DIY Inspiration: Burlap Wedding Details

Today’s DIY Wednesday post is courtesy of my friend Alex that is getting married next March here in Washington, DC! She is the ultimate bride on a budget, as she is paying for the wedding herself! [You go girl].

She loved our DIY Bouquet with the burlap wrapped handle, from our Rustic Bridal Inspiration Shoot, and I have been pinning a few things her way, so I figured I’d just do an entire post on DIY Wedding Inspiration with Burlap ~ in case anyone else was looking for fun and budget-friendly wedding ideas with burlap too!

DIY Burlap Wedding Inspiration & Ideas

A DIY Burlap Flower Holder ~ Perfect for DIY Church or Wedding Ceremony Decor

[Photo by Sweet Tea Photography, as seen on Southern Weddings blog]

A DIY Burlap Rosette Boutonniere ~ Also from the shoot above!

[Photo by Sweet Tea Photography, as seen on Southern Weddings blog]

In love with this DIY Wedding Favor Idea ~ Burlap Coffee Bag Favors

[photo via Katrina Louise as seen on Wedding Chicks]

A Burlap & Lace Table Runner ~ so easy to make, but looks so gorgeous!

[photo by Maryangelo Photography + Design as seen on Apple Brides]

A DIY Burlap Flower Bouquet ~ So Rad .. plus the blog has a video tutorial to make it!

[via La Belle Bride ~ click for the step-by-step tutorial!]

DIY Burlap Seating Assignment Decor

[Photo via Tanja Lippert Photography as seen on Emmaline Bride blog]

How adorable is this DIY Burlap Ring Bearer Pillow?

[via Love of Family & Home ~ including a step-by-step tutorial]

A DIY Burlap Bridal Hair Fascinator

[photo by Ben Blood as seen on Green Wedding Shoes]

Are you as taken with the burlap wedding details as I am after this DIY inspiration post? Also ~ did I miss anything? Let us know in the comments if you know of any other awesome DIY Burlap wedding projects, decor, or tutorials!

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Local Find: Dazzling Details ~ A Wedding Details Expo in Maryland

Still looking for the perfect accessories and details for your wedding day? Maybe the perfect feather fascinator, some dazzling shoe clips, or a vintage garter? Well if you live in the Washington, DC & Baltimore, MD metro area, then you should check out Dazzling Details ~ A Wedding Bazaar for All Things Wedding Accessories!


Dazzling Details is a the event where you can find all your wedding details in one location on one day. From your cake topper to your fascinator, favors and shoe accessories. We’ve brought them all under one roof for you. This event will take place on Sunday April 22, 2012 from 12pm to 6pm at The Historic Savage Manor located in Savage Maryland.

Want to get first dibs on all the products? Be a our VIP and get an early entry into the Dazzling Details Wedding Bazaar. Receive a Luxury Swag Bag full of amazing products and Join us for a Continental Breakfast. VIP Entry starts at 11am.

To check out all the amazing Washington, DC area wedding vendors that will be at this event, hop on over to the Shop here.

For more information and to buy tickets, check out Dazzling Detail’s website.

Capitol Wedding: Elizabeth & Oliver’s DIY Embassy Row Wedding in Washington, DC

“All in all, it was true to us and I think all of our guests were happy to see that!”

Elizabeth & Oliver’s DIY Washington, DC Embassy Row wedding is further proof that you can have an amazing wedding in DC without a huge budget. For them it just meant lots of DIY and working within their strict budget! Thanks to Softbox Media Photography [submitted via Two Bright Lights] for sharing!

Elizabeth & Oliver through an offbeat Washington, DC wedding by showcasing their love & spunk through a homemade photobooth, a Star Wars themed wedding cake, an awesome taco bar [in lieu of traditional catering] and using an iPod as their “DJ”.

Elizabeth & Oliver’s Offbeat, Budget-Friendly Washington DC Wedding at the Cranford House


Hair Stylist:  Belle Soeur Styles
Floral Designer:  Flowers by Sidra Forman
Event Venue:  Cranford House

From the bride, Elizabeth:

Well, our wedding was very much us and pretty heavy on the DIY. We were working on a strict budget so we had no choice but to do a lot of it on our own (homemade magnets, the signage for the food, the invites, the sound system, the cupcakes & the photo booth).
Ollie and I are both creative people – I was a graphic designer before I went back to school for nursing and he was in a band for 8 years – so we definitely had a good handle on all the creative stuff. Our invites were pretty rad.
We didn’t have a set color, but instead opted for fall tones – orange and red. Our small bridal party meant that my matron of honor could wear any thing in that color range.

Looking for an alternative [& budget-friendly!] wedding venue in Washington, DC? Well, look no further than the Cranford House on Embassy Row!

Cranford House was a GREAT venue. It is very affordable and a unique space with different rooms, downstairs seating etc.

