Just when I thought we’d seen it all, Lisa Ziesing for Abby Jiu Photography sends along this stunner of a celebration that totally redefines modern glamour. An effortless orchestrated soiree by Grit and Grace Inc., it’s one of the sweetest ceremonies we’ve ever had the pleasure of witnessing, and thankfully we’ve got it all waiting for you to fall in love with too via The Vault!
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What is the story of how you met?
Eddie was the president of a LGBT tennis club in DC (Capital Tennis Association). Michael was a new member and they met at a holiday social. Michael introduced himself as a new member and they spent the night talking about movies and tennis and found a fun connection. Eddie followed up with a Facebook friend request and that led to a first date!
Who popped the question and how?
Michael popped the question at Christmas of 2014. He gift wrapped a set of bespoke cufflinks of two grooms and asked the question as we opened up Christmas gifts.
Favorite part of your wedding day?
Being able to spend time with all of friends and family. We were blessed to share the day with so many friends at such a beautiful location. The toasts from our close friends over the years were incredibly special and heartfelt and captured our relationship, personalities and friendships with so many.
What were your connection to Friday’s location and officiant?
Joe was the first openly gay federal judge appointed by President Clinton in 1996. We met Joe a few years back at wedding of another friend that he officiated. We got to know Joe the year better leading up to the wedding and found him to be such a loving, charming and generous person. He loves marrying people and was so gracious in offering his time and chambers for the ceremony for our direct family members.
Did you wear anything specific or meaningful on your wedding day?
We had a couple of special items for our wedding day. Our suits were designed by Jill Lynn from Trunk Club and we had some fun details in the suits like “I do” embroidered underneath our collars and the date of the ceremony embroidered inside the jacket. Jill also helped design custom matching vests and ties for both the ceremony and the reception. Lastly, my cousins Staci and Alex had “equal” sign tie tacks made special for the day as a wedding gift using pieces of my grandmothers wedding ring. They were such a surprise and such a lovely gift.
Photography: Abby Jiu Photography | Event Planning + Design: Grit & Grace Inc | Floral Design: Sweet Root Village | Invitations: Minted | Catering: Occasions Caterers | DJ: Shea Van Horn | Venue: D.C. Carnegie Library | Custom Bar: Revolution Event Design And Production | Getting Ready Venue: St. Regis, Washington, DC
Planning your Big Day? Take it from us, finding the right locale is key. It’s the one decision that can take your wedding from stunning to STUNNING, which is why we’re hosting a little meet ‘n’ greet with Updike Farmstead Weddings. Think one part 18th century farmhouse and one part rustic barn pretty. Get to know them, and their awesome wedding packages from Kristin Rockhill Design, below.
“As the Wedding Director and on-site coordinator, I will assist you in planning & designing a stunningly styled wedding at Updike Farmstead Weddings!
” – Kristin Rockhill
Nestled on six breathtaking acres mere minutes from downtown Princeton, Updike Farmstead Weddings’ restored farmhouse and renovated barn is seriously everything you’ve ever wanted in your Big Day venue… and so much more. From the expansive back porch overlooking the stunning landscape + serene farmland to the towering trees lining the property to the French country vibe bursting from every moment, Updike Farmstead Weddings is THE perfect locale for those laid-back romantics that want to say “I do” in the coolest way possible. And don’t even get me started on their Signature Standard Package designed by Kristin Rockhill Design. Think beautifully styled farm tables, lush florals, a vintage trunk cake table display, a vintage writing desk, a tufted sofa and a welcome drink station + bar cart. It’s perfection, loves.
Whether you’re hosting a larger affair for 100 or a small, intimate get-together, Updike Farmstead Weddings will transport you and yours to that place you’ve always dreamed of. Contact them NOW to start planning your luxurious day chock-full of whimsy. Trust us… it’s going to be awesome.
Photography: Jackie Averill | Event Planning: Kristin Rockhill | Florist : Kristin Rockhill | Gown: Monique Lhuillier | Cake : Pink Cake Box | Stationery : April Lynn Designs | Makeup: Make Me Glam | Hair : Val Hairstyles | Barn : Updike Farmstead Weddings | Gowns: BHLDN | Lounge Furniture : Mazz Entertainment | Model : Brittany Druker | Rentals: Newtown Rental | Stylist : Kristin Rockhill
Multicultural weddings? They’re kind of our jam. The blending of two families, two backgrounds, two sets of traditions is beautiful in so many ways and lucky for us, Haithem and Azza felt the same. They planned a day with thoughtful nods to both their backgrounds and brought on Annamarie Akins to make sure not even a second was missed. More right here!
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From Annamarie Akins…When I first met Haithem and Azza, I knew right away that I was going to love being a part of this sweet season in their lives. It was such a gorgeous day filled with love and the blending of their two cultures and families.
The day began at the Hotel Monaco in Alexandria followed by the ceremony and reception at Fairfax Hall. We ended the evening at sunset with a perfect lighting atop the Kennedy Center! The place was fitting because it was where Azza and Haithem first held hands and told each other that they liked one another.
It was so special to be up there at the end of their wedding with them, and such an honor to capture their day!
Photography: Annamarie Akins Photography | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Hair + Makeup: Noori Beauty Artistry Makeup | Venue: Old Town Hall | Getting Ready Venue: Hotel Monaco Alexandria Courtyard