Preppy Black and White Wedding at the Carnegie Institution for Science

Lindsay Bowles and Jacob Chervinsky wed on November 8, 2014.

All photographs by Katelyn James Photography.

Jake Chervinsky and Lindsay Bowles were both in their sophomore year of college when Jake drafted Lindsay onto his mock trial team. Shortly after she joined, Jake turned 19, so Lindsay coordinated with their teammates to sign a card for him. Though she initially had thought Jake was aloof, when she saw how touched he was by her efforts to commemorate his birthday, she realized he was nicer than she’d thought.

As they got to know one another better, Jake realized he was developing feelings for Lindsay. When he couldn’t hide his affection any longer, he asked her out on a first date to coffee–and he even mustered up the courage to give her a kiss at the end of the night.

They dated for four and a half years, during which time Jake studied law in DC and Lindsay lived in California for two years of graduate school. When Lindsay returned to DC for the summer, Jake took her to Founders Park with the intention to propose. He was forced to alter his plans, however, when he realized that he’d locked his keys–and the ring–in his car. After the police successfully rescued the keys, Jake took Lindsay to a romantic cobblestone street in Old Town Alexandria, and it was there that he popped the question.

The couple celebrated their wedding on November 8, 2014 at the Carnegie Institution for Science. Lindsay wore a bow-accented gown by Justin Alexander for their classic black and white nuptials, and at the end of the night, they sent their guests home with lavender sugar, handmade by the bride and groom themselves.

The Details

Venue: Carnegie Institution for Science

Photographer: Katelyn James Photography

Bride’s Gown: Justin Alexander, French Connection

Groom’s Tux: Jos. A Bank

Hair Dresser: Hair by Giselle

Makeup Artist: Kim Giammaria, Beauty Mark

Event Coordinator: Teresa Lee, Rex & Regina

Cake: Fluffy Thoughts Cakes

Florist: Growing Wild Floral Company

Caterers: Design Cuisine

Music/Entertainment: Bialek’s Music and BroadSound

Invitations: William Arthur, Write for You

Calligrapher: Just Write Studios

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.