Lana and Zacksherr

How We Met: Less than a year ago Lana and I were two strangers looking for love. One night at a localrestaurant, I saw the most beautiful girl sitting across the room. I took a chance and went up and introduced myself. This chance meeting led to a whirlwind courtship and to our recent surprise engagement.

When I share our story, I always remind people to take a chance and go out on a limb – you never know what opportunities you’re missing out on!Less than a year ago Lana and I were two strangers looking for love. One night at a local restaurant, I saw the most beautiful girl sitting across the room. I took a chance and went up and introduced myself. This chance meeting led to a whirlwind courtship and to our recent surprise engagement.

How He Asked: Lana and I planned a getaway to Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay, a beautiful 400-acre resort on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Prior to our visit, I was able to work with the resort’s wedding specialists to pull off a surprise engagement at the Regatta Pavilion, an open-air venue that overlooks the Choptank River. I had to be very secretive because Lana knows about everything!

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On the day of the proposal, I conveniently ‘forgot’ my phone in the car and asked Lana to meet me at the Pavilion, which had been semi-enclosed with white draping and a romantic setting – candles, roses and a chandelier. She was absolutely speechless and thankfully, so surprised.

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After my proposal, we took some time to enjoy the life changing moment, and then took engagement photos to capture how happy we were. I was certainly nervous pulling this off, but excited to propose.

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The staff at Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay were so genuine and helped me capture every detail to create the perfect moment.

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This and the beautiful Eastern Shore surroundings are a few reasons why we decided to have our wedding there this fall.

Video and Photography: Maverick productions | Venue: Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay