On Love: Laura Cocoltchos and Robb Mikolajko

July 13, 2012

Laura Cocoltchos, 35, is a fundraiser for the University of Maryland School of Architecture. Robb Mikolajko, 31, is a mechanical engineer at the Defense Department. They live in Capitol Hill.

Wedding date: June 9

Location: CrossKeys Vineyards, Mount Crawford, Va.

Guests: 85

How they met: Both were on business trips to Phoenix in June 2008. At the hotel bar, Mikolajko sent Cocoltchos a glass of wine. They struck up a conversation, and after they realized they were both from Virginia, she agreed to meet him at a beer festival in Leesburg two weeks later. After a successful first date, Cocoltchos invited him to go to her best friend’s wedding. “That’s when I fell head over heels for him,” she said. When he arrived, he immediately asked how he could help and proceeded to hang lights and set up tables.


Laura Cocoltchos and Robb Mikolajko at their wedding reception at the CrossKeys Vineyards in Mt. Crawford, Va., on June 9, 2012. (Rebecca Keeling Studios)

The proposal: On Feb. 20, 2011, they took a walk to Garfield Park near Capitol Hill. While they sat on their favorite secluded bench, Mikolajko took a ring from his pocket and got down on one knee. Before he could finish, “Laura Cocoltchos, will you marry . . . ” she shouted, “Yes!”

The wedding: They chose a vineyard with a view of the Blue Ridge Mountains for their outdoor ceremony and wrote their vows. Mikolajko, a fan of IPAs, brewed beer for the event. Guests also received welcome bags filled with M&M’s with the couple’s faces on them and their wedding date. Grilled lamb chops and spanokopita appetizers won raves.

The honeymoon: They vacationed on the island of Qamea in Fiji at an intimate resort. They snorkeled, picnicked on a private honeymoon beach and hiked to waterfalls.

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