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Christina & Edward’s Eclectic, Handmade Smokey Glen Farm Wedding in Maryland

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A gorgeous summer wedding at Smokey Glen Farm, Maryland – what more do you need me to say? I love the casual, laid-back feel of this wedding. With the handmade, eclectic details, and causal elegance in the attire & decor, Christina & Ed had a beautiful Maryland barn wedding with so many fun details. Thanks to Roman Grinev Photography for sharing this one!

Christina & Edward’s Handmade, Casual Smokey Glen Farm Wedding in Maryland

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Vendors:

Photographer:  Roman Grinev Photography | Makeup Artist: Bridal Artistry team member | Floral Designer: Floral & bloom Designs | Venue: Smokey Glen Farm | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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The day started off at their home nearby where Christina and the bride’s maids were all getting ready. All the ladies were pretty relaxed as they got ready while wearing their matching robes. Christina opted for a very elegant, yet casual wedding gown, which completely matched her personal style that was evident throughout their home.

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I met the guys at Smokey Glenn Farm just before the ceremony and they were definitely in a very relaxed mood. The part of the farm where the ceremony and reception happened was amazing. It was very relaxed, intimate, and had plenty of activities to keep everyone happy including its very own miniature golf course which all of the guests took part in. Christina and the ladies arrived and it was straight away to the ceremony which was held just beneath the barn which hosted the reception. All of the details of the ceremony were perfectly suited to the relaxed country feeling of their day.

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Grace & Kyle’s Laid-Back, Plaid Filled Engagement Pictures in Williamsburg, VA

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Today’s Virginia engagement pictures have me wanting Fall PRETTY badly. I am going to the beach in a few weeks (vacation! woo hoo!) but around this time every year, I get a it fed up with the humidity and heat and long for the cool, crisp weather of Fall. I mean plaid is just the best thing ever – and Grace & Kyle both rock a few iterations of some great plaid engagement outfits. Thanks to A Lovely Photo for sharing!

Grace & Kyle’s Laid Back, Plaid Filled Engagement Pictures in Williamsburg, VA

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Vendors & Outfits (if you are interested!)

Photographer: A Lovely Photo | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

  Outfits: Grace: Dress- Madewell Belt, Boots- J. Crew Scarf- Anthropologie Kyle: Pants, Shirt, Socks: J. Crew Cardigan: Urban Outfitters Shoes: Steve Madden

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They are both William & Mary graduates, and wanted their engagement session taken on campus and the historic downtown area. This was the perfect fall afternoon to run around town and have fun . Grace and Kyle are getting married next August with a ceremony at the Wrenn Chapel, and a reception following at the Williamsburg Winery.

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From the bride, their story:

First, we were married. Second, we were roommates. Now, we’re soulmates. We met at the College of William and Mary playing ultimate frisbee. Kyle was on the men’s team, Grace was on the women’s team, and we were good friends for a few years. As a joke one Valentine’s Day, Kyle “proposed” and Grace said yes! After that, the longstanding joke was that we were husband and wife anytime we were together. Then, the summer after Kyle graduated, Grace needed a place to live, so we spent the summer as roommates in Williamsburg. That summer, we became best friends.

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Wedding Music That Doesn’t Suck: “Easy to Love”

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Two weeks in a row with new Wedding Music That Doesn’t Suck wedding song suggestions! HOLLA. And this one – well this one just might the most perfect modern first dance song EVER. This song has it all – perfect beat, perfect lyrics, and perfect tempo – all screaming to be a first dance song at your wedding. It’s called “Easy to Love” and it’s by Ivan & Alyosha.

Wedding appropriate yrics:

When the sky turns black
And we know it will from time to time
We’ve been through that
And we came out on top because

You’re really easy to love
You’re really easy to love

And I know you’re good
You know I try most of the time
We’ve been through that
And we came out on top because

You’re really easy to love

Enjoy.

Be back this afternoon with a lovely engagement session. Happy Monday Romancers.

Wendy & Nathan’s Personalized, Waterfront Wedding in Maryland

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A simple quote that sums up this wonderful couples love. Wendy and Nate are so perfect for each other. Who will cross the ends of the earth, just to be in each other’s arms.

^How beautiful is that? Wendy & Nate’s Maryland wedding is chock full of personal touches (Lord of the Rings quotes in the ceremony, a bride in chucks!) that made their love shine throughout their wedding day. I think the photographer summed it up the best though — ” This couple sure showed us that, as traditional as weddings can be, making it your own is what makes it perfect. ” Boom. Exactly. Traditional or nontraditional, it doesn’t really matter as long as you make it your own.

