After almost two years living apart, he suggested they move in together. “No,” she told him. “I’m not ready.”
“At this point, we’d been together five years,” Katie says. “And one of my friends was like, ‘Well, what’s the deal? Why are you holding off? And I said, ‘Well, I’m just not ready.’ I couldn’t explain it, but I just knew I wasn’t ready.”
Scott would raise the subject every few months, and Katie would always repeat her answer. He began to worry that she might never be ready, but one day in 2009, she was. “I’m not sure what made me decide,” she says. “But it was just that I knew.”
Once they moved in together, both focused on a series of difficult licensing exams. And Scott started asking about marriage. Katie gave the same answer as before — “I’m just not ready. I will tell you when I’m ready.”
So he waited. Until one morning before Thanksgiving in 2011, when she suggested they go look at engagement rings. The following February, just before Valentine’s Day, she came home from work to find him in the living room in a suit, with flowers, candles and a ring. “It was very private,” she says, “and exactly what I wanted it to be.”
“Persistence pays,” Scott said, looking back on their courtship.
On March 29, the two were wed at the Athenaeum, an art gallery in Old Town Alexandria, and celebrated with a reception for 65 guests at nearby River Farm, a historic home once owned by George Washington. Scott and Katie both had tears in their eyes as she walked down the aisle.
“They finally, finally made it to this moment,” declared their officiant, Amy Ruth Schacht, eliciting laughs from the crowd. “I think we have no doubt that Scott and Katie did this responsibly and prayerfully and carefully.”
Almost eight years after their first date, the newly married couple walked back down the aisle to the song “You Are My Sunshine.”