Sunday, March 28, 2010;
Adrienne Skapura, 40, is a financial analyst. Alex Butterman, 43, is a lawyer. They reside in Ashburn.
Wedding date: March 20.
Location: Lightfoot Restaurant, Leesburg.
How they met: In 2006, Adrienne and Alex were drawn to each other's profiles on the dating site http://Jdate.com. They were both professionals, about the same age, recently separated and enjoyed taking their sons and daughters on outdoor excursions. Six weeks after trading e-mails, Alex called Adrienne to set up a lunch date on Christmas Day. About the lunch date, Adrienne said, "I didn't want to get my hopes too high," because she didn't know if it was a date or if it was just friends having lunch. (Alex says he was sure it was a date.)
The proposal: In July, the couple traveled to Costa Rica to celebrate Adrienne's birthday. They were so busy making arrangements for their two families to move in together that Adrienne didn't suspect anything. Alex wanted to ask at sunset on the beach so he kept suggesting an evening walk along the shore. Adrienne was too exhausted, however, on those first few days of vacation. Alex eventually got his chance when they took a morning beach stroll in the middle of their trip.
The wedding: The couple incorporated their four kids into the ceremony by having them wrap Alex and Adrienne in the Jewish prayer shawl. They had difficulty finding a chuppah, so they shopped at Home Depot for garden poles and created one themselves.
Honeymoon: They're celebrating with the kids in Miami and are planning a future honeymoon for just the two of them to Europe or Panama.
-- Kathleen Hom