Real Wedding: Lindsay and Arkadiy

Unexpected weather almost rained on this couple’s wedding parade, but didn’t dampen their spirits.

Lindsay and Arkadiy on their wedding day on July 27, 2013. All photographs by Tracy Timmester.

When asked about their first impression of each other, Lindsay Steedman and Arkadiy Naumov both don’t hesitate to use the word “annoying.” That didn’t stop the two analysts, who met while working together years before, from eventually warming to one another and ultimately starting to date and fall in love. Three years later, on Thanksgiving Day in 2011, they decided to spend the holiday as a couple, just the two of them. “Arkadiy proposed at our dinner table after we spent all day preparing a Thanksgiving meal for each other,” says the bride. The couple made up for the low-key proposal when they went all out with a horse and carriage, a handmade veil and decor, and personalized details 20 months later at their Maryland wedding celebration.


Photographer: Tracy Timmester

Wedding Reception Venue: Ostertag Vistas

Bride’s Gown: Casablanca Bridal, I Do I Do Wedding Gowns

Hair: Kirsten, Jewel Hair Design

Makeup: Kathy, Blend

Fascinator: Gilded Shadows

Groom’s Suit: Calvin Klein, Men’s Wearhouse

Groom’s Hat: Goorin Bros.

Wedding Cocktail: Battle of the Maryland breweries: Flying Dog Brewery vs. Heavy Seas

Caterer: Gourmet With Paula Catering

Cake: Summer fruit pies from CurvyMama Pies

Pie Flavors: Nectarine blackberry, peach, apricot, cherry, and berry

Dessert Topper: Lollipop Workshop

Florist: Holly Heider Chapple Flowers

Wedding Flowers: Dusty miller, scented geranium, chamomile, mums, cabbage roses, English ivy, and roses in ivory, pinks, peaches, corals, and yellow.

Videographer: Blue Sky Films

Music/Entertainment: Shew-sical Entertainment

First Dance Song: “Harvest Moon” by Neil Young on vinyl, courtesy of Uncle Bob’s turntable

Invitations: Handmade and designed by bride and groom with printing by Zazzle

Guest Book Table Decor: Red Light Studio

Bride’s Favorite Wedding Detail: “Scented geranium leaves and the wonderful scent of my bouquet. It was so dreamy and lovely!”

Groom’s Favorite Wedding Detail: “The impromptu groomsmen dance to ‘Hava Nagila.’”

Biggest Surprise of the Wedding: “Two minutes after the ceremony, as we made our getaway via horse and carriage, it started to downpour!”

Decor Details: Lemonade bottle seating cards, straw fans for the ceremony, handsewn silverware holders, burlap runners, handmade invitations, and antique wooden birdcages

Wedding Theme: Rustic-casual

Four Words That Describe the Wedding: Handmade, relaxed, precious, lovely

Honeymoon Spot: Hawaii 

Where They Currently Live: North Bethesda, MD