Ada Polla & Ed­win Neill III

The Washington Post Sunday - - ON LOVE - —Janet Ben­nett Kelly

Ada Polla, 33, owns skin care com­pany Alchimie For­ever. Ed­win Neill III, 48, runs Neill Corp., an Aveda dis­trib­u­tor. The cou­ple com­mutes be­tween homes in Washington and New Or­leans.

Wed­ding date: Jan. 1

Lo­ca­tion: French Quar­terWed­ding Chapel, NewOr­leans

Guests: Just two wit­nesses: Ada’s best friend and Ed­win’s son

Howthey met: Ada and Ed­win sat next to each other at a spa in­dus­try con­fer­ence in 2005, and met up at the an­nual event for the next fewyears. They’d talked about see­ing each other more than once a year, but it wasHur­ri­cane Gus­tav in 2008 that made it hap­pen. NewOr­leans was be­ing evac­u­ated and Ada, who knewno one else in the area, called Ed­win to ask if she could stay at his house out­side the city. The bad weather kept them to­gether for days.

The pro­posal: Ed­win sug­gested they share cheese and cham­pagne in the court­yard of the French Quar­ter home they share when Ada is not in­Wash­ing­ton. On the pre­text that it was get­ting cool, Ed­win of­fered her his coat; in the pocket was an en­gage­ment ring that he had com­mis­sioned from Ada’s god­mother, a jew­eler.

Thewed­ding: Ed­win and Ada had each been mar­ried be­fore and de­cided to go small. The cer­e­mony took place in the quirky French Quar­terWed­ding Chapel. Ada wore the dress her mother had been mar­ried in. Post-cer­e­mony, they re­turned home to a sig­na­ture South­ern din­ner of cab­bage, pork roast and black-eyed peas with about two dozenNewOr­leans friends. They planned to con­tinue the cel­e­bra­tion a fewweeks later at a cock­tail party with D.C. friends.

The hon­ey­moon: Ada and Ed­win travel of­ten for work and didn’t want just an­other trip. But since they mar­ried just a month af­ter the pro­posal, they haven’t yet had time to sched­ule some­thing spe­cial.

PARKER NEILL

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