Nuptials: Holidae Hayes & Matthew Gavin

Sunday, July 18, 2010; E08

Holidae Hayes, 46, is a financial adviser. Matthew Gavin, 51, is an orthopedic surgeon. They live in Northwest Washington and Leesburg.

Wedding date: May 30.

Locations: Royal Poinciana Chapel and Everglades Club in Palm Beach, Fla.

Guests: 120.

How they met: Mutual friends introduced Holidae to Matt 20 years ago, but only last year did she discover he was a doctor and went to see if he would remove a couple of stitches. He was puzzled but agreed. The two had dinner in Georgetown and, as Matt walked Holidae to her car, he asked if she was serious about the stitches. She revealed them, and under the glow of the car's rearview mirror light, Matt impressed her with his steady hand as he cut them away.

The proposal: In January they were watching the sunset in Punta de Mita, Mexico, and a resort employee approached Holidae with a florist box. Matt had filled it with carrots and the engagement ring because he wanted to ensure there were sufficient "carats" to elicit a yes. The next morning, Holidae woke up with food poisoning; Matt jokes that she was reacting to the commitment.

The wedding: On the last evening of their three-day wedding celebration, Holidae snuck out of the ballroom, changed into an ostrich-feathered dress and reappeared on a smoke-covered stage, dancing to Madonna's "Holiday."

Honeymoon: Early-morning hikes, zip line rides and crocodile watching in Costa Rica.

-- Kathleen Hom

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