OnLove: Chrissy Willyard weds Rob Howard

February 7, 2011
Chrissy Willyard & Rob Howard

Chrissy Willyard, 27, is an accountant. Rob Howard, 26, is a Web developer. They live in Washington.

Wedding date: Jan. 15

Location: Carnegie Institution for Science, Washington

Guests: 95

How they met: Chrissy and Rob grew up together near Syracuse, N.Y. Friendship turned into love their senior year of high school, but with college ahead, both felt as if they were “expiration dating.” They lost touch for six years, until the summer of 2008, when Rob was in Washington visiting friends. He asked Chrissy to dinner via Facebook; she agreed. They reconnected over dinner at Rosa Mexicano in Chinatown.

The proposal: Rob booked a weekend stay at the Gaylord hotel at National Harbor for their second anniversary last June. Rob was so nervous he missed his opportunity to propose during the Saturday-night fireworks, but he mustered the courage to pop the question the next morning. Instead of a ring, he pulled out a spreadsheet of jewelry stores he wanted to take Chrissy to. He knew how much she loves spreadsheets and that she wanted to choose her own ring.

The wedding: The couple were married in a private ceremony on a beach in Antigua in October; they renewed their vows amid friends and family in a second ceremony in Washington in mid-January. Eschewing more traditional rituals, they created a “unity volcano,” into which they poured a mix of baking soda (from Rob) and vinegar (from Chrissy). The resulting eruption symbolized the couple’s creativity and spirit of adventure.

The honeymoon: In early February, the newlyweds will embark on what they’re calling a “honeymove” to Buenos Aires for six-plus months. Rob will run his Web development firm from abroad, and Chrissy plans to do volunteer work. In their free time, they hope to improve their Spanish and learn to tango.

— Janet Bennett Kelly

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