Kaitlyn and Stephen say they immediately “clicked” when they started working together at a software company in Sterling after both graduating from James Madison University. After dating for five years, Stephen proposed to Meridian Park and the couple planned a wedding in Washington. But with thousands of baked cookies (guest favors!), Two postponements (three different wedding dates!) And a change of venue later, the couple said ‘yes’ at a micro-wedding in Annapolis. . Read on for their story.
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Kaitlyn, a management consultant from Crofton, and Stephen, a project manager from Pittsburg, met on their first day working at a software company in Sterling. “We were both new hires at the university and graduated from James Madison University the same year, but we never knew or met at JMU,” says Kaitlyn. “We clicked right away.”
There are a few differences over their first official date, but, Kaitlyn insists, it was about sharing nachos at Ragtime in Arlington. The couple dated for five years before Stephen moved to Meridian Hill Park on December 8, 2018.
“We always go ice skating outdoors during the holidays, it has become a tradition for us,” says Kaitlyn. That year, Stephen suggested ice skating earlier in the year than usual, so the couple went ice skating in Pentagon City, then got on an Uber to the center. -ville under the pretext of discovering a new barbecue for lunch.
“Stephen started walking us around Meridian Hill Park and told me the barbecue was right across the park. He ended up stopping in front of the foundation… then he knelt down to make his request. Stephen had arranged for their friends to hide in the park to take pictures, and then they met their families for a celebratory lunch.
And for one more surprise, Stephen has planned a surprise after-lunch party with more loved ones at their home.
“The house was decorated by our friends and there was catering from one of our favorite restaurants in Arlington, Arlington Kabob. It was a special day shared with our families and closest friends, ”Kaitlyn said. “Proposal day was similar to what our wedding had planned, now in hindsight.”
Kaitlyn and Stephen had planned to tie the knot on April 4, 2020 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, but have postponed their wedding (twice) due to Covid. (The couple originally planned a “Pittsburg cookie table,” for which Stephen’s grandmother had baked literally thousands of cookies. The cookies were frozen and eventually delivered to family and friends. , enjoyed at home and donated to a shelter in Pittsburgh.)
Another postponement, a change of venue, and a reduced guest list (from 135 to 25) later, the couple prepared at the Grand Hyatt in DC, shared a first look at the Lincoln Memorial, and then moved on. married at the Annapolis Maritime Museum in Maryland on March 20, 2021.
The couple chose a palette of gold, light pinks, white, cream and green for a design they called “modern, chic and romantic.”
Kaitlyn’s favorite details were the head table and the flowers, she says, “made everything so romantic and dreamy.” Stephen’s favorite detail like the Annapolis Cart, which transported the newlyweds and their guests around Annapolis at the end of the evening.
The menu, prioritized by the couple, who say they love cooking together at home, included taco and tequila appetizers, truffle mac and cheese lollipops, spicy tuna, mini chicken bites. with blue corn and more. the first course was a salad of strawberries stuffed with goat cheese, and for the main course, slices of filet mignon with wild mushroom risotto and grilled asparagus, and seared salmon with wild rice pilaf.
Dessert included a vanilla pound cake with raspberry jam, as well as mini cannolis, lime pie, tiramisu and fruit cake.
For favors, the newlyweds gave guests face masks, hand sanitizer, and boxes of take-out desserts. As a special touch, the couple got guests to sign a large bottle of champagne which they will open on their first anniversary.
The newlyweds, who live in Falls Church, spent their honeymoon in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Photographer: Jennie Raff Photography | Place: Annapolis Maritime Museum | Event planning and designer: 2Hands Studios | Florist: Fleuron + Vine | Invitations: Shine wedding invitations; Hit | Restoration: Spilled milk caterer | Cake: Pastry Heidelberg | Hair and makeup: Carola Myers | Bridal outfit: Matthew Christopher, Love Couture Bridal | Groom’s outfit: Calvin Klein, Bank Jos. TO. | Bridesmaid outfit: BHLDN | Groom’s outfit: Calvin Klein, Bank Jos. TO. | Music: Bachelor Boys Band | Transport: Annapolis Bus Company; Limousines, Inc. | Videographer: Bowen Movies (Look: https://mediazilla.com/62HXkovZwC) | Rings: Ascot diamonds | Place of preparation: Grand Hyatt Washington | Rentals: Honeywood Rentals (arbor); 2Hands Studios (table numbers, signage, menus, bar); DC rental (linens, dishes, silverware, ghost chairs)