Real Weddings - - Celebrations -

JUNE 21, 2014


he courtship of El­iz­a­beth Slotwinski and Cody Ar­nett had more than one hint of a fairy tale. First there was the mu­tual “love at first sight.”(El­iz­a­beth called her mom af­ter their ini­tial date to de­clare that she had just met “the one.”) A month later, Cody watched El­iz­a­beth, a bal­le­rina, dance the role of Princess Aurora in a re­hearsal of The Sleep­ing Beauty. “I was to­tally mes­mer­ized by her grace and beauty,” says Cody, a sales man­ager for Tesla Mo­tors. “I even got a lit­tle teary. I was in love.”A mere four months af­ter that, Cody pro­posed dur­ing a horse-drawn car­riage ride through New York City’s Cen­tral Park. It was just like Cin­derella, ex­cept this car­riage never turned into a pump­kin.

For their own royal ball, um, wed­ding, the Wash­ing­ton, D.C.– based cou­ple wanted to cel­e­brate their two great pas­sions: the bal­let and all things French. (El­iz­a­beth grew up trav­el­ing to Europe, and she and Cody vis­ited Paris, along with her par­ents, soon af­ter their en­gage­ment.) They found the right venue in the Merid­ian House, a 1919 Louis XVI– style vi­sion of mar­ble, an­tiques, and ta­pes­tries, de­signed by the ar­chi­tect of the Jef­fer­son Me­mo­rial.

The Chris­tian cer­e­mony took place in the man­sion’s peb­bled court­yard, while the gar­den was the scene for the el­e­gant cock­tail hour that fol­lowed. A six-piece en­sem­ble played French jazz of the 1920s, ’30s, and ’40s, as 150 guests found their es­cort cards on a 12-foot-tall vin­tage replica of the Eif­fel Tower. In­side the man­sion, the din­ner of lob­ster salad and glazed duck­ling was mod­eled on mem­o­rable meals the pair shared dur­ing their post-en­gage­ment trip. And the menu wasn’t the only sou­venir of that va­ca­tion; on a side trip to Reims, El­iz­a­beth’s par­ents bought Cham­pagne that they se­cretly ear­marked for the wed­ding toast.

Af­ter din­ner, the bride sur­prised her new hus­band by per­form­ing a short bal­let set to mu­sic from the wed­ding scene in the third act of The Sleep­ing Beauty, wear­ing her pointe shoes along with her En­zoani Cou­ture gown. “She took my breath away,” Cody says. It was a grand fi­nale for the evening, but for the new­ly­weds, just a pre­lude to liv­ing hap­pily ever af­ter. —Michelle Stacey SOURCES Lo­ca­tion Merid­ian House Event de­sign and styling Straw­berry Milk Events & Styling Cater­ing De­sign Cui­sine Cake Mag­gie Austin Cake Flow­ers Edge Flo­ral Pho­tog­ra­phy Abby Jiu Pho­tog­ra­phy Videog­ra­phy East West Sta­tionery Ae­ri­al­ist Press Cal­lig­ra­phy Laura Hooper Cal­lig­ra­phy Mu­sic Carte Blanche (cer­e­mony); C&J En­ter­tain­ment (re­cep­tion) Rentals La Bella Luce Dé­cor, fur­ni­ture, and light­ing Syzygy Events In­ter­na­tional; Rev­o­lu­tion Event De­sign and Pro­duc­tion Bride’s gown En­zoani Cou­ture Bride’s ac­ces­sories Dolce & Gab­bana Groom’s tuxedo Canali See The Guide for more ven­dor sources

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