Real Wedding: Cheryl and Philip Twu

This beautiful DC celebration had a cherry blossom theme.

Photographs by Katelyn James.

Philip and Cheryl met in 2011 while he was finishing up his PhD at Georgia Tech and she was working as a consultant in DC. After a few dates at the Reston Town Center and dinners at Toki Underground and Zaytinya in DC, they realized they were really hitting it off. From their love of travel to their ability to make each other laugh until their sides hurt, they had a truly special connection. Because their relationship started off as long-distance, Philip and Cheryl spent a lot of time on the road, traveling every other weekend to Atlanta, DC, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and even Taipei and Hong Kong.  

Still, when it came to the wedding, they decided to have it in DC, in April when the cherry blossoms were in bloom—and they couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful Saturday to hold the celebration. Their vendors and the hotel staff worked very hard to transform the already amazing Crystal Room in the Willard InterContinental into something out of a fairy tale. Philip and Cheryl also made sure the celebration reflected their fun-loving personalities—including catwalking down the aisle to Right Said Fred’s “I’m Too Sexy” and breaking out into the Harlem Shake in the middle of the first dance.


Wedding Venue and Reception: The Willard InterContinental

Wedding Date: April 26, 2014

Photographer: Katelyn James

Bride’s First Impression: “Wow! What a tall, dark, and handsome man.”

Groom’s First Impression: “During our first date, I realized I was actually smiling and laughing from my heart, not just going through the motions. That was something I thought I had long forgotten how to do, but Cheryl was able to bring that out of me.”

Bride’s Gown: Galina Signature

Groom’s Tux: Jos. A. Bank

Hair and Makeup: Linda Lin, Beautiful Life Salon

Florist: Edge Flowers

Wedding Flowers: Cherry blossoms

Event Coordinator: Elizabeth Connor, the Willard InterContinental

Wedding Cocktail: Champagne

Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas

Music/Entertainment: DJ Dan Huynh

Bride’s Favorite Detail: “The delicate cherry blossom floral arrangements.” 

Groom’s Favorite Detail: “The dairy-free cake.”

Biggest Surprise: “The Harlem Shake dance in the middle of our first dance!”

First Dance Song: “I Wanna Know” by Joe

Wedding Theme: Cherry blossoms

Four Words That Describe the Wedding: Fun, fresh, festive, modern

Honeymoon Spot: Maui and Tokyo

Where They Currently Live: Rockville, MD