2 JAMIE LEEDS & TINA MARIE MCDANIEL May 14, 2 016 Ceremony & Recept ion: Hank ’s Pasta Bar Photography by Ana Isabel Photography Jamie and Tina found love on the night after Valentine’s Day in 2015, when friends introduced them at a Human Rights Campaign Foundation fundraiser. the pair didn’t stop talking until the lights came on. Soon after, they went on their offcial first date—an intimate dinner in front of the fireplace at Iron Gate restaurant. Jamie proposed to Tina a few months later by dropping to one knee in their romantically appointed room at the Salamander Resort & Spa—the same day the Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage. Since she had event-planning experience from her work as a communications consultant, Tina took the lead on wedding planning with help in the decorating department from local fine artist Maggie O’Neill. Vows were exchanged at Jamie’s restaurant, Hank’s Pasta Bar in Old Town Alexandria, Va. Both women love the ocean, so the space was awash in watery blues and greens, while flowing fabrics evoked the waves. As a friend sang Adele’s version of “Make You Feel My Love,” Jamie walked down the aisle with a white orchid on her lapel, while Tina wore a Zuhair Murad gown and carried calla lilies. the pair was married under a chuppah flanked by cherry blossoms that had been grown speci#cally for the occasion. Jamie’s chef friends, including Scott Drewno of the Source and sushi superstar Kaz Okochi of Kaz Sushi Bistro, handled catering. the couple plans on honeymooning somewhere by the beach later this year. –Nevin Martell WEDDING RESOURCES Wedding Planner Exquisite Expressions and Events, exquisiteexpressions.com Flowers Amaryllis Floral + Event Design, amaryllisdesign.com Videographer Zinnia Films,Zinniafilms.com Bridal Gown Zuhair Murad, Kleinfeld Bridal, kleinfeldbridal.com Bridal Hair Rachel Branger, Aquilano Salon, aquilanosalon.com Bridal Makeup Dawn Newsome, dawnnewsome.com Wedding Rings Dejan Studio Jewelry, dejanstudiojewelry.com Cake Buttercream Bakeshop, buttercreamdc.com Entertainment Dub C Djs, dubcdjs.com Linen Rentals Occasions Caterers, occasionscaterers.com What We’ve Learned “On the day of the wedding, it was important for us to not sweat the small (or even big) stuff. After months of planning, we all want—and even expect—for things to go smoothly. However, with so many moving parts, it is nearly impossible for everything to be perfect. Jamie and I promised each other we would not stress.” –Tina Marie McDaniel
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