Camilla Meira & Gre­gory Michael Mikota II

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

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.

Guests: 70

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.

FREED PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

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