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.
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.

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