Click inside for the rest of Elizabeth & Oliver’s budget-friendly, offbeat Washington, DC wedding ~ including a seriously awesome alternative engagement ring and a Star Wars themed wedding cake!

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Tanekia & Derek’s Washington, DC Engagement Session

This afternoon’s Washington, DC engagement session comes to us from Snapshots by Katie [submitted via Two Bright Lights] and features the adorable Tanekia & Derek. Tanekia & Derek decided to have their engagement session in all the different parts of DC that they love ~ including where they first met, at FAA – 800 Independence Avenue.

Derek & Tanekia’s Washington, DC Engagement Session

Their love story:

This love story began at the FAA – 800 Independence Ave will forever mark the beginning of Tanekia and Derek. Tanekia is a technology consultant who often provides training on the software solutions an organization chooses to employ. So as it was or so Tanekia thought, it was just another ordinary day, prepping for a class, until she met Derek, one of the class attendees. From that moment on it was all over.

The proposal:

So during the first couple months of dating Derek came up with one of the most creative and cunning ways to steal a kiss. Derek would ask Tanekia “A penny for your thoughts a nickel for a kiss?” Then one day, Derek surprised Tanekia by putting together the most adorable tote of nickels and said “Ok, I think I have enough for lots of kisses”. ADORABLE RIGHT??!! So anyway, ever since that day it has become one of their love story staples and adds to the uniqueness of their journey!

Click inside for the rest of Tanekia & Derek’s Washington, DC engagement session

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Wedding Music That Doesn’t Suck: “Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall in Love)”

Friday night my husband and I tortured ourselves by watching “Midnight in Paris” with some wine & cheese. I say tortured not because the movie was bad [it wasn’t at all, it was actually great!] but because we are both literally obsessed with Paris and even though we have been there more then a few times, we are always dying to go back. Paris is an absolutely amazing, magical, and addictive city.


” Starts a tune to the moon up above
It is nature, that’s all
Simply telling us to fall in love “

“Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall in Love)” by Conal Fowkes would be the perfect song for a vintage, 1920s themed wedding or a Parisian themed wedding. And after saying that, now I am dying to be a part of a “Midnight in Paris” themed wedding … hmmmm I think I smell a styled shoot … anyway ~ you could use this adorable song for your first dance, wedding video, or for an anniversary dance or cake cutting? It’s such a fun love song that instantly brings you back in time!

Happy Monday everyone :)

It’s Always Sunny ~ A Bright Yellow Bridal Inspiration Shoot

Happiest of Fridays to you all! DC’s weather is fairly gloomy today [though I must admit that I am digging the cooler temps, 80+ degrees was just TOO HOTT for March!]. But this “It’s Always Sunny” bridal inspiration shoot from IYQ Photography is sure to brighten your day.

I really love Kimie’s photography style ~ Nano & Thibauld’s Richmond, VA carnival engagement session was one of my favorites ~ and her vibe just totally fits with Capitol Romance’s.

I know this yellow bridal inspiration shoot is going to just make some of your Fridays ~ the bride wore a darling ruffled gown with a cardigan over it, painted her nails bright yellow polka dots, incorporated yellow balloons, a yellow suitcase, wore creme Toms, and MORE. Check it out :)

It’s Always Sunny ~ A Bright Yellow Bridal Inspiration Shoot


Fab Nails by Katrina
Make-Up by the talented and so so sweet: Tamika Evans

Click inside for the rest of this beautiful bright yellow bridal inspiration shoot from IYQ Photography!

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Capitol Wedding: Jess & Mitch’s Intimate Washington, DC Wedding at the Tabard Inn

Back when I first started my dc wedding blog over a year ago, I received an email from a photographer that had just moved to DC and was in awe of how overly traditional and one-note the DC wedding scene was. I told her that I couldn’t have agreed more, and that was one of the main reasons why I started Capitol Romance  – to try and change that. A year later, Michelle emailed me again – this time to tell me that she couldn’t believe how my blog had grown and that she still had faith that people like her and I could really help change DC’s weddings … and to submit an absolutely amazing, intimate DC wedding to me.

Thanks to alternative DC  wedding photographers like Michelle VanTine and to amazing wedding submissions like this, I still have faith that DC can have a creative, funky, offbeat wedding scene too – all the believers just need to work together to make it happen.

Jess & Mitch’s Intimate, Offbeat Washington, DC Wedding at the Tabard Inn

From photographer, Michelle VanTine:

This October wedding was a beautiful offbeat DC wedding. When I walked in the bridal suite I wasn’t caught up in the usual frenzy of primping bridesmaids, nervous mothers, and scrambling florists as is typically the case. It was a totally different story.

