Wedded: Jennifer White and Christopher Nagle

A Ravens-themed wedding begins with the groom proposing in a mascot costume.

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August 24, 2013|By Samantha Iacia, For The Baltimore Sun

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Date: June 7, 2013

Her story: Jennifer White, 29, was born in Citrus County, Fla., and moved to Middle River when she was 9. She is a prepress technician at Printing Corporation of America, located in Timonium. Her father, Neil Palmer, works for Crockett Facilities Services Inc., and her mother, JoAnn Palmer, is retired.

His story: Christopher Nagle, 31, is originally from Highlandtown but grew up in Rosedale. He is a senior meter mechanic for Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. His stepfather, Richard Brady, and mother, Faith Brady, live in Monkton. His father, Ronald Nagle, and stepmother, Missy Nagle, live in Westminster.

Their story: Jenn and Chris met more than 15 years ago through mutual friends when they were both teenagers.

"It was just kinda one big group of kids always running around," says Chris. "I had always had a crush on Jennifer, but she had always been dating someone or I had always been dating someone, and I had never made a move."

On Christmas Eve in 2008, Jenn called Chris because she was having a bad day. They spent a few hours driving around and talking, but nothing came of it romantically. In February 2009, they went on their first date to the ESPN Zone at the Inner Harbor.

The proposal: Chris wanted to plan an unforgettable proposal that also incorporated the Ravens, since Jenn is a big fan. When the Ravens wouldn't allow Chris to borrow or rent a Poe mascot suit, he had his aunt make one for him.

"We just kind of went from there," says Chris.

Over the next few months, friends and family bought tickets for the Dec. 11, 2011, Ravens game against the Indianapolis Colts.

"Jenn took it as a chance for our family to get together and hang out," Chris says. "She had no clue."

On the day of the game during the tailgate, Chris pretended to be called into work, not unusual for his job with BGE, and left. He changed into the Poe suit and circled back to the tailgate about 20 minutes later.

"I was literally taking pictures with Poe, and he's handing me beads," says Jenn. "Then he drops the bag and gets down on one knee and pulls out the ring. And then he pulls the head thing off and I'm like, 'Oh my God.' "

The venue: About 200 guests attended the ceremony and reception at the Grand Lodge in Hunt Valley, where Chris is a member of the Freemasons of Maryland.

Her dress: Jenn wore a strapless, trumpet-style gown with a tulle skirt overlay and beading by an in-house designer from K&B Bridals in Bel Air. She wore satin high heels from DSW for the ceremony and changed into purple Converse shoes, which had Ravens shoelaces, for the reception.

Bridesmaids' dresses: The bridesmaids wore strapless, floor-length chiffon gowns by Bill Levkoff from Francesca's Bridal Salon. Each girl chose a different dress in light purple, dark purple or black.

Men's attire: The groom and groomsmen wore dark-gray tuxedos from Francesca's Bridal Salon. Chris wore a white tie and the groomsmen wore light purple, dark purple or black ties to match the bridesmaids' dresses.

Special touch: When Jenn's mom, a survivor of lung and brain cancer, couldn't find the perfect dress to wear to the wedding, Jenn suggested that she wear her own wedding dress.

"I wanted her to feel beautiful," says Jenn.

Decor: Jenn wanted a Ravens and Baltimore theme with an elegant look. The tables were accented with black, white and gray linens, black and purple lantern centerpieces, handmade mercury glass vases and scattered orchids.

Music: DJ Phil Petersam of Baltimore entertained the guests. The couple's first dance was to Adele's "Make You Feel My Love."

Dessert: Hunt Valley Catering provided the buffet-style dinner and Yia Yia's Bakery provided a three-tier cake decorated with purple icing and green orchids.

Favors: Guests took pictures in a photo booth from Charm City Photo Booths and were each given photo strip holders that Jenn made.

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