Almost instantly, a wedding in Washington, DC has visions of ultimate grandeur. Jen and Nick wed in the early spring at the Four Seasons and they left no stone unturned when it came to the ins and outs of their wedding design. Jen’s favorite blooms are the ever-stunning and lush magnolias and with that color inspiration as their jumping point, they coveted a white/ivory and green wedding with gold accents. Florist Amy from Amy Lauren Floral Designs expressed and continued the color palette by using sumptuous white peonies and white roses along with the glossy magnolia leaves. This wedding has too many impeccable elements to it, both in design and in personality. We’re just glad that Kristen Gardner captured all the splendor in full!
In their own words
How did you meet?
We met at a cocktail bar called Two Birds One Stone located in Washington, DC back in September 2015 and connected over our careers in real estate. After a couple of chance encounters running into each other (while Nick was running, mind you), we decided to make a dinner date at The Riggsby, a new restaurant in Washington, DC at the time.
What is your proposal story?
Background: I LOVE monograms and all things monogrammed. After about a year and a half of dating, we were driving in Nick’s car listening to music when Ella Fitzgerald’s song “Someone to Watch Over Me” came on. The lyrics of the song contain the phrase “I’d like to add his initial to my monogram” and both of us burst out laughing because a. that’s hysterical and well, b.Â guilty as charged.
Story: We purchased a home together in DC in February 2018 and in May 2018, Nick lured me outside with the premise he was concerned about one of our plants dying. I look at the plant and it looks fine. Nick is acting weird. He then mysteriously took out a monogrammed handkerchief and kept dabbing his face trying to get me to notice the monogram. I do not notice and proceed to walk towards the door. Nick keeps dabbing his face and I ask if the handkerchief is his fathers (since I think I see his dad’s initials in there). More dabbing continues. Finally he spells it out for me and tell me that it is my handkerchief and that the initials on it are mine if I want them to be. He then gets down on one knee and formally asks me to marry him. After calling our families and close friends, we celebrated our engagement over dinner that evening at 1789 restaurant in Georgetown and shut the place down!
What was the most important to the two of you while planning? Was there anything that you chose to splurge on or skip?
The ceremony was most important to us both. Given that Nick is Catholic and I am Jewish, we wanted our ceremony to be reflective of us as a couple. It also meant a lot to us to have a religious ceremony. Our officiant was Rabbi Shira Stutman, a local rabbi from Sixth and I synagogue. We met Rabbi Shire through an interfaith couples workshop we had attended in 2017. She was wonderful to work with and we could not be more happy about how the ceremony turned out. For the top of our chuppah, we used a tablecloth from Nick’s late grandparents and my father’s tallit he received when he became a Bar Mitzvah. For our kiddush cups, we used a wine glass from Nick’s late grandmother that was adorned with his mother’s family crest and another kiddush cup from when I became a Bat Mitzvah. All of our parents also helped read the seven blessings, which was really special.
As for the party, our main priorities we a. a nice, comfortable venue in DC, b. a great band, c. enough (and good) food, and c. good alcohol. I wouldn’t say we skipped anything, but a girl could always use more flowers. I have no regrets though as to how we allocated our budget.
What were your favorite parts of the day?
My favorite parts of the day were the moments alone with Nick, seeing my dad for the first time, our ceremony, and having fun on the dance floor!
Do you have any advice for couples planning their weddings now?
Make a list of your biggest priorities from the get go and start there.