Melissa Twining arrived at the Adams Morgan bar just as Kevin Clark was preparing to leave. Knowing a tall, dark, and handsome stranger when she saw one, Melissa didn’t waste any time walking up and introducing herself. “She was cute and confident,” says Kevin. They soon found out that they both were twins, both were French, and both were interested in a first date.
They met up two days later for kayaking at the Key Bridge Boathouse with some of Kevin’s friends, and then planned on an official first date a week later at Agora. Though it was pouring down rain, they sat on the covered patio and talked for hours while the rain fell around them. A year and a half later, the couple planned a bed and breakfast getaway in Sperryville, Virginia. After going for a hike, they retired to the room, where Kevin ordered in champagne and strawberries. As they sat and enjoyed the view on the back porch, Kevin got down on one knee and asked Melissa to be his wife.
They planned their wedding for October 11, 2014 at the Newseum, decorating with mercury glass lanterns and vases filled with white river rocks and willow branches. After several touching speeches from the bride’s sisters and father, the couple danced to Ray Lamontagne’s “You Are the Best Thing,” which said exactly how they felt about one another.
Wedding Ceremony Venue or Church: Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ
Wedding Reception Venue: Knight Conference Center, Newseum
Photographer: Cassidy DuHon
Bride’s Gown: Jim Hjelm Blush
Groom’s Tux: J.Crew
Hair Dresser and Makeup Artist: Alison Harper & Company
Event Coordinator: Anne Kelley, Atrendy Wedding
Cake: Fancy Cakes by Leslie
Florist: Michael Corrado, Devers Design
Caterers: Wolfgang Puck Catering
Transportation: Nationwide Chauffeured Services
Music/Entertainment: DC Fusion
Draping: Fabrications Events