Real Wedding: Caroline and Kyle

A shared law class sparked the romance for this pair.

All photographs by Eli Turner.

Caroline and Kyle’s first meeting can only be described as awkward. Both were taking the same lecture class at George Washington University’s law school, and Caroline sat in the front of the room, Kyle right behind her. Caroline packed her giant textbooks in a back-friendly rolling Vera Bradley bag that wasn’t so friendly when it came to sneaking into class late—which she did frequently. On this particular day, as she dragged her bag down the auditorium row to find her spot, Kyle kindly picked it up for her, swinging it over the seats and depositing it safely by Caroline’s seat, saving their classmates’ toes any further injury.

Soon after, Kyle approached Caroline at the gym, referencing their mutual class. Once Caroline got over the fact that Kyle thought of her as the “wheely bag girl” and Kyle got over his bruised shins and toes, the two went on a first date to Café Divan in Georgetown and were soon inseparable. Four years later, Kyle asked Caroline to go hiking in the Shenandoah National Park. It was there, at an the peak of Hawksbill Summit, that he got down on one knee and asked her to be his, forever.

Caroline and Kyle celebrated their nuptials just over a year later, on May 25, 2014, at the St. Regis. The day was bathed in purple hues and the scent of lavender, thanks to dried buds at every place setting. Although their original plans to take portraits in Lafayette Square were scuttled by a “suspicious bag” in the vicinity, nothing could ruin their day. The couple snapped gorgeous photos elsewhere, boogied to their favorite tunes, courtesy of the Jangling Reinharts, and sent their guests off full and happy with late-night milkshakes and sliders.

Venue: The Astor Terrace and Astor Ballroom, The St. Regis

Photographer: Eli Turner

Bride’s Gown: Cristiano Lucci, Bridal Beginnings

Groom’s Tux: Vera Wang, Men’s Warehouse

Hair: Shana Brown

Makeup: Shaune Hayes

Event Coordinator: Claire Matthews, SoCo Events

Cake: The St. Regis

Florist: Barbara Von Elm, Growing Wild Floral

Caterer: The St. Regis

Transportation: RMA Worldwide Chauffeured Transportation

Videographer: Michael Brazda

Music/Entertainment: The Palladio String Quartet, The Jangling Reinharts

Invitations: Michelle’s Memos

Lighting: PSAV

Menus and Programs: Sprites Ink

Chuppah: Charm City Chuppahs

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.