We Can’t Believe This Escort Card Display Was Made by a Maryland Bride + Her Family

We’re always impressed when real couples DIY any portion of their wedding, but we were especially blown away by the escort card wall at Ashley Pruitt and John Andren’s Maryland wedding, made by the bride with the help of friends and family. Take a look at their whole lovely day, in the photos below by Meg Runion Studios.

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Out with a group on 14th Street one weekend night, an outgoing friend of Ashley’s unabashedly approached John, a six-foot-four lawyer, commented on his stature, and insisted he meet the regulatory risk manager. “Beautiful women don’t normally fall in my lap,” John laughs, “but I certainly wasn’t going to turn down the offer!”





The pair hit it off immediately, and John spent the rest of the night with the entourage, fighting for Ashley’s attention. Her friends won out, but not before he got her number to arrange a first date at Hank’s Oyster Bar. Three years later, he asked Ashley to be his wife in their DC apartment, their beloved dog Stanley looking on.











The wedding weekend kicked off with a Roberta’s of Brooklyn pizza truck welcome event, followed by a private yoga class for the bridal party on the morning of the wedding. Family and friends helped the bride construct the floral escort-card display, Roberta’s (the couple’s favorite restaurant) stuck around another night to cater dinner, and guests sipped Getaways—the grapefruit-and-cinnamon cocktail the couple shared on their first date.



After a sparkler-lit faux sendoff, the newlyweds headed to France and Belgium for their honeymoon.


Venue: Brittland Manor | Photographer: Meg Runion Studios | Event Design: Colleen Miller Events | Flowers: Michael Designs Florist | Tent & Rentals: Eastern Shore Tents and Events | Bride’s Gown: Romona Keveza, Rizik’s | Hair & Makeup: Sarah Elizabeth Artistry | Groom’s Attire: Suitsupply | Music: String Poets (ceremony) and JG Entertainment (deejay) | Catering: Roberta’s | Cake: Momofuku NYC | Invitations: The Dandelion Patch | Transportation: An Extraordinar Limousine | Photo Booth: MoxBox | Lighting: On Your Mark Lighting

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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.