Photo by Hannah Hudson
Lauren and Tim will be getting married this September at one of the most gorgeous places on the planet…The Diana at the Biltmore Estate! This precious (and hilarious) couple have been together for 5 1/2 years now, and they are certainly ready for their wedding day to get here quickly. I am very lucky that I get to see these two become husband and wife. 🙂
How did you meet each other?
Tim and I first met each other in 2005, after interning together. However, it took a chance encounter in 2010 for us to re-meet. We have tried to capture this moment for friends but it is best captured from an excerpt, written by a friend, for our website:
Lauren is from Seattle, Washington and attended the University of San Diego where she once failed a relationships class. She moved to DC to work at an educational nonprofit, then began world domination in public affairs, working on grassroots advocacy and political campaigns. She got her master’s degree at Johns Hopkins University and is a member of the Junior League of Washington. Lauren loves the Seattle Seahawks, glassy babies, coffee, getting stuff done, being preppy, Hillary Clinton, running marathons, beautiful shoes, Tim and their dog Max (not necessarily in that order, though if we’re being honest Max is at the top of her list).
Tim was born in Virginia and grew up in McLean where he was a member of the Treble Makers singing group. He went to Villanova University and recently got his master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School. He works at The Neighborhoods of EYA as a Procurement and Logistics Specialist, which sounds like a made-up job title but we promise is not. He is very important at EYA and procures a lot of great logistics. Tim loves the Washington Capitals, the Redskins, the Nationals, building things, his nephews, ice cream, photography, riding bikes, Lauren and their dog Max (again not necessarily in that order, though if we’re being honest his GoPro camera is at the top of his list).
Lauren and Tim met while interning together in 2005. They became Facebook friends, then quickly moved on with their lives. Several years later they ran into each other at one of Tim’s EYA properties. Tim asked Lauren out on a date and she said yes. Said date went well, they fell in love, moved in together, bought a house and got a dog. Tim proposed to Lauren on a trip to Africa, after they’d climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro. They love traveling, spending time with family and friends, each other (like a lot) and their dog Max.
When did you get engaged, and how did he ask?
Last year, Tim and I travelled to Tanzania to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. After we climbed over 19,000 feet, we decided to go on safari to relax. On the last day, in the Northern Serengeti, Tim proposed on Labor Day, 2014.
What do you two do for a living?
Lauren, 31, is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs for Health Care in Washington, D.C. for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Crawford received her bachelor’s degree from the University of San Diego and received a master’s in Government from Johns Hopkins University, magna cum laude.
Tim, 33, is a Procurement Specialist for the homebuilder EYA in Bethesda, Maryland. Shaver graduated from Villanova University and received a master’s degree in real estate from Johns Hopkins University.
What are some of the activities that you like to do together as a couple?
We love all of these activities – some together, some independently!
Fishing, kayaking, running, biking, hot yoga, playing with our Bulldog, cooking, baking, home decorating, home remodeling, photography, volunteering, hiking, traveling, and skiing.
Why did you choose the Biltmore Estate as your wedding location?
Once upon a time, a lady from Seattle went to college in San Diego, then moved to DC to start her career, where she met a sweet guy from McLean by way of a college stint in Philadelphia. He got down on one knee in Tanzania, after summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro, and now they are continuing their adventures with a wedding in Asheville.
Seriously, that’s it. We wanted a location that would be welcoming and fun for all friends – since everyone was going to travel. We found that in Asheville.Photo by Hannah Hudson
When you think about your wedding, what are you most excited about?
The most important thing to us is that we have an amazing party with friends and family to celebrate our life together – that’s it!
What do you love about each other?
Lauren: Tim, Lauren first met you in 2005 but you didn’t start dating until 2010, when she took the lead and suggested that the two of you visit one of the restaurants that you both had been discussing over email. Lauren loves the fact that you are dedicated to your family and friends. You enjoy unplugging and getting away, something you have taught to Lauren over the years. She loves that you are thoughtful and careful when making decisions, together you have the perfect balance.
Tim: Lauren, the first things Tim noticed about you were that you are fun, outgoing, and easy to talk to. You are dedicated to your family, and to your dog above all else. He loves that you are smart and beautiful and always able to make him laugh and smile. You are driven to succeed in your career. You keep things organized around the house and in both of our lives. He loves your calendar invites. He can’t wait to raise a family with you and spend the rest of his life by your side.
Anything else you would want people to know?
We love our bulldog Max, who is, unfortunately, not part of our wedding, but here in spirit! Wait, people know that about us.Photo by Hannah Hudson