Real Wedding: Casie and Adam

These college sweethearts spent two and a half years planning their blowout celebration.

“I knew right away he was going to be very entertaining,” says Casie Kiel of her first impression of Adam Bizuwork. The two were introduced by mutual friends while at Old Dominion University, and Casie remembers, “Adam was telling a story and had the whole room laughing.” But he only had eyes for Casie; a first date followed at Tandoori Nights (now Zaika) in Clarendon.

Four years later, Adam, now a restaurant owner and real estate agent, brought Casie back to Zaika to propose in the same booth they sat in on their first date. After Adam insisted they have dessert, Casie read over the “dark-chocolate snowflake fondue” special, not realizing the description of the dessert was actually a synopsis of the couple’s relationship. “Adam had made his own dessert, which the restaurant inserted into their menu,” says Casie, an event planner. “When I looked up, Adam was on his knees.” An elegant wedding, worth the wait, followed two and a half years later.


Photographer: Freed Photography

Ceremony Venue: Church of the Holy City

Reception Venue: Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel

Event Coordinator: Yodit Gebreyes, Favored by Yodit Events

Bride’s Gown: Maggie Sottero, Kleinfeld Bridal

Hair: Natashia Nguyen

Makeup: Laura Carter, Mary Kay

Groom’s Tux: Hugo Boss

Caterer: Eyo Restaurant and Sports Bar

Cake: Cake I Do!

Cake Flavors: Vanilla with vanilla French buttercream

Cocktail: Snowflake martini

Florist: DaVinci’s Florist

Flowers: White roses, hydrangeas, and tulips

Music/Entertainment: Washington Talent Agency

First Dance Song: “My Girl” by the Temptations

Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas

Photo Booth: Poshbooth

Bride’s Favorite Detail: The decor. “All two years of planning, and everything turned out exactly as planned and perfect.”

Groom’s Favorite Detail: When he surprised his groomsmen with custom-made Converse sneakers inscribed with their names.

Biggest Surprise: “The rain stopped just in time to take pictures around the city.”

Decor Details: A giant crystal tree in the reception area

Theme: Black, white, and glamorous

Four Words That Describe the Wedding: Classy, energetic, loving, glamorous

Honeymoon Spot: Bali

Where They Currently Live: Arlington, VA