Courtney-Rose and Adam Dantus

Married on Aug. 18, 2013 at The Strong Mansion at Sugarloaf Mountain in Dickerson

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Bride and Groom

Courtney-Rose is a digital campaign manager at Service Employees International Union in Washington, D.C. Adam Dantus is team president of Bethesda Big Train, the summer team that plays in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League. The couple lives in Bethesda.

The wedding

Aug. 18, 2013, ceremony and reception at The Strong Mansion at Sugarloaf Mountain in Dickerson 

How they met

On an online dating website where they “instantly connected over a mutual interest in sports, good food and Desperate Housewives.” 

First date

Dinner at Clyde’s in Washington, D.C.

The proposal

At the Reflecting Pool in Washington, D.C. “There was something so special about that moment—standing at the foot of such meaningful history as we started out to create our own,” Courtney-Rose says.

Number of people who attended

120

Wedding Theme

Chic garden party

What made the day so special

The wedding brought together four different families and combined Adam’s Jewish and Courtney-Rose’s Christian beliefs and their cultural backgrounds, including the West African tradition of “jumping the broom” at the end of the ceremony. 

Favorite moment of the day

Due to rain the wedding was relocated to an area covered by trees, and guests were given parasols. Then, just as Courtney-Rose began to walk down the aisle, the rain stopped and the skies cleared. “It was more beautiful than anything we could have imagined,” she says.

Gown

Oleg Cassini

Photographer

Erin Wheeler Photography

The honeymoon

Florblanca Resort in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Wedding Planner

Tamika Josephs-Smith of Diamond Event Services

Flowers

Rachel Ziegler of Floral and Bloom Designs

Hair

Salih Watts

Makeup

Marquia Kinard of Blend Make-Up Artistry

Invitations

Nicole Roura of Umama Invitations and Stationery

Rentals

Party Rental

Cake

Fluffy Thoughts Cakes in McLean, Va

Ceremony Music

Canterbury Strings

Reception Music

Chris Styles of Chris Styles DJs

Catering

Spilled Milk Catering

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