LISA MICHELLE ELLMAN & JASON LUKE AMERINE June 18, 2 016 Ceremony & Recept ion: Four Seasons Georgetown Photography by Abby Jiu It was an only-in-DC blind date that brought Lisa and Jason together. She’s a former campaign stather and policy adviser to President Barack Obama. He’s a retired lieutenant colonel in the Army with an appearance on the Colbert Report on his résumé. But it was their shared sense of humor that sealed the deal, says Lisa. Jason proposed before a roaring fire on a snowy day at the Salamander Resort & Spa, and then the pair went about planning their wedding. A last-minute venue change meant they had just two weeks to plan their Four Seasons wedding, but it came together seamlessly. An urban-chic vibe was the mandate for the black-tie wedding, and both the ceremony and reception carried that off with candles galore, centerpieces of all white roses and mini white phalaenopsis orchids, and tabletops covered in black patent leather. the bride had as her something blue her bouquet with a mix of delphiniums, hydrangeas, vanda orchids and Veronica flowers. A moonshine bar featuring flavors like apple pie, peach and blackberry was a hit with guests. the couple also got the dance party started right away, inviting their guests to join in their first dance to John Legend’s “All of Me” and kept the party going in between dinner courses. they have plans to honeymoon on the anniversary of their Valentine’s Day engagement at the Four Seasons in Bora Bora. –KB WEDDING RESOURCES Wedding Planner Anne Book, annebook.com Florals Amaryllis Floral and Event Design, amaryllisdesigns.com Bridal Gown Oleg Cassini Bridal Hair Behind the Veil, behindtheveilbeauty.com Bridal Makeup Lorna Basse, lornabasse.com Bridesmaids’ Dresses Badgley Mischka, Rent the Runway, renttherunway.com Catering Four Seasons, fourseasons.com/washington Entertainment String Poets Trio, stringpoets.com; DJ Michael Cruz, Bialek’s Music, bialeksmusic.com Linen Rentals DC Rental, dcrental.com Invitations Sarah Drake Design, sarahdrakedesign.com What We’ve Learned “We did our first look and took photos before walking down the aisle. This way we went straight from the ceremony to the cocktail party to the reception.” –Lisa Michelle Ellman
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