It’s Tess birthday. As the George Washington Masonic Temple in Old Town Alexandria reverberates with chimes of “Happy Birthday to you,” a giant cupcake is brought out to a laughing Tess. She smiles, looks at Marco, her new husband of less than 5 hours, and lets out a huge puff of air, extinguishing the candles in one blow. The small and intimate group of 80 guests erupt with clapping as Marco walks over to join Tess to cut her birthday/their wedding cake.
I guess it seems odd from an outside perspective – why would a bride pick her birthday as her wedding date? I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I initially wondered the same thing.
Tess delicately holds the microphone and looks around at her family and friends. She starts to tear up as she recalls the memory of her grandmother and how the two of them shared this day as their joint birthday for so long. She explains how extra special the day was because she had her grandmother to share it with her.
She pauses and looks at Marco. ”And now I have someone to share it with me again.”
Ceremony and Reception: George Washington Masonic Memorial
Event Planner: Kelley Cannon Events
Lighting/Decor: Da Vinci’s Florist
Florist: Da Vinci’s Florist
Caterer: Main Event Caterers
Music: Bialek’s Music
Cupcakes: Buzz Bakery