Written by Candy Borales of Candy + Co. Events LLC (Day of Planner)
Ryan and Janelle met through mutual friends at a popular DC bar, Iron Horse, in 2013.
They thought the meeting was a coincidence however their friends had something else in mind.
They enjoyed each other’s company so much they closed down the bar that night, however Janelle jumped in a cab before Ryan could get her number… thankfully their friends were willing to make the connection again!
They became “official” a few months later when Ryan, too nervous to be direct, told Janelle that he was going home for Easter and asked if he “should tell his mother he had a girlfriend”.
Their relationship grew stronger and stronger throughout the years with their Groupon brunches, trips together, and numerous wedding weekends.
On November 3rd, 2016, Ryan proposed to Janelle over breakfast at their dining room table and surprised her with a trip to Paris that night to celebrate.
They have been more than excited since their engagement to celebrate their big day with everyone.
Prep: Kimpton Hotel Monaco Washington DC, 700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004
Venue: Dock5 / Union Market, 1309 5th Street NE, Washington, DC 20002
On the wedding day, Janelle and Ryan decided to rent a trolley to take their wedding party to all of the meaningful monuments in DC.
During the ceremony, the couple had prepared a wine box containing a bottle of wine and a love letter from eachother.
The letters expressed their feelings as they begin their marriage, the good qualities they find in each other, and their aspirations for the future.
The letters were sealed in individual envelopes and each has not seen what the other has written.
They shared that if they felt their marriage were to face hardships, they will open the box, sit and drink the wine together, then read the letters they wrote to one another to remind them of the love that brought them together and the promises they made to each other.
They know that marriage is hard.
They know it is a lot of work.
They mean every word that they have said, and they do not take lightly the words “as long as we both shall live.”
Janelle and Ryan have been blessed with incredible role models in their parents who have demonstrated day-by-day what it takes to create a strong partnership and the ingredients for a lasting marriage.
Hair Vendor – Locks & Lace – Carissa Lawlor – firstname.lastname@example.org
Makeup Vendor – Makeup by Shannon – Shannon Carrier – email@example.com
Ceremony and Reception Venue – Dock5 – Jennifer Manganello – firstname.lastname@example.org
Officiant – Progressive Catholics – Rev. William J. Freeman – email@example.com
Floral/Decor – Sill Life – Holley Simmons – firstname.lastname@example.org
Draping – Drape King
Furniture Rentals – Something Vintage
Caterer – B Lin Catering – Arin Noble – email@example.com
Alcohol – Ace Beverage – Alex Siegel – firstname.lastname@example.org
Cake – Buttercream Bakery – Alison Friedman – Chef.Alison.Friedman@gmail.com
Reception Entertainment (DJ) – Marquee Artists – MyDeejay – email@example.com
Transportation – Old Town Trolley – Abe Burgos – firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuxedo – Knot Standard DC – Dayne Warshofsky – email@example.com