A Sweet Garden Party Wedding in Chevy Chase, Maryland
When Caroline Worthy first popped up as a â€śsuggested friendâ€ť on Kevin Dyerâ€™s Facebook account, something clicked in his mind. Kevin kept thinking about â€śthis Caroline girl.â€ť After numerous failed attempts to get her number through mutual friends over the course of six months, he finally sent her an Instagram direct message.
â€śLittle did I know that Caroline was going through a tough time with the passing of her grandmother,â€ť Kevin says. â€śThere is no doubt that her [grandmotherâ€™s] first order of business when she arrived in heaven was setting the two of us up.â€ť
The rest, he says, is history. The couple was engaged the following summer and made plans for a summer 2020 wedding. The pandemic challenged plenty of the arrangements, but Caroline and Kevin ultimately said â€śI doâ€ť among 50 guests in a celebration that came together perfectly.
â€śIt is so easy to get caught up in having a party, but at the end of the day, itâ€™s about the marriage and your family and friends,â€ť Caroline says.
With the assistance of Caroline Dutton Events, the couple created a July 4th-themed garden party that combined their faithâ€”a religious ceremony at the Chapel of Our Lady of Lourdes at Georgetown Preparatory Schoolâ€”and traditional Independence Day details like American Flag cufflinks, Nashville hot chicken, and sparklers. They had plenty of nods to their lives too, with the reception at Chevy Chase Club, where Caroline grew up going, and their groomsmen sabering Champagne bottles as the Fourth of July fireworks lit up the sky.
â€śIn the end, I would have never wanted it any other way,â€ť Caroline adds. â€śWe truly got to enjoy every single detail we had picked.â€ť
Kevinâ€™s grandmother is a well-known local artist, so Caroline and Kevin asked her to design a crest that would adorn their paper goods.
It is so easy to get caught up in having a party, but at the end of the day, itâ€™s about the marriage and your family and friends.
Kevin proposed on a Sunday after church, but it didnâ€™t go as easily as planned: Caroline insisted the couple stop at the Dupont Circle farmers market for "dinner supplies" instead of going straight home like usual. With the ring in his pocket, Kevin wandered the stands with Caroline, anxiously, for two hours, before the couple returned home so he could pop the question. Turns out they didnâ€™t need the produce from the market, since he had a surprise party planned with their families that night.
Carolineâ€™s Modern Trousseau gown featured a floral design that matched the garden party theme, one of the big reasons why she picked it. Pinned to the inside of her dress was a gold Miraculous Mary medal with a sweet story. Her sister had one when she had wed the previous year, so Kevin wanted Caroline to continue the traditionâ€”he gifted her the same medal.
For the ceremony, Caroline wore a 200-year-old Mantilla veil that her mother, three aunts, and sister all wore for their weddings. â€śIt was very special to wear something everyone in my family had worn before me,â€ť she says.
The couple met on the lawn filled with Adirondack chairs at the Chevy Chase Club for a first look. Kevin wore a navy Alton Lane blazer with a seersucker tie, Gucci loafers, and American flag cufflinks.
There was no shortage of adorable children at the wedding, including the coupleâ€™s flower girls in monogrammed dresses and flower crowns made of babyâ€™s breath.
The couple chose the Chapel of Our Lady of Lourdes on the Georgetown Prep campus as a nod to Kevinâ€™s school days there. Plus, Caroline, adds, itâ€™s stunning: â€śIt is both grand and intimate with an aisle any bride would dream of.â€ť
All we wanted was to get marriedâ€”that was the most important thing to us.
â€śAll we wanted was to get marriedâ€”that was the most important thing to us,â€ť Caroline says of planning a wedding during the pandemic. The couple made their grand exit to live musicians performing â€śGod Bless America.â€ť
At the reception, guests were greeted with mini bottles of frosĂ©â€”the coupleâ€™s favorite summer drinkâ€”and a menu filled with July 4th classics like pigs in a blanket, shrimp cocktail, and watermelon.
â€śInstead of trying to transform the space into something new or something it wasnâ€™t, we decided to use pale green linens and colorful flowers, accentuating the beauty of the garden and what it had to offer,â€ť Caroline says of the reception dĂ©cor.
Like many couples getting married during the pandemic, Caroline and Kevin had to trim their guest list to abide by large gathering restrictions. Guests video-chatted with the newlyweds and offered their congratulations.
During the pandemic and stress of wedding planning, one of our favorite things to do at the end of the workday was to put on some fun music and dance before and after dinner.
â€śDuring the pandemic and stress of wedding planning, one of our favorite things to do at the end of the workday was to put on some fun music and dance before and after dinner,â€ť Caroline says. â€śWe choreographed the first dance on our own. We were so happy to share that moment with everyone.â€ť
It wouldnâ€™t be a July 4th wedding without topping the cake with sparklers! The newlyweds cut into a lemon pound cake with blueberries and strawberriesâ€”a red, white, and blue confection.
The best touch of the entire day, though, was the â€śJust Marriedâ€ť sign on Kevinâ€™s wheelchair, a surprise from Caroline, who commissioned the piece from calligrapher Laura Hooper. Throughout the night, guests added beer cans for a fun touch. â€śKevin continued to wear the sign the entire week we were on our honeymoon,â€ť Caroline says. â€śIt is something we will certainly frame and hang in our new home to treasure forever.â€ť
Editor's Note: In the current climate of the COVID-19 pandemic, this couple decided to do what they felt was best for them based on the individual guidelines of their state and the information available at the time of their wedding. For more up-to-date guidelines, check the CDC and your state's website.