Real Wedding: Michelle and Nicholas Powstanski

They met in May and were living together by that October. When you know, you just know.

All photographs by Victoria Rose.

Despite having had several mutual friends since middle school, Michelle and Nicholas didn’t meet until May 2008, when a friend introduced them. Both had recently ended long-term relationships, and the spark between them was instantaneous. So quick, in fact, that their first date took place the very next evening. They talked for hours and say their late introduction was a sign that they weren’t supposed to meet until later in their lives. A mere five months later, they decided to move in together. They added a bulldog named Bugzy to their clan, had a home built in 2011, and last year decided it was time to start planning a wedding. Some would say they did things backward, but for them it was perfect. 


Wedding Venue: The Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay

Wedding Date: June 21, 2014

Photographer: Victoria Rose

Bride’s Hometown: Vienna, VA

Groom’s Hometown: Manassas, VA

Bride’s First Impression: “He’s handsome and charming.”

Groom’s First Impression: “She’s beautiful and has a great sense of humor.”

Bride’s Favorite Detail: “Hearing my husband read his vows to me.” 

Groom’s Favorite Detail: “Seeing Michelle for the first time walking down the aisle in that dress.”

Biggest Surprise: “My mother had cufflinks hand-made for my father and my husband to wear. They were swallowtail butterflies—my favorite. They showed them to me when I got to the end of the aisle, and I almost completely lost it—they were beautiful and so special.”

First Dance Song: “Crazy Love” by Michael Bublé

Four Words That Describe the Wedding: Elegant, classy, beautiful, enchanting

Honeymoon Spot: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Where They Currently Live: Ashburn, VA

Bride’s Gown: OreaSposa, tailoring by Ramya from Designs by Ramya

Groom’s Tux: Calvin Klein, Men’s Wearhouse

Hair and Makeup: Sima Everstine

Event Coordinator: Molly Taylor, Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay

Cake: Susan Weisengoff-Patt

Cake Flavors: Lemon/strawberry, red velvet, cookies and cream

Florist: The City Florist

Wedding Flowers: Roses

Videographer: Andrew Linn, the Pros

Invitations: The Dandelion Patch