Maggie & Steven’s Laid Back, FUN, Vintage Trailer Engagement Pictures

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Images: Val & Sarah

It was a glorious weekend. I am not going to lie. Friday we hosted our 4th annual Friendsgiving and there’s just nothing like 12 of your favorite friends crammed into your rowhouse with amazing Thanksgiving food. Turkey, cranberry stuffing, sweet potatoes, secret recipe cheesy mashed potatoes, bacon wrapped asparagus, pumpkin bread, AND MORE. I think I am STILL full. Then on Saturday, Andy & I got up first thing to go volunteer at the Capital Area Food Bank. Three hours of sorting apples, putting together meals, and building boxes, was a great way to spend my Saturday morning. I really need to be better about volunteering more!

Then we treated ourselves to some massages as a 2nd-part anniversary gift to our selves and capped off the evening with an amazing concert at 930 club. Sunday was spent relaxing (a bit) with some house cleaning, more DIY plank floors work, a quick visit to The Emporiyum & a wedding meeting. All and all, a fabulous weekend that can only be topped off by the fact that I leave for vacation on Thursday night!!! Posting will be pretty light (if at all next week) while I am away. But honestly, you all should be spending time with your families, eating delicious Thanksgiving meals, on not on computers and blogs ANYWAY ;) Happy Monday Romancers! Take it away Maggie, Steven & your SUPER AWESOME engagement pictures!

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You might recognize that vibrant, electric pink hair as the insanely awesome Maggie of Maggie Winters Photography. Together with her fiance, they make up the equally rad Pop Wed Co, who we collaborated with earlier this year at the first ever #PopUpRomance. Maggie & Steven are two of the coolest kids I know, so it’s really no surprise that their engagement pictures (shot by the always amazing Val & Sarah) are too fun & cool for words. They bought this vintage camper recently and decided to include it in their pictures. The result is nothing short of awesome. Enjoy!



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How they met:

We went to the same schools and ended up with six classes together freshman year of high school, and Steven had a Bad Religion album on his desk that I thought was awesome, and then I guess we ended up dating somehow! We kind of just never broke up and then decided we make a fucking awesome team so we’ve been together ever since, almost ten years. Along the way we’ve adopted a tiny evil kitty, bought a house, lived in at least five different apartments, and launched Pop Wed Co together in January.

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Click inside for their ADORABLE proposal story and some details on their forthcoming “microwedding”.

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Capitol Inspiration: Bold, Striped, Black White & Gold Wedding Inspiration

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[Images: IYQ Photography]

FRIDAY!!! Finally! I am running around like a chicken with my head cut off – trying to cook sides and a turkey for my annual Friendsgiving gathering tonight (not to mention decorating the table!), clean the house, get some errands done, BLOG, and still do my job. Ya know – typical days for me. I am SO EXCITED for this weekend. Andy & I are volunteering tomorrow at Capital Area Food Bank, getting massages, and then seeing one of our FAVORITE artists at 9:30 club. I seriously am so freakin’ pumped for this weekend. Can you tell? Hope you guys have a good one too! For today, some dreamy, black white and gold wedding inspiration, featuring two stunning & bold brides, and some modern & striped wedding details from IYQ Photography!

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We were inspired to create this beautiful shoot by the gorgeous backdrop of Richmond’s own Historic Mankin Mansion, This shoot incorporated beautiful shades of gold and brasses to compliment black and white elements. The bride wore a custom made ballerina style wedding gown while the groom wore a reinvented tux inspired suit- completed by a mini top hat and black heels. Raegan from Sweets and Soirees provided the dreamiest pale bouquet- perfectly pretty and slightly unkempt that paired perfectly with the sweets she also provided. She was able to infuse the sweets spread with decedent flavors of dark chocolate, back berries, blueberries, strawberries, ect. Emily Dionne provided gorgeous hand crafted invited that kept the integrity of the color palette. Kelly Harrison beautifully arranged all of the the different elements of textures, colors, and flavors to create two beautiful arrangements. Tremayne Hill was the makeup artist assistant and Erin Eaves was the photography assistant.

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Let’s Get Personal: Marriage is Awesome & Today I Celebrate 4 Years of It!


