CNN’s Michelle Kosinski marries philanthropist Kimball Rush Duncan in Washington ceremony

Michelle Kosinski and Kimbell Rush Duncan on Saturday Aug. 9 at the Anderson House in Washington. (Photographer Kate Headley & Pineapple Productions)
Michelle Kosinski and Kimbell Rush Duncan on Aug. 9 at the Anderson House in Washington. (Kate Headley & Pineapple Productions)

On Saturday, CNN White House correspondent Michelle Kosinski married retired investment banker Kimball Rush Duncan in a ceremony filled with family traditions at the historic Anderson House mansion on Massachusetts Avenue.

In a nod to her “100 percent” Polish heritage, Kosinski, 37, paired a traditional floral crown custom designed by a milliner in Krakow with her strapless Oscar de la Renta gown. As a “loyal member of the Duncan clan,” the groom, 49, wore a kilt made in the family’s historical blue and green tartan pattern.

Kosinski and Duncan met while the bride worked in London as a foreign correspondent for NBC News. She joined CNN in February. Duncan runs the Rush Foundation, a charity that funds “disruptive ideas” to prevent the spread of HIV in sub-Saharan Africa, according to its Web site. The couple will make their home in Washington.

Duncan, who is a widower, has 5-year-old twins — daughter Sophia and son Nikita — who served as the ceremony’s flower girl and ring bearer, respectively.

More than 150 family and friends from London to Tel Aviv witnessed the pair exchange vows under the crystal chandelier in the Anderson House’s Great Stair Hall. Boldface guests hailed mostly from the media world, including CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and his wife Lynn; Dana Bash and her boyfriend actor Spencer Garrett; and Fox News Channel’s White House correspondent Ed Henry and his wife Shirley Henry, a CNN producer.

On their way to the cocktail hour, each female guest was gifted their own floral crown to wear throughout the night (and maybe to the next music festival). The sit-down dinner was held throughout the first floor of the mansion and included Chilean sea bass with purple sticky rice and lemongrass broth.

The party continued well into the night with dance instruction from the evening’s Master of Ceremonies, actor Thomas F. Wilson, who you might remember from his role as “Biff” in the “Back to the Future” trilogy.

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Helena Andrews is the co-author of The Reliable Source. Follow her on Twitter @helena_andrews, and send your hot tips, sightings, and gossip to reliablesource@washpost.com.
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