Real Wedding: Elizabeth and Brian Young

A blind date led to this couple's elegant nuptials at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle.

When Elizabeth Mullen’s friend said she needed to do a better job of setting Liz up with her bachelor coworkers, Liz didn’t think much of it. But she quickly realized how serious her friend had been when the very next day she had a date on the calendar with Brian Young, a trial attorney for the US Department of Justice. The pair met for drinks after work that Friday. Though both were timid at first, they quickly warmed to one another, and their casual cocktails turned into a three-hour conversation. “Once we realized we had a lot in common, he seemed to open up, and flashed the biggest, cutest grin,” says Liz. Three years later, Brian took Liz on a trip to Portland, Maine, where he mapped out a walk through Lincoln Park to pop the question right by a fountain.

Eleven months later, the couple wed at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle and celebrated with loved ones at the Fairmont Georgetown, pulling on pops of summer colors to brighten their festivities. Brian and Liz took a moment to Facetime a friend on assignment in Afghanistan, sipped their signature DC gin rickey cocktail, and danced the night away to Ray Lamontagne’s “You Are the Best Thing,” before jetting off to their honeymoon in French Polynesia.


Photographer: Jennifer Domenick, Love Life Images

Event Coordinator: Anne Kelley, Atrendy Wedding

Ceremony Venue: Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle

Reception Venue: Fairmont Georgetown

Bride’s Gown: Anna Maier, Hitched Bridal Couture

Groom’s Tux: Jos. A Bank

Hair/Makeup Artist: Ali Wear

Caterer: Bob Mikolitch, Fairmont Georgetown

Cake: Fairmont Georgetown

Flowers: Holly Heider Chapple Flowers

Officiant: Father Rafael Barbieri

Music: DJ Dan Goldman, Bailek Music

Associate Editor

Caroline Cunningham joined Washingtonian in 2014 after moving to the DC area from Cincinnati, where she interned and freelanced for Cincinnati Magazine and worked in content marketing. She currently resides in College Park.