SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Tory Stires and Tyler Steel, who met as teens while working at the Mount Desert Island Community Sailing Center here, are set to be married this August at the Maine Sea Coast Mission in Bar Harbor.
Stires, 23, has spent past summers on the island with her family in Pretty Marsh. Steel, 25, moved to the island from Florida in 2004 and attended Mount Desert Island High School.
They first met in 2007 when Steel was an instructor at the sailing center when he was 17 years old. Stires, 15 at the time, had been a camper at the sailing center when she was younger and before Tyler began working there. She had come back to the center to be a counselor-in-training.
During the off-season, they would keep in touch over the phone and through Facebook, and would see each other when Stires returned to MDI for the summer, working together at the sailing center.
After graduation from the State University of New York Maritime College in the Bronx, Steel worked at a shipyard in San Diego, while Stires spent her senior year back east. After she graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, she got a job in Washington, D.C., close to where she grew up.
A year after that, Steel got a job in D.C., and after months of living in the same place for the first time, he proposed, and she said yes. They currently live in the Logan Circle neighborhood of D.C.
The couple wanted “to give a shout out to” Glenn Squires, executive director of the MDI Community Sailing Center, for introducing them and helping them get to this point in their relationship.