Real Wedding: Caitlin and Adam Mattina

This couple celebrated the bride's parents by tying the knot on their wedding anniversary.

All photographs by Jessica Smith.

Caitlin and Adam met as students at the Rochester Institute of Technology in fall 2005. Adam was preparing to graduate, and was focused on getting a job and buying a house. Caitlin, meanwhile, was in her sophomore year enjoying college and looking to have fun. Neither was looking for a serious relationship, so both were surprised at how they felt when they met a few short weeks later. Caitlin remembers calling her mom to tell her she had met someone; her mom knew right away it was someone special. 

After graduation, Adam took a job working in Rochester for a few years until he received a job offer in DC. Caitlin was in the process of applying to schools to become a dietitian so they decided to move in together in Maryland. Not long after, Adam popped the question.


Wedding Venue: Whitehall Manor

Wedding Date: July 26, 2014

Photographer: Jessica Smith

Bride’s Hometown: Rochester, New York

Groom’s Hometown: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Bride’s First Impression: “He was very focused on his career, so I thought he needed to lighten up.”

Groom’s First Impression: “She was younger, so I didn’t think she was someone I could get serious with.”

Bride’s Gown: James Clifford, Betsy Robinson Bridal

Groom’s Tux: Huge Boss

Hair: Julie Flury, Jewel HD

Makeup: Marquia Kinard, Blend DC

Cake: Sweets by E

Cake Flavors: Vanilla with fresh raspberries, red velvet, buttercream frosting

Florist: Wegmans

Wedding Flowers: Roses

Invitations: Sarah McCay

Bride’s Favorite Detail: “The flowers. My late grandfather cultivated beautiful orchids, and they always make me think of him” 

Groom’s Favorite Detail: “Having all of our family and friends together. We were also able to have our Australian cattle dog Riley at the venue, and she loved running around and meeting everyone.”

Biggest Surprise: “Probably the cake smash. I got a face full of cake from Adam, so I returned the favor with double the cake smash.”

First Dance Song: “Follow You, Follow Me” by Genesis

Four Words That Describe the Wedding: Romantic, fun, laid-back, magical

Honeymoon Spot: Bermuda

Where They Currently Live: New York City