Kendall Strang and Keith Unikel

Kendall Strang and Keith Unikel

Married Nov. 26, 2011 at Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C.

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The setting was part of the story at the wedding reception of Kendall Strang and former professional golfer Keith Unikel. Congressional Country Club in Bethesda was often a destination for Strang’s family when she was growing up in Potomac. Furthermore Unikel often plays at the renowned links, which are home to an annual PGA tournament. It was the perfect spot in which to forge their own links to one another.

Bride and groom

Strang is a real estate agent and Unikel is a financial adviser. Both are from Potomac and now live there.

The wedding

Nov. 26, 2011, ceremony at Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C.; reception at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda

How they met

In the summer of 2007, they both attended a party that Strang’s parents were hosting at their home during the AT&T National golf tournament held at Congressional Country Club.  

First date

Sushi after work at Tako Grill in Bethesda

The proposal

After a dinner out, Unikel suggested the couple stop for a drink at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington, D.C., where he’d arranged a surprise. While there, the hotel concierge (who’d been contacted by Unikel ahead of time) suggested the couple spend the night since there were many vacancies. When the couple got to their suite, a “holiday gift” box from the hotel was waiting. Strang opened the box and found an “absolutely stunning” ring inside. Unikel got down on one knee and proposed.

Wedding theme

Elegant and romantic with modern details

Number of people who attended


What made the day special

The couple was thrilled that so many of their friends and family members traveled on Thanksgiving weekend to celebrate with them. “It was so meaningful to us that all of our favorite people were there supporting us on our wedding day,” Strang says.  

Favorite moment of the day

For Strang, it was seeing Unikel in his tuxedo for the first time. They met on the golf course so they could take pictures and be together before the ceremony.

Favorite detail

The tent. “For the cocktail reception, we built a huge tent outside on the patio, overlooking the golf course,” Strang says. “The tent is where we kind of went over the top. …The tent had beautiful draping, lots of flowers, chic furniture, crystal chandeliers and a great big rectangular bar with our monogram. After the cocktails and while the reception went on in the ballroom, our amazing wedding planner and her crew  flipped the tent and rearranged furniture, changed the lighting and added a black-and-white checkered dance floor and a stage for the DJ to create a fun after-party.”


Christos from Hitched in Georgetown


Carrot cake


Justine Ungaro

The honeymoon

Nevis, West Indies

Wedding planning

Jennifer Stiebel, SoCo Events


Amaryllis Inc.

Invitations and programs

Creative Parties


Congressional Country Club

Hair and makeup

Ismail Tekin of George Salon at the Four Seasons


Sugarplum Tent Company and Wildflower Linens


Ceremony music by bagpiper Tim Carey; reception music by New York City Swing; after-party music by DJ Aaron Couch, Disc Jockeys On Call


Blue Sky Films

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