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Winter Wonder

Lauren Fox and Kellin Clark, both emerging players in DC politics, stage a stylish celebration at one of the city’s most breathtaking venues.

The bride, groom and bridal party looking resplendent outside DC’s historic Meridian House.  

Kellin was dapper in a classic J.Crew Ludlow suit, while Lauren affected a modern princess in a Hayley Paige gown.


Calligrapher Michele Hatty Fritz of Meant to Be Calligraphy created gorgeous menu cards with illustrations of romantic roses.  

Lauren wanted a garden look for her centerpieces—which florist Holly Chapple ably achieved. 

Tables were dressed with “runners” of florals, and the delectable dinner included medallions of beef and mushroom-crusted rockfish. 

The story of Lauren Fox and Kellin Clark’s romance began in a high school chemistry class (insert joke about instant chemistry here). Fast-forward to the proposal, which led Lauren on a surprise journey—quite literally—to Banff, Alberta, where Kellin, a legislative assistant for Sen. Jon Tester, got down on one knee against a backdrop of the gorgeous Canadian Rockies to pop the question. For their big day, it was important to the couple that they share their home in DC with guests. “We wanted our friends and family to see where Kellin and I live and hopefully fall in love with the city as much as we had,” says Lauren, a congressional reporter for CNN. The wedding’s Meridian House locale did just that, treating guests—family and friends from grade school to adulthood—to one of the city’s most intimate historical settings. The bride was resplendent in a “dress so poofy, shoes were not viewable at any point,” she jokes, and her bridal party donned gowns in shades ranging from blush to mauve (each dress of their own choosing). Most enchanting were the fur stoles worn by each girl—a creamy complement on the shoulders of the bride, and in rich shades of brown for the bridesmaids (the stoles were gifts from the bride to her wedding party). For cocktail hour, guests warmed up with bourbon apple cider and noshed on bites such as apple-glazed pork belly and caramelized pumpkin flatbread. An elaborate dessert bar, stocked with Alaska pops and s’more sandwiches, sweetened the reception, while the bride and groom cut into a small, elegant red velvet cake. To dance the night away, the bride changed into a sequined cocktail dress. Says Lauren, “All of our friends and family in one place—it doesn’t get better than that.”

Wedding Planners
Sara Bauleke and Anne Simpson, Bella Notte Wedding Consultation
Officiant Rev. Nathaniel Jung-Chul Lee, All Saints Catholic Church
Bride’s Gown Hayley Paige, Love Couture Bridal
Bride’s Veil & Stole Veil: Willow Bride; Faux-fur stole: Etsy
Bride’s Hair & Makeup Claudine Fay
Groom’s Tux J.Crew
Bridesmaids’ Dresses & Stoles Dresses: BHLDN; Bloomingdale’s; Faux-fur stoles:
Flower Girl’s Dress Janie and Jack
Florals Holly Chapple
Catering & Cake Design Cuisine
Invitations Vera Wang, Crane & Co.
Calligraphy Michele Hatty Fritz, Meant to Be Calligraphy
Linens DC Rental
Lighting John Farr Lighting
Entertainment Michael Bell, MyDeejay