Wedded: Diz Keller and Andrew Harrison

Crab shell escort cards and Berger cookies were just a couple of the Maryland touches at a Canton reception.

  • Wedding of Andrew Harrison and Diz Keller at Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Legg Mason Building in Baltimore.
Wedding of Andrew Harrison and Diz Keller at Sacred Heart of… (Dennis Drenner weddings )
December 14, 2013|By Samantha Iacia, For The Baltimore Sun

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Date: Sept. 28

Her story: Diz Keller, 33, grew up in Severna Park. She works for a defense contractor. Her parents, Ellen McGee and David Keller, live in Severna Park.

His story: Andrew Harrison, 33, grew up in Rochester, N.Y. He moved to Maryland in 2003 and also works for a defense contractor. His parents, Rick and Vicki Harrison, live in Rochester.

Their story: Andrew and Diz were introduced through Diz's friends, who are twin sisters. At the time, one of the sisters was Diz's roommate and the other was Andrew's co-worker. They set Andrew and Diz up on a blind date in April 2011 — dinner at Henninger's Tavern in Fells Point. The couple now lives in Canton.

The proposal: Over the Fourth of July holiday in 2012, Andrew, Diz and her parents vacationed at Diz's parents' beach house in Ocean City, N.J. Andrew planned to propose sometime during the week but was waiting for the right moment.

On the last day of the trip, Andrew, Diz and her mom were at the beach. Diz says she was laughing at Andrew all day because his beach chair tipped backward whenever he sat in it. When Diz's mom left to start dinner, Andrew told Diz to have a seat in his chair.

"I thought he was going to make me try to fall back in it," says Diz, "but he was proposing. Lo and behold, Andrew had a ring in his beach bag."

The venue: The ceremony at Sacred Heart of Jesus in Canton was attended by 147 guests. Diz's dad's cousin, Robert Murray — a priest at Villanova University — presided. A reception followed at the Legg Mason Tower in Harbor East.

Decor: The couple chose a modern nautical theme that incorporated hues of peach and blue. Guest names and table numbers handwritten onto crab shells served as the escort cards. Diz's mom made navy blue and white chevron-striped table runners, and Diz's dad made wooden votive candle holders for each table.

Flowers: The Flower Studio of Roland Park provided the bouquets and centerpieces, which included ranunculus, dahlias and roses in shades of pink, peach and yellow.

The dress: The bride wore a lace fit-and-flare gown by Alvina Valenta from Garnish Boutique in Ruxton. She wore blue drop earrings from Easy Street Gallery in Annapolis and peacock-blue high heels.

Bridesmaids' dresses: The women wore peacock-blue dresses from Garnish Boutique and coral high heels. They also wore vintage crystal necklaces that Diz's sister, Sarah Dramm, found at a flea market in Wisconsin where she lives.

Men's attire: The men wore charcoal-gray pinstripe suits from Jos. A. Bank. and coral Vineyard Vines ties decorated with a martini and cigar print.

Music: Gazze, a Baltimore-based band, entertained the guests. Andrew and Diz's first dance was to "You Are the Best Thing" by Ray LaMontagne.

Food and dessert: Restaurant Associates at Legg Mason Tower catered the reception. The menu featured pan-seared halibut, herb-marinated filet and vegetarian polenta lasagna. Diz's friend, Sarah Garner of Sarah's Sweet Cakes based in Ocean View, Del., provided the three-tier cake with vanilla, lemon raspberry and chocolate layers.

Favors: In lieu of traditional favors, Andrew and Diz created Baltimore-themed welcome bags for their out-of-town guests that included Utz crab chips, Berger cookies and Goetze's Caramel Creams.

Special touch: During the reception, Andrew and a group of his Sigma Chi fraternity brothers honored Diz with a bouquet of white roses and a rendition of "The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi," the fraternity's century-old song traditionally performed for wives, girlfriends and chapter sweetheart nominees.


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