This Dock5 Wedding Will Change All Your Conceptions About What a DC Wedding Can Be

Caroline (Carlie) John and Simon Fisherow’s wedding one of those events we look at and just have to appreciate the creativity that went into the planning. From the beer pong table to the late-night grilled cheese food truck, everything about their big day, captured by Andrew Harnik of Avow, screams that it was a ton of fun.

Like B&G on Facebook | Follow B&G on Instagram

6-22-16-colorful-fun-dock5-union-market-wedding-1 6-22-16-colorful-fun-dock5-union-market-wedding-2 is responsible for this playful pair! What started as appetizers and drinks turned into hours of energetic conversation over pasta at Capitol Hill’s Sonoma wine bar.  “As soon as she arrived it felt immediately comfortable and familiar,” homeland-security attorney Simon remembers, “like I was seeing someone I had known for a while.”

6-22-16-colorful-fun-dock5-union-market-wedding-3 6-22-16-colorful-fun-dock5-union-market-wedding-4 6-22-16-colorful-fun-dock5-union-market-wedding-5 6-22-16-colorful-fun-dock5-union-market-wedding-6

Their first date ended with their first kiss; a year and a half later, Simon proposed to Carlie—an executive director with Scholar Academies—in a San Francisco hotel room where he had arranged for two of her favorite things: Champagne and tacos. Carlie says she was so overwhelmed she got a nosebleed!

6-22-16-colorful-fun-dock5-union-market-wedding-86-22-16-colorful-fun-dock5-union-market-wedding-76-22-16-colorful-fun-dock5-union-market-wedding-12 6-22-16-colorful-fun-dock5-union-market-wedding-11 6-22-16-colorful-fun-dock5-union-market-wedding-106-22-16-colorful-fun-dock5-union-market-wedding-9

Come wedding day, guests played beer pong at the reception, sipped bourbon smashes garnished with grilled peaches, and indulged in a Rappahannock Oyster Company oyster bar and late-night grilled cheese sandwiches from The Big Cheese food truck. The custom bar featured the same geometric design used on the couple’s invitations, and the laser-cut chuppah later doubled as a photo booth.

6-22-16-colorful-fun-dock5-union-market-wedding-13 6-22-16-colorful-fun-dock5-union-market-wedding-14 6-22-16-colorful-fun-dock5-union-market-wedding-15

As the festivities came to a close, all 180 guests left with a bottle of cocktail bitters home-made by the groom, and Carlie and Simon departed for a honeymoon in Cape Town.


Venue: Dock5 at Union Market | Photographer: Avow by Andrew Harnik | Event Design: Sara Bauleke of Bella Notte | Decor & Lighting: Revolution Events | Flowers: Crimson & Clover | Bride’s Gown: Carol Hannah, Lovely Bride | Hair: The Up Do Specialist | Makeup: Jan Scott | Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss, Nordstrom | Catering: Spilled Milk Catering | Music: BroadSound | Linens & Rentals: La Tavola and DC Rental | Invitations: Fig. 2 Design | Calligraphy: Pretty Mail Calligraphy | Transportation: Reliable Limousine

Sarah is the Editor-in-Chief of Washingtonian Bride & Groom, and writes about weddings, fashion, and shopping. Her work has also appeared in Refinery29, Bethesda Magazine, and Washington City Paper, among others. She is a Georgetown University graduate, lives in Columbia Heights, and you can find her on Instagram at @washbridegroom and @sarahzlot.