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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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Zoey & Wade’s Rustic, DIY Red, White, & Blue Wedding in Virginia

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The 4th of July has come and gone but that doesn’t mean that a Red White and Blue theme can’t be a fun wedding theme to share. I love the rustic, DIY take Zooey and Wade put on the holiday theme – mismatched bridesmaids in different colors, red chucks, s’mores favors, picnic-style florals and so much more. Here we go!

Zooey & Wade’s Rustic, DIY Red White & Blue Virginia Wedding at the Inn at Kelly’s Ford

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Vendors:

Photography: Amber KayPhotography | Venue: The Inn at Kelly’s Ford | Bride’s Dress: Formal Envy | Florist: Buttercups Floral Design | DJ: Eric Herod Entertainment | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Zoey and Wade met in the Navy while both on active duty. Their wedding was red, white, and blue themed and they were married surrounded by all of their family and friends.
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From the Bride:

“When it came to our wedding I had a hard time picking a color scheme, or theme. Wade and I are not very fashion forward or fancy people so we knew it had to be fun and us. Wade called me at work one day and said what about red and light blue and I said wow that works! So we just stuck with it, the only stipulation was that because both of us are Navy Veterans we didn’t want it to turn into a nautical theme!

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“We chose the inn because my dad had been there for a wedding and made me go see the venue and as soon as wade and I saw it we fell in love. It was secluded, beautiful views, and the ceremony site was what we were looking for. Our families could stay there all weekend and not have to get lost around town.”

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DIY Cake Topper Tutorial Series: How to Make a Mini Bunting Topper

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Today kicks off another DIY wedding tutorial series from the ever-talented Ribbons & Bluebirds. This time around she’s sharing 3 alternative (and awesome) cake topper DIY tutorials! Jenn shares, “I have been waiting for these next several tutorials for a while – I’m so excited to share them with you! All of these toppers are perfect to personalize and make your own.”

Let’s do it.

DIY Wedding Tutorial: How to Make a Mini Bunting Cake Topper

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This bunting banner is rustic and simple, and totally charming. It would be just as easy to space the flags and use your initials, or have it say “cheers”, or whatever you would like!

What you’ll need:
• Paper straws or equivalent – I prefer the straws over bbq skewers or similar because of the visual heft of the wider diameter for the posts
• Twine or ¼” wide ribbon for banner – mine is from Thatch & Thistle.
• Washi tape
• Linen ribbon/strips about 2” wide – I got mine from Paper Source.
• Hot glue gun
• Alphabet rubber stamps & ink

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Step by Step Instructions:

1. The first thing to do is attach the washi-tape flags to the top of your banner poles – this helps you make sure you affix the ribbon for the banner at the same height down on each pole. To make a washi flag, tear off about 2” of tape and fold over the straw to tape to itself. Then, cut a little “v” notch on the ends. In the final design, you want the flag ends to aim out, away from the center.

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2. Use your hot glue gun to attach the ribbon or twine to the straws. Start by placing a thin line of glue on the back, and affix the end of the ribbon. Then wrap your ribbon around to cover the cut end, and place a second small dot of hot glue as you wrap to keep the wrapped section from unwinding. Repeat for the other straw, leaving about 6” in the middle for your bunting.

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3. Once my center ribbon is secure with hot glue, I like to tie separate little ribbon ends around the paper straws just under the washi flag – I think it makes it looks more festive to have the drape-y ends

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Kimie & Mario’s Modern, Grey & Orange Wedding at American Visionary Arts Museum

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As far as Baltimore wedding venues go, it’s hard to beat the American Visionary Arts Museum. And though I am probably biased because one of my favorite weddings that I worked last year, happened here, Kimie & Mario’s modern, gray & orange wedding here is just another reason to love this venue. I LOVE their bold grey and orange color palette, and it worked really well in the exposed brick space. Check out all their fun details below in this real Maryland wedding feature!