Wendy & Nathan’s Personalized, Geek Influence, Waterfront Maryland Wedding

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Vendors:

Photography: The Messenger Image | Venue: Private Residence | Florist: My Flower Box | Cake: Catering By Uptown | DJ: Event Entertainment – Dave | b: Lisa, 1612 | Bride’s Dress: Bridal Boutique | Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Warehouse | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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My triple star jewelry (1 on the necklace, and one in each ear) was part of the “something old” since I’ve had that necklace (and it’s been a favorite) since I was 16; also, one of my sorority’s (Kappa Delta) symbols are 3 stars. I was wearing a bracelet from Nate (new-ish), a bracelet from my dad (new), and a bracelet from my best friend (old family heirloom, also my “borrowed” item). My “something blue” were my powder blue Chucks.

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The details are where it gets fun! The bride and groom both wore Chucks (as did all the groomsmen), because who doesn’t love Chucks? Also because heels are incredibly uncomfortable.

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Nate’s cuff links (my wedding present to Nate) were the Hyrulian Shield from Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time because we both love gaming and it’s a shared favorite of ours.

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We chose the venue based on how easy they made the planning process. Since Celebrations had lots of experience and preferred vendors (and had the most beautiful view), we decided to use them. The colors that we chose (blue, gold, and silver) were based on what would look best on the girls and with the light blue/grey background of the waterfront venue.

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DIY Tutorial: How to Make a Wedding Appropriate Dinosaur Cake Topper

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What two things could make your wedding cake extra awesome? Why, mini dinosaurs and dapper top hats & veils OF COURSE. Continuing with our DIY Cake Topper series with Ribbons & Bluebirds (click if you missed the DIY mini bunting cake topper tutorial), today we have the most rad DIY wedding tutorial: Dapper Wedding Dinosaur Cake Toppers (with Top Hats & Veils). Check out the tutorial below!

 DIY Tutorial: How to Make Mini Dinosaur Wedding Cake Toppers

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^I MEAN COME ON!

You will need:

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Tiny top hat, from Ann Wood’s blog: http://annwood.net/blog/2009/09/17/tiny-tophat/ (Template for top hat, available on Anne Wood’s blog)

  • black construction paper/cardstock
  • scissors or x-acto
  • manicure scissors ( for trimming the little curved bits)
  • white glue
  • floral tape
  • large paper clips
  •  a light color pencil
  • a dowel or something for curling the poster board
  • black glitter

Bowtie

  • black construction paper
  • glue
  • black (or coloured) glitter
  • X-acto knife

Mini Flowers

  • Floral stem centers
  • Scrap paper in colour of your choice
  • X-acto knife

Veil

  • Scrap of tulle, about 2×3”
  • Mini flowers, with no stems
  • Scissors

 

Assembly

  • Figurines of your choice
  • Hot glue gun
  • Embroidery floss or twine

INSTRUCTIONS:

When I was wedding planning, one of the things I was excited to make was my cake topper to go along with the beautiful cake my roommate was going to make for the big day. I really didn’t want to use one of the weird plastic people designs, and since I was already arranging all my flowers myself I wanted to go in a different direction. And then I found this amazing tutorial, and all my problems were solved – I had 2 bluebirds in a nest looking all primped and polished with their tiny top hat and veil! Today I will show you how to style a different pair of figurines sure to delight your guests: meet Dapper Velociraptor and Elegant T-Rex.

Steps:

For the top hat:

1. Visit Ann Wood’s amazing blog, and download the pattern to make the top hat: http://annwood.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/tophatpattern.pdf
2. Follow her instructions to make the top-hat, and cover in glitter. I’ll meet you back here when you have an awesome top-hat all finished 

For the bowtie:
1. Cut out a bowtie shape from the construction paper with an x-acto knife.
2. Cover bowtie shape with glue, and sprinkle with glitter. Let dry.

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Steph & Jeff’s Farmer’s Market Portraits & Virginia Brunch Wedding

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Steph & Jeff love Farmers markets (Steph’s a nutritionist!) and so they decided to forgo the traditional “getting ready” pictures for something more typical of their Saturday morning activity… Old Town Alexandria’s Farmers Market! After the market, they made their way to Clifton, Virginia, for a lovely, intimate brunch wedding at Trummers on Main. Thanks to Carrie Holbo for sharing this lovely Virginia wedding.

