Just For Fun: Muppets & LCD Soundsystem

During my daily reading of the Huffington Post, I found this video. It was just too good (IMO) not to share. Enjoy, and have an AH-MAZING weekend everyone!

The Muppets Rock Out to LCD Soundsystem

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Vintage is New Again – Holga Cameras for Weddings

I am a BIG fan of vintage elements in weddings. I love the idea behind taking something old and making it new or reusing things or taking something popular from years ago and updating it to reflect your own personality and style.

My sister took my mom’s wedding dress and had it tailored a bit so she could wear it at her rehearsal dinner. And, if you have seen my dress – you know I was all about the A-line and tea length style of the 1950s, so I had my mother-in-law make my dress from a 1950s pattern.

The other “new” thing in wedding land is using vintage cameras and film to shoot weddings. I fell in LOVE with Layer Cake Films when I started reading wedding blogs a few years ago. The 8mm videos, reminiscent of The Wonder Years opening, to me was just so cool. Another thing that seems to be popping up all over the wedding world and in the DC Metro Area as well, are Holga Cameras.

My own wedding photographer had her holga on hand the day of my wedding, and got some pretty cool-looking shots from the day!

Check out some other DC Area Photographer’s Holga Wedding shots!

Tales of a DIY DC Duo: Chapter 2 “Our Story”

This is Chapter 2 of an ongoing series following the journey of a couple throwing an intimate, DIY wedding in Washington, DC. Check out Chapter 1 here.

Claude and I met at a BAR of all places! It may not be peculiar for a couple of normal people, but the chances of us both being at a bar at the same time and date were super slim cause neither of us like to go to bars or frequent them.  I was dragged by a friend of mine and Claude had driven a few hours that day and felt like he needed to get off his butt.  So viola… we saw each other across THE bar and he immediately wanted to introduce himself. We talked all night, and texted the following day and watched a movie together the following night.

I don’t think we have left each others sides since.  We just clicked and it felt so right together.  I moved in with Claude 2 months later and he proposed only 5 months after we met (to the day).  He brought me to a picnic at the little island in the National Mall with the weeping willows (I think it is part of the Constitution Gardens).  He handed me the classifieds section of the Washington Post and a big arrow was drawn to point out a classified add that said “Emma-will you marry me?”  He read the sweetest letter to me on bended knee and I said yes.  He slipped the ring onto my finger and we both celebrated!

We spent the day at the Newseum, so I decided to follow suite with our “save-the-date” cards and used a layout from a newspaper headline I found online.  I printed it out at home and glued it around a piece of cardstock to make it look as though it was a folded newspaper.  I put information about our date, and the proposal in “journalistic” format.

For our invites, we wanted to make it a bit more “pretty” looking and we had finalized on our pink and brown cherry blossom theme.  We bought bronze metallic flower folded self-closing envelopes and pink metallic inserts online (with a coupon of course) from http://www.paper-source.com/ We printed the text onto a piece of cream card stock at home and stamped a cherry tree next to the text (stamp from Micheals with coupon).  We colored in the branches and added pink fabric paint to give it sparkle and dimension.  The final touch was a piece of printed vellum and a ribbon closed with a dollar store pink flower.

I think they turned out great.  What do you think?

Now, you are probably thinking I am crazy to hand make all of my invitations?  But the fact of the matter is that we whittled down our guest list to only close friends and family.  We only made 18 invites for 36 invited people.  This is a second wedding for both of us and we were on our own with expenses. *TIP* THE NUMBER ONE WAY TO REDUCE EXPENSES FOR A WEDDING IS TO CREATE A SMALLER GUEST LIST.  Everything is less expensive and you are able to add personal DIY touches to everything by doing this.  I highly suggest it and it will make your wedding more intimate and memorable for all involved including yourself.

DIY Wedding Invitations: Part 2

Welcome back to our DIY Wedding Invitations series with Wendy from Weswen Design! Check out Part 1 here. Take it away Wendy …

Happy DIY Wednesday everyone! I was so excited when Bree asked me to continue with some more DIY details to help keep your invitations on-budget, on-time and PAIN free! As an invitation designer, I have major insights in what some may consider the scary world of creating your own wedding invitation. And seriously, my hat is off to you brave souls going at this major task, solo.

Last week I shared with you the first three mega important details you must know when venturing down this DIY path: figuring out your timeline, determining the size of your invitation and being mindful of postage. This week, I have two more tips/knowledge to share… hopefully after today, the fog will start to get a little clearer.

Determine the PRINTING TECHNIQUE that best suits your tastes AND your budget. This topic could lead to a few posts unto it’s own, but I will keep this short and sweet.

Scenario: you’re flipping through the latest Martha Stewart Weddings or maybe Washingtonian’s Bride & Groom (one of my faves!) you turn the page…. and there in all it’s shiny glory is your perfect invitation. Might as well cue the heavenly music and all, right? Then you research it and realize that your undeniably perfect wedding invitation costs an obscene about of money…. hence the reason you’re reading about DIYing your invitation. It happens, and it stinks, but being able to spot the different types of printing, as well as which option is best for you is ultra important.

Printing techniques you ask…. well, let me briefly explain a few:

Letterpress: This is extremely trendy and hot right now. It’s everywhere! But, be warned, while being absolutely jaw-droppingly gorgeous, invitations in this category are serious bucks. This old form of printing is done by coating a metal or wood plate with ink.

