I am pleased to introduce you to Emily and Brian! So excited for their wedding at the Evergreen Museum this Saturday. Learn more about this fun couple below!
How did the two of you meet?
Having just moved to Baltimore in the summer of 2013, Emily talked a coworker into going to a happy hour event hosted by the American Society of Civil Engineers on a Tuesday evening in November. Little did she know, she would make a connection far more lasting than the handing out of business cards that commonly occurs at these events. Emily bought herself a Natty Boh (when in Baltimore, hon), took a couple deep breaths and approached a chatty group of engineers (yes, social engineers do exist). After hearing all about Brian’s rowdy weekend at Virginia Tech, and reliving some of their collegiate glory days, Brian and Emily found themselves talking alone for quite a while longer. When Emily’s coworker asked for a ride home, she decided it was time to head out. She and Brian exchanged some pleasantries and went their separate ways. Their relationship almost ended right then, but Brian wasn’t about to give up on getting to know Emily better. He didn’t have her phone number or her last name, but he did have one thing: determination (and a few key details from their conversation). Knowing you can never be too careful, Emily has strict privacy settings on her various social media accounts, making Brian’s task exceedingly difficult.
Meanwhile, Emily was gossiping to friends at work about the handsome engineer she met, and how they didn’t have a chance to exchange phone numbers. “I guess it wasn’t meant to be,” she told her cubicle neighbor. Friday finally rolled around and Emily received a curious e-mail notification from the ultra-popular dating website… LinkedIn. “Brian has viewed your profile,” it said. After Emily clicked the little blue “connect” button, she and Brian were finally able to connect in person and go on a proper date.
Emily, what do you love about Brian?
I love how thoughtful and selfless Brian is. He always puts others first, and is amazing at taking care of our little family. He has the patience of a saint and is an amazing listener, even when I'm talking in circles, which happens often. Brian is super close with his family, both immediate and extended, and he sets a perfect example of how to be a supportive and loving son/brother/godson/cousin/nephew. For all these reasons (and because he has already mastered the art of the dad joke) I know he'll be an amazing father someday. Brian makes me want to be the best version of myself, because I know he deserves nothing less.
Brian, what do you love about Emily?
I love the dedication that Emily shows in her everyday life at home to myself and our dog, and at work. She’s very motivated and determined to do her best in everything and it really rubs off on me. I also love how she is a strong woman, who is incredibly friendly and has a great sense of humor. We have so much fun together all the time, whether it’s going out with friends, going to a concert or show, relaxing on the beach, or even just lying next to each other on the sofa doing nothing with our dog. Her great morals and character are contagious, and it makes me proud to call her my fiancé, if only for another couple of weeks….
What is something special about the two of you?
We are both Civil Engineers, which means we understand each other’s work really well, and can talk about our days at the office without explaining much. For college, Emily went to Duke and Brian went to Maryland, so in theory we should be huge rivals (even though Emily maintains that the rivalry was only one-sided, and only in Maryland's head). There are often times where one of us will say something- a joke, pun, etc. and the other will say it at the same time, or be about to say the same thing. We exchange a lot of wide-eyed "I was just going to say that" looks, and we joke often that we're the same person.
What do you like to do as a couple in your free time?
We are both big fans of country music and spend a lot of our free time going to concerts. We also play in a beach volleyball league, like running, taking our dog on adventures, going to sporting events, and going out to eat and drink with friends.
What are a few of your favorite things?
Country music, beer and wine tasting, trying different restaurants around the city, going to the beach, visiting friends around the country, planning trips!
What does your dream wedding look like?
Fun, lively environment with beautiful weather where every guest enjoys themselves, dances all night and spends the next week telling everyone how great of a time they had over the weekend. Family and friends make new friends and old family members catch up with people they haven’t seen in a long time.
Why did you choose to work with Social Graces?
Aside from the venue, Katie was the first vendor we booked! We met almost 2 full years before our wedding at a "Big Fake Wedding" bridal show. After meeting Katie I knew we would definitely work well together, since she was warm, friendly, well-spoken and very organized. After the event, I kept stumbling across articles and blogs that mentioned how essential it is to hire a day-of coordinator. Knowing all the tiny details and logistical challenges that Katie & her team at Social Graces is helping us with, I can absolutely concur. I know without a doubt that we wouldn't be able to pull it off without her!