Melissa & Jake were married on the first day of September during their District Winery wedding in Washington, DC. The first weekend always marks the unofficial end to summer, in my eyes, and their big day was the perfect way to send off the season. With the help of her amazing florist, Emily, of Love Blooms DC, Melissa dreamed up the most gorgeous color palette that was essentially a summer sunset in floral form! I’ll be totally honest — I was a bit nervous when she mentioned so many different colors in her scheme as that’s very hard to pull off, but she did so flawlessly. The entire day was meticulously planned and executed by Roberts & Co. Events, who, also ensured stunning reception for guests to partake. And although summer threatened us with one last storm, the rains held off and created beautiful, soft light for their sunset portraits on the docks.
But Jake and Melissa’s story obviously doesn’t begin here… it dates back to their senior year of college at UMD in the fall of 2013. They were introduced by a mutual friend (one of the groomsmen!) and for Jake, it was love at first sight! Melissa put him in the friendzone for a few months, but when she finally agreed to that first date she realized he was what she had been waiting for her entire life. Both are incredibly close with their siblings (Jake has two brothers and Melissa has two sisters) and value their family over everything else. They also love to travel, and it was on a trip to France in 2018 where Jake proposed to Melissa! As a self-proclaimed Francophile, being engaged under the Eiffel Tower was exactly how she always dreamed it would unfold.
Melissa & Jake, I hope you enjoyed your next adventure sailing around the Chesapeake Bay over the past couple of days on that gorgeous yacht! And I’ll absolutely be asking for all your recommendations after the big trip to Africa this October. Being part of your wedding day and working with your families and friends was such a joy!
A huge thank you to these vendors for making Melissa & Jake’s wedding amazing! And to Rebekah Emily Photography for being an awesome second shooter!
Ceremony & Reception Venue | District Winery
Coordinator | Roberts & Co. Events
Hair & Makeup Artist | Modern Bridal Studio
Florist | Love Blooms DC
Cake | Sunday Morning Bakehouse
Band | Millennium
Invitation Suite & Calligraphy | Momental Design
Bridal Boutique | Carine’s Bridal Atelier
Dress Designer | Vera Wang