Real Wedding: Lauren and Adam

They bar-hopped their way to wedded bliss.

All photographs by Stephen Bobb Photography.

If there’s one thing Adam Sherman wants you to know about how he met Lauren Grossman, it’s that she contacted him first through a Jewish dating website by sharing details from a high school dental accident—an appropriate approach, as Adam is a dentist. Their first date following the online interaction was in Dupont Circle, where they had to jump from bar to bar to find one with an empty table. “It was the easiest first date I’d ever been on. It felt like catching up with an old friend,” says Lauren, an attorney for the federal government.

Two and a half years later, Adam sent Lauren back to the same four bars they had visited on their first date for a scavenger hunt. When Lauren got home, she found their Portuguese water dog, Findlay, in a tuxedo and Adam on one knee. An intimate wedding followed 14 months later.


Photographer: Stephen Bobb Photography

Venue: Park Hyatt Washington

Event Coordinator: Michelle Deltette, Park Hyatt Washington

Bride’s Gown: Watters

Hair: Elsi at Andre Chreky

Makeup: Stephanie at Andre Chreky

Groom’s Tux: Armani Collezioni

Caterer: Park Hyatt Washington

Cake: Park Hyatt Washington

Cake Flavors: Banana cake with milk chocolate ganache

Florist: Da Vinci’s Florists 

Flowers: White dendrobium orchids, white hydrangeas, and white roses 

Music/Entertainment: Amaretto

First Dance Song: “You Are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne

Invitations: Minted

Bride’s Favorite Detail: “We had a small wedding party—only our siblings. It made for a very intimate and special experience under the chuppah.”

Groom’s Favorite Detail: “We served Port City Optimal Wit (a local DC beer) and Bell’s Two-Hearted Ale to our guests.”

Biggest Surprise: Lauren’s mother organized a flash mob to The Hokey Pokey, which formed at the end of her speech. The flash mob was a nod to Lauren’s late father, who loved how Lauren and Adam were silly together. 

Decor Details: “Our guests enjoyed a colorful candy bar at the end of the night, which included gummy teeth and toothbrushes because Adam is a dentist.”

Four Words That Describe the Wedding: Joyful, elegant, lively, and intimate

Honeymoon Spot: Kauai, Hawaii, and San Francisco

Where They Currently Live: Washington, DC