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Save the Date: Theresa and Tony

Not even a flood could stop this proposal.

By Lynne Shallcross
The night before their nine-year anniversary in March, high-school sweethearts Theresa Wetzel and Tony Araujo woke up to find cold water pouring into the living room and kitchen of their Centreville home. The main water line had burst and flooded the first floor. They packed their things and headed to Tony’s sister’s house in South Riding while their house dried out. They had made plans to celebrate their anniversary at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, and despite the flood, they were determined to keep those plans.

“Tony and I woke up the next day, and he seemed very distracted,” says Theresa, 27, a dance-studio manager. “I thought to myself, ‘The house was flooded, we have to go car shopping because my car was totaled in an unexpected ice storm, and it’s our anniversary, so he must have a lot on his mind.’ ” But the flood and car shopping weren’t all Tony had on his mind. He had a trick up his sleeve the even the flood couldn’t derail. “It put a dent in my pocket, but it didn’t put a wrench in my plan,” says Tony, 26, a superintendent at Arthur Construction Company. Keep Reading ...

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Save the Date: Courtney and Josh

A perfect match.

By Lynne Shallcross
Josh and Courtney on Halloween in 2002.
How do you know when you’ve met your soulmate? (Hint: When he’s already your husband in a Halloween costume.)

On Halloween 2002, Courtney MacGregor and Joshua Coder, students at James Madison University, got invitations to the same party. Courtney and her roommate, Sarah, had brainstormed costumes, trying to think of famous best-friend duos to dress up as. Wilma Flintstone and Betty Rubble were the winning choice. “Those costumes were surprisingly easy to put together on a college budget,” says Courtney, 26. “I had a real dog bone tied into my ponytail.”

When Courtney and Sarah arrived at the party, they spotted a familiar face across the room. There was Josh, dressed as Fred Flintstone. Courtney turned to Sarah and said, “I found my Fred!” The matching costumes were a conversation starter, and the two realized they had some friends in common. They took a photo of themselves that night, not knowing they’d look back on their fateful Flintstone matchup for years to come. Keep Reading ...

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Save the Date: Missy and Brian

Love in the Virginia wine country.

By Lynne Shallcross
Photo courtesy of Ken Pak, VisualSketch Studio.
For their two-year anniversary in March, Missy Eng and Brian Hyatt, both 26, decided to celebrate with a dinner at the Inn at Little Washington, where they had gone on their first anniversary. Brian made the dinner reservation, booked a room at the Foster Harris House down the street from the inn, and mapped out a scenic route to get there.

Missy, a health-information-technology consultant at CGI, and Brian, a technology consultant at Versivo, met in 2005 when both were working at CGI. They knew each other for more than a year before they started dating, and by the time they reached their two-year anniversary, he was ready to propose.

On their way out to Washington, Virginia, they had lunch and stopped at a few wineries before taking Skyline Drive through the Shenandoah National Forest. “I had a list of places where I wanted to propose on Skyline Drive, but there were other people around at the first few,” Brian says. But finally, he found a stop where they were the only two people there. Keep Reading ...

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Save the Date: Lindsey and Stephen

The dance of a lifetime.

By Lynne Shallcross
Lindsey Rowe doesn’t really remember dancing with Stephen Roberts at her friend Hannah’s wedding in 2006. “I remember a nice guy with lots of curly hair, but I was so absorbed with being a bridesmaid and emotional about my best friend getting married that I think I was just overwhelmed that night,” says Lindsey, 25.

A year after the wedding, Stephen was studying for his master’s degree in divinity in southern California and needed to go to Seattle to do some research. Hannah, who married Stephen’s best friend in Lindsey’s hometown of Seattle, decided to play matchmaker. She suggested Lindsey grab dinner with him and his friends and show them around. “I thought, ‘This girl is scheming, but I want to take a hiatus from dating right now,’ ” Lindsey says. “So I just planned on having fun with a great group of guys and not worrying about any romantic intentions.”
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Engaged? Tell Us Your Story!

By Lynne Shallcross

Want to be part of the weekly engagement announcement feature, Save the Date? Here's your chance!

If you’re engaged, we’re looking for you. Don’t worry, our engagement announcements aren't stuffy or formal—that’s not our style. Each week, we highlight fun couples on their way to getting married. We find out everything from the details about the big day to their favorite date spot to their first impressions of each other. Who doesn’t love a good love story?

Here’s where we need your help, Bridal Party readers. If you’re engaged and would like us to tell your story, e-mail lshallcross@washingtonian.com. Or if you know someone who’s getting married, please send this post their way. We can’t wait to hear from you!

 

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Save the Date: Laura and Vincent

A Chicago love story.

