Former House Aides Try Making a Home of Their Own


When Julia Tishman gave Adam Elias her enterprise card at a September 2017 networking occasion that doubled as a mutual buddy’s birthday, she at first was uncertain what to make of his follow-up electronic mail.

“I remember chuckling at his first email to me on my official House email,” Ms. Tishman mentioned. At the time, she and Mr. Elias labored on the Capitol, every on the workers of a completely different consultant that served on the House Committee on Financial Services. “My first thought when he asked me to drinks, just the two of us, was, ‘Is this a continuation of networking or is this a date?’”

Any uncertainty on Ms. Tishman’s half was cleared up once they set a date for these drinks on a Sunday afternoon and the pair ended up spending seven hours collectively.

By that October, they had been formally a couple.

“I never had an experience before where it was so easy and fun to be with someone,” Mr. Elias mentioned. “The feeling of love came very early.”

Mr. Elias, 36, moved to Washington from Lexington, Ky., to attend George Washington University, the place he obtained a bachelor’s diploma in worldwide affairs and Spanish in 2007. A New York City native, Ms. Tishman, 28, moved to Washington in 2015 after graduating from Cornell with a bachelor’s diploma in political science and authorities.

She now works as a vice chairman of authorities relations within the Washington workplaces of the Blackstone Group, a New York-based funding agency. He is a director of authorities affairs for Barclays Bank in Washington.

Mr. Elias mentioned he knew his love for Ms. Tishman was actual when she left for a household trip in December 2017 and he couldn’t wait till she got here again.

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Ms. Tishman’s emotions for Mr. Elias developed simply as rapidly. “I knew I was in love with Adam pretty early on because I had never been someone that opened up to a lot of people and I felt pretty early on in our relationship that I wanted to tell him everything,” she mentioned.

“He quickly became the first person I wanted to call,” Ms. Tishman added. “Whether it was something professional or something deeper, I felt like I just wanted to talk to him.”

Mr. Elias proposed to Ms. Tishman on April 4, 2020, exterior of the Capitol. The location was a nod to the place they had been working once they met and the political world that introduced them collectively. Originally, they supposed to suggest in entrance of family and friends, who as an alternative joined through video name as a result of of the pandemic.

The couple had been wed on Oct. 16 on the Plaza Hotel in New York earlier than 250 company, all of whom had been required to offer detrimental Covid check outcomes and proof of vaccination forward of the marriage. Rabbi Peter Rubinstein, the Tishman household’s rabbi, officiated. The following Monday, the bride and groom left for a weeklong journey to Mexico. They look ahead to planning an official honeymoon in Italy subsequent summer time.

The couple, who personal a home collectively in Washington, had been excited to lastly be married. “We’re both just really excited to be official,” Ms. Tishman mentioned earlier than the marriage. “I think a lot of our friends refer to us as already married in so many ways.”

“I think of her as my partner in every way,” Mr. Elias mentioned. “I’m just excited to be able to finally call her my wife.”