Libby May and Ben Brown kiss during their wedding reception at the Clarendon Ballroom in Arlington, Va., on Dec. 10, 2011. (Eli Turner)
Libby May & Ben Brown

Libby May, 28, works for a nonprofit communications firm. Ben Brown, also 28, does marketing for a beer distributor in D.C. They live in Northwest.

Wedding date: Dec. 10

Location: Clarendon Ballroom

Guests: 140

How they met: The couple first met at a mutual friend’s party in the spring of 2009 and subsequently exchanged e-mails about their love of Bruce Springsteen. A month later at another party, they exchanged phone numbers and made a date for a week later, going to Ulah Bistro for dinner and then to Cleveland Park Bar and Grill for a beer.

The Proposal: In October 2010, following dinner at Vermilion in Old Town, Brown suggested they walk along the waterfront. After about only three steps he claimed he was tired and wanted to sit down on a bench. May wondered why they weren’t hurrying to get to the Cirque de Soleil show they had tickets for. But then Brown “quickly launched into a proposal,” getting down on one knee and telling her he picked this spot because it was here on one of their early dates that he knew he wanted to marry her. “It was a whirlwind evening,” said May.

The Wedding: The couple chose “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” for their first dance. Brown was nervous about people watching him on the dance floor, so May suggested hiring an Elvis impersonator to sing it. That got the party started and no one paid attention to Brown’s two left feet. Bowing to Brown’s love of beer, they asked a friend who’s a brewer to develop a wedding beer as guest favors. Featuring a picture of the couple and the Capitol on the label, the beer was named Hoppily Ever After: Something Borrowed, Something Brewed.

The Honeymoon: The couple vacationed on St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, where they spent their first day relishing doing nothing on Honeymoon Beach. One of the week’s highlights was a boat excursion to Virgin Gorda, where they explored the famous Baths and snorkeled off Norman Island.