Carrie and Jon had been dating for a year when Jon decided to propose. He had originally planned to take advantage of a work trip to Venice and pop the question there, a couple of weeks before Christmas. But it was cold and Venice was experiencing their worst floods in 20 years. “Not a good situation for a romantic gondola ride,” says Carrie. The Bride Carrie Hale, 32, a homemaker The Groom Jonathan (Jon) Carr, 32, an engineer The Date April 4 So instead, John asked Carrie to be his wife at the site of their second date—under the Community Bridge Mural in Frederick, Maryland. Shortly after, Jon was offered a job in Puerto Rico, so the couple only had three months to plan their vintage, amusement park-themed celebration.