A Fairy Tale Inspired Wedding ~ Styled Shoot

Friday and almost the “day of love” [or I guess we could say Valentine’s Day] … so I thought this Fairy Tale Inspired Styled Shoot from C&A Events & Melissa Arlena Photography would be the perfect post.

It’s chock-full of purples, pinks, and reds and just the slightest hint of blue. There are flowers and ribbon galore – and it really is a magical display of just how far you could go with your wedding if you wanted. Certainly inspiring, and certainly something pretty to see on this Friday afternoon. Thanks to Two Bright Lights for making this submission possible!

The designers share:

With pirates, vampires and real-life Cinderella stories [The Royal Wedding] being common themes in our current pop culture, brides want to shine on their wedding day as the star of their very own theatrical fairy tale. Inspired by this, C&A Events and Anthomanic came up with the theme of Royal-Gothic-Pirate-Feast. This dramatic, jewel-tone rich tablescape really set the mood for an intimate & romantic gathering. The very regal, soft and rich palette of textures and colors juxtaposed by the reclaimed wood of the cabin porch at the beautiful wedding venue, Stevenson Ridge, has a unique feel taking guests back in time.

Flowers were designed by Anthomanic — chosen for this rich look included red hanging amaranthus, black baccara roses, blue hydrangea, purple stock and carnations [they’re making a comeback!]. Royal-inspired menu cards by Paper Freckles inform guests of their upcoming feast. C&A Event Planning coordinated linen rentals from Classic Party Rentals of Virginia, which included rich textural fabrics of burgundy, plum and champagne. The antique candlesticks complimented the look perfectly, they were found on Stevenson Ridge’s property [a location rich in civil war history!].

A table setup this bold and dramatic is sure to transform any space!


Event Planner:  C & A Event Planning
Floral Designer:  Anthomanic
Reception Venue: Stevenson Ridge
Invitation Designer:  Paper Freckles
Linens and Coverings:  Classic Party Rentals of VA

i really love the ribbon woven through the backs of the chairs

 Click inside to see the rest of this gorgeous Fairy Tale Inspired Wedding ~ Styled Shoot!

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Sara & Jeremy’s Washington, D.C. Ballroom Wedding

Some eye candy for you this afternoon courtesy of Darling Photographers [submitted via Two Bright Lights]. Sara & Jeremy had a beautiful Washington, DC wedding at the ballroom in McLean Gardens, a historic, 20th century ballroom.

Sara & Jeremy’s Historic Ballroom Wedding in Washington, D.C.

From Darling Photographers:

Sara and Jeremy’s story started with a mutual friend’s e-mail. Sara’s friend Sarah had e-mailed Sara to ask her to welcome her very good friend, Jeremy, to D.C. and to help him make new friends at their church “Capitol Baptist Church”. Jeremy got a very similar e-mail letting him know that Sarah’s really good friend, Sara, would help him get familiar with the city and help him get familiar with his new city.

Jeremy and Sara met one day during lunch to find out they worked just a few blocks from each other. It was love at first site for both of them. Almost immediately they started dating and planning a future together.

They have many things in common; their love for the out doors, the love for languages, travel, but mostly importantly their love for god. This couple belong to “Capitol Baptist Church” by our Capitol building in Washington, D.C. It is at this same church where they said I do and promised to love and care for one another. Jeremy and Sara did have a first look before they walked down the aisle. Not only did they see each other before their ceremony but they walked together the streets of D.C. to their church.

Click inside to see the rest of Sara & Jeremy’s beautiful, historic Washington D.C. wedding!

Ben & Christie’s Washington D.C. Wedding Video

… AND another giveaway! Hah! … No, but seriously – there is another giveaway occurring. Only this time it’s over on KD Productions’ blog, and it’s a wedding makeup package … and it’s awesome!

