Photographer Sarah Bradshaw said it best when she described Anna Scharfen and Alexander (Alex) Ramon’s wedding as combining “Old Hollywood glam with organic florals.” For their Army Navy Country Club wedding, planner Teresa Lee of Rex & Regina Events mixed the glam with the rustic with aplomb, creative a stunning celebration that’s both elegant and festive.
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Anna first noticed Alex when he sped past her in a rival track match between her school, Pomona College, and his, Occidental College. “When did Occidental get fast?” Anna asked her teammate. Later, at a track party, it was Alex’s turn to be intimidated by the beautiful brunette. “I was struck by how smart and quick she was and soon realized that I was batting way above my IQ range,” he says. He tried to impress her with a night of dinner and live music on their first date, but when they arrived at the restaurant, they learned that there would be no performers that night, just a long wait for their table. But despite the poor setting, they managed to enjoy one another’s company enough to merit another date.
They’d dated seven years–through the rest of college and their professional schooling–when Alex took Anna to dinner at a restaurant near the inn where they were staying in Carmel, CA. After their meal, Alex brought Anna back to their room where he proposed to her fireside with chocolate, champagne, and a stunning diamond ring.
For their wedding, they returned to Arlington, near the bride’s hometown in McLean. They celebrated at Army Navy Country Club with an elegant outdoor ceremony which included Israel Kamakawiwo’ole songs that were a tribute to Anna’s Hawaiian heritage. The indoor reception space was transformed with florals in rich raspberry shades of color.
The newlyweds danced to “Coming Home” by Leon Bridges and fed their guests red velvet, cream cheese, and dark chocolate ganache cake, before they departed for their honeymoon in Paris and Aix-en-Provence.
Venue: Army Navy Country Club | Photographer: Sarah Bradshaw Photography | Bride’s Gown: Jenny Packham, Rizik’s | Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss | Hair & Makeup Artist: Makeup by Ana B | Event Coordinator: Teresa Lee, Rex & Regina Events | Cake: Fluffy Thoughts | Florist: Sweet Root Village | Caterers: Army Navy Country Club | Transportation: Reston Limousine | Music/Entertainment: DJ Chris Laich | Invitations: The Dandelion Patch | Save the Date: Paperzest
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