- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Goin’ to the chapel

Could the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center on Pennsylvania Avenue become a rival for those cute little wedding chapels in Las Vegas?

Maybe so.

The center has been tapped to host the 2009 WeddingChannel.com and Us Weekly Celebrity-Inspired Dream Wedding on Sunday for Van Ngo and Eric Oberly, an Alexandria couple who won a contest sponsored by the wedding resource Web site and popular celebrity magazine.

Thousands of couples entered the online contest in May. Ten finalist couples were selected and unveiled by WeddingChannel.com and Us Weekly on June 5, with the public voting on their favorites through June 18. Miss Ngo and Mr. Oberly were announced the victors on June 25.

In addition to receiving a royal-style wedding, they also will be featured in Us Weekly and on “Inside Edition.”

The happy couple, both employed by the U.S. Patent Office, was engaged last fall, when Mr. Oberly proposed while home for a two-week leave from a yearlong tour of duty in Iraq with the Army National Guard.

When the lovebirds learned they had won the competition, the building was their first choice as a venue due to its Pavilion, a palatial room replete with lots of streaming light, 54-foot ceilings and balconies looking out on Woodrow Wilson Plaza.

The best part could be the marble floors perfect for post-nuptial boogie-ing.

We hear the top of the line reception menu includes roasted beef tenderloin with lobster tail and banh mi (mini pork sandwiches, a nod to Miss Ngo’s Vietnamese heritage), while renowned wedding cake designer Sylvia Weinstock is creating two tiers of white cake and two tiers of chocolate cake, with four different fillings and ivory buttercream icing.

Congrats from G2, and is it too late for us to RSVP?

G2 redo

In yesterday’s item about GWAR frontman Oderus Urungus landing a gig as interplanetary correspondent for the Fox News Channel, it was your humble lady spies who must have spaced out. We labeled the cable network “conservative,” when it would have been clearer and more precise to say that FNC is “widely perceived to be” conservative.

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