Julia & Chris’ Maroon & Gold, Fall Inspired Virginia Wedding

Image: Porter Watkins Photography

I think I am finally in a space where I can start looking at & reading (and posting) non-political articles without feeling guilty. The feeling of trying to solve all the problems and save everyone and everything is getting exhausting and I know I need to step by and focus more on the things I can control. Like still bringing beautiful couples & love stories to your screens. So for today we have a lovely Virginia wedding with touches of gold and beautiful Fall scenery. A nice escape indeed.

Why did you choose the colors you did? Magenta, navy, and gold. I love pink and blue, but wanted shades that would compliment the fall season. Gold allowed for some shine and glamour – which made for a more celebratory atmosphere! Bonus: the magenta and navy made wedding party attire easy and the gold was fun to accessorize with.

We love Virginia and the mountains. After looking at several barn venues, we found House Mountain Inn and were blown away by the view. The facility itself was perfect for an outdoor cocktail hour and dancing, with a more formal seated dinner inside. The combination was ideal!

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Tips & Advice On Building A Ritual-Free, Personalized Wedding Ceremony

Guys! Our Bride to Be guest blogger, Kelsey, will no longer be a bride-to-be in just 5 short days!!! Her big day is Saturday and I cannot wait to help it go off! I hope Kelsey will write more after, but for now, we share some of her last posts! First up, her thoughts on creating a custom & personalized wedding ceremony. Take it away Kelsey!

How to Create a Personalized & Custom Wedding Ceremony | By: Kelsey

When it comes to the ceremony, it’s kind of a big deal, even though it may be the shortest part of the evening. This part of the evening is important because it’s the actual act of getting hitched, wooo! But depending on your situation, it can also be a minefield to plan because people have a lot of feelings about rituals and ceremonies.

We aren’t getting married in a church and since moving to DC we don’t really have a consistent place of worship so the first order of business was to find an offiiciant.  The internet has a zillion options and we had a handful of friends who we talked about asking. Where to start?

I’m going to tell you something very important about the ceremony: ask your parents. Sure you can make your own choices about dinner, music, even your dress, but the ceremony carries this weird importance that us unmarried people don’t understand. I had no idea how much importance my parents put on my ceremony, and I’m glad they told me, because I wouldn’t have known otherwise.

Now, you’re crafting the ceremony. The officiant is all ‘what rituals do you plan on doing?’ and automatically my mind goes –

Here’s the thing, I don’t want to pour sand into a glass or light a candle and call it magical. I don’t want to release butterflies or doves, because it’s just messy. It’s not my thing. Getting married is my thing, that’s what I’m here to do. So be honest with yourself and your officiant and say what you want. If you want to read your own vows, do it! If you want your dog to walk you down the aisle, do it! If you want to tie your hands in some sort of Houdini slash Irish tradition, well, do it!

Listen, I’m learning in planning this thing that you are going to make more decisions and think about the tiniest things ever you never thought mattered. Let this 20 minutes of the day matter. They’re important. They’re why you’re doing this. When the wine stops pouring, the dances are over, you’re going to remember looking into your love’s eyes when you said ‘I do.’

Blue & Gold Spring Wedding Inspiration at Maryland Vineyard

Images: Lindsay Eileen Photography

Going to be taking a step away from the social media world today. It’s been the longest week ever with what is happening in the news and our political landscape and I think my brain and emotional well being just need a break. So here are some wedding inspiration images from a Spring wedding at Vineyard in Maryland to help get you to the weekend. Have a great one Romancers. See you on the flip side (again Monday).

Urban Stems Launches Wedding Collections & We Have Your Discount Code!

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If you haven’t heard of Urban Stems, you must be living under a rock – it’s the BEST thing to happen to the flower delivery service since … I don’t know, but take it from me, it’s an AWESOME service: affordable, locally sourced, and able to be ordered & delivered on demand. Since launching in DC, they have expanded to NYC & Philly, and are now tackling the wedding scene!

The official site isn’t yet launched, but it’s coming SOON and when it does, you can mention you found out about the awesome from yours truly, and you’ll get 7% off your total order (discount applied before final payment, minimum order of $100, cannot be combined with other offers or promotions). Just mention Capitol Romance when you order!!

