A Photo & Video Wedding Giveaway from Jillian McGrath & Birdhouse Productions!

If you haven’t seen our multiple sneak peaks (#1, #2, #3, #4), re-posts on Facebook, or tweets on Twitter then let me tell you now … the coolest wedding show of all wedding shows is coming to Baltimore, MD this April and it’s called Borrowed and it’s going to be delicious [err…amazing].

In addition to all the amazing, offbeat & creative wedding vendors attending the expo, the creator behind the show, Natalie Fava of Birdhouse Productions & her partner in crime, Jillian McGrath Photography are hosting a wedding photography AND videography giveaway contest to one lucky couple!


One lucky couple will win The Bluebird Photo + Cinema package

by Jillian McGrath Photography & Birdhouse Productions (2 Birds, 1 Day)

for their wedding day.

 The Grand Prize Bluebird Photo + Cinema package will include:


– Complete Wedding Day Photographic Coverage by Jillian + Ryan McGrath

– High Resolution Digital Images of Wedding Day

– Two Month Online Ordering Gallery


– 8-9 hours of Wedding Day Coverage with Natalie & Mark

– 5-7 minute Cinematic Wedding Film

– Full Toasts Film, edited between 2 cameras

– 3 custom designed WHCC DVDs

**Not Included/Items sold separately:**

– Engagement session

– Photographic prints or albums

– Cinema add-ons

– Travel Costs (beyond 100 miles one way)

 Video Announcement – Part 1

borrowed • 2 Birds, 1 Day Giveaway from birdhouse productions. on Vimeo.


 Engaged couples or soon-to-be-engaged couples must answer the 15 questions (listed here) and provide two (2) creative examples in an e-mail with the SUBJECT: 2 Birds, 1 Day Giveaway Entry TO: giveaway@borrowedevent.com by March 18, 2012 at 11:59 PM EST. One winning couple will be announced at borrowed on April 1, 2012 at The American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) at 4:30 PM. The winning couple must be present to receive the prize.

Video Announcement – Part 2

borrowed • wedding photo + cinema giveaway! (pt 2) from birdhouse productions. on Vimeo.


Entrant Rules: Entrants must be engaged or soon-to-be engaged and planning a wedding between December 2012 – December 2013 to enter. All races, ethnicities, ages and same sex couples welcome. Winning couple must be present at borrowed on April 1, 2012 at AVAM at 4:30 PM when winning couple is announced in order to win.

Entry Rules: No purchase necessary to enter. All entries must be sent electronically to giveaway@borrowedevent.com. No paper or mail entries will be considered.

Grand Prize: One (1) Grand Prize – 2 Birds, 1 Day BLUEBIRD Photo + Cinema package – will be given and not redeemable for cash value.

Notification of Entry: Entrant will receive an automated e-mail response upon submitting entry to giveaway@borrowedevent.com If entrant does not receive automated response, entrant assumes responsibility for re-submitting their entry. Borrowed and its partners will not be held responsible for any lost entries.

Forfeiture of Grand Prize: Should the winning couple change their wedding date or not hold their wedding between December 2012 – December 2013 for any reason, the winning couple forfeits their grand prize to the runner up. No exceptions will be made.


All entries must be sent, in full, to giveaway@borrowedevent.com by 11:59 PM EST on March 18, 2012.

For more information, questions, concerns,directions to enter, and additional swoon-worth pictures & video, head on over to the Borrowed Event Website – Giveaway! And if you haven’t yet – be sure to buy your tickets to Borrowed ~ A wedding show for the creative I do – they went on sale yesterday!

And now I leave with more amazing photo goodness from Jillian McGrath Photography:

Pin It

DIY: Travel Themed Wedding Invitations

     Remember last week’s DIY Wednesday, when I posted Part 1 of Katie & Andy’s ah-maznig DIY Travel-Themed Virginia wedding!?

Well, Part 2 was supposed to be today … but I didn’t have as much time this weekend as I thought, to write it up, so I thought I would share Katie’s DIY Travel Themed Wedding Invitations instead!

Katie sent me the entire story & details of how she made these awesome DIY wedding invites, from the beginning of her inspiration search, to the final production details! Check it out!

From Katie:

Due to the time constraints of our wedding, we opted to have a professional design our Save the Dates. I found Sunshine and Ravioli on Etsy and fell in love with her work.

After a few emails, I knew I wanted Stephanie to design our STDs. Her shop specializes in ‘vintage inspired wedding paper goodness’. She was also able to create vintage return address stickers, which added another personalized touch to our STD’s.

 After we sent out the STD, I began searching for the perfect invitation suite. However, I was not very happy with the invitations I was finding, including the large pricetag attached to them all. We really wanted our wedding to be ‘our wedding’, so we decided that we would make our own invitations.

