Real Wedding: Megan and Jamie

After a low-key engagement, this couple went all out for their wedding inspired by the city.

Megan and Jamie sharing a kiss on their wedding day on July 27, 2013. All photographs by Tara Parekh Photography.

When Jamie Gausemel decided to propose to Megan Darch, he knew he wanted a casual and fun situation representative of their five-year relationship. The groom, who works in IT, made Megan, an executive assistant, breakfast at their condo one morning and popped the question as they were dancing to one of their favorite songs. For the wedding, which took place six months later, the couple—who initially met through mutual friends—settled on an elegant family affair and a celebration inspired by Washington.


Photographer: Tara Parekh Photography

Wedding Venue: The Hay-Adams Hotel

Event Coordinator: Haydee Gamez, the Hay-Adams Hotel

Bride’s Gown: Matthew Christopher

Groom’s Tux: J.Crew

Hair/Makeup: Jordan K Winn & Co.

Cake: Kendall’s Cakes

Wedding Cake Flavors: Tupelo honey

Florist: Philippa Tarrant Floral Design

Wedding Flowers: White and green hydrangeas and mini white calla lilies

Caterers: The Hay-Adams Hotel

Videographer: Adora Wedding Films

Music/Entertainment: Daniel Ssebowa Musisi

First Dance Song: “You & Me” by Dave Matthews

Invitations: River City Studio

Photo Booth: OnomonoMedia

Bride’s Favorite Wedding Detail: The photo booth

Groom’s Favorite Wedding Detail: The balcony and the view of the venue

Biggest Surprise of the Wedding: Their dog, Rocky, walking down the aisle as the ring bearer

Wedding Favors: Instead of favors, a donation was made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in memory of the bride’s father.

Wedding Theme: Washington, DC

Four Words That Describe the Wedding: Classic, elegant, romantic, timeless

Honeymoon Spot: Costa Rica

Where the Couple Currently Live: Washington, DC