Corrie & Tim’s Alternative Leesburg Virginia Wedding Video

At this point I think I have exhausted everything I could out of one of my favorite weddings [and couples] from this past wedding season. Corrie & Tim, you might remember, are the couple that gave me this awesome, modern Mumford & Sons wedding song suggestion, allowed me to live-tweet their wedding, AND had some of the coolest wedding pictures, including Corrie as a bride in chucks, and some rad wedding portraits with vintage garden tools.

Now I am thrilled to be able to share their wedding video teaser from Jason Stewart. Everything about this video is SO Corrie & Tim, and I LOVE how Jason edited the clips to perfectly match the music.

Corrie & Tim’s Leesburg, VA Wedding Video

Tim & Corrie – Teaser from Jason Stewart on Vimeo.


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DIY Inspiration: DIY Christmas Ornaments

It took me a bit, but I am FINALLY getting into the Holiday spirit. I always refuse to listen to Christmas music or watch Christmas movies until [at least] after Thanksgiving, but for some reason, I didn‘t have any desire to do anything Christmas related until … well, this morning.

But now that the Holidays have hit me square in face, I am ready to embrace it, and thought a nice DIY inspiration post on DIY Christmas Ornaments might be a good place to start.[For more DIY Wedding Inspiration & Ideas … click here!]

I am sure you all remember that I used DIY Christmas Ornaments as my favor for my own wedding – it was a perfect idea for a November wedding, with December just round the corner. They were great favors too because they were affordable, custom, AND useful. I’ve already had a bunch of my friends send me pictures of their Christmas trees this year, with our wedding favor ornament on it!!!! [Clearly, this makes me happy].

We bought Christmas Ornament Balls from Christmas Central, and then my friend Dorothy created the cute decal banner that we put on the ornaments using inkjet waterslide paper [think of a temporary tattoo]. They said “Bree & Andy” with the Date, Washington, DC and a cute little icon of the White House, we ended the strip with a hot glued bow!

The waterslide decal paper wasn’t nearly as easy to work with as we had seen in online tutorials – so I hope this DIY Wedding Inspiration post will help others that might be looking to do a Christmas Ornament as their wedding favor!

 A Christmas Ornament Wedding Favor using the wedding invite cut up inside a clear ornament ball

[via Just Call Me HaHa blog]

A DIY Picture Ornament using favor tins!

[via Intimate Weddings]

Adorable Custom Ornament Favors using Light Bulbs!

[via A Subtle Revelry]

A DIY Christmas Ornament Wedding Favor Option using ceramics

[via Etsy]

And finally, DIY Tree Ornaments using book pages!

[via The Sweetest Occasion]

Steve & Amanda’s Offbeat, Water Balloon Engagement Pictures ~ Part 2

We are back with Part 2 of Steve & Amanda’s awesome Pittsburgh engagement session by Pittsburgh wedding photographer, Michael Will Photography! I teased the second part of their shoot at the end of Part 1 – so I am sure most of you guessed … but if you haven’t, sit tight!

I wrote yesterday morning about how some couples aren’t into stylized shoots or acting like stoic models for their engagement shootSteve & Amanda were this type of couple, so I helped them brainstorm something fun they could do, during their shoot. Initially Steve wanted to play in the fountain in Pittsburgh, but it had already been winterized, so instead, I suggested they take this idea from Ruffled and make it their own.

And oh boy, I really think they did … I know you guys will love this Part 2 :)

Batter’s Up! Steve & Amanda’s Water Balloon Engagement Session

I love Steve’s reaction through the burst water

Amanda’s turn!

And now for something completely different!


Click inside to see the aftermath and the rest of this awesomely fun, water balloon engagement AND to read Steve’s amazing proposal to Amanda :)

Steve & Amanda’s Pittsburgh Engagement Session ~ Part 1

Welcome back!! I am beyond excited to share this engagement session this afternoon [and part 2 tomorrow morning]. You will notice that this engagement session isn’t from the Washington, DC metro area [it actually took place in Pittsburgh] BUT when you are bestest friends with the editor of a wedding blog, well …. exceptions are made.

But, I know you guys are going to love Steve, Amanda, & their amazing engagement shoot, shot by Pittsburgh wedding photographer, Michael Will Photography.

Steve & Amanda’s Pittsburgh Engagement Session

Part 1 today follows Steve & Amanda around some pretty sweet parts of Pittsburgh … and Part 2well, you are just going to have to wait to see that until tomorrow. However, the end of this part will tease tomorrow’s amazingness.

Meet Amanda:

I grew up north of Pittsburgh in Wexford with my Mom and Dad, and my two sisters, Alli and Alex.

