When Caroline Worthy first popped up as a “suggested friend” on Kevin Dyer’s Facebook account, something clicked in his mind. Kevin kept thinking about “this Caroline girl.” After numerous failed attempts to get her number through mutual friends over the course of six months, he finally sent her an Instagram direct message.
“Little did I know that Caroline was going through a tough time with the passing of her grandmother,” Kevin says. “There is no doubt that her [grandmother’s] first order of business when she arrived in heaven was setting the two of us up.”
The rest, he says, is history. The couple was engaged the following summer and made plans for a summer 2020 wedding. The pandemic challenged plenty of the arrangements, but Caroline and Kevin ultimately said “I do” among 50 guests in a celebration that came together perfectly.
“It is so easy to get caught up in having a party, but at the end of the day, it’s about the marriage and your family and friends,” Caroline says.
With the assistance of Caroline Dutton Events, the couple created a July 4th-themed garden party that combined their faith—a religious ceremony at the Chapel of Our Lady of Lourdes at Georgetown Preparatory School—and traditional Independence Day details like American Flag cufflinks, Nashville hot chicken, and sparklers. They had plenty of nods to their lives too, with the reception at Chevy Chase Club, where Caroline grew up going, and their groomsmen sabering Champagne bottles as the Fourth of July fireworks lit up the sky.
“In the end, I would have never wanted it any other way,” Caroline adds. “We truly got to enjoy every single detail we had picked.”
Read on for all the details of Caroline and Kevin’s summer garden party, planned by Caroline Dutton Events and photographed by Kate Headley.
Kevin’s grandmother is a well-known local artist, so Caroline and Kevin asked her to design a crest that would adorn their paper goods.
It is so easy to get caught up in having a party, but at the end of the day, it’s about the marriage and your family and friends.
Kevin proposed on a Sunday after church, but it didn’t go as easily as planned: Caroline insisted the couple stop at the Dupont Circle farmers market for “dinner supplies” instead of going straight home like usual. With the ring in his pocket, Kevin wandered the stands with Caroline, anxiously, for two hours, before the couple returned home so he could pop the question. Turns out they didn’t need the produce from the market, since he had a surprise party planned with their families that night.
Caroline’s Modern Trousseau gown featured a floral design that matched the garden party theme, one of the big reasons why she picked it. Pinned to the inside of her dress was a gold Miraculous Mary medal with a