The Batson Wedding

August 26th, 2023 - Ottawa Ontario, Canada

Our Story


According to Lauren

Lauren and Adam met on August 16, 2015, while moving into the Lennox and Addington residence building, they both worked for the university as residence fellows (Adam on the 10th floor and Lauren on the 3rd floor). Actually, it’s a bit of a funny story, Lauren actually met Adam’s Dad, Steve first. Steve would commonly tell Lauren to use the elevators to move her stuff to her room and Lauren said she was fine walking her stuff up the 3 flights of stairs. (context: Lauren has a fear of elevators and hates using them). Lauren and her dad (Derek) later coined Steve “elevator guy” and would commonly see him throughout the day but never really saw his son.

Lauren describes going to a busy ballroom filled with Res fellows on the first day with everyone meeting their team. Lauren remembers Adam walking in and her thinking “I hope he’s on my team”, Lauren thought Adam was quite good looking. Adam doesn’t remember meeting Lauren, and definitely doesn’t think it was “love at first sight” . Turns out Lauren and Adam were on team Lennox. Throughout the year working together Lauren and Adam were commonly paired together, and funnily had no romantic feelings towards one another. At the end of the school year Lauren went into Adam’s room to get a thank you card sign for their manager and they talked for 5 hours straight and it legit felt like 5 minutes. Lauren left and texted her sister and best friend saying “ I have met the man I’m gonna marry”. Lauren and Adam went to have drinks the following night and then hung out a lot after at the Res fellow banquet. Lauren and Adam separated ways over the summer and really didn’t talk that much, but Lauren developed a big crush on Adam.

Lauren couldn’t stop talking all summer about this amazing Adam she worked with, and when school started Lauren’s friend stole her phone and texted Adam asking him to go for drinks one night. Adam and Lauren hung out and for about 4 months they would hang out every 2 weeks, commonly walking from campus to Marble Slab for ice cream, and Lauren inviting Adam over for dinner and to watch the Blue Jays playoffs games. On January 15, 2017, Adam asked Lauren to be his girlfriend, and the rest is history.

Their first date was January 16, 2017 at Felina’s Mexican restaurant and Marble Slab.

Our proposal

On August 21, 2021, Adam took Lauren on a weekend getaway to Montreal and took Lauren to the royal botanical gardens. Apparently, Adam tried to pop the question multiple times throughout the day, but other visitors kept on coming up and ruining the moment. Adam knew he wanted the moment to be just the two of them to make it special. It was the hottest day of the year and Lauren and Adam would need to take frequent breaks throughout the garden to seat. Lauren at one point while sitting noticed what was the ring box in Adam’s pocket and honestly thought, “what kinda weirdo brings his retainer case to a garden”. Adam and Lauren wandered to the pond at the tree pavilion, under the weeping willows. This is where Adam got on one knee and proposed. Lauren of course said “yes”. They spent the day at Biodome zoo and going out for a nice dinner.

According to Adam

We met at Carleton

Our proposal

It happend in Montreal at the Botanical Gardens