Reminder: ZADesignz Photography Contest & Discount for Capitol Romance Readers

Happy Friday Everyone!

For a four day week, I am seriously exhausted. For today’s posts I wanted to start the morning off with a friendly reminder about the two awesome DC wedding photography deals with have going on still with ZADesignz.  The details can be easily clicked to from the right-hand side of our blog, but for your convenience, I wanted to recap the two features here as well!


#1. Get 25% Off Wedding Photography Packages with ZADesignz just for being a Capitol Romance reader!

#2. An Entire Wedding Photography Package Giveaway for the Most DIY Couple in Washington, DC Area!

 Pretty baller right!? We have featured quite a bit of Zareth’s work on Capitol Romance, but if you still want more, head on over to her website and see her “featured on” section! Prepare to be amazed. And don’t forget, these discounts and giveaways won’t last forever. They both end at THE END OF THE MONTH! So happy booking & DIYing!

Check back this afternoon for a fun little jewelry giveaway to celebrate our first full week back to blogging!



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Sean & Rosanne’s Peacock Themed Virginia Vineyard Wedding

I get really giddy when I get to feature the wedding of a couple who’s engagement shoot I also featured. Such is the case this morning [and thus, I am giddy] thanks to the ah-mazing Tim Riddick Photography & Two Bright Lights.

Back in July I featured Sean & Rosanne’s beautiful Washington, DC engagement shoot at the Capitol Building. I loved so much about this shoot and was REALLY hoping I would be able to feature their wedding too!

So thanks again Tim Riddick Photography, Two Bright Lights, and Sean & Rosanne [who gave me some fun details to include with the wedding feature!] for making my wish come true :)

Sean & Rosanne’s Virginia Vineyard Wedding with Peacock Details!

Rosanne shares:

We didn’t have a wedding planner, so I planned the whole wedding myself with the help of Sean’s mom and her friends.  The wedding was at CrossKeys Vineyards, which is owned by close family friends of Sean.  It was a beautiful day and the scenery was an amazing setting for the wedding.

love Ro’s blue shoes … aaaaand this awesome Zombie Marilyn Monroe tattoo!

Click inside to see the rest of Sean & Rosanne’s beautiful, peacock-themed Virginia vineyard wedding!

DIY Inspiration: Doileys for Wedding Decorations

A few weeks back, a wedding photographer [Sarah Goodwin Photography] emailed me with some submissions.  One of them is the one I am about to share for today’s DIY Wednesday post and next week you will get some wedding goodness from her!

Today’s DIY Wednesday will feature one of the simplest [and cheapest!] of decor items, doilies! These lovely little paper friends make for great additions to wine bottles, mason jars, and more. They might evoke a certain summer appeal [especially with those yummy peaches all around] but that might not be such a bad thing with this winter weather we are suddenly getting in DC! Brr!

Plus, I am pretty sure the teal-blue, pale pink, and white color scheme might be one of my new favorites for a spring wedding. Am I right?










Best of 2011: Top 5 DC Wedding Blog Moments of the Year

Just one more of those “Best of 2011” posts … I promise :) I wanted to share a few things that happened over this past year, that weren’t related to the features. I have met so many amazing people, vendors, and couples through starting this wedding blog, and it really has turned into something infinitely more than I ever imagined it would.

So, please bear with me just one last time, as I countdown [yes, this one is actually in particular order] the Top 5 Moments of my 2011 as a Washington, DC wedding blogger!

#5. Starting Capitol Romance

It turns out, this blog isn’t even a year old yet – so naturally one of the best moments of 2011 was when I decided to stop thinking about starting a wedding blog to help offbeat DC couples planning a wedding … and actually started it. Thanks to my bestest friend Steve, I started Capitol Romance, “A Creative Cure to DC’s Wedding Bore” with my first post on January 21, 2011.  I had NO idea what I was getting myself into, but, I couldn’t be more thrilled with where this grand experiment has taken me. One of these amazing things that Capitol Romance has given me is actually #4!

[my very first logo/header attempt! it already seems ages old]

#4. Meeting DC Vendors & Becoming Friends

When I started, the only wedding vendors in the Washington, DC area that I really knew, where the ones from my own wedding. Thanks to many of those amazing vendors, and the power of Google, I came to meet some seriously awesome wedding vendors in the area. Little did I know that some of these vendors would grow into more than a quick email relationship. Abby of Abby Grace Photography & Wendy of Weswen Design have become so much more than vendors to me. They are an incredible inspiration, support system, and even more, now a friend to me. Totally one of the top 5 moments of my year as a blogger was meeting and working with both of them on MANY, many posts, features, & projects.

#3. Attending My First Wedding Show ~ The Nonconforming Bridal Fair

I was shocked when I received an email from Tammy of Pink Dot Concepts, inviting me to attend the Nonconforming Bridal Fair in Washington, DC. The wedding show was exactly what I was looking to do with my blog and it was in DC! I was also shocked that someone had even found little old me and my blog, and I was absolutely honored to be invited to the show. Oh, I was also super nervous too. What the heck was I going to bring and talk about?! I eventually decided to showcase my own offbeat Washington, DC wedding & DIY projects that I had made for the wedding – and it was a success! I met a ton of local couples looking to plan an offbeat wedding & gained some new readers in the process. I was also thrilled to have the experience and opportunity to network with other wedding vendors that were looking to be a part of the offbeat world! It was an amazing day for sure.

