Wedding Overlooking DC Monuments at the Newseum

Melissa Twining and Kevin Clark wed on October 11, 2014.

All photographs by Cassidy DuHon.

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

Invitations: Minted

Draping: Fabrications Events

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.