Camilla Meira & Gregory Michael Mikota II
Camila Meira, 27, is a nurse. Gregory Michael Mikota II, 34, is an analyst with the U.S. Government Accountability Office. They live in Washington.
Location: The WillardHotel
Wedding date: Nov. 27, 2010
Howthey met: Living in the same apartment building, Camila andMichael often caught glimpses of each other. Last April, Michael sawCamila in the lobby and asked whether she wanted to go out sometime. As soon as she said, “Sure,” Michael followed with, “How about tonight?” They wound up drinking sangria and eating tapas at La Tasca in Penn Quarter, where they remained until closing. The evening ended atMichael’s apartment with dancing and a kiss.
The proposal: Four months after their first date, Michael and Camila vacationed Garden City, S.C., whereMichael’s family has a home. While walking on the beach and watching fireworks in the distance, Michael popped the question.
Thewedding: The event was an international gathering that brought together Camila’s family from Brazil and Michael’s family and friends from China, India, Mexico and Bangladesh. Camila carried a red bouquet with shafts of wheat as a tribute to her grandparents, who were farmers. The gold-and-white color scheme paired perfectly with the Willard’s Crystal Room, which was dressed festively for the holidays.
The honeymoon: The couple cruised from Puerto Rico to St. Thomas, Tortola, Antigua, St. Lucia and Barbados. They watched movies under the stars on the ship’s deck, took a jeep safari through the mountains of St. Lucia and developed a taste for Piton beer, a Caribbean staple.