"I went to her parents' house to watch the Ravens [on NFL] Wire," he says. "Her dad and I were watching the game in the living room. I was so nervous that I probably had six beers. And with each beer, it wasn't getting easier. It was getting harder and harder. I realized that beers weren't really helping, so I stopped. But I was probably there for a few hours and never asked. I was kicking myself afterwards...So, Jackie and I talked about it...She knew I was struggling about asking her parents...We were going out for her mom's birthday to Waterfront Kitchen, and that's when I was going to ask them. [Jackie] would go to the restroom and I would ask her parents," he says.
"And I finally asked if I could have their permission to marry their daughter," he says. "Her mom started crying. Her dad was looking at the drink list and looked up and went, 'Yeah, great. Great.' So, it was nice. Jackie came back to the table and there were congratulations all around."
However, Peter's plan for that Florida vacation proposal didn't quite pan out. The ring arrived December 5, and he found he couldn't wait.
"I think it was burning a hole in his pocket," Jackie says.
"Usually when I've given her flowers or a small present, I just put it on her night side table," he says. "This time, I put it under her pillow."
"I was kind of grumpy," Jackie says. "Peter had told his whole family and I felt everyone was celebrating our engagement, but it hadn't really happened yet. It was a weird emotion. Patience is not an attribute of mine."
That night she came home from work. They had dinner and watched some TV, before retiring.
"Peter wasn't that weird, maybe a little quiet, but nothing out of the ordinary," she says. "It was 10, 10:30. I moved the throw pillows off the bed and, 'Hmmmm, what's this?' I turned around and he was on his knee."
The wedding: About 110 guests will attend the formal ceremony and reception at Baltimore Country Club in Roland Park. The ceremony will be officiated by Reverend Christa Fuller Burns from Faith Presbyterian Church.
Jackie's matron of honor and seven bridesmaids will be wearing dark eggplant silk chiffon cocktail length Jenny Yoo dresses from Garnish Boutique. They'll carry bouquets of purple hydrangeas — both her favorite color and favorite flower.
Jackie found her Lazaro gown in New York, but ordered it from Gamberdella Bridal Salon. She's keeping most of the details secret, except to say what it isn't.
"It's not what I expected that I wanted," she says. "It's a presence. It makes a statement. In all my clippings [of wedding dress photos from magazines], I wanted little cap sleeves, all-over lace and very flowing. It's completely the opposite of that."
Jackie found her glittery shoes at bhldn.com.
"They're by a company called Something Bleu," she says. "Every shoe they make, they put a little blue crystal under the arch of the shoe. That way, a bride's "something blue" is covered.
She's carrying white calla lilies.
"Just like my mom did," she says.
All the flowers are being done by The Floral Studio.
Peter's best man and eight groomsmen are all wearing black tuxedos and bow ties, rented from Tuxedo House. Peter bought his tux from J. Crew.