So, I started the inspiration hunt and selected these images:

[color scheme inspiration]


[save the date inspiration]

Then I began hunting for paper and envelopes that were reasonably priced and good quality. I ended up ordering all my envelopes from Paper Presentation online.  They have a very large selection of paper goodness and their online store was super easy to navigate.


[The NO 10 envelope in Blue Feather and the glassline envelope]

I designed the vintage inspired boarding pass invitation using InDesign, which I already had installed on my computer. I managed to squeeze 3 invitations per page, which also helped reduce the costs both in printing and paper.

Next I used the same template to create ‘the finer details’ page, which included a bit more information about our wedding. Ultimately, all the information could be found on our website.

NOTE: To create the vintage looking map, I took a snapshot on Google maps, inserted the map into Photoshop and added the vintage look.

After printing a test page at home (to verify colors and font sizing), I took the invitations to Kinkos (literally, 4 blocks from our house) to make all the copies. I used their cream cardstock that they had available at the store. For a small additional fee, they even cut the invitations apart for me.



Next I purchased these materials at Michael’s to add all the finishing touches

[stamp, distress ink – ink pad, rounded paper cutter]

My husband [then fiancé] helped me cut all the rounded edges for each paper and then rub all the edges of each invitation and details sheets of paper (both front and back) with the vintage stamp.

Punching all the rounded edges in each paper took a long time, and my fingers did get soar. I highly recommend having a few friends assist with this process (buy multiple supplies) or allow enough time to cut and stamp over a few days (rather than a few hours).

[photo via Heather Bee Photography]

 I purchased the same orange silk ribbon that was on our STD’s and used it to tie the invitation and details sheet together.

 Since I did not want to handwrite all the addresses o our guests, I typed them up and printed labels on our home printer. This cost us only about $5.00 (which was to purchase the labels)

We stuck all the labels on the envelopes, stamped them, and stuff all 150 envelopes (this part took a few hours and we actually had a little help from a few friends).

To maintain the connection between our invitations and STDs, Stephanie from Sunshine and Ravioli was able to print the same return address labels for our invitations as she used for our STDs (I didn’t mind paying a little extra for this small detail).

After all was said and done, our final invitations turned out like this:


Thanks so much Katie for sharing your DIY Travel Themed Wedding Invitations – they came out SO COOL! Let us know if you make your own wedding invitations, we would love to share them!

Tiffany & Jimmy’s Vintage Maryland Wedding at Little Seneca Creek Lodge

Whenever my inbox tells me I have a submission from Rebekah J. Murray Photography [via Two Bright Lights] I get super-duper excited. I mean, the last time she sent me one, it was Natalie & Stewart’s Whimsical, Offbeat Virginia Wedding, and now Tiffany & Jimmy’s amazing, antique wedding … it does NOT disappoint.

Tiffany & Jimmy threw an amazing, low-key vintage wedding at The Lodge at Little Seneca Creek in Montgomery County, Maryland.

I have the entire feature to swoon about Tiffany’s vintage lace, tea-length dress, and all the other amazing vintage details from this Maryland wedding. But first a bit from the photographer:

Tiffany and Jimmy wanted a low-key, classic wedding. They decided on a vintage theme and incorporated lots of antique details such as lace, baby’s breath, and antique bottles to the decor of their rustic venue, The Lodge at Little Seneca Creek. My favorite vintage detail is Tiffany’s lace tea-length dress, and I just adore the powder blue VW bug getaway car!

 Looks like Rebekah shares my love of Tiffany’s amazing vintage wedding dress! More from this amazing wedding can be seen on Rebekah J Murry’s blog and the wonderful wedding blog, Elizabeth Anne Designs.


Click inside for the rest of Tiffany & Jimmy’s gorgeous vintage Maryland wedding!

Announcing: Photo Mini-sessions with Maggie Winters!

With Valentine’s Day coming right around the corner – we are thrilled to share this opportunity from alternative Washington, DC wedding photographer, Maggie Winters Photography – for discounted photography “mini-sessions”.

What’s a “mini-session” you ask? Well, let me tell you!

Mini-sessions are 20 minute photography sessions that include an online viewing gallery of images and a customer mobile app filled with 20 photos, plus a Facebook photo upload!
There will be 5-6 slots available on Saturday, February 11th and the sessions cost just $100! The whole gallery is available for purchase for $150, and prints/cards/displays are available for purchase through the proofing gallery store.
Couples are encouraged to bring their own props, but a few goofy & fun props (top hat, glasses, confetti) will be available on-hand at the session as well!
But wait … there’s more! The best dressed session will receive free high resolution downloading of their whole gallery!
These mini-sessions would be PERFECT for a “Save the Date” shoot, pictures for your wedding website, or even for couples that are already married & just want to have some fun, updated pictures of you and your partner in L-O-V-E!

Click here to fill out a booking form & be sure to check out all the fabulous features that Maggie Winters Photography has been published in!

