Scott and Lanier first met on a blind date in September 2011. What was supposed to be a casual dinner in Annapolis, MD turned into a five hour long conversation that only ended when their server gently informed them that the restaurant had closed.
“We need you to leave,” she whispered.
Scott and Lanier looked up to find everyone had not only left, but the chairs and tables had been stacked up and pushed to the side. They had been so caught up in their discussion that they had not noticed a thing. Needless to say, it was a one-of-a-kind first date.
The distance between Towson, MD (Scott’s home) and Old Town, Alexandria (where Lanier lives) is exactly 60 miles. This would present the only hurdle in Scott’s decision to pursue his future wife. Luckily, as it turns out, the desire to spend time together outweighed the frustration of DC traffic.
For a year Scott intentionally pursued Lanier. From lacrosse games, to BBQ festivals, to quiet evenings with their two dogs, to road trips, to weekends in Chapel Hill (God’s country), to one spectacular vacation in Blowing Rock…the relationship progressed to the point that Scott knew, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that Lanier was the woman with whom he wanted to spend the rest of his life. In fact, when asked when he knew without question that he wanted to propose, Scott says the decision was made in Blowing Rock.
On November 9, (Lanier’s final day of work in the Capitol building) Lanier asked Scott to help her move the last of her things out of the office. Scott agreed, but he had other plans. In front of the Capitol dome, with tourists applauding, Scott dropped to one knee and asked Lanier to be his wife. He told her that he did not want her to leave the building without a promise for her future. Once Lanier recovered from the total shock, she, of course, said yes.
Wedding Venue: Crestwood Inn and Resort, Blowing Rock, North Carolina
Design + Planning: Ivy Robinson
Floral: John Lupton and Andrew Thomas
Cake: The Art of Cake
Band: The Party Crashers
Makeup + Hair: Jami Svay
Videography: Elysium Productions
Wedding Photography: Jasmine Star – See her blog post here