Melissa Louise Weicker & Patrick Graham Forrester

After serving in the army as a Blackhawk helicopter pilot for eight years and deploying twice to Afghanistan, Patrick decided to pursue his MBA at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. Melissa, who was working at Darden at the time, met Patrick through a close mutual friend. Coffee dates quickly became oyster and martini dates, and the two became an item.

After a year of dating and just before Melissa’s thirtieth birthday, Patrick surprised her with a staycation at the Jefferson Hotel in Washington, D.C. In what proved to be part of an elaborate ruse, Patrick asked Melissa to join him in the library for a glass of wine before dinner. With a fire going, Patrick gave Melissa a handwritten book detailing their love story. It ended with a chapter describing his trip to ask Mr. and Mrs. Weicker if he could marry their daughter. He then got down on one knee.

The Reverend Dan Haugh officiated at the ceremony at the Round Hill Community Church in Greenwich. A reception followed at the Belle Haven Club.

The bride, daughter of Scot and Lisa Weicker of Riverside, graduated from The Lawrenceville School and Trinity College. Melissa works in development at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

The groom, son of Pat and Diana Forrester of Houston, Texas, graduated from Clear Lake High School, Clemson University and the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. Patrick is an associate at McKinsey & Company in Washington, D.C.

The Forresters had a minimoon at the Inn at Perry Cabin in Maryland and are planning a honeymoon in the future. They reside in Richmond, Virginia.

Photographs: Brooke Allison Photo

Melissa and Patrick Forrester
The newlyweds drving to the reception in the father of the bride’s red pickup truck
Matthew Weicker, Patrick, Pat and Andrew Forrester
Benjamin, Eliza and William Ix
Amanda Ix, Caroline Sharp, Melissa Forrester, Mary Hull, Lisa Weicker, Victoria Robey
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