Katherine and Casey met when she and her friends signed up to play a “megagame” (“think multiple board games played at one time by 32 players in teams,” Katherine says) that Casey designed. She didn’t win that day but did end up with his phone number. Their June wedding at AutoShop at Union Market was a theatrical spin on a modern, summer/citrus-themed wedding.
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Each space at AutoShop was filled with bold flowers—“so much oomph and wonder!” says the bride—from the ceremony on the balcony to the vignettes at the reception. In one area, a bartender made custom gin-and-tonics with a “magical cart of add-ins”; in another, an interactive guest book included a vintage phone booth; elsewhere, flowers cascaded out of a baby grand piano. At cocktail hour, professional “peddlers of whimsy” Mark Jaster and Sabrina Mandell of Happenstance Theater entertained. The newlyweds wanted to achieve “a giant party,” so they skipped some traditional elements and planned a cocktail-style reception with Union Market food stations: La Jambe charcuterie, TaKorean tacos, Fava Pot Egyptian street food, Al Volo pasta, Bidwell sliders, and Laoban dumplings and spring rolls. Dessert included wedding cake plus bourbon bread pudding from Puddin’, followed by late-night sweets from District Doughnuts.
Planning and design: Ida Rose Events & Design
Florist: Sweet Root Village
Invitations: Emily Baird Design
Caterer: Occasions Caterers
Cake: Buttercream Bakeshop
Hair and makeup: Amie Decker Beauty
Bride’s attire: Carolina Herrera, Carine’s Bridal (ceremony); Sottero and Midgley (reception)
Groom’s attire: Indochino
Music: The Palmer Family (ceremony); Neel Madan (cocktail hour); The Revels from Élan Artists (reception)
Videographer: Shutter & Sound
Photographer: Alicia Wiley Photography
Welcome boxes: Marigold & Grey
This wedding originally appeared in the January 2023 issue of Washingtonian.