Real Wedding: Leslie and Clark

A classic springtime country club celebration.

Leslie and Clark both attended Virginia Tech but didn’t meet until after they graduated, when they both began working at the same place. Clark proposed on a ski trip to Breckenridge, Colorado.

“Our room overlooked the slopes and had a balcony, which is where Clark asked me to marry him,” recalls Leslie.

The couple married on April 30, 2011, at a private Bethesda country club where the groom is a member, and where the couple had their first date.

“I envisioned a traditional, elegant wedding with spring colors,” says Leslie.

The ceremony was held on a terrace overlooking the golf course, and was officiated by Clark’s uncle, a minister. The bride carried a bouquet of roses, calla lilies, berries, and hydrangeas.

“My most memorable moment of the day is our first kiss as man and wife,” says Leslie. “We both have never been happier.”

Afterward, guests enjoyed a cocktail hour followed by a reception in the main ballroom. The decor was classic country-club chic, with centerpieces of green hydrangeas, spray roses, and purple stock.

The 130 guests dined on filet mignon, crab cakes, asparagus, and potatoes, and almond wedding cake was served for dessert.

Clark and Leslie performed their first dance to “Whatever It Is” by the Zac Brown Band. Guests danced throughout the evening, and the couple made a special exit at the end of the night.

“Our guests blew bubbles as we drove away in a golf cart!” says Leslie.


Photographer: Mary Kate McKenna Photography via Two Bright Lights

Ceremony and Reception Venue, Catering, and Cake: Private country club

Wedding Gown: Paloma Blanca, purchased at Leesburg Bridal and Tuxedo

Hair: Hair by Jewels

Makeup: Gustavo Mottola of Gustavo Cosmetics

Tuxedo: Men’s Wearhouse

Invitations and Paper Goods: The Dandelion Patch

Floral Designer: Reston Floral

Transportation: Reston Limo

Ceremony Music: Bay Strings

Reception Music: 10 Spot from Sam Hill Entertainment