It wasn’t love at first sight for Kimberly Finch and Alfred Ford Jr. when the two met ten years ago as college students—the bride at Florida State University and the groom at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University—but Al did jokingly tell Kim he was going to marry her one day. When years later, the two ran into each other at a DC nightclub, the groom decided he might like to keep his promise.
After a three-year romance, Al proposed while in the Bahamas during an all-expenses-paid trip he won at work. “I didn’t think much of going away with him on vacation. We had just returned from Jamaica for my birthday, so I figured since he hadn’t proposed there, he probably wasn’t going to propose in the Bahamas either, especially since this was a work trip,” says Kim. It also didn’t raise any red flags for her when Al’s parents flew down to meet them—the groom’s dad is a pilot and frequently takes impromptu trips. But then during dinner at a local steakhouse, Al started talking about the “meaning of love.”
“I remember thinking, ‘I wish he’d hurry up so we could order dessert’—but then he got on his knee and asked me to marry him” says Kim. The jet-setting couple tied the knot in an elegant wedding at the Alfred Street Baptist Church on June 16, 2012.
Photographer: Anne Lord Photography
Wedding Ceremony Venue: Alfred Street Baptist Church
Wedding Reception Venue/Caterer: Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center
Event Coordinator: Howerton+Wooten Events
Groom’s Tux: Custom Kenny Kas Flanagan design made by the House of Kas in Georgetown
Hair: Jacinda of Bridal Artistry
Makeup: Alina Karaman
Bride’s Favorite Wedding Detail: “The wedding ceremony. It was the only part of the day when I could totally focus on Al and not think about greeting our 300 guests!”
Groom’s Favorite Wedding Detail: “Seeing Kim walking down the aisle for the first time.”
Cake: SugarBakers Cakes
Wedding Cake Flavors: Annapolis chocolate, carrot, and red velvet
Wedding Cocktails: The bride’s signature drink was a rum cocktail (rum, raspberry, club soda, and sweet and sour mix, with a raspberry garnish); the groom’s was a bourbon cocktail (bourbon, Apple Pucker, sour mix, passionfruit, and club soda, garnished with a cherry).
Florist: Janet Flowers
Wedding Flowers: White phalaenopsis orchids, peonies, Picasso lilies, fuchsia phalaenopsis orchids, purple clematis orchids, and green cymbidium orchids
Videographer: Blue Sky Films
Wedding Favors: Truffles by Danielle’s Desserts in customized boxes
Seating Chart: Lepenn Designs
First Dance Song: “Superman” by Robin Thicke
Wedding Theme: Traditional wedding with very modern touches
Four Words That Describe the Wedding: Traditional, family-oriented, romantic, and fun!
Honeymoon Spot: Dubai and the Maldives
Where They Currently Live: Alexandria, Virginia