Real Wedding: Erika Luna and Stanley Wong

This couple celebrated their nautical-themed wedding by the waterfront.

Photographs by Jennifer Cody.

Erika Luna grew up in a strict househould, so she didn’t expect her parents to let her go out with Stanley Wong when they met in 2007 through Erika’s twin sister. She soon built up the courage when Stanley, who works at TFI in data processing, showed up at her door on New Year’s Day, just a few days later, to take her to the movies. “At that point, I had no other choice but to ask my mother,” says Erika, a nanny in Cleveland Park. To her surprise, her mother agreed, and Stanley and Erika’s relationship took off. 

Five years later, Stanley cleverly planned a proposal that would surprise Erika in just the right way, since she hates surprises. On the day of his birthday dinner, among close friends, he got down on one knee right before cutting his birthday cake and proposed. After both had graduated from college and started their careers, they tied the knot in an elegant, nautical-themed wedding at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club.


Wedding Venue:  Chesapeake Bay Beach Club 

Wedding Reception Venue:  Beach House Room, Chesapeake Bay Beach Club

Wedding Date: June 14, 2014

Invitations: Dandelion Patch

Bride’s Gown: Casa Blanca, White Swan Bridal

Groom’s Tux: Jos. A. Bank

Hair: Rochelle, Alison Harper & Company

Makeup: Libby, Alison Harper & Company

Event Coordinator: Christine Godsey, Engaging Affairs

Cake: Goodness Cakes

Wedding Cake Flavors: Lemon with raspberry filling and vanilla cake with vanilla pastry cream and fresh strawberries

Wedding Cocktail: Tavern Bayside at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club

Florist: Intrigue Design

Flowers: Calla lilies, roses, peony, hydrangeas, and orchids

Videographer: Ryan Geldermann

Music/Entertainment: Michael Bard, Trio Caliente and Washington Talent 

Photographer: Jennifer Cody, Ego Media Photography

Bride’s Favorite Detail: “The wedding arch we stood under during our ceremony.”

Groom’s Favorite Detail: “Floral walls for our escort cards.”

Biggest Surprise: “Our florist/design team, Sarah Campbell, with Intrigue Designs, gave us little surprises. The best one was the navy tablecloths on the round tables.”

First Dance Song: “All of Me” by John Legend

Wedding Theme:  Nautical 

Four Words That Describe the Wedding: Breathtaking, elegant, enchanting, memorable 

Honeymoon Spot: River Maya Cancun, Mexico, and Hong Kong 

Where They Currently Live: Centreville, Virginia