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Vanessa Orco & Arjun Mishra

December 18, 2016 | Ceremony and Reception: Josephine Butler Parks Center

Arjun recalls that his favorite part of the day was “seeing Vanessa for the first time”



A loose, masterfully mixed floral arrangement


Vanessa wasn’t sure what flowers she wanted, but described the “texture and lushness” she was looking for to Saivita Floral Design. In the end, the arrangements and tabletop tableaus included seasonal fruits such as pomegranates and pears.


The event invitation, and Vanessa’s Brilliant Earth engagement ring and Chanel perfume. 

THE COUPLE Although they were acquaintances in college, it wasn’t until Vanessa Orco’s birthday party at a downtown DC bar that she got to know Arjun Mishra—he was “crashing” her party (though according to the groom, he was invited!). Arjun popped the question at DC’s scenic Hains Point, and they both remember Vanessa diving for the ring before he was able to get the big question fully out.

THE PARTY Though it had been Vanessa’s dream to get married in Portugal, the logistics of that felt too overwhelming. Luckily, Josephine Butler Parks Center, a historic home in Meridian Hill, offered an old-world charm the couple loved. Despite the mid-December date, this was no winter wonderland wedding. Persian and Turkish rugs lined the aisle, clustered floral arrangements incorporating seasonal fruits adorned the tables and a table of mini desserts were among the event’s well-curated details. Cultural traditions were honored too: Latin music and dancing for the Venezuelan bride, and a Mehndi gathering for the Indian groom.

THE HONEYMOON A week after their big day, the couple moved to Singapore—“So this whole year is a bit of a honeymoon!” Vanessa says. 

Wedding Planner
Latoria Williams, Simply Breathe Events
Bride’s Gown Casablanca Bridal
Bride’s Shoes Sam Edelman
Bride’s Jewelry J.Crew; Cartier
Bride’s Makeup Makeup by Ana B
Groom’s Tux Custom made in Singapore
Groom’s Shoes Florsheim
Groom’s Watch Frederique Constant
Rings Brilliant Earth
Florals Saivita Floral Design, 571.447.0224  
Catering Main Event Caterers
Cake Buttercream Bakeshop
Invitations Paperless Post
Entertainment DJ Casanova