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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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….
Coming off the heels of WeddingWire’s prestigious Editors Award for “Top Wedding Destination for Foodies” in the DC area and one of EventUp’s “Best Event Spaces of 2015”, Malmaison is partnering with some of the most sought after wedding vendors in the DC area.
Guests will walk into a transformed space set for a luxurious wedding experience. Dreamy draping and modern lounge furniture will be showcased by Fabrication Events and Ultra Violet Flowers will be highlighting elegant floral accents through the space. Georgetown’s own Hitched Bridal Salon and Little Birdies Boutique will be partnering on a flash fashion runway show. Premier printing and design company DGS Create will be partnering to develop all materials including a step and repeat. Celebrity photographer Hyon Smith Photography will be capturing the evening with photography and film. Exclusively Entertainment will be curating a mix of live and DJ music (including highly sought after Rockville Strings) as well as an interactive photo booth unlike one you have ever seen before!
While touring the space guests will be dining on hors d’oeuvres by Spilled Milk Catering and desserts by Malmaison’s own culinary team while sipping on specialty champagne cocktails. One of DC’s top rated beauty destinations Iva Bella Salon will be on hand providing hair and makeup touch ups.
Unlike other wedding showcases this event is all about enjoyment. Drinking, dining and dancing to get you in the mood for your own or your client’s big day. Attend a pre-wedding celebration to help you see what your big day should and could be!
To help us along the way, Malmaison: The Wedding Experience will be led by a host committee with some of the areas foremost experts in all things weddings and events including DC Modern Luxury publisher Michael McCarthy, former Washingtonian Bride and Groom editor Jill Hudson Neil, Owners of Hitched Salon Katelyn Strausdauskas and Katie Watson, Co-Owner of Ivy Bella Salon James Cornwell, Owner and Editor of District Weddings Jeannette Tavares, and owners of Haute Haus Agency, Heather Mahoney and Glenda Fu.
We’ve talked about the duties of the maid of honor, the role of being a bridesmaid and the responsibilities of the bridal party, but what about the best man? His role is just as important and the groom looks to him to complete the following tasks!
Help the groom choose the wedding formal wear and coordinate with the other groomsmen to ensure they rent or buy their attire in a timely manner.
Organize the bachelor party. Don’t be afraid to ask the other groomsmen to help out. Most of the time, everyone is on board to assist with this task.
Stand beside the groom at the altar and hold tight to the bride’s ring until vows are exchanged.
This one may be the most frightening of your roles – but at some point, you will probably be asked to give a best mans speech. Check out our Tips for Toasting for some guidance.
Corral the other guys and make sure everyone is doing their part as a member of the wedding party. Remember, it’s one of the biggest days of your best friends life and he asked you to be a part of it!