Bride to Be Guest Blogger: When Something Goes Wrong During Your Wedding Planning

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I’m DYING with this commute to Chantilly this week guys (each way has been well over an hour drive … I was not cut out for this …) but Kelsey’s guest posts on wedding planning always bring a bright spot to my day. Plus I get to see her & her fiance tonight, plus their wedding is in two months(!), plus it’s going to be awesome. Also, this week is ALMOST over and I am headed to NYC for my mom’s birthday to see Puffs so let’s get to it!!

When Something Goes Wrong While Wedding Planning | Guest Post by Kelsey

I’m getting married in two months. Two months. Do you know how soon that is? A kangaroo could give birth…twice in two months. (You’re welcome for that holiday party fun fact). Seriously, the countdown is on. It’s not quite the final countdown, but this is the dress rehearsal to the final countdown. So in the spirit of panic, today we are going to talk about what to do when something goes wrong.

I’m not going to sugarcoat it for you, when you are planning your wedding something is going to go wrong. It just is. Accept it. You won’t know when and you won’t know what, but it will. You think everything is going fine. You’ve got your spreadsheets, your timelines and then.

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Wanna know my moment? It was a small snafu, involving, oh you know, the MOST IMPORTANT DRESS I WILL EVER WEAR IN MY LIFE. Ok. I’m back. First thing’s first. Whatever goes wrong, it is important to remember not to go all Gone Girl on whoever ruined literally everything. You’ve got to get solution-y, or as my marketing friends say, it’s time to ideate.  Before that, let me tell you what happened to me.

I bought my dress and it was wonderful. Then I had to wait five months until I got the call. Let me tell you about the call that changed my destiny. Backstreet Boys…anybody? The dress was ready.

So I went to the salon with my mom and there it was. Just like I remembered. I stripped down, remembered I forgot to shave my armpits, and attempted to put on the dress. Please note the word attempted. The sales associate assured me that she just lotioned her hands so the zipper was slippery. Then she called in my mom to tag team. Mom attempted to hold things (i.e. me) in while they zipped the dress. Long/tight story short, the dress was too small. The sales associate said the dress was fine and it would be fine and I was all…

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I left without the dress. Then I got a call from the salon manager. Again, a reminder, stay cool. No one wants to help a bridezilla. No matter what goes wrong, address the situation head on and immediately. Involve only necessary people and stand your ground. Remember to repeat the goal to the vendor/in law/whoever and establish a timeline for the solution. What’s going to be done and when. Finally, if the timeline is longer, when will you touch base next?

If you’re wondering, a new dress was rush made. I picked it up two weeks ago. It fits. And because I was firm but mentally stable, I got a complimentary veil out of the whole thing. Good things come to those who wait.

As I always say, if Britney can make it through 2007, you can totally make it through this.

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12 Days of Deals on the #CapRoShop Start Today!

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It’s Monday. I had my last wedding of 2016 (and it kicked my BUTT) and dragged Evie & Andy out at the crack of dawn yesterday for a family photoshoot (the things they do for me). I’m stuck in training for the day job in CHAN-FREAKING-TILLY all week. Oh and the Racist Cheeto is still our President-Elect … but let’s focus on the POSITIVE, shall we?

Today we are launching our 12 Days of Deals on the CapRoShop. A new deal, each day, for the next 12 days. We’re super behind on our Xmas shopping and thinking maybe you are too – so let us help your stress level out with some super deals (and super ideas) for your loved ones this Holiday Season!

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Here’s the full list of Days & Deals:

Dec. 5: $5 off Men’s CapRoLove shirts (any color)

Dec. 6: $3 off 2 Brides Print (any size)

Dec. 7: $3 off 2 Grooms Pillow

Dec. 8: $3 off Bride & Groom Print (any size)

Dec. 9: $3 off Onesie (any color)

Dec. 10: 2 Brides Print Giveaway

Dec. 11: $5 off Oh Sh*t Tote bag

Dec. 12: $3 off CapRoLove Pillow

Dec. 13: $2 off Bride & Groom Mug

Dec. 14: $3 off 2 Brides Pillow

Dec. 15: $5 off CapRoLove Tote bag

Dec. 16: 10% off entire order

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Use code: CapRo12Deals at checkout! See you on the shop.

