Photography by Dennis Drenner

Bride and groom

Ann Lacey, a fiancial analyst, originally from Olney; and Brian Kainec, and IT consultant, originally from Akron, Ohio. The couple currently lives in Falls Church, Va.

The wedding

September 3. The ceremony and reception was held at Hotel Monaco in Alexandria, Va.

How they met

On an online dating website shortly after Brian moved to the area. Their first in-person meeting was at RFD Washington in Chinatown.

The proposal

During the August 2009 Lacey Family Beach Week in Bethany Beach, Del., Ann and Brian enjoyed a day of jet skiing in the bay in Ocean City, Md. That night, the couple enjoyed dinner at a local restaurant. After dinner, they went for a walk on the beach and happened upon a bottle of champagne and glasses under a lifeguard tower, previously placed by Ann’s uncle for the occasion. Brian got on one knee and proposed. After enjoying the champagne on the beach, the couple celebrated with Ann’s family, who was waiting for them at the beach house.

What she loves most about him

“Brian’s outgoing, warm, magnetic personality. It’s hard to not be drawn to him. His humor, his strength, his perspective on life all add to the package and I was hooked from the first time we met.”

What he loves most about her

“Ann’s a genuinely good human being and she got me right away. She’s the total yin to my yang. Oh yeah, and her striking beauty doesn’t hurt either.”

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Wedding theme

A relaxed, intimate party with loved ones.

Number of guests

100

What made it special

“Pre-ceremony cocktails for our guests in the courtyard and the zombie cake.”

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First Dance

“Lucky” by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat

Favors

Homemade cookies made by the bride’s best friend.

Gown

Jim Hjelm, Kleinfeld’s Bridal

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Photographer

Dennis Drenner Photography

Honeymoon

Jamaica and the Grand Canyon

The Details

Flowers, by Graceful Flowers by Patricia; hair and makeup, by Posche Hair by Natalie; ceremony music, by Marcia McIntyre and Kevin Shannon; reception music, by The DJ Connection; lighting, by The DJ Connection; invitations, by Heather Noss at Letterpress Light; men’s formal wear, by Burberry; cake, by Fancy Cakes by Leslie.

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