Meredith Mirick & Jack Potthast
Married on June 6, 2014 in Alexandria, Va.
Bride and groom
Meredith Mirick, 25, an interior designer, and Jack Potthast, 24, an insurance agent who was born and raised in Arlington. Meredith’s father, a retired captain in the U.S. Navy, moved his family to Arlington 11 years ago. The couple lives in Clarendon.
How they met
Through mutual friends, during the summer of 2006. Meredith was a rising junior and Jack was a rising sophomore in high school.
A June 6, 2014, ceremony at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Alexandria was followed by a reception at River Farm, the headquarters of the American Horticultural Society.
Dinner at Nick’s Riverside Grill in Georgetown, followed by a movie (Superbad).
At the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 17, 2013. Five years earlier, Jack had taken Meredith to the same spot and had given her a heart-shaped ring as a symbol of his devotion before she left for college.
Number of guests
Dual officiants (a Catholic priest and a Methodist chaplain) represented the bride and groom’s respective religions.
The venue overlooking the Potomac River featured starfish accents and a navy-blue and coral palette. “We took a little bit of New England flair and detailing, and brought that to Alexandria,” says Meredith who, as a kid, spent summers on Nantucket Island.
Koozies were imprinted with the phrase “To Have and to Hold and Keep Your Drink Cold.”
“Latch” (acoustic version) by Sam Smith.
A groomsman fainted from dehydration at the altar, but Meredith’s father caught him and discreetly passed him to another family member.
Taking a private stroll along the Potomac River at sunset. “[We were] really able to soak it all in, reflect. It was peaceful,” Jack says.
A classic, natural-silk dress with a sweetheart neckline and dropped waist, by Justin Alexander.
George Street Photo & Video
The Enchanted Florist
Hair and makeup
Sam Hill Entertainment and the Hipshack band
Cake, catering and rentals
Purple Onion Catering