 Still not convinced? Check out some of Maggie’s beautiful work below!

So don’t miss out!! Book your photo mini-session with Maggie Winters Photography today!


Ben & Grace ~ National Arboretum Engagement Pictures

This afternoon’s beautiful Washington, DC engagement session comes from Ampersand Photography [submitted via Two Bright Lights].  Ben & Grace had their adorable engagement session at the National Arboretum in Northeast DC [right near my house!].

Their beautiful shoot and love story can also be seen on one of our favorite local wedding resources, the Washingtonian Bride & Groom blog, here.

Grace and Ben wanted somewhere in DC that was casual, scenic, and a bit whimsical. They also wanted to wear “normal clothes” … and feel like themselves in the shoot.

I think they 100% succeeded with their adorable, casual & scenic engagement shoot … don’t you think?

Click inside for the rest of Grace & Ben’s Washington, DC engagement session at the National Arboretum!

Wedding Music That Doesn’t Suck: “Flightless Bird, American Mouth”

This morning’s “Wedding Music That Doesn’t Suck” modern wedding song suggestion comes from my fabulous graphic design intern, Trey [aka Traci J Brooks Photography]. At one of our Starbucks meetings a few weekends ago, Trey mentioned Iron & Wine’s “Flightless Bird, American Mouth” song – saying it was insanely romantic, and perfect for a wedding … and that she was in love with this song/wanted it for her own someday wedding way before Twilight made it “cool”.

Yes, you might actually recognize this song [though maybe not by name, as I didn’t] but for those that have seen Twilight, the song will probably sound familiar.

“I cut my long baby hair
Stole me a dog-eared map
And called for you everywhere”

The lyrics aren’t the most directly wedding related. They are poetic to the point that I feel like they fly right over my head. I mean I don’t even get the name of the song really. However, the instrumental portion – well, it’s INSANELY romantic [just as Trey promised], and really it’s so painfully amorous that you could probably be saying anything for lyrics over these notes, and I’d still want to be instantly slow-dancing with the love of my life, locked in with arms & starry-eyed gazing.

So what do you think? Even if Bella, Edward, & teenage vampire angst aren’t your thing, I think you’d have to agree that this would make a beautiful modern first dance song, or ceremony processional song. Thoughts?

Free Wedding Open House ~ Hotel Monaco in Alexandria, VA

Kimpton’s Monaco Alexandria is hosting a Free Wedding Open House to brides on Saturday, February 11, 2012 from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM !!

The Wedding Open House will include:

– touring the beautiful Hotel Monaco Alexandria

– a chance to win raffle prizes drawn throughout the day

– nibble on free hors d’oeuvres from Jackson 20 [who caters all of the weddings at the Monaco Alexandria]

– meet with all of the wedding professionals at the hotel that would help their special day come to fruition


More information & pictures from real weddings at this hotel, can be found on the Monaco Alexandria website here: http://www.monaco-alexandria.com/alexandria-meeting-facilities/promotions.html

Guests can RSVP to Allison Manning at Allison.Manning@KimptonHotels.com.

Laura & Andrew’s Baltimore Zoo Wedding in Maryland

 Happy Thursday afternoon! I have an adorable offbeat Maryland wedding to share with you from Baltimore wedding photographer, Sweet Pea Photography [submitted via Two Bright Lights].

Laura & Andrew’s wedding took place at the Baltimore Zoo! What a fun venue! Unfortunately I don’t have very many details from this beautiful, blue wedding – but I will let the fun Zoo wedding portraits and other beautiful details speak for themselves through the images!

Sweet Pea shares:

This was a very fun and unique wedding.. From the ceremony (that took place inside an old mansion on the top of Druid Hill Park above the Zoo) to Tux the Penguin who visited later in the day!

Click inside for the rest of Laura & Andrew’s Offbeat Baltiore Zoo Wedding!

Rad Wedding Photography Contest from IYQ Photography!

IYQ Photography is hosting her 2nd annual wedding photography giveaway contest and I am honored to get to share it with Capitol Romance readers!

From Kimie:

It’s that time of the year again for IYQ’s 2nd annual wedding giveaway. I’m so excited and cannot believe an entire year has gone by since last year’s give away. I am switching it up a bit this year and offering wedding photography to this year’s most Rad Wedding. It’s open to interpretation and am hoping for some really fun enteries. Couples located anywhere are encouraged to apply.

You might remember IYQ Photography from Nano & Thibaud’s awesome vintagey carnival engagement shoot! And if you want to see some more of her work, check out some of her favorite images from previous engagements and weddings she has captured.

First, here is the flyer on the giveaway details:

And now here are some of her favorite images, showcasing her work:

So run, don’t walk on over to IYQ Photography’s blog and get more details for your chance to win a wedding photography package from this amazing photographer!


Make Wedding Planning Fun Again with the CapRo Wedding Planner Buy the Planner