#2. My First Styled Shoot … and having it featured on Green Wedding Shoes!!

Remember those fantabulous ladies from #4 ?? Yeah, well thanks to them and a ton of other insanely awesome wedding vendors, I was able to help design my first styled wedding shoot. I won’t go into too much more detail here on the shoot … mainly because I already re-capped it, probably ad naseum, here. So check that out if you haven’t seen it yet. Otherwise, just know that this was certainly one of the absolute best moments of my year as a blogger, and probably my life too :) [is that sad?]

#1. Drum roll please …. Starting to re-brand & re-design my blog!

That’s right … Capitol Romance will soon be getting a facelift!! No details yet, because things are still being worked out – but sometime soon in the beginning of this year we will be updating our logo and the header/design of the blog! Thanks to the amazing Traci Brooks, there are some big things in store that I just cannot wait to share with everyone!

Like I said this morning, I just have this feeling that it is going to be a great 2012.




Jeannette & Luis’ Manassas Battlefield Engagement in Northern Virginia

We are back and starting 2012 with a bang! I am still recovering a bit from my amazing New Years weekend, but that isn‘t going to stop me from posting all week with some amazing features to start off this new, fresh year!

2012 is going to be great, I can just feel it!

This morning we are sharing a beautiful Manassas Battlefield engagement shoot from one of our new favorite Washington, DC wedding photographers, that we hope to get to work with more in 2012, An Endless Pursuit [submitted via Two Bright Lights]. I first fell in love with the Manassas Battlefield back when I featured Vince & Rebecca’s adorable Maryland engagement shoot. You will quickly see why [if you don’t already] I love this location for a Maryland engagement session.

Jeannette & Luis’s Alternative Virginia Engagement Session at the Manassas Battlefield

An Endless Pursuit shares a little insight into Luis & Jeannette:

Luis and Jeannette are a beautiful, fun couple from Maryland that drove down to Northern Virginia for a lovely Autumn engagement session. They chose to spend the day with us at Mannassas Battlefield for the scenic views that were filled with vibrant Autumn color. Luis and Jeannette will be getting married in the Spring of 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland, and we can’t wait to photograph the story of their wedding!

And, I cannot wait to see the photographs from their wedding! But for now, let’s all just enjoy this beautiful Maryland engagement session!

Click inside for the rest of Jeannette & Luis’ beautiful Manassas Battlefield Engagement Session & to read the proposal story!

Best of 2011: Top Washington DC Wedding Features

On Friday we took a look back at our favorite Washington, DC area engagement sessions featured here on Capitol Romance. Today, we are going to look back at our favorite Washington, DC wedding featuresMan, if I thought narrowing down a years worth of Washington, DC engagement features was hard … it was nothing compared to trying to get all my favorite weddings down to just ten!

Sabrina & Mike’s Offbeat DIY Maryland Wedding

[via Love Life Images]

Erin & Nick’s Intimate Sailboat Wedding

[via Abby Jiu Photography]

Josh & Christen’s Travel Themed Maryland Wedding

[via Tara Welch Photography]

Corrie & Tim’s Amazing, Shakespearean Leesburg, Virginia Wedding

[via Luke Eshleman Photography]

Natalie & Stewart’s Whimsical, Fun N’ Games DIY Wedding

[via Rebekah J. Murray Photography]

Emma & Claude’s DIY Cherry Blossom Washington, DC Wedding

[via Rodney Mickle Photography]

Erin & Karl’s Vintage Hipster Fredericksburg, Virginia Wedding

[via Sweet Tea Photography]

Alex & Bess’ Stunning & Modern Wedding at a Private Residence in Virginia

[via Love Life Images]

Paul & Angie’s Offbeat & Alternative Wedding at Glen Echo Park in Maryland

[via the Happy Couple Photography]

Melany & Jun’s Offbeat Korean Wedding in Washington, DC

[via Melanie Yu Photography]

A very special thank you to ALL the amazing Washington, DC wedding photographers that submit weddings to my blog … I could not do this without you all! Stay tuned for a Top DIY post and my favorite moments of being a wedding blogger from this past year, coming this week!


Best of 2011: Best Washington DC Engagement Features

As 2011 comes to a close, I decided [along with everyone else in the wedding vendor & blogosphere] to do a top 10 favorite Capitol Romance Engagement Features from this past year.

I cannot believe my blog is coming up on its very first birthday [blogaversary? too much?] and I also cannot really process how the blog has grown. It started with me endlessly searching the internet, email-bombing photogs, begging them to let me feature their stuff … and now I am truly honored & blessed to have photographers find me, freely submitting some of the most amazing Washington, DC area engagement features [and weddings!] that I have ever seen!

