By L'Oreal Thompson, The Baltimore Sun
10:28 AM EDT, June 24, 2013
Wedding date: May 18, 2013
George's story: George William Johnston, 62, grew up in upstate New York. He is a senior partner with the Venable law firm. His father, Norman, was a public relations executive and his mother, Mary Jane, was a civic leader in central New York and taught English at Cazenovia High School in Cazenovia, N.Y. Both of his parents are deceased.
Eric's story: Eric Quinn Price, 43, grew up in Baltimore. He is a former HRIS manager at Dunbar Armored. His mother, Janice Price, is deceased. She was a manager in nursing homes in the Baltimore area. His father, Barry Schriefer, is retired from Barton Cotton, a printing company in Baltimore.
Their story: George and Eric met in May 2004 at a mutual friend's wake.
"The next week, we exchanged information and went to dinner," says Eric. "It was the beginning of a great romance."
The proposal: Eric proposed to George in January 2013.
"He was going to propose to me after I had been out at an evening meeting, but I decided at the last minute not to go to the meeting," says George. "One day, he ordered me to take a nap, and when I woke up, there was a trail of beautiful white roses leading to the library in our condo. I walk in and he's standing there dressed in a tuxedo and gold vest with champagne and crystal, looking like a million bucks."
Instead of the traditional engagement ring, Eric decided to give George a watch.
"About four to five years ago, George, for my birthday, gave me the old Movado watch that his mother had given to his father," says Eric. "I chose to give him the newer version of the same watch."
The venue: About 175 guests attended the ceremony and reception at North Cove Cottage, the home of their friend, Jonathan Hyde, on Gibson Island.
Close friend and Baltimore City Circuit Judge M. Brooke Murdock officiated the ceremony.
"The judge who married us wrote the opinion upholding same-sex marriage in Maryland," says George. "Brooke really started the ball rolling, and we felt honored that she was the one who married us."
During the ceremony, George and Eric exchanged classic gold wedding bands from Radcliffe Jewelers.
Attire: Both George and Eric wore white linen pants with brown shoes. George wore a turquoise Lacoste button-down shirt with white stripes and Eric wore a purple Ralph Lauren button-down shirt.
"It was a beach-themed wedding, so that was the reason for our attire. We didn't want a suit-and-tie wedding," says George. "It was meant to be more casual. Partly because I'm not a spring chicken, and we were really not looking for a fancy, formal wedding."
Flowers: Catherine's Flowers & Gifts in Essex created the floral arrangements, including baskets with pink peonies, white hydrangeas, green apples and hot pink roses.
Entertainment: Local opera singer Carmen Schmidt performed during the ceremony, as well as Strings Express, a string quartet from the Peabody Institute.
"Carmen was sensational. She sang 'There's a Place For Us' from 'West Side Story,' " says George. "She made an amazing contribution to the wedding. She was swell."
Pasadena-based band 24-Karat Rock played during the reception.
Food: Clementine in Baltimore catered the cocktail hour and reception. During the cocktail hour, there was seafood, including shrimp and crab cakes. For the reception, the caterers brought in a 300-pound pig, which was raised at a local farm, a chicken dish, tomato and corn salad, and fingerling potato salad.
Dessert: Clementine also created a small ceremonial chocolate cake with hazelnut frosting for the couple, as well as a variety of cupcakes with different flavors, such as strawberry, chocolate and coconut.
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