This Late-Summer Wedding Brought the Outdoors in for a “Garden Romance” Theme

The ballroom at the Ritz-Carlton was lush with florals—and we're obsessed with the color palette.

On a weekend planned to celebrate their six-year dating anniversary, Jacob proposed to Simone after dessert at one of her favorite restaurants. Their late-summer “garden romance” indoor nuptials featured elaborate florals at every turn and a palette of blush, nude, mauve, and burgundy. After exchanging vows, the newlyweds dined at a sweetheart table beneath a 12-foot floral canopy—a last-minute addition that Simone says was “worth every penny.” The couple’s favorite detail was the custom bar and its floral design.

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The bride also especially loved the holographic foil menus and the mother-of-pearl-inlay table numbers. Dinner featured scallops with cauliflower purée and truffle sauce followed by a choice of beef tenderloin, duck, or portobello mushroom. Plates of tiramisu-inspired espresso-bean sponge cake and vanilla sponge cake with vanilla mousseline and strawberries completed the meal. Friends and family took home keepsakes snapped in a black-and-white, “Kardashian-style” photo booth.





The Details


Hairstylist: Quarita Futrell

Makeup artist: Taylor Simpson Artistry

Attire: Monique Lhuillier from Carine’s Bridal Atelier (bride); Brimble & Clark (groom); Jenny Yoo from Bella Bridesmaids (bridesmaids); The Black Tux (groomsmen)

Music: Monika Vasey (harpist); DJ Reece

Photo booth: Photoshoot Fresh

Videographer: Sok Vision

Photographer: David Abel

This wedding originally appeared in the June 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.