Caitie Simpson, 29, is a government consultant. Greg Byrne, also 29, works for a nonprofit group that supports veterans. They live in Northwest Washington.
Wedding date: March 16
Location: St. Regis Hotel, Washington
How they met: They were introduced by friends in their dorm’s study hall when they were both sophomores at Villanova University in January 2003. Caitie and Greg realized they had a lot in common and began dating a few months later. It wasn’t until after graduation when they both wound up in Washington for work that things got serious. “We both needed to mature,” Caitie said. The toughest thing for them every year is surviving baseball season. Caitie is a lifelong Red Sox fan, Greg roots for the Yankees. They, both, however, agree to cheer for the Nats.
The proposal: Before leaving to spend Christmas with their respective families, Greg’s in New Jersey and Caitie’s in North Carolina, on Dec. 19, 2011, they went to see the White House tree. Foiled by the tree being unexpectedly cordoned off to the public, Greg insisted they walk around downtown instead. They eventually sat down on a bench in Lafayette Park not far from the Occupy D.C. tents. Undeterred, Greg proposed.
The wedding: They chose to marry in Washington because they had lived here for nearly eight years and it was where, Caitie said, “the relationship grew into what it was.” In recognition of St. Patrick’s Day, bridesmaids wore green dresses and floral arrangements included green and white flowers. These two Billy Joel lovers danced to “Just the Way You Are.” At the end of the evening, cheeseburger sliders and vanilla and chocolate milkshakes were served delighting those who had worked up an appetite dancing all night.
The honeymoon: They hiked St. Lucia’s Gros Piton, kayaked, snorkeled and explored the island by catamaran, following their adventures with plenty of time spent relaxing on the beach.
— Janet Bennett Kelly