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THE COUPLE: Eric Jan, 31, is an optometrist who grew up
in Rockville and attended Thomas S. Wootton High School.
Esther Lee, 24, who grew up in Howard County, attends
pharmacy school in Washington, D.C. The couple lives in
THE WEDDING: The wedding and reception were held
June 22 at the Springfield Manor Winery & Distillery in
WHERE THEY MET: A birthday party in Washington,
D.C., which the couple attended with mutual friends.
FIRST DATE: A cooking class during which they prepared
a modern version of Thanksgiving dinner.
THE PROPOSAL: Eric took Esther horseback-riding in
Marriottsville, Maryland, where she grew up, and then to
a restaurant they used to frequent at the beginning of their
relationship. Later, Eric took Esther to get a massage and
then to his parents’ house, where their immediate family
members were waiting around a lighted gazebo and a bonfire. Esther’s dad, Jun Lee, gave a short speech and gave Eric
permission to propose.
WEDDING THEME: Mint with coral accents
Beautiful weather and the lush backdrop of Maryland’s Catoctin Mountain
provided the perfect setting for the June wedding of Eric Jan and Esther Lee.