Lauren and Tim met in 2019 at work and were friends for two years before dating. “When Tim was ready to move to a new home, he landed in Frederick and I quickly went from friend to neighbor, then tour guide. Tim and I loved exploring and seeing shows, and I had mentioned I would love to see the ballet coming up at the Weinberg. Tim grabbed tickets right away. The evening of the show, we decided that it was our official first date.”
The couple got engaged while walking along Carrol Creek after dinner. “Tim told me he’d eaten too much and needed a walk and mentioned he’d like to take a photo of us at sunset. Tim packed up his tripod and we headed out stopping at my favorite bridge along the creek. Tim set up the tripod and had me do a test shot, posing for the perfect shot, and when he walked over to join him, he hit the record button and got down on one knee, asking me to marry him.”
With Covid-19 still affecting travel and health, the couple chose to elope and throw a party next spring for family. “Our planning happened very quickly and was a bit of a whirlwind. Our favorite part was keeping it simple, finding a great venue that gave us everything we wanted so we could focus on making it an enjoyable experience for both of us.”
Lauren and Tim eloped at The Wedding Niche in Knoxville, Maryland, the only witnesses being their officiant and photographer. “We met on the front porch and walked down the aisle together. It felt very personal and romantic and added to the day being just ours. Our officiant wrote a beautiful personalized ceremony, just for the two of us, it even mentioned our dogs and cats.”
After the ceremony, the couple danced back down the aisle to a champagne toast on the porch. “I had a clock pin on my bouquet that my grandmother had worn as a necklace every day. My family owned a clock store growing up and it was a wonderful way to bring that part of my life into our day and to have my grandmother with me.
Lauren is an art director in Rockville and Tim is a program manager in DC. They currently reside in Frederick.
First dance- Prince, I Would Die For You
Venue: The Wedding Niche
Photography: Brad Barnwell
Jewelry: Colonial Jewelers**
Flowers: Big Lush
Hair & Makeup: Lisa Hall
Officiant: Lisa Hall