Real Wedding: Whitney and Keegan

These two Georgetown alums tied the knot in a ceremony filled with DC-centric details and personalized touches.

Whitney and Keegan on their wedding day on July 20, 2013. All photographs by Love Life Images.

When Whitney Ourisman and Keegan Ferguson first met, as undergraduates at Georgetown University, they were instantly drawn to each other. Whitney remembers enjoying Keegan’s sense of humor; he thought she was “cute.” The scenario would have been perfect for romance—if Whitney hadn’t had a boyfriend at the time. “Thankfully for me, they broke up a few weeks later, and I took my chance,” says Keegan, now a graduate student.

A first date at DC’s Los Cuates led to a three-and-a-half-year relationship, which was followed by an engagement at scenic Lake Placid in the Adirondacks in New York. “We were in a boat on the lake, enjoying the sunset and beautiful weather, when he proposed,” says Whitney, a teacher. An equally picturesque wedding followed 11 months later.


Photographer: Jennifer Domenick, Love Life Images

Ceremony Venue: Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church

Reception Venue/Caterer/Cake: Chevy Chase Club

Event Planner: Allison Jackson, Pineapple Productions

Bride’s Gown: Vera Wang, the Bridal Salon at Saks Jandel

Hair: Carmen Oliva, Tres Belle

Makeup: Amanda Lastinger, Tres Belle

Groom’s Tux: Ralph Lauren, Geoffrey Lewis

Wedding Cocktail: Citrus sangria and a white Riesling peach sangria

Florist: Sue Morris, English Garden Flowers

Flowers: “I carried a hand-tied bouquet of garden roses, stephanotis, freesia, and nerines. At our reception, we placed a variety of arrangements on our dinner tables. Some tables had tall glass trumpet vases filled with white hydrangeas and dendrobium orchids. On other tables we placed more colorful arrangements of hydrangeas, sweet peas, garden roses, phlox, stock, poppy pods, and greenery in assorted glass containers. Our wonderful florist picked some of the flowers and greenery straight from her garden,” says Whitney.

Cake Flavors: Chocolate cake with buttercream frosting, served with salted caramels

Music/Entertainment: Jump Street Band

First Dance Song: “This Will Be” by Natalie Cole

Invitations: Heather Noss, Digby & Rose

Itineraries, Amenity Packaging, and Menu Cards: Empress Stationery

Calligraphy: Arney Walker Calligraphy

Tablecloths, Chairs, and China: DC Rental

Lighting: Frost Lighting

Bride’s Favorite Wedding Detail: “The aesthetics—the flowers, the table settings, the lighting—made for a magical atmosphere.”

Groom’s Favorite Wedding Detail: “We had our first dance as soon as we were introduced in the ballroom, followed by two more songs. This encouraged everyone to get on the dance floor right away and set the tone for a fun evening.”

Biggest Surprise of the Wedding: “As we were exchanging rings at the altar, Keegan tried to put the wedding band on my right hand. When I tried to place the correct hand in his, he shook his head and gestured ‘no.’ The guests began to laugh, which is when he realized what he had done. Guess he hadn’t mastered the mirror yet.”

Wedding Favors: “As guests left the reception, they were able to fill a bag with candy from our candy bar. The candy was consistent with the color palette of our wedding, and the to-go bags read, ‘Love, Sweet Love.’”

Four Words That Describe the Wedding: Dancing, love, perfect, magical

Honeymoon Spot: Cancun, Mexico

Where They Currently Live: Chevy Chase, Maryland