On Love

The details of Allyson Jaffe and Chris White's wedding at Old Ebbitt Grill

As friends, Chris White and Allyson Jaffe could rely on each other for a laugh and support. And it was these parts of their friendship that led them to a romantic love.
Sunday, September 19, 2010

Allyson Jaffe and Chris White were married Aug. 28 at the Old Ebbitt Grill. The ceremony and reception were held in the atrium, but the couple and their 130 guests moved to the rooftop, overlooking the White House, for the reception.

Ambiance: Jovial. The couple wanted an elegant wedding that would reflect who they are and have a sense of humor. They used an election theme, making pins that said "Chris White for Man" and "Allyson Jaffe for Wife." The program was made to look like an election ballot and when the couple entered the reception, guests held up signs as if they were at a political convention. At the center of each table was an iconic photo -- Elvis with Nixon, Obama on Leno's couch -- that the couple had digitally edited themselves into.

Food: Old Ebbitt catered, of course. For dinner, guests were offered a gorgonzola salad, grilled chicken and salmon and sorbet. Cacao Fine European Chocolate & Pastries made the cake and at each setting was a cookie embossed with the couple's wedding logo -- Jaffe/White '10 -- designed by the groom's brother, Dave White.

Photography: Daniel McGarrity Photography

Music: Ed Witles of the Elegant DJ was the emcee for the night. The wedding party also provided some entertainment. White serenaded Jaffe with a karaoke-style rendition of "September" by Earth, Wind and Fire. The groomsmen also had a choreographed Backstreet Boys routine up their sleeves.

Decor: Anna Epstein, who was with Light-olutions and just started a new company, Yours Truly Lighting and Decor, did the lighting. Wisteria Florals of Alexandria did the flowers, including jewel-toned bouquets for Jaffe's bridesmaids.

The dress: Jaffe found her strapless gown at Macy's Bridal Salon. Katie May of Bella Bethesda Salon did her hair and Daniela Koch of About Face Cosmetics did her makeup.

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