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Nuptials: Tracy Mathieu & Robert Huffman

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Tracy Mathieu, 47, is an international sustainable-development consultant. Robert Huffman, 53, works for the Department of Defense. They split their time between the District and Woodbridge.

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Wedding date: Sept. 18

Location: USS Sequoia and the U.S. Navy Museum

Guests: 130

How they met: During an event aboard the USS Sequoia three years ago, Tracy found herself with an extra glass of champagne and offered it to Robert.

The proposal: Soon after they met, Tracy left the country for a three-month business trip to Spain. Upon her return, Robert took her to 1789 in Georgetown for their first special date. So when it came time to propose, Robert took her back to that restaurant and arranged for the same corner table. He proposed there, prompting applause from the other diners.

The wedding: Tracy and Robert arranged to wed on the Sequoia, the site of their first meeting, while guests watched dockside. After a sunset sail, the newlyweds joined guests at the U.S. Navy Museum for a nautically themed reception. Their cake was topped by a 1 1/2 -foot-tall statue of the couple in Alfred Eisenstaedt's iconic photo of a sailor kissing a nurse (transformed into a bride with the help of frosting) in Times Square.

The honeymoon: Fittingly, the couple centered their European honeymoon on boats. Highlights included a mega-yacht show in Monaco, a classic boat show in Cannes and a gondola cruise on the Venice canals.

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