Wedding Music That Doesn’t Suck: Big Eyes

I heart the Bouncing Souls. They are one of those punk bands that I will always love (even if they make songs like the Pizza Song). It could be the lead singer’s amazingly awesome voice, or the fact that they are proud New Jerseyians, or maybe it’s just that their music is so. damn. good.

So for this Monday‘s “Wedding Music That Doesn’t Suck“, I give you a fantastic punk rock wedding song by the Bouncing Souls:

Big Eyes

Hey little girl don’t look so sad it’s not the end of the world
I’ve seen this film before, already know the ending
Some of the faces change but the plot it stays the same
So take my hand…
Take my hand…
So take my hand…
Let’s walk away

I, personally, think this would be an excellent alternative wedding song to use for a father daughter dance! But it could be used for other parts of your wedding as well! Enjoy!

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Elizabeth St. John Couture ~ Veil Giveaway Winner!

Thank you SO much to everyone that entered our giveaway!! I would also like to take this moment and thank all my friends who shared the giveaway AND especially to Elizabeth St. John for even making this awesome giveaway possible.

I think it is important to support local and eco-friendly vendors as much as we can (especially when they are as freakin’ talented as Liz is!).

And now, the winner of the couture veil is:

Melissa McClelland!!!

Congratulations Melissa! And thank you so much for reading Capitol Romance, DC’s Unique Wedding Blog :)

Friday Finds! ~ May 20th

It’s Friday … Friday … gotta get down on Friday …

(ok, I might be the only person left in the world that still secretly loves this song….)

Here is some fun & fabulous stuff to get you to the weekend:

1. Our veil giveaway ends TONIGHT at 5pm! – please share, like, comment, tweet, snarf, etc … (ok I made snarf up) with your friends, especially those brides to be!

2. Thanks to one of our readers (hi Cassie!!), I found this videographer’s website … and then I found this wedding video they shot on an iphone4. I kind of find the shakey/low quality super rad …. agree? (Vintage Wedding Video Shot Entirely on iPhone 4 from Monachetti on Vimeo)

3. I posted this on facebook, but in case you aren’t a fan yet (which .. what are you waiting for…the world to end?) … I cannot WAIT for this movie ….

4. Capitol Romance has some awesome Guest Bloggin’ coming up… you can see our first one here!

5. If you haven’t been to Lucketts Store in Leesburg, VA ~ you should go now! They are having their Spring Market this weekend. Want to see how awesome this place is? We had our engagement shoot here and had such a rad time (plus the pics came out stunning).

That’s it ! HAPPY WEEKEND FOLKS! Come back after 5pm to see who won the veil!


Christopher & Cassie’s Library Engagement Pictures in Virginia

Happy Friday Everyone!!!

Today we have a gorgeous engagement session from Photography Du Jour to share (you might remember the lovely Shauna from her awesome DIY Decor with Canvas Prints feature). Today we get to see her awesome photography skills as she shares Christopher & Cassie’s e-shoot!

Shauna shares:

The session was done at the Handley Library (link) in Winchester, Virginia.  The library can be rented out for photography purposes at the rate of $25 per hour, which is a steal in my humble opinion.  The bride to be is a teacher and loves to read so we thought the historic library was the perfect spot.  There is also a train station and breezeway close by that also have great photo opportunities.

Now let’s meet the marvelous couple, Christopher & Cassie:

Sparks flew for Christopher and Cassie when they attended the wedding of high school friends. She was best friends with the bride. He was best friends with the groom. At the time they were living on opposite sides of the country due to work. Their long distance relationship grew through late night phone calls, Skype and lots of frequent flyer miles. They had their first date over the Christmas holiday when they were both home in Virginia. One year later, underneath a ball of mistletoe, Christopher got down on one knee and Cassie said, “Yes!” They will be married in Round Hill, Virginia in July.

Thanks to Photography Du Jour for sharing and best of luck to Cassie & Christopher!!



Washington, DC Wedding Gift Ideas on Etsy!

I know couples are always searching for awesome & unique gifts to give to their wedding party or to fill Washington, DC themed welcome baskets with. I thought I would help out with some cool Washington, DC-themed finds on Etsy!

Love this vintage-looking map of Washington, DC printed on a pillow by Mybeardedpigeon!