There were Jess and Mitch together, joyfully getting ready for their day in the most relaxed natural manner, as if they were getting ready to go on a date. Mitch was zipping up Jess’ gown as they enjoyed coffee, scones, and fruit.

How much do I love this nontraditional way of getting ready for your wedding day – a bride and groom getting ready together? Stress-free and playing a guitar?! I love love love this ….

Mitch was playing his guitar and signing to Jess and she fastened her necklace in the mirror. It was adorable. That was pretty much set the scene for the entire day. No bridal party or typical traditions.

The Tabard Inn is a perfect intimate, alternative wedding venue in Washington, DC!

I adore Jess’ short & simple wedding dress!

Click inside to see the rest of Jess & Mitch’s adorable, nontraditional & offbeat wedding at the intimate Washington, DC wedding venue, the Tabard Inn.

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Capitol Vendor: Love Blooms

“Anyone can make $300 worth of flowers look beautiful, but I want to show that inexpensive flowers can still look great!” – Emily, Love Blooms

Remember last week’s bridal inspiration features?! The flowers featured in our Grecian, Vintage, and Victorian bride looks were made by the wonderful Emily of Love Blooms. This morning we will share a vendor spotlight on Emily & her business so you can get to know her better and see some of her favorite work!

A bit about Emily & her affordable floral design company, Love Blooms:

After I graduated college, I was looking for a job, but found there weren’t as many options as I had originally imagined when I decided to major in art! I came across a classified ad for floral retail in a local grocery store and thought I would give it a try. I fell in love with the job immediately!

A few years later, my friends were planning weddings and struggling to stay within their budgets. I began my business with the intention to give every bride an opportunity to have a beautiful wedding! I work out of my home, and without shop costs, so I can offer competitive pricing.

Q. What are your favorite wedding floral trends right now?

Emily: Ah! I don’t know if I can pick my favorite flower trend! One of them is succulents. They come in so many varieties, colors, and shapes! They are super versatile and can be used in bouquets, centerpieces, and even as place card holders! My other favorite trend would be bridesmaids carrying the same bouquets, but in varying hues of the same color, which gives an ombre look.

Q. Any advice to brides planning their weddings and picking their flowers?

Emily: My advice to brides is to create an inspiration board! Look at lots of pictures and get a feel for your personal style. You can discover flowers that you never knew existed. Your florist can help create the perfect bouquet for you, even from looking at the non-floral aspects of your board.

Q. Favorite song right?

Emily: My favorite song right now is Train, drive by :)

And now check out some of Emily’s beautiful floral design work ~ this will be sure to get you inspired on this lovely summer-like DC morning :)

Aren’t Emily’s floral designs just gorgeous!? Any DC, MD, or VA brides out there looking for an affordable floral design company for their wedding should certainly check out Love Blooms!


DIY Tutorial: How to Make a Heart Garland

My facebook followers got a sneak peak of the current DIY project I am working on for my Borrowed booth [yes I am having a booth AND speaking at Borrowed – have you gotten your tickets yet?!]. I figured it’d be a fun one to share this week for DIY Wednesday, from Oh So Lovely Vintage blog:

Oh So Lovely Vintage: DIY Felt Heart Garland Tutorial

It’s surprisingly simple to make – the hardest, well most time consuming, part is cutting out all the felt hearts! I bought 6, 8×10 sheets of felt in 3 different colors [heather grey, white, and fuchsia of course!] and got to work on cutting out hearts in 3 or 4 different sizes.

It helped that I have an amazing husband that sat on the couch with me to help cut them out :)


  • Felt [in an array of colors]
  • Scissors
  • Fishing line or some sort of thread
  • A needle


Step 1: Pick 2 or 3 complimentary colors of felt. We decided to go with coral, tangerine and white.
Step 2: Cut out between 50 – 100 hearts (depending on how big you want your garland to be.) They don’t all need to be absolutely identical, but try to keep them around the same size.
Step 3:  Cut about ten 50 inch long strands of invisible thread.
Step 4: Tie a double knot at the end of one of the pieces of thread.
Step 5: Thread your needle onto the opposite end of the string and sew the needle through the center of the heart (as shown in the photo on the right) until it hits the knot at the bottom of
the thread.
Step 6: Tie another double knot 2-4 inches above the heart you just sewed on.
Step 7: Then sew your next heart on. Feel free to mix and match color patterns. Continue this until your invisible thread is filled with about 10-15 hearts, then you are done one garland strand.
Step 8: Continue Steps 4-7 on the remaining 9 strands of invisible thread.

Once you have all 10 strands full, have fun hanging them in different places!

I’ll be sure to share a picture of how my strands came out at my Borrowed booth on Sunday, 1 April! But a heads up that this would also make a super amazing DIY altar or ceremony decoration!

**A special thanks again to Oh So Lovely Vintage blog ~ where I got this amazing DIY Heart Garland tutorial from!**

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