A Masterpiece

Real Wedding: Ali and Steve

Guests sat at tables named after artists like Hopper, Degas and Picasso, whose works hung on the walls behind them, and dined on chilled gazpacho and beef tenderloin. Meet Ali and Steve and read more about their artistic wedding…

The basics of capital markets, rates of return and valuation of stocks and bonds may not be the most romantic setting. For Ali and Steve, sharing finance classes sophomore year in college definitely laid the groundwork for their courtship. And by the time they reached Europe, where they both spent the following summer studying far from their Georgetown University classrooms, they were in love. “We spent our 1-month anniversary in Paris together!” beams Ali.

“Walking down the huge marble staircase in the Salon Doré, an 18th century French period room that was originally part of the Hôtel de Clermont in Paris, for the first time as husband and wife was a huge rush!” says Ali.

In planning their June 2011 wedding, the couple’s mutual appreciation of history, art and museums played a huge part in deciding on their reception venue. After marrying at the Dahlgren Chapel of the Sacred Heart in the center of the Georgetown campus, the couple held their reception for 120 guests at the prestigious Corcoran Gallery of Art. “Walking down the huge marble staircase in the Salon Doré, an 18th century French period room that was originally part of the Hôtel de Clermont in Paris, for the first time as husband and wife was a huge rush!”

Ali’s Reem Acra wedding gown fit right in with the setting. Since the venue was formal, the bride knew she wanted a romantic gown with a long, dramatic train to match the occasion. Its sweetheart neckline and full skirt of layer upon layer of organza even made Ali feel like she was, “Floating on air when I walked.” She also donned a pair of Logan Glitter d’Orsay pumps by Jimmy Choo because, adds Ali, “Who doesn’t love a little glitter?” Even the gown’s grey sash at the waist worked with the wedding’s décor.

Tones of blue and grey were the bride’s chosen color theme that repeated throughout the event. The floral design reflected these hues. At the core of everything, from bouquets to dinner table centerpieces, were white peonies and ranunculi, with a touch of blue muscari bulbs.

The only detail that possibly upstaged these gorgeous blooms was the customized handkerchiefs that bound the bridesmaids’ bouquets. “I’m originally from the South so monogramming is a way of life,” explains Ali. Each bridesmaid bouquet was swathed in handmade cloth (that Ali sourced in Portofino) personalized with their initials. Her attendants were also treated to luxe bridesmaids’ gifts: carefully chosen Hermès scarves with illustrations that reflected each woman’s favorite pastime.

Guests sat at tables named after artists like Hopper, Degas and Picasso, whose works hung on the walls behind them, and dined on chilled gazpacho and beef tenderloin. They danced to a nine-piece band with a classic 1940’s style. Champagne and the signature drink of the evening, Hendrick’s brand gin & tonics (a fave of the groom’s), ensured that guests never got thirsty.

They also didn’t leave the memorable evening empty-handed. Ali and Steve passed out sleeves of cookies, New York-style hot pretzels as well as aluminum bottles of Coke and Diet Coke, as parting gifts. “As a Georgia girl, Coca-Cola is a way of life,” laughs Ali. So is her unforgettable wedding hospitality.

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--Erinn Bucklan

 
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