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Edward Engles & Michael Holzer

April 29, 2016 | Ceremony: U.S. Tax Court | Reception: Carnegie Institution for Science
 

Michael (left) and Edward wore matching blue vests and ties for their reception at Carnegie Institution for Science.

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Place settings featured a cream and gold color palette that included gold flatware, gold-rimmed wine glasses and vases filled with an array of white flowers and greenery.

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The sit-down dinner was served in Carnegie’s dining room, where round tables with gold and cream tablecloths and alternating tall and short vases set the elegant scene.

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A two-tiered cake mirrored the centerpieces with fresh flowers.

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The couple put together a suite of formal inviations from Minted that featured a DC-themed stamp. Blue bow tie drink stirrers mirrored the bow ties they wore.

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THE COUPLE
Edward and Michael, both avid tennis players, met at an event for the LGBT tennis club, Capital Tennis Association. An evening spent chatting, followed by a Facebook friend request, led to five years of dating. Michael proposed on Christmas morning 2014 as Edward was opening his gift, a set of custom-made cuff links featuring two grooms.

THE PARTY
The day before the reception, the pair legally wed in the chambers of Judge Joseph Gale, a friend and the first openly gay federally appointed judge. The reception the following evening at Carnegie Institution for Science was a celebration for their friends and family. With help from wedding planner Laura Ritchie of Grit & Grace, the couple planned an elegant affair. A gold and cream color palette set the tone in the dining room, with tables topped with alternating tall and short gold vases of cream flowers and taper candles on gold-and-cream-striped tablecloths. The grooms wore bespoke suits from Trunk Club that included details like “I do” embroidered underneath the collars, and both wore matching blue ties, vests and blue shoelaces for their “something blue.” Edward’s cousins gifted the couple with matching tie tacks with equal signs on them made from his grandmother’s wedding ring. After dinner and dancing, the couple made their exit via a pedicab.

WHAT THEY LEARNED
“Don’t be afraid to make new traditions and make the day about you! Make the day about what you and what your future spouse wants, not what you think you need to do,” says Edward.

THE HONEYMOON
The couple plans to celebrate their honeymoon and one-year anniversary simultaneously with a Mediterranean cruise through Greece, Israel and Italy. 

WEDDING RESOURCES
Wedding Planner
Grit & Grace Inc.
Florals Sweet Root Village
Catering Occasions Catering
Entertainment Shea Van Horn
Custom Bar Revolution Event Design and Production   
Invitations Minted