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Sublime Soiree

Laura Eshelman and Teddy Peterson made it official with a celebration defined by easy elegance and timeless style at the stately Chevy Chase Club.  

Floral studio Sweet Root Village decorated the reception’s tables with mounds of gorgeous greenery, garden roses, berries, figs and pears.


Calligraphied signs by Arney Walker


Laura’s Jimmy Choos, signature Jo Malone scent and other day-of elements


Laura’s bridesmaids wore gorgeous gowns in different styles by Amsale 

The Chevy Chase Club created a flower-strewn almond cake

Laura and Teddy exited the reception through guests holding sparklers 

When Laura Eshelman, a real estate broker at Avison Young, and Teddy Peterson, digital director for the National Republican Congressional Committee, were planning their wedding reception at the Chevy Chase Club—which was a second home to Laura growing up—the couple worked with wedding planner Anne Book to “pull in a lot of residential touches to make the ballroom feel like home,” Laura says, such as coffee-table books, bowls of fruit, matchbooks and tapered candles. “My biggest fear was having the room feel cavernous and bare,” she continues. “My mom, Anne and I were a great team in coming up with ways to warm up the space and have it feel like a cozy, intimate dinner party.” The reception, which followed the couple’s ceremony at All Saints Church, featured a relatively neutral palette—lots of cream and champagne tones accented with greens and burgundy. Special moments from the evening included a tequila toast led by Laura’s dad and Teddy (“to get the party going!” says Laura), a delectable filet mignon dinner, and the couple’s memorable exit—down an aisle created by guests holding lit sparklers in front of the club. The bride and groom decided to let the groomsmen wear their own black tuxes, to avoid the dreaded “clown suit” feel many groomsmen endure for their best buddies. And florists at Sweet Root Village created jaw-droppingly lush arrangements packed with wild-feeling greenery, and accented with gorgeous garden roses, berries, figs and pears. “My bouquet was an unstructured, cascading arrangement of roses, seeded eucalyptus and jasmine vine,” the bride recalls. “It was just beautiful.”

Wedding Planner Anne Book, Anne Book Event Design 
Bride’s Gown Mira Zwillinger, Carine’s Bridal Atelier
Bride’s Shoes Jimmy Choo
Bride’s Jewelry Estate earrings from Radcliffe
Bride’s Hair & Makeup Hair: Behind the Veil; Makeup: Leah Margosis
Bridesmaids’ Dresses Amsale, Hitched Maids
Florals Rachel Bridgwood and Lauren Anderson, Sweet Root Village
Invitations Sarah Drake Design
Rentals DC Rental
Entertainment The Winn Brothers 
Videographer Ian Atkins, Ian’s Creations
Favors The Sugar Studio