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Meet Heirloom: DC’s Creative Catering Company

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A few months ago I had the pleasure of being invited to the launch party of DC’s newest creative catering company, Heirloom. Unfortunately I was unable to try the delicious drinks provided (I was preggo still at the time!) but the food was not only gorgeous to look at it, super tasty too! The coolest thing about Heirloom though, isn’t that they JUST bring you food, they offer a combination of boutique catering WITH event styling, including custom menu creation and stylish tablescapes, that ultimately give you the most creative & unique catered display for your wedding or event!

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Images: Emily Clack Photography

You can find out a TON more about Heirloom and their services, while drooling over some amazing pictures of their food over on their website. You can also find them on Instagram (@HeirloomDC) and Twitter! Interested in booking Heirloom for an event? Feel free to call them at 703-534-0938 or hit them up on email at hello@heirloomdc.com.

Here are some more drool-worthy food pics in case you aren’t yet convinced ;)

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 Images: Emily Clack Photography

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Images: Abby Jiu Photography

So book Heirloom for your wedding or next event in DC! You won’t be sorry :)

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Angie & Chris’ Intimate, Rustic Virginia Wedding at Virtue Feed & Grain

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Images: Daisy Saulls Photography via Two Bright Lights

An intimate brunch wedding at my new favorite spot in Alexandria, Virginia, Virtue Feed & Grain! Angie & Chris’ wedding was simple, but beautiful and it was a perfect match to their beautiful love story. Brunch weddings are totally my favorite (breakfast food is the BEST, just ask Leslie Knope) and their ceremony in a park in Alexandria was so gorgeous! Check out all the details below!

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From the photographer: They were friends first, but Chris knew he loved Angie from the very beginning. Through time, he won his girl’s heart and they celebrated the start of their new life as husband and wife at an intimate gathering in Alexandria, Virginia. Chris walked his precious little girls down the aisle as they showed off their stunning floral crowns. He waited with anticipation as Angie made her way from the left side of the gardens, past their elated guests, to catch the first glimpse of her best friend and husband-to-be.

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From the Bride:

I wanted a neutral color palette that would fit our rustic theme. In essence we didn’t really have many colors we used since we had no wedding party. the colors we chose were romantic and soft and added a nice touch to our garden rustic wedding.

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Chris’s childhood friend Eric acted as our officiant. We didn’t want to use someone we didn’t know and had no real affiliation with a church. Having Eric as our officiant made it even more special since Chris officiated Eric’s wedding just a few months before.

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CLICK INSIDE FOR THE REST OF ANGIE & CHRIS’ VIRGINIA WEDDING!

Giveaway: Win 10 Custom Stationery Sets for Bridesmaids/men or Groomsmen/ladies

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The wedding scene in Washington DC can feel rather small sometimes. I’ll get emails from small business owners that I’ve never met and be shocked that we’ve never crossed paths somehow! This business even moreso, seeing as the owner, Meredith, grew up down the street from my Aunt up in New Jersey! Crazy! Meredith runs a little letterpress & design studio and she offered to host a giveaway here on the blog for some custom stationery that you could use to send to your wedding party with their gifts!

First, a bit about Meredith!

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Sea Heart City Press is a letterpress and design studio in Washington, DC. Meredith Akery creates letterpress greetings from the heart. She has a lifelong love of sending and receiving real mail and started Sea Heart City Press in 2013. She draws and hand-letters many of her card designs and also uses hand-set metal type. She prints cards one by one on vintage tabletop presses. Meredith grew up at the beach but fell in love with city life and Sea Heart City Press is a nod to her heart being wedged between the city and the sea. She hopes her cards will inspire you to send real mail to your loved ones so she and her Mom have some help keeping the post office in business.

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And now onto the giveaway details! We’re giving away:

– Up to 10 sets of customized stationery for bridesmaids/men or groomsmenladies gifts (if the parties are small enough, potentially sets for both sides)

– Details: each set would contain 20 flat cards and 20 coordinating envelopes (Size A2 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ cards and Size A2 envelopes 4 3/8″ x 5 3/4″) in gift boxes (Value $45/ea. set, maximum value $450 if all 10 sets are made)

– Winner will alsi get a brief consultation in my studio (with wine!)

– Custom ink and envelope colors to coordinate with their wedding theme colors or whatever colors they prefer

– Selection of font from my collection of metal type for initials or first names, depending on their preference (and type availability)

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GIVEAWAY ENDS FRIDAY, JUNE 26TH

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Julia & Kyle’s Low Key Engagement Pictures in Washington, DC

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Images: With Love & Embers

Hoping everyone had a FANTASTIC weekend! We had a blast working Jenn & Will’s wedding at the Loft at 600F (seriously becoming one of my favorite small wedding venues in DC) and then treating my husband to a wonderful father’s day yesterday. We started the day with a 4 mile run, and ended it with ordering dessert … twice at a new restaurant on H Street. As always, weekends come and go too soon but we’re back at it this week with a full week of blogging, a giveaway this afternoon, and our next DIY Workshop on Sunday (tickets still on sale – come have fun with us!). Now let’s kick off the week with a sweet engagement session from With Love & Embers.

