Their Lovely Day
A local couple’s Bethesda wedding included tearjerker vows and a best man speech to remember
The couple: Kristina Broadie, 29, grew up in Silver Spring and graduated from James Hubert Blake High School in 2006. She works for her alma mater, Duke University, as the regional director of alumni affairs in D.C. Dustin Jeter, 34, grew up in Germantown and graduated from Seneca Valley High School in 2002. He teaches social studies at Rockville’s Colonel Zadok Magruder High School, and is the head football coach for Springbrook High School in Silver Spring. They live in Laurel.
How they met: Kristina returned to Blake in early 2015 for the school’s career day, and Dustin was working there at the time. After her visit with students, she stopped in to say hello to one of her former teachers, Mary Wagner. While they were chatting, other teachers started filing in for a meeting, including Dustin. “She was introducing me to the teachers around the circle and when she got to Dustin she looked at Dustin, she looked at me, she looked back at me, she looked back at Dustin, and was like, ‘you two should talk,’” Kristina says. “She had this epiphany. I was like, ‘OK, nice to meet you,’ and I left.” A week later, Wagner asked Kristina and Dustin if they would be interested in being set up. Kristina Googled him and realized that in middle school she had voted for him for student member of the Montgomery County Board of Education. (He was elected.)
The first date: Wagner, her husband, Kristina and Dustin got together a couple months later at GrillMarx Steakhouse & Raw Bar in Olney. “Ms. Wagner told me that her husband was going to have to leave early because he had a meeting. And then she wasn’t feeling well and she ended up leaving the date early,” Kristina says. Dustin and Kristina continued the date and shared dessert. “Dustin walked me to the car, and he’s very shy and he almost didn’t ask me for my number,” Kristina says.
The proposal: After a few months of dating, Dustin knew he wanted to propose, but he decided to wait until November and ask Kristina in front of family and friends. At the time, she was a White House staffer in the social office, and was scheduled to work Thanksgiving Day. The couple decided to host a gathering of about 30 guests at her mother’s house the day before the holiday. Before saying grace, Dustin gathered everyone in the living room and proposed. “I said that she is the best thing that has happened to me in a long time, and I would love the honor to be able to marry her. It was very straightforward but from the heart,” Dustin says. Kristina had an inkling that he might propose since her father had hinted that she would be “busy” on Wednesday, but she was still surprised. She jokes that Dustin waited to propose until the one time she was wearing a Redskins jersey. A Pennsylvania native, she had lost a bet to him when the Redskins beat her favorite team, the Philadelphia Eagles. “He’s enshrined that into our history,” Kristina says.
The wedding: Kristina and Dustin were married on Oct. 22, 2016, at The Ballroom in Bethesda in front of 175 guests.
The planning: Kristina’s job at the White House involved planning events, including state dinners, so she was used to paying close attention to detail. “I had a down-to-the-minute timeline that I created for our bridal party,” she says. Dustin jokingly told her that he would fire her a week before the wedding so that she could enjoy herself, so she enlisted two friends to handle day-of coordination.
Pre-ceremony moment: The couple wanted the first time they would see each other on their wedding day to be Kristina’s walk down the aisle, but they arranged to pray together with a curtain between them before the ceremony. “That was a special moment for us,” Dustin says. “It was able to calm some concerns or fears she may have had.” Kristina says she was “wound up” and crying but Dustin calmed her down. “He was like, ‘Get it together.’ That just made me laugh and dried up my tears and just made me feel really comfortable.”
The processional: A family friend of Dustin’s sang the gospel song “Finally I” by Daryl Coley as Kristina walked down the aisle. “Dustin was crying before I even got there,” she says.
The gown: Kristina wore a mermaid-style ivory dress with an overlay that had floral accents and Swarovski crystals, made by Sottero and Midgley and purchased at Kleinfeld Bridal in New York.
The vows: Dustin spoke about being willing to work tirelessly to make Kristina happy, and he included a line about forever trying to get her to be a Redskins fan. “I interrupted him when he was talking and was like, ‘Not gonna happen,’ and turned to the crowd and was like, ‘Go Eagles,’ ” Kristina says. Her vows were about how they were crafted for one another by God. “You could hear people crying,” she says. “I was crying too. I had to pause for a minute, and then at the end, to kind of break the tears, I was like, ‘Got ’em.’ ” (She was referring to making everyone cry.) “It just made everyone laugh.”
The recessional: The couple had planned to leave the ceremony to the song “Lovely Day” by Bill Withers. “We’re waving at people and waiting for the music to start and there’s no music,” Dustin says. “We’re awkwardly standing there like, all right, do we go or do we wait until they get the music going?” Eventually they exited, and now they always think of that moment when they hear the song.
The speeches: The teacher at Blake who had set them up gave a toast and told the story of how they met. Dustin’s brother was his best man. “He gave a speech from the heart,” Dustin says. “He did not write down his speech, which led to the best line where he was trying to remember his favorite line of his favorite song with a long pause after that. We were all dying, laughing.” After four or five tries saying “as my favorite song says,” he finally got it: “May your neighbors respect you, trouble neglect you, angels protect you, and heaven accept you,” from “Shot for Me” by Drake.
The honeymoon: The Jeters went on a four-day mini-moon to St. Michaels, Maryland.
Vendors: Alcohol, Ace Beverage; cake, Ruby Scoops; caterer, Catering by Seasons; DJ, DJ Hazzard; florist, Suzanne Codi; hair, Charlene Clyne of Kibana Salon & Spa; linens, DC Rental; makeup, Makki Araya; officiants, Rev. Thomas and Rita Pumphrey; photographer, Brittany DeFrehn Photography; soloist, Lynique Webster; transportation, Majestic Limo Service; videographer, Nate Emory; wedding coordinators, Liz Sizer and Ariel Metzger.