Johanna and Oliver's Wedding!
Thank you for coming to our wedding!
Date and location
Saturday. October 7th, 4:30-11 pm.
Olmstead Green & Chapel Hall
800 Florida Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002
The ceremony will be outside, weather permitting, on a field called Olmstead Green on Gallaudet University's campus in downtown DC, near Union Station. The reception will be held in an adjacent building, Chapel Hall. If you're driving to the ceremony, please see parking information further down this page.
Chapel Hall is listed on Google as "Gallaudet University Museum:"
Schedule for Oct 7
4:00-4:30pm - Guests Arrive
4:45pm - Wedding ceremony on Olmstead Green
5:15pm - Cocktail hour outside Chapel Hall
6:30pm - Buffet opens / dinner served inside Chapel Hall
7:00pm - Toasts, followed by dancing
10:45pm - Events at Gallaudet end
11:00pm - Afterparty at the bar: Rock and Roll Hotel!
1353 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002
Sara Brostrom and Jeremy Ross will officiate the wedding ceremony. Sara grew up with Johanna in Lacey, Washington, and they shared three years of East Coast adventures when Johanna moved to DC and Sara was living in Baltimore. Jeremy and Oliver have known each other since the fourth grade, growing up together in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Jeremy moved to the West Coast and Oliver stayed on the East Coast, but both ended up studying the closely related fields of aerospace and mechanical engineering, and have visited each other in LA, Santa Cruz, and DC.
Katie Barancik, Bridesmaid
Katie and Johanna met in middle school, and their friendship was sealed after a field trip to the Seattle Science Center, kicking off almost 20 years of laughter and adventures.
Lynsi Burton, Bridesmaid
Lynsi and Johanna also grew up together in Lacey, Washington, where they became friends in high school - and have a thick binder of notes passed back and forth documenting it.
Best Man and Honorary Best Men (unable to attend): Oliver's cousin Relja will be representing the Serbian side of Oliver's family that live in Europe, as his best man. In this picture are shown from L-R: Stanko, Rastko and Relja (with their father Milic Milovanovic). They live in Belgrade, Oliver's birth city, and have spent time with Oliver over the years during his trips across the pond.
Adam Hean, Groomsman
Adam is Oliver's childhood friend from Lancaster, who works as an IT professional and lives in Lancaster. Adam and Oliver have seen many music shows and enjoyed beer festivals over the years.
LT Drew Humphries, Groomsman
LT Drew and Oliver lived and worked together in Melbourne, Florida. Both he and Oliver stopped working full time as engineers several years ago to pursue life goals - Oliver to get a PhD and Drew to join the Navy. He is currently a naval nuclear engineer assigned to the USS New Mexico, out of Naval Submarine Base New London, CT.
Jacob Rusinek, Groomsman
Jacob is Oliver's friend from DC who lives in his neighborhood of Columbia Heights and works in international development for the World Bank. Jacob is the biggest world traveler Oliver knows, and they explored the Caribbean island of Martinique together.
Ushers Chris Leonberg and Joe Burdis know Johanna & Oliver from DC and college, respectively. Chris is an architect in DC and lives in Oliver's neighborhood of Columbia Heights. Chris and his girlfriend Hannah were two of Johanna and Oliver's first mutual friends, and helped to introduce them. Joe is a mathematician who went to undergrad at Pitt and grad school at NC State with Oliver. He currently lives and works in Manhattan, and has visited Oliver in DC, staying with him in his 'spacious' 300 square foot apartment.
Rye Rendon Marks is Johanna's two-year-old brother, and will be the flower boy for the wedding ceremony. He lives in New Orleans with his mother and father, Stefan and Amber, and his little sister Marlowe. His interests include bubbles, trucks and apple-SAWCE.
Where to stay
The ceremony is in Washington, D.C., and we recommend staying in the northwest or northeast quadrants. AirBnB is a popular option for many visitors, and gives a peek into what it's like to live here. If you prefer a hotel, we have reserved blocks of rooms at the hotels below, which you can reserve by calling the numbers listed below and asking for a room in the Barham-Fabian-Marks wedding block. However, you may still be able to find better rates for these or other hotels using sites like Expedia, so you may want to check online first. These rates expire on September 6.
Kellogg Conference Hotel
Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Ave N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20002
$159/night + tax
Barham/Fabian-Marks Wedding - Room Block
This hotel is located on the Gallaudet campus.
Washington Marriott Georgetown,
1221 22nd Street NW, Washington, DC 20037
$159/night + tax
Hilton Garden Inn Reagan National Airport (DCA),
2020 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202
$125/night + tax
How to get to the ceremony & parking info
There are several ways to get to Gallaudet University. We recommend hailing a taxi on any main street or using a ride sharing app.
Gallaudet is also located close to Union Station, and there is a free University shuttle that picks up on the Union Station bus level (upper level) and drops you off on campus.
If you drive, there is parking on campus close to the ceremony and reception location (it's a small campus). Enter through the main entrance at the intersection of 8th St NE and Florida Ave NE, follow Lincoln Cir NE to the left, past Olmstead Green, and make another left to park at the "6th Street Garage."
Your presence at our wedding is the only gift we desire. However, if you would like to give us a physical gift, we have listed a few items in our registry: https://www.zola.com/registry/johannaandoliver
What to do while visiting D.C.
1) Walk around the National Mall and see the monuments and memorials (Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson, Vietnam War, World War 2, and a number of others) and pop into some of the great free Smithsonian museums. Our favorites include the American History Museum, the Natural History Museum, the Air and Space Museum, and the National Gallery of Art. The National Zoo, although not on the Mall, is another neat, free Smithsonian institution.
2) For dinner, consider our favorite Thai place, Beau Thai (two locations in the city), or Rasika (two locations) for delicious Indian food. For cheaper eats check out Amsterdam Falafelshop (multiple locations). For more traditional American food and delicious brunch, try Ted's Bulletin at 14th and Swann St NW (but get there early because it gets packed!).
3) Some popular neighborhoods to walk around are:
- Dupont Circle, which has many cafes, restaurants, and shops;
- The 14th Street NW corridor between M St NW and Florida Ave NW - also many cafes and restaurants, and some shopping;
- U Street NW, which is well known for historically black businesses, including Ben's Chili Bowl (Barack went there after inauguration) and several jazz clubs including Twins Jazz at 14th and U St NW;
- Eastern Market, which has a lively indoor and outdoor market;
- Georgetown, which is a classic upscale DC neighborhood with beautiful rowhouses, cafes, and retail; and
- H Street NE, which is close to Gallaudet University, and offers a more hipster / up-and-coming, less developed (although still pretty developed) feel. The main bars and restaurants are between 10th and 14th st NE, and include a beer garden (Biergarten Haus) and a bar with mini-golf inside (H St Country Club).
Please don't hesitate to reach out to us with any questions you may have.