The Wedding of ...
Megan Linares & Guillermo Artiles
Ceremony: Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart
Reception: The Park Savoy Estate,
Gown: Stefan Jolie
Bridesmaids: Mori Lee
Tux: Vitale Barberis Canonico
Photographer: Leandro Da Silva Photography
Cinematographer: Kaan Tulgar Productions
Makeup & Hair: Dasí Salon
Florist: Perla & Co.
Cake: A Little Cake Bakery
Band: The Infernos Band
Dance Choreography: Fred Astaire Dance Studio
Limo: Town Limousine Service
Intimate & Elegant
My brother went to law school with Guillermo and introduced us at one of the school’s functions. Guillermo asked me to dinner in the city and we ended up staying at the restaurant for five hours!
A few years later, at a gourmet restaurant in DC, our waiter brought out a serving dish for the last part of our multi-course meal. The waiter lifted the lid to reveal a ring box and a card! Guillermo got down on one knee, and asked, “In addition to being my best friend, will you be my wife?” The staff captured the whole proposal on film! Later that weekend, we celebrated with our families, who came to DC to surprise me. We had an incredible evening of cocktails overlooking our favorite city atop the Washington Hotel.
Years prior, my brother got married at Nanina’s in the Park, the sister venue of The Park Savoy. Guillermo and I fell in love with The Park Savoy as soon as we walked in. The venue is located on a grand golf course with lush gardens and a quaint balcony and the ballroom has high ceilings and beautiful chandeliers. We loved how it was elegant and intimate, yet that it could still accommodate our 300 guests.
Working with The Park Savoy staff was wonderful. Everyone was so attentive. Barry and Joe Maurilla, the owners, made sure everything we got was the best of the best. Sam Tillawi, the general manager, and Melanie Clarke, the sales manager, helped with every step of planning. They always responded to my emails and calls right away. Mary and Julian, our bridal assistants, were by our side the whole wedding day and attended to our every need.
We wanted our Cuban culture included in our ceremony, so we reached out to a church close by and asked Bishop Manuel Cruz, who is also Cuban, to marry us. He met with us several times before the wedding to get to know us. He gave an extremely personal ceremony, talking about our families, our heritage, and our union.
We had a wide variety of food at our cocktail hour. Some of our favorite hors d’oeuvres were beer-battered fried artichokes, maple-glazed scallops wrapped in bacon, and braised short ribs. We also had several stations, including a wine and cheese bar with baked brie, a raw bar, a Peking duck station, a martini bar with an ice luge, a homemade mac and cheese station, and of course, a Cuban station.
Our ballroom was simple and elegant. Our centerpieces had various white and cream colored flowers, surrounded by green foliage and white candles. For dinner, guests got a duet meal of Chilean sea bass lemon beurre blanc and frizzled leeks and chateaubriand in a cabernet sauce. Eggplant parmesan was also available as the vegetarian option. Our 14-piece band was incredible. They played a mix of contemporary and oldies. They also had a Sinatra tribute singer who sang during dinner. Some of the band members even came into the crowd to sing and dance with our guests!
The cocktail room was turned into a Viennese hour dessert room. We had everything from zeppoles with oreos and apples to chocolate martinis, Belgian waffles with ice cream, and more. Our after-party followed, with a DJ, a cigar station, and grills for hamburgers and hotdogs.
A huge thank you to Joe, Barry, Sam, Melanie, Mary, and Julian at The Park Savoy for going above and beyond to make our wedding absolutely perfect. Thank you to all our vendors, especially our photographer, cinematographer, and my hair and makeup artist. And special thanks to our friends and family for making this day so special and to our parents for their continuous love and support!