Real Wedding: Jen and Kevin Brady

Four years after their first date, he proposed on the steps of her favorite monument, the Jefferson Memorial.

Photographs by Liz & Ryan.

Kevin and Jen have always loved Washington, DC, but it was a long road before they eventually tied the knot in the District. After finishing her residency in pediatric dentistry at Children’s National Medical Center, Jen took a job in her home state of New Jersey, while Kevin stayed in Washington. Jen visited Kevin whenever she could, and the pair had fun exploring DC’s parks and museums and discovering new restaurants to enjoy. Eventually, Kevin eventually moved to New Jersey, where he finished law school; but even though they were finally in the same city, the couple found themselves still visiting DC several times a year. 

On one such visit, four years after their first date, Kevin proposed on the steps of Jen’s favorite monument, the Jefferson Memorial. He had photographers Liz & Ryan (who would eventually shoot their wedding) there to secretly capture the moment. Jen and Kevin celebrated their engagement with dinner on the rooftop of the Kennedy Center that night. 


Wedding Church: Holy Trinity Church

Wedding Reception: The Four Seasons Georgetown

Wedding Date: May 31, 2014

Photographer: Liz & Ryan

Bride’s Hometown: Mount Laurel, NJ

Groom’s Hometown: Livonia, MI

Bride’s First Impression: “He was funny, attentive, handsome, and thoughtful.”

Groom’s First Impression: “She was cute, scary smart, and shared my sense of adventure.”

Bride’s Gown: Paloma Blanca, The Bridal Garden

Groom’s Tux: Jos. A. Bank

Hair: Amie Decker, Amie Decker Beauty

Makeup: Kelley Small, Amie Decker Beauty

Florist: Little House of Flowers

Event Coordinator: Aubrey Canale, Simply Created Events

Wedding Flowers: Peonies, ranunculuses, button mums, roses

Wedding Cocktail: Pomegranate, vodka, and white wine spritzer

Invitations: Creative Kindle

Caterer: The Four Seasons Georgetown

Music/Entertainment: DJ Jason Wallace

Cake Topper: Genefy Playground

Bride’s Favorite Detail: “The cake topper with the Jefferson Memorial, the bourbon tasting bar, and bowling in a wedding dress at our Pinstripes after-party.” 

Groom’s Favorite Detail: “Seeing Jennifer for the first time at our first look at Lock #3 on the C&O Canal. She looked incredible.”

Biggest Surprise: “Kevin’s cartwheels on the dance floor, and all of the kids and school groups cheering for us and offering congratulations while walking and taking pictures on the National Mall.”

First Dance Song: “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not?” by Thompson Square

Four Words That Describe the Wedding: Sophisticated, elegant, modern, fun

Honeymoon Spot: Grenada and the Bourbon Trail, Kentucky

Where They Currently Live: New Jersey