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Read this: Halloween recap edition


Daniel Shank and Christina Dorffner at their Halloween wedding. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

Happy Monday, everyone. How was your Halloween? For Christina Dorffner and Daniel Shank, it was extra special: They got hitched.

The bride is a "Catholic witch," the groom is a pagan; Ellen McCarthy says it was quite the event:

Linganore Winery in Mount Airy played host to the 140 costumed guests who gathered to witness the couple exchange vows in a 20-minute ceremony in an outdoor pavilion that combined Christian rituals -- the unity candle -- with pagan traditions, such as handfasting, an ancient practice in which the couple's wrists are bound with a rope.
Inside the vineyard's converted barn, family members and friends -- many of them non-pagans -- were met by a mix of sacred pagan symbols and Halloween house-party kitsch. Plastic skulls hung from wooden posts, and severed limbs were strewn throughout the dance floor. A plastic, two-headed animatronic goblin sat on the gift table, a groom's cake shaped like a zombie oozed blood (raspberry filling), and guests posed with a demon baby in a photo corner.

To round out your Halloween debriefing, David Montgomery chronicles the most quintessential of D.C. statements: the political costume.

Elsewhere in today's Style section: Doonesbury's on Twitter. Cate Blanchett is downright incredible in "A Streetcar Named Desire." And Patrick Gaspard is the calm, cool, collected eye of the White House storm.

By The Reliable Source  |  November 2, 2009; 11:46 AM ET
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