Adam had actually met Melody five years before he asked her out. Once they'd begun dating, it took him only a year to realize that she was the one. Though the couple lived in Washington, D.C., they went back to Melody's hometown in Washington State for their late-summer nuptials.
One hundred and fifty guests attended the 5 o'clock nuptials, which were performed by the matron of honor's father. At the ceremony, members of the family sang songs, and a piano, violin, and cello trio played music composed by Jean-Yves Thibaudet for the movie "Pride and Prejudice." Adam's sister (and Melody's best friend) had introduced the couple in a manor reminiscent of Jane Austen's "Emma," so the musical selection had seemed natural.
Melody and Adam created an escort card display inspired by their love of travel. Since the bride and groom have lived all over the world, and their guests came from near and far, they framed a large map and added tacks pinned to some of their favorite destinations. Each city represented a table, and guests found their names listed near each point on the map.
Round tables with navy tablecloths and sheer striped overlays held assorted vases of mixed flowers and yellow craspedia. Tealight candle holders with magenta stenciling completed the centerpiece arrangements.
To highlight their shared weakness for cheeseburgers, the couple worked with Twelve Baskets Catering to create a gourmet burger bar.
Cupcake Royale created three flavors of cupcakes: chocolate with vanilla frosting, vanilla with vanilla frosting, and the bakery's flavor of the month, lemon with raspberry frosting (the bride's favorite). "We waited all summer to hear about August's flavor, and I was so excited when they chose raspberry lemon," said Melody.