Mar­i­anne Robin­son & Al­bert Pin­gree

The Washington Post Sunday - - ARTS & STYLE - — Michelle Thomas

Mar­i­anne Robin­son, 29, is an eques­trian. Al­bert Pin­gree, 29, is an en­vi­ron­men­tal cur­ricu­lum co­or­di­na­tor. They live in the District.

Wed­ding date: Nov. 13.

Lo­ca­tion: The Good­stone Inn, Mid­dle­burg.

Guests: 230.

How they met: Mar­i­anne and Al­bert met as 5-year-olds while rid­ing the school bus to kinder­garten. A strong friend­ship con­tin­ued through the years un­til they be­gan dat­ing in 2005.

The pro­posal: Af­ter one of Mar­i­anne’s horse com­pe­ti­tions in spring 2009, Al­bert sur­prised Mar­i­anne with a night’s stay at Mid­dle­burg’s Good­stone Inn and asked her to marry him at sun­set.

The wed­ding: For their fall wed­ding, Mar­i­anne and Al­bert planned a low-key ro­man­tic af­fair fea­tur­ing the col­ors of the sun­set. They cre­ated var­i­ous “scenes” at their out­door re­cep­tion with sep­a­rate tents for cock­tails, din­ner and danc­ing. Their laid-back first dance was to a reg­gae tune by Bob Mar­ley.

The hon­ey­moon: The cou­ple took a three-day trip to Penn­syl­va­nia’s Nema­colin Wood­lands Re­sort. They plan to take a more ex­ten­sive vacation to Tahiti in April.

GENEVIEVE LEIPER

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