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Like many young couples in D.C., Julia and Kyle met at law school. They were in the same first year section, but remained friends and study buddies until the fall of their second year when Julia finally broke down and agreed to let Kyle take her out on a date. They have been crazy about each other ever since.

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Five years later, while in New York City for the weekend, Kyle surprised Julia by proposing to her in Central Park. Their families both came to town to celebrate the engagement and made it a very memorable weekend.

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Organic Purple Wildflower Wedding Shoot & LINK LOVE

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Images: Magnolia Street Photo

Hell yeah Friday! We survived another week. For today I have some gorgeous images from a local wedding styled shoot that used green & purple colors and a super delicious (and pretty!) blueberry martini drink bar display. We also have some LINK LOVE to help get you through the day and to the weekend! I’m gearing up for Jenn & Will’s super awesome DC wedding tomorrow at the Loft at 600F and then a day of RELAXING on Sunday to celebrate Andy’s FIRST father’s day! Hope you all have an amazing weekend!

First. LINKS:

Just over 1 week until our next DIY Workshop! Only 2 early bird tickets remain. Come make some party pinatas with us!

Brightest Young Things wrote a recap of our #PopUpRomance 2.0 vow renewal that happened before the Pride parade. I’ll have a full recap too – but check there’s out for some fun sneak peaks!

20 Things You NEED to Know Before You Get Married (over on The Every Last Detail blog)

Need a last minute Father’s Day gift idea (DC local or in NYC only)? Send Urban Stems has got you covered with their “Rise & Shine” Dad’s Day Kit.

Now for more inspiration! Thanks to these fabulous vendors for putting this gorgeous shoot together:

Photographer:  Magnolia Street Photography | Floral Designer: Blush Floral Design Studio | Event Designer: Celebrating Love by Marcie | Heirlooms and extras: Ginger & Spice Vintage Rentals | Makeup Artist: MADE | Dress Store:Posh Bridal Boutique | Event Venue:Rockland Estates | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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Nicole & Dean’s Offbeat, Personalized Maryland Wedding at Brookeville Academy

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Images: Shanna Edberg Photography | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

I mean I can never say no to a real DC area wedding features a bride in a dress color other than white! Nicole ROCKED her red wedding dress and all the details of this adorable, intimate & small budget Maryland wedding are just so fun. As self proclaimed “geeks”, Nicole & Dean opted for a “first video game” instead of a first dance and they walked down the aisle to Battlestar Galactica – um hell yes. Their wedding was a 100% them and was made possible by all their family & friends. Enjoy!

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Pretty much *all* of our wedding was offbeat. We’re a very geeky, nontraditional couple, and like many couples, we have a lot of student loan debt. We wanted to show our family and friends a fun, meaningful time without breaking our (very small) budget, which was a challenge in the area. We also paid for the wedding pretty much on our own.

I chose to wear a red dress because I almost never wear white. I wanted to wear a color that I felt beautiful and comfortable in. We chose red and black because they’re bold, striking, beautiful colors. Folks on the groom’s side wore fighter jet lapel pins to showcase Dean’s love for planes, and folks on the bride’s side wore neuron lapel pins or necklaces to showcase my love of brains! We wrote our own ceremony and vows to incorporate our love of science, video games, and other geeky things.

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We were very fortunate to be able to use our ceremony venue. We were married at the Smith Center near the Meadowside Nature Center, which generally doesn’t allow large groups (besides non-profits) to use their venue. They actually usually don’t allow members of the general public to rent their space. However, Dean’s grandpa, who passed away years ago, used to take Dean there when he was little. The staff at the Smith Center worked with us and with the Meadowside Nature Center to find a way to allow us to have our ceremony on their property. It was really meaningful for Dean and his family, because it felt like his grandfather was able to be there in spirit.

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Click inside for all their fun science & geek themed wedding details!

Jessica & Myung’s DIY Virginia River Farm Wedding

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Images: Bradley Images | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

I just loved the colors & the unique navy bridesmaids dresses in this real Virginia wedding that took place at the lovely River Farm venue. Jessica & Myung kept it casual for their wedding with lots of DIY projects (including the Bride learning how to do calligraphy herself, a year from the wedding!). Their navy & bright orange color palette is a perfect color choice for summer weddings too! Check it all out.

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We met in 2011 in Charlottesville, Virginia while both attending the University of Virginia – I was in nursing school and Myung was in medical school and we met at a nursing-medical school mixer. Our relationship continued over the next 3 years while I was living and working in Baltimore and moved back to Charlottesville after we got engaged.

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Click inside for the rest of Jessica & Myung’s Virginia wedding at River Farm!