[Image: Live It Out Photography]

Marriage is AWESOME. It should be CELEBRATED.

This quote appears on the website of one of my favorite DC wedding photographers, An Endless Pursuit and when I started to formulate today’s post in my mind, I kept coming back to this. You see, today is my 4-year wedding anniversary and I wanted to write some sort of reflective, personal post on marriage to celebrate that milestone (without just spending 500 words gushing about my amazing husband). I wanted to share real insight into what 4 years of marriage has been for me and I think this quote perfectly sums it up. Because, while our wedding was the best day of my life, marriage has been nothing short of AWESOME and I think it’s important to re-emphasize that.


[Image: Tim Riddick Photography]

It’s important because (I know I’ve typed this here before) marriage is the REAL reason for a wedding. While we all continue to get caught up in the details of a weddingday – the look, the invites, the attire, the music …. it’s really the wedding ceremony, your vows, the MARRIAGE, that is the most important part. I think I was probably guilty of this a bit myself when I planned my wedding 4+ years ago. While I poured over my vows, and really couldn’t wait to marry Andy, I know I spent just as much time (maybe more) fretting over the shades of pink we incorporated, finding the perfect pink pump for my bridesmaids, painstakingly making each ornament pomander by hand, and so on and so forth.


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And while I still love every single detail we put into our wedding, the 4 years of marriage that have followed have far exceeded every single one. To know that I have someone in my life that supports me, helps me, loves me, and is accompanying me on this journey called life …. well… it’s just nothing short of awesome. I can say without any reservation, that I absolutely LOVE being married. It is indeed the most wonderful feeling I have ever felt and something I hope to never take for granted.

When I sit here and think about these past 4 years, I can’t help but be a little shocked at how much Andy & I have accomplished together. We sold our condo in Arlington, and made the move to Washington, DC. We took a chance on a neighborhood in Northeast DC and bought a flipped rowhouse that we’ve spent (and continue to spend) lots of time and money, customizing it to our design aesthetics. We’ve traveled to some amazing places (Chicago, Mexico, Boston, Arizona, Seattle, Portland, Paris, London, Amsterdam …. and probably so many more that I am forgetting). We’ve celebrated new lives being born into this world, and we’ve lost some important lives too (ones that live on in our wedding video, wedding pictures, and memories). We’ve watched (and been lucky to actually be a part of) friends and family take their relationships to the next step, joining us in the married world. All of these things making our wedding day feel simultaneously SO long ago, yet only yesterday.

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I think the thing that might be the most important reflection I have on these past 4 years is how much our lives have grown (both individually and together). I’ve watched my husband grow personally and professionally and enjoyed the ability to not only witness but get to share in his growth. I, too, have grown personally and professionally and realize that there is NO WAY I could have grown Capitol Romance to what it is now, without Andy’s help.Whether it’s coming along to my weddings to be the notorious hanger of things, or staying home and cleaning the house because he knows I’ll be too tired after working a wedding all day, Andy has supported me in ways I could never truly re-pay him for.


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So why is marriage awesome to me? Marriage is awesome to me because of all the immeasurable little things that come with it. The staying up late in bed, laughing until we cry, probably about the SILLIEST of things, like two 5th graders at a sleepover party. The long car rides together made bearable by our mutual love of Andrew W.K. The trips, the concerts, the dinners, the milestones, the happy, and even the sad – all shared together. The way we often say things at the exact same time, or finish each other’s (sandwiches) sentences. The understanding of commitment and partnership that we have in this thing called life, and the unending desire to make our marriage work, and to make our marriage awesome, and to keep the love we found in highschool …. over 10 years ago … alive.


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So with this last image, one of my favorites from our wedding day, I’ll just end it the way I started. Marriage [truly] is awesome and it really should be celebrated.

Annie & Kelvin’s Thai Chinese Fusion Wedding at Black Rock Arts Center in Maryland

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Images: Jerold Santa Cruz Photography

I thought it might be fun to throw something different at you guys for today. This real Maryland wedding features BOLD colors (purple, pink, red, and gold) a blend of Asian cultures (Thai & Chinese) and the setting of an Arts Center! So many blended vibes and themes – I dig it! Annie & Kelvin mixed their traditions and also threw a rockin’ wedding reception at the end. There’s a lot of different and interesting shots from their ceremony – I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I did!

