Nuptials of Note: Lauren Veneziani and Kevin McCarthy

by Erica Moody

The film critics met at a movie theater.

She is an advertising sales executive for Breitbart News Network and a film critic for WBAL-TV and DC Film Girl. He is the entertainment reporter for WTTG-TV and “Fox and Friends.” They live in Tysons Corner with their dog Oscar.

THE STORY: Fittingly, the film critics met at a movie theater and instantly connected over their shared passion. Their first date involved a trip to Taco Bell, their favorite fast food place. With help from the staff at Disney World, Kevin proposed to Lauren at the Magic Kingdom with the characters Jack and Sally from “The Nightmare Before Christmas” looking on. His proposal incorporated lines from their favorite cinematic love stories like “Jerry Maguire” and “Notting Hill.”

THE WEDDING: The ceremony and reception for 120 guests took place on October 15 in the ballroom of the Kimpton Hotel Monaco in Penn Quarter, a block away from the movie theater where they met. They traveled to New Zealand and Australia for their honeymoon.

SPECIAL TOUCHES: The groom’s cake was “Breaking Bad”-themed, and table settings paid a nod to their favorite romantic films, like “You’ve Got Mail” and “When Harry Met Sally.” Kevin’s groomsmen joined him in wearing black Chuck Taylors, his go-to shoe. To the surprise of guests, a Taco Bell delivery truck showed up at the end of the night with 200 tacos and burritos.

FAVORITE PART: Their first dance, to “Colorblind” by Counting Crows and “You Can Never Tell” by Chuck Berry. They performed John Travolta and Uma Thurman’s “Pulp Fiction” dance to go along with it.

Photographer: Jonathan Thorpe Photography
Bridal Gown: Galia Lahav
Groom’s Attire: Enzo Custom Tailors
Wedding Planner: Buddee Clinton, Hotel Monaco
Colors: White, champagne, light pink and vanilla
Flowers: Helen Olivia Flowers
Music: Bialek’s Music & DJ Chris Styles
Cake: FLuffy Thoughts Cakes

This wedding first appeared in the January/February 2017 print edition of Washington Life Magazine. 

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