Real Wedding: Lacey and Joe

Neon accents and festive table settings channeled “summer fun in DC” for this stylish celebration.

Lacey and Joe on their wedding day on July 28th, 2012. All photographs by Eli Turner Studios.

It was a chance encounter that brought Lacey James and Joe Echenique together. Lacey, an oncology nurse, and Joe, a police officer, met at a charity event for a cancer foundation, and immediately there were sparks. They began dating, and in August 2011, on the eve of Hurricane Irene, the couple braved the elements to have a special dinner at the Oval Room, during which Joe popped the question. “He got down on one knee in the middle of the restaurant and proposed,” recalls Lacey, who says she would have agreed rain or shine. Luckily there were no weather surprises on July 28, 2012, when the couple tied the knot in a playful summer ceremony.


Photographer: Eli Turner Studios

Wedding Ceremony Venue: National City Christian Church

Wedding Reception Venue/Cake/Caterer: Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown

Event Coordinator: Courtney Swierczek, A Sweet Soiree Events

Bride’s Gown: Enzoani

Bride’s Engagement Ring and Wedding Band: I.Gorman Jewelers

Groom’s Tux: Jean Yves

Hair Dresser/Makeup: Ji Cha, Karma Beauty Lounge

Wedding Cocktail: Champagne and elderflower cocktail

Wedding Cake Flavors: Vanilla and buttercream

Florist: Da Vinci’s Florist

Wedding Flowers: Fuchsia calypso orchids, orange and pink calla lilies

Music/Entertainment: Marc Wilner, Washington Talent Agency

First Dance Song: “I Believe in You” by Celine Dion and Il Divo

Invitations: Papyrus

Paper Goods: Tabibi Design

Favorite Wedding Detail: The ring bearer pillow that the bride’s stepmother made out of the bride’s mother’s wedding dress and fabric from the bridesmaid dresses.

Biggest Surprise of the Wedding: “One of the guests took their clothes off in the photo booth!”

Biggest Surprise for the Bride: The groom sent the bride three dozen pink and orange roses the morning of the wedding, along with a card that said, “I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with you.”

Wedding Theme: Summer fun in DC

Four Words That Describe the Wedding: Stunning, exciting, stylish, energetic

Honeymoon Spot: Honolulu, Hawaii