Melissa & Andrew’s Eastern Market Wedding in Washington, DC

You are in for a real treat today with Melissa & Andrew’s Real Capitol Wedding at Eastern Market! Not only was this Washington, DC wedding located in a super cool, funky location, but Melissa & Andrew used a TON of local Washington, DC wedding vendors to make their wedding a success.

The icing on the cake comes with the fact that this fabulous, alternative Washington, DC wedding was capture by one of my very favorite photographers, Luke Eshlemen. I’ve said it once, but I’ll say it again – Luke‘s style is just amazing, and 100% his own and I could go on forever about it … but instead…

let’s meet Melissa & Andrew

Even more amazing ~ Melissa shared with me ALL the awesome details of their fantastic Washington, DC wedding … including how they found themselves in Eastern Market’s North Hall (a seriously fantastic unique, alternative, and affordable Washington, DC wedding venue)!

When we were planning the wedding, we were trying to think of a place that would be relatively informal, within the city, and meaningful to both of us. We had a lot of out of town guests, so it made more sense to have it in the city where people could see the sites during the wedding weekend. One morning, we were having breakfast at Jimmy T’s Place, and Andrew wondered out loud if Eastern Market rented the North Hall for weddings. So we went, checked, and sure enough they do, at what we considered to be a reasonable price. We live just 6 blocks from Eastern Market and we’re over there all of the time. So it fulfilled our “special meaning” requirement.

Once you rent the space, there are basically no restrictions on vendors or how you can decorate the space. This ended up being a big cost saver for us. We used Schneider’s (whom we love) in Capitol Hill to provide the liquor. They let you return whatever is left over after the wedding.

Now, take it away Luke

Seriously, this shot of the Capitol building should be a POSTCARD. Luke - you rock!

Read more to see the rest of this fabulous wedding ~ including the awesome reception at Eastern Market, DC!

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Brooke & Nathan’s 1950s Inspired Engagement Pictures

When I saw this engagement shoot on photographer Michelle Lindsay‘s Facebook page ~ I just knew I had to feature it. I adore everything about this shoot, the 1950’s attire, the amazing photography, and the fun-loving couple.

Meet Brooke, Nathan, and Brooke’s unbelievably amazing polka dot dress!

Brooke shares how her and Nathan met:

“Nathan and I met through two of our closest friends.  His childhood friend, Brian, married one of my close college friends, Mia.  We first met at one of their parties and continued to run into each other at their get-togethers.

A couple of years later I was out celebrating the end of a long term relationship with Brian and Mia.  We met up with Nathan who had been out celebrating a friend’s birthday.  Shortly after that we had our first date in Old Town Manassas (where we had our engagement pictures taken).”

Seriously ~ how beautiful is Brooke ??

Brooke also shares their adorable engagement story!!

“Fast forward about three years later to early April of 2010… Without my knowing Nathan bought my engagement ring.  Although between busy schedules, bad weather, and a cold that we both had trouble shaking, he had to put off the proposal for about a month.

Then Memorial Day weekend last year, we decided to take a trip to one of our favorite vineyards to enjoy their yummy sangria.  Four hours and two pitchers of sangria later, we were engaged!”


Read more to see the rest of this awesome couple’s engagement shoot!

Wedding Music That Doesn’t Suck: This Could All Be Yours

For no particular reason, I haven’t listened to Guster in an especially long time. However, they are headlining a tour with one of my favorite bands (Jacks Mannequin) and so I decided to listen to their most recent album.

I was delighted to find that it’s a really good album ~ with some really great songs. One in particular, “This Could All Be Yours” is my absolute new “favorite song” that I have been listening to on repeat.

“So take a breath and step into the light
Everything will be all right

This could all be yours someday

I think it would be a fantastic song to have your wedding video set to or a picture slide show at your reception. I think it would also be REALLY fun to dance down the aisle to this song, or maybe be used as a fun, modern father daughter dance choice!

Let me know what you think and if you love it as much as I do. I do believe it is a rather addicting, feel-good song.

Happy Friday & Next Week

Hi Everyone!!!

Apologies for slacking today ~ I have been burnt out from a long week of posting AND getting things setup for next week because my husband and I are in process of selling our condo and moving to a new townhouse in DC!!!

So, next week is going to be a bit insane for us as we pack up and move out of one place, put everything in storage for a few days, live in a hotel, and then move into a new place next Friday! That means, I will try and get everything setup to post for a full week – but there might be a few hiccups along the way, so please bear with me!

Now, everyone get out there and ENJOY YOUR WEEKEND (and if it isn’t the weekend yet for you, at least here are a few tunes to get you to it)!

Jenn & Andrew’s Vintage Military Wedding in Fredericksburg, VA

This morning’s beautiful Real Capitol Wedding is brought to you by the awesome Sarah Culver Photography.

Say “hello” to Jenn & Andrew ~

… and their magnificent vintage meets Marine wedding!

