"When I came out of the bathroom, this lady was there and she said your boyfriend's outside at the point and we start walking out there and I asked her, 'Where are the other board members?' And she said, 'Actually they're right there.' She points to a table of men and she says, 'They're going to meet you outside for a glass of wine.' In true Christian fashion, he's out there [with his back to me] with both phones talking away. I go to sit down. Both phones go in his pocket. He turns around and says, 'What are you doing?' I said, 'I'm just sitting and waiting for you to get off the phone.' As I stood up, he got down on one knee, and I thought, 'Oh. My. God," she says.
"And I asked her to marry me," he says.
"I said, yes. And I was saying to myself, 'Boy, I haven't been on my best behavior today, have I?" Lacey admits.
"She really hadn't," says Christian with a laugh. "I had asked the place to prepare settings outside. We sat outside and had dinner and had a night with all phones off — no disturbances. And we talked about what we wanted to do with the rest of our lives."
The ring: "It's a round diamond surrounded by smaller diamonds. I looked for something that I thought was classically beautiful and hoped she would like it," Christian says.
"I did," Lacey says.
The wedding: The couple chose a venue on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay; a place that could also accommodate friends and family coming from out-of-town and overseas.
"It's a union of two families but also a family reunion at the same time, especially for my family, where we don't get to have that that often," says Christian.
The ceremony will take place outside next to the water. Canterbury Strings, a string quartet will provide more atmosphere for the cocktail hour out there, afterward. Then, guests will be invited to a seated dinner under a tent.
"We love the Chesapeake Bay," says Lacey. "We love the ocean. We love anything with water...[So, we're doing] a completely nautical wedding. We did a save-the-date video about us tying the knot. So, the whole wedding revolves around tying the knot, like sailor's knots."
The maid-of-honor, matron-of-honor and five bridesmaids are all wearing navy blue Jim Hjelm short dresses from Gamberdella Bridal Salon.
"They have a ruffled neckline, but they have a very nautical feel. They're gorgeous," Lacey explains.
And gold shoes.
They'll all be carrying bouquets of green goddess calla lilies with lime green hydrangea, finished with natural rope.
Lacey will be wearing an ivory Rivini wedding gown from Betsy Robinson.
"It also has a very nautical feel," she says.
Her bouquet will be large white calla lilies with rolled bear grass, and finished with natural rope.
Christian, his best man and four groomsmen will all wear classic black tuxedos, with small calla lily boutonnieres — his white, theirs green — with a little tied loop of rope.
All the flowers are being done by Floral Impressions, of Parkville. That includes the dinner table centerpieces set on navy tablecloths.
"Some of the tables will have lanterns with rings of white hydrangeas, green thistle and green hypericom berries and various greens," Lacey says. "Some other ones will have a 5-x-5-x-5 glass tube with masses of white hydrangea wrapped in white nautical rope. And other [centerpieces] will have big tall glass cylinder vases with [natural river rocks inside and] curly willow branches, white hydrangea, white Fuji mums, hanging [greens]. There will be votive candles all the way around. I want it to feel as if you're on the water and each table is like you're on your own pier."
The nautical theme shows up on the menu, as well — in hors d'oeuvres like crab dip, crab balls, and scallops wrapped in bacon. For dinner there will be a seafood table with choices like cocktail shrimp, coconut shrimp and oysters on the half shell. There will also be an antipasti bar, a carving station with both beef, turkey, salad, grilled vegetables and mashed potatoes. The catering is being done by the venue.
Christian and Lacey wanted food stations, with no set dinner time.
"[We want you to] get up and eat whenever you want," says Lacey. "We want it to be more free flowing, so people can do what they please"
Around 10 p.m., mini-cheeseburger sliders — a particular favorite of Christian's — will come out.
"That was a bigger priority than the wedding cake," says Lacey.
Speaking of the cake, it'll be vanilla cake with a navy blue fondant frosting, decorated with a white anchor and nautical rope.
Another priority was another of the couple's favorites — the popular Eastern Shore band, Johnny Bling. "Wherever they are we try to see them," says Lacey
The honeymoon: The couple loves to travel, especially when it's not combined with business. They're taking a cruise from Barcelona, Spain, to Italy, and then staying a couple extra days in Tuscany.
"That's what Christian's in charge of," Lacey says. She has never been to Italy, and he has only spent a weekend there.
"We wanted to do something we could explore together and make memories together," she says.