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A big part of setting my own wedding date was which flowers would be in season, and while I don’t know if Ashley and Shane planned this from the beginning, with that criteria in mind, they couldn’t have picked a more magical weekend to become husband and wife! These two met, fell in love, and tied the knot in our nation’s capital, and their wedding date landed exactly when the iconic Washington D.C. cherry blossom trees were in full bloom. With the help of their planner, A. Dominick Events, and their florist, Amaryllis Inc., they fully embraced the opportunity to incorporate these seasonal blooms into their day. The results included one of the most incredible ceremony set-ups I have ever seen, as well as some of the prettiest portraits!

We were so thrilled to include Ashley and Shane in V8–thanks so much to Abby Jiu for sharing their special day with us!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. What was your favorite thing about it? My wedding dress was the first dress I tried on at the first bridal salon I visited! I had my dress customized by the designer, Modern Trousseau. I loved everything about it!

Our wedding was a spring wedding in Washington, D.C. It occurred the weekend that the cherry blossom trees were in full bloom. We held our ceremony and reception at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium. It started at 5:30 p.m. and the attire was black-tie optional.

Tell us a bit about the wedding ceremony. What part was most special to you? Did you include any special readings? We had a religious ceremony officiated by Reverend Jeff Mazal. We opted to use traditional vows, and reciting them was the most special part of the ceremony. We also had a wine box ceremony at our wedding, which we loved. Our guests seemed to enjoy it too.
What songs did you use for your ceremony? We had a string quartet, Pop Culture Strings, perform the music for our ceremony. For the processional, they played “What a Wonderful World.” I walked down the aisle to “Canon in D.” Our recessional song was “We Found Love” by Rihanna.
Bride’s favorite detail of the wedding: The décor of the ceremony. The cherry blossom-lined aisle made walking down the aisle to Shane more magical than I could have ever imagined.

For the ceremony and reception decor, we chose to focus on modern elements with accents of lush, seasonal florals in shades of pink. The guests were greeted with an escort card display of lucite tables featuring pale pink roses, cherry blossoms, and orchids. The modern aspects of the lucite provided a striking contrast to the stone entryway of the historic venue. At the ceremony, we used lucite chairs, and a breathtaking aisle was created out of cherry blossom branches sitting on pale pink boxes. As the guests enjoyed cocktail hour, the ceremony space was transformed and transitioned to deeper shades of pink. The patterned navy linens tied back to the wedding invitations, while the pops of pink in the table arrangements and napkins brought a fun punch to the otherwise gray room.

Tell us about your wedding flowers. How did you choose them? What did you love about them? I was not a bride who came in with a list of the kinds of flowers that she had to have at her wedding. I knew that I wanted a lot of pink florals, but that was it! I really trusted our florist, Amaryllis, to create beautiful arrangements based on my taste. They did an amazing job! My bouquet was made of garden roses, peonies, ranunculus, lisianthus, and gloriosa lilies. The bridesmaid bouquets included softer colors than the bridal bouquet, and featured pale pink garden roses and a touch of dusty miller.

We had a sit-down dinner that started with a wonderful spring salad, follow by a surf-and-turf entrée. We served a petite filet mignon and a crab cake. Following dinner, we had dessert and cookie tables that guests were able to choose from. The caterers also passed around some late-night snacks, which our friends loved after working up their appetites on the dance floor. The late night snacks included french fries, beef sliders, and mini pizzas.

Tell us about your wedding cake or sweets. We could not decide on just one flavor for our wedding cake, so we had three: carrot cake, a traditional buttercream cake, and chocolate truffle.

