This Monet-Inspired Brunch Wedding Featured a Secret Garden Theme

Watercolor tablecloths, frog and butterfly accents, and a vibrant cake were among the details

Photographs by Curved and Co.

Courtney and Hazem married April 3, 2021 (4-3-21) at the Willard InterContinental Washington, DC. Their wedding was originally featured in the August 2021 issue of Washingtonian. See the details below.

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Courtney and Hazem met through friends at Habana Village, a salsa club in Adams Morgan. There were immediate sparks. “I asked Courtney to dance, and the first thing I noticed was not only her beauty, of course, but how funny and playful she was,” says Hazem. Courtney says she instantly felt comfortable in his presence. Three years after their first date at a wine cafe in Silver Spring, Hazem proposed at the Washington Monument, after which they toasted their engagement with loved ones on the roof of the W Hotel.

Once they selected their 4-3-21 date, they planned a ceremony and afternoon tea at the Willard for seven. The Impressionist aesthetic of their “secret garden” party included watercolor tablecloths, frog-shaped salt and pepper shakers, butterfly-adorned plates, a Monet-inspired cake, and vibrant florals. Guests enjoyed sandwiches, scones, and pastries from the hotel’s afternoon-tea menu plus a few à la carte selections from its brunch service. The couple chose a three-tier almond cake with mocha buttercream, dark-chocolate ganache, and cacao nibs, as well as mini vanilla-butter cakes with lemon curd, strawberry jam, and strawberry buttercream, which doubled as favors.


Courtney and Hazem
Courtney and Hazem
Courtney and Hazem
Courtney and Hazem
Courtney and Hazem
Courtney and Hazem

The Details

Photographs Curved and Co. • Planning and design: Tulle & Tinsel Event Co. • Florist: Pretty Petals Floral Designs • Stationery: Curved and Co. • Cake: CrumbCoat Bake Studio • Makeup artist: Blush by Makki • Bride’s attire: Valdrin Sahiti • Earrings: Shashi • Rentals: Select Event Group, Maison de Carine

This article appears in the August 2021 issue of Washingtonian.
Amy Moeller
Fashion & Weddings Editor

Amy leads Washingtonian Weddings and writes Style Setters for Washingtonian. Prior to joining Washingtonian in March 2016, she was the editor of Capitol File magazine in DC and before that, editor of What’s Up? Weddings in Annapolis.