DIY Inspiration: All over the place

Hi Guys,

I have been super busy this week trying to get everything finalized for this weekend’s “Super Secret Project” [more on this coming soon] that I have been working on … so I apologize for the lack of DIY on my DIY Wednesday this week.

For today, I thought I would send you elsewhere, to some awesome DIYs [posts, tutorials, and inspiration] from around the blogosphere. Enjoy!

Bridal Musings has some awesome DIY inspiration with all things feathers [link]

Bayside Bride has an awesome DIY table runner tutorial from lace doilies [link]

saw this awesome DIY wedding centerpiece idea using twigs & coffee cans on Pinterest [link ~ tutorial on Martha Stewart]

and finally, interested in making your own wedding cake topper? Fifties Wedding has some inspiration for you [link]!

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9/11 Vendor Love: Cory Brodzinski Photography

It was only common sense to me, that the second vendor in our “9/11 Vendor Loveseries should be the wedding photographer, Cory Brodzinksi! Not only did Cory so selflessly pursue the Love & Liberty giveaway himself, to offer up his photography services for Chrstine & Eddie‘s wedding, he was also the one responsible for reaching out to me, so that I could graciously cover this special Maryland wedding!

First, tease #2 from Christine & Eddie’s wedding

[holy cowbells the American wedding theme is in full-effect here and looks BEAUTIFUL with those mismatched blue bridesmaids, and the peak of Christine’s statement necklace. love.]

Now, let’s get to meet Cory a bit more!

So. Cory. He’s kind of interesting. Kind of. Cory loves sushi, taco-truck tacos, and Star Wars. He knows national security secrets that he’ll take to the grave with him, desperately wishes he had a dog, and is a history geek. He also loves taking beautiful images of people at their happiest, he’s humbled both to be allowed to be a part of your day and by the trust you put in him to make these photographs for you. He also secretly likes the Peanuts theme music and was a band geek in high school. And loved every. second. of it.

Oh, and Cory is also a Washington DC wedding and portrait photographer based in Montgomery County, Maryland.

Whether you’re getting hitched, want some beautiful family or senior portraits, or even have a commercial need, contact Cory. Slide on over to the main website if you want to see even more of Cory’s work. And there’s always the Facebook page to check out, too!

Cory also dislikes typing “about me” sort of stuff. Just sayin’.

^taken from Cory’s “About Me” page on his blog ~ and I just adore it so much, that I couldn’t really pick and chose which parts to use/not use.

Now, some more of Cory’s work:

[from Kelly & Nate’s Georgetown Engagement Shoot]

[from Emily & Brandon’s fire station & park engagement shoot]

Thanks again Cory, for sharing the 9/11 wedding with me ~ and thank you for being such an awesome photographer, donating your time to a special cause!


9/11 Vendor Love: Musket Ridge Golf Club

Afternoon Romancers – wanted to briefly introduce a new recurring blog series we will have [just for the rest of this week]. It is called “9/11 Vendor Love” and it all has to do with that AMAZING September 11th wedding that occurred over the weekend.

As you might remember, Christine & Eddie’s wedding this past weekend was part of a Love & Liberty Giveaway hosted by the Musket Ridge Golf Club – in honor of those that have served in support of the War on Terror after the 9/11 attacks.  Our 9/11 Vendor Love series is going to focus some attention on each of the amazing vendors that donated their time & talent to Christine & Eddie‘s wedding. It also gives me a chance to tease some of the pictures from the wedding!

First, the tease:

Tease #1 from Christine & Eddie’s beautiful, American-themed 9/11 wedding

[Photo courtesy of Cory P Photo]

Second, the vendor love:

9/11 Vendor Love ~ Vendor #1 Musket Ridge Golf Club

The Musket Ridge Golf Club is a beautiful setting for your wedding ceremony and reception in the Washington, DC metro area. Located in Myersville, MD ~ the club offers a stunningly gorgeous backdrop for your pictures and is also the only Zero-waste Facility on the East Coast [yay for Green wedding venues in DC]!

