Jennifer and Victor were married on a beautiful spring day at the Cedar Lane Church in Bethesda, Maryland.
Jenn shares, “Victor and I met on Match.com in April 2011. We both had a healthy skepticism about online dating, but were really optimistic after our first emails and our first date. However, it was Victor’s temporary assignment to Charleston, SC, and my spontaneous weekend trip to visit him, that really kicked off our relationship. During our weekend together, we realized how much we loved spending time with each other, visiting museums, walking through old plantations and spending hours talking. It was a bit of a risk to spend such a concentrated amount of time together right after we started dating, but it definitely paid off!
Victor proposed one week before he was deployed with the US Air Force. We had been out to dinner with a good friend, who spent the entire meal teasing Victor about how he should propose before he left, not knowing that Victor had the ring in his pocket. After a six-month separation, a joyful reunion and a two-week vacation on the West Coast, Victor and I started planning our wedding, wanting it to reflect our eclectic interests and be a fun celebration for our families and friends.”
Victor shares, “I picked Glen Echo Park (a historic carousel and amusement park) to propose because we both had great memories of spending time there with our families as kids, and it felt like it would be an opportunity to reflect on that, as well as a way to properly start our own family together. After talking about marriage for months, it was still so special to watch the shock and happiness on her face when I popped the question.
Jenn knew that I didn’t want to see her before she walked down the aisle on the day of the wedding, so that moment was really emotional. Luckily, she started to put my ring on the wrong hand, which gave us a chance to laugh and get our nervousness out!
The reception was exactly what we wanted, with everyone dancing and having a great time. It was so much fun and an amazing way to get our marriage off on the right foot.”
The reception was held in a cool outdoor restaurant in Friendship Heights called Indique Heights.
Jenn and Victor shared their first dance to Rock of Gibraltar by Nick Cave:
Let me say this to you
I’ll be steadfast and true
And my love will never falter
The sea would crash about us
The waves would lash about us
I’ll be your Rock of Gibraltar
Sometimes it’s hard
And we’re both caught off guard
But there’s nothing I would ever alter
The wind could howl round our ears
For the next thousand years
I’d still be your Rock of Gibraltar
The best thing I done
Was to make you the one
Who I’d walk with down to the altar
You’d stand by me
And together we’d be
That great, steady Rock of Gibraltar
Congratulations Jenn and Victor!
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Special thanks to all the vendors:
Church: Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church (CLUUC)
Minister: Heather Janueles
Restaurant: Indique Heights
Florist: Buttercups Floral Design
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Bride’s Earrings: Kate Spade
Wedding Dress: Vera Wang
DJ: Lance Vegas
Cake Baker: Pastries by Randolph
Invitation Company: Wedding Paper Divas