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Real Wedding: Christine and Kyle

An elegant and eclectic Union Station wedding with dainty, mismatched details and plenty of twinkling candlelight.

All photographs by Kristen Gardner Photography.

Occupations: Christine’s a nurse; Kyle’s a software engineer

Hometowns: Both are from Centreville

How they met: On the bus in fourth grade

How they got engaged: Kyle proposed on a cold night outside by a fire

Wedding flowers: Baby’s breath, Charlie Brown roses, chocolate cosmos, and tiny bits of lime-green hydrangeas

Decor: A romantic palette with dainty, mismatched details and plenty of twinkling candlelight

Dessert: A 12-cake buffet and a “candy bar”—guests were given mason jars to fill with their favorite sweets

Wedding cocktail: Muddled blackberry lemonade

Bridesmaid dresses: Each attendant chose her own floor-length gown in a muted shade

First dance song: The National’s “Fake Empire”

Favorite detail: Christine made a “Mr.” and “Mrs.” tin-can telephone so the couple could talk across the long farm table they sat at during dinner

Four words to describe the wedding: Elegant, eclectic, rustic, personal

Honeymoon spot: Bora Bora, Moorea, Papeete

Where they live now: Washington, DC

The Details

Bride’s gown: Monique Lhuillier

Ceremony venue: Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, Washington, DC

Reception venue: Union Station

Florist: Studio Florals

Cake and catering: Design Cuisine

Event planner: Hillary Francis Offutt of Special Events at Union Station

Band: Gazze

Photographer: Kristen Gardner Photography

This wedding appears in the Summer/Fall 2012 issue of Bride & Groom.