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BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE!! Urban Stems is hosting a First Look event this Sunday, January 29th, from 1pm to 4pm, at the Loft at 600F and YOU’RE INVITED! At this event you’ll get to check out the new bouquets, centerpieces, corsages, and more, while meeting some local wedding vendors too! Just head on over and RSVP on the site. We can’t wait for our clients to have a new option for their wedding floral needs!

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What I’ve Learned From the First Few Months of Wedding Planning

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We have a new wedding-planning guest blogger joining the blog today, Rebecca! Kelsey gets married in less than 2 weeks, so she will be retiring her bride-to-be crown (I hope she stays on as a newlywed guest blogger though … nudge nudge, hint hint). Rebecca wanted to share a little about herself for today, and the 3 things she’s learned from her first few months of wedding planning. Take it away Rebecca!

The Three Things I Learned Early in My Wedding Planning Journey | By: Rebecca G.

I am so excited to be guest blogging for Capitol Romance!  CR was recommended to me very early in our wedding-planning process and it has already become my go-to resource for everything DC-wedding related.  It’s so fun to get to share our wedding planning experience!

My name is Rebecca and I am a newly-engaged DC tour guide.  My fiancee and I have taken a somewhat less traditional route in our journey to happily-ever-after.  We basically skipped the surprise proposal/engagement ring-combo in lieu of secretly jumping into wedding planning when we were ready to make our forever love official.  We started telling people slowly (family and close friends first) and made the official announcement after we had already shot our engagement photo session!  While this path may not be for everyone, I believe that it made the first few months of our wedding planning a lot simpler by having only our closest people helping to weigh in with their opinions and ideas.

We’re getting married in September 2017 and we have all the big stuff figured out (venue, food, booze, dancing – the stuff that was most important to us) but there are still so many decisions to make!  I’ll be using my blog posts to share what we’ve learned and hopefully provide in a calming, pragmatic voice in the Industrial Wedding Complex insanity.

So what have I learned in our first few months of wedding planning?  Three very important things:

1. Sticker shock is real – No matter how modest your budget, no matter how low-key you aim to make your wedding, it will cost money.  Like, real, grown-up money.  Despite all the ladies’ brunches I’ve been to where brides-to-be divulged what they were spending and all the blog posts I’d perused, I was still taken aback by what the wedding basics cost.  There are ways to stick to a budget (and you should!) but be prepared.

One of the best pieces of financial wedding advice I read was called the “Olive Garden Theory.”  It’s simple – if you were to take your closest family and friends to the Olive Garden to celebrate your nuptials, even with the unlimited breadsticks, soup, and salad, you’ll spend about $50 for every guest to have an entree, dessert, and glass of wine.  This was an eye-opener for us – even keeping it simple and tossing out some of the more traditional elements that didn’t fit us, finding a space and feeding people is going to cost some money.  Once you accept this fact, you can get to work on figuring out what works for you financially.

2. Know your priorities – ideally early in the process – When we first started planning, my fiancee and I sat down and figured out the three elements that most important to each of us for our wedding day.  This gave us a great baseline for what really mattered (and where to allocate our precious, limited money!)  After each venue visit or chat with a vendor, we went back to the list of the key elements.  It helped keep us focused, even when overwhelmed by wedding possibilities.

3. To thine own self to be true – By complete stroke of luck, I happened to read Amy Poehler’s book, Yes, Please just a couple of months before we began wedding planning.  In it, Amy shares what should be the motto of every modern, awesome woman – “Good for her, not for me.”  Although Amy isn’t referring to weddings specifically here, it applies beautifully to the process.  Whether it’s pushy vendors (which, run as fast as you can from that) or a well-intentioned friend, once you are engaged, everyone will want to share advice.  You will have so many wonderful people in your life who will want to make suggestions and share ideas and that’s GREAT – but remember, what was good for one bride may not be good for you.  It’s also easy to want to compare your wedding to every other wedding you’ve attended (or the ones you see in perfect Instagram posts or bridal magazine spreads) but when all is said and done, it’s YOUR wedding day – you have to do what’s right for you and your partner, not for anyone else.

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So, this is where I am so far.  With 271 days to go, the excitement is growing but so is my to-do list!  Looking forward to sharing some of our craziness and joy with y’all!

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