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Real Wedding: Lauren & Joseph

After an eight-year courtship, it was a wedding worth waiting for.

By Irina Grechko Published Lauren and Joseph at their March 3, 2013, wedding in Old Town Alexandria. All photographs courtesy of Wade Chi.

By the time Lauren Sugierski and Joseph Kuchta got married on March 3, 2013, they had been dating for almost a decade. Wanting to keep their nuptials intimate and personal, they decided to ditch many conventional elements of a wedding and instead focus on celebrating their love. “I will never forget Joe saying that he didn’t care where we got married—that the only thing that mattered was that we were marrying each other,” says Lauren, who works for the federal government.

The couple met at the Georgetown Waterfront over Labor Day weekend eight years ago. After they’d eyed each other from across a bar, Joseph, a DC Police officer, finally asked for Lauren’s phone number. A first date at Carlyle restaurant in Arlington, which would later serve as their rehearsal dinner venue, ultimately led to a proposal at the Winery at La Grange in Haymarket, Virginia.

Eight of Lauren and Joseph’s closest family and friends attended the outdoor ceremony at the Carlyle House Historic Park, with a reception afterward at Lorien Hotel & Spa. The bride wore an elegant little white dress paired with her “something borrowed and something blue”: a diamond and sapphire pendant loaned to her by a friend the couple consider their second mom. The necklace had been worn by all of the women in the family on their wedding day, and Lauren was honored to be included in the tradition. “It was so special to wear,” she says.

Opting for casual fun, Lauren and Joseph nixed the traditional first dance and wedding cake for assorted cupcakes and cigars after dinner. The celebration came full circle when the bride’s parents gave the newlyweds a membership to the winery where they got engaged. “It includes four years of free wine and tastings, and then we get to keep one of the oak barrels used to age the wine with a special plaque that has our names and our wedding date,” says Lauren. A fitting way to capture the spirit of enduring love.

Details:

Photographer: Wade Chi

Bride’s Gown: Diane von Furstenberg

Groom’s Tux: Jos. A. Bank

Hair: Nathan from Salon Cielo

Makeup: Leah McKay

Cake: Red velvet, cherry blossom, carrot cake, and chocolate-coconut cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcake

Wedding Venue: Carlyle House Historic Park 

Reception Venue: Lorien Hotel & Spa

Florist: Petal’s Edge Floral Design

Caterer: Brabo Restaurant

Invitations: LilyPad Weddings 

Where They Currently Live: Falls Church, Virginia

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Comments

  • Joachim

    Congratulations from an old friend! Please tell Joseph to get in touch.

  • CEC

    gorgeous! i love what they did with the ring and the shoe :)

  • Laurie

    What a simple and beautiful wedding - congrats!

  • Cindy Campione

    Why isn't the Officiant listed in the details? The officiant is truly the ONLY thing a bride and groom need to get married. Why list the providers of the optionals and not the provider of the necessity?

  • Christine Mcgunigale

    I am so happy that I was able to officiate and be a part of their day! Lauren thank you for the beautiful review on weddingwire.com You two are so beautiful together

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