Giant Cherry Blossom Centerpieces Hint at This Couple’s Springtime Wedding Theme

Spoiler: It's Cherry Blossoms!

Jan Vega Rivera(Carla) was hosting a cookout when she first met Corey Shelton. Carla’s cousin was a co-worker of Corey’s and had secretly wanted to set the pair up, but when Corey tagged along to the cookout, there was no need for intervention—it was love at first sight.

“I walked in and saw this gorgeous lady cooking, and I knew she was the one,” says Corey of the first time he saw Carla.

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Corey and Jan Wedding
Corey and Jan Wedding

Nearly two years later, in Atlanta, Georgia, Carla woke up to a surprise proposal and a ring that had been placed on her finger. Just like that, and the couple was engaged.

The next year, the two wed at Holy Rosary Church. Following the ceremony, guests celebrated the newly-married couple at The National Museum of Women in the Arts.

The couple took wedding inspiration from one of the nation’s capital’s most beloved times of the year—cherry blossom season. The grand space at their venue, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, was decorated in blush pink, ivory, and gold hues to mimic the blossoms. Giant cherry blossom centerpieces and golden menus with cherry blossom frames carried the couple’s theme throughout the reception area.

Carla and Corey had a customized monogram created to use from start to finish. The couple’s invitation suite was delivered to guests in a gold laser-cut box engraved with their monogram that held an acrylic invitation inside a velvet envelope. The monogram detail was later featured on the napkins, bar, and the couple’s wedding cake.

Corey and Jan Wedding
Corey and Jan Wedding

In addition to the DJ, a traditional Puerto Rican band paid homage to Carla’s roots.

Corey and Jan Wedding
Corey and Jan Wedding

Before the end of the evening, the guests were gifted luxe favor boxes and custom chargers to remember the couple’s special day.

Corey and Jan Wedding
Corey and Jan Wedding

After the celebration, Carla and Corey honeymooned throughout Dubai, the Maldives, and France.

The Details:

Photographer: Terri Baskin Photography | Venue: Holy Rosary Church(ceremony), National Museum of Women in the Arts(reception) | Event Planning & Design: Favored by Yodit Events & Design | Florist: EDGE Floral Event Designers | Invitations: Parchment by Dami | Caterers: Main Event Caterers | Cake: Couture Cakes by Sabrina | Hair Stylist: Kachina C. Fleet from Salon C’est Chic | Makeup Artist: Glam Qui by Marquia James | Bride’s Attire: Leah Da Gloria | Groom’s Attire: Tom Ford | Music/Entertainment: DJ K-Meta, Joe Falero Band | Transportation: Vintage Limos | Videographer: Invision Media Company | Bridal Party Attire: custom dresses from Vainglorious Brides | Live Painter: Cris Logan Art| Photobooth: FM Entertainment | Bridal Stylist: Vainglorious Brides | Hotel: The Willard InterContinental

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Natalie Colonna

Natalie is an Editorial Fellow at Washingtonian Weddings. She is a senior Media Studies student at The Catholic University of America in DC.