The 'Welcome to Capitalsville' sign lives on in weddings

Brian Tinsman
October 11, 2018 - 9:29 am
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Imagine celebrating the best day of your life twice in one year.

That was the case for die-hard Washington Capitals fan Mike Wolffe and his bride-to-be, Venus Perez, as they prepared for their wedding on September 15.

The Caps had already won the Stanley Cup, breaking decades of sports misery in the nation's capital.

"The Caps winning the cup was the happiest day of my life, save for my wedding day, without question," he said in the days before his wedding. "I cried, and drank 12-year-old single malt to celebrate. I might cry at my wedding, too."

It only made sense for Wolffe and Perez channeled those memories into the Happiest Day Ever 2.0.

After all, they met on a blind date at a Caps game at the then Verizon Center in April of 2011. Perez, a native of San Diego, wasn't even much of a sports fan back then, but Wolffe, a Northern Virginia native, had had season tickets since 2008. While they can't remember who the Caps played that night (or even if they won), they found a winner in each other.

Over the next seven years, as much changed as stayed the same. The Caps got good--really good--but never quite good enough. Perez found Wolffe's love for sports, and eventually got a job running the lights for Capitals, Wizards, Mystics and Valor games at the Capital One Arena:

Got to shadow my super cool fiance @11venusnv11 in the lighting booth for the Caps regular season finale tonight! Not a bad place to watch a caps game. And I got to wear a headset, as long as I promised not to touch any buttons or say anything on headset. But at least I look official! #productionlife #grandmalighting #gameops #headset #alwaysonque #ALLCAPS #letsgocaps

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After getting engaged, the couple decided to get married at a friend's house in Loudoun County, Virginia. Lovettsville, a town of less than 3,000 people in western Loudoun, renamed itself Capitalsville during the duration of the Stanley Cup playoff series, by decree of the Town Council. The move was proposed by then Mayor Bob Zoldos, who was in his final weeks as head of the town, and helped attract national media attention and tens of thousands of visitors:

Wolffe and Perez were unable to visit during the playoff series but wanted to bring the sign into their nuptial ceremony. So they talked to a friend, who knew the artist that designed the sign, who talked to Zoldos, who still had the sign (after the town reverted back to Lovettsville):

When your friends know the mayor of Lovettsville, VA, you get to have the #capitalsville sign at your #notasuckwedding @capitals

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"The sign was basically the first thing our guests saw the walk from the parking area to the tent where the ceremony and reception will take place," Wolffe and Perez explained. "We took some pictures in front of it, and encouraged guests to do the same."

#notasuckwedding is now in our rearview, and was a whirlwind. Luckily #hurricaneflorence stayed well to the south so that #capitalsville stayed pretty dry. And we'd be remiss if we didn't wish @aleksandrovechkinofficial a #gr8 birthday today! Photo credit: @ambo3924

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And that wasn't the only 2017-18 Caps reference at the Wolffe-Perez wedding. The invitations went out to guests with a giant red header reading "THIS WEDDING IS NOT GONNA BE SUCK," channeling the quote from Alex Ovechkin's goals for his championship season: "We're not gonna be suck this year."

All three photos on the flip side of the invite were pictures of the couple celebrating Lord Stanley's Cup.

The Miracle on Ice flag, Evander Holyfield's ear, and Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game ball are all sports memorabilia lost to history. Fortunately, for Caps fans, the Capitalsville sign still exists, and is enjoying a pretty sweet retirement as a wedding backdrop for die-hard fans.

And here's to many more "happiest days ever" for Mike and Venus.

 

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