When Forest Kettler met William (Billy) Springer for drinks after friends set them up on a blind date, he was sure he didn’t stand a chance. “I thought he was the most stylish and handsome man—and that he was way out of my league,” says Forest, who is in real estate development. Luckily, he couldn’t have been more wrong. “I felt like I didn’t even have to try; everything was easy and smooth,” says Billy, who is in the yearbook-publication business, of their first date. “Until then, I didn’t know that feeling could exist.” Drinks stretched into a five-hour dinner, which kicked off a five-year relationship.
The two were engaged when Forest presented Billy with a Breguet Classique watch and asked him to spend the rest of time together. Nine months later, the grooms had a stunning celebration at Mellon Auditorium, designed with the theme “handsome elegance.” “Boxwood hedges, seating vignettes, a large mahogany bar, tailored poplin drapes hanging between the columns—it was warm, comfortable, refined, and fun,” says Forest. Linens were inspired by menswear fabrics, as was the wedding cake. As guests danced into the evening, the couple toasted their good fortune, and all the time to come.
➸ The Details
Billy’s Tux: Ralph Lauren
Forest’s Tux: Tom Ford
Event Designer: Allison Jackson, Pineapple Productions
Caterer: Occasions Catering
Reception venue: Andrew Mellon Auditorium
Videographer: Thomas Bowen Films
Music: Groove Society, Element Music Productions
Deejay: Chris Stiles
Invitations: Cheree Berry Paper
Lighting: Frost Lighting
Valet: MJ Valet
Transportation: Linder & Associates
Where they currently live: Washington, DC