After fleeing to the DC War Memorial, this couple danced under the stars

Jackie and Vini thank for their cute encounter. Jackie says Vini reached out first, and although he wasn’t someone she would have initially considered, his message caught her attention. “He brought up a detail in my profile about faith being important to me,” Jackie says, adding that they quickly realized they had a lot in common. After messaging for a few weeks, they decided to meet on a hot Friday in February 2017. Since Jackie was living in Woodley Park at the time, they chose Bangkok Thai in Dupont for their first date. And, you can say the rest is history! They both say the conversations went well as they bonded over what they were looking for in a partner and in life. The couple ended up dating for nearly three years before getting engaged in January 2020 during a trip to Belize and Guatemala.

Unfortunately, planning a wedding in 2020 hasn’t been as easy as Jackie and Vini’s love affair. Vini is originally from Guatemala, so the couple were looking to get married in Mexico or the Netherlands “to make it easier for guests from the United States and Guatemala to get in,” says Jackie. However, they quickly discovered that an international marriage would not be possible. So they decided to run away and broadcast the party live so that those who couldn’t attend could still attend the celebration.

They fled to the DC War Memorial in May 2021 with just nine guests. After the ceremony, Jackie and Vini posed for portraits around the National Mall, of which they are their favorite memory of the day. On the way back to their car, they returned to the DC War Memorial, then had their first dance there, “in the place where we got married, in the dark under the lights and the stars,” says Jacky.

In addition to live streaming their nuptials, Jackie and Vini also received video toasts from their friends and family who were unable to attend due to the pandemic. Thanks to the Memento platform, they received more than 60 messages and “nearly 2 hours of beautiful tributes, says Jackie. “It was incredibly meaningful. We will be able to refer to this video forever, and it was one of the most meaningful things we did for our wedding.

The first look


The portraits

The dance

The exit



The details

Photographer: Margaret Wroblewski | Venue: DC War Memorial | Planning and design: Roxanne Coffey | Florist: Twinbrook floral design | Summons: Guest | Cake: The cake room | Make-up and hairstyle: dc bride | Bridal outfit: Oleg Cassini from David’s Bride | Groom’s attire: Tommy Hilfinger from Macy’s | Music: singers and strings


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