Meet Casey Benson—and as cliché as it may sound—she truly is an incredibly beautiful young lady, both inside and out, with the most breathtaking deep-dimple smile, captivating blue eyes and the purest of hearts. It was many moons ago when I met Casey while standing in line with her mother, Martha Benson, at the Westminster Presbyterian Preschool in Alexandria, waiting in a narrow hallway to pick up our daughters who became immediate best friends from that day forward.
And now, almost 24 years later, Casey is my daughter’s Maid of Honor, and has been with her every step of the way: organizing a bachelorette getaway in Florida, a bridesmaid luncheon in D.C., and accompanying Sarah on a hard hat tour of her wedding venue…all while working at CBRE on the USPS account as a Transaction Manager, where she is responsible for negotiating the business terms and conditions for retail, industrial, and office leases for a high-volume client.
As if Casey didn’t have enough on her plate, she kindly accepted taking time out to do a photo shoot at Coco Blanca. I am so grateful for the special friendship between my daughter and Casey, and what a joy it will be on January 14 to watch Casey standing next to her at the altar, holding Sarah’s bouquet as she tells her man, “I do!”
How do you spend your time? Love hanging out with my family and friends, watching sports, and being active.
Neighborhood: Currently live in Arlington, but Alexandria will always be my home!
How long have you lived in Alexandria: Since I was born
What brought you to Alexandria? My parents
You’re a superhero: what’s your superpower? To transport anywhere in the world
Last book read or movie seen: “Girl on the Train”
Guilty Pleasure: Wine, pajamas and a movie
Phrase you overuse: “That is amazing!”
Facebook or Instagram? Instagram
Latest binge-watch: “Friday Night Lights”
Bucket list travel destination: Safari in Africa
If you only could have one for the rest of your life: wine or coffee? Coffee
Define your style in three words or less: Black, sleek, simple
The go-to piece in your wardrobe: Skinny jeans
Favorite trend ever: Leggings with comfy sweaters
Favorite current trend: Off-the-shoulder sweaters
Favorite fragrance: Michael Kors
Heels or flats? Depends on the event!
Favorite room in your home: Kitchen
Antiques, modern, or a mix? Mix
Last item bought for your home: New bed and mattress
Next planned purchase: Art for my bedroom
Favorite way to entertain: Seasonal cocktails and apps!
Clutter-free or well-lived in? Clutter free
Wallpaper: yes, totally modern or no, so dated: So dated
Most fun way to exercise: Love hiking and being active outdoors
Group exercise or solo: Solo
Fitness goal: To be lean and strong!
Haven’t yet, but might be willing to try with coaching / encouragement: Running a marathon
Proudest fitness achievement: Getting through a solidcore class!
Favorite spot in Alexandria: Old Town/Waterfront
Last purchase in Alexandria: Bracelet from Coco Blanca!
Best coffee / happy hour / date night spot: Virtue for cocktails, Mai Thai and Landini Brothers for yummy food!
Favorite charity: Lucky Dog Animal Rescue
Favorite annual Alexandria event: St. Patrick’s Day Parade