There Were More Than 600 Roses on This Wedding Cake

A dramatic tree-inspired escort wall was another focal point.

Sheeza, a Realtor from Alexandria, and Umer, a senior account manager from Woodbridge, matched on an app and then shared a first date at the Yard House. Two years later, at a 30th-­birthday party he organized for Sheeza, Umer proposed in the company of friends and family.

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The double wedding celebrations were also family-and-friends affairs. First: an intimate “garden oasis” ceremony with 20 guests at Sheeza’s parents’ home in Old Town. Four months later: a grand 200-person fete at the Willard hotel that Umer says still felt warm and personal. For the DC reception—decorated in white, blush, pink, and burgundy­—the couple prioritized transforming the space to distinguish it from other events that had come before it. “The drapery definitely did the trick!” Sheeza says, as did installations of roses and greenery. Guests found their table numbers at a dramatic tree-inspired escort wall, and the couple made their first dance extra-sentimental by selecting Sheeza’s grandparents’ favorite song. After dinner—a duet of crabcake and short rib—the newlyweds cut a marble-and-white-chocolate cake decorated in a cascade of more than 600 red roses.

Sheeza + Umer
Sheeza + Umer

Sheeza + Umer
Sheeza + Umer


The Details


Planning: Exclusively Events by PG

Florals and decor: Sarah Khan Event Styling

Invitations: Shine Invitations

Catering and cake: Willard InterContinental

Hair and makeup: SKS Salon (ceremony); Glam by Shekiba (reception)

Bride’s attire: Hina Khan (ceremony); Bunto Kazmi (reception)

Music: DJ Dynasty

Videographer: True Vine Films

Photographer: Nat Wongsaroj

Dance floor: Signature Designs

Drapery: Fabrication Events

Henna: Henna by Shazia

Seating name tags: Craft Cave

Venues: Private residence; Willard InterContinental

This wedding originally appeared in the January 2023 issue of Washingtonian.

Amy Moeller
Fashion & Weddings Editor

Amy leads Washingtonian Weddings and writes Style Setters for Washingtonian. Prior to joining Washingtonian in March 2016, she was the editor of Capitol File magazine in DC and before that, editor of What’s Up? Weddings in Annapolis.