Bride and groom on steps to capital


Emily Jane Dill & Adam Bennett Simon | Charleston | 3.10.18 | Photographed by The Oberports 

Emily, originally from Scott Depot, moved to Washington, D.C., after her college graduation to pursue a teaching career. It wasn’t long before her new surroundings and lack of acquaintances in the area left her longing for companionship. A persistent friend convinced her to try online dating. She did so, reluctantly, but the path she chose brought her to Adam, a Bethesda native. The couple had their first date in a tiny cafe in Bethesda, Maryland. Neither wanted the night to end as they walked and talked for hours after dinner.


Bride & Groom


Fast forward a few years later, and Adam brilliantly used the couple’s dog, Eddie, to shore up his future with Emily. He tied a big red bow around Eddie’s neck and fastened to it a note asking Emily to marry him. Of course, Emily said yes, and the couple set out planning their big day. The ceremony they planned would be a perfect mix of Emily’s Christian upbringing and Adam’s Jewish heritage.




Emily and Adam were each escorted down the aisle by all four of their parents. The couple wrote and exchanged their own vows during the ceremony, which ended with a traditional glass-smashing and first kiss as husband and wife. For her wedding, the bride wore a Pronovias gown and Badgley Mischka bridal heels. She carried a bouquet of white roses and greenery. Following the ceremony, family and friends joined the couple at a reception in the Grand Lobby of the Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences.


Guests were treated to a dessert bar featuring simple white cakes, hot dogs from Spring Hill Bakery, cookies, cupcakes, and brownies. The couple embarked on an adventure in South Africa for their honeymoon, including a safari in Kruger National Park. They live in Chevy Chase, Maryland, where Emily works in content marketing at Teaching Strategies and Adam works as a partner with Encore Tickets.



Photographed by The Oberports

Bride’s Gown
Love Couture Bridal, Potomac, MD

Lauren McKillop of Ren+Ott Events, Hurricane

Winter Floral and Antiques, Charleston

Embassy Suites, Charleston

Affirmative Groove (Sam Hill Entertainment), Richmond, VA

The Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences Walker Theatre and Grand Lobby, Charleston