Couples Tie the Knot at &pizza on Pi Day
Several couples exchanged vows at &pizza locations in D.C., Boston, Philadelphia and New York city last Thursday on Pi Day — 3.14.
Since the ceremonies began on Mar. 14, 2016, 48 couples have tied the knot at &pizza, including eight weddings, five renewals and one commitment ceremony this year. Locally, there were five weddings and a renewal ceremony this year.
In D.C., &pizza’s Broccoli Bar, 1817 Seventh St. NW, was transformed into a pop-up wedding chapel last Thursday with black and white balloons, white roses, chairs for the guests and a DJ. Each couple got a pizza buffet reception with 30 friend that included a personalized pie, wine and a wedding cake from Milk Bar.
Broccoli Bar’s team leader Mitchell McCraw was even ready to perform the ceremony if the couples did not have their own officiant. “I got licensed D.C. just for today,” he told DC on Heels. All the couples had to supply was the D.C. marriage license. Some of the couples wrote their own vows, but if not &pizza’s marketing team would. Some came in gowns and suits, while others wore ballcaps and jeans.
Jordan Monroe and Adonis Miller of Gaithersburg was one couple who exchanged vows at Broccoli Bar last week. She is an administrative technician at the National Institutes of Health’s National Cancer Institute, and he is a hotel night auditor. The couple met online more than 10 years ago when they were 17, but didn’t live in the same state, so the timing was never right. They rekindled their relationship in October 2017 and fell head over heels for each other before finding out that they were expecting.
Now with a baby girl in tow, they were planning an October 2020 wedding. They had already begun scouting venues and even selected a caterer. “Luckily, it was a family friend and easy to cancel,” Monroe said
Then she saw an email about &pizza’s Pi Day weddings and applied on the sly to surprise Miller. “We love &pizza. I thought it would be awesome,” Monroe told DC on Heels after the wedding.
They only found out Feb. 27 that they had been chosen to get married. That only gave Monroe two weeks to find a wedding dress. Luckily, she found a long white gown with a halter top, embroidered bodice and shawl at David’s Bridals for $99 that didn’t need any alterations. Monroe and Miller had their family pastor marry them.
As for the unconventional location, “it was perfect,” she said. “His family is from here in D.C. and mine is from Gaithersburg. [&pizza] was intimate, and we got to invite family and friends. This was an awesome experience, so wonderful.”