September-October 2019 | Bethesda Magazine

Home Is Where The Heart Is

Two high school friends fell in love after college and got married a mile from where they grew up

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Photo by McKenzie Elizabeth Photography

The wedding: The couple married at Columbia Country Club in Chevy Chase on Aug. 18, 2018. They had 205 guests.

The venue: The decision to have their wedding at Columbia Country Club was both a sentimental choice and a convenient one. Ashley’s grandmother, who is 98, has belonged to the club for 50 years. “When we landed on Columbia it kind of hit me that we were less than a mile from our childhood homes and our high school,” Ashley says. Her father talked about their family’s history with the club during his speech at the reception. “He basically said that my side of the family has celebrated a lot of different things over the years [at the club] and it was special to add another occasion to that.”

Photo by McKenzie Elizabeth Photography

The ceremony: The evening ceremony in the main ballroom was officiated by a family friend. Ashley, who is a Beyoncé fan, walked down the aisle to a piano rendition of “All Night” by the pop star. During the ceremony, the officiant asked guests to say “Go Blue” instead of “amen” in honor of Kevin’s family, all University of Michigan alums. Although the ceremony wasn’t religious, Kevin, who is half Jewish, stomped on a glass at the end. “That was for my grandpa,” he says.

A mishap: During the cocktail hour, the couple had their pictures taken on the grounds by their photographer as the sun was setting. As they were walking back to the party, Kevin stepped on the train of Ashley’s dress and ripped it. “Luckily the day-of planner who works at Columbia found a sewing kit and literally sewed the bustle back together,” Ashley says.

Photo by McKenzie Elizabeth Photography

The reception: The couple and their guests had a blast dancing to the mid-Atlantic-based Bachelor Boys Band. They danced the hora, and Kevin even started a conga line. There was an after-party at Black Squirrel (now closed) in Adams Morgan. The club set up a to-go cheesesteak station for guests to grab a snack for the road. “Cheesesteaks are our guilty pleasure,” Ashley says. “We always get them at the beach.”

The honeymoon: Ashley and Kevin spent two and a half weeks in Italy and Greece, visiting the Amalfi Coast, Santorini and Mykonos.

Vendors: Bride’s dress, Watters for BHLDN; bridesmaids’ dresses, Shona Joy; catering, Columbia Country Club; flowers, Meg Owen Floral Designs; groom’s suit, Hugo Boss; hair, Sweet Hairafter; makeup, Allison Perlstein; photo booth, Party Favor Photo; photography, McKenzie Elizabeth Photography.