All Smiles, All the Time

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101714_beshertLaurie & Mike Rosen
First Date: Sept. 27, 2011, for yogurt
Wedding Date: May 17, 2014
Venue: Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Hotel in Baltimore
Residence: Pikesville
Favorite Activity: Spending time with their 4-year-old puggle, Bentley

Laurie Collins planned a surprise for boyfriend Mike Rosen’s 26th birthday. They were vacationing in Naples, Fla., and she arranged for a catamaran excursion.


Secretly, Mike was in touch with her mother, Shelley Collins, and planned to propose that day on the boat.

They awoke that morning, May 1, 2013, to rain showers. Shelley suggesting a nice lunch instead at the Ritz Carlton.

With the showers at bay, they ate outdoors, on the empty beach. After the staff sang “Happy Birthday,” Mike invited Laurie for a walk. Mike asked the hostess to snap a picture. Laurie turned to him and was surprised to find him on one knee.

He told her he was so happy that he couldn’t imagine his life with anyone else. He asked her to marry him.

It was the culmination of their 18-month relationship. They had connected via JDate and met for yogurt in Federal Hill in September 2011. Mike scored points immediately, as he brought Wisp mini-toothbrushes, which Laurie had mentioned to the then-dental student.

That led to a second date, and Mike came with flowers in hand. On their third date, Laurie met Bentley, Mike’s puggle. As their relationship developed, they enjoyed movies, the Inner Harbor, the dog park and dining out. Mike met Shelley and Larry Collins at a Ravens tailgate party.

Mike asked Laurie to be his girlfriend in late October, and they professed their love in December before heading to Mike’s native Suffern, N.Y., for New Year’s. That’s when Laurie met Heidi and Steve Rosen.

The next fall, Mike applied for his dental residency. Most applications were local, but they agreed to one in Palm Beach, Fla. Mike would only go if Laurie went along. They spent a fun year in the sun and lived at the beach, enjoying boating, jet skiing and restaurants. They returned to Maryland this summer, and Mike joined Smith & Co. Dental Practitioners in Bel Air. Laurie is a loan consultant for HFS Financial.

They married on May 17, 2014 at the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Hotel. Rabbi Stephen Fink of Temple Oheb Shalom officiated at the traditional ceremony before 130 friends and family members as the two recited their heartfelt vows. The couple danced to “All of Me,” then broke into faster moves to “Happy.”

They agree they complement each other, and as Laurie put it, Mike is the peanut butter to her jelly, the bagel to her cream cheese and the love of her life. He’s calm to her impatience, and he’s pragmatic and rational to her impulsiveness.

But above all, his sense of humor won her over.

“His smile, his demeanor and tone” top the list of his characteristics that attracted Laurie, 30. “He made me laugh right away.”

The dentist, of course, noticed one thing immediately.

“She has a very nice smile,” he said.

Linda L. Esterson is an Owings Mills-based freelance writer. For “Beshert,” call 410-902-2305 or email Linda.Esterson@verizon.net.

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