Mcgregor And Jeremy Dykes

February 24, 2002|By Sandy Alexander | By Sandy Alexander,Sun Staff

Kate McGregor and Jeremy Dykes knew each other growing up, because Jeremy was a friend of Kate's brother. It wasn't until they were reunited last spring that they saw each other in a new light.

In fact, they made such an impression on each other that three months later, they were engaged.

"We weren't together all that long," says Jeremy, "but we knew it was going to work."

Both attended the former Rock Church Academy in Towson until Kate moved with her parents, former Orioles pitcher Scott McGregor and Cara McGregor, and her two brothers, to Delaware before she entered the eighth grade. She and Jeremy occasionally ran into each other as she finished high school and he attended St. Lawrence University in New York.

Both eventually returned to the Baltimore area -- Kate's parents returned to Towson and Jeremy's parents, Robert and Melinda Dykes, live in Carney. Then the couple met last March at a friend's house, where Jeremy asked Kate for her brother's phone number. But they really hit it off a month later when they spent a day together.

"He was just very easy to talk to," says Kate, 21.

It may seem like a cliche, says Jeremy, 24, of Carney, but "it's a million little things" that attract him to Kate. He says, "I always feel like something is missing when I'm not with her."

"He's always thinking of what would make me happy," she adds. "He's very sweet and very cute."

Jeremy, who likes sports, has introduced Kate to snowboarding, and Kate has encouraged him to attend plays and concerts. Also, before they were dating, Jeremy says, "you wouldn't have caught me at the mall."

Not long after starting to date, they began talking about marriage. "It was extremely easy," says Jeremy. "I never questioned it." He proposed in June on a trip to Georgetown.

A few months later, he went to Georgia for a five-month basic training course for the National Guard. During that time, they saw each other only one weekend.

"I hated it," says Kate.

Their relationship survived with the help of daily letters, and when Jeremy returned, they began planning their wedding.

On Feb. 16, they were married at the McDonogh School chapel in Owings Mills. Their mothers lighted unity candles before the ceremony, and Kate's brother, Eric McGregor, played the piano.

A reception followed at the Belvedere hotel in Baltimore. Afterward, the couple left for a two-week honeymoon at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C. Jeremy made all the arrangements as a surprise for Kate.

When they return, Jeremy, an internal investigator for Monumental Life Insurance, and Kate, a sales associate at the Pleasure of Your Company gift and invitation store in Greenspring Station, will live in Lutherville.

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