A year and a half after they discovered each other on Hinge, Jason, a nonprofit development coordinator, proposed to Sunitee, a video producer, in a hammock under the stars during a trip with Sunitee’s family to Grand Cayman.
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Over a Halloween weekend, they wed in a “moody, romantic, gothic fairytale” affair at Bethesda North Marriott Hotel. At the multicultural ceremony, dramatic purple draping and jewel tones set off the brass chuppah/mandap. The Victorian-themed cocktail hour featured candelabras and otherworldly decor, plus a showstopping escort display with larger-than-life gilt portraits of their pets and stylized skulls, bones, and bugs offset by laser-cut, calligraphed butterflies that directed guests to their seats. Black-velvet drapes transformed the hotel ballroom, a neon til death sign identified the sweetheart table, and seven “creepy yet beautiful” trees, says their planner, created a vampire-inspired forest punctuated by a massive tree overhanging the four-sided black bar. Real butterflies and other bug specimens were integrated into the centerpieces. Before the big day, the couple got matching tattoos of a death’s-head hawkmoth, and guests took home shot glasses etched with the same design.
Planning and design: Ida Rose Events + Design
Florist: Sweet Root Village
Invitations: Saima Says Design
Cake: Jisoo Cake Design
Hairstylist: Hair by Mimi
Makeup: Makeup by Shirin
Saree draping: Vedic Spa
Wedding-party attire: Utsav Fashion
Music and lighting: Exclusively Entertainment
Videography: Akbar Sayed Photography
Calligraphy: Jessica McSweeney Calligraphy
Decor: Social Supply
Drape: Fabrication Events
Horse and carriage: Harmon’s Carriages
Mobile DJ and dhol: ShiVish Entertainment
This wedding originally appeared in the June 2022 issue of Washingtonian.