This Couple Wed Beneath a Stunning Suspended Flower Chuppah

Casey Friedman and Adam Cohen married on September 1, 2013. 

All photographs by Justine Ungaro.

Casey Friedman and Adam Cohen were big into their sorority and fraternity chapters while enrolled at Muhlenberg College—she was the social chair and he was the treasurer. So when Casey planned a party for her sisters and their brothers, the Delta Tau Delta, she met up with Adam to pass along the check for the party alcohol. Adam was immediately smitten. “She was the most beautiful woman I had ever seen,” he says.

He began to seek her out, hanging out in her dorm room, but though Casey thought he was sweet, she wasn’t into “nice” guys, and told him they should just be friends. Though he was disappointed, Adam continued to be a good friend. But several years later, Casey realized what a great thing she was missing out on. “I literally had an ‘aha’ moment where I knew I loved him,” says Casey. “We were friends, but I began feeling giddy at the thought of him.”

The couple had dated for four years when Adam surprised Casey with breakfast in bed on her birthday. He handed her a box, but to her horror, she opened it to find an iron—even though she’d always told him that she hated appliances as gifts. But Adam coaxed Casey to open the iron box, and there she found a smaller box. Inside was a perfect diamond ring.

Casey and Adam wed on September 1, 2013 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. They treated their guests to champagne before the ceremony—delivered to their hotel rooms with the note “Get Excited!” and sent them off for the night with a toothbrush and toothpaste—Adam is a dentist—and the encouragement “Don’t forget to brush!” They said “I do” beneath a stunning suspended flower chuppah, then toasted to their future at their reception bourbon bar.

Venue: National Museum of Women in the Arts

Photographer: Justine Ungaro

Bride’s Gown: Monique Lhuillier. Mark Ingram Atelier

Groom’s Tux: Burberry, Bloomingdale’s

Hair Dresser: Darren and Amy Mchugh, NYC

Makeup Artist: Carl Ray

Event Coordinator: SoCo Events

Cake: Maggie Austin Cake

Florist: Amaryllis

Caterers: Windows Catering Company

Transportation: Linder Transportation

Music/Entertainment: The Edge, Elan Artist

Invitations: Two Paperdolls

Lighting: Digital Lightning

Photo Booth: Onomonomedia

Day of Stationery: SimpleSong

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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.