Naval Officer DC Wedding: Kevin & Christopher
September 26, 2015
Kevin and Christopher met when they were both military staff at the White House. Both were working as Military Social Aides to the President, staffing the First Family during events.
They became engaged during a trip to Cyprus for a mutual friend’s wedding. Kevin proposed at the base of a waterfall while they were out for a hike one afternoon.
As the city where they met, DC was a natural choice for their wedding. It’s also centrally located for their families and where they would like to end up post-Navy, so they thought the National Mall would be perfect. They chose Big Bear Café, formerly a hip coffee shop and now an incredible dinner spot with a James Beard-nominee chef. After the reception at Big Bear, the whole crowd took the 10-minute walk back to Kevin and Christopher’s rowhouse for an after party.
The planning process was a little chaotic. Both grooms were working full-time and they were also completely remodeling their house. In between day jobs, laying floors and building cabinets, they divvied up responsibilities for wedding planning. They chose the venue and menu together, but the rest was split up. They got the wedding planning and remodeling done though, with about half an hour to spare before the rehearsal dinner!
Finding a celebrant who could combine the couple’s Catholic and Presbyterian traditions was very important to Kevin and Christopher. They chose Fr. Jason Lody, a priest of the American National Catholic Church, who focused his homily on love, commitment and hope.
A highlight of the planning process was the tasting for the reception dinner. Kevin, Christopher, and their mothers sat down with the owner, head chef, and bar manager of Big Bear to discuss the dinner and bar menu. They had a wonderful tasting, and ultimately several of their friends told them that it was one of the best meals they ever had.
Chris’ favorite ceremony memory was watching Kevin tear up during the readings, but his favorite memory of the day was being able to celebrate with friends and family in the house that they rebuilt together.
Kevin’s favorite part was the ability to include the whole family, including their goldenoodle, Isabell, and dachshund mix, Tut. They even chose a dog walker to go to the ceremony and reception to ensure that their pups and three other family dogs were able to join in the fun.
Kevin and Christopher recommend planning early. Things take longer than planned, and some vendors book early. Give yourself a little extra time for everything, too. Many things take longer than you would expect.