Jewel and Paul are people of science. Their love for nature, and more specifically for trees, passionately drove them both from different states, to the DC area to pursue their dream career and, the love for our Planet Earth. Fortunately, for them both, the one thing they also found while on their scientific search, was the love for each other. The formula is simple, but very unique: #ItTakesTwoToTomasula
Remember their engagement story here on this special post.
Now, these two beautiful souls, share a life long commitment not only with their passion for nature, but also as husband and wife. The universe truly is amazing! 

Attention: if you were a guest at Shannon and Ian’s wedding, please visit the private gallery on this link.

* Daysy’s Signature Shot

 

* Daysy’s Signature Shot

Jewel and Paul, please share with us your Top 3 planning tips for future couples.

  1. Talk about each your top priorities for the wedding day
  2. Good photographer, good DJ, and good food are worth it!
  3. If you’re on a budget, you can definitely skip certain details and guests won’t care

Daysy: Did you have a first look before the ceremony? If yes, how can you describe that moment?
J+P: Yes! The moment was very emotional and romantic.

Daysy: How would you describe the style of your wedding?
J+P: Woodland, botanical, earth tones

Daysy: Based on your wedding planning experiences, what advice would you give people who are still planning their wedding?
J+P: It’s helpful to read wedding blog posts about which details matter and which ones can be left out. 

Daysy: What moment of your wedding day did you get anxious the most?
J+P:
Going to the salon at the beginning of the day

Daysy: What adjective best describes your spouse on your wedding day?
J+P: Paul was exuberant and Jewel was stunning. 

Daysy: Where did you have your wedding? Why did you choose the location?
J+P:
We had an outdoor ceremony and an indoor reception at the Woodlands at Algonkian Regional Park. We chose the location because we wanted to be near the Potomac River and in a natural forest setting. We stayed in the Algonkian Riverside Cottages and so did our families. 

Daysy: Who decided on the wedding song for walking down the aisle and why?
J+P:
Jewel chose the instrumental cover of “All I Ask of You” from The Phantom of the Opera because it’s romantic and one of our favorite musicals.

 

Daysy: The Best Thing about the day
J+P:
Saying our vows during the ceremony, then dancing with all our family and friends.

Daysy: Describe any personal or special touches that helped make Your Wedding Memorable
J+P: Paul and Jewel wrote their own vows. Paul’s vows were a poem that he wrote.

The Woodlands at Algonkian Wedding bride crying ceremony

Daysy: Tell us about your wedding day fashions.
J+P: Paul wore a new, bespoke suit. Jewel wore a Morilee dress with ivory lace top layer and champagne base layer. The dress had pockets!

Daysy: What is the worst thing that happened on your wedding day, and the best thing that happened?
J+P: We feel so lucky that the whole day was like a dream come true!

Daysy: What was your color palette and wedding style? What inspired it? Tell us about the flowers, stationery and decor you chose.
J+P: Our color palette was fern green, light blue, and champagne nude. We were inspired by earth colors and botanical art. We used vintage scientific illustrations of flowers and we featured ferns in our décor. 

Daysy: Which element(s) of your day best reflected you as a couple? What did you do to make guests feel special?
J+P: We had six different flavors of cupcakes that reflected our lives together and we made a menu to explain how the flavors connect to us. Our guests still talk about how these cupcakes, from Sweetz Bakery, were perfect and delicious.

Daysy: What was the most difficult detail of your wedding to agree upon?
J+P: We had a hard time deciding our first dance song and practicing our dance.

Daysy: After the day has passed, would you have anything you have done differently?
J+P: We may have considered getting someone to take a video of our first dance. 

Daysy: Tell us about your cocktail hour and reception! What was on the menu? Did you have any special entertainment?
J+P: We had two signature cocktails, the old fashioned and the blackberry mojito. Matt from Black Tie Entertainment did such a fantastic job, everyone loved his music selection.

Daysy: What was the most fun detail of your wedding to plan?
J+P: It was fun to choose our “must play” songs for dancing.

Jewel: How did you feel when the wedding planning was all over?
J+P: We felt relieved, but we felt that it was all worth it and the planning paid off!

Daysy: here did you go to honeymoon?
J+P: We went to Bar Harbor, Maine for one week. We went to Acadia National Park for sunrise, hiking, and birdwatching. We went on a boat tour for whale and puffin watching. We drank several kinds of blueberry beer and ate the most delicious blueberry pancakes and lots of lobster dishes! Of course, we stayed in the cutest and coziest cottage by the bay.


Personal Note: It was a dream to photograph your love story. You are two beautiful souls, who truly are passionate for life and the love for each other reflects all over the place. Thank you so much, Jewel and Paul, for such an amazing time!!! ~ Daysy


Vendor Love:

Photography: Daysy Film & Photo
DJ: Black Tie Entertainment (Matt Johnson)
Florist: Pollen Productions
Hair & Makeup: Jackson Harlow Beauty
Dress: Morilee
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff
Groom’s Attire: Indochino
Accessories: Little Things Borrowed
Officiant: David Lipps, Jewel’s uncle
Caterer: Great Blue Heron Cateringlgearhart@nvrpa.org
Cupcakes: Sweetz Bakery
First Dance Song: Rather Be cover by Jasmine Thompson https://youtu.be/_as_IxjD3Oo
Honeymoon: Acadia National Park & Bar Harbor Maine https://www.nps.gov/acad/index.htm
Venue and Day of Coordinator: The Woodlands at Algonkian (Maren Roman) – Sterling, VA
Riverfront Cottage: Algonkian Cottages – Sterling, VA