WEDDING WEBSITE FORMAT

Laura & Aldo

July 2, 2016

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Events
Fri
Jul 1
2016

5:30 pm

Jug and Table at Roofers Union
2446 18th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
United States

Plan

The wedding party, our parents, and our grandparents are asked to attend a wedding rehearsal at 5:30pm at President Lincoln's Cottage. If traveling, please allow a few hours in DC before the event in case you arrive late. Attire is dressy casual.

Following the rehearsal, the wedding party, their dates, our parents, and our grandparents are invited to a rehearsal dinner at Jug and Table at 7pm. Jug and Table is the first floor of "our place," Roofers Union, showcasing wine and playing vinyl records. The chef, Marjorie Meek-Bradley, was a finalist on the most recent season of Bravo's Top Chef.

Sat
Jul 2
2016

6:00 pm
TO 11:00 pm

President Lincoln's Cottage
140 Rock Creek Church Road, NW
Washington, DC 20011
United States

202-829-0436
Schedule

6:00pm Ceremony
6:30pm Cocktail Hour
7:30pm Dinner
8:30pm Reception

Notes

Kids are encouraged!
Wedding hashtag: #lauraldo

Attire

Dress is semiformal or cocktail. It will be warm, so please be comfortable, even if that means forgoing a jacket. Keep in mind that you'll be walking on grass.

We are planning events for both inside and outside the cottage, or just inside should it rain.

Menu

The catered reception will feature local ingredients, including dual-plated short ribs from an ethical farm in Virginia and crab caught in Maryland. There are additional entree options for vegetarians and children. Please indicate your selections on your RSVP card, making note of dairy or shellfish allergies and disinclination for beef or gluten.

Transportation

Directions at www.lincolncottage.org/visit/hours-tickets-location-and-directions The closest Metro station is Georgia Avenue/Petworth (0.8 miles).

If you don't have a car, we recommend getting to and from the cottage via taxi or Uber. Get your first ride free (and send us a free ride) with promo code 7hyad.

Parking

Free parking is available on site. When you enter the Eagle Gate to the Soldier's Home, turn left onto Lincoln Drive. There is a parking lot just past the visitor center on your left. If it is full, there is a second, further parking lot down Lincoln Drive on the other side of the Scott Building.

Color Palette
Sat
Jul 2
2016

11:00 pm

Slash Run
201 Upshur Street, NW
Washington, DC 20011
United States

Plan

For our friends that aren't ready for the party to end, there is a restaurant and bar across the street from the cottage specializing in beer and burgers.

Sun
Jul 3
2016

12:00 pm

Plan

The day after the wedding, we are planning for an informal, come-and-go picnic along the National Mall while our guests visit museums.

We'll message our exact location through the app, or text Laura or Aldo.

Mon
Jul 4
2016

6:00 pm
TO 9:30 pm

National Mall

Plan

We'll plan to arrive around 6pm to save seats near the Washington Monument. Entering the National Mall on July 4th will require clearing security. For more information, see www.nps.gov/subjects/nationalmall4th/fireworks.htm

We'll message our exact location through the app, or text Laura or Aldo.

Bring: water, snacks, blankets or chairs, sunscreen
Don't bring: alcohol, glass, fireworks, pets, drones

Schedule

11am-5:30pm Smithsonian Folk Life Festival
11:45am-2pm Independence Day Parade
2-8pm Interpreters at the Jefferson Memorial
6-9:09pm US Air Force Max Impact Band at Sylvan Theater
8-9:30pm Concert at the Capitol west lawn
9:09-9:27pm Fireworks!

Wed
Jul 6
2016

12:00 pm

Italy, Croatia, and Greece

Schedule

We will celebrate our union with a Mediterranean cruise on Cunard's Queen Victoria. A British line that, in the most important ways, has been updated since the Titanic but, in other ways, continues the charm of afternoon tea, dressing for dinner, and a formal ball.

July 6 - Fly to Venice, Italy
July 9 - Embark the ship
July 11 - Visit Dubrovnik, Croatia
July 13 - Visit Heraklion, Greece
July 14 - Visit Ephesus, Turkey
July 15 - Visit Santorini, Greece
July 16 - Disembark in Athens, Greece
July 19 - Fly home

Washington, DC
Washington, DC
Flights

There are 3 airports in the DC-MD-VA (DMV) region:


The closest airport is DCA Reagan National. Once you land, follow the signs to the Metro (on the blue and yellow lines) or taxi stand (approximately $25 to NW DC).