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Wedding Inspiration with Berry Tones & Bold Colors

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Images: Jessica Maida Photography

It’s December. It’s Friday. It’s my last wedding of 2016. I leave you with this gorgeous bold berry inspired wedding shoot. Have a great weekend Romancers!

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Inspiration for this styled shoot started with the color scheme of rich, warm berry tones creating the palette of bold colors alongside an edgy bride/groom and glamorous linens. While this was a mini shoot detailing two different tablescape options we also carried the color through to our bride. She carried the gorgeous and deep, vibrant bouquet with and without flowing ribbons with a few subtle floral touches in hair.

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The lush greens of the evergreens in the backdrop provided the additional layer of rich, organic hues for the season.The second tablescape option featured the same burst of colors but with a more contrasting effect with the light and white linens as a more winteresque backdrop. Sweet Fix provided the berry tarts as place holders for the our guests while some place settings boasted the calligraphy inspired glass menus by Lauren Perry Studio.

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“My favorite detail from this shoot has to be the cake; the bold design has me head over heels,” said Event Designer and Planner Kerri Buster with Blush Events Planning.

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Photographer: Jessica Maida Photography | Tuxedo and Mens Attire: 707 Fine Clothing | Beauty: Avenue 42 Style Studio | Event Planner: Blush Events | Linens and Coverings: Classic Party Rentals of VA | Floral Designer: Flowers Makes Scents | Calligrapher: Lauren Perry Studio | Dress Store: Sealed With A Kiss Bridal | Cake Designer: Sweet Fix | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Tarynn & Petar’s Lavender & Serbian Infused Wedding at Chantilly Country Club

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Images: melbeephotography LLC

Country club weddings aren’t usually my thing, but when I saw a flower crown on BOTH the bride and the groom’s heads during the ceremony, I thought this one deserved a second look. Turns out it was full of really cool details, mostly surrounding the groom’s Serbian heritage. The family traveled from overseas to be with the newlyweds and the ceremony included Serbian touches like plum whiskey (I’ve had this before – it’s STRONG), a crowning ceremony, and readings that were translated into Serbian!

Check out the full wedding and some insight from the Bride on the blog today.

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When we were planning our wedding, my husband and I knew we wanted to create a timeless feel with a number of personalized details to make the day extra special. We are still shocked by how amazing everything came together.

The lavender floral arrangements exceeded my expectations, the music was upbeat and had everyone on the dance floor, and the food was absolutely fantastic.

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In addition, we were able to incorporate a number of Serbian traditions into our ceremony to reflect my husband’s culture and upbringing. We were so lucky to have family and friends that contributed their talents to our wedding.

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Vol 10: The Real Life of a Mompreneur – No Time For Yourself

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Being a small business owner doesn’t leave you much time for yourself – add a kid or two (or more) to this formula and the time for your self seems to shrink to almost nothing. Being a mompreneur, you have to make sacrifices, and while I knew time was going to be one of those sacrifices when Evie came into the world, I’ll admit that I wasn’t fully prepared for just how little time you have left for yourself.

“Me time” was not something I even thought about or considered before Evie – because without kids you can pretty much just do what you want, when you want (within reason of course). Want to go for a run? Sure! Want to swing by H&M after work? No problem. Want to go see the latest Harry Potter movie? Which showing! For those of you with kids though, you know this is not the case – it takes plans, babysitters, scheduling, and packing at least 2 extra bags of STUFF.

And that’s only if you actually find the energy to do the things you want to do.

I’ll admit that this has been a real struggle for me – finding time to exercise, go shopping, or even just veg out. There really isn’t much time for that when your a parent – business owning or not. And even if you have an amazing partner (like I do!) that helps to prep dinner so you can squeeze a workout in, or offers to do the food shopping this week so you can hop into a store and find some new clothes, it can be extremely hard to realize that you really have little to no time for yourself.

I know this is something I am just going to have to continue to work on. To accept, and understand that that is just the reality for now. I have to tell myself that in the grand scheme of life, working out and buying clothes aren’t as important as spending time together as a family, and working hard at both my jobs. I need to accept that the time to myself is infrequent and cherish it when I can get it and be OK with the fact that for a while, during these child rearing years, I am just not going to get a bunch of it.

I’ll continue to have good days and bad days on the subject and I’ll continue to look for ANY advice to help in this area if you’ve got it!

Stay strong out there, fellow mompreneurs.

