Ross Taylor and Emily Farbman. (Martin Taylor )
Wedding Day: August 25, 2012
Her story: Emily Farbman, 25, grew up in Owings Mills. She lives in Canton and is in her fourth year of the audiology doctoral program at Towson University. Her father, Howard Farbman, is president of American Lumber Corp. Her mother, Dana Farbman, is an early intervention nurse at Baltimore County Public Schools Infants & Toddlers Program.
His story: Ross Taylor, 27, grew up in Pikesville. He is general manager at Taylor Property Group and lives in Canton. His father, Dr. Bruce Taylor, is a psychiatrist and CEO of Taylor Service Company. His mother, Dr. Ellen Taylor, is a gynecologist in Pikesville.
Their story: The couple officially met in 2010. But, Emily, had "known" Ross for a bit of time before that.
"We both go to Temple Oheb Shalom [synagogue]," she says. " Both our families are very involved there. And I had actually had my eye on him since I was little. I always had a little crush on him."
On this particular night — the night before Yom Kippur — both were at services when it was Ross who suddenly had his eye on her.
"I watched a beautiful girl walk into services and couldn't take my eyes off her the entire evening," he said.
"I was just sitting there with my family," says Emily. "My mom told me that a boy was staring at me, and that I should give him the look. So, I proceeded to look over to him. Nothing special. Nothing more happened there."
But as soon as services were over, Ross' mom — then president of the temple — took over, much to her son's initial chagrin.
"After services, I was talking with my mom and asked who the beautiful girl was across the synagogue," he said. "In one swift motion — as only a Jewish mother would do — she's already taking steps forward and saying, 'Let's go say hi!' I remember thinking I should reach out to grab my mom and say, 'Mom, I'm 25. I can do this myself.' But, by the time I had that thought, it was too late. She was already halfway across the room. It was one of the most embarrassing introductions of my life. But, I met Emily."
They chatted a bit that evening, and more the next day after Yom Kippur services.
"I remember being nervous and after exchanging phone numbers we were exchanging text messages," Ross says. "And I was thinking, wow, she's actually texting me back." .
Then Ross invited Emily out for sushi.
"I found out on Facebook that her favorite food is sushi, which works out very well," says Ross. "One of my favorite restaurants in Sushi Ya in Pikesville, where I created a roll that has my name on it."
"That was obviously very impressive to me," Emily says.
"I was actually sick that night," Ross says. "I hadn't been feeling well that day. But, I sucked it up, and went to dinner. I barely ate, but she had no idea."
"I was so nervous I couldn't get the miso soup in the spoon," says Emily. "I was shaking so much. But, we couldn't stop talking. The restaurant actually closed. So, we stood out in parking lot and continued talking."
"And then we started talking about going out on the boat that I keep in the harbor," says Ross. "She — being a student — didn't have class the next day. And I — sort of joking — said we should go out on the boat the next morning. I looked at my schedule and figured that my boss/father wouldn't mind and invited her over the next morning. I thought I would cook her breakfast and go out on the boat."
"I came over really early — like 9 in the morning — and just had the most wonderful relaxing, incredible day," Emily says.
"Throughout dinner [the night before] and even before that with our [previous] conversations, I knew she was special," says Ross. "But, by the middle of that day, I knew that she was who I wanted to be with."
If Ross had any doubts, his 2-year-old Doberman Pincher, Dexter, erased them.
"At the end of that second date, I was walking her to her car, and Dexter jumped into her car and sat down in the passenger seat," says Ross. "He fell instantly in love with her."
They talked, texted and saw each other constantly from then on.
"At that time we joked that it felt like we'd already been dating for a year," Emily says. "But, I quickly took him to meet my family within a couple of weeks, and he did the same...A couple weeks into it, he asked, 'When can I call you my girlfriend?' And I said, 'Now.'"
The proposal, October 1, 2011:
"I believe that a proposal shouldn't be a surprise," says Ross. "The future bride should know that it's coming, just not know when or how. So, we picked out the ring together."
"It's based on a Tiffany ring — princess cut diamond with little diamonds around it and on the sides," says Emily.
"I ordered the ring. I didn't tell her when it was coming in and I certainly didn't tell her when I was going to give it to her," says Ross.
So, when the ring did come in, on September 30, 2011, Ross took his mom with him to Radcliffe Jewelers pick it up.