OnLove: Wedding Details for Michael Isabella and Stacy Nemeth

(By Jahi Chikwendiu -- The Washington Post)
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Sunday, September 20, 2009

The Details

Guests traveled the long, wooded driveway in Upper Marlboro to reach Mount Airy Mansion, the 17th-century home built by the Calvert family. (George Washington attended the wedding of his stepson at the home in 1774.) Mike Isabella and Stacy Nemeth's 100 guests used fans that doubled as programs to cool themselves in the late afternoon sun as the couple wed on the mansion's lawn.

The food: No, Isabella didn't cook. He and Nemeth sat down with Tom Mueller, chef and co-owner of Pineapple Alley Catering, which is the exclusive caterer at Mount Airy Mansion, to create a menu based largely on Isabella's recipes. "If invited you over to my house, this is what I'd serve you," Isabella said of the food. Dinner included an heirloom-tomato salad, roasted leg of lamb, rockfish, wild mushrooms and grilled asparagus. For dessert, guests chose between Turkish coffee chocolate cake and creamy lemon pound cake.

The ambiance: Nemeth and Isabella wanted their wedding to be comfortable and nontraditional. After the ceremony, guests wandered around the lawn of the house, nibbling on olives, hummus and cheese. Plates were passed family-style at dinner, and guests left with small jars of honey -- a symbol of fertility, love and beauty in ancient Greece and Rome.

Photographer: Betsy Spruill Clarke

First dance: "After Tonight" by Justin Nozuka

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