November Nuptials at the Hay-Adams

Amanda Kuker and Jordan Gorski wed after dating for 13 years.

All photographs by The Happy Couple Photography.

Though not many people can say they found their soul mate at age 14, it wasn’t difficult for Amanda Kuker to imagine a future with Jordan Gorski when they met the summer after eighth grade. “Jordan caught my attention immediately when we met outside the local movie theater,” says Amanda. “The whole night, people seemed to gravitate toward him. He was—and is—the type of guy everyone likes and wants to be around, me included.”

Their first date was at the local fairgrounds, going on rides and munching on funnel cakes. From that night on, they were inseparable, dating through high school, college, and graduate school. They settled together in Washington in 2012, and the next year Jordan planned an amazing getaway to Jamaica.

“We decided earlier that year to treat ourselves to a mini vacation,” says Amanda. “When we were booking the trip, I thought to myself, ‘This would be the perfect place to propose. I wonder if he’ll propose? Oh, I hope he’ll propose! but quickly contained my glee.’” Her instincts proved to be right on point: One afternoon during the trip, Jordan invited Amanda to go on a walk to explore the resort’s golf course. It was there, standing among ruins that overlooked that the ocean, that he popped the question.

A year later, the couple married at the Hay-Adams on a beautiful November day. Amanda’s bridesmaids wore glitzy gold and silver dresses, the ring bearer rolled the baby flower girl down the aisle in a wagon, and the ceremony centered on memories from Jordan and Amanda’s many years leading up to their wedding. But despite the stunning venue, delicious cake, and beautiful flowers, Jordan only had eyes for his dream girl. “I had always imagined what Amanda would look like on our wedding day, and she still blew me away,” he says. “I’m glad we had a photographer and videographer capture the moment, because she was all I could focus on.”

Venue: The Hay-Adams

Photographer: The Happy Couple Photography

Bride’s Gown: Marchesa, Brides Against Breast Cancer

Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Groom’s Tux: The Black Tux

Hair: Kelley Small, Amie Decker Beauty

Makeup: Caitlyn Meyer MUA

Event Coordinator: Courtney Swierczek, A Sweet Soiree

Cake: Kendall’s Cakes

Florist: Love Blooms

Caterer: The Hay-Adams

Videographer: Ryan Geldermann

Music/Entertainment: Alison & Elsbeth, Daryle Maciocha, DJ DMAC

Invitations: Carlson Craft

Seamstress: Estee Livioco

Officiant: AC Warden

Calligraphy: A Fine Letter

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.