Style to the Aisle … a Bridal Fashion Event!

It seems like we are up to our EARs with announcing bridal events, creative wedding shows, and wedding expos. BUT – I think this is OK, because it means between all these events, there is bound to be something for everyone!

Enter “Style to the Aisle … a Bride’s Runway II” on 29 April, 2012. Style to the Aisle is an upcoming one-of-a-kind bridal fashion event.  The event is not a traditional bridal show, this fashion-forward event gives brides-to-be that much needed inspiration as she prepares to walk down the white carpet.

More information from Michelle Davis, CEO/President of Memorable Moments Event Planning Co.:

Style to the Aisle…a Bride’s Runway II will present its 2nd installation on April 29, 2012 from 3pm to 7pm at the Samuel Riggis IV Alumni Center in College Park, MD. Brides-to-Be and the wedding obsessed will witness romance on the catwalk!  Guests will sip champagne courtesy of Korbel, enjoy culinary delights and devour tasty sweet treats.

We will introduce brides to romance, mystery and an urban chic experience and showcase some of the region’s best designers and bridal boutiques.  A bride’s walk down the aisle “IS” her personal runway and we want to give her a chance to relax, get inspired and enjoy a first time ever event along with her girlfriends.  We will also be giving away a two luxurious grand prizes of two honeymoon getways courtesy of Palace Resorts and Love Mexico.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Wish Upon a Wedding, the world’s first nonprofit wedding wish granting organization.  Wish Upon a Wedding provides weddings to couples facing terminal illness and serious life-altering circumstances.

View the promotional trailer for the event, See the event website for more information is

For a list of participating vendors, go here.

Let us know if you plan to attend! We would love to hear how it was!


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Announcement: Next Week’s Posting Schedule

Introducing: 6 Bridal Different Bridal Styles with Bridal Beauty Associates, Photographed by Abby Grace Photography

A few weeks ago Suzanne Minksey, owner of Bridal Beauty Associates, approached me about collaborating on a styled shoot that would feature non-traditional hair and makeup styles.  You may remember Suzanne and her amazingly talented group of hair & makeup artists from the Fall Wedding Makeup Inspiration guest post she did a while back.

Instantly my mind when “a wandering” and I thought – wouldn’t it be fun to pick 6 different themes or looks, and focus the hair, makeup, styling & accessories around that theme!?

And boom – our styled shoot was born.

Next came the photographer [my infamous partner in crime], Abby Grace Photography, followed by an email to one of my FAVORITE alternative Washington, DC wedding venues, The Longview Gallery. Suzanne said she would provide some awesome accessories for our “looks” and I couldn’t resist adding some paper products too. So I hit up Hitchcock Creative – and what she came up with … well … I won’t ruin the surprise, but it’s AWESOME.

So what does this have to do with next week’s posting schedule? Well, let me tell you…

Next week I am going to feature 1 or 2 of our looks per day. The schedule will look like this:

Monday – Victorian
Tuesday – Steam Punk & Grecian
Wednesday – DIY Bouquet Tutorial & Rustic
Thursday – Vintage & Vendor Review
Friday – Offbeat

Next week’s bridal stylings are going to give all future brides out there some SERIOUS inspiration for their wedding day look. Whether they want to rock a rustic frock, or go all out in offbeat style – we will have a look for you.

Ok … one more sneak peak for now – but next week … get ready to have your bridal inspiration meter run off the charts! Because Suzanne, Abby, Sarah, & I … well … we brought the goods – and our models, well our models ROCKED … so be prepared for some serious bridal inspiration.

Lindsey & Adam’s Offbeat Blue & Yellow Wedding in Chevy Chase, Maryland

“Lindsey and Adam found each other later in life and brought a whole bunch of love together.”

Love can hit you at any stage, point, or age of your life. I just love how Jennifer from Love Life Images described Lindsey & Adam’s relationship, which was found later in life for both of them. She said they brought a whole bunch of love together.

And isn’t that what it’s all really about?

Today’s offbeat Maryland wedding feature comes to us from Love Life Images [submitted via Two Bright Lights].

Lindsey & Adam had a beautiful, offbeat wedding at the Woodend Sanctuary in Chevy Chase, MD. The blue & yellow details from their big day are so beautiful – and also a ton of fun. Some of my favorite details include, mismatched blue bridesmaids dresses, yellow chucks, beautiful floral displays, and the cutest yellow bow hairpiece that I have ever seen adorn a bride.

love the bride’s yellow bow hairpiece & the groom”s patterned yellow tie!

Click inside to see the rest of Lindsey & Adam’s Offbeat Blue & Yellow Maryland wedding!

Ryan & Jessica’s Alternative DIY “Save the Date” Stop Motion Video

Unique “Save the Dates” tickle my fancy [sometimes I swear I write things like I am 80 years old]. So I guess you could say I was delighted [and fancy?] to get this Save the Date video in my inbox, courtesy of Photography Du Jour.

