The bride’s Greek roots and the groom’s Scottish heritage combined in an over-the-top celebration.
When Sabrina Bells, a restaurant manager, met Bancroft Henderson, an analyst, at a rooftop pool party at her condo in Arlington, she never thought love could hit so close to home. But after three and a half years of dating, Bancroft proposed—right in the very same view-friendly spot where they first laid eyes on each other. “We were supposed to go to a birthday dinner with a group of friends,” says the bride. “As we were leaving my apartment, Bancroft claimed that there was a green light illuminating the Washington Monument and that he wanted to go up to the rooftop pool to check it out.” Confused, Sabrina followed Bancroft upstairs to find the terrace encircled by candles, with a bottle of Champagne and roses waiting just for her to say yes. A ceremony that elegantly wove Sabrina’s Greek Orthodox roots with Bancroft’s Scottish heritage followed nine months later, on September 15, 2012.

Wedding Ceremony: Saint Katherine Greek Orthodox Church
Wedding Reception Venue/Cake/Caterer: Four Seasons Hotel, Washington DC
Event Coordinator: Sharon Becker, Les Classique Events
Bride’s Gown: Vera Wang, Saks Jandel
Groom’s Tux: Hugo Boss, Nordstrom
Hair: Julie Eppard
Makeup: Carl Ray
Wedding Cake Flavors: Dark and white chocolate cake with white and dark chocolate mousse
Wedding Cocktail: Grapefruit Crush
Florist: Edge Flowers
Wedding Flowers: White roses, hydrangeas, stephanotis, orchids
Videographer: Freddie, Thomas Bowen Films
Music/Entertainment: Free Spirit and Achilles Greek Band
Invitations: The Dandelion Patch
Bride’s Favorite Wedding Detail: The kilt the groom wore at the ceremony
Wedding Favors: Mini Godiva liqueur and Greek bombonieres
First Dance Song: “You Are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne
Wedding Theme: Greek with Scottish flair
Four Words That Describe the Wedding: Romantic, personal, chic, energetic
Honeymoon Spot: Thailand
Where They Currently Live: Arlington, VA

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