Jennifer Smith & Colin Caines
Married May 11, 2013 at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.
Bride and Groom
Jennifer Smith, a financial worker, originally from Lexington, Ky.; and Colin Caines, a systems engineer, who grew up in Great Falls. The couple live in Arlington’s Yorktown neighborhood.
How they met
Through mutual friends in 2009
May 11, 2013 at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.
Dinner at Endo Sushi, followed by dessert at Boccato Gelato in Clarendon.
At sunset on a dock on the Rappahannock River, while vacationing with friends.
What she loves most about him
“His kindness, easygoing nature and willingness to support my ideas.”
What he loves most about her
“Her laughter, sense of humor and intelligence.”
Number of guests
Caribbean meets Kentucky bluegrass
On the rooftop of the Newseum, with views of the D.C. skyline and the Capitol dome in the background. A friend of the couple’s officiated. “It’s such a big moment in your life, so it’s nice to have someone who knew both of us, rather than a stranger,” Jennifer says.
Minimal, modern detailing with pops of purple, pink, green and white
Cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcakes
What made it special
Jennifer and Colin wrote and recited “serious” vows in unison, but then surprised each other with funny vows that drew laughs.
“You Are the Sunshine of My Life” by Stevie Wonder
Fiji and New Zealand
Rain almost caused the ceremony and cocktail hour to be moved indoors, but the sky cleared up just in time.
Marisa, from Hannelore’s in Alexandria
Roberto Westbrook, a friend from Norfolk
Wedding planner: Whitney Press, Bella Notte; Flowers: Urban Petals; Groom’s attire: Jos. A. Bank; Hair and makeup: Bridal Artistry; Music: Pan Masters Steel Orchestra and Van from MyDeejay; Caterer: Wolfgang Puck Catering
Lindsey Brookbank is a freelance writer in Arlington.