Jenny Aracely Vasquez, a senior producer with NBC, covering Capitol Hill and the White House, and Andrew McCall Cushman, a senior consultant at Deloitte, both swiped right on each other on Bumble. “We officially became a couple over a romantic, warm summer evening dinner at Le Diplomate!” Jenny exclaims. “I was smitten immediately…and with the help of my wingman, Moose—a Dalmatian puppy—I eventually won Jenny over,” Andrew shares.
After two years together, he proposed during an intimate Saturday morning breakfast in November. “We were about to eat our chocolate croissants and strawberries, when he got down on one knee,” Jenny remembers. “Thanksgiving was coming-up, and I knew that time of year was significant for Jenny and her family, remembering the challenging moments from her cancer treatment in high school,” Andrew shares. “I wanted to rewrite the meaning of that time of year by making happy memories to celebrate going forward.”
Once engaged, the couple decided on hosting their wedding in a place that held special significance—Andrew’s grandparents’ home in Mountain Lake in Florida. The two planned the weekend’s events and hired Blush by Brandee Gear as the weekend-of coordinator. Ellen Davis Creative set the tone for the weekend with a beautiful invitation suite.
The festivities began with the welcome party at home. Jenny wore a BCBG midi dress with Frances Valentine heels. For the next night’s rehearsal dinner, the bride-to-be chose an Alexia Maria light blue minidress with Nicola Bathie earrings.
For her wedding dress, Jenny wanted something timeless and elegant that would make her feel comfortable and confident. After trying on many designs, the bride decided to go the custom route with Amsale. Starting with a gown from their bridal collection, Jenny and the stylists added off-the-shoulder sleeves and a delicate pearl belt and finished the look off with a sweeping veil. The bride had three items for her “something blue:” Loeffler Randall’s Camellia heels, a blue topaz cocktail ring, and a heron blue monogrammed bouquet wrap.
On the day-of, Jenny got ready with M3 Makeup, who gave her a natural beauty look. Bridesmaids complemented her well in blue dresses from Azazie and bouquets from Bloom Box Floral, and Andrew looked handsome in a Brooks Brothers tailored navy jacket with gold buttons, white J.Crew pants, and a vibrant tie featuring red poppies.
On October 23, 2021, Jenny and Andrew were married in an intimate ceremony his grandparents’ front yard. “When I first saw Jenny walking down the aisle with her mom, I was extremely happy and overcome with the beauty of my wife,” the grooms shares. “I definitely teared up a little with happiness and excitement.”
“It was very important for us to have a bilingual and bicultural celebration that represented and honored our families,” the bride explains. “The ceremony included a Spanish blessing and homily led by our sister-in-law, who is bilingual.” In the middle of the service, gospel singers surprised everyone when they began singing one of the couple’s favorite songs, “Grateful” by Hezekiah Walker.
After exchanging vows and rings and being announced as a married couple, the newlyweds and their guests headed to the historic community’s clubhouse for the reception. The seated indoor dinner featured blueberry filet mignon, inspired by the couple’s first anniversary dinner at Acqua Al 2.
After everyone was well-fed, the dance floor kicked off with a 10-piece band from Cnergy, who played Latin music, classics, Motown, and more. The new mister and missus had their first dance to “More” by Bobby Darin. For the second half of the reception, Jenny slipped into a minidress from Jane Summers.
The after-party was held at the club’s Raynor Bar. A brother of one of the groomsmen is a terrific musician and impressively played Billy Joel songs. “Piano Man” was a guaranteed good time. The late-night menu was well curated with truffle fries, mini grilled cheese sandwiches, and chicken tenders to keep the revelry going until the early hours.
The next day, guests woke up to fresh-squeezed Florida orange juice and a breakfast buffet of bacon, omelets, and crepes with raspberry compote. Jenny concludes, “The Sunday farewell brunch was the perfect bow to wrap up a delightful weekend celebrating our new chapter.”