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Florence Benz & Taylor Lochrane

April 29, 2016 | Ceremony: St. Peter’s Church | Reception: St. Francis Hall
 

Florence, in a long-sleeved Elizabeth Dye gown, and Taylor did their first look in the gardens at Tudor Place before heading to the ceremony.

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The bride’s bouquet included dusty-pink peonies, roses and eucalyptuses.

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The bride’s seven attendants posed for photos (and drank Champagne!) before the ceremony at Tudor Place. The bridesmaids were decked out in dusty-pink floor-length dresses from ASOS.

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The reception took place at St. Francis Hall at the Franciscan Monastery in DC.

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A rustic shabby-chic decor set the scene at St. Francis Hall. Guests sat at tables with simple gold and white place settings and dined on a cross-cultural menu that included orzo-leek risotto and a dessert buffet with cake pops and wedding cake.

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THE COUPLE
In the fall of 2012, Swiss-born Florence spent a few months interning for a European agency based in DC. Taylor had also just arrived in DC after earning an engineering degree in Florida. The pair met when they both went solo to an event at the Swiss Embassy and then saw each other every day until Florence returned to Switzerland. After a cross-Atlantic relationship, Florence came back to DC and got a job at the Swiss Embassy. Then, “on a cold, snowy morning in December 2014, Taylor took me to Great Falls and proposed,” says Florence. “It was the best view and the best promise ever.”

THE PARTY
Following a civil ceremony in Switzerland, the duo plotted a wedding day in DC that, says Florence, “was a celebration of our mix of traditions, mainly English with a touch of French.” The ceremony took place at St. Peter’s Church, and then on to St. Francis Hall at the Franciscan Monastery for the reception. A rustic, shabby-chic theme meant a long head table festooned with dusty-pink peonies, roses and eucalyptuses from Petal’s Edge florist, as well as a ruffled table scarf that Taylor nicknamed “Big Bird.” The first dance, a nod to bride’s French-Swiss heritage, was a modern rendition of Edith Piaf’s “La Vie en Rose.” Guests left with a sweet-smelling memory in the form of handmade candle favors from Etsy’s Modparty.

WHAT THEY LEARNED
“It was overcast the day of the wedding, but this made for amazing photos. People looked less shiny!” says Florence.

THE HONEYMOON
The couple has plans for a 2 ½-week tour of South Africa, and then four days on the beach on Mauritius island this December.

WEDDING RESOURCES 
Wedding Planner
Alexandra Nesterak Events
Florals Petal’s Edge
Bridal Gown Elizabeth Dye, Lovely Bride
Bridal Hair & Makeup Modern Bridal Studio
Bridesmaids’ Dresses ASOS
Catering, Cake & Linen Rentals Purple Onion Catering
Entertainment DJ Craig Wood
Invitations Minted