This Couple Transformed The Chic International Spy Museum Into a Garden Oasis
Photos by Caroline Lima Photography When it comes to floral decorations, this couple’s vendor team knew exactly how to bring the outdoors “in” for the big day. Lara Abou-Rejaili and Josh Spirnak held a gorgeous wedding at the (NEW!) International Spy Museum where they decorated the space with lush greenery and pretty pale roses and hydrangeas to evoke an enchanting (and indoor!) garden setting. “I loved every single moment of that day,” says Lara. But by far her favorite wedding detail was how the reception space was transformed—adding that the details were “just breathtaking.” Check out their flower-filled museum wedding below to learn more about the couple and their special day.
Get more Washingtonian Weddings inspo: The Getting Ready Details
Lara and her ‘maids got their hair and makeup done together in matching pajamas. After everyone was glamified, bridesmaids donned rose-colored gowns and for an extra pop, Lara had her maid-of-honor wear a gorgeous floral patterned gown. As for the bride herself, she dazzled in a fitted off-the-shoulder lace gown accessorized with a floor-length veil and bouquet overflowing with pastel blooms.
Josh and his groomsmen looked the part in navy suits paired with dusty-rose-patterned bow ties. Josh gifted each of his groomsmen matching socks to wear for a personalized touch. How the Couple Met & Got Engaged
Lara and Josh claim “they fell in love in a hopeless place”—at a bar in DC. The two were out at Public Bar Live in Dupont; Lara was there for a friend’s birthday and Josh had just finished a semester of medical school and decided to meet up with friends to celebrate. Josh saw Lara from across the bar and decided to approach her with a very unique opening line: “I have a very important question to ask you. What is your favorite ice cream?” Lara replied that hers was chocolate chip cookie dough, and after some light banter, Josh asked for her number. Lara agreed, but by then Lara says Josh had forgotten both her name and (more importantly) her favorite ice cream. So, she put her name in his phone as “girl whose name or favorite ice cream you can’t remember.” The next morning, Josh had a difficult time trying to find her number to reach out, but luckily he scrolled across her rather “unique” contact name and was able to text her.
The two slowly began to get to know each other through text, as Josh had left for a medical school rotation in San Diego for three months. After a month of texting, he made a visit back to DC over Halloween weekend where the two once again hit it off. Once his rotation was over and he moved back to DC the two began to go on real dates and on New Year’s Eve Josh asked Lara to be his girlfriend. The couple dated for two years until they got engaged at Villagio Restaurant in Clifton, Va. The Cocktail Hour
After the ceremony, the couple held a rooftop cocktail […]