This past August, Jay, our Director of Engineering, and his better half, Claire, had an intimate micro-wedding at the Immaculate Conception Church in Washington, DC, followed by a small reception at the Arts Club of Washington.
Before we share a bit about their wedding, let us tell you a little about Jay. He is the tech guy behind the scenes at Poppy, ideating, building, and iterating. His day to day innately requires him to be measured, thoughtful, and kind... traits that make him the perfect match for Claire. Claire is equally reserved, smart, and incredibly creative — she baked the wedding cake herself. As understated as they are, both share a good sense of humor, love of cooking (they casually whip up Momofuku recipes on weekdays), and a calm, confident love for one another.
Now for the love story: Claire and Jay met and began dating in high school, when they were both working as summer lifeguards. They continued their relationship through college, as they both pursued their degrees at UVA’s School of Engineering. Last August, Jay proposed to Claire at their old stomping grounds — on the Lawn at UVA. As part of the proposal, he shared with Claire tokens of their love he had kept throughout the years, including movie stubs from their first date and letters they had written each other over the years.
When choosing their wedding flowers, Claire took the lead, while Jay focused his efforts on evaluating the actual experience of being a Poppy wedding client, which would later help him improve our processes. Claire chose a classic palette of white and blush roses, hydrangeas, and touches of blue green eucalyptus.