The Cast and Crew
Ranging from close family to great friends, the following wonderful people will be front
and center in our ceremony:
Scott and Faith
Groom and Bride
Scott had been swing dancing for a while and his friends Anna and Adrian had convinced him to
join them at Glen Echo that night. He remembered meeting a cute blonde during the lesson and was
quite pleased when they ended up dancing later that night. After dancing and talking to her about
travel, hiking, and even SQL(!) for two hours, he figured that getting her phone number was a
pretty safe bet...
It all started when Faith’s friend Beth thought it would be fun to try swing dancing. Not
knowing where to go, they reached out to Jack, who suggested checking out Glen Echo Ballroom.
During the intro lesson, where newcomers learn the basic footwork while rotating through
different partners, Faith first met Scott. After the lesson ended and the open dance began,
she asked him to dance, and the rest is history!
The guy I call when I need telecom consulting, gift-giving advice, and delightful stories
Co-Maid of Honor
The sister who inspires me to push myself past my limits
The guy I call when I'm looking for deep conversation or someone who can use Adobe tools
Co-Maid of Honor
The sister who offers (much needed) fashion advice
The guy I call when it's time to get some vintage TMTB mountain biking action
The friend who encouraged me to go vegetarian and embrace yoga
The guy I call when my car doesn't work or when someone finds drivable armored vehicles
The friend who has been there since 2nd grade
The guy I call when I want Dupont Falafel, memorable bar crawls, and healthy laughs
The friend who made our sorority home for me
The guy I call when I need coding advice, a hiking buddy, or basement renovations
The friend who was my first friend (and roommate) at UNC-Chapel Hill
The guy I call when I [used to] crave Zengo and when it's time to go swing dancing
The friend who convinced me to go swing dancing the night I met Scott
For those of you from out of town, we are so excited that you've decided to make the trip to celebrate with us!
We've reserved a hotel block at the Hyatt Regency in Reston. The hotel is in the Reston Town Center,
right near many restaurants, shops, walking paths, and close to our ceremony location. We've reserved
rooms for Friday (11/1) and Saturday (11/2) at $119 + tax.
Book your room online via the Hyatt website
Toll-free number: 877-803-7534
Guests must mention the block name: Collins-Shellhammer Wedding, along with the location: Hyatt Regency Reston
Parking is $8/day, and check-in is not until 4 pm. Early check-in upon availability is offered from 1pm - 4pm,
and then early bird check in from 11 am - 1 pm is offered at $50 extra. They offer a complementary airport
shuttle to and from Dulles Airport (IAD) as well.
Things To Do
Reston, Virginia is about 45 minutes outside of Washington, D.C. While activities in our nation’s capital are
more known but further from the wedding festivities, we wanted to provide you with some local favorites; local
because you are staying in Scott’s old neighborhood! Fun fact: Scott moved to his apartment in Reston (half
mile from the Hyatt, and half a mile from St. Anne’s) the day before we had their first date! So, below are some
things we’d recommend from personal experience to keep you busy when you’re not with us!
The Washington & Old Dominion Bike Path
Right next to the Hyatt you can pick up the Washington and Old Dominion walking/biking path. The old W&OD railroad line was turned into a bike path in 1974, stretching 45 miles from Washington, D.C. to Purcellville, VA. Faith and Scott took many bike rides and walks along the trail. We recommend it for a nice walk away from the main roads!
Capital Bike Share
If you’re feeling adventurous, there are many capital bike share stations in the area. Hop on a bike a go exploring! Old town Herndon is right down the W&OD trail from the Reston Town Center
Reston Town Center
One of the reasons that we picked they Hyatt, besides proximity, is the Reston Town Center! Dozens of shops, restaurants, galleries and bars are right outside the door! Take a stroll or grab a bite without having to hop in a car! Some of our favorites include: The Counter (burgers, fries and milkshakes), Bar Taco (Mexican), and Barcelona (tapas and wine)
Lake Anne Village Farmers Market
Just a 15-20 minute walk from the Hyatt, Lake Anne Village has a lovely farmers market that will be running still on November 2nd from 8am to 12pm. Take a lovely stroll on the community paths through the neighborhoods and enjoy some delicious local treats!
Lake Anne Wine & Coffee Bar
Another local favorite, if you want to stay and see the lake of Lake Anne and sit outside and enjoy some treats, we’d recommend Lake Anne Wine & Coffee Bar! They serve breakfast and lunch. Fun Fact: Scott spent more hours here working on grad school than anywhere else!
Senor Ramon Taqueria and Crooked Run Brewing
Those of you who know Scott know that he loves tacos and he loves beer. Putting a brewing company and a taqueria in the same building was very convenient. Take a short 15 minute drive (or 30 minute bike ride!) to one of Scott’s favorite beer and taco places in Northern Virginia.
Dulles Air and Space Museum
For all you space and plane fans out there, take a trip out to the Dulles Air and Space Museum! And bonus- it’s free as part of the Smithsonian Museums!
For my fellow lovers of fall foliage, take a short 20 minute drive over to Meadowlark Gardens – a local Fairfax county park! The gardens and beautiful and great for a stroll.
When should I arrive?
If you're part of the wedding party, please arrive in Northern Virginia by noon Friday. For everyone else, arrive by mid-day Saturday. If it's easier to arrive a day earlier, Reston is 1 hour from Washington D.C. via the Metro, so there's no shortage of activities in the capital to keep you busy until the ceremony mid-Saturday. See the Things-to-do section in Travel for ideas.
How do I get from the airport to the hotel?
For out-of-towners, the closest and easiest airport is Dulles International Airport (IAD). From there, there are complimentary Hyatt shuttles that will bring you from the airport to the hotel. If it's easier to fly into Reagan National Airport (DCA), you can take the Silver Line on the Metro to get to Reston in roughly an hour. It won't get you quite to the hotel, so you'll still need a ride from the Wiehle station to the Hyatt (1.5 miles away). If you're flying into BWI, you're brave and on your own.
Is there a shuttle between the ceremony, reception and hotel?
No official shuttle, but many of you know other attendees, so we encourage carpooling. Closer to the event, we will create a Lyft code and publish it on this site so that you can rideshare on us!
Are kids invited?
With space constraints on the wedding and reception venues, we'd prefer that you only bring children if the invitation is addressed to your whole family. But let's be real: the kids are going to be much happier playing video games with the babysitter...
Can I bring a date?
If your invitation says “and Guest,” then yes. If not, then we'd prefer if it be just you.