From BWI in Baltimore, take the Amtrak train to Union Station ($6-15), which connects to Metro's red line: www.amtrak.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=am/am2Station/Station_Page&code=BWI


Construction on the silver line has not yet reached Dulles, but the 5A bus will bring you to Rosslyn, VA or Washington, DC: www.wmata.com/bus/timetables/dc/05a.pdf

Accommodations

We have negotiated two hotel blocks for you to choose from:


WASHINGTON MARRIOTT AT METRO CENTER
www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/wasmc-washington-marriott-at-metro-center


We have 15 rooms reserved for July 1 through July 5 for $169 per night: 8 with one King bed and 7 with two double beds. Must book by June 3. Book online at aws.passkey.com/g/54467640


An estimated 15- to 25-minute cab ride to the wedding venue. Located in the heart of the city, across the street from the Metro Center station (orange, blue, silver, and red lines). Near multiple restaurants, the Smithsonian Portrait Gallery, and the National Archives. Parking is an additional $55.70 per night and Wi-Fi is an additional $12.95 per day. Amenities include a gym and pool. Check-in after 4pm and check-out by noon.


GOLDEN TULIP BETHESDA COURT
www.goldentulipbethesdacourt.com/en


We have 20 rooms reserved for July 1 through July 4 for $89 per night: 10 with one King bed and 10 with two double beds. Must book by June 2. If you would like to stay July 4, the price increases to $129 and rooms are not reserved. Book by calling 301-656-2100 and asking for the Kunkel/Prosperi Wedding.


An estimated 25- to 35-minute cab drive to the wedding venue. Located in Bethesda, Maryland, a 4-minute walk from the Bethesda Metro station (red line). Near multiple restaurants. Parking is an additional $15 per night. Wi-Fi and continental breakfast are included. Check-in after 3pm and check-out by noon.

Local DC

We've put together a Google map of the most popular tourist destinations and our local favorite restaurants: www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zfLSY2LzNSu8.kHeIjJz1-oi8&usp=sharing


Local DC chains:

&pizza - Build your own pizza.

Pete's Apizza - Our go-to pizza, New Haven style. Delivers.

sweetgreen - Made-to-order salads.

Dolcezza - Gelato made in NE DC.

Taylor Gourmet - Cheesesteaks and hoagies.

Busboys and Poets - Restaurant and bookstore benefiting charity.

Z-Burger - You've had Five Guys; this other local burger chain has delicious milkshakes in 75 flavors.

Julia's Empanadas - Grab a homemade one to go. Veggie and dessert too.

Lou Lou - Jewelry, hats, scarves, accessories.


We love good food. If you wanna try the best that DC has to offer, see our really dorky spreadsheet of the award-winning restaurants in the DMV: docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1jJuf1XhBtJWYJ4l1RVlj273OgPsUhk0rl4i1yqM7kLE/edit?usp=sharing


DC is very neighborhood oriented. Laura lives in Adams Morgan, Aldo lives in Columbia Heights, and the venue is in Petworth. We also spend time on U Street, NoMa, and the Hill. Learn more about the major neighborhoods here: washington.org/dc-neighborhoods


Looking for a sightseeing tour? For a hop-on/hop-off bus, check out Big Bus, starting at $20 from either Union Station or the Washington Hilton: eng.bigbustours.com/washington/home.html There's also a trolley bus, which you can grab at any stop beginning at $39 (cheaper online): www.trolleytours.com/washington-dc

Metro Bus/Rail

The easiest way to get around is via public transportation. Laura doesn't even own a car. The first time you get to a Metro station, purchase a SmarTrip card ($2). These cards also work on buses, which have many more stops than trains. For more information and to plan your route, visit www.wmata.com We also recommend saving a map to your phone for use in Metro: www.wmata.com/rail/docs/color_map_silverline.pdf


Note that most Metro stations have multiple exits and entrances that aren't reflected on Google's map but are included in directions from both Google and Citymapper.


Recommended apps: Citymapper, Google Maps

Pro tip: On all escalators, stand on the right and walk on the left.

Capital Bikeshare

For a more active view of the city, try renting a bike. Rather than the monthly memberships that Laura and Aldo have, purchase 1-day ($8) or 3-day ($17) access. Then, pick up a bike at the closest station and drop it off at your destination. The first 30 minutes are free; as many rides as you'd like. For more information, visit www.capitalbikeshare.com


Recommended apps: Where a bike at?, DC Bikes, Spotcycle

Pro tip: Change gears by twisting the right bike handle.

Taxi/Uber

Taxi cabs are easily available in highly-trafficked areas and must take debit/credit cards. If a cab isn't around, such as near the wedding venue, call an Uber using the app. Input your debit/credit card, then choose the type of car, including a car seat. Get your first ride free (and send us a free ride) with promo code 7hyad. For more information, visit www.uber.com


Recommended app: Uber

Pro tip: DC taxis are red and silver; VA and MD taxis can be any color.

Driving

If you do drive or want to rent a car for a day, note that parking will take up a lot of time in the city. Many parking spots allow customers to pay traditionally or with an app ($0.45 per transaction), which means you don't need to bring quarters or visit the car to add time. For more information and to set up an account, visit dc.about.com/od/parking/a/paybyphonepkg.htm


Recommended app: Parkmobile

Pro tip: DC speed limit is 30 mph. Pedestrians have the right-of-way, and many crosswalks aren't at stop signs or lights.

