We feel sure you’ve never seen decor like that of this “gothic fairytale” celebration.
Written by Amy Moeller | Published on
Photographs by Akbar Sayed Photography.
A year and a half after they discovered each other on Hinge, Jason, a nonprofit development coordinator, proposed to Sunitee, a video producer, in a hammock under the stars during a trip with Sunitee’s family to Grand Cayman.
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Over a Halloween weekend, they wed in a “moody, romantic, gothic fairytale” affair at Bethesda North Marriott Hotel. At the multicultural ceremony, dramatic purple draping and jewel tones set off the brass chuppah/mandap. The Victorian-themed cocktail hour featured candelabras and otherworldly decor, plus a showstopping escort display with larger-than-life gilt portraits of their pets and stylized skulls, bones, and bugs offset by laser-cut, calligraphed butterflies that directed guests to their seats. Black-velvet drapes transformed the hotel ballroom, a neon til death sign identified the sweetheart table, and seven “creepy yet beautiful” trees, says their planner, created a vampire-inspired forest punctuated by a massive tree overhanging the four-sided black bar. Real butterflies and other bug specimens were integrated into the centerpieces. Before the big day, the couple got matching tattoos of a death’s-head hawkmoth, and guests took home shot glasses etched with the same design.
Planning and design: Ida Rose Events + Design • Florist: Sweet Root Village • Invitations: Saima Says Design • Caterer: IndAroma and Bethesda North Marriott • Cake: Jisoo Cake Design • Hairstylist: Hair by Mimi • Makeup: Makeup by Shirin • Saree draping: Vedic Spa • Bride’s attire: B Anu Designs (ceremony), David’s Bridal (reception) • Groom’s attire: B Anu Designs (ceremony), Indochino (reception) • Wedding-party attire: Utsav Fashion • Music and lighting: Exclusively Entertainment • Videography: Akbar Sayed Photography • Calligraphy: Jessica McSweeney Calligraphy • Decor: Social Supply • Rentals: Something Vintage, Select Event Group • Drape: Fabrication Events • Horse and carriage: Harmon’s Carriages • Mobile DJ and dhol: ShiVish Entertainment
This wedding originally appeared in the June 2022 issue of Washingtonian.
Editor, Washingtonian Weddings
Amy leads Washingtonian Weddings and writes Style Setters for Washingtonian. Prior to joining Washingtonian in March 2016, she was the editor of Capitol File magazine in DC and before that, editor of What’s Up? Weddings in Annapolis.