Wedding Day Makeup & Consultation Package from Sarah Patch Color

The ever-amazing Katie of KD Productions shares:

The first three brides to sign up with me will receive a free consultation (trial run) before your wedding day as well as free wedding day makeup done by a professional artist, Sarah Patch. Sarah did my own wedding day makeup and I never felt so beautiful in my life!

And now onto Ben & Christie’s beautiful Washington, D.C. wedding video, which Katie shot back in December at the Josephine Butler Parks Center.

 Not only did Ben and Christie get married, but I turned 26! Their wedding was also on my birthday. Ben and Christie were kind enough to write me a thank you note after their honeymoon wish me a happy birthday! They are two of the most humble and loving people you could ever meet. They were actually set up by family and friends and by the end of the year were married! There is no doubt that they are clearly a match made in heaven.

I especially loved their wedding because it was a Sunday morning wedding so there was brunch food. They were omelettes and crab cakes, not your usual wedding food pair. It was truly a fun experience.

Christie & Ben’s Washington, D.C. Wedding Video

Thanks so much for sharing Katie! We always love having KD Productions here on Capitol Romance! And don’t forget to check out the wedding makeup giveaway too!


DIY Links

For today’s DIY Wednesday, I thought I would share some DIY links & posts from around my favorite blogs. Here we go!

A Chic DIY Valentine over on Cupcakes for Breakfast

SuperNoVa Bride tries her hand at DIY Bouquet Preservation

DIY Heart Cake Toppers on Bridal Musings

Bayside Bride shares the perfect DIY Bridal Shower Gift ~ Wedding Survival Kits!

What other awesome DIY projects have you seen this week!? Feel free to share on our Facebook page or in the comments below!

Jen & Fred’s Vintage Virginia Farm Wedding

People come in all shapes and sizes, ages and colors, religions and beliefs – as a wedding blogger, I try my hardest to represent couples, and consequently their weddings, from all of these different areas.

That is why I am always happy when photographers send me weddings that don’t always fit the standard/same-old/photocopied weddings & couples some wedblogs feature.  As an older bride & groom, such is the case with the beautiful Haymarket, Virginia wedding that Stephanie Leigh Photo Design dropped in my Two Bright Lights inbox a few weeks ago!

Love & affection pouring out of pictures is insanely more important to me, than the appearance of a couple! Now check out some seriously infectious love & happiness coming at you!

Jen & Fred’s Virginia Farm Wedding

Photographer, Stephanie, shares:

Jen & Fred are an awesome couple! I knew from the first time we met how much fun their wedding would be. And tt was everything I thought it would be and more.

Jen was a beaming bride. She wore the most beautiful headpiece and added sparkling blue earrings for her something blue.

The ceremony took place just before sunset. They really put their own twist into their vows, funny, sweet, and romantic all mixed together. After the ceremony we had the perfect light to capture some truly romantic and beautiful shots of just the two of them! What a wonderful wedding!!

Any bride, no matter her age, that can rock a pixie cut like that, is just A-OK with me!


how beautiful is this intimate, outdoor wedding ceremony space?

 Click inside for the rest of Jen & Fred’s offbeat Virginia farm wedding!

Engagement Shoot Giveaway from Rich Kessler Photography

Announcing yet another giveaway! Can you stand it!? I mean, it must be that time of year – but seriously people, weddings are EXPENSIVE, if you can get an engagement shoot for free from a fabulous DC area wedding photographer, well why the heck not!?

Thanks to Rich Kessler Photography:

The winning couple will receive:

  • TWO hour engagement session (location of your choice)
  • ONE 16×20 Professional Print from your Engagement Session courtesy of Loktah Natural Media Products
  • ONE DVD with 10 of your favorite shots
  • This is a $350+ value!

For more information on rules, regulations, and how to apply, hop on over to Rich Kessler Photography’s blog post on the giveaway!


Miriam & Josh’s National Arboretum, Washington DC Engagement Pictures

Last Monday we had a wonderful Washington, DC engagement session at the National Arboretum in NE DC, and SURPRISE this afternoon we have yet another one! Miriam & Josh had their engagement session in December, and decided to pick one of DC’s best, naturally beautiful locations for their engagement shoot, as well! Thanks to Carmen Wang Photography [submitted via Two Bright Lights] for this beautiful DC engagement feature!

