Capitol Wedding: Allie & Marko’s Colorful, DIY Farm Wedding in Virginia

A couple months ago I received an inquiry for day-of coordination from a friend of a friend. The bride to be outlined her “rustic, casual, heavy-DIY” farm wedding in Virginia and I nearly cried as I read the date – a date I was already attending a friend’s wedding on.

Fortunately Allie remained a fan of our blog and the minute she had her wedding pictures (and all the DIY details) in hand, she rushed to submit it to us! I cannot WAIT to share this one with you guys, between the super rad farm venue and the bright & colorful details, this wedding was a TRUE DIY wedding – and Allie & Marko have a TON of details (and tips!) to share on how our readers can do this for their own wedding!

A special thanks to Bryan Johns Photography for sharing his images!

Allie & Marko’s Colorful, DIY Farm Wedding in Charlottesville Virginia

bright colorful handmade DIY small budget casual Virginia farm wedding


Photographer: Bryan Johns Photography | Venue: Montfair Resort Farm| Bridesmaids Dresses: Modcloth | Cake: Albemarle Baking Company | Catering: BBQ Connection LLC

About the couple:

We met through mutual friends, moved in together 10 months later, and adopted our dog (our love and light!) shortly after that. We were comfortable with our relationship as it was, but it wasn’t until a little after the 4-year mark that we began to openly discuss where we were going as a couple.

We’ve nurtured our communication to become really strong in the sense that we understand how important it is for us to always feel we can communicate to one another freely and openly in order to understand, grow, and love fully.

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Why & how they decided to get married (I really love this story!!):

We talked hypothetically about alternatives to our relationship, one of which was breaking up. For some people, it may be unromantic or insensitive, but for us, its really helpful to understand each other deeply and respectfully by communicating this way. The mere conversation of us talking about a hypothetical break up mutually freaked us both out, something we quickly realized after the idea really sunk in and we couldn’t help but tearfully laugh at our agreeing responses.

It was then that we understood in ourselves and each other that we not only had no desire to be apart, but that we had this new-found appreciation for our union . We then wanted to cement this awesome love and friendship in an even deeper and more meaningful way than before.

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^ WHAT?! I am in LOVE with Allie’s casual, short wedding dress – it was actually re-designed from her mom’s wedding dress…LOVE LOVE LOVE!

DIY wedding makeup

On their wedding theme, details & plans:

When we started wedding planning, we immediately knew we wanted to do things differently. This wasn’t just for the sake of being different, but for the sake of highlighting the true purpose and meaning of a wedding, something we find becomes overshadowed by the glitz, glamor, and “necessities” couples think they need in order to have a successful wedding. As the bride, I was really excited to create a lot of the decorations myself to make them more sentimental (and more budget friendly).

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There were many times when making decisions throughout the wedding planning process that we reflected on our values and compared them to our gut feeling, and a lot of the time, venues/officiants/caterers/ideas just simply didn’t feel right… so we didn’t go with them.

It’s so important to understand what you two want, and not necessarily what others think you should have or do.

The best thing we did through out our whole wedding planning process was sticking to our true selves and always remembering why we were doing this is in the first place.

bright colorful handmade DIY small budget casual Virginia farm wedding

What’s not to love about a groom in khakis, suspenders, and a billyball boutonniere?

hipster groomsmen casual

On their wedding venue selection:

Marko and I are both from DC but we chose the venue because it’s a rustic, casual, and appropriately priced location for the kind of wedding we’ve always envisioned having. It’s called Montfair Resort Farm and is nothing short of a DIY/Rustic/Vintage Bride’s dream location!

Its a family owned campground and was the only venue we found that allowed the flexibility a true DIY bride really needs, making the (quite scenic) drive completely worth it.

bright colorful handmade DIY small budget casual Virginia farm wedding

Click inside for SO MUCH MORE from this awesome, DIY Virginia farm wedding ~ including some gorgeous DIY centerpieces & decorations!

