Kacie met Dave during their freshman year of high school in Alexandria, Virginia. They began dating on her 17th birthday, and 10 years later, on May 27, 2012, they tied the knot. The celebration was personalized with elegant touches and Southern-inspired details, and took place near their old academic stomping grounds.
With help from Ritzy Bee Events -- which planned, designed, and produced the wedding -- Dave packed a picnic breakfast and met his sweetheart by the Potomac River for a morning rendezvous. Since the event wasn’t until that evening, the couple decided to make the most of their time together.
To start the party right away and not have guests waiting hungrily for a seated multi-course dinner, a cocktail-hour style party was devised. Six small dishes, each labeled with an embroidered napkin, were passed by waiters. Design Cuisine prepared the variety of dishes: Chesapeake crab cakes with smoked bell pepper sauce; fire-roasted angus beef with blue cheese fritters; Champagne- and peach-glazed chicken; spring pea cakes with tomato salsa fresca; tequila-flamed beef with tomatillo sauce; and halibut with basil-mint pesto.
A three-tiered, two-flavored confection by Maggie Austin Cake was adorned with gardenias (the bride wore a fresh one in her hair), sugar pearls, and ruffles. It sat atop a pedestal and, like many of the paintings displayed at the museum, was showcased within a large wooden frame.
Photography and Super 8 film: Bryan Johnson of A Bryan Photo
Event design, planning, and production: Ritzy Bee Events
Catering: Design Cuisine
Flowers: Amaryllis, Inc.
Stationery: Simplesong Design
Calligraphy: MM Ink
Cake: Maggie Austin Cake
Reception music: The Source
Linens: Nuage Designs
Hair and makeup: Georgetown Bride
Transportation and valet: MarcParc
Engagement ring: Custom made by Lumina Gem