September-October 2016 | Featured Article

Rebecca Hirsch and Devin Leisher

Married Oct. 11, 2014

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The couple: Rebecca Hirsch and Devin Leisher both grew up in Montgomery County—she in Olney, he in Silver Spring—and graduated from Our Lady of Good Counsel. Rebecca, 30, teaches first grade at Bells Mill Elementary School in Potomac, and Devin, 31, is a commercial director and editor for Tier10, an advertising and data company based in Herndon, Virginia. They recently moved from North Bethesda to Clarksburg.

How they met: Rebecca and Devin met in a high school P.E. class when she was a freshman and he was a sophomore. They stayed friends through high school, but lost touch afterward. When Rebecca moved back after college, she texted Devin, who finally responded six months later.

The first date: Once they reconnected, Rebecca and Devin spent a lot of time together—meeting at Starbucks or Barnes & Noble. They consider a May 2009 night their first date. “Our feelings had been building up over the months of hanging out and flirting,” Rebecca says. They went to Orange Ball Billiards and Cafe in Rockville (which has since closed) to cheer on the Washington Capitals in a playoff game. They talked about spending more time together to see where their relationship would go, and had their first kiss a couple weeks later.

The proposal: Almost four years after they started dating, the couple went to Atlantic City to celebrate Devin’s completing an undergraduate degree in graphic design. “We had a running joke that because he’d gone back to school, he wouldn’t have enough money for a ring and would have to propose with a Ring Pop,” Rebecca says. After a night of gambling, the couple returned to their hotel room, and Devin tossed Rebecca a Ring Pop. “He said, ‘Since I didn’t win enough for a real ring, here’s a Ring Pop,’ ” Rebecca says. She thought nothing of it and went back to unpacking her suitcase. “When I turned around, he had the real ring and proposed,” Rebecca says.

The wedding: Rebecca and Devin were married on Oct. 11, 2014, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Olney. A reception followed at Stone Manor Country Club, a reception venue on a 114-acre estate in Middletown, Maryland.

Number of guests: 134

Favorite moment: “Walking into the church and seeing Devin at the end of the aisle, and all of our family and friends there,” Rebecca says. She was particularly touched to see her grandmother, who was suffering from Alzheimer’s and living in an assisted-living facility. “I didn’t think she would be able to make it, but she was there in a wheelchair.”

How they cut costs: For dessert, they offered a small cake and five pies, which was less expensive than buying one large cake. The pies were displayed on vintage cake stands that Rebecca had bought at thrift stores. Devin designed the save-the-date cards, invitations and programs, and Rebecca used calligraphy skills from a class she took in high school to
address the envelopes.

Their own stamp: When Devin—who has several tattoos, including a fish, a black rose and the Virgin Mary—realized Classic Electric Tattoo in Frederick was on the way from the ceremony to the reception, he suggested they get matching tattoos on their wedding day. “We didn’t tell anybody,” says Rebecca, who had never gotten a tattoo before. They were riding in a limo with their bridal party and pulled up to the shop. “From their faces, I could tell they thought it was kind of crazy,” Rebecca says. It only took about five minutes to get black hearts inked on the inside of their ring fingers.

The honeymoon: Rebecca and Devin spent a couple of days at a B&B in St. Michaels right after the wedding; in June 2015, they took a 12-day trip to Paris, Barcelona and Italy.

Getting personal: The reception included a make-your-own trail mix bar. “Devin’s always eating trail mix—it’s his thing,” Rebecca says. The bridal party also entered the reception to a pre-recorded introduction by the public address announcer for the Caps, Wes Johnson. Devin had emailed him with the request, and he agreed, recording everyone’s names to the music that’s played when the Caps enter the rink.

Vintage theme: Guests’ names and table assignments were written on the windowpanes of an antique wooden door, and desserts were set out on an old hutch. For the centerpieces, Rebecca used a mix of mirrored trays, jars filled with flowers, and stacks of vintage books about love and weddings.

The details: Cake and pies by Main Street Sweets; catering, Carriage House Catering & Events; event planner, Katie MacGregor of Rose Gold Events and Styling; florist, Candlelight Floral Designs; furniture, XOXO Vintage Rentals and Angela Marie Made; hair and makeup, Sarah Lamb of Amie Decker Beauty; music, New Monopoly; photographer, Michael
Stavrinos Photography; printing, Rockville Printing & Graphics; transportation, Martin’s Sedan and Limousine Service.