A "Something Blue" Wedding at Sequoia

These two teachers tied the knot in a celebration with plenty of vibrant blue accents.

All photographs by Eli Turner.

Leah Schwartz and Sam Moser attended a job fair with the same goal in mind: to walk out with new employment. Waiting to interview for the few available positions, they sat next to one another and chatted for a few minutes, but as they left the fair, neither thought they’d see the other again. But as fate would have it, both got hired by the same county to teach third grade.

During orientation for their new jobs, Leah recognized Sam as the cute guy she’d spoken to at the fair. She approached him and tried to turn on the charm, but Sam was oblivious. Finally, she asked him for his e-mail address, under the pretense of wanting to discuss lesson plans and classroom setup. “I was too busy reading 1984 to realize what was going on,” says Sam. “It wasn’t until she asked for my e-mail that I realized she was interested in me.”

Once he finally got the hint, Sam asked Leah on a first date to the Front Page in Arlington, and both were soon smitten. After they’d been dating for a year and a half, they planned to take a three-week road trip through the South. But when Leah arrived at Sam’s house with her bags packed, she found him surrounded by rose petals and candles waiting to ask for her hand. Leah’s sister, Rebecca McFarland, marketing and events director for Washingtonian, was in on the plan, and was waiting to capture the emotional moment.

The couple wed on July 26, 2014, at Sequoia, which they filled with blue accents–blue chair cushions, napkins, bridesmaid dresses, and cake tablecloth. As a play on their roles as teachers, they used apples as place-card holders and upper- and lowercase letters instead of table numbers. They wrote their own custom ceremony to include their closest family members, and they danced into their new life together to Keb Mo’s “Life Is Beautiful.”

Venue: Sequoia

Photographer: Eli Turner

Bride’s Gown: Monique Lhuillier Bliss, Carine’s Bridal Atelier

Groom’s Tux: Vera Wang, Men’s Wearhouse

Hair: Ana Santanello

Makeup: Carl Ray

Event Coordinator: Sara Franklin, Social Scene Events

Cake: Jess Kujala

Cake Pops: Itty Bitty Cake Company

Florist: Edge Floral Event Designers

Caterer: Sequoia

Videographer: Adora

Music/Entertainment: Dan Goldman, Bialek’s Music

Invitations: Rebecca McFarland

Cake Topper: Etsy

Calligraphy: Pretty Mail Calligraphy

Transportation: MarcParc

Associate Editor

Caroline Cunningham joined Washingtonian in 2014 after moving to the DC area from Cincinnati, where she interned and freelanced for Cincinnati Magazine and worked in content marketing. She currently resides in College Park.