As a tradition every Christmas, Tricia Oh and Windle Jarvis, who met through mutual friends, dress up and go on a formal dinner date to celebrate the holiday. December 2011 was no exception, which is how the couple found themselves at Bourbon Steak at the Four Seasons in Georgetown. Says Tricia, a second-grade teacher, “After dinner Windle convinced me to walk down to the waterfront to our special place”—the spot where the two first confessed their love for one another. “It was freezing cold and I was in a cocktail dress, but all of the sudden he proposed to me on a bench by the water, surrounded by Christmas lights.” Luckily for Windle, who works for a Washington think tank, Tricia accepted, and a celebratory cocktail—indoors—followed at Old Ebbitt Grill.
In contrast to the winter chill of the proposal, the wedding, six months later, was a summery celebration that took place on Bastille Day at the historic Washington Club.
Photographer: Joe Wang and Elisha Tablada, Love Life Images
Wedding Venue: The Washington Club
Event Coordinator: Catherine Jennings Davis
Hair: Kelley Small, Amie Decker Beauty
Makeup: Patty, Carola Myers Makeup and Hair Artists
Caterer: Washington Parties
Cake: Fluffy Thoughts
Wedding Cake Flavors: Choice of red velvet, raspberry and lemon cream, or marble cake with coffee buttercream, plus a dessert bar
Wedding Cocktail: “Pink grapefruit vodka lemonade. We named our cocktail ‘La Vie en Rose’ to incorporate Bastille Day and tie in our love of France,” says Tricia.
Florist: Edge Florals, DIY centerpieces made by the bride and wedding planner
Wedding Flowers: Roses, hydrangeas, mini calla lilies, dusty miller for the bouquets, baby’s breath for centerpieces and accents
Music/Entertainment: Bagpiper Timothy Kirkpatrick, friends of the bride and groom for the ceremony, and Disc Jockeys On Call for reception
First Dance Song: “Bring It on Home to Me” by Sam Cooke
Invitations: Custom letterpress invitations from the Written Word, calligraphy by the bride
Favorite Wedding Detail: “The bagpiper, the custom cake topper, which was a tribute to our heritage, the calligraphy on the invitations, and the ceremony music.”
Biggest Surprise of the Wedding: “The incredible dance party during our reception. One friend started break-dancing; another started a dance-off.”
Special Decor Details: “Old family portraits and engagement photos throughout the historic mansion gave an intimate feel, as if you were in our home.”
Wedding Theme: Timeless elegance
Four Words That Describe the Wedding: Elegant, romantic, intimate, charming
Honeymoon Spot: Bermuda
Where They Currently Live: Arlington, Virginia