Wedded: Anna Scanlan and Dave Swift

At the ceremony site, guests picked up pairs of sunglasses decorated with tags that read, "protect your eyes, our love is blinding."
At the ceremony site, guests picked up pairs of sunglasses decorated with tags that read, "protect your eyes, our love is blinding." (Lauren Daue Photography, Baltimore Sun)

Date: June 7

Her story: Anna Scanlan, 26, grew up in Timonium. She is a labor and delivery nurse at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center in Rosedale and is working toward a master's degree in nursing education at Towson University. Her mother, Mary Scanlan, lives in Timonium. Her father, Al Scanlan, lives in Silver Spring.


His story: Dave Swift, 32, grew up in Stoneleigh. He works with his two brothers for their uncle's custom home company, Southfen Inc., based in Whitehall. His mother, Debbie Swift, is the owner of Lutherville-based The Lovin' Oven Cake Company and lives in Timonium. His father, Tim Swift, lives in Ocean Pines.

Their story: Anna, who is one of five children, says that she and her siblings knew Dave and his five siblings growing up, since a few of their ages matched and they went to school together.


When Anna was in high school, her older sister, Carey Scanlan, married Dave's older brother, Matt Swift. Anna was close friends with Dave's younger sister, Abby Swift, but since Dave was six years older, Anna says she didn't see him around often.

In spring of 2006, during Anna's senior year at the Roland Park Country School, she and Abby were at their brothers' lacrosse game when Dave walked past their seats on the bleachers. To catch his attention, Anna stuck out her foot and pretended to trip Dave, who looked back and smiled.

Later that day, Dave invited his sister to a party and told her to bring a few friends, including Anna. At the party, Anna and Dave had a chance to catch up and began dating shortly after that. At the end of the summer, Anna left for her freshman year at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania. She and Dave dated long-distance until she moved back to Maryland after graduating.

The couple now live on a 30-acre farm in Whitehall. Carey, Matt and their two children live several minutes away in a house on the same property.

The proposal: Dave proposed on May 3, 2013, during a walk with Anna and their yellow Labrador retriever, Hoss, along a creek near their home.

"[Dave] was in the middle of the water and he's like, 'look what Hoss found,'" Anna says. "And he starts walking towards me in the water with his hand stretched out, and it was my ring."

Dave designed the ring using two diamonds from Anna's mother's engagement ring. After the proposal, Anna and Dave walked to Carey and Matt's house, where a group of friends and family were waiting to celebrate.

Venue: The ceremony and reception held at a private residence in Monkton were attended by 185 guests.

Flowers: Barb Troska of Parkton, a friend of Anna's mother, made the bridal party bouquets using white, pink and blush peonies accented by lamb's ear and yellow craspedia.

Her dress: The bride wore a strapless, A-line ball gown with a lace bodice, sweetheart neckline, full circle skirt and beaded belt by Romona Keveza from Garnish Boutique in Ruxton. As her "something blue," Anna cut a heart from Dave's handkerchief and sewed it into the underside of her gown.

Bridesmaids' dresses: The women chose their own coral and pink dresses in different styles and paired them with nude-colored high heels.

Men's attire: Dave and the groomsmen wore navy blue suits with light blue ties from Jos. A. Bank.


Music: DJ Ray Der of Baltimore entertained the guests. Anna and Dave's first dance was to "These Arms of Mine" by Otis Redding.

Food and dessert: Chef's Expressions in Timonium created three themed food stations, including a Maryland station with Old Bay-seasoned turbot, a Southern station with pulled pork sandwiches and macaroni and cheese, and a chicken taco station with fresh guacamole.

Chef's Expressions also made peach sangria, which was the couple's signature cocktail, and a four-tier cake with chocolate, lemon blueberry and carrot cake flavors.

Favors: The theme for the favors was "ingredients for a good marriage," which consisted of spicy and sweet options including miniature hot milk cakes made by Dave's mom and bottles of homemade steak seasoning.

Special touches: At the ceremony site, guests picked up pairs of sunglasses decorated with tags that read, "protect your eyes, our love is blinding." Anna says the glasses were a hit with guests, who wore them on the dance floor later in the evening.

During the reception, guests gathered around televisions in the reception space to watch the Belmont Stakes, which took place on the day of the wedding.


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