Oct. 26 at Queen of the Universe Catholic Church in Levittown, with the Rev. John Moloney officiating. A reception for 100 guests followed at the Buck Hotel in Feasterville.

They met

In 2002, on the first day of calculus class at Bucks County Community College. Nicholas sat next to Lora, and at the end of the class turned to her and asked, "Hey, weren't you in my last class?" She wasn't, and thought he had seen her twin sister, Leanne.

Nicholas later realized he had seen neither woman, but he and Lora began talking daily. And Lora admits it wasn't just calculus she had on her mind when she asked Nicholas to help her study for the final. "I was really having trouble, but I figured I might as well have a cute study partner."

He asked

In July 2006, when she was visiting him at his parents' home. She was watching TV in his bedroom when he came in, sat down, and opened the ring box. "I was in shock, staring at the ring," said Lora. Finally Nicholas asked for an answer and Lora regained her composure. "Yes, of course I will!" she said.

9 to 5

Lora, 24 and originally from Levittown, does marketing for the University of Fairfax. Nicholas, 27 and originally from Feasterville, is a software engineer with Rockwell Collins.

Making a home

The couple lives in Ashburn, Va.

First steps

"Always" by Bon Jovi.

Doing it their way

After the proposal, Nicholas said his one wish was to get married in October, when all the leaves were in fall color. Lora tailored much of the wedding to match his favorite season.

The bridesmaids carried a mix of yellow, orange and red sunflowers, and Lora, who wore a white, strapless gown with a corset bodice and a full, multilayered silk skirt, carried red roses. At the reception, the tables were done in oranges and reds, and place cards were held in leaf-shaped holders.


Not a dry eye

When Lora's father gave her away. "We met Nick at the front of the church. There was an organist and a violinist playing, and I saw Nick. We looked into each other's eyes, and that was really special."


On the way to the church, Lora realized she had left her veil in the hotel room. Her older sister's in-laws were happy to fetch it, but that required the five cars of guests that were following them to the church to follow along, parade-style. The service started 15 or 20 minutes behind schedule.

Lora says

At first, the couple struggled to pick food and other items that their guests would like. "Then we thought, 'There is always somebody who isn't going to like what we pick, so we may as well just pick what we like and not worry about what other people think.' "


A week in the Dominican Republic in the spring.