Nésa & Joe
Nésa, who works at the Business Roundtable as a new creative entrepreneur, and Joe, a public policy manager for Google, were introduced through social media in the spring of 2012. In that same summer, the couple enjoyed a whirlwind romance fueled by their mutual love of food, mystery novels, New York City, and the discovery of two completely different cultures. To celebrate their first Independence Day together, the couple made reservations at a high-end restaurant. However, en route to dinner, Nésa confessed that she was craving a steak and cheese sandwich from a local gas station. “At first, I thought maybe she was joking, but sure enough, we spent the night–Nésa in her Louboutins and dress–eating inside a gas station. It was a sight to behold,” remembers Joe, grinning. Later that night, as the couple watched fireworks with friends on a rooftop, Joe realized that he didn’t want to spend any more time away from her. Joe made it official when he proposed to Nésa on a quiet bench by the Potomac River on one of the coldest nights in January. To this day, Nésa still has no idea what Joe said during his proposal, but nonetheless, she extended her shivering hands to him and answered with a warm, beaming smile that, for a brief moment, made the sub-zero temperature slightly more bearable. “I knew she wouldn’t want a big production for a proposal, but I also knew that sharing that moment with her family would mean everything to her, so when we went inside the restaurant that night to celebrate. Her entire family was there and we wouldn’t have had it any other way,” Joe beams, gazing fondly into Nésa’s eye Nésa and Joe’s distinctly unique cultures made for a wedding celebration imbued with layers of meaningful cultural elements – Nésa is Iranian, while Joe is Alaskan of Irish descent. Nésa’s aunt was the officiant for the couple’s traditional Persian “Aghd” ceremony. “Persian ceremonies are very romantic with a lot of symbol ism – ours included beautiful poetry by Rumi,” notes Nésa. “Another way we wanted to bring our cultures into our wedding was through food! All the fish and seafood that was served at our wedding was shipped straight from Alaska by Joe’s family. We encouraged our guests to try [everything] and taste the difference in Alaskan salmon. It was obviously a big hit!” Nésa walked down the aisle with her father to the music of her favorite musician, Yann Tiersen, a French composer and recording artist. “The notes sound distinctively French in character with accordions that bring out a Gallic texture, and minor keys give his music an almost subtle melancholy, yet lively tone,” says Nésa, musingly. Nésa and Joseph immediately gravitated towards the Anderson House as the site of their nuptials. Built more than 100 years ago in Washington.
If tomorrow I told him that I wanted to fly to the moon, he would say, ‘Alright, let’s make a plan!’
photography KT Merry / design & production Strawberry Milk Events / bride’s gown Naeem Khan / bride’s shoes Christian Louboutin / bridemaid’s gowns Adriana Papell, Ralph Lauren, Jenny Yoo / groom’s suit Giorgio Armani / videography East West / venue Anderson House / catering Well Dunn Catering / linens La Tavola / cake Butter Cream Bakeshop / rentals Perfect Settings / hair Julie Jackson / papergoods Winifred Paper / day-of calligraphy Poppy & Scooter / makeup Renny Vasquez / floral design Bloom
Nésa wore a three-quarter sleeve Chantilly lace gown by Naeem Khan via Mark Ingram Atelier.
Nésa and Joe are avid readers who share love for poetry. Instead of providing traditional wedding favors, the couple included a short quote from the classic poems of literary figures such as William Shakespeare, Maya Angelou, Pablo Neruda, and Earnest Hemingway on the back of each guest’s place card. “We hoped everyone would take [the place cards] home with them and they did; that meant a lot to us,” Joe reminisces.