An Eclectic and Modern Jewish Wedding at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland
Emily Semmel (25 and a business analyst) and Eli Tucker (26 and a senior associate) met through mutual friends at a dinner in Arlington, Virginia. Emily was interning in D.C. and Eli was working in the city as a financial consultant. Eli challenged Emily to a game of Super Nintendo, which ended in a draw and an invitation to go on a real date at the Cherry Blossom Festival in D.C. and dinner in Georgetown. "He quickly won my heart, and I couldn't imagine myself with anyone else," says Emily. Eli proposed to Emily with a princess cut solitaire diamond on New Year's Eve in Cancun, Mexico. The couple chose to have their wedding at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland because they wanted something, unconventional, modern and fun. They signed a traditional Jewish contract before their ceremony on the steps of the museum's spiral staircase. The wedding's color scheme was cobalt blue, lemon yellow and silver. "We selected our color palette based on the art that encompassed the museum," says Emily. The bride wore an ivory, trumpet style Sophia Tolli wedding dress with lace appliques and the groom wore a navy blue suit from Saks Fifth Avenue. The bridesmaids wore cobalt blue, knee length dresses and carried yellow calla lily bouquets. The groomsmen wore khaki suits with light blue paisley ties. The reception was held at the Sculpture Barn and Gardens attached to the museum. For favors, the couple gave small jars of honey to their guests. This wedding's funky twist created memories that last a lifetime.