Weddings

A Springtime Alexandria Wedding That Will Get You Ready for Drinking on the Patio Season

Patio weather is upon us, and this May wedding in Old Town Alexandria is the embodiment of all of our cocktail hour fantasies: delicious-looking food, a stocked bar, and a brick-lined courtyard. Take a look through all of the loveliness that was Kathleen Goulding and Ryan Ward’s wedding, captured by Becca B Photography.

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A friendship that started at a college lacrosse team party, Kathleen and Ryan’s relationship didn’t develop into something more until the fall after graduation. They went to dinner in Arlington, both nervous about ruining the friendship they’d built throughout their undergraduate years, but to the relief of them both, the date went off without a hitch.

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Four years later, Kathleen and Ryan were hiking at Cascade Falls. As they neared their destination, a waterfall, Ryan began to reminisce about the time they’d hiked the same trail seven years prior as friends before getting down on one knee. Though they’d thought they had the trail to themselves, after the proposal, a couple approached and said they’d seen it happening from a distance, and had captured the moment on camera.

Related: Kathleen & Ryan’s Fall Engagement Photo Session in Georgetown

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For their May wedding in Alexandria, they followed a church ceremony with a trolley ride through Old Town Alexandria to the reception at Hotel Monaco. Guests enjoyed cocktail hour in the courtyard before the ballroom reception. In lieu of a photobooth, a mini polaroid camera was passed around, allowing guests to snap photos of themselves and paste them into the guest book with a note to the new Mr. and Mrs.

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Wedding attendees sipped Basil Lemontinis and noshed on red velvet and raspberry cupcakes for dessert before the bride and groom departed with plans to honeymoon in the Caribbean.

VENDORS

Ceremony Venue: Saint Joseph Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Hotel Monaco Alexandria | Photographer: Becca B Photography | Bride’s Gown: Romona Keveza, Hannelore’s (now closed) | Groom’s Tux: Jos. A. Bank | Hair Dresser: Carolyn Berry, Modern Bridal Studio | Makeup Artist: Erica Cunningham, Modern Bridal Studio | Cupcakes: Occasionally Cake | Florist: Chris Johnson, Evergreen Floral Group | Caterers: Jackson 20 | Transportation: Old Town Trolley | Music/Entertainment: Bryan George Music and Celtic Music for Your Wedding | Invitations: Elli

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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.