Wedded: Cherise Adkins and Richard Washington III

Wedded: Cherise Adkins and Richard Washington III
Cherise Adkins and Richard Washington III reached out to each other in the same 24 hours, without realizing it at first. (Crystal Whitman, Handout photo)

Date: May 30

Her story: Cherise Adkins, 33, was born in San Jose, Calif. She works as a publicist at Lyons Public Relations in Kensington. Her mother, Beverly Adkins, lives in Las Vegas, and her father, Walter Adkins, lives in San Jose.


His story: Richard Washington III, 35, was born in Lanham. He is an executive producer at WBAL-TV in Baltimore. His parents, Ann and Richard Washington Jr., live in St. Stephens Church, Va.

Their story: The two met in July 2010 at work. He was a producer and she was a writer-producer at WTTG-TV in Washington.

"I literally met him in the parking lot of the TV station," Cherise recalled. "I remember thinking 'Wow, he's really cute.'"

The two never pursued a relationship while working together. After she left the station, Cherise had "Richard on my mind."

She got on and filled out a questionnaire. To her surprise, Richard was among her matches.

"It was a cosmic connection," she said.

Cherise immediately sent him a message on Facebook asking that he contact her.

"He called me that day," she said.

Unbeknownst to Cherise, Richard had also contacted her the day before via text message. But she had recently gotten a new number and never received the message.

"He thought I was responding to the text message that I never received," she said. "We reached out to each other in the same 24 hours."

The two began dating and it evolved from there. They live in Laurel with their cat, Baby Boy.

The proposal: The couple got engaged in October at Blue 44, the Washington restaurant where they had their first date in March 2012.

Richard arranged to have the engagement ring attached to the bill.

"When he opened the bill, out popped the most beautiful ring I've seen in my life," Cherise said. "I fell out of my seat. I was crying so hard. It was so romantic and perfect."


Venue: The wedding and reception at Royal Sonesta Harbor Court in Baltimore was attended by 150 guests.

Flowers and decor: The wedding color was rose gold. Flowers were provided by My Flower Box Events in Glen Burnie.

Her dress: Cherise wore a fit-and-flare dress with a sweetheart neckline by Stephen Yearick from Chevy Chase Bridal.

Bridesmaids' attire: Bridesmaids wore metallic lace dresses from David's Bridal.

Men's attire: Richard and the groomsmen wore Vera Wang tuxedos from Men's Wearhouse.

Music: DJ Kenny Koonga provided the music. The couple's first dance was to "You're My Music" by Brian Culbertson featuring Noel Gourdin.

Food and dessert: The Royal Sonesta catered the wedding. Appetizers included scallops wrapped in bacon and tiger shrimp tempura with avocado salsa. Dinner consisted of Chesapeake chicken topped with lump crabmeat and Old Bay imperial sauce, served with Old Bay "thrasher" potatoes and seasonal vegetables.

The couple also served a lemon cake with buttercream and raspberry preserves from Simply Desserts in Columbia.

Favors: The couple handed out chocolate chip and snickerdoodle cookies by From Momma's Kitchen as favors.

Special touches: The officiant for the wedding was Tim Tooten Sr., a longtime reporter at WBAL. The emcee was Gwen Tolbart, a weather reporter at Fox 5 in Washington.

The couple went on a Royal Caribbean cruise to the Western Caribbean for their honeymoon.