Is your man a Caps Fan? (by Narfer99)

Qacreate makes really flippin’ sweet Washington, DC cufflinks made from transit tokens from the ’30s-’50s! SO COOL

Some Washington, DC skyline inspiration for your Save the Date or DC Wedding Invitations!

(by Yourhappilyeverafter)

These funky Metro Map Pendant Necklaces would be PERFECT for your DC Bridesmaids!

(bonus: the artist, TwoReasons, is from Baltimore!!)

Click inside for more!!

Saman & Sean’s Picnic Themed Engagement at Sugarloaf Mountain in MD

This morning’s gorgeous engagement shoot comes from one of my new favorite Washington, DC wedding photographers, Megan Noonan Photography. Megan’s website is just the coolest, but that’s nothing compared to her rad photography skills.

Meet Saman & Sean.

I just flippin’ love this shot!! Seriously awesome and hilarious.

Saman shares with us how her and Sean first met:

We met while we were in our last semester of undergrad at University of Maryland, College Park. My friends and I were at a local bar, when Sean came up and asked me if I wanted to be in his group in class, no introduction or anything. I couldn’t help but laugh and agree. We spent the rest of the evening at the bar talking and laughing and he eventually introduced himself.

After graduation he spent the summer in Iran. That’s when we both started to realize that life without each other was kind of unbearable! When he came back, I had moved to Baltimore and we picked up our friendship right where we had left off? Until one fateful walk in Fells Point where we found a little wharf with a perfect view of the river and the iconic Domino Sugar
factory.  We spent hours there talking about anything and everything BUT our relationship.  Regardless, that night we both knew then that we had found something special.

Megan went with Saman & Sean to Sugarloaf Mountain (about an hour outside DC) to shoot their engagement shoot. The result was amazing.

Click inside to see more, hear about Sean’s lovely proposal, AND details on their upcoming wedding!

Local Find: Maria’s Windows

Another fantastic alternative wedding guestbook idea comes to us this afternoon from Maria’s Windows!

Maria used to be a Naval Officer turned Social Worker turned Stay at Home Mom/Artist and she began making stained glass mosaic windows after leaving her position at the VA Medical Center Psych Ward.  She figured she needed a break from the chaos. Maria was referred to us by the lovely Fabienne, of Wedding Muse.

Maria is also a recent newlywed and she decided to use an old window & stained glass for her guestbook at her own wedding. What a beautiful  and unique idea!  This could also make a beautiful backdrop for your ceremony (as another DIY Altar idea!).

(Maria’s Window Guest Book)

Maria shares:

I made a window for my wedding that people signed in lieu of signing a book. In the panes of the window I put a picture my daughter drew and one of our invitations.  Fabienne attended the wedding and she thought that other brides might be interested in the same.  We initially planned to put a photo from the wedding into one of the panes, but my daughter’s picture was so lovely we kept hers.  I have done other windows on commission to include birds, flowers, trees and various designs.

Check out some more of her work:

More information:

Windows are made to meet an individual’s preferences to include color of frame and glass. Preliminary drawings are provided for approval to ensure customers are pleased with the concept.

More from Maria:

I have made windows  to match the decor of a baby’s room. (Ryan photo), as well as to decorate the office of a urban renewal executive (tree photo). As I said earlier frames can highlight photos, invitations, and can include other items in a multi-media fashion.  Basically it can include anything that can be attached to the frame or placed within the mosaic.  I want to make them as personal as possible.

Maria lives in North Arlington, VA and can be contacted by the following if you are interested!

Thanks to Maria for sharing with us today!!

Brynn & Kyle’s Rustic DIY Farm Wedding at Chanteclaire Farm MD

Thanks to Two Bright Lights, I have yet another feature to share from the wonderful Amie Otto Photography !! A double whammy of sorts… if you will.

I absolutely loved the Regan Airport engagement shoot Amie shared with us last week, but this wedding feature will knock your socks off even more! There are a TON of DIY and offbeat elements throughout ~ a couple that truly did things their own way and I have ALL the details (and pictures!) for you!

