Real Weddings: Alice and Mike

One couple’s “cheerful but laid-back” wedding features cherry blossom-inspired décor.

Alice and Mike share a kiss at the Meridian House. All photographs by Orchard Cove Photography

Alice and Mike were first introduced by a judge Mike was working for.

“We met on a rainy Tuesday at a wine bar in downtown Washington,” says Alice. “I remember liking him because he asked questions, put my coat on for me, and drove me home.”

Less than six months after their first date, the couple got engaged while visiting Alice’s family’s house in New Hampshire. The couple chose to wed on April 30, 2011 at the Meridian House.

“The Meridian House is elegant but unusual, and best of all the outside space is spacious and gorgeous,” says Alice. “It felt formal, but not stuffy, and we knew we could make our wedding personal, as well.”

Alice’s favorite part of the day? The ceremony.

“I loved making such important declarations in front of everyone we love, the ‘altar’ of cherry blossom sprays was a perfect backdrop, and our readings and vows still make me cry when I think about them,” she says.

When choosing their wedding-day decor, the couple wanted a “cheerful, elegant, and loose” feel, says the bride.

“Since we got married in April, we wanted to feature cherry blossoms and other spring flowers, but we didn’t want it to be too girly or childish,” says Alice. “Fortunately, my wedding planner, florist, and caterer were able to translate my ‘I want it to be beautiful and elegant but also laid back!’ ramblings into a perfect aesthetic match.”


Photographer: Orchard Cove Photography via Two Bright Lights

Wedding Planner: Alexandra and Company

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Meridian House

Caterer: The Catering Company of Washington

Floral Designer: The Enchanted Florist

Wedding Gown: Jenny Lee Bridal, purchased at Carine’s Bridal Atelier

Bride’s Headpiece: Cheryl King, purchased at Carine’s Bridal Atelier

Dress Designer: Jenny Yoo Collection

Cake Designer: Fluffy Thoughts Cakes

Band: Amaretto

Lighting: Frost Lighting

Transportation: Reston Limousine