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Sweet Charity

Laura Joy Sriqui and Michael Macrina transformed Dock5 at Union Market’s raw, industrial space into an indoor garden replete with live trees for their early fall wedding. 

Laura and Michael took advantage of Union Market’s sweeping views with a photo shoot on the rooftop.

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To bring the outdoors in, trees ringed the perimeter of the dining area

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The bride’s flower girl carried baby’s breath

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The couple stood beneath a custom created chuppah for the ceremony.

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Coupe glasses for the bride and groom

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Centerpieces featured copper bowls overflowing with magnolia leaves and other greenery.

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It was a shared love of philanthropy that brought Laura and Michael together—with a little help from their best friends. The pair met through their respective best friends, who are also dating each other. Laura and Michael connected over Jenga, charades and cocktails one night at their house, but didn’t start officially dating until they ran into each other again at an Autism Speaks gala. After a five-year courtship, Michael proposed with his grandmother’s engagement ring Thanksgiving weekend at Bethany Beach, Del.

Laura wanted the feel of an outdoor wedding without being exposed to the elements, so they selected Union Market’s Dock5—a raw, industrial space that allowed the couple to bring the outdoors in for the reception. The garage doors remained open during the reception and florist Petals Edge created an outdoor tableau inside. Large trees were placed around the space; drinks were served up at a bar covered in greenery to look like boxwood; a table was covered in moss with faux mushrooms holding each place card; vintage wooden wine crates were filled with overflowing flowers and moss; and Magnolia branches in large glass vases were used as centerpieces. Cream fabric draped on the walls and amber uplighting added some romance and texture to the space. During the wedding ceremony, the couple stood beneath a large chuppah of pastel pink and white faux flower petals designed by Philadelphia-based artist Carla Weeks. “That’s the beauty of Dock5: You can be creative,” says Laura about transforming the blank space. “It was perfect for us.”

After the ceremony, guests sat down to a dinner of filet or cod with risotto and, in a nod to fall, a butternut squash soup to start—by Occasions Catering. For dessert, instead of a wedding cake, the couple served an oversize cheese wheel along with a buffet of various sweet desserts. The couple’s 200 guests were from all over the world (the bride’s mother is from France and her dad is from Morocco), so the band played a mix of American and international music throughout the night. And in a nod to their shared love of philanthropy, instead of favors, each table was named after a charity—including Autism Speaks, the American Lung Association, The Children’s Inn at NIH and Hadassah—and a donation was made in the guests’ names. The couple honeymooned in the Greek Islands of Santorini and Naxos.

THE LIST
Day-of Coordinator
Seana Hale, Occasions Caterers
Florals Petals Edge
Bridal Gown Carolina Herrera, Carine’s Bridal Atelier
Bridal Hair Nicole Ferguson, BeautifulBrush
Bridal Makeup Kerry Flett, Aveda
Groom’s Attire J.Crew, Georgetown
Catering Occasions Caterers
Entertainment BroadSound
Invitations Minted
Drape Rentals Drape Kings
Lighting John Farr Lighting Design