I met Melissa at her hotel room teeming with robed women, mimosas, and energy. It was her wedding day. The room was chaotic, as most wedding day hotel rooms are, but the bride was all smiles and laughter. She took time to include her flower girls and share special moments with each of her bridesmaids. Almost complete, her veil was placed in her hair and a silence fell over the room. It was time. She was gorgeous. The silence only lasted a few moments, however, as we boarded a bus and a toast was raised.
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church was stunning even without adornment. I settled into place among the pews and waited for the reveal: the moment the groom sees his bride. Not being able to help herself, Melissa peeked around the corner of the entryway. The ceremony was classic and filled with tradition. With a kiss, they became man and wife, and after family photographs, you could tell Melissa and Ben were ready to celebrate. Again we boarded the bus, with immediate family in toe. At the Jefferson Memorial, the party hit full swing when the bride and groom shook and sprayed champagne along the shore of the tidal basin. The drops were bright in the sun and the laughter was heard all around the monument.
The night ended with music and laughter and family all around at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA. What a beautiful day.