For their first date after meeting on Bumble, John “made the trek” from DC to Old Town to take Nicole to PX, the now-defunct 1920s-style speakeasy. They lingered over a flight of French fries that came with six kinds of fries and sauces. “I don’t think I got home until 1 am!” says Nicole. Even before a second date, she told her mom she could see herself marrying John.
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Five years later, she did. The couple struck a balance between his traditional style and her more modern flair, with a classic DC venue and a custom monogram that topped each guest’s plate, paired with black tapered candles and anemones. They sealed personalized notes to every guest with a DIY wax monogram for the escort-card display, and also assembled welcome baskets, which included Filipino sweet bread as a nod to Nicole’s heritage and a mini bottle of the mezcal brand that John owns. Another DIY touch: signature cocktails they created over many boozy hours in the kitchen. Dinner was a braised-beef entrée inspired by the meal on the night they got engaged, and for dessert, an ice-cream-cookie truck parked alongside the outdoor dance floor. An unexpected fireworks show put a bow on the night.
This wedding originally appeared in the January 2023 issue of Washingtonian.