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. When you ask either of us how we met, we generally reply with a chuckle and say “at a bar.” In 2010, Shane was working part-time as a DJ at a bar in the historic neighborhood of Georgetown in D.C. I was at the bar for a friend’s birthday celebration. Shane struck up a conversation and we hit it off immediately.
Describe the proposal: Shane knew only one thing about how he wanted to propose: he wanted it to be a surprise. He proposed on May 25, 2014. The weeks prior had been full of excitement–we spent a week in the Dominican Republic, Shane graduated from George Washington University, and almost all of his immediate family came to town to visit for his graduation festivities! I was hoping a proposal would happen at one of those events, but it didn’t. A week after Shane’s graduation, one of my best friends, Sara, came home for a visit. Sara wanted to spend some time outside of the National Cathedral (we both had attended and graduated from the National Cathedral School for Girls). I thought this was a great idea and tried to convince Shane to come along. He appeared to be a bit uninterested, but eventually obliged. We all spent about an hour walking through the Cathedral and pointing out our favorite stained glass windows, and walking around the grounds and down into the chapels. Our last stop was the Bishop’s Garden, which is one of my favorite places. By this time, I was ready to leave so we could get home to prepare for a cookout we were hosting that night. However, Shane insisted that we sit and enjoy the garden for a while longer, so we found a spot in the grass. It was then that Shane pulled the engagement ring out of his pocket and asked me to be his wife! Of course, I said yes!
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Energetic, joyful, fun
How many guests attended your wedding? 250
What was the most memorable or touching moment of your wedding day? Shane found it difficult to pick his most memorable or touching moment of the wedding day, but he would say it was a tie between walking back up the aisle with me after the ceremony and the toasts. For me, the most touching moment was when Shane recited our vows.
Who was one of the most special guests at your wedding? All of the guests at our wedding are extremely important to us. However, our most special guest was my 90-year-old grandmother. It was such a blessing to have her share our special day with us.
What’s next for you as a couple? Shane is beginning graduate school in the fall. We are going to work to become established in our careers and build a strong foundation for our marriage.
What advice would you give to someone currently planning his or her wedding? If it is in your budget, hire a wedding planner. It was the best decision we made and truly helped us enjoy the process.
Best advice or most memorable comment someone made to you during the wedding celebration: The best advice we received during the wedding celebration was to take a few minutes to appreciate and process what’s happening around us on our wedding day. It is one of the only days of your life when all of your friends and family will be in the same place. Enjoy it!

Photographer: Abby Jiu | Videographer: Blue Sky Films | Planner: A. Dominick Events | Venue: Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium | Florals: Amaryllis, Inc. | Caterer: Design Cuisine | Cake Baker: Kendall’s Cakes | Bride’s Gown: Modern Trousseau | Bridal Salon: Hitched Salon | Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bride’s Jewelry: David Yurman | Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale | Hair Stylist: Decade Hair Design | Makeup Artist: Nour Kazoun | Groom’s Tuxedo: Alton Lane | Groom’s Shoes: Paul Parkman | Groomsmen Fashion: The Black Tux | Ties: The Tie Bar | Paper Goods: Cheree Berry Paper | Rentals: Party Rental and DC Rental | Linens: La Tavola | Transportation: Atlantic | Lighting: Frosting Lighting | Officiant: Rev. Jeff Mazal of Weddings by Jeff | Valet: MJ Valet | A Capella Choir: Hullabahoos | Pop Tarts: Ted’s Bulletin | Chocolates: Historical Chocolate Company | Champagne Splits: Personal Wine | Welcome Bags: Wedding Chicks | Cake Topper: Better Off Wed | String Quartet: Pop Culture Strings | Band: Sound Connections | Escort Cards: Lettering by Lynne

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar Sarah Chancey reply

    The cherry blossoms are to die for in this design, I love how they incorporated it in their photos outside and then brought it inside, genius! Also, how adorable is this couple?

  2. avatar April reply

    What a beautiful wedding! All of the details are carefully thought out. It’s almost as breathtaking as the bride herself.

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Oh heavens, y’all! There are so many details in Lindsay + Jonathon’s Texas wedding that I am so completly smitten with. First, let’s start with the monogram appearances; from Lindsay’s “getting ready” shirt (we love these from our friends at Memento), to her fabulous cowboy boots, and then on to their married monogram runner mixed into the reception. Complete Southern heaven for this monogram-loving gal! And as a fellow non-cake-eater, I love how L + J had bowls of Jonathan’s favorite sweet, Sour Patch Kids, for guests to nibble on in lieu of a groom’s cake! I cannot guarantee a few of those little suckers wouldn’t have ended up in my purse!

Special thanks to Kelly Hornberger for capturing the sweetest moments (and the monogram details)!

Check out Jonathan’s Texas cufflinks! Love the ode to their home state!

My mom and I had a blast finding my dress. We only went to a few places, tried a lot on but definitely knew that the lace dress I picked was the one. My mom was so amazing in helping me. I definitely could not have done it without her! I did make a few alterations – made the neckline a sweetheart and took the back down a bit, into a deeper V shape.

Walking over to the ceremony site with my dad and then turning the corner and seeing Jonathan at the end of the aisle was truly magical.

This may be one of my favorite ceremony images of all time. Such an incredible moment of love and family!