I really don’t know how I am going to narrow this down to just 10 favorites … but here is my attempt, in no particular order. On Monday we will share our Top 10 Capitol Wedding Features and on Tuesday we will do a Top 5 Best Moments of 2011 :) Enjoy!

Top 10 Capitol Romance Engagement Features of 2011

Cecelia & Wasim’s Urban Washington, DC Engagement Session at the Museums

[via Megan Noonan Photography]

Genevieve & Andy’s Laid-back, Hipster Washington, DC Engagement Session in Logan Circle

[via Live It Out Photography]

Katie & John’s Rustic Washington, DC Engagement Session at Great Falls Park

[via Andrea & Renata]

Gina & Rob’s Cool Baltimore Engagement Session in Downtown Baltimore

[via Luke Eshlemen Photography]

Mandy & Spencer’s Offbeat Washington, DC Engagement Session at the Dupont Circle Farmer’s Market

[via James Reyes Photography]

Katherine & Sami’s Washington, DC Engagement Session at the Hirshhorn Museum

[via Emily Porter Photography]

Erin & Karl’s Vintage Hipster Maryland Engagement Session at Glen Echo Park

[via Sweet Tea Photography]

Saman & Sean’s Adorable Maryland Picnic Engagement Session at Sugarloaf Mountain

[via Megan Noonan Photography]

Theresee & Bryan’s Amazing Vintage Virginia Engagement Session on a Lake at a Private Residence

[via An Endless Pursuit]


Joe & Kat’s Alexandria, Virginia Engagement Session [with one of the best ‘about us’ & proposal stories ever]

[via Tim Riddick Photography]

WOWZERS. That was insanely tough. If you don’t see your favorite engagement feature here from this past year on Capitol Romance – please be sure to post it in the comments! A big thank you again to all the amazing wedding photographers that allowed me to share their gorgeous images, and a big thank you to all the couples that shared their stories with us this past year! What a year 2011 was.

Be sure to check back Monday for our Best of 2011 Capitol Weddings!

Laura & Hal’s Vintage Garden Wedding in Winchester Virginia

Today I am honored to share a beautiful vintage garden wedding by Snapp-Shot Photography, LLC. The bride & groom, Laura & Hal, live in the Washington, DC metro area, but Laura grew up outside DC in Winchester, VA. It was her dream to have her wedding back in VA for an old fashion, fun, vintage style wedding in the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley. This beautiful wedding has so many gorgeous touches to it – it’s perfect for Capitol Romance. Laura rocked a vintage style birdcage veil & wedding dress, while Hal donned traditional Irish dress [a kilt!].  The wedding also included an awesome blue-grass band, outdoor games, vintage centerpieces, and a Fujifilm DIY wedding photobooth!

Laura & Hal’s Vintage Garden Wedding in Winchester, Virginia

More from Erin with Snapp-Shot Photography, LLC:

It was such a beautiful wedding! A blue grass band music filled the air, hurricane lanterns lit the way, Instamatic photo fun guest book, all while the bride was dressed so elegantly in her sleek gown and bird cage veil and the groom sported a Kilt to honor his name.

Of course as photographers, our minds were making permanent documentation of images we wanted to capture forever in time for them.  They wanted their wedding fun, laid back, vintage feel, almost like friends getting together for good old fashion fun.

We feel their dream day was everything and more than what they could have ever imagined.

Click inside for the rest of Laura & Hal’s gorgeous vintage garden wedding!

Melissa, Luis & A Christmas Tree Farm

Happy almost Christmas!!!

After featuring that adorable Christmas Tree Decoration Love Shoot by Abby Grace Photography a couple weeks back, I thought the perfect way to spend my last post before the Holiday [yes, I will be off from posting tomorrow & Monday … but back on Tuesday!] would be with an adorable couple, who had an adorable Christmas Tree Engagement shoot & actually had a Christmas time proposal story too! Thanks to the amazing Helen John Photography for sharing these beautiful images!

About Melissa & Luis:

Melissa and Luis met at Havana Village nightclub in DC. She was out with her coworkers from Black & Veatch and it was one of her first nights dancing Salsa (many to follow). Luis asked her to dance, she said yes. They danced a few songs together while Luis was teaching her to dance (he’s an expert salsa dancer, at least in Melissa’s eyes). As she was getting ready to leave the nightclub, she ran into Luis again, and he asked for her phone number. He called two days later, and the’ve been dating ever since!

Melissa & Luis’ Christmas Tree Farm Engagement Shoot

The proposal story:

Luis asked Melissa to marry him just last Friday! He sent her on a treasure hunt, giving her hints about himself “What do I do every morning when I wake up”, etc.  She found 3 or 4 clues and it led Melissa back to him. Then he pulled the ring out of his pocket and popped the question! She said, YES! Because of the timing of the proposal, they will always remember Christmas as an extra special time. Their photographer was even able to squeeze in a last minute Christmas-themed engagement session at a Christmas tree farm right by the house that Melissa grew up in – so special!


Click inside for the rest of Melissa & Luis’ adorable Christmas Tree Farm engagement shoot from Helen John Photography!

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