Stephanie Nguyen and Ron Casey

Married at Our Lady of Mercy in May 2011.

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Bride and groom

Stephanie Nguyen Casey, a lawyer, originally from Potomac; and Ron Casey, a Pharmaceutical Development Manager, originally from Goldsboro, N.C. The couple now lives in Silver Spring.

The wedding

May 14. The ceremony was at Our Lady of Mercy in Potomac; the reception, at the Park Hyatt Washington.

How they met

Attending a Happy Hour at Jaleo in Bethesda.

The proposal

Ron surprised Stephanie with a spa day at the Mandarin Oriental. During her spa treatment, Ron was busy setting up a suite he booked for a romantic proposal. After Stephanie was done at the spa, she was taken to the suite. When the door opened to the suite, Ron was down on one knee. They then shared an "unforgettable" dinner at CityZen and spent the rest of the night calling friends and family.

What she loves most about him

“His kindness.”

What he loves most about her

“Her strength and determination.”

Wedding theme

Classic romance

Number of guests

200

What made it special

The integration of the bride's cultural heritage. At the reception, the bride's parents gifted the couple a "Dragon Dance" that is a symbol of good luck and prosperity for marriage.

First Dance

"Stay with you" by John Legend

Favors

Homemade strawberry jam, which was Ron's favorite recipe. His grandmother made 200 jars for the occasion.

Gown

Vera Wang from Saks Jandel

Photographer

Egomedia Photography

Honeymoon

Southern France and Spain

The Details

Wedding planner was Laura Weatherly of Engaging Affairs; flowers were by Petal's Edge; hair, by Melba Hair Design; makeup, by Pattie Martin; ceremony music, by Heather Adelsberger; reception music, by Chris Laich Music, DJ Aaron; videographer was Photoria; lighting, by John Farr Lighting; invitations, by Cheree Berry Paper; men's formal wear, by Ermenegildo Zegna; programs, by Lisa Sprites Ink; cake, by Park Hyatt Washington; rentals, by Party Rentals; transportation, by ING Limo.

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