Zoe and Alex—she’s from China, he’s from Virginia—met at a networking event in DC. Alex immediately noticed Zoe across the room—he remembers exactly what she was wearing—and Zoe says she found him attentive, attractive, and well-spoken. They arranged a first date at Brasserie Beck, and a year and a half later, while they were vacationing in Hawaii, Alex asked her to marry him.
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They planned a romantic, whimsical July celebration at Meridian House, where 100 guests mingled in an enchanted-garden aesthetic with a palette of peach, lavender, light blues, pinks, and yellow. The bride’s favorite detail was the Chinese favor boxes filled with candy at each place setting. The groom’s was the late-night ice-cream snack from Jubilee. Their signature cocktails were a cucumber-lemon chiller and a burnt-honey bourbon sour. Tables with iridescent plates atop pastel-printed linens alternated with others featuring floral plates over solid pastel linens. After dinner, guests helped themselves to treats at the dessert bar such as fruit tartlets, peach turnovers, and mini red-velvet cupcakes.
Planning and design: SRS Events
Florist: Bee Inspired Events
Invitations and calligraphy: Peach & Paperie
Caterer: Well Dunn Catering
Cake: Paris Baguette
Hair and makeup: Shine Tina
Bride’s attire: Modern Trousseau
Groom’s and groomsmen’s attire: Suitsupply
Bridesmaids’ attire: Revelry; David’s Bridal
Music, DJ, photo booth, and bistro lighting: Dan Goldman Events
Videographer: 87 & Smith
Photographer: Carl Elixir Photography
This wedding originally appeared in the January 2023 issue of Washingtonian.