Danielle & Charlie’s Rad, Stylish Alternative Engagement Pictures in Norfolk, VA

 

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Images: The Girl Tyler via Two Bright Lights

Well we survived Thanksgiving. Even though last week started with Evie & I both getting the stomach bug (and delaying our travels to NJ), we had a really nice time visiting with family & friends for the Turkey Day holiday. Minus the fact that we then gave most of our family the stomach bug, we ate lots of great food, kept the political discussions to a minimum (well at least the overly contentious ones) and now we focus on Christmas (gahhh stressing commence). Thanks to EVERYONE that shopped small in the CapRoShop this past Saturday as well!

For today we have THE MOST RAD engagement pictures from The Girl Tyler. This couple is adorable and so freakin’ stylish! Tyler captured these two, their love, and their AMAZING smiles in the Neon Arts District in Norfolk (I want to go to there!). Happy Monday All!

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We were introduced via well-known matchmakers of “Travel”and “the Fast and the Furious franchise.” When we first met in May 2011, Charlie was visiting from New York to see a mutual friend in DC. Charlie came down specifically to watch the new “Fast 5,” so we really owe much of our relationship to Vin Diesel and Paul Walker. The night before the premiere, I met up with Charlie and his friend for some Karaoke. The first time I saw him, I couldn’t help myself. I got the giggles the moment I was next to him. That night, Charlie and I sang (and sang) and danced, and really connected. I was drawn to his sense of humor, and great singing voice. From there, we started the whole long distance thing, which involved lots of cheap bus travel back and forth between DC and NY. Soon after, Charlie moved down to DC, and we’ve been traveling, singing, and laughing ever since.

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Our proposal story is quite typical. Charlie told me he was taking me on a surprise trip. He didn’t tell me until about a week before we were set to take off that we were going to Miami Honestly, I forced him to tell me where we were going so I’d know what to pack. On the way there he was oddly nervous and anxious. It was strange because we both love to travel and I thought he was just stressed out from work. After a harrowing ride to our hotel from the Miami airport, I started getting settled in the hotel room. I was putting away some luggage and had my back turned to him when he asked me to turn around. He was on one knee, holding the perfect ring and proposing. I was shocked! I didn’t expect it to happen at that moment and didn’t say anything. I don’t even think I said yes… but I grabbed and kissed him and from that day on, we were going to spend forever together. The next day we went snorkeling in Key West and it was awesome. We’ve been married a little more than a year, and it’s still awesome.

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Lee & Peter’s Romantic, Backyard Wedding in Maryland

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A gorgeous wedding from An Endless Pursuit today on the blog, as I continue to attempt to pack my days with beautiful distractions of love & happiness. At work some of my female coworkers and I agreed that it feels like we’re going through EVERY stage of grief … every day … twice. It’s exhausting and I just keep hoping for the day that I wake up and feel more like I did, circa pre-election. At any rate, we’ll be planning to get a blog post up tomorrow, but will likely be quiet for the rest of the week as we enjoy some R&R with family. I’ll try to be on my best behavior with our Thanksgiving location literally causing us to drive by Drumpf’s Golf Course in NJ where he’s currently been hiding out. Oh and don’t forget! Small Business Saturday is this week and we do hope you’ll keep us on your shopping list for your DC friends, family, & engaged people you know!

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Our biggest focus from the very beginning was making sure that our wedding had the feel of a fun, laid-back, family party. Lee has so many wonderful memories of gatherings both big and small that happened in that backyard, and we wanted to plan a day that would fit in right beside them: a day that would feel comfortable, colorful, joyful, inclusive, and familiar. Above all, we wanted our guests to walk away feeling like they’d just been to the best summer party they’d ever been to. We could have gotten married just about anywhere and in front of pretty much anyone, but we really wanted to do it in a place and with people that mean the world to us.

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Because our focus was on everyone having a great time, the things that were most important to us were delicious food (that we’d actually choose to eat for ourselves on any summer day, if given the chance), fun summer drinks, a playlist of summer jams that took many late-night negotiations over many months to carefully curate, and a beautiful scene. One thing we learned was that there’s a fine line between “laid back” and “thrown together.” We were very lucky to work with the fantastic Lauren Niles, who helped us find lots of little personal touches that truly made the wedding ours—not to mention how organized she kept us!

