Nuptials of Note: Cherie Short & Michael Bars

by Erica Moody

The Royal Wedding provided inspiration for this Washington couple. 

Political public affairs professionals Cherie Short and Michael Bars didn’t watch the Royal Wedding. They were too busy preparing for their own! Having chosen the same date to wed as the Duke & Duchess of Sussex, the couple decided to incorporate royal touches into a Washington wedding.

Six adorable flower girls followed Cherie down the aisle to Princess Diana’s procession song, “The Prince of Denmark” by Jeremiah Clark. Ladies were asked to wear fascinators, and Cherie’s custom veil of French lace, pearls and beading was 24 feet long (just short of Princess Diana’s, at 25). Royal favorite Lily of the Valley blooms were present throughout the wedding and Cherie wore three gowns in total, over two days of celebrations. Royal, indeed.

Wedding Date: May 19, 2018
Wedding Venue: St. Peter’s Catholic Church and The Daughters of the American Revolution Museum & Library
Photographer: Jennie Raff
Cherie’s Wedding Gown: Legends by Ramona Keveza; overskirt, Zuhair Murad; Kleinfeld Bridal Sample Studio, NYC
Cherie’s Reception Gowns: Lazaro, Rizik’s; and Carolina Herrera
Floral Design: Suha Kaidbey, owner of Le Printemps, DC
Food: Ridgewells
Cakes: Victoria’s Cakes, VA; Cherry Blossom cake,, MI
Makeup and Hair: Tamara Montgomery for the bride; Glamsquad for the bridesmaids

This wedding appeared in the September 2018 issue of Washington Life. 

Related Articles