Sarah shares:

Jenn and Andrew met at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA and so they decided to return there for their wedding. They had their ceremony in the early afternoon, and then everyone took a break for three hours before an evening reception. We did family formals and then Jenn and Andrew and I wandered around a historic battleground and an abandoned ampitheatre taking photos for a few hours.

Jenn incorporated many creative details into their wedding – all the plates were from thrift stores and they cut their cake with a Marine sword in honor of Andrew. It was a relaxed and fun crowd, we felt welcomed into the party and Jenn and Andrew were sent off under a bridge of sparklers.

I am 100%, head over heels, in LOVE with this next picture…

I will forever be a sucker for the “groom sees bride walk down aisle” shot. Seriously, I could stare at these all day. Something about seeing a strapping, young man, look so INSANELY happy, touched, and yes, even a bit emotional!

What a beautiful picture of a beautiful wedding party!

Read more for a look at some fantabulous reception shots and Jenn & Andrew’s amazing vintage table settings.

Capitol Inspiration: Brides with Chunky Necklaces

A few months ago I came across an amazing, retro style meets candy shop styled shoot, wherein the bride wore an amazing chunky necklace made from buttons!!! (Seriously, if you haven’t seen this shoot, click on over  … it’s amazing beyond words).

via Katelyn James Photography from a MUST SEE styled shoot!

A few weeks later, I had the honor of featuring a fabulous wedding, where the bride, again, chose to wore a simply fabulous chunky necklace from Urban Outfitters:

Melany & Jun’s Tae Kwon Do Wedding

I am 100% and with abolsulte affirmation, in love with this eclectic, funky style choice.  I thought it would be fun to share some more inspiration of brides that took a somewhat daring dive into unique and non-conventional jewelry selections for their bridal attire in the form of chunky necklaces. Enjoy!

via Elizabeth Anne Designs

via JL Designs Blog

via Rock N Roll Bride


Wedding Inspiration: Offbeat, Vintage Circus Styled Wedding Shoot

*Warning*: The pictures you are about to see are guaranteed to blow. your. mind.

A couple weeks ago, a handful of amazing Washington, DC Wedding Photographers met to take a series of styled shoots at Lost Creek Winery and Vineyards in Leesburg, VA. The result was (i hate this word, but nothing else seems to capture it) EPIC.

Today, I am beyond stoked, to get to share with you, pictures from Part 1 of the shoot, a Vintage Circus Theme, by the oh-so-talented, Ali McLaughlin Photography.

Other vendor details include:

Set decor- Lindsey Bledsoe- Elusive Design

I love styled shoots like this ~ they give planning couples such inspiration and ideas for their own weddings or bridal showers. What does everyone else think??

vintage cameras are always a good thing in photo shoots, IMO

OMG the elephants! LOVE!

the sunflower bouquet is such a great touch on the “circus” theme

this next one is my FAVORITE!

Click inside for the rest!!

DIY How To: Tissue Paper Pomander / Flower Tutorial

Happy DIY Wednesday everyone!!!

Today‘s DIY tutorial is brought to you by our guest blogger Vanessa! Check out the awesome DIY Paper Pomander inspiration feature she did last week (in case you missed it) here.  Now Vanessa is going to give us her own tutorial on how to make a DIY Paper Pomander! Take it away Vanessa

How-To Make a DIY Tissue Paper Pomander

Here is a great DIY project that you could use to decorate your Spring/Summer wedding or bridal shower. You can make really big ones (8-by-20 inch) and hang them from your ceiling or on the wall. They can even be used as napkin holders which is what the following tutorial shows you how to do.


  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Floral Wire
  • Tissue Paper


Step 1: Lay out your tissue paper. Cut out a 5-by -10 inch rectangle. Make sure you use all the layers of tissue.

Step 2: Fan fold the 5”x10” of tissue. (I used a half inch fold)

Step 3: Cut an 18” piece of floral wire and the wrap it around your fan folded.

Step 4: Fan out the paper on each side of the wire.

Keep reading to get the rest of the tutorial!

Joanna & Justin’s Handmade, Intimate Maryland Wedding at the VanDiver Inn

Who is ready for their weekly dose of Tea?

That’s right! I have another fabulous wedding courtesy of Sweet Tea Photography to share with you this afternoon! Say hello to the gorgeous couple, Joanna & Justin!

Joanna & Justin tied the knot on March 27th, 2011 at the Vandiver Inn (a really cute bed and breakfast), located in Havre de Grace, MD. Their gorgeous wedding was captured perfectly by Lisa Marie of Sweet Tea Photography! You guys are going to LOVE this wedding and the pictures, which include some fantastic holga wedding photography! Enjoy.

Obsessed with the bridesmaids’ non-matching shoes, both style and color! So fun!

I love love love non-posing “formal” shots! So much more fun!

See above on comment re: non-posing “formals” <3

LOVING the vintage feel of this next Holga shot of the groom and his g-men!

Looks like someone is ready to get MARRIED!

You just have to click inside to see the rest of this awesome wedding … including more holga wedding photography and a delectable “cookie bar”!!

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