On Love - Nuptials: Jennifer Mapp & Matthew Bressan
Jennifer Mapp, 31, is the brand manager for Cibu International, a hair-care line. Matthew Bressan, 33, is the owner of Fresh Lunch Catering. They live in Arlington.
Wedding date: Oct. 17
Location: Ash Lawn-Highland, Charlottesville
How they met: Jennifer initially encountered Matthew through one of his friends, and her first date with the friend turned out to be to Matthew's first wedding. Four years later, one of Jennifer's friends kept insisting that she get together with the now-single Matthew. The friend also insisted that Matthew be invited to Jennifer's dad's birthday party. When her family was smitten with him, Jennifer decided to give in and go out with him. The two attended a University of Virginia football game with some other people and kissed on the school's Lawn. What they call their official first date was the following Monday at an Italian restaurant back in the D.C. area.
The proposal: After three years of dating, Jennifer was pressing for an engagement, and she said her fixation on that caused her to completely miss all the signs when Matthew was actually getting ready to propose. He popped the question at the site of their first kiss at U-Va. Their dog, Custis, came running with the ring looped onto his collar. Also present were Matthew's parents and Jennifer's dad.
The wedding: "Project Runway" winner Christian Siriano, a friend of the bride, designed Jennifer's gown. Jennifer also spent a year collecting blue willow plates on which to serve the wedding cake. The guests then got to take them home as favors -- after they were cleaned, of course.
Honeymoon: Italy's Amalfi Coast and Paris.
-- Becky Krystal