The space has three different facilities for your wedding, ceremony and/or reception:

For more information on wedding packages offered, pictures of the venue, or for more information, visit their website or contact Bonnie Swanson, the events coordinator, at (301) 293-9930 or .

Abbie & James’s Day After Wedding Portrait Session at Lucketts Vintage Store

This morning I have a beautiful love shoot from Kelly Ewell Photography [submitted via Two Bright Lights] at one of my favorite vintage stores in the Washington, DC area … Lucketts Vintage Store in Leesburg, VA!

If you don’t know already, I am extremely biased on Lucketts ~ because I had my own engagement session there! So when Kelly‘s beautiful, DIY love shoot popped into my inbox, I naturally jumped at the feature. A Washington, DC wedding blog just cannot feature cool places like this enough! I would highly recommend Lucketts Store for a vintage engagement shoot location in the DC area!

Wedding Photographer, Kelly Ewell shares:

When Abbie moved from Kansas to Washington DC to be with her true love, an engagement soon followed. They contacted me for their engagement session but were married back in Kansas. After honeymooning in the Bahamas and the Phillipenes with a side trip to Chicago, they were finally back in the DC area and Abbie wanted to wear her dress one more time. She contacted me again to set up a (very) day after session. She also wanted something a little offbeat so we chose an antique store for her and James to don their wedding attire once more.

A bit about James & Abbie, from the beautiful bride herself:

James and I met on EHarmony in February of 2009 and met in person in May 2009, and after doing the long distance relationship for 7 months, I moved up east!  I was living in Kansas when we met and he was in Virginia.  We are a quirky couple (i’m taller than him) but we are definitely good together!

The wedding was in Kansas and it was a dream.  We had about100 guests total and it was outdoors.  It was such a good day!

We currently live in Maryland with our ADORABLE calico cat Reese (who was in our engagement pictures with us). Kelly occasionally does blogs about locations she thinks would be/are great for photo shoots.  I saw her piece on Lucketts and I had to jump all over that! I love all things vintage and thought it would just be a fun and unique setting for a Rock the Dress session (with husband too).  It was definitely hot that day for us too, but we grinned and beared it, and we got some really good shots out of it!

I would say so! Enjoy James & Abbbie’s adorable vintage love shoot for some perfect DIY wedding inspiration!

i love the ruffle of flowers along the edge of Abbie’s dress ~ i was surprised to hear it was from David’s Bridal(!) it’s so unique/different with that ruffle

 Adorable kiss shot in front of the bright red door!

 You can also see Abbie’s DIY Bouquet in these two shots ~ Abbie made it herself from some daisies and hydrangeas she picked up at the grocery store on the way there!



Click inside for the rest of this adorable Virginia, vintage love shoot !

Ashley & Justin’s Dreamy Railroad Tracks Engagement in Virginia

A dreamy Washington DC area engagement session for you this afternoon, on railroad tracks in Virginia from the lovely Rebecca Watkins Photography[submitted via Two Bright Lights].

Meet Ashely & Justin

First, as per usual, a bit about the lovely couple.

The very first time we ever met was in high school, and the time just wasn’t right. When we met again was at my current job- Springfield Animal Hospital. We met because Justin came home from school that summer and was going to work for his dad, who owned the animal hospital…

We absolutely love to dance and will dance at anytime. We also make up musical beats and dance to them. We are just quirky.

Justin has been in the Marine Corps OCS training and will actually be graduating from it just before the wedding. They only get to see each other on the weekends when he gets off. Right after the wedding they’ll be moving down to Florida, but they’ll be enjoying a fairytale honeymoon Italy.

I love quirky couples :) they make for the most fun and relaxed sessions. Enjoy!

love Ashley’s vintage-inspired ring

the color of the painted green brick is my fav

Click inside of for the rest of this Virginia engagement session from Rebecca Watkins Photography!

Wedding Music That Doesn’t Suck: All This Time

I feel like it’s been forever since my last Wedding Music That Doesn’t Suck post (a recurring blog feature suggesting modern wedding songs)! Lots of holidays, traveling, and such has made my schedule a bit wonky – but this week should be back on track.

