Elizabeth and Paul married at Saints Peter and Paul Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church in Potomac, then celebrated with a reception at the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda on August 28, 2021. Their wedding was originally featured in the January 2022 issue of Washingtonian. See the details below.
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After meeting through mutual friends on the W Hotel rooftop and later a Paris proposal, Lizzy, a US Senate counsel and former Miss DC USA, and Paul, president of a government-contracting company, planned an elaborate wedding weekend.
The black-tie ceremony and two reception tents—one for dinner and first dances, one for after-dinner dancing and festivities, each with three unique table designs—featured shades of neutrals and mauve. Fourteen-foot trees flanked the nuptials, six-foot spherical arrangements adorned tables in the dining room, and a roses-and-ribbon installation hung over the circular dance floor. The aesthetic was based on the bride’s two gowns: a custom cream-and-nude Vera Wang design with gray flowers, which influenced the invitations (delivered in hand-painted velvet boxes) as well as the place settings, and a pink-and-white floral Monique Lhuillier dress (from Carine’s Bridal Atelier), which inspired pink accents, including the flooring in the dance tent. The couple cut a seven-tier, sequined cake and sent loved ones home with sterling-silver display-box keepsakes.
Photographer: Abby Jiu Photography • Planning and design: Lauryn Prattes Styling and Events • Florals and decor: Birch Event Design • Stationery: Kara Anne Paper • Cake: CrumbCoat Bake Studio • Hair and makeup: Kara Knudsen • Groom’s attire: Saks Fifth Avenue • Music: The Big Beyond, Capitol Harpist, PopCulture Strings • Videographer: Aaron Novak Films • Tent: Sugarplum Tent Co. • Lighting: Technical Event Co. • Rentals: Luxe Event Rentals, Maison de Carine, Nüage Designs
This article appears in the January 2022 issue of Washingtonian.