On Love: Ashley McNeil and Damian Coleman

Ashley McNeil and Damian Coleman at their wedding reception at the Corcoran Gallery of Art on March 24, 2012. (Eli Turner)
April 6, 2012
Ashley McNeil & Damian Coleman

Ashley McNeil, 29, is a political consultant. Damian Coleman, 31, is an international contracts manager. They live in Baltimore’s Federal Hill neighborhood.

Wedding date: March 17

Location: A private home in Turks & Caicos

Guests: 50

How they met: McNeil and Coleman were among a handful of single people at a mutual friend’s engagement party and struck up a conversation. Coleman asked McNeil to go with him to a Redskins preseason game and then to dinner in Adams Morgan.

The proposal: On Memorial Day weekend, they grabbed breakfast in Fells Point and went for a walk along the pier featured in “Sleepless in Seattle.” Coleman turned to McNeil and said, “This would be a beautiful place to ask you to be my wife,” and he pulled the ring from his pocket.

The wedding: At the suggestion of McNeil’s parents, the couple decided to get married in a villa on the Caribbean island. McNeil’s uncle officiated the ceremony, which was held in a tent on the property. The bride walked down the aisle to the song “Eidelweiss” from a favorite film, “The Sound of Music.” In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, the five groomsmen wore green ties and guest welcome bags, embroidered with a four-leaf clover, were filled with local rum. A week later, 285 guests gathered at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington for a second reception that featured an eggplant and dark-red color scheme and a six-tier cake by baking diva Sylvia Weinstock.

The honeymoon: They visited Croatia, one of the few places in Europe that the well-traveled newlyweds had not yet seen. Highlights included an overnight train ride from Zagreb to Split and visits to Diocletian’s Palace and Plitvice Lakes National Park.

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