Boston College alums Kathryne and Keith met as all Eagles would love to do: at the BC vs. Notre Dame football game in October of 2009. "KC came up behind me and gave me his jacket," says Katie. "After a quick conversation, I was happy to find out that he was an Eagles fan, too!" She returned the jacket to a mutual friend at the game the next day, and was thrilled to find KC sitting beside her in the stands. The two proceeded to talk (and cheer) throughout the game and the rest was history. For Christmas in 2014, KC surprised Katie with a trip to Florida in March. After a quick breakfast at the airport, they sat down at what Katie ultimately realized they were at the wrong gate. "KC handed me our tickets to double check, and I realized we were going to Hawaii instead!" Once in Maui, KC wanted to propose as they watched the sunrise at the top of Haleakal —, but the 30-degree temperatures meant he didn't have easy access to Katie's hands. Instead, on their way back to their hotel, the pair hiked out to a peninsula with gorgeous views, and KC got down on one knee as the automatic timer on Katie's camera snapped away.
The pair quickly got to planning their June 27, 2015, wedding, choosing Annunciation Catholic Church in Washington, D.C., for the ceremony and the Congressional Country Club for the reception. They kept the celebration classic and timeless, with a neutral color scheme with fawn gold accents. Anne Book provided month-of coordination, while florist Chris Johnson helped bring the relaxed, elegant style to life, all photographed by Sarah Bradshaw.
Katie fell for an intricately beaded Watters gown with a lace overlay, which she paired with a cathedral-length veil and her grandmother's diamond hoop earrings. Strappy Jimmy Choo sandals peeked out from beneath her skirt, and a blush bouquet of roses, astilbe, peonies, and stephanotis was wrapped in double-faced ribbon.
KC wore a classic peak-lapel tuxedo, adding a playful touch with polka dot suspenders. His groomsmen wore the same, with classic black suspenders monogrammed in light pink.
Annunciation Catholic Church has always held a special place in Katie's heart. "I've attended Sunday masses there since I was a little girl, and my parents and all of my mom's siblings were married there," she says. Two arrangements of white hydrangeas and gladiolas flanked the altar.
Along the aisle, Mint Julep cups held white hydrangeas. The ceremony program featured a gold version of the laurel monogram that Katie designed.
The flower girl, Katie's niece, started the ceremony off with smiles all around. "She was the belle of the ball, and ran down the aisle with the biggest smile on her face!"
The bride's stepfather walked her down the aisle as a bagpiper played. The couple was married by a Jesuit priest from Boston College in a traditional Catholic ceremony.
After the ceremony, the bride and groom and their wedding party headed out for portraits at the Lincoln Memorial. Katie's bridesmaids wore gowns in different shades of blush and gold, creating a perfect mismatched palette.
"It started torrentially pouring when we got to the memorial," says Katie. "I had hoped for pictures on the steps, and we were lucky that the rain meant there wasn't a tourist in sight! It ended up being a streak of good luck, and the shot of us all holding clear umbrellas is one of my all-time favorites."
KC and Katie's laurel monogram made another appearance on the invitations, which were traditional with a hint of whimsy. When guests arrived at the Congressional Country Club, a display of escort cards tucked into boxes of moss greeted them before they headed into the ballroom, filled with tables covered in ivory linens.
The banquet-style head table was decorated with tall arrangements of hydrangeas and roses in gold vessels, interspersed with smaller bunches of flowers and lots of votive candles. On the round tables, glass vases were topped with similar arrangements, or tall taper candles clustered around blush blooms in gold punch bowls. Wreaths of pink and white blossoms were tied to the bride and groom's chairs.
The gold theme was carried into the paper goods, from table numbers embossed with gold hydrangeas and the signage for the Nicaraguan cigar bar to cheeky coasters that read, "Please don't take my drink... I'm dancing!"
Before the band played "Sweet Caroline," a nod to the couple's BC beginning, the new Mr. and Mrs. took a spin around the dance floor to "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You" by Frankie Valli. "The band was amazing, from the vocalist and guitarist during cocktail hour to the nine-piece band that played amazing Latin music for our Hora Loca," says Katie. "People are still raving about our epic dance party!"
The wedding cake, decorated with lattice and dot designs, had alternating tiers of chocolate cake with white chocolate mousse and white cake with fresh strawberry filling. The bride surprised her new husband with a childhood favorite, an icebox cake!
"KC came to me at one point during the reception blinking his eyes, insisting he needed to take mental snapshots of such an amazing day," the bride remembers. "My advice is to do just that: be present in each moment, soak everything in, enjoy the people who came to celebrate — and kiss your husband as much as you can!"
Ceremony Venue: Annunciation Catholic Church || Reception Venue: Congressional Country Club || Month-of Coordinator: Anne Book Signature Style || Bride's Wedding Dress: Watters || Shoes: Jimmy Choo || Hair & Makeup: Becky Watson of Oxygen Salon and Day Spa || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo; Watters || Flower Girl's Dress: Saskia Dankbaar || Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss || Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux || Wedding Bands: Lambros Goldsmiths || Florist: Chris Johnson (retired) || Invitations & Paper Goods: The Bride and Mother of the Bride, Nena's Way || Ceremony Music: Tim Carey; Katie Katinas || Reception Music: Spectrum || Catering & Cakes: Congressional Country Club || Rentals: DC Rental || Photo Booth: Bash Booths DC || Videography: Life in Rewind || Photography: Sarah Bradshaw Photography
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