Published: Helen + Marvin’s Presidential Wedding Party | Brides

She is a former senior policy advisor for the U.S. Department of Education. He is the former trip director, special assistant, and personal aide to past POTUS, Barack Obama. After almost a decade of courtship and a lightning quick engagement of eight weeks, Helen and Marvin tied the knot at her parents’ home in Jacksonville, FL this past January.

With then-Secretary of State, John Kerry, officiating and President Obama serving as a groomsman, this wedding party was nothing short of presidential.  Nods to the couple’s shared life in DC were sprinkled throughout the event from the guest list to ginger vases full of cherry blossoms to a red, white and blue-filled wedding cake. Big Swing and the Ballroom Blasters had guests dancing until midnight.

You can read more about Helen and Marvin’s love story and how they succeeded in planning a wedding in less than eight weeks on  We are incredibly grateful to the team at 6 of Four Photography (Chris Torres, Rachel Niesen, and Emilie Sommer) for sharing the magnificent images from Helen and Marvin’s big day.

Band: Big Swing and the Ballroom Blasters | ECE Agent: Doug Baker | Photography: Chris Torres, Rachel Niesen, and Emilie Sommer with 6 of Four Photography | Venue : Family Residence | Event Planner: Lorna Meehan with Amelia Weddings and Events | Catering: Catering by Liz Grenameyer | Cake: Classic Cakes | Florals: Brent Tuten and Glenn Certain of Glenn Certain Floral + Event Design | Makeup: Kimtasha | Hair: Saskia Penland | Gown: Linda Cunningham Couturier | Rentals + Tent: Beachview Event Rentals | Invitations + Escort Cards: The Write Touch

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