St. Mary's Catholic Church in Alexandria, Va., was the setting for the New Year's Eve wedding of Cynthia McKay and Benjamin Abalos.
The Rev. Dennis Kleinmann officiated at the evening ceremony on Dec. 31, 2009 that united the daughter of the late James N.B. McKay and Judith H. McKay of Poland, and the son of Auxenia Abalos of California and the late Juan Abalos.
A reception and New Year's celebration at the Hilton Old Town Alexandria followed the ceremony. The Rev. Dr. Robert Hoover of Poland welcomed guests on behalf of the bride's late parents.
The bride wore a natural white dupioni silk A-line gown with a sweetheart neckline, adorned with crystals, and a chapel-length train. Her veil was worn with a headband of crystals, and she carried a bouquet of purple tulips, hydrangea, and lisianthus.
Julie McHugh of Mason was the bride's matron of honor in a dress of champagne silk and also carried a bouquet of purple flowers. Flower girls included the bride's cousins, Lily and Kate Grdic of Canfield, and Catherine Horner of Richmond, Va., a young friend of the bride. They wore white matte satin gowns with champagne sashes and carried pomanders of purple hydrangea.
Serving as best man for the groom was his cousin, Cedric Abalos of Centreville, Va. The groom's young cousins, Sebastian Aniciete of Vallejo, Calif., and Roel and Cruz Maralit of Springfield, Va., served as ring bearers.
An attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., the bride earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia and her juris doctorate from William and Mary Law School in Williamsburg, Va.
Licensed as a CPA and an attorney, her husband earned his bachelor's degree and juris doctorate from Temple University in Philadelphia. He is a captain in the U.S. Navy and a professor of taxation.
Following their honeymoon in Vail, Colo., they have made their home in Alexandria.
MR. and MRS. BENJAMIN ABALOS