When their jobs brought them into the same circles, both social and professional, Katherine Klimczak and Mark Antoniewicz, then staff assistants on Capitol Hill, realized they were on to something; neither could deny their budding chemistry. After many “unofficial first dates” at office happy hours, the couple had their “real” first date at the National Zoo, a spot now so dear to their hearts they return at least once a month. Three and a half years later, Mark, now a small-business specialist at the Department of Transportation, proposed to Katherine on Thanksgiving Day in his hometown of Madison, Wisconsin. “Mark is terrible at keeping secrets, but he did manage to surprise me,” says the bride, now a nutrition policy associate at the Center for Science and Public Interest. “However, he did tell everyone else but me beforehand.”
A black-tie wedding followed at the National Museum of Women in the Arts on September 8, 2012. Guests were served a locally sourced dinner from Well-Dunn Catering, and at the end of the night, the Rolling Ficelle food truck made an appearance, serving up sandwiches and snacks to close out the festivities.
Photographer: Jessie Mary Photography
Wedding Venue: National Museum of Women in the Arts
Groom’s Tux: Men’s Wearhouse
Hair: Rocky & Sue’s Style
Makeup: Akemi Kanazaki
Caterer: Well-Dunn Catering. “The food was incredible. They did an amazing job doing simple, delicious dishes using local, in-season ingredients. I’m a foodie, so this was important to me!” says Katherine.
Cake Flavors: Strawberries and cream
Florist: Petal’s Edge Floral Design
Flowers: Light pink garden roses, mini white calla lilies, white dahlias, and ivory spray roses accented with gray-green echeveria and silver brunia pods for the bouquets and table arrangements. White and blush pink dendrobium orchids, white open-cut calla lilies, white snapdragons, and pink and white larkspur for the altar flower arrangements.
Music/Entertainment: London, EBE Events & Entertainment
First Dance Song: “Sunday Kind of Love” by Etta James
Invitations: Paper Source
Favorite Wedding Detail: “My bridesmaids and I made all of the escort cards, table numbers, and menu cards. I thought they were beautiful and very playful,” says Katherine.
Wedding Favors: “We didn’t technically have any wedding favors, but we did have a food truck pull up at the end of the night so everyone could go home with a Rolling Ficelle sandwich.”
Biggest Surprise of the Wedding: Nothing went wrong
Four Words That Describe the Wedding: Beautiful, delicious, dancing, fun
Where They Currently Live: Adams Morgan, Washington, DC