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!

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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!

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: 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 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 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 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:

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!


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