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This chic summer wedding featured a synchronized swimming performance at cocktail hour

Echoe and Shawn were married at the Clifton Inn in Charlottesville on June 20, 2021. Their wedding was originally featured in the January 2022 issue of Washingtonian. See details below.

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First connecting on Tinder, Echoe, a Howard University medical student and Army second lieutenant from Los Angeles, and Shawn, a ceremonial musician for the U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps from Verona, Va. are engaged three years later on the Capitol grounds. They had to cancel their destination wedding on the Amalfi Coast and instead planned an “elegant and sexy” nuptials in Virginia that included 44 guests. The ceremony was punctuated by confetti poppers at the kiss and featured a saber arch; at cocktail hour, the synchronized swimmers produced a surprise performance. Friends and family – at a single long, candlelit table – were served by waiters in white uniforms and chose lamb, New York striploin or trout as their main course. The bride arranged for a white rose to be placed on a chair in honor of Shawn’s mother, who died a year earlier. Guests brought home peaches potted by the couple and the groom’s father.

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The details

Photographer: John Cain Photography • Planning and Design: Strawberry Milk Events • Florist: Courtney Inghram Floral Design • Invitations: Appy Couple • Cake: Paradox Pastry • Hair Stylist: Hair by Mimi • Makeup Artist: Taylor Simpson Artistry • Bridal Outfit: Galia Lahav (ceremony), Valé feather dress by Cult Gaia (reception) • Music: DJ Easy; John Schreiner and Maddie Assel (Steve Beyer Productions) • Videographer: Matt & Meredith Films • Lighting: Blue Ridge Event Production • Rentals: Something Vintage • Synchronized Swimmers: Charlottesville Swans

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.