Please join Ariana & Joel on September 9
as we celebrate our wedding in Washington DC!



Ariana grew up in Washington DC and studied English Literature at Fisk University and Arts, Education, and Creative Writing at Harvard. Formerly, she worked as a curator of arts experiences connected to cities—in DC, NYC, and Camden, NJ. Today, she works in philanthropy.


Joel was born in Rome and grew up in France and Switzerland. He attended Skema Business School in France then continued his studies in the US, at American University and Howard Law School. He now works in the international legal affairs department of Otsuka, a Japanese company. 

Our Story

Nearly a decade ago a boy and a girl met on the dance floor in Washington DC. Old world aristocracy met New world charm. From the streets of Adams Morgan to boulevards in Paris, from Howard to Harvard, holidays in Nice and Addis, we talked history and culture and law. We’ve always believed that when it came to our love — it was written — and we’re thrilled to experience the next chapter unfold. We’re honored that you will join us for the first dance.  


Enkutatash, the Ethiopian New Year, marks the end of the rainy season and the beginning of the spring sunshine. It occurs on Meskerem 1 on the Ethiopian calendar, which is 11 September according to the Gregorian calendar. Enkutatash, meaning “gift of jewels” in Amharic, originally derives from the story of the Queen of Sheba returning from visiting King Solomon in Jerusalem, where her Chiefs welcomed her back by replenishing her treasury with enku, or jewels.

This joyful holiday has been celebrated since this time, marked by dancing and singing across the green countryside, budding with spring flowers. 




Debre Genet Medhane Alem
Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church
4401 Old Branch Avenue
Temple Hills MD 20748



Please note: you will be required to remove your shoes before entering the sanctuary. Shoe bags and feet coverings will be provided.

Also, head coverings for women, while customary, are optional.



Foxchase Manor
8310 Chatsworth Drive
Manassas VA 20109



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