My friend Steve (who is getting married next year! yay!) gave me today’s modern wedding song suggestion, One Republic’s “All This Time“.

This song would be awesome for your first dance, or even to walk down the aisle to. You could even have this on your wedding video too!

Love these lyrics:

All this time we were waiting for each other
All this time I was waiting for you
We got all these words, can’t waste them on another
So I’m straight in a straight line running back to you


Let us know what you think ~ or if you end up using this great, modern song for your first dance or wedding processional!


Giveaway Winner & Links

Happy Friday … for a four-day week, it did not feel all that fast to me. I blame this “end of times“, non-stop rain we have been getting (seriously, who wants to start building an ark with me?).

Hopefully this morning‘s final Borrowed Sneak Peak and the following links will help get you all through another rainy day & to the weekend!

But first ~ the winner of our UPrinting 50 Customizable Brochure Giveaway:

Comment#11 – Lana!!

Congratulations Lana ~ an email has already been sent your way :)

And now … some fun links, weddings & stories from around the internet!

1. A social media proposal ~ nerds unite!!

2. Does this depress anyone else?!

3. I know I am biased, cuz I am a PSU alumn – but seriously … this is awesome

4. Some great advice here for newly engaged couples

5. A Bridal Consignment Shop in the DC Metro Area ~ LOVE THIS

6. Love this DC-area blog & blogger

7. Girly Wedding has a great round up here of creative guest book ideas!

[and finally]

8. Looking for a unique bridal hair piece or other custom item? (for your bridesmaids perhaps) then look no further than Zazzaretti Bridal – Christina is awesome, and we will be sharing something extra special from her in the upcoming weeks :)

Borrowed ~ Sneak Peak #3

The final sneak peak of Borrowed has been released!!!!!

First we got the initial look (something cool is brewing). Then we got the second look (a creative wedding show!) and now we get the final deets!!

[This one is my favorite out of the three ….justsoyouknow]

My fav video yet too:

borrowed #3 from birdhouse productions. on Vimeo.

As always, this amazingness is brought to you by these insanely talented ladies…

Film by Birdhouse Productions || Floral Designs by Sullivan Owen Floral & Event Design  || Photography by Jillian McGrath Photography


Christine & Eddie’s National Portrait Gallery DC Engagement Session

“The only thing I’ve ever won in my life was guard duty,”

As promised this morning, here is Christine & Eddie’s beautiful Washington, DC engagement shoot at the National Portrait Gallery & Rock Creek Park, in DC, by wedding photographer, Cory Brodzinksi.

A bit about Christine, Eddie & their upcoming wedding [from Yahoo! News]:

They were introduced by one of Eddie’s old Army buddies, got engaged earlier this year on the fifth anniversary of their first date, and had decided to get married next May. They were planning to pay for the wedding themselves, though money was tight.

On a whim, Eddie entered Musket Ridge Golf Club‘s Love and Liberty Wedding Giveaway. The big prize was a wedding hosted by the scenic golf club and a sit-down dinner reception for 150 guests, a package worth about $15,000.

In mid-July, Eddie found out that they’d won. The news could not have come at a better time:

“I was convincing [Christine] to elope or run to the justice of the peace or something,” Eddie, who served with the Army’s 101st Airborne Division in Iraq and now works as a consultant with the Department of Defense, says. “She was coming around — she realized we couldn’t afford it. Then, just as I convinced her to go with the justice of the peace, we won this. So the timing was pretty cool.”

 “I didn’t know he did the submission for it,” Briggs says.

“The only thing I’ve ever won in my life was guard duty,” Casinover said with a laugh. “I never really win.”

“It was just surreal. Even now, it’s just kind of surreal,” says Briggs, who works as a financial analyst with a wine and spirits distribution company. “Pinch me now, is this really happening? This doesn’t happen to people every day.”



Click inside for the rest of this fun, Washington, DC engagement shoot!

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