By Lynne Shallcross
Four years ago, Laura LoGerfo and Vincent Pickett ended up together at the gay-pride parade through a mutual friend who had just moved to DC. “Vincent was with his girlfriend at the time, expressing quite explicitly that he was straight,” Laura says. And Laura was there with her boyfriend, whom Vincent took to be her brother at first glance. Vince piqued Laura’s interest, but their mutual friend steered her away.

“I queried our mutual friend about Vince—cute, smart, funny?” says Laura, 32. “Our friend didn’t want to be caught in the middle of social-network warfare if we tried to date and it failed.” Understandable, but that just made the fire flicker brighter, Laura says. “Thus, enter the great chemistry maker of forbidden love.” Keep Reading ...

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Save the Date: Sarah and Chris

Borrowing a cup of sugar was just the beginning.

By Lynne Shallcross

In July 2003, Sarah Szabo packed her bags for DC. She’d graduated from Virginia Tech that winter, moved to Pittsburgh, and then broken up with her college boyfriend. “For a young girl trying to get over a breakup,” she says. “Pittsburgh’s just not the city to do so.” She settled on DC, hoping to live the single life with all of her friends in a new city. So when her roommate, Wendy, wanted to introduce her to a family friend named Chris who happened to live in their building, Sarah politely declined. But a few weeks later, she heard a knock on the door.

“I was thinking two things,” says Sarah, 28. “One, don’t open the door the whole way—you just moved to a new city, and he could be a serial killer. And two, this is Chris? Wow, he’s really cute! Had I known how good-looking he was, I would’ve introduced myself weeks ago.”

Chris Myers introduced himself and told Sarah that he knew Wendy and wanted to come up to welcome them to the building. “I didn’t have a friend in the building when I originally moved in,” says Chris, 30. “I figured it’d be nice as a newcomer to have someone to borrow sugar from. And I was kind of hoping Wendy’s roommate would be cute—and she was!” 

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Save the Date: Michelle and Nik

A spring-break cruise sealed the deal for this couple.

By Lynne Shallcross
Michelle Zinski and Nik Scalise met during their first week as freshmen at James Madison University. Michelle had gone to visit a classmate, and when she arrived at his room, he wasn’t there—but his roommate, Nik, was. Michelle and Nik hit it off and became inseparable friends. But it wasn’t until they decided to go on a cruise together for spring break senior year that their friendship developed into something more. Says Michelle: “I remember seeing an article in a magazine titled ‘Signs That Your Best Friend Is Your Future Husband’ and thinking that all those signs were right in front of me.”

After graduation, Michelle and Nik landed jobs in DC and moved in together. But about a year later, Michelle was offered a job with CBS in New York, so for the next five years, she and Nik endured the ups and downs of a long-distance relationship. Despite a few breakups and makeups, their love survived. In November 2007, Michelle was offered a job as a production consultant with CBS Sports in Washington and moved back. Keep Reading ...

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Save the Date: Kristin and Ross

Love in scrubs.

By Lynne Shallcross
Kristin and Ross at Great Falls after Ross popped the question.
If you think love blooms only in hospitals on Grey’s Anatomy, think again. On their first day of medical school at the University of Miami in August 2003, Ross Krasnow and Kristin Sokol spotted each other from across the room. “I thought she was too pretty to be in medical school,” says Ross, 28. Kristin thought Ross was cute, too. The pair became good friends, but by February Ross was ready to take it to the next level.

He asked Kristin, 27, out on a Valentine’s Day date. They went to an amusement park and then out to a fancy oyster dinner in Miami. “I remember how handsome he looked—it was the first time I saw him truly dressed up,” she says. “I also remember how expensive the dinner was! I felt terrible when he looked at the bill. But he was a gentleman and paid without saying a word.” Keep Reading ...

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Save the Date: Anne and Mike

Love on the green.

By Lynne Shallcross
Whoever said high-school crushes don’t last must not have met Anne Crum and Mike Kelley. The pair met at the Army Navy Country Club in Fairfax when they were both 16. Mike was playing a round of golf with his best friend, and Anne was working a summer job in the pro shop. “When I saw Mike walk into the shop,” says Anne, 24, “I remember thinking that he was so good looking and carried himself with such confidence.” Mike, 25, was equally smitten: “After checking in with her and having a brief conversation, we walked outside, and I turned to my buddy and said, ‘I’m going to marry that girl.’ ”

Eight years of dating later, Mike, a Capitol Hill staffer, was setting the stage for that to happen. He called Anne’s parents to ask their permission to marry her, and they gave him a resounding yes. So he took his grandmother’s diamond and had it reset for Anne, an account executive at Sara McGregor’s Capitol Catering. “When my grandmother was still alive, she’d always tell Anne that her diamond would be Anne’s someday,” Mike says. “I know my grandmother would’ve wanted her to have it. I miss her every day, and it’s nice to see the diamond and think of her.” Keep Reading ...

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