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Jiayan & Nick – Modern Real Wedding

December 14, 2017

A Personal Touch

We made an effort to have the wedding reflect our personalities and background. Nick’s brother officiated the ceremony, and we weren’t afraid to inject some levity in the form of Game of Thrones references in our wedding program (which was a huge hit).

A set of bright red lanterns, brought by Jiayan’s parents from China, hung in the walkway separating the two main rooms in Long View Gallery. And Nick’s father reclaimed wood to hand make the end tables we used in the main seating vignette.

A longtime friend of Jiayan’s family, who is a skilled Chinese calligrapher, sketched the “double happiness” and “love” Chinese characters that Sarah Drake Design used to create stamps for the gold wax seals for the invitation suite.

The night was also not complete without a champagne bar with all the fixings (Jiayan’s favorite), bourbon bar (in line with Nick’s Kentucky roots), and cake truffles from Momofuku (from which we order regularly thanks to our sweet tooth).

A Bit of History

We like to think of our wedding as a lovely culmination of a series of unexpected events.

For anyone who is a fan of college football, our relationship is heresy – Nick is a graduate of Ohio State University and a lifelong Buckeye fan from the state of Ohio, and Jiayan is graduate of the University of Michigan and a devout Wolverine hailing from the Mitten.

Eight annual rivalry games, two law degrees, a dog, and a move to Washington, D.C. later, we decided to celebrate our unlikely union with our family and friends in a laid-back ceremony in the nation’s capital!

Design + Event Planner: Pam Barefoot | Event Catering: Occasions Caterers | Rentals: Select Event Group +Paisley & Jade | Ceremony + Reception Location: Long View Gallery | Lighting Company: John Farr Lighting 

Photographer:  Charlotte Jenks Lewis | Cake + Desserts: Occasions (cake), Momofuku (desserts) | Hair + Makeup: Amie Decker | Favors + Special Details: Truffles, Momofuku Milk Bar | Invitations and Day-Of Paper Company + Brand: Sarah Drake Design | Calligraphy: Meant to Be Calligraphy | Entertainment Company + Selected Entertainer: DJ D-MAC, St. Charles String Quartet (ceremony)


  • Charlotte Jenks Lewis

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