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.  

The wedding

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.

First date

Dinner at Nick’s Riverside Grill in Georgetown, followed by a movie (Superbad).

The proposal

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

160

The ceremony

Dual officiants (a Catholic priest and a Methodist chaplain) represented the bride and groom’s respective religions.

Décor

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.

Favors

Koozies were imprinted with the phrase “To Have and to Hold and Keep Your Drink Cold.”

First dance

“Latch” (acoustic version) by Sam Smith.

Honeymoon

Cancun, Mexico

Near disasters

A groomsman fainted from dehydration at the altar, but Meredith’s father caught him and discreetly passed him to another family member.  

Favorite moment

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.

Gown

A classic, natural-silk dress with a sweetheart neckline and dropped waist, by Justin Alexander.

Photographer

George Street Photo & Video

Details

Flowers

The Enchanted Florist

Menswear

Vera Wang

Hair and makeup

Ali Wear

Music

Sam Hill Entertainment and the Hipshack band

Cake, catering and rentals

Purple Onion Catering

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