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An east coast wedding with a backdrop of butterflies, skeletons and skull-shaped shot glasses

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Devon and Ryan were married on May 22, 2021 at the Inn at Perry Cabin in St. Michaels. Their wedding was originally featured in the January 2022 issue of Washingtonian. See details below.

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Devon, a doctoral student in New York counseling psychology, and Ryan, a vice-principal at an elementary school in Baltimore, met online. After they dated for a few years, Devon’s 27th birthday party, billed as a ’90s “Barbie party,” served as the setting for Ryan’s marriage proposal.

Always up for a themed party, the couple took inspiration from the phrase ‘until death’ for their east coast wedding day. They exchanged their vows in a waterside ceremony, then proceeded to their tent reception after jumping the broomstick. Friends and family found their places at tables topped with white linens and mirrored glass, black-and-gold flatware, and a hint of butterfly decor in a black/pink/ivory/gold color scheme. A pink neon TIL DEATH sign, skeletons atop the cake, and skull-shaped shot glasses that doubled as favors completed the aesthetic. Menu options were whole roast lobster with au gratin potatoes; beef fillets with mushroom risotto; and vegetarian cauliflower steak. The Hudson Project Band, agree the newlyweds, was the highlight of the affair.

The details

Photographer: Kate Headley • Planning and design: Kari Rider Events • Florist: Amaryllis • Invitations: Fig. 2 Design Studio • Cake: Bay Country Bakery • Hair Stylist: Yene Damtew • Makeup Artist: Carl Ray • Bridal Outfit: Paloma Blanca • Groom & Groomsmen Outfit: Men’s Wearhouse • Bridesmaids Outfit: Dessy • Music : The Hudson Project Band

This article originally appeared in the January 2022 issue of The Washingtonian.

Amy Moeller

Editor, Washington Weddings

Amy directs Washingtonian Weddings and writes Style Setters for Washingtonian. Prior to joining Washingtonian in March 2016, she was editor-in-chief of Capitol File magazine in DC and before that, editor-in-chief of What’s Up? Weddings in Annapolis.