Mia and James married September 3, 2021 at Morven Park in Leesburg. Their wedding was originally featured in the January 2022 issue of Washingtonian. See the details below.
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Mia, a brand marketer and artist from North Carolina, and James, a senior analyst from Northern Virginia, married under magnolia trees in the company of 80 guests at their romantic, Southern-inspired celebration. The pair decided on a palette of peach, rose, and emerald, and among the bride’s favorite details, she says, were the floral “altar” (“church vibes” were important), the flower-adorned horses for their sendoff, towering candelabras (which gave a “real Beauty and the Beast” feel), and the rock-candy Champagne for toasting. For the groom, the personalized dinner menus that doubled as place cards were another highlight. At cocktail hour, a string quartet played music by Kanye West. For their dinner under the stars, the pair composed a menu of truffle sliders, braised short ribs, heirloom-tomato salad, and honey-bourbon chicken. Later in the evening, Mia surprised her groom with a wings bar. Guests took home “A Sweet Match” favors: a mini jar of honey and a personalized box of matches.
Photographer: Carl Elixir Photography • Planning and design: SG3 Events • Florist: Victoria Clausen Florals • Invitations: Model Paper • Caterer: Get Plated • Cake: CrumbCoat Bake Studio • Hair: The Kia Xperience • Makeup: Makeup by PNANG • Bride’s attire: Madison James by Allure • Groom’s attire: Suitsupply • Music: Lucy Black Entertainment (harpist, soloist, string quartet), DJ Curley Sue • Transportation: Majestic Limousine, Capitol Golf Cars, MJ Valet, Carriages of the Capital • Lighting: Atmosphere • Rentals: Select Event Group, Nüage Designs • Ceremony aisle: DJ Max Powers
This article appears in the January 2022 issue of Washingtonian.