Nuptials: Ria Serapio & Jonathan Namata
Ria Serapio, 26, is a finance manager. Jonathan Namata, 27, is a network systems engineer. They live in Alexandria.
Wedding date: Sept. 18
Location: St. Raymond of Penafort Roman Catholic Church, Springfield; Holiday Inn, Alexandria
How they met: In 1999, Jonathan was a junior and Ria a sophomore at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria. They struck up a friendship on the debate team. Four years later, their friendship turned romantic after a date to the circus, where they shared a funnel cake.
The proposal: On Columbus Day of last year, Jonathan invited Ria to join him for a hike in the Bull Run Mountains Conservancy. Then Jonathan, a geocaching aficionado, input coordinates into his hand-held GPS to direct them to a scenic overlook on the Ridge Trail, where he proposed.
The wedding: The couple drew inspiration from their favorite movie, "The Princess Bride," to create a fairy-tale vibe for their church ceremony. They followed it with an "Old Hollywood" reception that featured a red carpet, a popcorn-and-snack bar, and "showcase performances" from friends and family, including a string quartet, a ballroom tango danced by an aunt and uncle, and a song-and-dance medley performed by the "Namata Glee Club" (otherwise known as Jonathan's cousins).
The honeymoon: Relaxing at the Bucuti Beach Resort in Aruba.
-- Michelle Thomas