“Harvest Moon” by Neil Young filled the room as Ashley Kircher joined G. Bradley Laken II for their first dance as a married couple. “The lounge seating by the dance floor really allowed everyone to be part of the moment, even if they weren’t dancing themselves,” says Ashley, an attorney at Seyfarth Shaw, who adds that the intimate setting was one of her favorite wedding details.
The bride and groom met during new student orientation at Georgetown University Law Center and immediately clicked. A year of dating turned into a long-distance relationship when Bradley, an attorney at Kirkland & Ellis, moved to Chicago for work. In the spring of 2011, the day before Ashley’s birthday, Bradley flew back to DC to see her and celebrate—with a surprise. “My ‘birthday gift’ was in a small box within a larger box within a larger box, and I didn’t realize what was happening until I got to the smallest box and Brad got down on one knee,” says Ashley, who three months later moved to Chicago to be with her fiancé.
The couple returned to Washington for their September 29 wedding, which consisted of an intimate ceremony on the steps of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, followed by an elegant dinner. Tall centerpieces of white Manzanita trees and orchids, arranged by Jack H. Lucky Floral Design, surrounded the room, and subtle pink lighting by Yours Truly added to the enchanted-forest atmosphere.
The party moved to the dance floor, where Ashley's 90-year-old grandfather busted a few moves, delighting the bride and guests. The night ended with slices of four-tiered lemon, blackberry, and raspberry buttercream cake and guests sending the couple off on their honeymoon to Europe.
Photographer: Kristen Gardner Photography
Bride’s Gown: Allure Couture from Distinctive Designs Bridal
Groom’s Tux: Balani Custom Clothiers
Hair: Julie Jackson from Hair by Jewels
Makeup: Leah McKay
Event Coordinator: Arney Walker and Allison Jackson from Pineapple Productions
Cake: Fluffy Thoughts
Wedding Reception Venue: Corcoran Gallery of Art
Florist: Jack H. Lucky Floral Design
Caterers: Windows Catering Company
Music/Entertainment: Sage Strings and DC Synergy of Entertainment Exchange
Invitations: Rich Little Bird
Honeymoon Spot: Paris, south of France, Positano
Where They Currently Live: Chicago, Illinois