Erek & Danielle’s Simple & Fun, Orange Themed Backyard Wedding


Images: Jake Prater

I‘m currently writing to you with my eyes barely open. It’s been a long week over here in working parent/side hustle land. A week of 5:30 (and sometimes even 4:30) wake-ups, this horrible heat, the day job kicking my butt, and the struggle to keep blogging and get the online shop really ready. The struggle. It’s real.

Oh let’s throw in another emotional political debate and yeah, you could say I am so happy it’s Friday. We’re headed to Philly this weekend to visit my sister and attend this amazing Harry Potter Festival (!!!!) and then hopefully get some rest in on Sunday before another week begins. For today I have an awesome backyard wedding that included SO MANY family members to make the big day happen. They planned it in a month and used the bride’s last name (Orange!) as inspiration. Check it out and have the HAPPIEST of Fridays!

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When Erek and I decided to get married, we talked as if we were planning to tie the knot next year, or the following year. Little did everyone know that the very next week I would call my sister in law, the owner of IDA ROSE EVENTS, and say “Hey, I’m getting married next month!”

I gave IDA ROSE EVENTS two words; “simple” and “fun,” and they took those words and created an unforgettable day… better than my now husband and I could have ever imagined.

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As the bride, I wanted the color orange to be incorporated as much as possible.  Being an Orange (my maiden name) my whole life, it was a big part of who I was.  Not only was my last name Orange, but my favorite color is orange, I was raised in Orange County, Virginia and graduated from Orange County High School. So orange on my wedding day was inevitable.

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District Bliss DIY Workshop: Hand Lettering with Painted Palettes

Nov. 13th | West Elm, Logan Circle | 10am to 12pm

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The District Bliss DIY Workshops are back and better than ever. New workshops, new hosts, and new digs! They’ve teamed up with West Elm in Logan Circle to bring you the next round of crafting fun: hand lettering with Painted Palettes.


At this workshop, hand lettering pro, Samantha, will teach you to use 5 unique pens, using different strokes and formation techniques to create your own, original framed piece of artwork. She will also teach you how to apply watercolor skills to create a “Make and Take” with a watercolor background and a hand lettered quotation.


The ticket for the workshop includes:

– A gorgeous, personalized workbook folder
– Hand lettering pen(s)
– A handy workbook to help you keep up your skills
– Watercolor paper
– Small journal for practice
– A ready-to-display work of art that YOU create with your new talent!


Hop on over to the website now and get your ticket today, while seats last!

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Mariah & Rob’s Laugh-Filled & Casual Washington DC Engagement Pictures


Images: Stephen Gosling Photography

This weekend we got to be wedding guests. And man I am STILL in recovery. It doesn’t help that Evie seems to be on another sleep strike (UGH) so I am a day behind on everything. We did squeeze in some Fall fun out in the burbs on Sunday though, which almost makes up for this suddenly summer-like weather again (what the heck, I JUST changed my closet over!).  Anyway, I’ve been reading FAR too many political posts these days and these engagement pictures are just the distraction I needed: pure, unobstructed LOVE. I have never seen laughter just pop out of the images, like it’s doing in today’s pics. I needed this. Enjoy.


They met in song. He a city boy from Trenton. She a girl from the backcountry of Washington State. Each drawn to a concert by an obscure singer at a DC club. He took the last empty seat. It was next to her’s. Their mutual love of music provided the bridge between their lives.

^Coolest “About Us” write-up ever? I think so.

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The proposal came the following year. High on a mountaintop in her native state. He asked her to pause their hike. She demurred, insisting that they had promises elsewhere to keep. He wouldn’t take no for an answer.  When he presented the ring, she burst into uncontrollable laughter. And said yes.

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Lauren & Jesse’s DIY, Old Angler’s Wedding in Potomac, MD


Images: Captures by Justine

Another super sweet DC area wedding is on the blog today (crushing it this week!). This one features two adorable people and their COMPLETELY DIY wedding in Maryland. They made a ton of their wedding details and poured themselves into the wedding. Check it all out below!


We met at Jesse’s favorite neighborhood bar Looking Glass Lounge. On our first date, we bonded over Montessori schools, ancient Egpytian culture and the plight of the bees (they’re dying). I skipped Yoga and a dinner date with a friend. The deal was sealed when Jesse correctly answered the question: Who’s a better dancer, Michael Jackson or Fred Astaire (Michael Jackson). A second, third and fourth date ensued.

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Jesse proposed at our home and incorporated my six year old son Emerson. I knew it was coming for awhile, and it was a running joke between us for him to reach behind a pillow on the couch and pretend to pull out a ring. Well one day Emerson came over to me and said “Jesse has something to ask you,” so I wander into the living room, Jesse reaches behind the pillow and actually pulls out a ring this time! He gets down on one knee and proposes. Needless to say I was in shock. The answer was obviously yes!

