Real Wedding: Kristie and Clint

After a decade of dating, the groom surprised his bride-to-be with 200 ring boxes.

Kristie and Clint on their wedding day on December 1, 2012. All photographs by Jessica Schmitt Photography.

When Kristie Murray met Clint Herring during drama class at Chantilly High School, she thought he was cute and a perfect gentleman; he thought she was way out of his league. He couldn’t have been more wrong—they instantly hit it off and began dating soon after. When it came to the engagement, ten years later, Clint, now a firefighter, wanted to surprise Kristie with a proposal worthy of their decade together. After arranging a limo ride to the Morrison House in Old Town Alexandria, he surprised her with 200 ring boxes and a note under a Christmas tree. “The note read, ‘These boxes represent all of the times in the past ten years I should have done this,’” says Kristie, a special-education teacher. “After that, Clint got down on one knee popped the question, and of course I said yes.” A winter wonderland wedding followed less than a year later.


Photographer: Jessica Schmitt Photography

Ceremony Venue/Caterer: Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel

Event Coordinator: Sarah Magee

Bride’s Gown: Lazaro, Jeanette’s Bridal

Hair/Makeup: Aquilano Salon

Groom’s Tux: Bonobos

Cake: IndAroma

Cake Flavors: Chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream and pineapple cake with vanilla buttercream

Florist: Bloom Fresh Flowers

Music/Entertainment: The Moonlighters for the reception, Trio Caliente for the cocktail hour

First Dance Song: “Something” by the Beatles

Invitations: DIY with supplies from Paper Source

Photo Booth: The Majestic Photo Booth Company

Bride’s Favorite Detail: “I loved my dress! It was the one I wanted from the moment I saw it, and I was so fortunate to be able to wear it our big day.”

Groom’s Favorite Detail: “The live music we had at the cocktail hour and the reception.”

Biggest Surprise: “Kristie’s sister Jessica’s toast was a rap she had written to the tune of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song.”

Decor Details: The bride and groom made all the decorations, and Kristie’s mom made all the centerpieces and table decorations.

Theme: Winter snowfall

Four Words That Describe the Wedding: Cozy, unique, personal, joyful

Where They Currently Live: Alexandria, VA