Real Wedding: Abigail and Gabriel

Years after meeting, this couple got a second chance at love.

Abigail and Gabriel on their wedding day on October 26, 2013. All photographs by Connor Studios.

When Gabriel Chodorow-Reich met Abigail Fee in college, he thought she was “cute”; Abigail found him “very smart and kind.” But did they feel a romantic spark? Not so much. The two went their separate ways, and didn’t reconnect until four years after graduation, in Washington, when Gabe was working for the White House and Abigail was in law school at Georgetown University. This time, they recognized their genuine connection, and a first date followed at Matchbox restaurant.

Three years into their relationship, Gabriel, now an economist, planned to propose to Abigail, an attorney at the scenic Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park. He surprised her with a ring while they were watching the sunset over a picnic of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. An elegant wedding at the National Museum of Women in the Arts followed a year and a half later.


Photographer: Michael Connor, Connor Studios

Venue: National Museum of Women in the Arts

Event Coordinator: Elizabeth Leibundguth, Cherry Blossom Events

Bride’s Gown: Judd Waddell, Kleinfeld Bridal

Hair: Shana Dee

Makeup: Ryan Krasney, Blend

Groom’s Tux: Brooks Brothers

Cake/Caterers: Occasions Caterers

Cake Flavors: Chocolate cake with vanilla icing

Florist: Edge Floral Event Designers

Music/Entertainment: Jaime Easson, e2 Events

First Dance Song: “Crazy Love” by Audra Mae

Invitations: Papyrus

Ketubah: Ketuv

Bride’s Favorite Detail: Floating chuppah and purple dinner napkins

Groom’s Favorite Detail: His cuff links

Favors or Decor Details: Chocolate chip cookies with personalized “sweet dreams” stickers for the guests

Four Words That Describe the Wedding: Elegant, lively, purple, fun

Honeymoon Spot: Patagonia

Where They Currently Live: Brooklyn, NY