Real Wedding: Kristin and Matthew

The two Georgetown University alums tied the knot in a ceremony that paid homage to the city.

Kristin and Matthew on their wedding day on June 23, 2012. All photographs by Amy Raab.

Kristin Shelden and Matthew Acocella credit Washington for their introduction. The bride, a Michigan native, and the groom, from Connecticut, met during a class at Georgetown University, where they were both undergraduates. Naturally when it came down to the engagement, the groom, now a communications graduate student at Johns Hopkins University, chose the couple’s alma mater to propose. “Matt convinced me to have lunch on our old campus one afternoon, and proposed in front of the building where we first met at Georgetown on a cold but beautiful spring day,” says Kristin, now a student at Georgetown Law.

An elegant urban ceremony, overlooking the Washington Monument and the National Mall, followed on June 23, 2012 at the Potomac View Terrace at the American Pharmacists Association.


Photographer: Amy Raab

Wedding Venue: Potomac View Terrace at the American Pharmacists Association

Event Coordinator: Jessica Brown, Simply Chic Events

Bride’s Gown: Anna Maier/Ulla-Maija, Hitched Salon

Groom’s Tux: Michael Kors, Men’s Wearhouse

Hair: Bridal Hair by Remona

Makeup: Isabella Bastien

Caterer: Occasions Caterers

Cake: Kendall’s Cakes

Wedding Cake Flavors: Tupelo honey and chocolate raspberry

Wedding Flowers: Peonies

Florist: Philippa Tarrant Floral Design

Music/Entertainment: Retrospect

First Dance Song: “Love Is Here to Stay”

Invitations: Fig. 2 Design Studio

Favorite Wedding Detail: All of the beautiful calligraphy pieces from Trial By Cupcakes, especially our escort cards and Champagne drink stirrers.

Wedding Theme: DC at its finest!

Four Words That Describe the Wedding: Classic, fun, pretty, romantic

Biggest Surprise of the Wedding: “Matt surprised everyone by serenading me with ‘On the Street Where You Live’ with the band!” says Kristin.

Honeymoon Spot: St. Lucia

Where They Currently Live: Washington, DC