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Erica Jill Strudler & Isaac Zev Snyder

November 19, 2016 | Ceremony & Reception: Four Seasons Washington, DC

The happy couple

 

Erica’s wedding-day jewelry

 

Erica’s princess-style tiara

 

The couple was married “in the round”—to seat more people close to the action—under a chuppah draped with white silk butterflies

 

Floral designer Bill Enright from Edge Flowers created tall, avant-garde centerpieces using white calla lilies and orchids. The look was especially striking against the black table linens and played off the translucent stemware. 

THE COUPLE Erica Strudler and Isaac Snyder met in middle school in St. Louis, but didn’t start dating until a decade later. Isaac dropped to one knee and proposed in an actual castle in Sweden while the couple was vacationing.
THE PARTY When it came to planning their wedding, the biggest challenge for the couple was how to incorporate the memory of Erica’s late mother into the occasion. “I wasn’t sure how I would ever get through it without her by my side,” Erica says openly. With help from planner Blair Peterson, they found meaningful ways: A single rose draped on an empty chair during the ceremony was in homage, and the lace that wrapped Erica’s bouquet belonged to her mother. Most spectacularly, a chuppah draped with row upon row of silk butterflies—representing the nonprofit started in her mother’s name—encircled the couple as they said their vows. Erica walked down a candlelit aisle to “When You Wish Upon a Star,” and the couple married surrounded by guests seated “in the round.” Bride and groom cut into a red velvet cake, but the groom’s surprise cake stole the show: An homage to Jumbo Slice Pizza.
THE HONEYMOON The couple honeymooned in Hawaii at the Four Seasons Maui and the Four Seasons Hualalai. –BS

THE LIST
Wedding Planner
Blair Peterson
Bride’s Gown Vera Wang
Bride’s Shoes Jimmy Choo
Bride’s Jewelry Liljenquist & Beckstead
Bridesmaids’ Dresses Adrianna Papell
Groom’s Tux Vera Wang
Groom’s Watch TAG Heuer, Liljenquist & Beckstead
Florals Bill Enright, Edge Flowers
Catering Four Seasons Washington, DC
Cake Charles Froke, Four Seasons Washington, DC
Linens & Rentals Nuage Designs; Party Rental Limited
Entertainment Andy Kushner
Videographer Bowen Films
Guest Welcome Boxes Popped! Republic Popcorn; District Desserts; Potomac Wines and Spirits; Creative Parties