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Our planning process was a bit of a whirlwind since we both work full time and also have a 6 year old who was getting ready to start first grade right before our wedding. We planned our wedding for our 3 year anniversary. It just so happened to also be Beyonce’s birthday which I was thrilled about. We didn’t have any set wedding colors, just a general garden party wildflowers theme.


We initially wanted a small wedding that would have been more of an elopement, but wanted to invite more people than we could have doing that plan so we settled on inviting 50 people and having a brunch. Jesse and I walked in together. I loved that he was right there next to me especially since I started ugly crying halfway down the aisle and he was there to squeeze my hand. We wrote our own vows and I have to say his were so much better than mine, they were hilarious and sweet at the same time, he had everyone laughing. We also jumped the broom to honor my African American heritage.

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Having a brunch wedding was such a good idea for us. It was completely laid back which is our vibe. We had an open bar with champagne, mimosas, and bloody mary’s as well as POPSICLES! I stumbled across the idea of having a champagne and popsicle bar on pinterest and everybody really enjoyed putting the popsicles in their champagne as a mixer.

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Grace & Tolu’s Fall, Backyard Wedding in Maryland


Images: L.A. Birdie Photography

Having a day off is sort of a double edge sword. I loved the extra day to work on the #CapRoShop, catch up on some rest, and generally not be thinking about my day job, but now it’s already Wednesday and I feel SO BEHIND for the week. I just can’t win! Today’s real Maryland wedding is a stunner though – gorgeous couple, with such a sweet love story, and an adorable DIY backyard wedding full of love & music (something they share in common as they both work in the music industry in NYC). Grace, the bride, also hand-drew all the signs — lots of insight from the couple for this real wedding today. Enjoy.

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[We met] at a winter getaway camp in the mountains of Pennsylvania when we were 16.

Tolu got together family and a slew of friends to participate in a music performance video of Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me”. 5 years before, Tolu had surprised Grace at her high school with a barbershop rendition of the same song, after which he asked her to prom. Each person recorded themselves singing the song from wherever they were and Tolu cut the different performances into a film complete with his own performance and music composition.

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In place of traditional elements like tying the cord, breaking the glass, or pouring sand, we decided to write our own tradition because there was only so much we could connect to the usual. We are both avid music lovers as well as music professionals so we wrote a piece for the ceremony called the Chord Accord. In this piece, we used the symbolism of a chord (accompanied by a live performance of a piano piece that Tolu wrote followed the narration) to depict how we came together in love and life. And then the piano piece segued into music for the procession out.

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We made it a point to involve as many friends and family as we could in the ceremony. Because we work in music and a lot of our friends are musicians, we used that to our advantage. Guests arrived arrived to the sound of our friends playing the piano and guitar to set the mood. One of them, the guitarist, played the music that Grace walked down the aisle to. We had a college friend of each of us come together to sing an arrangement of a song special to us, in which Tolu did a surprise performance ( In fact, it was a complete surprise to Grace the choice of song. Tolu had rehearsed in secret with the duo.) We had Tolu’s sister read a poem. Then have another friend, a pianist, accompany the Chord Accord. It was chock full of guest appearances

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Pam & Tom’s Kennedy Center Engagement Pictures in Washington DC


Images: Kir2Ben Photography

Happy Tuesday Romancers. Somehow I survived the BIGGEST wedding of my life this past weekend and am still alive to tell the tale. Two weeks ago my bride texted me to tell me their venue was being shut down immediately due to mold … and so began the most insane two weeks of my couples’ lives. Finding a new venue, notifying guests, signing new contracts, hiring new vendors … and the list went on. Somehow it went off with only a few hitches and I cannot wait to see the images Documentary Associates captured, because it was downright stunning.

Yesterday I spent the morning trying to put the finishing touches on the brand new #CapRoShop – and with help from Alesha, Kara & Lauren Louise Photography, we are targeting a November 1st launch!!! We’ll be doing a week of giveaways to celebrate and our CapRoNewsblast subscribers will be the first to know. But anyway, for today I have a darling engagement session taken at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. SO much laughter and happiness on these two (which I could totally use after that insane debate Sunday night). Here’s hoping the rest of this (short) week goes well for you all!


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It is strange how some people come into your life. I met Pam and Tom in a very nontraditional way. Most of my brides find me through word of mouth, mutual acquaintances or Instagram. When a parent of a student I teach mentioned that her friend was getting married, I felt it was bizarre fate that my two businesses would collide. Going into our engagement session, I didn’t know what to expect! I had most of my conversations with Pam prior to setting up the session. She seemed extremely laid back concerning wedding photos: no bridesmaids, no getting ready pictures, a small window for bride and groom portraits.

