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Wedded: Zoey Washington and John Sheff

Zoey Washington and John Sheff were friends in high school, and reconnected after college.
Zoey Washington and John Sheff were friends in high school, and reconnected after college. (Teri Pozniak, Handout photo)

Date: Sept. 6

Her story: Zoey Washington, 33, was born and raised in Baltimore. She has worked for fashion magazines such as Vogue, Essence and Elle, and is now a contributing editor at People Style Watch and Essence, where she styled actress Kerry Washington for the October cover. Her mother, Dr. Marie J. Washington, lives in Baltimore. Her father, Tommie Broadwater, lives in Upper Marlboro.

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His story: John Sheff, 33, born and raised in Baltimore. After working in Maryland politics for a number of years, he's now a marketing executive at Danfoss. His parents, Pamela and Ronald Sheff, live in Roland Park.

Their story: The two met in high school. She went to Garrison Forest School; he went to Gilman School. Their best friends were high school sweethearts.

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"I had a wee bit of a crush on him in high school," Zoey recalled. "I always thought he was cute. I always thought he was funny."

One night at a party in high school, John offered to give Zoey a piggyback ride to protect her coveted pair of Adolfo Dominguez shoes.

Zoey knew she found someone special that day.

But the two didn't start dating until Zoey moved back to Baltimore in 2010 from New York City.

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"I had just had a horrible date, so my best friend, Anne Litz, took me to Brewer's Art to lift my spirits about Baltimore," Zoey recalled. "She said that it was only a matter of time before I stumbled upon the right man. Seconds later, I ran into John, and we have been together ever since."

The two live in Federal Hill.

The proposal: John proposed to Zoey on her birthday last September.

"He got me a bottle of Hermes perfume," she said. "At that time, it was a hard perfume to get in Baltimore, so I was impressed that he went through all these hoops. I was taken aback when he said that he had another gift for me. He pulled out this bag. He was so precious and all types of nervous."

When Zoey opened up the big, she discovered a box that contained her ring.

"I told him to get down on his knee," Zoey joked. "He put it on my finger. When I saw it in the light, I was dying."

John then took Zoey to dinner at their favorite restaurant, Peter's Inn in Fells Point. He then surprised her by taking her to Roy's in Harbor East, where her mother and sister were waiting to help celebrate.

"It was so cute," Zoey said. "I love it when he is tricky and involves my family."

Venue: One hundred and ninety guests attended the wedding and ceremony at the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park and Museum.

Flowers and decor: The couple worked with Dutch Floral Garden and Revolution Events to create a "simple, lush and intimate" reception space. The flowers were in shades of white with bleached branches, along with white roses lining the tables. Chandeliers in various lengths were above the head table.

Her dress: Zoey wore an ivory silk corset dress by Vivienne Westwood from Kleinfeld Bridal in New York City. She wore Oscar de la Renta deep purple heels, which were given to her by the team at Oscar de la Renta. Her diamond ear cuffs were a gift from EF Collection. Her suspended diamond pave pendant by Monica Vinader was a gift from John.

Bridesmaids' attire: Bridesmaids wore Jill Stuart dresses from the designer's New York City studio. Zoey's sister Jackie, the maid of honor, wore a Monique Lhuillier dress.

Men's attire: John wore a Charles Tyrwhitt suit, which he purchased when the couple were in London during the summer. The groomsmen wore charcoal suits.

Music: For the ceremony, the couple had a string quartet by Music By Anthem. The reception DJ was Karl Hunt. The couple's first dance was to "Make You Feel My Love" by Adele.

Food and dessert: Class Act Catering by Jim Britton provided the food. For the cocktail hour, the couple served crab cakes, jambalaya and sushi. Dinner consisted of sea bass, roasted chicken or eggplant.

"John and I love a good cocktailm so we had a huge full bar that was overseen by Lenny from Ruth's Chris" Steak House, Zoey said. "He makes the best cocktails in town. He is a rock star."

The couple had a full bar and two signature drinks: an Old-Fashioned or cucumber fizz. The wedding cake was from Patisserie Poupon and was alternating layers of carrot cake and strawberry shortcake.

Special touches: Zoey and John temporarily moved to Europe the summer before the wedding, which didn't make the planning process easy. The couple thank Margo Fischer at Bright Occasions for helping.

"She really was the MVP of the wedding," Zoey said. "She is an amazing wedding planner with impeccable taste and a calming presence who just happens to be one of my close friends from when we studied abroad in Florence together."

Zoey recruited hairstylist Seven Adrin Washington to do her hair for the wedding. The Washington-based stylist has worked with such clients as Rashida Jones, Amy Poehler, Patti Labelle and Lupita Nyong'o.

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