People
The Wedding Party
Amy Lee Cisneros
Amy Lee Cisneros
Bride's Attendant
Cousin, first friend. Wife and mother extraordinaire, who puts her family first. Braves the way -- one hour in this world before Laura. Strong. Accomplishes whatever she puts her mind to. How we met: Shared circumstances Current situation: General Manager, Fort Worth, TX
Amy McConnel
Amy McConnel
Groom's Attendant
Coworker -- multiple times. Intelligent, hard working, gets stuff done. Redhead from Portland before either of those things were cool. How we met: College freshman dorm Current situation: Public servant, Washington, DC
Andrew Kunkel
Andrew Kunkel
Bride's Attendant
Brother, forever friend. Dreamer, charmer. Texas sports fan. Skinny fella. Movie connoisseur -- old and new. Lover of fun. How we met: Crying was probably involved Current situation: Waiter & future famous, Los Angeles, CA
Aulstin Gardiner
Aulstin Gardiner
Officiant
Best friend. Family man, newlywed. Earnest and knows the importance thereof. Storyteller, life of the party. Bald and rockin' it. Bowtie and pocket square model. Gym rat. Proof that there are liberals in Texas. How we met: Coworkers at Best Buy Current situation: Family lawyer, Fort Worth, TX
Blase Prosperi
Blase Prosperi
Usher
Brother. Health nut. Lover of beaches and movie quotes. Future Medical Doctor because someone has to carry on the family profession. How we met: Forced by our parents Current situation: Georgetown University, Washington, DC
Courtney Cunningham Mullin
Courtney Cunningham Mullin
Bride's Attendant
Best friend. Confidant and encourager. Steadfast. Fashionista. College roommate. Sincere warmth and sunshine in any room. Humble, though she has so many things to be proud of. How we met: Church Current situation: Mom, The Woodlands, TX
Gian Prosperi
Gian Prosperi
Groom's Attendant
Brother. Future mechanical engineer who should have been a sports broadcaster. Knows more sports statistics than anyone. Curler -- the Winter Olympics kind, not the hair kind. How we met: Aldo wanted a little sister Current situation: Villanova Wildcat, Philadelphia, PA
James Orange
James Orange
Reader
Cousin. Newlywed, soon-to-be-dad, family man. Fisherman. Philosopher, thinker, political scientist. How we met: Common bloodline Current situation: Financial services, Latrobe, PA
Joe Berger
Joe Berger
Reader
Former coworker. Minnesotan. Avid fan of baseball and board games. Fellow war history aficionado. White House insider. Deliverer of dry wit. Loyal friend. How we met: Coworkers at DHS Current situation: Public servant, Washington, DC
Justin Fontaine
Justin Fontaine
Groom's Attendant
Childhood friend. Accountant. Fellow Civil War aficionado. Baseball fan. Gambling man. Hometown guy, but his heart is in Florida. How we met: Catholic school Current situation: Seton Hill University, Latrobe, PA
Marian Minton Scheller
Marian Minton Scheller
Bride's Attendant
Kind, loyal, quirky. Classic and romantic. Willing to go on adventures in pursuit of fun. Ex-New Yorker (a few years count, right?). How we met: Sorority sister Current situation: Accountant, Houston, TX
Michael Lawyer
Michael Lawyer
Bride's Attendant
Inspiration. Schemer, storyteller. Creator of things. Reader, community builder, communicator. Father, minister's spouse. A lawyer named Lawyer. Coffee drinker. Bowtie and cufflink aficionado. How we met: Coworkers at HUD Current situation: Public servant, Washington, DC
Peter Wahlberg
Peter Wahlberg
Groom's Attendant
Roommate. Philosopher, arguer, loudest person talking. Wanderer. Ambassador for Florida. The world's only fan of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. How we met: College freshman dorm Current situation: Admissions Manager, Washington, DC
Rich Myslinski
Rich Myslinski
Groom's Attendant
New Jersey Italian. Tech guy. Soccer goalie. Trivia extraordinaire. Chef of over-the-top dishes -- over-the-top everything he does, really. Visionary, explainer. How we met: College freshman dorm Current situation: e-something, Washington, DC
Tara Vaughn
Tara Vaughn
Usher
Roommate. Warm-hearted, good listener, loyal. Michigander...yes, that's a word. Movie, theater, and dinner party expert. Planner. Adds fun to any situation. How we met: Friend of a friend in college Current situation: Admissions Counselor, Washington, DC
Photos
Gifts

First and foremost, your attendance means more to us than spatulas and bed sheets. We are asking most of you to travel, and that gift is more than enough.


If you would like to write us a check, please make it out to: "Laura Kunkel or Aldo Prosperi." It, cards, and other items may be mailed to Laura's apartment, where the couple will initially live after the wedding:


The Future Mr. Aldo Prosperi & Mrs. Laura Kunkel

1803 Biltmore St NW #812

Washington, DC 20009