During her tenure at California Polytechnic, Laci often visited the workplace of her friend, the Pacific Cafe located in Morro Bay. Scott Peterson, a man who also worked at the Pacific Cafe, soon became friends with Laci in the middle of 1994.
The two started dating, with Laci reportedly telling her mother just after her and Scott’s first meeting that he was the man she would marry. Things slowly became more serious between the two, with Scott apparently shelving his goal of a professional golf career for a more stable career in business. After two years, the couple was living together, as reported by SFGate. It's now known that as Laci graduated and started a job out of university, Scott started an affair as he continued his senior year. Scott is known to have participated in at least two affairs during this period of their relationship.
After they had both graduated and gotten married, Scott established a successful sports bar named The Shack. The couple sold Scott’s business in order to move to Modesto and begin a family in 2000.
Laci quickly found a job as a part-time substitute teacher, and Scott gained a well-paying job in the horticultural business sector for a large fertilizer manufacturer. Laci’s family reported that at this time she relished in being the ideal version of a housewife and she thoroughly enjoyed preparing meals and entertaining family and guests. Laci also became pregnant in 2002, and her eventual due date was set for February 16, 2003. They settled on the name Connor.
Things were looking positive for the newlyweds. However, things would soon take a dark and life-changing turn.