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John & Stephanie’s Key Bridge and C&O Canal Engagement Pictures in Arlington, VA

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Images: Aimee Custis Photography

It was a productive weekend at the Ryback household. We cleaned, hung, and put away ALL THE THINGS. It was a nice distraction, but I’d be lying if I told you I was anywhere close to being back to pre-election standards. It’s a short week on the blog with the Thanksgiving holiday. Andy & I are headed to NJ (as usual) for the Turkey break, and I am hoping the family time will continue to help to ease the feelings of unrest and anxiety that I am still holding.

Saturday is also Small Business Saturday – my first as an eCommerce Shop Owner. And naturally we plan to celebrate it with a big ole discount in the online #CapRoShop. The orders have been trickling in (and the reviews too!!) and we’d be downright HONORED to have you purchase some holiday gifts from our shop this season. So be sure you are signed up for our #CapRoNewblasts to get Saturday’s 1-day only Small Biz Saturday discount.

For today we have a sweet engagement session & love story — I actually used to go to the gym with the bride to be, many years ago, in Arlington. DC such a small place :) Well they are both active people and so they decided to pick a place that they run near frequently – the Key Bridge. Be sure to check out Stephanie’s ring too – a family heirloom! Happy Monday all.

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6 years ago, Becca asked John and Stephanie, separately, if they’d like to join a relay team.  The team would be comprised of 12 people in 2 vans running 200 miles from Gettysburg, PA to Washington, DC.  Avid runners, they both agreed!

Their first official meeting was at Northside Social in Arlington, where Becca shared the final team name: “American: Odd ‘N Easy.”  Stephanie thought this was hilarious because of it’s play off the name of the relay: American Odyssey.

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When Stephanie found out John was the clever man that came up with the team name, she immediately asked for his number!  It would take him 2 more years from that point to realize Stephanie was pursuing him…Even after countless invitations to play board games to which John always invited a third party…After all, board games are no fun with just two people!

After 4 years of blissful dating, board gaming, traveling, and cooking, Stephanie was persistently and fervently encouraging John to pop the question.  A week before their 4 year anniversary, and Stephanie’s deadline, John finally did just that!

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While cooking dinner one Saturday night, John told Stephanie it would be a good idea to invite some people to share the meal.  Stephanie asked her sister and her sister’s boyfriend (Jill and Binoy) to join them. Jill said Binoy was on a run, but would ask him when he returned. Knowing that Stephanie wanted to celebrate their engagement with Jill and Binoy, John asked, “If Binoy says yes to coming to dinner, do you want me to propose tonight?” To which Stephanie responded, “Sure!” And with that, John got down on one knee and Stephanie sobbed uncontrollably.

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Rachel & Deaglan’s Washington DC Elopement at The W Hotel

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Images: Valerie Demo

Do the weeks feel somehow longer since last Tuesday or is it just me? I’ll admit I am still riding the struggle bus over here and wondering if/when these feelings will ever end. I want to feel “normal” again, but when I start to, I get nervous about my complacency. It’s a roller coaster indeed, but I’m trying to take more of the happy while I can. With that, I have a gorgeous DC elopement to share today from the insanely talented (and super boss lady) Valerie Demo. Enjoy her gorgeous images & this truly romantic love story.

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Rachel and Deaglan. Their story is like a rom-com. One year ago, Rachel and Deaglan met at Churchkey for drinks after not seeing each other for many many years. It was literally love at first-re-site. It only made sense that when they decided to get married, that it be in Washington DC where they had fallen in love again. Rachel, who lives in Texas, and Deaglan, who lives in Pennsylvania… flew into DC to take the plunge.

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They were married in the whiskey bar in the bottom of Pinea in the W Hotel in the heart of DC where they were staying. Their vows were sweet and endearing and their ceremony was full of so much love and so many tears. David Andrew Smith was on hand to play an entire list of amazing songs and they had a first dance and a champagne toast.

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After some portraits in the lobby and a change of dress… we hopped into an uber and headed to Churchkey for a few beers… because what else would be more appropriate than going back to the place where they knew it was forever.

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Vendors -> Photographer: Valerie Demo Photography | Musicians: David Andrew Smith | Floral Designer: Greenworks Florist | Officiant:Rev. Kiana Hebron | Beauty: Style Me Bar | Venue: W Hotel Washington, DC | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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