Eliza & Josh’s Rainbow Colored, DIY, Book Themed Wedding in Maryland

“Our wedding was a deliberate exercise in being thoughtful and authentic to who we are and where we’re from. We had no problem with tradition if we could give it a slight twist to better represent who we are, our families, and our community.”

You might remember Eliza & Josh from their insanely adorable, “nerdy” library engagement session that we featured a while back. Well they’re back now (and better than ever) with their super awesome, completely DIY, rainbow-themed wedding at Adelphi Historical Mill! Eliza & Josh used a ton of awesome local wedding vendors to knit their wedding day together and also recruited the help of ALL their family and friends to make it happen. I know you guys are going to love all the awesome, personalized details in this Maryland wedding AND all the super rad, rainbox wedding decorations & details. So enough from me, more from them.

Eliza & Josh’s Rainbow Colored, Book Themed, DIY Extravaganza Wedding in Maryland

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Photographer: Stephen De Leon | Wedding Planner: The Plannery | Venue: Adelphi Historical Mill | Ceremony Venue: St. Mary of the Mills, Laurel MD | Groom’s Custom Suit: MySuit | Bowties/socks: The Tie Bar | Bridal’s Gown: Two by Rosa Clara | Food: CapMac | Desserts: Red Velvet Cupcakery | Flowers: DIY with flowers from Potomac Floral | Details: Thrifted from DC’s Goodwill Stores

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Our wedding was a deliberate exercise in being thoughtful and authentic to who we are and where we’re from. We had no problem with tradition if we could give it a slight twist to better represent who we are, our families, and our community. We had a Catholic wedding but chose universal readings and had friends of other faiths and identities participate, both of us were given away by our parents, and Josh arranged our own wedding march. It was with that in mind that we dropped gendered language and expectations but still promised to be there in sickness and health, good times and bad. It was with that in mind that every bit of decor was draped in rainbows and personal history. Our priest even surprised us with a homily about the friendship, love, and devotion between Frodo and Sam!

^Love this.

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The only way to sum up our theme is to say that we celebrated the story of our five (now six!) years together and the importance of our family in writing that story — blood-related, bosom friends, and fictional voices. Our relationship bloomed with the assistance of some very important people–CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien, JK Rowling, Philip Pullman, and John Green–and they all had a part to play at our wedding. And because we dated long-distance, we chose a lot of our decor to represent that.

Boutonnieres and corsages were made from dictionaries and centerpieces were built from (used!) books by the aforementioned authors.

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We involved our entire community in putting together this wedding. Eliza’s mom was the DIY Guru, dipping thousands of Oreos in chocolate, cutting and gluing thousands of paper flowers, sewing hundred-plus feet crepe streamers, and wrapping several hundred books. Then, all of Eliza and Josh’s friends who helped were part of the D.A., yes, that D.A, rather than any old bridal party. Kaythi, one of Eliza’s best friends, knit the rainbow lace bolero she wore, as well as lead one of the readings in their ceremony. Even the jewelry Eliza wore came from her grandmothers and her garter was the one her mother wore.

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Let’s Get Personal: The Price of “Doing It All”

In case you missed it, the AH-MAZING Laicie of 1000 Threads featured us on their “small business diaries” blog feature yesterday. I was insanely humbled by what she wrote and so thrilled to be featured on such an amazing blog. Please go check it out if you haven’t seen it yet, and I know you won’t find it hard to stay awhile on 1000 threads and find some amazing ideas, inspiration, recipes, and more anyway. The reason I brought it up, is because one of her questions to me fit perfectly in today’s personal post.  “2 // When and how did you decide to go into business for yourself? Was there a turning point?” – I laughed when I read this because as most of you know, I don’t just run Capitol Romance, I do have a full-time job too. And whenever I tell people that, I always get the same response “how do you do it!?”.

Let’s Get Personal: The Price of Doing It All


Yes, that is a copy of my day-planner. Putting aside the fact that I realize how “old-school” it is to still write down all my meetings and “to-do’s” by hand, that’s typically what my weeks look like these days as I manage my day job, wedding coordination gigs, blogging, Fuel DC, and now my DIY workshops. That is how I “do it all”. I plan my days to their utmost potential, oftentimes weeks in advance.

Now while the planning nature enables me to get A LOT done (like juggling 3 jobs) it certainly comes at a price. Planning your life this way leads little room for flexibility and almost no room for spontaneous adventures. And that’s tough.

I get invites to awesome openings, or “let’s grab coffee” requests, or even have personal, family things that come up, that I just can’t always make it to. I have to beg my friends to notify me of their weddings MONTHS in advance (to ensure I don’t book one that weekend) and even have to coerce my not always “plan in advance” family, to book things month ahead of time, because I don’t want to miss it. This isn’t always easy, and it’s certainly not always butterflies. I know I need to realize that just because I am a planner, and plan my days/weekends this way, not everyone is and it’s not fair to be upset or frustrated when others don’t plan like I do.

Now this post isn’t to be a downer or anything, it’s just to simply share the insight into how I, personally, “do it all”. This (so far) is what has worked best for me, though it’s by no means perfect. I view it as a way to make the best use of my time, and maximize the time I have, spent doing the things I not only NEED to do, but WANT to do too! Because let’s face it, unless your Hermoine and you have a time turner, no one can truly do it all.

