Real Weddings: Michelle Powell & Roy Grillo Jr.

Married July 12, 2008 at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington, DC

By: Jill Hudson

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Occupations: She's a healthcare recruiting manager; he's an IT consultant and restaurant co-owner. Where they live: Columbia, Md. Number of wedding attendees: 200. How they met: At a restaurant, then reconnected at a party six months later. First date: Utopia Cafe on U Street. Where they got engaged: At his home before an annual New Year's Day family gathering. Wedding cocktail: Mojito. Wedding theme: "Crystal Zen." Favorite wedding detail: A video montage of their parents' and grandparents' wedding-day photos and the 400 lit candles along the aisle. First dance song: "When We Get Married" by Larry Graham. Biggest surprise of the wedding: As a gift, their floral designer used twice as many orchids in the reception space. Wedding cake: Chiffon cake with cream cheese filling and strawberries. Four words that describe the wedding: Fun, fabulous, love-filled. Honeymoon spot: Playa Mujeres, Mexico.

The Details:
Photography:
Mary Gardella for Love Life Images | Reception venue: Fairmont Hotel, Washington | The Bride's Gown: Romona Keveza/Harriet Kassman | The Groom's Tux: Joseph Abboud | Event Designer: Monica West/Special Occasions | Flowers: Dexter Field Flowers | Music: Soul Patrol | Videographer: Rick Davis/Videos by Design 

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