Real Wedding: Teresa and Mark Del Rosso

The groom proposed with breakfast in bed on her birthday morning.

Photographs by Havar Espedal.

Mark and Teresa met in October 2012 at a time when they’d both “had enough of the dating scene.” Both had been previously married and shared in the upset of constantly meeting the “wrong” people. But when a mutual friend introduced them, they felt instantly drawn to one another. The physical attraction was strong, but they both knew that finding someone good-looking wasn’t enough for a lasting relationship. When Mark asked Teresa to dinner, she was hesitant but hopeful, and agreed to go. Two nights later, he picked her up in Foggy Bottom outside her office, “looking dapper in his tailored suit” as Teresa remembers, standing in the rain with an umbrella, ready to open the car door for her.

As they sat down for dinner at Corduroy, they were so enamored with one another that 45 minutes passed before they had even placed their order. At the end of the night, Mark looked at Teresa and asked her to be his girlfriend. “But you just met me!,” was her reply. Mark knew he really liked her and she, uninterested in seeing anyone else, said yes. The next day, Mark flew to Germany for business and called Teresa every night he was gone. They were inseparable after that, and eight months later, on Teresa’s birthday, Mark proposed over breakfast in bed. 


Wedding Venue and Reception: The Four Seasons Georgetown

Wedding Date: May 10, 2014

Photographer: Havar Espedal

Bride’s First Impression: “I thought he was handsome, but also thought he might be full of himself.”

Groom’s First Impression: “I thought, ‘Wow, what a gorgeous girl! I’d really like to know more about her as a person.”

Bride’s Gown: Mira Zwillinger, Carine’s Bridal Atelier

Groom’s Tux: Suit Supply

Hair: Jacqui Davis, PR Partners

Florist: Edge Flowers

Wedding Flowers: Peonies, garden roses, hydrangeas, and dendrobium orchids

Event Coordinator: Katie Shannon, The Four Seasons

Wedding Cocktail: Bloody Mary and Champagne

Invitations: Jason Kress

Music/Entertainment: DJ Seyhan Duru

Bride’s Favorite Detail: “Having our kids be part of the ceremony. Mark’s sons were his groomsmen, and my nieces were the flower girls. And of course, my baby girl Sasha (my pet Maltese) also walked down the aisle with the wedding party.” 

Groom’s Favorite Detail: “I will never forget when I saw Teresa walking down the aisle. I will remember that moment for the rest of my life.”

Biggest Surprise: “We had two friends crash our wedding! They had joked around about it, but we didn’t believe they would do it since one lives in New York and the other in LA. It was hysterical!”

First Dance Song: “You & I (Nobody in the World)” by John Legend

Wedding Theme: Simple elegance

Four Words That Describe the Wedding: Fun, spirited, intimate, joyous

Honeymoon Spot: Florence, Italy

Rings: May Jewelers

Where They Currently Live: Falls Church, VA