Janay & Don’s Virginia Vineyard Engagement Pictures at King Family

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What a WEEKEND Romancers!! We brought Evie to her first Pride and had SO much fun at the 2nd round of #PopUpRomance (rercap coming next week). Despite the ridiculous heat (seriously), Andy & I went for our first post-baby run and holy COW are my legs sore. All in all, it was a great weekend and I’m trying to tackle getting organized for 2016 wedding inquiries and gearing up for Jenn & Will’s wedding this weekend.

For today we have Janay & Don’s gorgeous Virginia engagement pictures at the King Family Vineyard. Enjoy!

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How they met:

I am from a very friendly welcoming town. Everyone speaks to one another for the most part and it is a great open hearted community. I was having a great day at my job and a gentlemen came by with his head held down and a fast paced walk. As usual when a person walks by we greet them with a simple pleasantry – “Good Morning” or  “Have a nice day!”

All I remember is him lifting his head and the brim of his baseball cap revealing a very attractive man however, his response back was very subdued and a quick “Hey”. I thought well he doesn’t seem nice and he is totally not from around here.

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A few days later we ran into each other and struck up a conversation that later led to a date. It wasn’t until we were truly dating that he told me he could see in my eyes that I liked him and stepped out on a limb to find me again.

Even to this day, he can tell what I am thinking or how I feel by simple looking into my eyes. It’s almost not fair because he has a cheat sheet to my heart.

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The Proposal

We’ve always been an open couple and even agreed that maybe in a few years from now we would be ready to get hitched. Boy was I in for a surprise! It was a snowy day and we had a laundry list of chores to do. I stayed behind while he headed out to get work done on his truck. I was hoping to score new retro Jordan’s for my shoe fanatic boyfriend for Christmas online and it was taking forever. To both of our surprise I was able to actually get them!

When getting ready to head out he was still having work done on his truck and I needed to have my car serviced as well. He pleaded for me to go to the dealer versus coming to his mechanic at the time. All I needed was a simple oil change! I finally caved and went to the dealer. Flustered already as to why he would have me go 15 minutes away he asked me to run a few side errands for him as well. Reluctantly I went…

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When I finally got back to the house so we could have lunch and to meet back up I sure gave him an earful while walking into the house. I turned the corner to walk into the kitchen and there he was down on one knee. He had the most sincere and loving expression on his face. It caught me so off guard that I was rendered speechless! (That never happens!)

He later told me that when he woke up that morning he knew that was the day he wanted to propose and he didn’t want to wait another day or few years.

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Meet Our New Guest Blogger, Bride to Be Carolyn!

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A few months ago I got an email from a bride to be that is also a makeup artist & hair stylist in the area. She was super pumped to get married in Northern Virginia and wanted to see if I’d be interested in sharing her insight into wedding planning & DIY projects. Seeing as I feel like nothing beats first hand experiences for helping other couples, I jumped on it. So over the next year (Carolyn gets married next September) we will have Carolyn jumping in here and there with guest blogs about her wedding planning journey!

For our first post, we thought an introduction might make the most sense. So Romancers, meet Carolyn, our newest guest blogger and real bride to be, and her fiance, Jon. Take it away Carolyn!

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Jon and I’s love story is definitely a modern one. I decided to try out OkCupid because I wasn’t necessarily meeting guys that I wanted to date and just to find some cool guys to be friends with. I wasn’t on it very long before I saw Jon through one of the quick match sessions (if you have ever done OKCupid then you know what I am referring to). Something about him just caught my eye, even though his photo didn’t have the best lighting and his other photo had him with a blonde; who I assumed was his sister because who would post a picture of themselves with their ex while looking for someone new? As you can assume the blonde was not his sister, but at least that photo showed off his handsome face better than his other photo, which showed his rocker/metal side.

He messaged me first after I rated him and we chatted about music and movies for about two weeks before he finally asked me out on a date in person! We got dinner and saw the Avengers and got to walk around and chat for awhile because the original time we had planned on was sold out. It was definitely a long date, but it was so easy and fun. I definitely did most of the talking, but he was a great listener. Our first date was everything a first date should be and more.

By the end of our first date I knew this was something special and that my searching for my perfect man was over. By the second date I knew for sure! He made me pepperoni pizza and fed me raw pepperoni while cooking. I knew then that this was the man of my dreams!  We can be goofy and candid with each other and he happens to love the fact that I have some weird-ass laughs/voices that love to pop up every once in a while. So ever since then we have binged on many series on Netflix, eaten some delicious food, seen some amazing movies, traveled together and I have become accustomed to and even like some folk metal music out there and can identify certain bands at times and Jon just tolerates the music I listen to.

My family loves him and I love his family, I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect man to become my hubby! Looking forward to all the fun we are going to have planning our wedding! So stay tuned for updates on our journey through wedding planning, DIY projects and staying stress-free during a time notorious for becoming hair pulling, hectic and crazy.

Stay tuned for more guest posts as Carolyn continues to share her wedding planning journey!

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