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Virginia MacNeil 
& Sergio Arzadum

Jan 29, 2014 11:30PM ● By Anonymous
Fast forward some time—the day before Easter in 2011, to be exact—and they became husband-and-wife-to-be when Sergio popped the question at Ginni’s aunt’s house on Harness Creek in Annapolis, over a picnic on the beach. Immediately following the proposal, the two were joined by their friends and family for a celebration at their favorite neighborhood pub, followed by Easter brunch at the Severn Inn.

The Location. The proposal spot on Harness Creek is full of nostalgia. Ginni spent holidays there and has fond memories of summers at the house with her grandfather growing up. Naturally, when it had come time for Sergio to meet Ginni’s family, it was there at that home at a Naval Academy graduation party for one of Ginni’s brothers. Their two families met for the first time at that spot, as well, four years later at another Naval Academy graduation party, this time for Ginni’s youngest brother. “That’s why Sergio chose to propose there,” Ginni says. “And all are reasons we chose to get married there.”

The Dress. Ginni wore a convertible empire waist dress with beading detail and a removable ball gown skirt that transformed into a mini dress. Perfect, she says, for the wedding reception and the after party at Federal House in downtown Annapolis. The dapper groom dressed in a black Yves Saint Laurent tuxedo, while groomsmen wore khaki pants with a blue blazer of their choice paired with custom needlepoint belts by Tucker Blair, Vineyard Vines ties, and navy blue Sperry boat shoes. The ladies wore various styles of silk chiffon Newport Navy dresses by J. Crew.

The Ceremony. The two wed in front of 150 guests, with 12 people technically in the bridal party—but with one of Ginni’s brothers deployed at the time, they got creative. “Dewey, my family dog, stepped in for my other brother Ben, who is currently deployed in Afghanistan,” Ginni says. “My brother was able to call me that morning, and his wife was one of my bridesmaids and had a letter from him for me, so he was there in spirit. Ginni’s other brother Thomas walked her down the aisle to meet her father, who gave her away to Sergio. During the ceremony, they asked each of their siblings to read passages from the Bible.

The Personalization. Ginni and Sergio’s reception started off with a signature cocktail—a family and friend favorite—the Orange Crush. In addition to the personalized cocktail napkins at the bar, Ginni had created a monogram “A” out of wine corks the two had collected from wine tasting trips for display. Guests dined on mini empanadas and crab cakes as a nod to Sergio’s Hispanic and Ginni’s Annapolis backgrounds. And to boot, they offered a flatbread gourmet pizza bar—a perfect choice for a couple who loves to make pizza together from scratch. In lieu of a guestbook, Ginni and Sergio provided a large canvas of their wedding invitation for guests to sign.

The Favors. In addition to personalized sunglasses, guests received personalized matchbooks for cigars and a thank-you note at each place setting, along with a chocolate crab and monogrammed koozies at the after party.

Their Favorite Part. Amidst all the craziness that is a wedding day, Ginni and Sergio were grateful to steal a moment to celebrate as husband and wife. “After we were married and most of our pictures were taken,” Ginni recalls, “we were able to have a cocktail alone as a couple before starting to celebrate with all of our guests.”

The Ever After. Ginni and Sergio agree married life is both “exactly the same, but also completely different.” “Each day is better than the one before,” they say. “The security and stability is wonderful.” Right now, the newlyweds are busy making plans to add a dog to their little family, and eventually buy a home.

Private home on Harness Creek, Annapolis

Victoria Coale, Annapolis

Palate Pleasers, Annapolis

Palate Pleasers, Annapolis

David’s Bridal, Bowie

Bridesmaid dresses:
J. Crew

Men’s attire:
Custom needlepoint belts by Tucker Blair, Vineyard Vines ties, Sperry boat shoes; Groomsmen: khaki pants, white button down and blue blazers of choice; Groom: black tux by Yves Saint Laurent.


Two Pooch Paperie

Cigars, Sunglasses,; Crab Chocolates, the Fresh Market, Richmond; Koozies, Oriental Trading

Kevin Krack, Video Masterpiece, Perry Hall

Amy O. Photography

Meghan Dorsey (makeup), Lauren Reisett (hair)

Day Of Coordinator:
Wedding Ninja

Morrison Brothers Band

Towne Transport, Annapolis

J&J Restrooms, Huntingtown

First Dance:
“Beast of Burden” by Rolling Stones

Father/Daughter Dance:
“Irish Heartbeat” by Van Morrison