What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? Deuteronomy 6:5-9
“Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”

There were so many Southern touches, including my new monogram on custom made cowboy boots, the burlap table runners, the wooden stumps for décor used as our cake stand and under our placement of flowers and candles, our signature drink served out of mason jars, Jonathan’s Texas cufflinks, the wooden benches and tables, and of course our food! Our guest book was a “cookbook” I made from all of our favorite family recipes. I included lots of pictures that involved friends, family and cooking and also left a lot of white space for people to sign. We also had “late night snacks” towards the end of the reception that included fried chicken and waffles and a French fry bar, complete with toppings to choose from!

Describe your wedding cake or dessert: Our wedding cake was five-tiered with a big flower on top and it was on a wooden stump as the cake stand.
For the “groom cake’s,” Jonathan actually doesn’t like sweets except for Sour Patch Kids, so we had little bowls throughout the bar and reception of Sour Patch Kids for people to snack on, complete with heart-shaped spoons, too!

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. Initially, Jonathan and I met through mutual friends at a party, but we didn’t start dating until about a year and half later, when the timing was right.
Describe the proposal. The proposal was absolutely amazing! Our photographer actually captured that, too (here). Jonathan has played classical piano since he was four, loves to sing and has been playing the guitar since for about 10 years as well. He is so talented! Our first date was at the Hobby Center in Houston where we saw the Phantom of the Opera. On our two year anniversary, Jonathan told me that we were going to see a play at the Hobby Center but that we were getting to meet the cast and see a rehearsal beforehand. When we walked in the theater, I was shocked that besides the people working in the sound booth, we were the ONLY people in the theater. I asked Jonathan where everyone else was and he told me it was a private viewing just for us (massive points!). As we take our seats, the lights start to dim and they call “all cast to stage,” the show is about to start. Jonathan turns to me and says that “they forgot the champagne” and that he will go get it. I think, “champagne, too!?!” As I’m sitting there alone, waiting for Jonathan to come back and the show to start, I hear the first notes of a familiar song on a piano being played. The curtain goes up and there is Jonathan on stage, singing and playing our favorite song! I start tearing up and then basically sobbing and am in absolute shock. Close to the end of the song, a woman comes and gets me and tells me to follow her. She then takes me on stage to join Jonathan. He finishes the song, he stands and takes both of my hands and says the sweetest words, and then he reaches back into the piano and pulls out a small box, gets down on one knee and asks me to marry him! It was SO AMAZING! And that was just the beginning of the night.
In what month did you get married? April
How many guests attended your wedding? 150
Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? We did not do a first look. Jonathan really wanted to keep the tradition of seeing me for the first time, walking down the aisle. I was perfectly OK with that!
Did you write your own vows? We did! We said the traditional vows but also wrote our own. My favorite line of Jonathan’s vows to me was, “I vow to love you forever with my whole heart and with everything that I have. This will be the easiest of my promises because there is absolutely no other way I could love you.” Jonathan’s favorite line of my vow’s to him was, “The man I thought I would marry absolutely pales in comparison to the man God has given me in you.”
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding. Walking down the aisle, walking back up the aisle, first dance? One of our good friend’s, Thad Lang, played all of our ceremony music on his acoustic guitar. He played “I Have Always Loved You” by Third Day while guests arrived, and also some music he wrote himself. “Air in G String” played while the wedding party walked down the aisle and “Cannon in D” when I walked down the aisle. He played Dave Matthews, “Everyday” when we walked back as man and wife – that was so fun. Our first dance was the same song Jonathan played and sang to me on our proposal, Sister Hazel’s “This Kind of Love.”
Describe your wedding flowers: Absolutely gorgeous! Romantic, lots of whites, ivories, garden roses, pops of deep pink and lambs ear for green. We also had all white petals as our aisle.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: There are way too many! My favorite detail about the ceremony was our prayer circle – it was so unique and amazing to feel the love and power of being surrounded by our friends in prayer. For the reception, I have to say our monogrammed, burlap-inspired table runners that my sister-in-law made. Absolutely amazing!
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? Food was a big part of our wedding because it is a passion of ours. Other details included the truffle popcorn we served out of paper cones and our signature drink served before the ceremony, Mint Rosemary Lemonade. My brother also designed a logo for us to use on all of our signage. We had koozies with our logo, Styrofoam cups, napkins, rally towels for the end of the night and dancing, framed pictures of the two of us scattered throughout the reception, and my dad made hand painted directional signs, too!
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? We are so blessed in that we didn’t have too many! Honestly, I think the biggest scare or challenge was whenever my dress came in and it was too short. They had to do massive alterations and that was pretty dramatic — but it all worked out!
What range did your wedding budget fall into? $25,000 – $50,000
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? Jonathan would say the lighting and I would have to say, of all things, the transportation. We provided buses for everyone and I am so glad we did! I think it really contributed to people staying the entire time and “partying” a little more since they didn’t have to drive. Plus, I heard our friends had a very entertaining bus ride home – singing songs and rapping over the microphone.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? The feeling and emotions of it all! I was so calm and so ready – walking over to the ceremony site with my dad and then turning the corner and seeing Jonathan at the end of the aisle was truly magical.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Jonathan put a “moratorium” on any wedding planning/talking for one week when we first got engaged. His intention was for us to enjoy being engaged and to focus on our love and each other and we carried this throughout the planning period. Don’t get caught up in the details of one day and one party. Focus on your love and your marriage to come. Plus, you are only engaged once! Have fun being fiancés while you can!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? To enjoy our first year of marriage to the fullest! We want to do a lot of traveling and “firsts” as a married couple. We certainly are looking forward to building our home together and a family!

