On Love: Caroline Stoga weds Steve Bagley


Caroline Stoga and Steve Bagley at their wedding at the Carnegie Institute of Science in Washington, D.C. on March 9, 2013. (Cassidy DuHon)
April 12, 2013
Caroline Stoga & Steve Bagley

Caroline Stoga, 27, is an associate at an international strategic advisory firm in the District. Steve Bagley, 28, is president of his own technology consulting company. They live in Adams Morgan.

Wedding date: March 9

Location: Carnegie Institution for Science, Washington

Guests: 150

How they met: In October 2008, Steve Bagley had moved into the same group house in Chinatown as Caroline Stoga’s friend. When the housemates decided to go out for drinks at Local 16, Caroline, who lived nearby, was invited to join. She and Steve immediately hit it off, barhopping and winding up at Pizza Boli’s on U Street. But when Steve asked for her number, Caroline, who was seeing someone at the time, told him to get it from a friend of hers and then ran down the block to her apartment. Several months later, when Caroline was unattached, they reconnected at a birthday party at Steve’s house and followed up two nights later to watch the NCAA Final Four game at the Front Page. They moved in together in March 2011.

The proposal: On a January evening, Steve suggested they visit pals who lived near 13th and U streets. Caroline reluctantly agreed. Steve made a flimsy excuse about why they had to walk by Pizza Boli’s. As soon as they did, Steve asked her, “Would you run away if I proposed?” The answer was clearly no.

The wedding: In addition to the day’s wedding jitters, it was Syracuse and Georgetown’s last meeting in the Big East. Could the union of Steve and Caroline, die-hard fans of Syracuse and Georgetown, respectively, survive the outcome? It did. The ceremony was officiated by Caroline’s childhood minister. Dessert was eight varieties of donuts from Astro Donuts and Fried Chicken. Caroline and Steve’s first dance was to Frank Sinatra’s “The Way You Look Tonight.”

The honeymoon: The couple traveled to French Polynesia, spending three nights in Moorea and five in Bora Bora, where they stayed in a bungalow perched on stilts over the water.

— Janet Bennett Kelly

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