Carmen Wang Photography shared:

Miriam and Josh’s engagement session is definitely one of our favorites. They are so joyful and happy together and we had a huge blast. The weather was gorgeous: 50 degree with warm sunshine for a late December afternoon. We were so excited to enjoy the winter blossom at National Arboretum and the photos are amazing.

About Miriam & Josh:

In 2010, Miriam was living in Washington DC and was a pro at internet dating and the single Jewish scene in the DC area.  She thought her chances of meeting someone would improve if she moved back to good ole New York City.  She would take trains/planes and occasionally slum it on the bus to go to interviews and dates.  She had a suitcase of interview clothes which her friend let her keep at her apartment.  One non-profit Jewish organization had an interest in hiring Miriam.  At this point, Miriam wanted to make sure she was giving the DC Jewish scene the best shot possible, as she really did not want to leave and have to uproot the great circle of friends she had found here.  Miriam logged back online while looking for potential housing in NYC and lo and behold, was contacted by Josh.

Their first date was on May 23, 2010 at the Red Derby Bar in Washington, DC.  They had spoken about playing backgammon (sheshbesh) before and this bar had board games so they figured it would be as good a place as any.  Miriam was waiting outside when Josh walked up to her.

They talked for about 8 hours and did not quite get around to playing sheshbesh.  Two days later, Miriam received  the job offer in NYC and had to choose, which became the topic of discussion on their second date.  Josh convinced Miriam that he was serious about this and ready for marriage so Miriam stayed.

The rest is history.

The proposal story:

On September 5th … Josh proposed to Miriam Labor Day 2011 while hiking together.  Josh began saying wonderful things about Miriam, who could not stop smiling.  Josh then asked if Jews got down on one knee.  Miriam said she didn’t know so just stay standing.  Miriam has never smiled so much during hiking in her life.

Click inside for the rest of Miriam & Josh’s beautiful Washington, DC engagement session at the National Arboretum!

Wedding Music That Doesn’t Suck: “Sweet Pea”

Katie, the ever-awesome DIY bride, has yet more to share with us today and this week. Wednesday I will be sharing part 2 of her awesome DIY Travel Themed Virginia wedding and today I will be sharing the most perfect song ever, that she used for her father daughter dance!

“Sweet Pea” by Amos Lee, is modern, perfect to dance to, and the lyrics are just insanely appropriate for a father daughter dance! It might sound familiar too – it was used in a commercial, which appropriately highlighted a relationship between a father and daughter. Thank you Katie for sharing!


Sweet pea
Apple of my eye
Don’t know when and I don’t know why
You’re the only reason I keep on coming home

What do you think? Perfect father daughter dance song, or what?



Friday Recap

Did anyone else feel like this week was just an absolute BLUR!? I was up to my eyeballs in giveaways, submissions, and the dreaded “day job” and I just feel like I will feel better about myself [and the week] with a recap of this week’s features, all the recent giveaways we have announced, and more!.

Additionally, the giveaways & discounts on Capitol Romance aren’t going anywhere (I have a whole bunch more to announce next week). So be sure to keep your eye on the right side-bar of the blog, as we will keep them all organized there! And with that … recapping, commence!

What you might have missed, here on Capitol Romance this week:

An engagement session at the National Arboretum in Washington, DC

Discounted Photo Mini-sessions, just in time for Valentine’s Day, from Maggie Winters Photography

A beautiful vintage, antique Maryland wedding by Rebekah J Murray

Katie & Andy’s DIY Travel Themed Invitations from their Colorful & Whimsical DIY Virginia Wedding

2 Birds, 1 GiveawayWedding Photography & Videography Giveaway from Birdhouse Productions & Jillian McGrath Photography for the creative couple ~ at Borrowed Event!

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