Simone Garreau, 26, plans conferences for the Gates Foundation. John Solit, 30, is pursuing graduate study in digital media at the University of Washington. They live in Seattle.
Wedding date: Sept. 3.
Location: Pilgrim’s Rest, Middleburg, Va.
How they met: During a group outing to the Black Cat in the summer of 2007, a friend tried to set up Garreau with a guy she thought was the perfect match. When it became apparent he wasn’t, his friend, Solit, came to the rescue with a joke to break the tension. Two weeks later, Solit invited Garreau on a scooter ride; they ended up at the Hawk and Dove, where Garreau’s parents had decided almost 30 years earlier that they would get married.
The proposal: In early October 2010, Solit purchased an engagement ring, intending to propose during their Christmas vacation to Bali. But about a week later, he marched into the living room, where Garreau was reading the paper, pulled out the ring and got down on one knee, saying he couldn’t wait.
The wedding: The couple wed on the farm where Garreau grew up and served a mostly Southern menu, including shrimp and grits. Instead of a cake, an ice cream truck dispensed soft serve and sundaes. After the party, about 40 guests camped overnight in tents and enjoyed a late bonfire.
The honeymoon: They spent a week in Garreau’s family’s summer house in Little Compton, R.I., and plan to tour Sardinia, Italy, by scooter in the spring.