July-August 2018 | Weddings

Straight From the Heart

The scoop on a Kensington couple’s resort wedding

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THE DÉCOR: Marisa chose blue, purple and pink for the color scheme. Some tables had large cherry blossom branches as the centerpiece; others were simpler with small bouquets. “We wanted cherry blossoms because they are beautiful, they are pink and they represent D.C., and that’s important to us,” Marisa says. “And it was April so that worked out well.”

Photo by Eli Turner.


NUMBER OF GUESTS: 230 SILVER LINING: The ceremony was supposed to be on the lawn, but that morning the weather was rainy and chilly. The resort offered to leave up a large glass-enclosed tent from an event the night before at no cost. The cocktail hour was held in the resort hallway instead of the venue’s culinary garden.

FAMILY TOUCHES: Marisa wore her great-grandmother’s wedding band the day of the wedding until Doug put her own wedding band on her during the ceremony. Photos of her grandmother and Doug’s grandfather, who had both passed away within the previous year, hung on her bouquet. For the Jewish ceremony, which was officiated by Marisa’s cousin, Doug wore Marisa’s grandfather’s tallit (prayer shawl). They drank out of her grandparents’ kiddush cup, a Jewish wine goblet. They also displayed pictures of their grandparents on a table at the reception.

THE VOWS: The couple wrote their vows, but minutes before the ceremony, Marisa misplaced hers. Her wedding planner and friends joined the search, but they never found her notecard. Marisa recited her vows by heart, and today the couple laughs about the ordeal, calling it one of their favorite memories.

Photo by Eli Turner.


TOP DOG: The couple’s 13-year-old Rottweiler mix, Kaya, has arthritis and couldn’t attend the wedding so they found other ways to incorporate her. Their save-the-date image included Marisa and Doug with their dog. The dessert bar featured bone-shaped cookies and eclairs imprinted with paw prints. The wedding program included a monogram, designed by Marisa, with Kaya’s silhouette in the middle of the couple’s first initials. For favors, they gave out dog-shaped cookies with a tag noting that they had made a donation to the Humane Society of the United States. The florist created a 3-by-3-foot moss dog topiary shaped like Kaya, with a collar of pink and purple roses. Marisa made place cards for the bridal party by painting small dog magnets gold.

THE HONEYMOON: The two went to West Palm Beach, Florida, for four days right after the wedding. In November 2017 they took a 12-day honeymoon to Thailand, exploring towns, visiting beaches and taking in the culture.

VENDORS: Bride’s shoes, Jimmy Choo; bridesmaids’ dresses, The Dessy Group; catering and desserts, Salamander Resort & Spa; favors, Amphora Bakery; flowers, Bill Enright, Edge Floral Event Designers; groom’s and groomsmen’s tuxedos, M. Stein & Company Tuxedos; hair and makeup, Becky Watson, Oxygen Salon and Day Spa; lighting, Digital Lighting; music, Free Spirit; photography, Eli Turner; stationery, Michelle’s Memos; videographer, Bowen Films; wedding bands and bride’s earrings, dfm Collection; wedding planner, Michele Hodges.