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From the couple:

We had a blend of Asian cultures of Thai and Chinese, the colors were Purple, Pink, Red and Gold. The purple and pink represented orchid colors, used in various thai ceremonies and the red and gold are common colors representing the Chinese, where red symbolizes good fortune and joy, and yellow symbolizes neutrality and good luck. The venue was the perfect setting for us to showcase our wedding on stage and to honor the thai water ceremony, Chinese tea ceremony and western ceremony in a theatrical setting.

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My bridesmaids were involved in the floral arrangements, bouquets and boutineers all diy. All family and friends helped with the set up of the centerpieces, stage and coordination. I had my bridesmaid give an introduction for each ceremony as well.

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Lauren & James’ Frederick Fairgrounds Engagement Pictures in Maryland

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Images: An Endless Pursuit

It’s Monday Romancers! (Do you need a reminder?). My weekend was FULL of awesome, kicking things off with my fiery new hair color, getting to meet Jay Paterno before (finalllllllly) watching a Penn State win, Andy finishing 1 room of our DIY Plywood Floors, meeting with a FABULOUS lady about some big time 2015 planning (more to come on this!) shopping with Andy, seeing Birdman, and then indulging in the most fabulous pre-anniversary meal at Le Grenier. Is this what life is like without weddings!? I kid I kid!

For today we have a super fun engagement session from An Endless Pursuit. Lauren & James went to the Frederick Fairgrounds for their engagement session and it looks like they had a total BLAST. So many smiles, high-fives, and colors. I love when couples go somewhere fun and adventurous for their engagement pictures – it lends itself to such fun pictures instead of overly posed ones. Enjoy the rest AND Lauren & James’ adorable love story!

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Lauren and James have as unlikely a story as you would expect when imagining how an East Coast girl living in VA meets a Midwest boy living in Nebraska. They met at a small wedding in a small town in Kansas, and with only a small time to get to know each other they said goodbye without any expectation of seeing each other again. But as messages were exchanged and the methods of communication became more personal, upgrading from emails to instant messaging and then onto texts and hour-long phone calls, they knew they would have to capitalize on their opportunity to get to know each other.

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Two years later, they’ve braved the perils of a long distance relationship, beat all the odds and got engaged along the Georgetown Waterfront. James proposed at the ice skating rink with the support and company of Lauren’s cousins. They arrived to the location 30 minutes early, and in Lauren’s usual practical fashion, Lauren wanted to check into the restaurant early. She was very confused when James instead insisted that they walk around outside, and by then she was very suspicious (and hungry). Any apprehension she felt about not going into the restaurant was gone once he went down on one knee. Now they look forward to the likely hilarious outcome of bringing together there two very different family and friends.

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Friday Inspiration & Link Love!


[Image by With Love & Embers – from their trip to Iceland, the next place on mine & Andy’s short travel list]

Usually I LIVE for Work from Home Fridays, but the house next door to Andy & I got bought recently and they’re just starting to demo all the walls inside and well… banging and drilling and high-pitched power tools aren’t exactly helping my sanity right now. I have Bishop Allen Pandora blasting, but I am thinking at some point I’m going to need to move to a coffee shop or something!

The next two weekends I will be wedding-free and actually IN DC and I couldn’t be more pumped. Tomorrow I am hitting up a Jay Paterno book signing (you can take the girl out of Happy Valley…) and then Sunday, Andy & I are celebrating Part 1 of our 4-year anniversary! I’ll be posting a bit more of a personal/reflection post probably next week when we actually hit the 4 year mark, but wow, I can’t believe it’s already been 4 years. But man have we accomplish and done SO MUCH since 2010!

Link love:

A Harry Potter & Lego Wedding on Rock N Roll Bride (what?!)

 10 Creative Rituals You Should Steal

 Early Bird priced tickets for our LAST DIY Workshop of 2014 are on sale now!

 Gala Darling reminds us to celebrate the little things

  Should You DIY Your Wedding?

