Colva & Jake’s Intimate, Rad Northern Virginia Wedding at Liberty Tavern

Images: Chris Ferenzi Photography

I thought I would be able to finally start running again yesterday, but this cold is STILL hanging around and between the tundra temps & WIND, it just didn’t happen. But I haven’t run in a WEEK now and I need to run 10 miles in a 3 weeks, so it HAS to happen today. So please send me all the motivation you can spare. For today though, we have an ADORABLE intimate wedding that has so many pops of fun, and the most chill engagement story ever. Plus I am in love with the bride’s ink (of course) & the bright colors for the reception. Take it away!

We met on OkCupid, in Spring 2012. We pretty immediately realized that we both worked at Georgetown and lived within a mile of each other. We’ve known each other since April 2012, were together from about May 2013, and really together from March 2014. It happened in stages.

Jake proposed. We were at Chipotle on M St having lunch and discussing the impending nuptials of two of our very good friends. I articulated that I thought it was a good idea for them to get married, as they met all the criteria I find reasonable for determining if a relationship works. Jake asked me what I thought those things were: That the people are adults, not nearly adults, or freshly adults. That they have faced some challenges together, and overcame those. They have lived together and shared a limited space. They have met each others friends and families.

Jake then said that based on these criteria we should get married. He initially wanted to do it that weekend, but I intervened and expressed that what he was really thinking about was engagement.

We then went to Forever21 on M St and bought a pack of 9 fashion rings for $5, and then walked back to campus where Jake got down on one knee in front of the statue of John Carroll (the founder of Georgetown) and asked me to marry him. Students and tour groups cheered, and I’m sure it looked very well planned to everyone who saw it.

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DIY Tutorial: How to Make a Gilded Edge, Faux Marble Platter

Images & Tutorial: Jenn Heller Design Co

Slow start this morning Romancers. Was out late volunteering at the N Street Village Annual Gala, and E actually slept til 7 – and so I took advantage of that. As this cold is STILL raging, and the day job kicked off with moldy coffee being spilled all over my desk. YAY WEDNESDAY! But we’ve got an ah-mazing DIY tutorial today for #DIYWednesday thanks to Jenn Heller Design Co. She’s gonna teach you all how to make this AMAZING Faux Marble Platter with a Gilded Edge, which make for some badass wedding centerpieces, or just a nice piece for your home! Check it out!

Gilded Edge Faux Marble Platter | By: Jenn Heller Design Co.

It is no secret I am addicted to shiny things (and the archives prove it.) For anyone who follows my behind-the-scenes Instagram Story, you also know my recent fondness for all things gold leaf. Time to tackle a DIY that’s been percolating for some time! One of the things I most love is to take a faux version of something and hack it for less, so I’ve been thinking about ways to use faux marble contact paper more realistically for a while.

One of the things that faux marble often gets wrong is the thickness of materials – real marble is fragile, and keeping pieces thick keeps them stable.  In addition, one of the easiest ways to spot a piece made of faux marble contact paper is at the edges, where paper peels or seams don’t align.

Put those two together with how much I am loving the gold edges on everything at Target these days and boom: the faux gilded-edge marble slab.  I think this could look just as incredible under your wedding centerpiece as on your kitchen table, or as platters for displaying cupcakes, escort cards, favors… you name it!

Details:

Time: 45 minutes + glue drying time

Difficulty level: Easy/Moderate

Cost: If you’re just making one, the upfront cost is about $15 for gilding supplies and $15 for the contact paper + foam.  However, you could make at least 4 for the same cost, since all the supplies are sold in quantities that allow you to make multiple.

What you’ll need:

Materials

Tools:

  • Box cutter
  • Marker
  • Masking tape
  • Foam brush

Step by Step Directions:

Step 1. Draw a shape on your foam.  Real marble tends to break along seams and cracks in the stone, so some straight lines are just fine!

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Nancy & Matt’s Lifestyle Engagement Pictures At Home in Virginia

Images: The Girl Tyler via Two Bright Lights

I‘ll be wearing my PJ’s inside out tonight. After a weekend of little to no rest (single parenting for the win), and finally catching E’s wicked cold, I could really use some remote work days in sweats on the couch. Therefore we all know it’s only going to rain. Part of me would be sad that snow might kill a lot of the blossoms, but another part of me is secretly hoping for one last winter hurrah. I never even got to put E in a snow suit this year! Anyway, I have the CUTEST engagement session for you today – a total Jim & Pam romance with so much laughter in the pics from The Girl Tyler, it’s contagious. A perfect way to start the week. Let’s do it.

If you’ve seen the early seasons of The Office, our “how we met” story is very similar to Jim and Pam. I started working at the company where Matt worked, and as luck would have it, I was seated at a desk right across from his. We were immediate friends and had undeniable chemistry, but we were never single at the same time, and dating a co-worker seemed like a terrible idea. Then after about a year, Matt got a new job — he knew nothing would ever happen between us as long as we worked together. I suddenly had to admit to myself that I didn’t want to go a day without talking to him. I broke up with my boyfriend and turned my life upside down to be with Matt, and it’s worked out beautifully.

Here’s an abridged version of our proposal story, which omits the stream of stunned and excited profanity I unleashed as I realized what was happening: When we worked together, we’d always walk to aLatte Cafe (a local coffee shop) in the mornings or whenever we needed an afternoon pick-me-up. We also would write notes to each other on Post-its, then fold them up and address them like tiny letters.