Let’s first meet Brynn (name love!) and her new husb, Kyle:

My husband and I are both originally from Northern Virginia (both born in Alexandria Hospital, in fact) and we love the outdoors, so we wanted to have a very easy-going, relaxed, wedding….a big party for our friends and family. Our wedding budget was $30k and when we first started looking around Northern VA, we had a hard time finding what we wanted for a reasonable price. We have both always loved the simplicity and beauty of the countryside/farms and so we were searching for something outdoorsy along those lines.

You will quickly see why Brynn & Kyle were drawn to this amazing farm location, but it doesn’t hurt that the weather looked like absolute perfection too!

Brynn shares all the juicy details:

We actually found our venue, Chanteclaire Farm by sheer luck. My Aunt and Uncle own a cabin in Deep Creek Lake, MD and Kyle and I went up to look at The Wisp Resort as a potential venue….disliked the cold feel of the reception area…and on a whim, my Aunt said we needed to check out this farm. We showed up on a Saturday, there was a wedding going on, but the owners Fred and Christiane (former Nova natives) were so nice, they invited us in and showed us around. We were sold instantly, everything we were looking for. We went back the following weekend and booked it. Christiane is a french chef and actually makes everything from scratch in her kitchen (in the barn) – the food was amazing.

^love this shot Amie ~ so cool!

On the dress…

The dress – I am not a dress kinda gal, so it was tough for me to find something I felt comfortable in…not too sequiny/lacy/etc. I went to Leesburg Bridal in Leesburg, VA and the selection and staff there were amazing. I found my dress without having to deal with the overwhelming feel of going to David’s Bridal. I was looking for something simple with a flare of traditional. I got my dress and veil (and bridesmaids dresses) from Leesburg Bridal. I also got a “party dress” from JCrew – to change into halfway through the reception (a simple long white dress).

I am obsessed with Brynn’s shoe selection and her clutch! Seriously – so unique, and I love the practicality of a bride in flats. (Especially ones on a budget from DSW!)

The shoes – I got my shoes from DSW – since the wedding ceremony was outdoors, I wanted to be comfortable (and not fall over) – so I went with flats.

Brynn on her garter:

My husband is a huge Chicago Cubs fan, so I got a Chicago Cubs garter from Etsy. He loved it! He’s also a huge Washington Capitals fan, so an amazing friend of mine made a Cubs baseball hat and a Capitals hockey puck cakes – we surprised him at the rehearsal dinner. They were so awesome.

I LOVE this tidbit!!!!!

My husband and I really loved the movie Up. …There is a part of the movie where the couple meets as kids and exchange grape soda pins and create their own adventure club. Well, my husband found the pins on eBay. He wore his under his jacket at the wedding and I had mine in my purse.

You just have to read more to see the inside of this barn venue ~ vintage furniture, DIY floral vases, a “tree” theme, and a chandelier!!

Kendra & Kevin’s Romantic Cherry Blossom Engagement Pictures

Today’s real capitol romance feature comes to us from Stefani Chung Photography. Stefani beautifully captured the adorable engagement session of Kendra & Kevin amidst the Cherry Blossoms in Washington, DC.

I am loving Kendra & Kevin’s style. I also love the shade of pink that Stefani manages to get throughout this entire shoot. To me, it gives the shoot an almost dream-like appearance and it’s just divine.

Kendra tells us the story of how her and Kevin met

We met at a holiday party through mutual friends. One could say it was love at first sight or that Kendra picked Kevin up at the snack table. Kevin liked her cardigan (vintage) and she liked his dance moves (wild and unrestrained).

Our first date was at a dive bar, where we had beers and shots, which led to an uninhibited conversation (the first of many), but not our first kiss. That would come later on a bridge in the middle of winter…4 years later Kevin was down on one knee – on that same bridge – asking Kendra to be his wife, as strangers cheered from balconies.

A whirlwind romance, Kevin swept Kendra off her feet with his good looks and Trini-love of just having a good time, and Kendra caught Kevin off guard with her innocent looks and spicy attitude. She was born on Friday the 13th and he was born on Easter Sunday – who knew , that two Aries would be so good at keeping each other in balance? But we are.

Proposing on the same bridge that they had their first kiss on?! Fantastic job Kevin and best of luck to the both of you on your upcoming wedding!!

Thank you again to Stefani Chung Photography for sharing these images







Love this one!!!



This one is also my fav ~ two cool kids in their stylin’ shades. Awesome!





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