 Being a Maid of Honor & Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses on Simply Breathe Events blog

And just for fun….

 Wiener Dogs Stuck in Sleeves (thanks to my husband for sending me this one)

Have a great weekend Romancers!

Washington DC Sample Sale & Pop Up at Lovely Bride

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Announcing: A Sample Sale at Lovely Bride | Thursday, November 13, 2014 | 12pm to 8pm

On Thursday, November 13th, the super awesome Lovely Bridal shop in Georgetown will be hosting a Sample Sale for one day only. There is NO appointment necessary but the shop would prefer that you RSVP!

What makes this sample sale different from others you might ask? Well let me tell you!

  • Gowns will be up to 60% off from designers Anne Barge, Leeann Belter, Nicole Miller and more!
  • The sale will include a pop-up shop by our FAVORITE local hairpiece designer, CIAONina with gorgeous Ciao Sposa bridal pieces
  • Local Letterpress Designers, Typecase Industries (another one of my favvvvs) will be on hand too!

Lovely Bride + Ciao Sposa + Typecase Industries = the perfect recipe for a modern, edgy, local DC bridal look! Check out more details here:

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So check it out – and we hope to swing by after work on Thursday too!! Let us know if you go or share your pics on social media and tag us in them. Happy Friday Romancers! We’ll be back later with some link love :)

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Trish & Ned’s Vintage Inspired, DIY Maryland Wedding at Glen Echo Park

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Images: Cassidy Duhon Photography

 It’s no secret how I feel about Glen Echo Park and I am SO pumped to get to work my first wedding there next year. However, I especially love today’s real Maryland wedding at Glen Echo because of the way the couple chose to go more vintage than bright/carnival themed. It makes the Bumper car pavilion look SO different, no? Ned & Trish picked a FABULOUS list of DC area wedding vendors and threw in a ton of vintage touches and DIY projects. Trish, being a graphic designer, had fun with the wedding invitations, and I love the pop of whimsy the oversized paper flowers throw in! Plus the couple opted for good old fashioned ice cream cake and I think this is just the BEST wedding cake idea EVER! Thanks to Rebecca Dick of Blue Canary Events for submitting this one!

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We chose the venue because we just loved the vintage aspect to it and the open air of the structure. It gave us that barn/outdoor feel without being far from the city and it just had so much more character. The carousel was amazing and we wanted something fun for our guests to experience. Actually when we saw the carousel, we were just entranced and we even moved our wedding date from October to late September so we could make sure the carousel was going to be open. A lot of our family is from out of the area, so we wanted to give them a broad view of all that DC has to offer – it’s not just all monuments and pillars!

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However, with this awesome unique venue, we didn’t want to go too overboard with a carnival theme. A lot of people suggested things like balloons, pin stripes, and lollipops, but we really just wanted to let the setting speak for itself. I also tried to steer away from having set colors and make it a broad color palette. We ended up going with a lot of pinks, peaches, neutrals and turquoise.

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DIY Makeup Workshop with Suz the Makeup Chic ~ Recap, Pictures & More!

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Happy DIY Wednesday Romancers! For today I wanted to share a recap of our latest DIY Wedding Workshop ~ DIY Wedding Makeup with Suz the Makeup Chic! On Oct. 26th, we had a great group of ladies that joined Suz and I to talk about (and learn) how to DIY your makeup for your wedding or an event. Suz ran through a GREAT overview of how to do everything involved with event makeup – including what part of the face to start and SO MANY “pro tips” for helping our attendees to learn how to recreate what they learned, at home.

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As always, attendees were treated to a bunch of awesome freebies, from our rad, local sponsors – notepads for taking notes thanks to Ribbons & Bluebirds, chocolates from Chocotenango, Apple Cider Tea from Runningbyrd Tea, delicious snacks from Eat & Smile, and sangria from Simply Breathe Events!

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Each attendee was setup with a great work space for creating an overall makeup look – but the focus of this workshop was creating the PERFECT signature eye look. A look that could could be recreated with many colors, and built upon to be a smokier look if you wanted!

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Suz demonstrated her techniques and tricks on yours truly and then our attendees practiced on themselves:

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