This Sweet Couple Spent 9 Months Randomly Running Into One Another Before They Finally Bowed to Fate and Exchanged Numbers

Kendra, originally from the DC area, met Jeff while living in Seattle. Last summer, the pair returned to city in which Kendra grew up to get married. In a green garden, under a garland of eucalyptus, Kendra and Jeff said “I do.” And inside St. Francis Hall, they celebrated with bi-coastal friends in a simple, yet elegant reception. Scroll through the heartwarming occasion, photographed by Brittany DeFrehn Photography.

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Kendra, an EPA public analyst, and Jeff, an urban planner, met watching football at a Seattle neighborhood bar—but even with an undeniable connection (he loved her bright personality and great smile; she found him funny and engaging), they didn’t exchange numbers. It took nine months running into each other before they agreed on a date. Fifteen months later, Jeff proposed in Kendra’s favorite park, on their way to watch a basketball game at that first fateful bar.


The pair planned their wedding in DC—where the bride is from and her family resides—but just before the big day, Kendra’s mother became ill and was unsure whether she’d be able to attend. Moments before Kendra walked down the aisle—carrying a bouquet of lacecap hydrangea, foxglove, white spray roses, lisianthus, ranunculus and mountain mint—she learned her mother was seated in the front row.


With that, Kendra and Jeff said their vows in a garden under a garland of seeded eucalyptus. Inside, candlelight and greenery created a warm, minimalist reception to welcome loved ones from opposite sides of the country. Guests celebrated at long tables topped with wood boxes filled with succulents, and moss, pillar candles, and a single herb accenting each place setting.


The Details

Event coordinator: Tabitha Roberts & Co. Events Flowers: Sweet Root Village Bride’s Gown: Pronovias, Dolce Bleu (Seattle) Hair: Amanda Styles Makeup: Behind the Veil Groom’s Attire: Banana Republic Music: Chase Capo, Black Tie Entertainment Catering: Spilled Milk Catering Cake: CakeLore (owner Loretta Nicholas has been making birthday cakes for the bride since her first birthday) Cake Flavors: Crème Bouquet with Magnolia Buttercream; German Chocolate; Lavender with Chambord Mousse Invitations: Minted Transportation: On the Town Limousines

Amy Moeller
Editor, Washingtonian Weddings

Amy leads Washingtonian Weddings and writes Style Setters for Washingtonian. Prior to joining Washingtonian in March 2016, she was the editor of Capitol File magazine in DC and before that, editor of What’s Up? Weddings in Annapolis.