Katy and Adam began dating in 2014 when they were both attending the University of Delaware. “I sent an awkward text asking her out, and we were set for that Friday. On a whim, Katy sent me a message the next day asking if I wanted to meet her at a coffee shop where she was studying. Although we initially planned to study, we spent the entire time talking, only stopping when the coffee shop closed.”
After five years of dating, Adam proposed in December of 2017 outside the Washington Botanical Garden. “While touring the gardens, I texted Katy’s friends to get into position outside. There was a snag in the plan– Katy wanted to leave before her friends could arrive. Looking for any reason to stay, I pretended to really enjoy the cactus exhibit and insisted we take another look at it. Katy’s friends assembled outside just in time to take photos as I knelt down and proposed.”
The couple had originally planned for a 125-person gathering in April 2020, but due to COVID-19, chose an intimate nine guest wedding. “We each had wedding parties of five of our dearest friends, but some of our wedding party celebrated with us from afar. Safety concerns were our number one priority.”
Within a few weeks of making the decision that they wanted to elope with a larger reception at a later, safer date, Katy and Adam started planning their ceremony. “Our wedding ceremony came together as a bright and joyous oasis amidst the uncertainty of the pandemic. My matron of honor stepped in as our officiant and our siblings read poems. It was truly a team effort.”
After the ceremony, the couple was greeted by a surprise car parade of some of their dearest friends. “After the parade, some of the participants pulled up their picnic blankets and stuck around for dinner, the slideshow, and speeches. The party ended as the sun went down with a masked sparkler sendoff that couldn’t have felt more magical.”
Katy is a speech-language pathologist in Montgomery County Public Schools and Adam works for the government. They currently reside in Greenbelt, Maryland.