From Arlington to NYC!

June 20, 2016

We met at a holiday party in Arlington, VA in December of 2012- We were introduced by Andrew’s best friends. While we “just knew” at the part when we met that there as something special about our connection, life got in the way and we didn’t start dating until we reconnected in July 2013. We were both living in Arlington at the time – our apartments were literally down the street from one another- and our first date was a dog walk with Andrew’s dog Riley. He makes an appearance in some of the engagement pictures! We fell in love pretty much right after that first dog walk and have been together ever since! 

Just a few months after we started dating however, Andrew was offered a great job in Manhattan and we both knew he needed to take it! So we did two years of long distance between DC and NYC starting in October 2013. Every other weekend we took the train and vamoose bus back and forth until I found a position at a hospital in NYC in October of 2015.
Now we work and live on the Upper East Side, near Central park (which Riley loves!). During the two years of  our long distance romance Andrew would walk Riley through Central park in the evenings and we would talk on the phone about how our days went and how we couldn’t wait to be together someday. That is why the park is particularly special for us and we wanted our pictures taken there- together!… after so two long years of waiting!
They will be married in DC….
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Bridesmaid and Groomsmen Gifts!

June 2, 2016

Sweet Root Village put together some fabulous gifts recently and today, they are sharing where and how these beautiful babies came to life!
These bridesmaids gifts were all things sweet, wintery citrus, and floral. A perfectly light combo of deliciousness for these ladies. The gifts included Anthropologie’s Royal Apothic Eau de Parfum, Castelbel’s Plumeria Blossom soap which you can find at World Market, and a delicious nougat treat from The Italian Store to satisfy a little sweet tooth!

The Groomsmen gifts included a pretty rocking stormtrooper tie clip from SirCuffs on Etsy to pay subtle homage to Josh’s deep love of Star Wars. As well as sleek clay pomade from Baxter Of California and a metal hair comb with a bottle opener by Wood ‘n Steel that can be found at Heritage Dry Goods.

The looks were perfectly on point for this crew of attendants and such perfect inspiration for a thoughtful collection of items to love on your closest of friends and thank them for standing with you on such an important day!

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Leo & Lee’s

May 12, 2016

Leo, one of our founders, witnessed greatness at his wedding when an old college roommate, currently a U.S. Army doctor, removed his black tuxedo jacket at the crescendo of a wild dance move to reveal a tuxedo shirt emblazoned with American Flag sleeves. The wedding was a black tie affair at the Four Seasons in Georgetown, D.C. The crowd went wild. Brandon “Lee”, a Baltimore based entrepreneur, and longtime friend of Leo, was equally inspired by this moment of boldness. The two teamed up with one of Silicon Valley’s rising stars in e-commerce and growth to build Leo & Lee’s.



Charitable Mission: We donate a portion of proceeds from our signature Stars & Stripes shirt to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. The Special Operations Warrior Foundation ensures full financial assistance for a post-secondary degree from an accredited two or four-year college, university, technical, or trade school; and offers family and educational counseling, including in-home tutoring, to the surviving children of Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps special operations personnel who lose their lives in the line of duty.

Custom and Made in the USA:  Our shirts are manufactured in Baltimore, MD and made from premium fabrics. We start with 100% cotton poplin sourced from a family owned New York City textile business with a nearly 100 year history. We layer bespoke patterns of your choice onto the sleeves and back of the shirt and cut it to your size. What you end up with is a one-of-a-kind dress shirt that will change your world. These shirts are sometimes referred to as “Party Shirts” and customers can even add monograms or fun pockets for additional flare!

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Same-Sex Engagement!

April 11, 2016

What advice would you give newly engaged couples?

John:  The wedding is about YOU.  Take all the advice you can get but ultimately, do it your way.

Steve:  Secure a wedding planner – early in the process – that you have a connection with.  Let the wedding planner focus on all of the detail and work through the stress so your wedding day is relaxed and fun.  Find a great photographer as you cannot be in all places at one time.

Steve and John met attending Dignity Washington services at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, which is Washington, DC’s Faith community for LGBTQ Catholics. After several weeks of talking after church services they agreed to dine together. On August 24, 1998, Steve and John met at Raku, in Dupont Circle. It was a long dinner that they now look fondly on as one of their most favorite memories. Certainly an evening filled with excellent conversation and laughter. After dinner they walked around Dupont Circle and then agreed to meet a few days later for a second date. Steve and John dated for 15 years but only because they were not legally able to marry in the Commonwealth of Virginia. They have a tradition of celebrating their anniversaries with champagne al fresco on their patio and  on their fifteenth anniversary of their first date, John got down on one knee and proposed.  They gave each other wedding bands after private vows to one another and faithfully wore the rings on their right hands in protest. Both were crying tears of joy. Marriage was still not legal in the Commonwealth of Virginia but the appeals were being heard at the State level.  They agreed to wait a year and then if nothing had moved forward in the struggle for marriage equality that they would get married in the District of Columbia.  Steve and John were preparing to look at wedding venues in Washington, DC when on October 6, 2014 the Supreme Court of the United States refused to hear an appeal of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Marriage was now legal in the Commonwealth and that is when the planning began….

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Planner: Kelley Cannon Events | Reception Venue: Hotel Monaco Alexandria | Photographer: Lisa Blume Photography 


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