Photos: Blanken Photography Studio, Bethesda, MD
Putzi & Alan in Millwood, VA
The late April wedding was a graceful evening. It was as sweet and subtle as a classic love poem -- like the very words that stole the bride's heart one wintry evening months before.
THE BRIDE Putzi Wesson, 54
THE GROOM Alan Hirshberg, 59
THE DATE April 21
Putzi and Alan were dining out, enjoying quiet conversation and a fabulous meal, when their waiter dramatically lifted a pastry-made dome to expose a ring embedded in the petals of a single ruby-red rose. "The rim of the plate had the first line from one of Alan's favorite poems by Andrew Marvell, 'To His Coy Mistress,' which starts, 'Had we but world enough, and time' written in chocolate," remembers Putzi. It was not surprising then that love poems encouraged romantic revelry the night Putzi and Alan wed. Guests were invited to a pre-ceremony gathering at Lockesly Manor, in the foothills of the Shenendoah, chosen for its "grandeur and beauty."
- Allison Micarelli