Real Wedding: Felicia and Armando

A romantic ceremony full of gold touches and sweet details marked this couple’s union.

Felicia and Armando on their wedding day on September 21, 2013. All photographs by Andrea & Renata.

When Felicia Fernandes and Armando Silva met, through mutual friends, they both agree they “instantly clicked.” A simple first date at the movies followed, and soon the pair were officially a “couple.” When it came to the engagement four years later, Armando chose to surprise Felicia with a proposal on her birthday. “We went out for dinner, and he popped the question before we headed home to celebrate with my entire family,” says the bride. “It was perfect, and a total surprise to everyone. There were a lot of happy tears that night.” After an 18-month engagement, they tied the knot in a celebration so joyful not even unexpected rain could put a damper on it.


Photographer: Andrea & Renata

Ceremony Venue: St. Ann Roman Catholic Church

Reception Venue: Morais Vineyards and Winery

Event Coordinator: Laura Ritchie, Events in the City 

Bride’s Gown: Demetrios

Hair/Makeup: Behind the Veil

Groom’s Tux: Men’s Wearhouse

Caterer: Columbus Grill

Cake: Fluffy Thoughts

Cake Flavors: White cake with strawberry, raspberry, and blackberry buttercream

Florist: BrookHill Florist

Flowers: White hydrangeas, Tibet roses, white garden roses, Versilia peach roses, pink spray roses, and white dahlias

First Dance Song: “I Could Not Ask for More” by Edwin McCain

Invitations: The Silver Starfish

Lighting: Atmosphere Lighting

Limo: Limousines Inc.

Bride’s Favorite Detail: “Our table settings! I loved all the gold against the soft colors of our flower arrangements.”

Groom’s Favorite Detail: “The surprise Washington Redskins-themed groom’s cake. I am a huge fan!”

Biggest Surprise: “The rain! It hadn’t rained in weeks, and of course it started right before we got to our reception. Laura Ritchie quickly moved our outdoor cocktail area inside without a hitch.”

Favors: “We used clear boxes to give our guests macarons from Fluffy Thoughts bakery.”

Theme: Soft, romantic color scheme with classic details

Four Words That Describe the Wedding: Romantic, soft, gold, classic

Honeymoon Spot: St. Lucia

Where They Currently Live: Vienna, VA