On Love

Nuptials: Shannon Simpers and Mark Caine

(Studio N Photography)
Sunday, August 1, 2010

Shannon Simpers, 27, is a waitress. Mark Caine, 29, serves in the Royal Air Force. They will live in Lossiemouth, Scotland.

Wedding date: July 10.

Locations: St. Mary Catholic Church in Alexandria and Mount Vernon Inn.

Guests: 68.

How they met: Mark and some colleagues were spending the last night of their business trip at an Irish pub in Chinatown in November 2007. A stranger asked if they wanted to meet some American women. The stranger, who Shannon thought was Mark's travel agent, had seen Shannon and her friends at the bar, as well. He introduced Mark to Shannon, and both say it was love at first sight. They set up a lunch date for the next day before Mark went to the airport. They assumed they would not see each other after that but ended up trading e-mails for the next nine months.

The proposal: In May 2009, Mark and Shannon were visiting Mount Vernon, a place both loved. Mark had planned to pop the question on the lawn in front of the mansion, but it started raining. Instead, he walked her to the gardens, where Shannon kept wandering to admire the flowers. Mark eventually guided her to a quiet corner and got down on one knee.

The wedding: Mark brought little bottles of Scotch whisky from overseas for favors while Shannon designed the programs and menus. Mark said he was nervous with anticipation until he saw Shannon walk down the aisle.

Honeymoon: Busch Gardens and Williamsburg.

-- Kathleen Hom

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