On Love: Christina White weds Johnathan Smith

December 15, 2012

Christina White, 33, is a Justice Department lawyer. Johnathan Smith, 30, is a lawyer for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. They live in the District’s Takoma neighborhood.

Wedding date: Nov. 11, 2012

Location: Newton White Mansion, Mitchellville, Md.

Guests: 200

Christina White and Johnathan Smith at their wedding reception at the Newton White Mansion in Mitchellville, Md. (Johnny West for ArtsGroup Photo/Johnny West for ArtsGroup Photo)

How they met: In February 2010, at the insistence of a mutual friend who thought they’d be a good match, Smith called White. He was living in New York and she was in Chicago, but that first conversation led to several more. After two months, Smith flew to Chicago to meet her in person; by the time he left, White knew she would miss him. The two became even closer after she moved to Washington for work later that year.

The proposal: In September 2011, Smith suggested visiting Cambridge, Mass., to hang out with some of his college pals from Harvard. He gave her a tour of his old haunts and led her to a footbridge over the Charles River. He read her a poem written for the occasion, knelt down and asked her to marry him. They later drove to a hotel suite, where Smith had placed rose petals throughout the room along with photos of their relationship.

The wedding: Smith’s father, a Baptist minister, married the couple in a ceremony that included their own vows and the African American tradition of jumping over a broomstick. White’s aunt, who owns an event planning company in Bowie, provided the decorations and the flowers, and Smith’s mother and aunts, who were born in Jamaica, baked a traditional fruit cake for dessert. The couple’s first spin on the dance floor was a swing dance to a version of “Baby (You’ve Got What It Takes),” by Michael Buble with Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings.

The honeymoon: They say the highlights of their two-week trip to South Africa were a safari at a private game reserve and a drive through Kruger National Park, where the sight of a family of elephants delighted them.

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