“I knew right away he was going to be very entertaining,” says Casie Kiel of her first impression of Adam Bizuwork. The two were introduced by mutual friends while at Old Dominion University, and Casie remembers, “Adam was telling a story and had the whole room laughing.” But he only had eyes for Casie; a first date followed at Tandoori Nights (now Zaika) in Clarendon.
Four years later, Adam, now a restaurant owner and real estate agent, brought Casie back to Zaika to propose in the same booth they sat in on their first date. After Adam insisted they have dessert, Casie read over the “dark-chocolate snowflake fondue” special, not realizing the description of the dessert was actually a synopsis of the couple’s relationship. “Adam had made his own dessert, which the restaurant inserted into their menu,” says Casie, an event planner. “When I looked up, Adam was on his knees.” An elegant wedding, worth the wait, followed two and a half years later.
Photographer: Freed Photography
Ceremony Venue: Church of the Holy City
Reception Venue: Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel
Event Coordinator: Yodit Gebreyes, Favored by Yodit Events
Bride’s Gown: Maggie Sottero, Kleinfeld Bridal
Hair: Natashia Nguyen
Makeup: Laura Carter, Mary Kay
Groom’s Tux: Hugo Boss
Caterer: Eyo Restaurant and Sports Bar
Cake: Cake I Do!
Cake Flavors: Vanilla with vanilla French buttercream
Cocktail: Snowflake martini
Florist: DaVinci’s Florist
Flowers: White roses, hydrangeas, and tulips
Music/Entertainment: Washington Talent Agency
First Dance Song: “My Girl” by the Temptations
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Photo Booth: Poshbooth
Bride’s Favorite Detail: The decor. “All two years of planning, and everything turned out exactly as planned and perfect.”
Groom’s Favorite Detail: When he surprised his groomsmen with custom-made Converse sneakers inscribed with their names.
Biggest Surprise: “The rain stopped just in time to take pictures around the city.”
Decor Details: A giant crystal tree in the reception area
Theme: Black, white, and glamorous
Four Words That Describe the Wedding: Classy, energetic, loving, glamorous
Honeymoon Spot: Bali
Where They Currently Live: Arlington, VA