As bridal thresholds go, it was not your usual one.

Hours after Peter Buryk married Melissa Ehret yesterday, he lifted his bride, resplendent in billowing white satin, and carried her into a Metro car at Grosvenor-Strathmore Station.

Accompanied by 16 members of their wedding party -- attired in black tuxedos or strapless lavender gowns -- the newlyweds rode downtown to Metro Center. There, the group disembarked for an afternoon drink at a downtown hotel.

"We just wanted to . . . ride the longest limo in town," said Peter Buryk, 23, a Metro aficionado who is working on a master's degree in planning and transportation at Georgetown University.

"You can ride in a limo anywhere, but this is something about D.C. that we really love and so we wanted to share it with all of our guests," added Melissa Buryk, 23, a medical student at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda.

Both are ensigns in the Navy and graduated last year from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis.

Metro, alerted to the Bethesda couple's plans, assigned a transit police officer and a rail supervisor to make sure their ride went smoothly.

"We're honored and thrilled that they've chosen Metro as their transportation choice on this special occasion, this special day," said Metro spokesman Steven Taubenkibel. "We hope they have a wonderful ride down and back on Metrorail."

It was not the first time that Metro played a part in wedding day festivities. Taubenkibel said that in July 2000, a newlywed couple went to King Street Station with their wedding party for pictures because they had met in the station. Three years earlier, a couple who had met on the Red Line rode it to a judge's chambers for their ceremony.

Rail supervisor Patrick R. Dixon put the Buryks, who had pre-purchased fares for everyone in their group, into the last car by themselves for the first part of the ride. Later, other passengers boarded their car, pushing strollers and carrying packages.

Some did not notice the bride and groom as they sat holding hands by the door. Some did double takes and smiled with delight. Others tossed out friendly "Congratulations!" A father gently pulled his son to him, saying, "Don't step on her dress."

Melissa Buryk said the idea of riding Metro came up when the couple were planning what to do between their 1 p.m. wedding at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Potomac and their 7 p.m. reception at Fort Meyer in Arlington.

"Actually, it was my mom's idea," said the bride. "She said, 'Just ride the Metro!' "

Newly married Peter and Melissa Buryk, who are ensigns in the Navy, ride Metro downtown for drinks with members of the wedding party.