Weddings of the year
In our annual feature, we take a peek inside the celebrations of four couples
A mother’s touch: Matthew’s mother, Debra, who had been an enormous help with planning the wedding, passed away suddenly about two weeks before the special day. During the ceremony, there was a moment of silence to honor his mother. “The wedding wouldn’t have been even as remotely as spectacular without her,” Stephanie says. “The beauty of it was all thanks to her.” Their wedding planner, Nate Wambold, stepped in to help in all areas.
The ceremony: Stephanie’s uncle was the officiant. During the ceremony, Matthew’s brother realized that he had forgotten the rings. After finally finding them upstairs, he triumphantly ran back in, cheered on by the guests. “He felt really bad, but it was funny,” Matthew says.
The reception: A photo booth with funny hats, boas and sunglasses was available for guests. “The most important thing for us was the DJ,” Stephanie says. “We listened to [every song] that we wanted. People were on the dance floor the whole night.” Guests went on to an after-party at La Tasca, a Rockville Town Square tapas restaurant.
The food: The diner-loving couple chose a “breakfast for dinner” theme for the meal. Chicken and waffles, hash browns and bacon were served, and dessert included treats from Astro Doughnuts in D.C.
Furry friends: With three dogs of their own, Stephanie and Matt have fostered dozens of dogs from a local animal rescue. Before the ceremony, the groomsmen brought the couple’s dogs to the venue for pictures on the rooftop. “It was definitely worth it—those pictures are so great,” Stephanie says.
The honeymoon: The couple hopes to take a trip to the Caribbean or Hawaii.
Vendors: Cake, Molly Gorney; catering, Maria Rojas (The Chef’s Table); DJ, Kyle Moore (Mixing Maryland); flowers/tablescape, Tim Albrecht (Consider It Done); gown, The Bridal Boutique in Columbia, Maryland; hair, Mary Ann Ahrens (Bella Bethesda Salon); makeup, Addi Oliel (Makeup by Addi); photographer, Erinn Schaal; venue coordinator, Mary Liniger; wedding coordinator, Nate Wambold.