Elizabeth and Max Rosen with an Abraham Lincoln impersonator during their July 3rd wedding. Photo by Steve Canning Photography

Bride and groom

Elizabeth Cayne Rosen, an Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Washington University in St. Louis, originally from Bethesda; and Max Rosen, a first year medical student at Washington University School of Medicine, also originally from Washington, D.C.

The wedding

July 3. The ceremony and reception was held at The Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C.

How they met

At Washington University in St. Louis as undergraduates in 2008, even though they grew up right down the road from one another.

The proposal

On a friday afternoon before Valentine’s Day, Max instructed Elizabeth to meet him in from of the main library on campus for a scavenger hunt. Upon entering the main quad on campus, Max teasingly pulls out a big purple, plastic diamond ring. As they kept walking through the quad, Max then handed Elizabeth a folded up piece of paper that had “Will you marry me?” in several languages. When Elizabeth looked up, Max was down on one knee with his grandmother’s ring.

What she loves most about him

“I love Max’s sense of humor, and how comfortable, happy and secure I feel when I am with him. I love that he loves to cook, and doesn’t mind that I don’t. He appreciates my quirkiness, and I love that he is so supportive, kind and giving. Most of all, I love that he is my best friend.”

What he loves most about her

“Elizabeth is my perfect complement. I love that she loves my cooking. She is the most supportive person I have ever met, and she encourages me to be my best.”


Wedding theme

Fourth of July celebration, incorporating American History

Number of guests


What made it special

“Even though we grew up ten minutes away from each other, it took a chance meeting in St. Louis, Missouri to bring us together. It was so meaningful that we were able to celebrate the beginning of our new lives together in the city where we both grew up, surrounded by family and friends.”


First Dance

“The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra


American Flags handed out by an Abraham Lincoln impersonator and Dolly and Ike at the Willard: Abraham Lincoln’s Slippers by Richard Wallace Carr. The couple also donated copies of the book to The Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health.


Vera Wang from Saks Jandel



Steve Canning Photography


Costa Rica

The Details

Wedding planner was Caroline Cayne, the Bride’s mother and Christina Canalez-Presock from the Williard Hotel; flowers, by EDGE Floral Event Designers; hair and makeup, by Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa; ceremony music, by Washington Talent Agency: Da Vinci Strings; reception music, by Washington Talent Agency: Millennium; videographer was Dave Harris, Washington Video Productions; lighting, by Audio Visual Systems; invitations, by Carol’s Connections; men’s formal wear, by Brooks Brothers and Christopher Kim’s Custom Tailoring; programs, by Carol’s Connections; cake, by The Willard Hotel; rentals, by Party Rentals.