Nuptials: Claudine Roshanian and Alex Hoover
Claudine Roshanian is a marketing coordinator. Alex Hoover recently graduated from law school. They are 25 and live in Vienna.
Wedding date: Aug. 7.
Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel in Tysons Corner.
How they met: On the first day of class for their sophomore year at George Washington University, Alex approached Claudine to join her group for a semester-long project. Within weeks, the two were chatting more about shared interests ("The Simpsons" and Weezer) than their class project.
The proposal: After a dinner out, Alex and Claudine visited the National Christmas Tree, as they had each winter as students. Alex proposed as the theme song to "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" began playing over the speakers. After Claudine said yes, Alex surprised her by coordinating their friends to greet them at Napoleon, a night spot in Adams Morgan.
The wedding: The ceremony and reception reflected a hybrid of the couple's Persian Baha'i and Catholic backgrounds, incorporating traditional Catholic vows and a Persian sofreh spread. Their reception included a nod to Alex and Claudine's mutual love of the Beatles -- table escort cards were designed to look like vintage concert tickets, and nearly all of the selected songs were by the band.
The honeymoon: The newlyweds relaxed at a bed and breakfast in Napa Valley, then toured San Francisco.
-- Michelle Thomas