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The details of Jennifer Psaki and Gregory Mecher's wedding

Love, dedication and Rahm Emanuel helped Jen Psaki and Gregory Mecher get down the aisle.

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Thursday, May 13, 2010; 4:39 PM

Jennifer Psaki and Gregory Mecher wanted their 224 guests, many of whom work long hours in politics, to feel like they were really away from Washington. The couple chose Woodlawn, a 180-acre estate near the Chesapeake Bay in Southern Maryland. Guests stayed in nearby Solomons Island.

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Ambiance: Event planner Amanda Swenson of Swenson Soirees helped the couple create an elegant wedding that would also serve as "a fun retreat for their guests." On Friday night 150 people gathered at Woodlawn for a barbecue and bluegrass-themed party, ending with a marshmallow roast around a fire pit. Sugarplum Tents Co. erected a large white tent for the reception the next day. After a ceremony on the banks of the estate's marsh, guests were served cocktails on the lawn. Scarborough Farm provided fresh local flowers anchored in coffee beans -- one of Psaki's staples -- as centerpieces. And at dinner, each table was named for a place that held meaning for the couple, including Logan Tavern, where they had their first date.

Food: Occasions Caterers set up food stations so that guests could mingle and choose their own entrees during dinner. There was a Mediterranean bar, a carving station, crab cakes, corn souffle and risotto with various toppings. Instead of a wedding cake, guests could help themselves to an ice cream sundae bar.

The photographer: Robert Isacson of Isacson Studios.

Music: Judo Chop, a Falls Church-based '80s rock band, kept guests on the dance floor for most of the night. Mecher's brother and best man, Dan Mecher, sang for the couple during their first dance. They chose the song "Somebody Loved," by the Weepies.

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