Brett and Nick met at Georgetown University while making their way through medical school.
How did you two meet?
Brett and I both moved out to DC (me from SD/NE, him from WA/WV) in 2013 to start med school. We technically met via email for the first time, because we were two of six people (all incoming med students) moving into a row house in Glover Park. In addition to being roommates, we immediately hit it off and became close friends — whether it was discovering the Rock Creek Park running trails, going to a concert or finding a new coffee shop to study at, we became inseparable pretty quickly and were dating by the end of our first year of school.
What was your favorite part about the wedding?
It is hard to pick a favorite part of the wedding…it was an incredible day! If we had to choose, saying our vows in front of our family and friends would be our pick. It was an incredible moment that brought our lives full-circle, and made us grateful to the generations of people before us who have advocated for our right to get married.
What were your top 5 favorite moments from your wedding?
-Dancing to ’90s hits on the party bus with our wedding party and photographers (pre- and post-wedding!).
-Greeting all of our guests at the end of our wedding ceremony – so many amazing hugs in a short period of time !
-Spending a few moments alone together before our reception to step back and truly take in the day…and also try all of the delicious hors d’oeuvres while doing so.
-Laughing – and crying – during the speeches from our wedding party.
-Our first dance as a married couple, and the epic dance party that followed!
How did you deal with wedding planning while working to graduate from Georgetown University’s Medical School?
Balancing wedding planning and medical school required some serious time management, and there were days where we felt completely overwhelmed by it all. We made a month-by-month checklist and tried our best to stick to it, which helped keep us on track.
One of the largest challenges for us was trying to narrow down vendor lists. Our photographers and venue both had a lot of experience and insight in the industry, and we used their advice on vendor options to help narrow things down. This made the process of choosing everything from a caterer to music much less time-consuming and allowed us to have more time to enjoy each other and the wedding planning process.
Anything else you’d like to share about wedding planning?
Beside our venue, our wedding photographers were the first vendor that we booked for our wedding – and we could not be more grateful! Their experience and honesty about everything from vendors to sites for photos made the wedding planning process much more manageable and fun.
From our engagement shots to our wedding photos, our photographers not only captured the most beautiful moments, but also made us comfortable, gave us confidence, added to the celebration of our big day, and became wonderful friends.
One final, super cute detail: The couple decided to combine their last names and took the last name “Stark”. These two are so caring, kind, and honest – always putting others first – and we think that they are a fairly accurate representation of the Stark family in Game of Thrones.
Accommodations: Huge, Historic 1916 Carriage House
Other Location: Georgetown University – Copley Hall
Musicians: String Quartet of Northern Virginia
Transportation: RSTQ Transportation
Ceremony Location: Grace Episcopal Church
Floral Designer: Blushing Blooms Floral Design
DJ: Bela Sono Music
Personal Stylist: Elizabeth Carberry
Caterer: Heirloom Catering and Event Design
Reception Venue: Dumbarton House
Photographer: Photos from the Harty