After the plate is created, ink is added to the sections of the plate to be printed. A sheet of paper is placed on top of the plate and the letterpress machine uses a rolling wheel to move back-and-forth across the surface of the paper, leaving an impression. That’s a quick and dirty explanation, so Google if this is something you’re seriously considering.

Sneak Peaks

It’s Wednesday and we know what that means.

DIY Mania.

This afternoon we will have Part 2 of our DIY Wedding Invitation Series with Wendy from Weswen Design. Missed Part 1? Check it out here.

*Also* I have some pretty exciting news to share from Wendy – she is having her first ever giveaway on her blog today! The giveaway is a new project she has designed called “Whatever Notes”. The idea is simple, yet ingenious.

Wendy explains: “My Whatever Notes stationery pack was designed out of my need for casual note cards that I could send on a whim for really, no reason at all. Hence the reason I named them “Whatever Notes.” As a stationery designer, I have a major love for hand-written cards, especially in this digital age where people are so quick to jump to emails or texts to say hi or thank you (I agree Wendy!). When I receive a hand-written note, it always makes me smile and I want to spread that joy and get people to write notes for whatever reason they might have. They are meant to be quick cards to go to, and with fun design, used year-round.

While I LOVE letterpress, I really wanted to create this note pack economically to show that digital printing is a great alternative to the fancier printing techniques that are so popular now. The pack includes five notecards, each blank on the inside, and five kraft envelopes .”

So hop on over to her blog to check out some more info, pics, and a chance to win some “Whatever Notes!” They are seriously the coolest note cards I have EVER seen. And. I am insanely jealous of her talents :)

Tales of a DIY DC Duo: Chapter 1

Hey this is Emma and Claude (the”DIY DC DUO”) What a title huh?  I love it!  We are so excited to be chosen to be guest bloggers on this site.  We love everything wedding and I adore Bree’s own wedding (tell me that wasn’t the cutest dress ever?). (thanks Emma!!)

In the months since Claude proposed in May…we have collected numerous website boomarks, books, planners, a season of “Bridezillas”, and a stack of bridal magazines taller then our dog.  We have scoured the Capitol City for deals and restaurants and venues that are beautiful and inexpensive.

Does anyone else notice how when the word “Wedding” is attached to a conversation about a product, the price of product or service automatically gets jacked up by 50-100%?  That irks me to no end!  (Is that how you spell “irks”?)  Sorry for the soapbox.

Anyway, our wedding is scheduled, rain or shine, cherry trees or not, on April 9th.  We are praying that mother nature will cooperate, but we are preparing for the worse.  We are counting down in days now instead of weeks and we are madly finishing projects.  We can’t wait to share all of our ideas and crafting with the world to help other DIYers and other DC duos if we can.

Unique Wedding Venue: Barrel Oak Winery

The sister of a friend of my sister (did you follow that?) had emailed me a couple weeks ago about some of the vendors she used for her wedding last year. One of them was the lovely Barrel Oak Winery. She had her bridal shower here!

Rachel told me that the winery made for an awesome, fun, and different shower location. It was laid back and both kid AND dog friendly! She also said they had great outdoor areas, reserved picnic tables and because they brought their own sandwiches & cupcakes, the only cost was that they paid for guests to do a tasting.

I know winery weddings are a big thing in Virgina – why shouldn’t they be? They are absolutely gorgeous and rustic and have such a laid-back feel to them.  Barrel Oak Winery can be rented for weddings or perhaps a great alternative for a couple looking to have a co-ed “shower”. For weddings the winery offers multiple locations on the site for your big day and offers hay ride “shuttles” between sites! (I love this!) There are also a ton of Bed & Breakfasts nearby for guests to stay at!

You can find more information on rental spaces and fees here. There are a ton of beautiful pictures on their website, but I couldn’t help myself with re-posting a few here…(thanks to Rachel for sharing!).


Introducing a new guest blogger: Emma the DIY DC Bride

We have a new guest blogger joining Capitol Romance. Her name is Emma and she is one half of a kick-ass DIY DC Duo.

I met Emma via Wedding Bee. I had posted in the forum during my usual quests to find awesome, unconventional, and DIY brides in the DC Area and shortly after received an email from Emma.

Along with her hubs-to-be Claude, Emma is doing a TON of DIY stuff for her wedding and they are doing it rather quickly as their wedding is set for this April … with the cherry blossoms … outside … at the Jefferson memorial … !!! I cannot wait to see how it all comes together for them!

In the meantime, because of the awesome number of things the duo are doing their own way, I have asked Emma to do a weekly guest post on Capitol Romance to share with us all the cool stuff they are making and all the planning they have accomplished so far! From here on out, Emma will be known as the DIY DC Bride and her regular posting series will be called “The Tales of a DIY DC Duo”. I simply adore how on board Claude is with everyone, as I constantly love to get on my soap box and exclaim … “Grooms are getting married too!”.

Look out later this afternoon for Emma’s first post introducing the duo, their plans, and chatting a bit about their engagement!

Wedding Music That Doesn’t Suck: Prince “Let’s Go Crazy”

I hear this song at the gym a good amount and it’s certainly one of those “let’s get dancing” sort of songs.  That being said – I also love how it opens with a very church-like beginning with the the organ and lyrics starting with “dearly beloved … “.

I would love to see someone use this song either to walk down the aisle to or if that is a bit too bold, I think it would make a great reception entrance song. It would certainly set a certain tone for your reception!

So enjoy this Holiday Monday (especially if you are stuck at work like me!) with some Prince.

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