Emily & Shawn Greenwaldt's Love Story

Shawn and I were set up on a blind date in 2013. We instantly hit it off. I remember calling my mom after the first date to tell her how well it went. I described the evening as ‘easy’, and I still refer to our relationship as just that: easy. 


In 2015, for Shawn’s 27th birthday I organized a group of our friends to come together and enjoy a night at the dueling pianos in the Sinatra room at Franchesco’s. Unbeknownst to me, Shawn had been planning a surprise of his own! Towards the end of the evening, he had snuck one of the pianists a note asking for them to play a couple of significant songs to our relationship. While listening, I thought the songs were a happy coincidence! I had no idea what was about to happen. Finally, they played the song ‘marry you’ by Bruno Mars, and Shawn dropped to his knee and asked me to marry him. The answer was ‘easy’- yes!


We quickly decided on DC Estate Winery as our wedding venue as the owners are family friends of Shawn’s, and because it fit the vision for our wedding perfectly. One of the most important aspects of our reception was that our guests enjoy an amazing dinner and wonderful cocktails. It was a no brainer to choose Franchesco’s as our caterer to fulfill that goal!


After meeting with Michelle for the first time, I instantly knew we were going to be completely taken care of. I almost felt as though we were members of her family by her warm demeanor and the genuine interest she took in us. I sometimes referred to Michelle as my second wedding planner because she made any requests I had happen, no questions asked.


The day of the wedding was picture perfect. We got married in 2016 and I still have people telling me how amazing the food was at our reception!


I have seen Michelle several times since our wedding and she is just as warm and genuine as she always was while working professionally with her. It is so apparent that she takes pride in the relationships that she cultivates through the process of working with couples during such a special time in their lives. Similarly, Benny and Kim are always rays of sunshine when we see them. The passion oozes out of all of them and there is no denying that they truly love what they do. 


We are forever grateful for Michelle and the entire team at Franchesco’s for making our wedding such a memorable and perfect event. Franchesco’s holds a special place in our hearts, as much of our story began in the Sinatra room. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being a part of our journey.