Kerstin Long’s mother always wanted her to marry Dutch. "My family is Dutch on my mother's side," she says. "She moved back to the Netherlands about fifteen years ago." While Kerstin didn’t share her mother's conviction, her mom should be happy that she met Sander Bijker in 2002 at the Dutch Ex-Patriots Club in Manhattan.
The two dated for nine years before Sander proposed. They began making plans and set their wedding date for May 20, 2012 at the Clermont Historic Site in Germantown. Kerstin says that they were immediately taken by the lush gardens that felt...