Real Wedding: Rachel and Daniel

This couple returned to their engagement spot for a black-tie wedding with romantic touches.

All photographs by Mary Kate McKenna Photography.

When Daniel Castle met Rachel Ley at the SneakerBall, a black-tie fundraiser at the National Building Museum, he instantly thought she “checked all the boxes.” It turns out he was right, and they soon went on their first date at Rio Grande. After three years of dating, the groom, who works in commercial fire protection, asked for Rachel’s hand at Congressional Country Club during what turned out to be a very romantic round of golf. They returned to the club a year later for their wedding on March 8, 2014. “The biggest surprise of the wedding was the weather,” says Rachel, who works in commercial real estate. “After a week of snow, the sun came out, and we enjoyed unseasonably warm weather.”


Photographer: Mary Kate McKenna Photography

Ceremony Venue: The Chapel of Our Lady of Lourdes, Georgetown Preparatory School

Reception Venue/ Caterer/ Cake: Congressional Country Club 

Bride’s Gown: Rivini, Hannelore’s

Hair: Bridal Hair by Remona

Makeup: Blend

Groom’s Tux: Suitsupply

Florist: Amaryllis

Flowers: Blush pink and white roses and hydrangeas with a touch of lamb’s ears

Music/Entertainment: The Winn Brothers Band

First Dance Song: “Just the Way You Are” by Billy Joel

Videographer: Blue Sky Films

Invitations/Calligraphy: Always Write Calligraphy

Programs, Menus, and Seating Cards: RL Productions

Bride’s Favorite Detail: “I thought it would be hard to compete with beauty of our chapel, so I decided to go very light on the flowers. Dan’s mom surprised us with huge stunning arrangements that set the stage for a beautiful and romantic night.”

Groom’s Favorite Detail: “The black-and-white-checkered dance floor our florist was able to find for us.”

Decor Details: “We had a big framed picture on display, up high on a mantel, of Dan’s dad and best friend who passed away recently.”

Theme: Classic black tie with romantic touches

Four Words That Describe the Wedding: Romantic and classic decor with wild and fun friends and family

Honeymoon Spot: Rome, Capri, Positano, and London

Where They Currently Live: Georgetown