After we’d been officially dating for almost a year, Matt stopped by my work late one Friday afternoon and asked if I wanted to go get coffee. As we approached, a friend’s toddler ran up and handed Matt a tiny Post-it letter — a tiny mail carrier to deliver very important tiny mail. Apparently she was supposed to wear a special mail carrier outfit but refused. Matt looked at the letter, said “Oh, it’s for you!” and got down on one knee while I read it. He got one of our friends to photograph the whole thing.

Introducing Limited Time Cherry Blossom Designs on the #CapRoStore

Happy Friday Romancers! The temps are about to plunge, but we’re thinking SPRING over in the #CapRoStore with the launch of our limited time, brand new cherry blossom designs: “Our Capitol Life” & “Our Capitol Love”, available right now, but only until May!

The cherry blossom trees are just about to bloom along the tidal basin, and we can’t think of a better Spring-time representation for our city, than the blossoms. Our design is a hand-painted, watercolor cherry blossom tree, with some CapRo branding mixed in, that you can get on mugs, prints, & pillows. And to celebrate the launch of these limited time products, we’re giving away a pillow in square OR rectangle size, to a lucky winner on our #CapRoStore Instagram!

Just head on over to our CapRoStore Instagram, give us a follow, like the post, & tag a friend, for your chance to win! We’ll close the giveaway down on Sunday and announce our winner on Monday! And as always, we’d love to hear your feedback on the new designs (or any past designs), ideas for new products, or anything at all to help the shop grow!! Have a great weekend all!

Guest Post: Tips & Advice on Wedding Venue Searching in Washington, DC

We’re getting back into the swing of things with our bride-to-be guest blogger, Rebecca, back today, as we’re still playing catch-up on LIFE after an amazing (albeit exhausting) #daywithoutawoman strike. Everyone go to the Sewell-Paul National Women’s Equality Monument ASAP!!!! You will not be sorry. We’ve also go BIG NEWS over on the #CapRoStore today (and check out the giveaway on Instagram!). Here we are tackling the insane task of finding a wedding venue in DC … it’s certainly one of the biggest challenges about getting married here, so it’s a topic I like to get fresh & new perspectives on. Take it away Rebecca!

Tips & Insight on Finding a Wedding Venue in Washington DC | By: Rebecca Grawl

D.C. is a great city.  We have incredible history, diverse culture, delicious food, amazing beer, awesome people, civil disobedience, and a gorgeous display of cherry blossoms every year.  It’s basically the perfect city to get married in.  The only problem is a LOT of other couples feel that way too.  If you are going to get married in D.C., planning ahead is your friend.

Finding a venue is a pivotal aspect of the wedding planning process.  Your venue is going to play a role in determining the wedding date, the vibe, the budget, the aesthetic, the location, and possibly your guest list.  Finding the right venue isn’t easy – and then you have to find the right venue with your date AND in your budget while dozens of other couples do exactly the same thing?  It can be daunting.  But worry not – I’ve got you.

My Five Step, Fool-ish Proof Venue Plan:

  1. Guest List – Venues in D.C. tend to come in two categories – small and quaint (>75 guests) or large and roomy (150 or more!)  You will save yourself a lot of trouble by having a good sense of your guest list before visiting venues.  Sit down with your beloved, grab a bottle of wine and make a list.  Trim the list.  Add to the list.  Trim again.  Have a fairly solid idea of the number of guests that you will have and only visit venues that will accommodate that number.  Also, err on the side of caution.  If you’ve ever been to a wedding where you are pushing the fire code limit, you know it’s not fun.  Save everyone the anxiety.  Plan for an extra body or two.
  2. Budget – A good rule of thumb is to plan for your venue to be 35% of your total budget, whatever that is.  If your venue includes tables, chairs, decorations, catering, etc, that percentage could change.  Don’t forget to consider taxes, deposits, and insurance, if required.  Have an idea of what your number is for a venue (and the amenities it might provide for the price) and only visit venues that fit your budget.  That said – don’t be afraid to consider a off-season date, an unusual time of day, weeknight wedding, or whatever strings you can pull to get a discounted rate.
  3. Get Involved – Go see your venue!  The Internet is amazing but real life is needed for this part of wedding planning.  Go ask lots of questions and take LOTS of notes.  Visiting venues can be overwhelming.  Some places will take prospective couples on a guided tour and give you a ton of useful information all at once.  Other venues will tour you around one-on-one and send you home with packets of information.  If you’ve researched the venue in advance, try to come prepared with one or two questions specific to your event.  After each our venue visits, my fiancee and I would grab a coffee and take notes on what we immediately loved or didn’t love about a venue.  It was very helpful to be able to look back at those gut instinct reactions.
  4. Deliberate – We came up with a reasonable number of venues to visit (four in total) and were able to whittle down to two after visits.  For those two venues, we drew up mock budgets based on what the venues included, what would be needed to be done to the space, and what the vibe of each space would mean for our wedding.  We called in a few trusted advisors and took a couple of weeks to try to imagine our wedding in that space.  This is a big decision.  It’s okay to take a little time to think about the big picture.
  5. But Don’t Hesitate – The biggest caveat here is not to wait TOO long.  The best venues in town will get booked up.  The ones that are awesome AND reasonably priced will get booked up even faster.  If you have a specific venue or a specific time of year in mind, the earlier you book, the better.
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