marissa Written with love by Marissa
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  1. avatar Bethany reply

    Gorgeous wedding, looks like such a stunning day and the photographs captured that so well. Full of happiness

  2. avatar Michelle B reply

    Oh my word! Those monogrammed cowboy boots…I must have them in my life! I wonder where she had them/got them done!

    • avatar Marissa reply

      Hey Michelle! I know, aren’t those to die for? I am going to try and find out where she got hers, but in the mean time I found a few places that make custom boots. http://shop.paulbondboots.com/ http://www.timsboots.com Best of luck! xx

    • avatar Maddison reply

      Michelle B: Im dying to know too!

    • avatar lindsay reply

      Maddison: Hi ya’ll! I got the boots from Roy at Boots n Boogie in Santa Fe, NM! http://bluecanyonproductions.com/bootsnboogie/index.htm

      I designed them myself but he was great to work with :)

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  4. avatar Rose {Rose and Ruby Paper Co.} reply

    So beautiful – love the boots!
    The palette is really beautiful too.
    x

  5. avatar Stacy reply

    Any updates on the boots? I REALLY want them!!!

  6. avatar spencer reply

    i am dying to hear about those boots too!! please post

  7. avatar dressonline reply

    beautiful wedding dress,wedding cake,wedding shoes

  8. avatar Katie O’Keefe reply

    Oh, oh, I am sharing this wedding. Monograms, ombré, prayer and it’s rustic – some of my favorite things at a wedding!

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  10. avatar Crystal reply

    Where did you find the monogram Boots? I love them

    • avatar Marissa reply

      Hi Crystal! Lindsay got the boots from Roy at Boots n Boogie in Santa Fe, NM! http://bluecanyonproductions.com/bootsnboogie/index.htm Good luck! xx

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  12. avatar Wendy reply

    Where in the world did you get monogram cowboy boots?! I love them!

  13. avatar Lisa Hurley reply

    Where r the monogrammed boots from? I love them! Lisa

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    • avatar Lucy reply

      A perfect wedding , beautiful people , beautiful wedding , beautiful shoes

  15. avatar Laura Huseth reply

    I love these inital boots from Lindsay and Jonathon’s wedding. Do you know where I can find them? They would be PERFECT for my wedding! Thank you!

  16. avatar Camille reply

    Hey! What a sweet wedding! I am getting married in June and adore those boots! Where are they from?

    Thanks!
    Camille

  17. avatar Erica Smith reply

    Where did the birdie get her boots! I am in love and want a pair for my wedding!! Please respond!!

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  19. avatar Lindsey reply

    I am in LOVE with that dress! Do you know which one it is from Enzoani?

    Thanks!!

  20. avatar Lauren reply

    I love this belt? Did it come from Enzoani as well. I have a beautiful lace gown for my Carolina Inn wedding but I cannot find a belt I love. Please let me know where she found this!

  21. avatar jimmy Vasquez reply

    i really like the boots for my fiance that you have featured brown and white they are really nice and i would like to purchase them how could I contact you or could possibly purchase these ?

  22. avatar Shaye reply

    Where did you get your monogrammed boots from?

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  25. avatar Hannah reply

    Beautiful wedding! How did you make the monogram table runner?

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