Ilana and Ben met in 2009 while attending Grambling State University. Ben, with a few of his line brothers, wanted to know if the track team would be in town for an upcoming Alpha party. Somehow between talking about the Alpha party and Ilana’s track practice, Ben and Ilana engaged in a deep conversation. They both sat in front of the café for what felt like a few minutes, but turned out to be hours.
The two kept in touch and in 2018 Ilana moved to Washington, D.C. for a job opportunity. Shortly thereafter, Ben and Ilana both started dating and tied the knot four years later. See more from these college sweethearts’ stunning wedding day captured by Tunji Studios.
Bride: Ilana Gray, 32, Government Consultant
Groom: Benjamin Gray, 33, Web Developer
Photography by: Tunji Studios
Place of residence: Arlington, VA
Wedding date: June 4, 2022
Wedding location: Hotel Washington, Washington, D.C.
Wedding theme/motif/inspiration: Modern Glam with a vineyard inspiration.
Honeymoon Destination :
1. Santorini, Greece
2. Positano, Italy
3. Florence, Italy
4. Venice, Italy
Briefly tell us about your wedding experience and how the both of you felt on your big day. Include your most memorable moment. We felt elated! We thoroughly enjoyed all of our friends and family getting together in one place. The most memorable moment was walking in the room at the beginning of our reception.
Wedding song, explain choice for song:
“Dressed in White” by Cal. We thought this was the perfect song. It was about being with someone for the rest of your life. That’s exactly how we felt.
What are you most looking forward to as a married couple?
Buying a house and starting a family.
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- Tunji Studios
- Event Planning
- Stunning Soirees
- DJ Clottey
- Hotel Washington
- Floral Design
- Sophie Felts Floral Design
- Bridal Dress
- Elegance by Roya in Tysons
- Bridal Party Attire
- Groom Attire
- Men’s Wearhouse
- Select Events