(By Elizabeth Kim of Waterford Receptions)
It was fate that brought newlyweds Alenah Tsutras and Grant Riffle together as husband and wife on September 28, 2013. They met in 1997, at age 18 and since they were young and with things getting in their way, they finally started dating at age 22. It quickly ended when Alenah moved to Atlanta to pursue her dreams in music and voice. After some time passed, they grew distant and being in two different cities, Alenah thought they’d never see each other again. Alenah moved on and was inspired to follow in her father’s footsteps to become a successful voice over artist. (Her father is the original voice for companies such as Papa John’s, HHGregg and Pep Boys.) Alenah built herself a successful career in Florida, Atlanta and New York pursuing music and traveling for national voice over commercials. (www.alenah.com)
Though the door seemed to have closed for Grant and Alenah, they had no idea that their story was just about to start. The two reconnected at the age of 33 and after a couple months of dating, Grant got down on one knee and asked the girl of his dreams for her hand in marriage. These two were destined to become husband and wife. Alenah left the big cities and moved back to her hometown in northern Virginia to start her life with Grant. Grant is a civilian and has a significant role in IT support for the Quantico Marine Base.
Just like their story, their wedding was just as unique. Alenah and Grant married at St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church and hosted their wedding reception the “Waterford Way” at Waterford at Fair Oaks on a beautiful autumn day in September. With a bridal party of 11 groomsmen and 11 bridesmaids, the couple joked that it was reminiscent of the movie “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” and the bridal party included a very special member – the bride’s cousin Ariel Winter from the popular TV series Modern Family.
When asked why they picked Waterford, the couple said that Waterford at Fair Oaks was the perfect location because of its close proximity to the church and the area where the bride grew up. Their wedding planner also highly recommended the venue for outstanding service and great food. Food is an important part of any event and the couple enjoyed the food during their tasting – but the food on the big day was more delicious than they could have imagined.
“Staff was awesome. They were always on top of things and very helpful with my requests! My husband and I are so glad we chose Waterford for our special day. Everyone was extremely helpful, courteous and knowledgeable. The look of the ballroom that evening exceeded my expectations. I enjoyed the cake cutting surrounded by beautiful mirrored doors and chandeliers, which was one of the many romantic moments for me and my husband. We will definitely suggest the Waterford to friends and family. A special thank you to the Sales staff for being there for us every step of the way!”
Waterford Receptions thanks the newlyweds, Mr. and Mrs. Riffle! We enjoyed working with you and sharing in your special day. Congratulations on a beautiful marriage and we wish you many, many years of happiness!
Photo Credits to Issa Michel Photography, Flowers by Maryam Flowers, and Cake by Wanda’s Cakes.