Kimie & Mario’s Modern. Grey & Orange Baltimore Wedding at the American Vision Arts Museum

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Vendors:

Photographer: Kathleen Hertel Photography | Venue: The American Visionary Arts Museum | Catering: Absolutely Perfect Catering | Cake: Cakes By Maria (Friend of the family) | DJ: Absolute Entertainment | Dress: Betsy Robinson / Designer Maggie Sottero | Grooms & Groomsmen Suits: Mens Wearhouse / Designer Vera Wang | Hair: Amy Johnston | Makeup: Chrissy Forbes | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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We met about 7 1/2- 8 years ago at a local bar through mutual friends. I was just out of a long term serious relationship with my sons father. Of course I was attracted to him with his good looks and sweet dance moves. But he is a genuine, kind, caring, funny and a all around good guy. But what made me love him even more was how he not only treated me but the way he was/is with my son.

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At that time Mario wasn’t even 21 ( I know we met in the bar ;) ) and I never would of thought that a guy would take on what he did. He treats him as if he was his own. He proposed on December 24th 2011. He came home from a Ravens game and I was surrounded by gifts to wrap. Like every year we exchange one gift on Christmas Eve, usually pjs. I opened mine and it was a beautiful album filled with pictures throughout the years of us dating. I got to a certain page which was blank and turned it and it said “Our Engagement” and he tugged on my arm and asked me to marry him.

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As far as the design of our wedding. We are Os fans so used the orange and grey not only for that but to be a little different from the usual wedding colors. We wanted something more modern.

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Allie & Dylan’s DC Engagement Pictures at Tryst and Meridian Hill Park

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Oh Monday. Sometimes I can handle you and other days all I want to do is punch you in the face. Today is the punch-facing kind of Monday. I had a wonderful weekend in NJ with my family, celebrating my sister & her husband’s baby shower. But between the humidity, the late bed time, these allergies of mine, and the fact that it’s Monday – well, let’s just say I need this DC engagement session more so than most Mondays.

Allie & Dylan’s DC Engagement Pictures at Tryst & Meridian Hill Park

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Vendors:

Photographer: Aimee Custis Photography | Locations: Tryst & Meridian Hill Park

 I have the fortunate duty to not only get to share this adorable couple’s engagement session but to be working their wedding this Fall too! Allie & Dylan are amazing clients and I love everything about their wedding so far. I can’t wait to share that day with them in October :)

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How we met:

We met in freshmen year Irish History class at Dartmouth. It was a course reserved for upperclassmen, but Allie and I separately petitioned to get into the class. We were the only freshmen in the class. I was also the cashier at the campus convenience store on Sunday nights when Allie and her friends would come in to get snacks before Grey’s Anatomy aired. It took me a few weeks to finally introduce myself, but 8.5 years later, we’re getting married.

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Capitol Inspiration: Offbeat & Modern Tattooed Brides ~ Dresses, Hair & Makeup

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A safe haven, for the offbeat bride.

That is the tagline of the dress store that is featured in today’s drop dead gorgeous bridal inspiration shoot from Desjar Photography. Photographer, Melissa, explained, “I am originally from New Hampshire, but have lived here in Richmond, VA for nearly two years.  I quickly realized ‘the south’ is quite different than up north and I do not fit the mold of the typical ‘southern belle,’ nor was it the Bride I wanted to attract.”

So she went to find unique, confident, REAL women with amazing personalities, and even better smiles. And then she dressed them up in some super rad, modern wedding dresses, with some fun offbeat details (red combat boots? yes please!) and the result is just stunning.  Plus both the brides are rockin’ some seriously awesome short hairdos and tattoos and really the inspiration from this shoot is just endless. So no more from me – just lots more from these two gorgeous ladies.

Offbeat, Modern Tattooed Brides Inspiration ~ Dresses, Hairpieces and Makeup

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Photographer:  Desjar Photography | Veils and headpieces: Helena Noelle Couture | Dress Store: Urban Set Bride | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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