A Rustic-Chic Wedding at Woodend Nature Sanctuary

Caitlin Cottingham and Nicholas Xenakis's celebration featured a banjo player and plenty of family photos.
All photographs by Abby Jiu Photography.

Nicholas (Nick) Xenakis was working as a law clerk in Charleston, West Virginia, when he noticed the incredibly intelligent, sophisticated woman who also worked as a clerk across the hall. Caitlin Cottingham was charmed by Nick’s warm and genuine smile, so she agreed to go to dinner with him at the farm-to-table Bluegrass Kitchen in Charleston. The pair hit it off, and for the next two years their affection only grew stronger.

They had relocated to an apartment in Logan Circle when Caitlin came home to find Nick waiting, an important question on his mind. After she said yes, he took her out for a celebratory dinner at Komi that began their year and a half engagement. The couple wed on October 11, 2014, at the Woodend Nature Sanctuary in Chevy Chase, in a celebration full of rustic-chic details. Old family photos were on display, a banjo player performed, and guests snacked on fresh cheeses from a cheese cart. Altogether, Caitlin says their wedding was a day that “felt like us.”

Venue: Woodend Nature Sanctuary

Photographer: Abby Jiu

Bride’s Gown: Lela Rose, Hitched

Groom’s Tux: Jos A. Bank

Hair and Makeup: Claudine Fay

Event Coordinator: Megan Pollard, Events in the City

Cake: Fluffy Thoughts

Calligraphy: Meant To Be Calligraphy

Lighting: Frost Lighting

Florist: Holly Chapple Flowers

Caterer: Main Event Caterers

Transportation: Limousines Inc.

Music/Entertainment: The Whiskey Rebellion, Premiere DJ Services

Invitations: Antiquaria

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