Penn State seemed like the perfect choice for college. It was close enough to come home (about 3 hours) if I needed or wanted to, but far enough away to feel like I was on my own. I knew a ton of people from high school, but there were also enough students to meet a lot of new friends too (like Steve!) Although I didn’t know much about college football at the time, I was told that Penn State had a well known football program. I grew up going to Steelers football games with my dad at Three Rivers Stadium and then at Heinz field, so I had plenty of great football memories. I soon learned that attending a Penn State football game at Beaver Stadium is unlike any other experience you could have; Steve and I have season football tickets and still go back up to State College for Penn State football every chance we can get! I graduated from Penn State in May 2008 with a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

I now live back near Pittsburgh with Steve, but east of the city this time, in Monroeville. I work as a Mechanical Engineer for Bechtel. I love to travel to see the world, learn about other cultures, and push myself to try new things outside of my comfort zone (like skydiving in Austin, Texas, and snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef). Steve and I have a lot of the same interests, and we’re nearly inseparable. He is the nicest, most caring person I know, and I feel like the luckiest person in the world to honestly say that next August I will be marrying my best friend.

Now, meet Steve:

I grew up outside of Philadelphia in Bucks County with 2 sisters, Angela and Natalie, a step-sister, Heather, and 1 brother, Bill. My mom’s sanity was tested daily with two sons, especially when one (Bill) could be convinced to do most anything. Somehow, we made it out of our childhoods.

I only applied at one college during high school and that was Penn State. Thankfully, I was accepted and it was there I met Amanda. I graduated and decided to build a business of my own. I now run my own Internet Marketing business from home. I help people connect with the information they’re searching for online.

I enjoy photography and traveling (if you were to ask Amanda she’d say I was sheltered before I met her.) I just like to visit new places and capture experiences to share with everyone I know. Above all it doesn’t matter where I am or what I’m doing, all I need is Amanda by my side. Getting married means she’ll be there forever and I couldn’t ask for anything more.

I seriously tear up every time I read the last sentences Steve wrote. SERIOUSLY. I’ll unleash the amazing proposal story tomorrow with Part 2!

It really is true what Steve & Amanda said about always being with each other, as one of Steve’s roommates in college my Senior year, I can 100% attest to the fact that you don’t often find Steve without Amanda, and vice versa. They really are such an amazing couple :)

I think this next shot was after the photographer told them to look serious … clearly they are not serious people, one of the many reasons why I love them

Click inside for the rest of Steve & Amanda’s adorable Pittsburgh engagement session (Part 1!)

Capitol Advice: Engagement Shoot Ideas for Camera-shy Couples

This morning I felt compelled to share some of my thoughts on the rise of stylized engagement shoots and share some ideas/advice for couples that are having an engagement shoot, but aren’t all that comfortable in front of a camera.

Believe it or not, not every couple is ecstatic about their engagement shoot. Not because they don’t want to spend a day commemorating their love with their fiance, but more-so because not everyone is comfortable in front of a camera.

With the rising popularity of stylized engagement shoots, I find it even more pressing to continue to feature non-stylized engagement shoots on my blog, as the editorial, modeling-esque feel of a stylized shoot, just doesn’t appeal to every couple. Some couples see all these overly stylized shoots and think, “well that isn’t us …” or “if I tried to do that, I would look insanely awkward”.

Here is my simple advice to couples that have an upcoming engagement shoot, aren’t a fan of the stylized approach, and are a bit camera-shy:

Do something.

That’s right, actually DO something in your shoot – check out books in a library, go ice skating, get some ice cream, decorate a Christmas tree … the possibilities here are endless. What this does is distracts your mind from the thoughts of looking awkward or silly, and allows you to be more natural with your significant other. It allows you to enjoy yourself AND your special someone, in a completely relaxed nature. And once you are relaxed, you will be left with pictures that show your true happiness & love.

This advice sprung from a conversation I had with one of my best friends a few weeks back, as he was prepping for his own engagement shoot. He was not thrilled at the idea of having his picture taken, so I suggested that him and his fiance Amanda, have some fun with waterballoons. This afternoon, I am sharing Part 1 of their Pittsburgh engagement session, and tomorrow you will get to see the amazingness that is their Part 2 – a totally fun engagement session, that is SO totally them.

For the rest of this post, I wanted to share some pictures of other couples that opted for action ~ and did something for their engagement sessions. Enjoy!

For the musically inclined ~ have a record store engagement!

[via Jillian McGrath Photography]

Perfect for the upcoming season ~ go ice skating for your engagement shoot

[via Grey Likes Weddings]

For the warmer states & summertime ~ have an amusement park engagement session

[Nano & Thibaud’s Amusement Park Engagement Session]

Frequent a farmer’s market

[Mandy & Spencer’s’ Dupont Circle Farmers Market Engagement by James Reyes]

Going to get your Christmas tree soon ~ well why not have your engagement session while you are at it!?

[via Kelly Prizel Photography]

Play in a fountain

[Sarah & Luke’s Chicago Engagement Session by Continuum Photography]

Thoughts?  Good advice for the camera-shy couple? Did you do something for your engagement session? We would love to see it [and share it!]