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Capitol Romance: Lou & Anne Caroline’s Downtown Annapolis, MD Engagement Session

We are back this afternoon with a beautiful springtime engagement session from East Port Photography (submitted via Two Bright Lights). This dreamy Maryland engagement session features Lou & Ann Caroline – a beautiful couple in love that chose to take their pictures in downtown historic Annapolis and along the beach.

The session even featured a cute little boating excursion in a rowboat!

East Port Photography shares:

It doesn’t get any “springier” than Gerbera daisies, beach cruiser bikes, picnics, and rowboats! We really packed the spring into this session!

We began our session just steps away from the Naval Academy on Prince George Street, in historic Annapolis. I couldn’t resist the beautiful front porches and doorways of these gorgeous homes from the 1800s.

Lou & Ann Caroline’s Downtown Historic Annapolis Engagement Session

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About the couple:

“Ann Caroline and Lou live (and met!) in Williamsburg, Virginia where Ann is a student at William and Mary School of Law. Lou is a Naval Academy graduate. They met at a restaurant where, after talking for several hours, Lou asked Ann Caroline when he could “see her” again. It turned out to be the next evening and pretty soon they were inseparable. Lou proposed several months later”

The couple is planning the quintessential Annapolis wedding this summer, with the ceremony taking place in the Naval Academy Chapel followed by a reception at the Annapolis Maritime Museum.

downtown historic annapolis shore engagement pictures

downtown historic annapolis shore engagement pictures

downtown historic annapolis shore engagement pictures

annapolis shore rowboat engagement pictures

Click inside for the rest of Lou & Ann Caroline’s Annapolis, MD engagement session.

Wedding Music That Doesn’t Suck: New Politics’ “Harlem”

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MONDAY! Usually the bane of my existence, but for some reason I am feeling optimistic. Maybe it’s because we have Holly & Andrew’s wedding this week in Alexandria, or maybe it’s because I had an amazing weekend full of good times with clients (official AND nonofficial). I’m not sure, but I’m not going to spend too much time focusing on WHY I am in a good mood and just enjoy it while I can :)

That brings us to our first post today, a Wedding Music That Doesn’t Suck song suggestion courtesy of New Politics. This song is not really wedding related BUT it could be the perfect addition to your reception playlist. It’s got an undeniably danceable beat, and the lead singer’s voice brings me back to the years of American Hi-Fi and Fountains of Wayne, so you know it’s good.

Enough from me, let’s get this Monday going:

Capitol Inspiration: A Graffiti Trash the Dress Session in Baltimore

Bringing the color with today’s Trash the Dress (although I guess it’s more of a Rock the Frock since no wedding dresses were actually harmed in the making of this session) in Baltimore’s Graffiti Alley! Melissa Waller Photography submitted this awesome wedding portrait session to us & once I saw all that graffiti, and the couples’ modern wedding attire accessories, well I just knew I had to feature it!

A Graffiti Alley Trash the Dress Session in Baltimore, MD

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Photographer: Melissa Waller Photography | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

That statement necklace?! The bride’s teal nails! And the undone bowtie on the groom ? I love it ALL!

offbeat alternative graffiti wedding portraits trash the dress pictures

offbeat alternative graffiti wedding portraits trash the dress pictures

offbeat alternative graffiti wedding portraits trash the dress pictures

offbeat alternative graffiti wedding portraits trash the dress pictures

bride leather jacket graffiti rock the frock pictures

Click inside for the rest of this fun & fabulous images from a Baltimore MD Trash the Dress session in Graffiti Alley!

Loehmann’s “Grab the Gown” Online Bridal Gown Sale!

Attention all my budget-brides out there! Loehmann‘s is doing an online version of their “Grab the Gown” event. For 3-days, brides can take advantage of a SERIOUSLY awesome online sale.

Select dresses will be priced under $600!

Who: Any bride looking for a deal on a wedding dress!

What: Loehmann’s Grab the Gown Bridal Event

When: Tuesday, June 18th – Thursday, June 20th

Why: Why not!?

More info:

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