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Heard on the Hill: The Wedding Crasher

No one expects her wedding to wind up at the center of a Congressional ethics investigation. But a staffer for then-Rep. Eric Massa got a wedding gift even worse than yet another toaster oven when an incident at her New Year’s Eve nuptials wound up as part of a probe into her boss’s alleged bad behavior.

The celebration of the marriage of then-Massa aide Kate Krems and Washington native Rick Lourenco is lovingly described on the Web site beantownbride.com, and it appears the Dec. 31 event is the very one at which Massa admitted to some down and dirty language.

During a radio broadcast Sunday, Massa described the raucous New Year’s Eve wedding of a female staffer as the scene of the incident that landed him in hot water. Massa said that after his wife had gone home sick, he danced with the bride and a bridesmaid, after which a staffer sitting at a tableful of apparently drunk dudes suggested that Massa ought to chase after the bridesmaid. Massa said he “grabbed the staff member sitting next to me and said, ‘Well, what I really ought to be doing is fracking you.’”

Roll Call’s repeated efforts to reach Massa staffers, including Krems, were unsuccessful, so we can’t say for sure that her wedding was the one that Massa described. But it seems all but certain, since Massa only has a handful of female staffers and Krems’ wedding happened on the night that the Massa incident took place.

On the Beantown Bride site, the couple’s big night is described as a “fairytale wedding come true” with a candle-lit ceremony followed by a James Bond-themed reception at the Ritz-Carlton in Boston. The write-up is accompanied by a video highlighting special moments from the night. (We didn’t spot Massa in any of the shots, but the bridesmaids got some airtime.)

The night is described as “a truly unique celebration,” which seems apropos, considering it won’t just be memorialized in photos and videos, but possibly in sworn testimony, too.

A Vision in White. First lady Michelle Obama famously dazzled on the night of President Barack Obama’s inauguration, earning rave reviews for the one-shoulder, white silk chiffon gown that she wore to the many balls.

But when the first lady officially donated the stunning Jason Wu-designed dress to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History on Tuesday (it goes on display today), she recalled that getting ready to debut the gown on that historic night wasn’t picture-perfect.

Earlier in the day, the new first couple had stood in the frigid outdoors at the inaugural parade “until every last band walked by,” Michelle Obama recalled. That didn’t leave much time to prepare for the evening.

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