Stephanie & Joe Dumbarton Oaks, Washington DC Engagement Pictures

This afternoon, I have a beautiful Washington, DC engagement session to share from DC wedding photographer, ZADesignz [submitted via Two Bright Lights] There is SO much to love about this engagement shoot – the gorgeous fall scenery, the warm & inviting light, and it doesn’t hurt that Stephanie & Joe are very easy on the eyes [is that creepy to say? sorry if it is], with so much love for each other.

I am not sure what warms me up more, the light emanating from these pictures or the love that you can literally see in this couples’ eyes.

***Don’t forget that ZADesignz is offering two wedding photography specials for Washington, DC area couples, a chance at winning an entire Wedding Photography Package, and 25% off all wedding photography packages for Capitol Romance readers.***

Stephanie & Joe’s Dumbarton Oaks Engagement Session

From Zareth:

Stephanie and Joe wanted to go to Dumbarton Oaks for their lush greenery, seasonal flowers, and the awesome garden landscaping. We then went to get some modern shots at JFK Center for performing arts. They met randomly in the street! He proposed on a gondola in Venice. Can you get more romantic than that? They shared cupcakes from Georgetown cupcake. They are getting married in Italy.

Click inside for the rest of this beautiful, fall Washington, DC engagement session at Dumbarton Oaks!

Wedding Music That Doesn’t Suck: “Stay Young, Go Dancing”

This Thanksgiving was a bit crazier than usual – as it started with my car breaking down, en route to my parents’ house in New Jersey. We knew the “BriBug” [aka the personalized license plates on my 2000 VW Beetle] was on her last limb, but breaking down two hours from home wasn’t exactly what we had on our agenda for the holiday.

Long story short, my husband and I ended up buying a new Ford Fiesta [in lime squeeze … and we are calling it Slimer]. The reason I share this is because this whole story is how I ended up finding/hearing this week’s wedding song suggestion for our “Wedding Music That Doesn’t Suck” post. Thanks to Ford‘s free 6-month trial with Sirius radio, we now get “Alt Nation” ~ an indie/hipster rock lovers dream.

During our drive back to DC yesterday, on came Death Cab for Cutie‘s “Stay Young, Go Dancing” and it made me instantly think of a wedding. This modern song would make a perfect first dance song, or be awesome for your wedding video.


Wedding appropriate lyrics include:

As the music plays
Feel our bodies’ sway
When we move as one
We stay young
(Go dancing)

Life is sweet in the belly of the beast

I never used to be a Death Cab for Cutie fan, but this song has got me thinking otherwise. I can just imagine a couple dancing a sweet, some-what upbeat first dance to this at their wedding reception. Agree?

In other news, I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving and I am looking forward to a FULL week of some rather awesome blog posts! Thanks for reading!

Capitol Find: Truly Unique Engagement Ring

Thanks to our very own DIY DC Bride, Emma ~ I get to share this awesomely unique engagement ring – a projector ring!

This cool, “geeky” projector engagement ring was created by Luke Jerram and jeweler Tamrakar for Jerram’s own wedding.

Inside the ring are tiny photographic portraits of the couple. When you shine a light through the ring, it projects the images out like a tiny projector. The ring was made by hacking apart a disposable camera to get the lens. The possibilities here for projection are endlesswhat would you project!?

From Jerram’s website:

In a darkened room, light from a candle or LED passes through the ring to project a series of portraits. A selection of miniature slides were made of different family portraits and inserted into the edge of the ring for projection. As Jerram’s family grows, photos of his children can be added to the ring. The ring was inspired by 19th Century Stanhopes.

This certainly takes nerd-chic to a whole new level. I LOVE it! Thanks for sharing Emma!

Recap & Link Love

Wow – for a 4-day week … it has certainly felt like a long one. Let’s recap a bit and share some awesome links from around the internet & other wedding blogs:

1. We have some AMAZING Washington, DC wedding photography discounts going on right now. We have teamed up with ZADesignz to offer both 25% off photography services for Capitol Romance readers AND a chance for a DIY couple to win an entire wedding photography package for their wedding! Click the links or see our ads on the right-hand side of this page!

[photo by ZADesignz]

2. If you are on the hunt for the perfect font for your wedding invitations or design – then be sure to follow Weswen Design Blog’s Font Friday series … I love this Thanksgiving themed font, Skunkling …

3. Looking for an offbeat bouquet idea? Two Wedding Belles’ guest post over on The Fab Bride gives you some great alternative bouquet ideas and inspiration:

[via The Fab Bride]

4. Jewel Hair Design is hosting a contest with your chance to win $30.00 o her new Be Jeweled service or 3 Kenra hair products, by sending in your favorite hair accessory! Click onto her blog for details – submissions need to be in by end of TODAY! I entered my DIY wedding hair piece of course :)

[via Live It Out Photography]

5. In love with this share of Cute & Unique’s bridal accessories over on Borrowed & Bleu. Be sure to check all of these awesome finds out on their post here.

[via Borrowed & Bleu]

 Have a great weekend everyone!!!

~ Bree

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