Eugenia Baker Edwards and Mathews Edward Pierson first met in 2003 when Mathews moved to Washington, D.C. with a fellow Michigander who coincidently worked on the Hill with Eugenia. The two remained in the same circle of friends for years before dating.
Mathews had a crush on Eugenia for years. He would always make a point of joining outings with the group when he knew she would be there. At a particularly cold Saints-Redskins game, Mathews lent Eugenia his coat, vest and scarf – watching the rest of the game only in a sweater. Even though the two had been friends for years and Mathews wanted to ask Eugenia out on a date, something always prevented the two from following through. The two were finally single at the same time in the spring of 2011, and Mathews invited Eugenia to watch the sunset on a boat in the Potomac.
Just before Christmas 2012, Eugenia and Mathews saw Handel’s Messiah at the Kennedy Center. After the performance, Mathews brought Eugenia to her apartment, where he had decorated placed with twinkle lights to guide her down the hall to the Christmas tree. A surprised Eugenia noticed a bottle of her favorite champagne and two glasses – Mathews then got down on one knee and proposed in front of the Christmas tree.
Immediately following the wedding, the couple honeymooned in the Maldives and Turkey for two weeks. They currently live in Washington, D.C., where Eugenia is a policy advisor and health care lobbyist at Patton Boggs LLP and Mathews is a consultant and advisor to domestic and international political campaigns.
Bride: Eugenia Baker Edwards
Groom: Mathews Edward Pierson
Bride’s Parents: Mr. and Mrs. David Floyd Edwards
Groom’s Parents: Mr. and Mrs. David Emanuel Pierson
Date of Wedding: November 16, 2013
Ceremony Location: St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church
Reception Location: Orleans Club
Coordinator: Claudia Kelleher, In Any Event
Celebrant: Dr. Donald R. Frampton
Ceremony Music: Steven B. Blackmon and a quartet from the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
Wedding Gown: Monique Lhuillier, from Carine’s Bridal Atelier in Washington, D.C., worn with her mother’s veil
Maid of Honor: Catherine Richardson Edwards
Bridesmaids: Anne Pierson Allen, Kimberly Monique Doley, Jessica Anne Mandel, Erin Leigh McGrain and Catherine Gordon Todd
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale, from Wedding Belles
Groom’s Attire: Ralph Lauren black tie
Best Man: Joseph Clark Pierson
Groomsmen: Abraham Benjamin Dyk, Benjamin Bailey Edwards, Chad Richard Grant, Philipp Michel Pierson and Joseph Edward Zepecki
Ushers: Brandon Jesse Clark and John Meyers Seale
Groomsmen’s and Ushers’ attire: Tuxedos
Greeters: Nicole Michele Nice and Mary Lousteau Roche
Florist: Meade Wenzel
Calligrapher: Jeanne D. Morehiser
Invitation: Betty Hunley Designs, Inc.
Caterer: Orleans Club
Wedding and Groom’s Cake: The Royal Cakery
Photographer: Sandy Courvoisier
Videographer: Bob Eutsler Productions
Hair: Marcia Wehr Gauthreaux
Music: Tip Tops, Mobile, Ala.