Chelsea Cummings: A year later

In December 2010, Qorvis Communications’ Chelsea Cummings got engaged. In February 2011, she won a wedding dress from Chevy Chase Bridal, and she will be married in May of this year. Needless to say, it’s been a whirlwind year for the pretty, blond, career-driven PR executive.

Cummings, who won her dress in a contest through The Hill, is awaiting a strapless Romona Keveza fit and flared dress with a bow detail to arrive in the mail.

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“Choosing the dress went extremely well,” Cummings said. “Saleha, who helped me at Chevy Chase bridal, grabbed it from the mannequin and I ended up absolutely loving it.”

With her dress fittings soon out of the way, it’s one fewer thing Cummings has to worry about, as May is arriving faster than she ever imagined. “I get those emails from theknot.com,” she said. “Now it’s only 103 days.”

One of the hardest aspects of wedding planning in a city such as Washington is the ability to juggle a tough work schedule with wedding planning, which can be a job in itself. Many young professionals don’t have the means to hire a wedding planner, so some are doing mostly everything themselves.

“Sometimes I have to head to the conference room to make phone calls, since florists, reception spaces, they work normal hours too, they’re not going to be there at 7 p.m. when you get home,” Cummings said.

Cummings and her fiancé, who is a photographer for the NFL Players Association, are trying not to overthink things and overanalyze what they want. Their reception place has been chosen — the Oxon Hill Manor.

The couple are having quite the “Father of the Bride” moment too — they invited 190 guests and hoped about 130 would attend.

“We actually keep getting more and more yeses by the day,” Cummings said. “Even my fiancé, who was born in France and has relatives overseas — they’re coming!”

It’s going to be quite a gathering.

The two decided to have their wedding in D.C. because Cummings is a George Washington University grad and her fiancé has lived in the area for six years. They both call D.C. home, and despite meeting in Cape Cod years ago, this city is what they’re most tied to.

As far as honeymoons, Cummings said the couple will probably take a long weekend immediately after the wedding and then have a honeymoon later in the year.

“My only prerequisite is that it’s warm and tropical,” Cummings said. “We both agree that wherever we go should be a city, too, so we don’t get bored sitting on the beach.”

And what if something were to go wrong with their wedded bliss? The two will not be having a prenuptial agreement.

“I feel like those are maybe for older, wealthier people who get married later in life,” she said. “I mean, we have a dog. That’s about it!”

After they settle in to married life in the Burleith-area townhouse they share, they eventually are looking to move overseas to maybe France or London.

The happy couple will be married May 5.