After Graelyn & Chris shared their Save the Date Video, I was anxiously awaiting the next time I would get to share another one of these. I guess I didn’t have to wait TOO long :)

First, a bit about Ryan & Jessica [from Jessica], including their adorable proposal story:

Ryan grew up in Northern Virginia and I’m originally from the west coast, but we were both living in Richmond when we met.  We met at the restaurant we were both working at – Ryan was my trainer.  We became friends, and then about 6 months later started dating.  We were together for about a year and a half when Ryan proposed.  We had plans to go to Seattle for a few days, and Ryan new I would be expecting “something” on the trip, so he actually proposed the night before we left, saying “You know what would make this trip awesome?  If you went as my fiance.”   Etc.  It was a simple, but sweet proposal.  :)

Untitled from Photography Du Jour on Vimeo.

And now, a bit on why they decided to do a stop motion video for their alternative Save the Date:

We came up with the idea for the video by looking online at different save the date ideas.  I came across a couple stop motion videos and really loved the idea.  We got the I love so and so more idea from a specific video and expanded upon it to fit our personalities.  A good friend of mine helped us photograph it and when did the video at her place – a small farm house in Richmond, but we didn’t have any professional help.  I’m an art educator, so I’m familiar with stop motion.  We came up with an overall idea of what we wanted to do and then kind of built the video on the fly.  One interesting note, we were making the video the day of the earthquake.  :)

 Sometimes I really wish Andy & I did this for our own Save the Date. It’s such a fun, alternative way to share your wedding date with people – and it’s also super eco-friendly (no paper! no stamps!). Plus you get to tell people a little bit about yourselves, which is good for couples that haven’t met each others extended families and such!

What do you think ~ is a stop motion save the date video for you?

Natalie & Casey’s Mystical Forest Themed Wedding in Leesburg, VA

“Bride, Natalie wanted her guests to see the wedding through a darkly romantic lens.”

My Two Bright Lights inbox has been good to me lately. Like REALLY good [thanks all you amazing submitters].

Today’s Leesburg, VA wedding feature is no exception … but I guess that is to be expected when you take DBI Events, Weddings & Events by Bliss, and a bride that is an interior designer and have them plan & design a wedding. And to top it off, every last amazing detail in this “Mystical Forrest” themed wedding was captured beautifully by Stephen Gosling Photography!

Weddings & Events by Bliss shares a BUNCH of the wedding design and inspiration details:

Natalie and Casey’s wedding was one of the most interesting and fun events we have been a part of. Natalie is an interior designer and wanted to do something fun and unique for her wedding. She wanted to create an experience for her guests but also to bring in aspects that were meaningful to her and Casey. She chose dark and mysterious colors and patterns with pops of green for visual relief. She loves Alice in Wonderland so that contributed to the mystical forest concept of the wedding.

Just wait until you see the table designs & centerpieces from the reception … just wait …

i LOVE the look on the priest’s face here!

A sneak peak of the reception table design:

For the rest of Natalie & Casey’s magical, mystical forrest themed wedding in Leesburg, VA … click inside!

Doug & Jenny’s Washington, DC Proposal

A newerish (do you like what I did there?) trend I have seen over the past year, is the hiring of a wedding photographer for the proposal. I LOVE this. Being able to have one of the most emotional/exciting/happy parts of your life on film is just priceless to me.

Proposals also tend to have some of the best pictures come from them because of all the raw emotion involved. You just cannot plan, fake, or stage a person’s reaction to being proposed to!

So I was super excited to get this Washington, DC proposal in my Two Bright Lights inbox a few weeks ago. Marcella Treybig Photography was on hand to capture the beautiful proposal of Doug [in his finest Navy dress uniform] to Jenny, at the Navy Memorial in downtown, DC.

From Marcella:

This past Thanksgiving holiday Doug proposed to Jenny. He had the whole even planned out, on how he was going to propose. He told Jenny he was obligated to a work dinner, so he got all dressed up in his Navy dress blues uniform and rented a town car to take them to dinner. He then instructed the car driver to drop them off at the Navy memorial in Washington DC, he and Jenny got out and just kinda walked around. She had no idea he was about to propose or that I was there to photograph the proposal!


 He walked towards me and asked me, ‘a stranger’, if I would please take a photograph of them as he held out her snap shot camera. I accepted and stepped back… he handed her a card. While she started to read the card I switched camera’s and started photographing the proposal… he took off his hat as he started down on one knee removing the engagement ring from it’s hiding spot (under his hat).From there her expression says it all!

i love love love Jenny’s face in this next shot – she is SO surprised!

Click inside to see the rest of Doug’s surprise proposal to Jenny at the Navy Memorial in Washington, DC!