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I was surprised that she would want the complimentary engagement session at all but, oh man, am I glad she did! Our sunset session was amazing. Truth be told, I didn’t even suggest the location! Pam’s father works closely with the Kennedy Center and Tom thought it would be the perfect place for photos. He was right! The view was spectacular and there were very few people on the roof because sunset was right smack in the middle of a show. How lucky were we!? Not only was the location perfect but this couple was heaps of fun! They were complete champs with posing but also got creative with some moves of their own. When I told them to “practice their first dance” this was the move the duo busted out! I can’t wait to capture their actual first dance this October.

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Real Wedding Planning Advice: Don’t Call it an STD


Kelsey, our bride-to-be guest blogger is back today sharing her thoughts on the Save the Date (and to please not call it a STD — though I do…sorry Kelsey!). Take it away girl!

You’re getting married. You know that. Your close friends, coworkers, and every member of your family that your mother made you call immediately knows that. You’ve also picked a place and a date, so now you have to tell people. Enter the save the date.

Create your pinterest board, scour the Internet for your favorites, and get all of your options in front of you. Then back up and take a breath and remember that before you can buy on these babies you need a guest list. Yeah. Crap.


I’m sure you (or maybe your parents) have a general number in mind, but when it comes to actually spreadsheeting it, things can get cut throat. Get yourself a bottle of wine and clear an evening. Here’s what we did: asked both sets of parents for their list by a certain date. We gave no indication of how many people could be on the list – just send us a list. Then we put together our own list of friends. Finally we combined all three lists and started to cry got to work.

We scheduled a google hangout with each set of parents so we could see their shining faces and also share our screen. Not pictured in the screen share? The bottle of wine we were drinking. Remember to breathe, and remember that for whatever reason your dad’s first coworker who you’ve never met may have to come to the biggest day of your life. It’s going to be fine. Think of the presents.

I’m not going to give advice for this portion of the planning because every family is different. What I will say is: pick your battles. There will be a bajillion decisions to make after this is decided, and is it really going to ruin your day to have your second cousin there?

Ok. Back to the good stuff. Fun fact: wedding boards and brides call save the dates STDs. Seriously. That is the acceptable acronym. Don’t be that bride. It takes 1% more effort to spell it out instead of using STD.


There are so many other options than your standard magnet. What’s the wedding vibe? Boho, formal, garden party, other? Use that to guide your selection. Did you do an engagement photo shoot? Use some of those lovely photos! Want something a little quirkier? Try a flow chart or have some fun with the font. This is a piece that’s going to live on everyone’s fridge for months so pick something you love.

There are some fantastic online vendors. Paperless Post now does printed pieces, Etsy has amazingly unique handmade options, and at Minted you can pick a save the date that will match your invitation! The important thing to remember is that there is no wrong choice.

Kim & Brent’s Colorful, Casual & Playful Annapolis Anniversary Session

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Images: Love & Luck Photography

Monday. UGH Monday. This week is hitting me hard you guys. I haven’t recovered from my wedding on Saturday (thanks to some early wake ups courtesy of Miss E), have two crazy big (and EARLY) meetings at work this week, AND am gearing up for another big wedding this weekend. Ain’t no rest for the weary … On the blog today we have a gorgeous anniversary session and some marriage advice from the couple. This post is the nice sunny spot on this otherwise cloudy day that I wish I could spend entirely in bed. Til next time.

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We’ve been living together for quite a while now and the best thing is realizing we’ll never grow tired of each other and I love having my best friend there every morning when I wake up.

The hardest thing to learn after getting married/being together: Closet space.

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Any advice to couples that are getting married/in new relationships?

For those getting married, love isn’t always the tree sometimes it’s the fruit of the labor. Loving and caring for somebody every day is key for building the healthiest relationship.

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Any wedding day regrets?

Honestly it was the best day of our live. We can’t really think of anything we regret but if we could change one thing it would have been more time for dancing.

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If you got married again, would you do anything differently?

Nothing. We had a great team of vendors who we trusted completely and we’re so glad we didn’t skimp on who we hired because they had the most influence on our big day.

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Tim & Marie’s Washington, DC Tour Bus Wedding


Images: Jonna Michelle Photography

Happy Friday Romancers!! I’m not going to lie, I don’t hate this cloudy COOL weather day. It feels like FALL and that makes me happy! I have the CUTEST offbeat DC wedding to share today – a literal Tour Bus Wedding, AND I am hosting the We The People DC Instagram handle. I’m also gearing up for the next three weekends of WEDDINGS. I’m working the next two, but a guest at the third. Hello October :)

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The couple only recently moved to D.C. Instead of holding their wedding where they’re from in the Midwest, they rented a tour bus and turned their wedding into a vacation for 55 close friends and family! They then held a reception at Logan Tavern near Logan Circle. The best part? Their two standard poodles came along for the whole thing!

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Zoey and Indy, the poodles, are very important to the bride and groom, which is why you see so many photos of them. There are also photos of the homemade ice cream the groom made as a treat for all of his guests.

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