Amy Michelle Smith and Michael Kennedy De Palatis were joined together in marriage on Sunday, May 30, 2010, at the Congregation Beth El in Bethesda. The ceremony was officiated by Rabbi Gregory Harris.
Amy is the daughter of Arthur and Myra Smith of Rockville and is the granddaughter of Harry and Marilyn Kimelman of Hartford, Conn., and Rhoda Smith of Highland Park, N.J., and the late Benjamin Smith.
Michael is the son of Paul and Andrea De Palatis, Frostburg. His grandparents are Maria De Palatis of Pittsburgh, Pa., and the late Michael De Palatis, and Kenneth and Enid Kennedy of Frostburg.
Given in marriage by her parents, the bride wore an ivory crinkle silk chiffon gown with a crystal-accented beaded lace overlay. The gown featured an A-line silhouette, a sweep train and a modified sweetheart neckline accentuated by thin spaghetti straps. The veil, featuring a hem made from hundreds of pearl beads, was handmade as a gift from her friend Lauren Bardelli. She wore a simple Swarovski crystal necklace borrowed from her friend Lauren Webster, and carried a bouquet of ivory roses accented with dark green leaves.
Serving as maids of honor were the bride’s sister, Suzanne Smith, and longtime friend Rachel Kenney. Bridesmaids included Angela De Palatis, sister of the groom, and Michelle Mazurek. The junior attendants were Lindsey Solof and Nathan Solof, cousins of the bride. The bridesmaids wore individually styled full-length gowns of soft cocoa brown with pale pink accents and carried French nosegay bouquets of pale pink roses. Pale pink pearl necklaces were a gift from the bride.
The best man was Michael’s friend and college roommate, A. Michael Sheer (known to their friends as A. Mike), and the groomsmen were Kyle Orland, Jacob Schwartz and Bruce Webster.
The groom and groomsmen wore classic black tuxedos with ecru damask vests and ties, accented with pale pink rose boutonnieres.
Beautiful flute and clarinet duets for the wedding ceremony were provided by the bride’s cousins, Hannah Smith-Drelich and Miriam Smith-Drelich, and arranged by Miriam Smith-Drelich. Hannah and Miriam are the daughters of Jeremy Drelich, MD, and Dr. Rochelle Smith of Ellerslie.
The program for the wedding was custom designed by the bride’s friend, Rachel Kenney, and featured a Tree of Life, echoing the elaborate cutwork design decorating the ketubah. As a surprise to the bride and groom, their friends collected photographs of Mike and Amy, and solicited stories and reminiscences of their courtship, which were put into a keepsake book.
Immediately following the ceremony, the bride and groom were transported by a white stretch limousine to the Gaithersburg Hilton for a reception featuring cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, followed by a gourmet dinner for their guests. Before dinner was served, the bride’s grandfather, Harry Kimelman, said the Kaddish. The four-tier wedding cake of white cake with lemon filling was decorated with white fondant icing embellished with deep green ribbons and vines.
For their first dance as husband and wife, Mike and Amy danced a slow fox trot to Frank Sinatra’s rendition of “Once in Love with Amy.” A dance lesson to prepare for the occasion was a gift from the bride’s sister, Suzanne.
A bridal shower was hosted at the home of the bride’s friend, Lauren Webster. The shower featured a custom cake from Lorenzo’s Bakery, Frostburg, the groom’s hometown. Lauren also assisted with the wedding plans.
Amy attended Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville and graduated from University of Maryland with degrees in history and Jewish studies. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Jewish history from Yale University in New Haven, Conn.
Mike is a 2001 graduate of Beall High School and graduated from University of Maryland with a degree in chemistry. He is currently enrolled in the chemical engineering masters program at Villanova University, Villanova, Pa.
Following their honeymoon in Williamsburg, Va., the couple resides in New Haven.