Nuptials: Sasha Khan & Andrew Taylor
Sasha Khan, 34, and Andrew Taylor, 32, are analysts. They live in Alexandria.
Wedding date: Oct. 2.
Location: Netherlands Carillon, Iwo Jima Park; Fort Myer Officers Club.
How they met: Sasha and Andrew were introduced by mutual friends who conspired to set the two up despite a long-standing objection on Sasha's part. But she eventually caved, and the pair hit it off at a group dinner in May 2008.
The proposal: Just over a year later, Andrew and Sasha went for a walk along a favorite nature trail, where Andrew popped the question. Sasha was so excited that she chased down a passing jogger to show off her new ring.
The wedding: Sasha and Andrew dubbed their event the "Big Fat Pakistani-Marine Wedding," fusing Sasha's cultural heritage with Andrew's military background by including traditions such as a henna party and sword ceremony. They selected a venue near Arlington National Cemetery, where many of Andrew's fellow Marines (including several he served with in Iraq) are buried.
The honeymoon: The newlyweds' trip to the Dominican Republic was a gift from their families and included a day trek to the country's capital city, a tour of a rum factory and oceanside lounging.
-- Michelle Thomas