Wedded: Lauren Fischer and Pete Wallace

Date: Dec. 7

Her story: Lauren Fischer, 27, grew up in Perry Hall. After graduating from Virginia Tech in 2008, she moved to Alexandria, Va., for a marketing job with O'Keefe & Company, a technology public relations firm. She now works in marketing for Deloitte Consulting's financial services subsidiary. Her parents, Carol and Michael Fischer, live in Perry Hall.

His story: Pete Wallace, 30, was born in London but moved to the United States at age 2 when his father, Tony Wallace, accepted a State Department job in Arlington, Va. He is a federal lobbyist for the American College of Cardiology in Washington. His mother, Susan Wallace, lives in Arlington. His father died in 2008.

Their story: During Thanksgiving weekend in 2009, Lauren's roommate at the time, Kelsey Logan, persuaded her to go out for drinks one night. They met up with Kelsey's friend, who brought Pete.

"There was instant attraction between Pete and I," says Lauren. "We were hanging out the whole night."

When it was time to go home, Pete wanted to exchange phone numbers with Lauren but his phone battery was dead. He gave Lauren his number and told her to text him so he could take her out later that week.

The next morning, Lauren texted Pete but didn't receive a reply. She tried calling him that night but reached a voice mail message instead. She didn't hear back from Pete.

"I was really bummed because I thought we had this really strong connection," Lauren says.

A few weeks later, Lauren and her roommates were planning a New Year's Eve party at their home. Pete was invited to the party through a friend.

He and Lauren reconnected and realized that she had entered Pete's number incorrectly into her phone the night they met. Their first date was at Rosa Mexicano in Washington. They now live together in Columbia Heights, a neighborhood in Northwest Washington.

The proposal: On Dec. 22, 2012, Pete surprised Lauren by suggesting they go to dinner at Bourbon Steak in Georgetown. She felt a little suspicious, she says, since it was the type of restaurant they would only choose for a special occasion. Pete told her he wanted to celebrate her new job and his recent promotion.

After dinner, they went ice skating at a rink in the Georgetown Waterfront Park. As they were walking back to their car at the end of the night, Pete stopped and proposed on a bridge above the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal.

The venue: The ceremony at St. Ignatius Church in Mount Vernon was attended by 157 guests. The reception was held several blocks away at the Engineers Club.

Flowers: Rutland Beard Florist of Ruxton made the bouquets, centerpieces and boutonnieres.

Lauren's bouquet included white roses and hydrangeas, accented by green hypericum berries and dusty miller. It also incorporated stephanotis, which was used in Lauren's mother's wedding bouquet.

Attached to Lauren's bouquet was her late great-grandmother's porcelain and diamond cameo, along with a favorite pin belonging to Lauren's late grandmother.

Her dress: The bride wore a strapless organza Blue by Enzoani ballgown with a sweetheart neckline and floral beaded belt from Betsy Robinson's Bridal Collection in Reisterstown. She wore navy blue Badgley Mischka high heels and Nordstrom jewelry.

Bridesmaids' dresses: The women wore strapless, floor-length navy blue chiffon gowns by Jenny Yoo from Garnish Boutique in Ruxton. Their matching Stella & Dot necklaces and earrings were given as bridesmaids gifts.

Men's attire: Pete wore his own black Hugo Boss tuxedo. The groomsmen wore black tuxedos from Jos. A. Bank.

Music: Disc jockey John Paul Berry of Absolute Entertainment entertained guests. Lauren and Pete's first dance was to "Wanted" by Hunter Hayes.

Food and dessert: The Engineers Club provided dinner and a self-serve candy bar. SugarBakers Cakes of Catonsville made a three-tier cake with raspberry amoretto and coconut layers. Lauren and her mother created a signature cocktail for the evening, the "Wallace winter cranberry crush."

Favors: Guests received cookies and cream cake pops from La Cakerie in Towson. Out-of-town guests also received Baltimore-themed wedding bags designed by The Pleasure of Your Company in Lutherville.

Special touches: Lauren's brother, a classical guitarist, played a prelude as guests arrived at the church. One of Lauren's Delta Delta Delta sorority sisters bought a blue garter for the sorority members to share and pass down as the "something blue" whenever someone gets married.


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