Wedding Music That Doesn’t Suck: “Rhythm of Love”

Thanks to my friend Katie for today’s Wedding Music That Doesn’t Suck, modern wedding song suggestion!


 My heart beats like a drum
A guitar string to the strum
A beautiful song to be sung
She’s got blue eyes deep like the sea
That roll back when she’s laughing at me
She rises up like the tide
The moment her lips meet mine

I think I have told you all before that I used to be a HUGE Plain White T’s fan [their first two albums?? amazing pop-punk goodness, in all it’s glory]. While I haven’t listened to them since then, their newer songs do make for some pretty wedding-appropriate song choices.

Katie plans to use this for her first dance! [aw!]. But I think it would be a great song to use for your processional,or in your wedding video too!

What do you think of this Plain White T’s wedding song suggestion??

A Pink & Pearls Vintage Styled Bridal Shoot

Things are about to get GIRLY this Friday here on Washington, DC’s favorite creative wedding blog [Capitol Romance of course!]. I have been pleased to find a certain number of styled shoots finding their way into my Two Bright Lights inbox [keep them coming people!] and have loved sharing them on Friday’s for more of an inspiration-laden feature.

So far we’ve had a gorgeous Bohemian Styled Wedding Shoot, a fairy tale inspired wedding details shoot, and most recently, our Valentines & Hearts inspired wedding shoot! And now for today, we are going to share a beautiful “pink & pearls” bridal styled shoot from Richmond, Virginia wedding photographer, Lucia Belle Photography!


More from the photographer/designer of the shoot:

This Stylized Bridal Session was held in the John Marshall Ballroom at the John Marshall Hotel in Richmond, Virginia. This hotel is a Richmond Historic Landmark opening in 1929 and with it’s cathedral doorways and grand ballrooms, it was the perfect setting for this vintage bridal session. The theme was Vintage, Feminine, and a little bit of Sultry. Pink was added for a subtle touch of color and was accented in the heels, jewelry box, miniature cakes, vintage jewelry pieces and purse.

love this non-diamond engagement ring ~ a pearl!

More on the shoot & beautiful DIY and vintage details:

Two gowns were used. The first clean cut, minimalistic gown is Casablanca Bridal and the second lace gown is pure vintage from the late 1920’s and found at a local antique store in Carytown Ricmond.

An underlying theme of the session was also Affordable. The heels and pink ruffled purse were from DSW while the jewelry was JCPenney.

Both cakes were homemade (by my mom!) and decorated for a punch or color with vintage jewelry embellishments adorned.

in love with this pink ruffled purse – OMG can you imagine this instead of bouquets?! like i am just dizzy at the thought of how gorgeous that would look!

Click inside to see the rest of this beautiful “pink & pearls” styled bridal shoot!

Roselyn & Jeremy’s Elegant, Ballroom Wedding in Maryland

This afternoon’s real Maryland wedding comes to us from one of our favorite featured Washington, DC wedding photographers, ZADesignz (submitted via Two Bright Lights … of course!)

Roselyn & Jeremy threw a beautiful, elegant wedding at the Ten Oaks Ballroom in Clarksville, Md with gorgeous blue and yellow details. Lucky for you, I also got all the scoop from Roselyn on how they planned and executed their beautiful day (including some awesome DIY wedding centerpieces!) Enjoy!

Roselyn & Jeremy’s Elegant Ballroom Wedding in Maryland

From Zareth:

Roselyn and I have known each other for over 10 years. When she asked me to do her wedding, I was very excited and moved to do it. Jeremy and Roselyn had a long distance relationship. He lived in New York, and she lived in Maryland. Their wedding was yellow and navy blue. I designed their invitations as well. Their decor was elegant and simple. Jeremy dedicated “The Notebook” to Roselyn, and the officiant read a part of the book during the ceremony. Her wedding was fun and elegant.


My MOH gifted me my wedding shoes. They were gold sequined pumps with the cutest bows in front. It meant the world to me since she wouldn’t be in attendance for the wedding. My parents also gifted me my wedding dress, which was absolutely lovely. My only regret is that I knew I would lose weight in the last week of the wedding preparation. I lost a lot of weight and my dress ended up being a bit big on me.

 Zareth designed the wedding invitations too – I am in LOVE with the blue envelopes!

Roselyn is gorgeous! Love her pink lipstick!

On choosing their wedding colors:

I wanted a modern fall look. Yellow and orange are my favorite colors, but it would have been too “fall-ish” for a November wedding. We decided to tone it down with a navy look for elegance and use the yellow for a burst of color. The bridal party also looked so great and classy in those colors. The lighting in the reception hall was also a gold lighting, so the different hues tied in perfectly.

Click inside for the rest of Roselyn & Jeremy’s elegant Navy & Yellow Maryland wedding!

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