 Steph & Jeff’s Farmers Market Wedding Portraits & Intimate Brunch Wedding in Virginia

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Vendors:

Photographer: Carrie Holbo | Ceremony Venue: a local park in Clifton, VA | Brunch Catering & Reception Venue: Trummers on Main in Clifton, VA | Ceremony Cellist: Katie Chambers | Officiant: Leora Motley | Invitation: weddingpaperdivas.com | Cake: Cupcakes Actually | Hair & Makeup: DIYed by Bride | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Steph and Jeff are serious foodies — so they knew they wanted to share a great meal with their wedding guests! The ceremony was held in a local Clifton park, and then the bride, groom, wedding party, and guests walked back down the street to Trummers on Main for a delicious wedding brunch.

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They chose Trummers on Main in charming Clifton, Virginia, where guests enjoyed mimosas, brunch (featuring fried chicken and pancakes as well as shrimp and grits!), and cake with a homemade cookie bar.

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Erin & Tyler’s Virginia Love Session Pictures at an Airport Hanger

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Virginia love session pictures made better by an aviation festival! Two adorable people in love, set against an airport hanger out in a field? Plus the lady is rocking some serious orange lipstick and a polka dot dress. Love this one! Thanks to IYQ Photography for sharing!

Erin & Tyler’s Virginia Engagement Pictures at an Airport Hanger

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Vendors:

Photography: IYQ Photography | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

From Kimie:

We were so fortunate to shoot at a local aviation festival. We got there first thing in the morning and had the entire place to ourselves. We picked a few different planes as our props and the rest is history.

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Tyler and I met for our first date and I, true to form, almost immediately went to my awkward-can’t stop talking because I have to fill the silence of the first date with whatever I can think of-mode, trying to make it less awkward. For whatever reason, he found this adorable and thought, “well, if we ever go out and someone asks me a question, I can just defer to my assistant here, and there will be no shortage of answers on her end.” I never laughed so hard that this geeky side, as he refers to it, would have been found so endearing and, dare I say, even charming. Whatever it was, and however it worked, I’m so glad it did. Even though it may have been hard to get a word in edgewise, he was such a doll for trying. To be honest, it gave me time to catch my breath. Since then, the nerves have obviously subsided, and we’ve come to this place of absolute comfort, a great balance of strengths and weaknesses. We just compliment each other, in the very best ways, and couldn’t be happier and so incredibly in love.

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Wedding Music That Doesn’t Suck: Hello My Old Heart

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It’s been entirely too long since I’ve done a Wedding Music That Doesn’t Suck post. But when this one came on my Pandora the other morning, I knew I had to share it with you all. This beautiful song from the Oh Hellos would make a perfect first dance song, upbeat processional song, or just a great addition to your wedding music playlist. The name is Hello My Old Heart and I love how the song slowly builds up to a more upbeat song.

“Because nothing lasts forever
Some things aren’t meant to be
But you’ll never find the answers
Until you set your old heart free”

Listen:

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Enjoy. Be back shortly with a lovely engagement session! Happy Monday.

Capitol Inspiration: Glitter & Gold, Romantic Speakeasy Themed Wedding

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“A little party never killed nobody”.

Hah! How much do I love that quote from today’s stunning styled shoot from Travis Curry Photography, Barnhill Designs & Charlotte Jarrett Events? (Answer: A lot.) The three of them teamed up with a host of other rad vendors to create a stunning Speakeasy themed wedding shoot (with some Gatsby flare). PLUS the shoot correlated with the Avergan Foundation’s Speakeasy event. This event was to bring in a crowd to help support the Avergan Foundation which was started by Allison and Tom Barnhill as a foundation to help raise awareness and support families of those with children along the Autism Spectrum.

I mean, what better way to style a wedding shoot, than around a great cause? The shoot includes some super gorgeous details (red roses, glitter gold dipped champagne bottles, 1920s fonts, and more). Plus Allison even got her DIY on for the glitter dipped Champagne bottle favors (tutorial coming to the blog soon!). Happy Friday Romancers! Have a fantastic weekend (and maybe get a little party on too!).

Glitter & Gold, Romantic Speakeasy Themed Wedding Details & Decor

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Vendors:

Photographer: Travis Curry Photography | Planner + Designer: Charlotte Jarret Events | Papergoods + Design: Allison Barnhill Designs | Florals: Intrigue Design & Decor | Vintage Furniture, Headpiece & Chalkboard: 2Hands Studios | Linens, Chairs & Tableware: Party Plus Tents & Events| Hair & Makeup: Up Do’s for I Do’s | Dress: Garnish Boutique | Menswear: Annapolis Formal | Venue: Crush Kitchen & Winehouse | Models: Hannah Thornhill & Tim Sansone

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