Real Wedding: Elizabeth and Timothy

After almost 11 years of dating, this couple tied the knot in an elegant black-tie ceremony.

Elizabeth Cotter and Timothy Kirby on their wedding day on September 29, 2012. All photographs courtesy of Lisa Boggs Photography.

Elizabeth Cotter, a psychologist, and Timothy Kirby, a financial regulatory attorney, chose Washington’s elegant Hotel Monaco for their fall wedding. The couple, who first met as undergraduates at Michigan State University, found the venue perfect “because of its gorgeous architecture and quintessential DC vibe.” At the evening reception, tall arrangements of white flowers and floating candles served as centerpieces, and tasteful pink-hued lighting created a romantic yet modern backdrop. After dinner, catered by Hotel Monaco’s Poste restaurant, and nibbles from the picture-perfect three-tier wedding cake, a night of dancing ensued.


Photographer: Lisa Boggs Photography

Wedding Reception Venue: Hotel Monaco

Bride’s Gown: Vera Wang, Saks Jandel

Groom’s Tux: Hugo Boss, Nordstrom

Hair: Sue Volans

Makeup: Gina Robinson

Event Coordinator: Courtney Swierczek, A Sweet Soiree

Caterers: Poste Restaurant, Hotel Monaco

Cake Baker: Fluffy Thoughts

Wedding Cake Flavors: Red velvet and white cake with strawberry buttercream

Wedding Cocktail: Kir Royale

Florist: L’Artisan Lily

Wedding Flowers: White roses, hydrangeas, calla lilies

Music/Entertainment: Doctors Orders

Invitations: The Dandelion Patch

First Dance Song: “Crazy Love”

Wedding Colors: Ivory, pale gold, and cobalt

Wedding Favors: Wedding favors were skipped in lieu of a donation to Homes for Our Troops.

Biggest Surprise of the Wedding: When some of the guests started spraying Silly String on the dance floor

Favorite Wedding Detail: Definitely the music—people were dancing the entire night!

Four Words That Describe the Wedding: Modern, fresh, warm, fabulous

Honeymoon Spot: Portugal

Where They Currently Live: Arlington, VA