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

The wedding

May 11, 2013 at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

First date

Dinner at Endo Sushi, followed by dessert at Boccato Gelato in Clarendon.

The proposal

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


Wedding theme

Caribbean meets Kentucky bluegrass

The ceremony

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.

First dance

“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.

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