Real Wedding: Sabrina and Bancroft

The bride’s Greek roots and the groom’s Scottish heritage combined in an over-the-top celebration.

Sabrina and Bancroft sharing a moment on their wedding day on September 15, 2012. All photographs by Rodney Bailey.

When Sabrina Bells, a restaurant manager, met Bancroft Henderson, an analyst, at a rooftop pool party at her condo in Arlington, she never thought love could hit so close to home. But after three and a half years of dating, Bancroft proposed—right in the very same view-friendly spot where they first laid eyes on each other. “We were supposed to go to a birthday dinner with a group of friends,” says the bride. “As we were leaving my apartment, Bancroft claimed that there was a green light illuminating the Washington Monument and that he wanted to go up to the rooftop pool to check it out.” Confused, Sabrina followed Bancroft upstairs to find the terrace encircled by candles, with a bottle of Champagne and roses waiting just for her to say yes. A ceremony that elegantly wove Sabrina’s Greek Orthodox roots with Bancroft’s Scottish heritage followed nine months later, on September 15, 2012.


Photographer: Rodney Bailey

Wedding Ceremony: Saint Katherine Greek Orthodox Church

Wedding Reception Venue/Cake/Caterer: Four Seasons Hotel, Washington DC

Event Coordinator: Sharon Becker, Les Classique Events

Bride’s Gown: Vera Wang, Saks Jandel

Groom’s Tux: Hugo Boss, Nordstrom

Hair: Julie Eppard

Makeup: Carl Ray

Wedding Cake Flavors: Dark and white chocolate cake with white and dark chocolate mousse

Wedding Cocktail: Grapefruit Crush

Florist: Edge Flowers

Wedding Flowers: White roses, hydrangeas, stephanotis, orchids

Videographer: Freddie, Thomas Bowen Films

Music/Entertainment: Free Spirit and Achilles Greek Band

Invitations: The Dandelion Patch

Bride’s Favorite Wedding Detail: The kilt the groom wore at the ceremony

Wedding Favors: Mini Godiva liqueur and Greek bombonieres

First Dance Song: “You Are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne

Wedding Theme: Greek with Scottish flair

Four Words That Describe the Wedding: Romantic, personal, chic, energetic

Honeymoon Spot: Thailand

Where They Currently Live: Arlington, VA