Your turn – how do you get everything you need to do, done? Do you plan like me, or just take it as it comes?


Helene & Josh’s Orange & Blue Northern Virginia Wedding at Top of the Town

I wanted to accept today’s Virginia wedding at first because of the awesome bright orange and blue color palette (a totally nontraditional and not often seen, choice of colors for a wedding). But once I found out WHY the couple chose the colors, well then, it was a given. Helene shared, “We chose colors that represented our alma maters.  Orange for Clemson, Josh’s college, and blue for Penn State, my college.  We used the two colors throughout the wedding and I loved the playful feel of the two colors.”

I could agree more! Thanks to Documentary Associates for submitting this one our way, via Two Bright Lights.

Helene & Josh’s Orange & Blue Northern Virginia Wedding at Top of the Town

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Photographer:  Documentary Associates | Ceremony Venue: The Textile Museum | Reception Venue: Top of the Town | Catering: R&R Catering | Flowers: Flowers by Cheryl Ann | Bride’s Dress: Watters | Bridesmaids Dresses: Alfred Angelo | Groomsmen: Black by Vera Wang | Transportation: Diamond Limousine | Invitations: The American Wedding | DJ: DJ R to Da Izza | Cupcakes/cake: Family friend | Makeup Artist: Shaune with Bridal Artistry | Hair Stylist: Sonia with Bridal Artistry | Musician: Harpist, Nadia Pessoa |   Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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We choose our photographer, because we had seen him work the previous year at our friend, Shannon’s wedding. We loved his photos and realized we barely noticed him at their wedding. We liked that it didn’t feel intrusive, but that we got really great photographs.  At our wedding, he got a shot of Josh retrieving the garter from over my shoulder, neither of us remember him even being there at that point!

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I wanted a more intimate setting for the ceremony.  I’d grown up loving gardens and appreciating the outdoors.  We searched for weeks to find a venue that could accommodate the large number of guests we had AND could feel romantic.  We found the Textile Museum, it was everything we had hoped, beautiful gardens, interesting architecture and only a few miles from our reception venue.

We made our programs by downloading fonts that matched our invitations.  We printed the grams and attached them to popsicle sticks.  Honestly, that process was much more tedious than I thought!

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DC Wedding Show: Style to the Aisle (Ticket Promo Available!)

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 Style to the Aisle: A Bride’s Runway is back and better than ever, just in time for Bridal Fashion Week.

One of the DC area’s most chic wedding shows is coming up again and we’ve got all the details for you AND an awesome ticket promo discount for our readers. Check out all the details below for the exciting wedding show at The Fillmore in Silver Spring, MD this weekend!

Style to the Aisle | April 27, 2014 | 3pm to 7pm


WHAT: Style to the Aisle Magazine is bringing the excitement of Bridal Fashion Week at Style to the Aisle…a Bride’s RUNWAY 2014.  The Fillmore Silver Spring will be transformed into a high-end fashion runway hosting some of the best bridal designers & boutiques showcasing some of the latest trends in bridal couture.

WHO: TULLE New York, Justin Alexander, Christopher Schafer Clothier, Cat Reinheimer, Lillian West and more.

WHY: This one-of-a-kind fashion forward bridal event brings the the concept of fashion to the world of brides.

WHEN: Sunday, April 27, 2014 from 3pm to 7pm

WHERE: The Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD


Thinking of attending the show? Well be sure to use our discount code for your tickets! Code “STYLE” will get you $10 off general admission and $5 off Fashion Insider VIP Tickets!

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Hand Crafted, Conflict Free, Amethyst Silver Pendant Necklace Giveaway!

Welcome back and welcome to another SWEET giveaway on the blog! This time we are giving away a GORGEOUS amethyst, silver pendant necklace from the newly launched Drukker Designs – a conflict free, handcrafted jewelry company out of the Ukraine. How the heck did I find this company, you might ask? Well, it’s from the family of one of our FAVORITE wedding photographers, Leo Druker! And thanks to Leo and his family’s amazing new company, they are giving away this gorgeous necklace ~ a whopping $179.00 value! WOWEE!

Enter to win a handcrafted & conflict-free Silver, Amethyst Pendant Necklace from Drukker Designs

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A bit about Drukker Designs:

Our company sells beautiful and unique Silver and Gold rings, earrings, bracelets, and pendants (like the one we’re giving away) with gorgeous semiprecious stones, including Amethyst, Sapphire, Garnet, Amber, and Opal in numerous combinations, designed by our company co-founder, Elena Drukker.

Due to the intricacy of our designs, our jewelry is entirely hand-crafted, with each gemstone being individually prong-set by hand and not glued, which allows our jewelry to stand the test of time.

As of today, we have more than 1,500 earringsringspendants, and bracelets in 15 different and unique thematic collections.

 We have a huge selection of colorful rings too. All of the gemstones we use in our jewelry are conflict-free, and our jewelry is made in Ukraine to fair trade standards.

Awesome right?! Plus, they have a huge selection of gorgeous gemstone rings that could make for beautiful, alternative non-diamond engagement rings. And we all know how I feel about nondiamond engagement rings. Here are just a few of them:

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Gorgeous right?! Gah, I love the Topaz one so much! Be sure to check out so many more of their gorgeous designs on their website and enter the giveaway below!

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