This Couple Ditched The Frills of A Formal Wedding for An Awesome New Years Eve Party during a DC Poolhall

One competence contend it was a stars that brought Dara Zeehandelaar and Anthony Shaw together. While a using organisation containing mutual friends lured any of them to a same bar in Huntington Beach, California, it was their astronomy-themed tattoos that caused one of those friends (later, a bridesmaid) to advise they accommodate any other.

Dara wasn’t partial of a organisation run on that sold night—Anthony was—but nonetheless she pronounced “yes” when folks asked her to join a after-party, that was a whopping 40 miles away. Anthony saw Dara travel in, and was immediately “captivated and intrigued,” he remembers. Eventually, a eclectic pair marry in a punk-rock-prom themed wedding Continental Pool Lounge in Arlington. Photos by Mason Photography.

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Anthony, now a supervision consult, was discerning to ask Dara, who works for a Maryland State Department of Education, for a cooking date. They didn’t have to wait for a central date to accommodate again, though, “accidentally” both display adult for another organisation run a day before.

“I hadn’t run with a organisation in months,” Dara admits. “Kind of anticipating he’d be there was substantially a reason we went!” The subsequent day, Anthony (a carnivore) took Dara (a vegan) to a meat-free cafeteria for cooking and, after, they cruised around an indie record store.

They antiquated for 4 years before Anthony due during his parent’s Long Beach, California, home on Christmas morning. A year later, a integrate tied a tangle in a delightfully nontraditionally location.

The integrate says it didn’t feel right to contend their “I do’s” during a customary venue, and instead they opted for a punk-rock-prom thesis during a Continental Pool Lounge, a billiards and diversion hall, on New Year’s Eve. “There’s always a lot of build-up” for a holiday, Anthony says. “So we wanted to chuck a good celebration for all of a friends—that we’d wish to go to ourselves—that only happened to have a matrimony in a middle.”

The integrate was anxious with their guest interpretation of a punk-rock-prom thesis dress code. It was “exactly as we hoped,” says Dara. “We had small black dresses and tutus, kilts and light-up bow-ties, t-shirts with tuxes, and sequins and shine and eyeliner on everyone. One groomsman ripped a sleeves off his suit, and another one cut his pants into shorts. Between them they had a full suit.”

The night was full of surprises, starting with a newlyweds’ entrance. As a attendants walked down a aisle, a integrate played Canon in D—“our friends were substantially flattering confused since we’re large strain fans, though not accurately super-traditional people,” Anthony says. Anthony knew a strain would switch when Dara appeared, though he didn’t know to what. As she approached a aisle, a strain altered to  “Little Angel,” by Night Child—Dara’s favorite strain from a rope that Anthony was in.

“Our friends went nuts over a shrill stone song, and Anthony’s bandmates and brothers, who knew immediately what it was, adore it,” they say. Dara’s cousin, “a DC improv genius,” she says, was their officiant, and a bride and groom’s grandparents (with some-more than a century of matrimony knowledge between them) review their vows for a integrate to repeat.  

During a dance party, a bride substituted her prolonged robe for a short, sequined celebration dress and unicorn-shaped light-up high-top sneakers. The cake wasn’t unequivocally a cake; rather, Anthony and Dara cut donuts from Dunkin Donuts, surfaced with dinosaurs (a warn from a groom’s mother). And a strain playlist: handpicked by a bride and groom.

After their large night to ring in 2017, a integrate honeymooned during a Dogfish Head Inn in Lewes, Delaware.


Photographer: Mason Photography | Venue: Continental Pool Lounge | Bride’s Gown: Neiman Marcus (ceremony), ASOS (reception) | Groom’s Tux: Sarar |
Continental Pool Lounge | Invitations: Paperless Post | Wedding Rings: Pave Jewelers | Bride’s Shoes: Irregular Choice | Dessert: Dunkin Donuts


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