This DC Bride Kept Turning Down Fancy Dinner Dates with Her Future Groom—Until He Suggested Chipotle

This DC Bride Kept Turning Down Fancy Dinner Dates with Her Future Groom—Until He Suggested Chipotle

When Matt Musser spotted Adeline Blake across the dance floor at a sorority function, it was love at first sight. He ditched his date and tried to sweep Adeline off her feet with a fancy first date. But things didn’t go quite as planned. The full story below, with images by Kimberly Florence Photography.

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At a formal for Adeline’s sorority, Matt spotted Adeline across the dance floor. Despite the fact that he’d come to the dance with one of her sorority sisters, he struck up a conversation. “I was just blown away,” Matt recalls. “I still don’t know how I got so lucky.”

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Matt took what he thought would be an impressive next step and asked Adeline out for a formal dinner at a nice restaurant. She shot him down. He tried several more times, all met with rejection. Then Matt switched up his approach. Would she grab a casual lunch with him at Chipotle? This time, Adeline said yes. She’d later be glad she finally acquiesced: After four years together, the couple got engaged.

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dc bride Matt Musser Adeline Blake chipotle first date meridian house wedding

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For their elegant wedding at the Meridian House, Adeline and Matt focused on food and florals. Going with a fall color palette, Adeline picked out maroon bridesmaids dresses to complement her Madison James gown, a beautiful v-neck lace dress with a long train and matching veil. She chose a loose arrangement of flowers in a similar palette. The bouquet of roses was tied off with a scarlet silk sash that popped in photographs.

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Guests toasted cocktails like “The Matteline”—a vodka, St. Germain, grapefruit juice, and Peychaud’s Bitters concoction—and “The Sadie,” a southern riff of Bourbon, unsweetened iced tea, lemon juice and honey. 

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For dessert, party-goers selected from sweet including donuts from Sugar Shack and an almond and lemon cake with a topper that read “Do-Nuts for Each Other.” The couple honeymooned in Thailand.

THE DETAILS

Photography: Kimberly Florence Photography | Wedding Ceremony and Reception Venue: Meridian House | Event Coordinator: Kristi Hartig of Glow Weddings and Events | Florist: Growing Wild Floral Company | Catering and Wedding Cake: Main Event Caterers | Donuts: Sugar Shack | Bride’s Gown: Madison James from Kleinfleld Bridal | Bride’s Hair: Chelsea Horan of Sugar House Day Spa & Salon | Makeup Artist: Candace Gonzalez | Groom’s Tux: Suitsupply | Music: Chris Laich Music Services | Invitations: Preppy Pink Pony | Calligraphy: Sarah Bohl Designs | Lighting: John Farr Lighting

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Hayley is an Assistant Editor at Washingtonian Bride & Groom and Washingtonian. Previously she was the the Style Editor at The Local Palate, a Southern food culture magazine based out of Charleston, South Carolina. She currently resides in Bloomingdale. You can follow her on instagram @wandertaste.