Capitol Wedding: Kate & Ben’s Handmade, Local & Sustainable Maryland Wedding Reception

I love this afternoon’s real Maryland wedding feature submitted by One Summer Day. It features a completely handmade, and locally focused Maryland wedding reception (after the couple already married in Maine). The couple, Kate & Ben, wanted to have a reception back home in MD with their family and friends and they wanted the day to reflect what they hold important in their lives, namely their Chesapeake Bay pride.

One Summer Day shared that their wedding was chock-full of gorgeous vintage and DIY touches that all drew organically from elements of the Eastern Shore, both, in terms of visual details, as well as sustainability and local economy.

Lots of fun DIY, handmade details and a ton of involvement from family and friends made this beautiful MD wedding reception possible!

Kate & Ben’s Handmade, DIY & Local Maryland Wedding Reception

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Vendors:

Photographer: One Summer Day | Bride’s Dress: BHLDN | Groom’s suit and sneakers:  J. Crew and New Balance | Band: Flashback | Caterer: Highfield Bakery | Florist: DIY | Venue: Groom’s Uncle’s Home | Rentals: Eastern Shore Tent and Events | Lighting and dance floor: Borrowed from neighbor | Linens: Vintage from Ebay | Tablescapes: DIY, Vintage Oil Lamps & Postcards | Oysters: Marinetics Choptank Sweets | Chalk artwork: Grooms’s cousin, an art student | Parasols: Oriental Trading Co. | Wayfinding Signs: DIYed by Bride | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

 Details from the couple:

Our reception was separated from our wedding by a week and several states–we got married in Maine with 17 people, but still wanted to celebrate in Maryland with our folks and friends. I wanted to be sure it had the relaxed feel of our wedding itself, and most of that was achieved by taking time with the details I really cared about, but letting go of an ideal of perfection.

handmade DIY chalkboard sign wedding

Ben and I are both proud Marylanders, and as I work at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, it was really important to us that it reflect our local roots in a lot of those details- a chalkboard with “marriage made in Maryland” welcoming guests, Maryland flags behind the band, postcards like the ones in my museum’s collections for the tables, a family farm on the Tred Avon River.

handmade local maryland wedding small budget DIY

I also wanted it to feel timeless, so ditching the tent and going for a good old under-the-stars barbecue seemed like a way to make it fun, easy, and less formal, but still special. We were VERY lucky that it didn’t rain, and it made dancing under the clear night sky that much more incredible.

handmade local maryland wedding small budget DIY

handmade local maryland wedding small budget DIY

handmade local maryland wedding small budget DIY

handmade local maryland wedding small budget DIY

Click inside for the rest of the beautiful images from this handmade Maryland wedding, including more information on their small budget & DIY details!

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Giveaway: Hand Painted Mr. & Mrs Chair Back Signs

As mentioned yesterday, we will be giving away our hand painted Mr & Mrs Chair Back Signs from our John & Abigail Adams Modern Love Story Wedding Shoot!!

The signs were handpainted by Just Write Studios and can easily be hung to the back of chairs or other places you might image. The colors are teal and coral against a charcoal grey background. The signs measure approximately 9.5” by 7.5” and are super light!

Lots of images here courtesy of Mollie Tobias Photography:

hand painted wedding chairbacks Mr Mrs giveaway

hand painted wedding chairbacks Mr Mrs giveaway

hand painted wedding chairbacks Mr Mrs giveaway

hand painted wedding chairbacks Mr Mrs giveaway

hand painted wedding chairbacks Mr Mrs giveaway

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Capitol Inspiration: A Modern, John & Abigail Adams Love Story Themed Wedding Shoot

A few months ago I collaborated on a styled shoot with some pretty fabulous DC wedding vendors. Mollie Tobias Photography was the motor being the whole thing, offering to do a giveaway here on Capitol Romance to give away a styled shoot for one lucky couple that could tell their love story creatively. We picked Hilary & her husband Paul – a couple that loved colonial history and especially the love story of John & Abigail Adams. They even used one of Abigail’s love letters to John as a reading during their wedding ceremony.

Now, being that I love to do things differently, I didn’t want to do a colonial/traditional type setup – instead I wanted to do a modern take on this old love story, using brighter, bolder colors and mixing modern details with antique furnishings.

We were thrilled to have this shoot featured on two awesome blogs, Wedding Wire Blog & Love Photographs Beautifully! Check out our favorites form the shoot, below.

A Modern John & Abigail Adams Love Story Wedding Styled Shoot

 Modern, presidential love story themed wedding coral teal blue

Vendors:

Photography: Mollie Tobias Photography | Coordination & Design: Capitol Romance | Florals & Styling: Studio DBI | Vintage Rentals: Something Vintage Rentals | Grooms Attire & Styling: Outspoken Groom | Bride’s Dress: Punk Rock Bride via Soliloquy Bridal | Hair Stylist: Bridal Beauty Associates | Makeup Artist: The Makeup Chic | Cake & Desserts: Market Salamander | Invitation Suite & Calligraphy: Just Write Studios | Venue: Headquarters DC

Jenny with Just Write Studios went above and beyond with the invitation suite – check out these details. She looked up the address of where Abigail Adams lived before marrying John AND found Abigail Adams stamps online!

Modern, presidential love story themed wedding coral teal blue

Stunning florals by Studio DBI – the perfect mix of modern and vintage.

modern bridal bouquet coral peony

Our bride, Hilary actually DIYed the paper flowers from a book of love letters!

paper flower boutonniere

We used modern florals and a striking color palette of mint, gold, bright blue, and coral. We mixed the vintage rentals with a modern, industrial venue, and we had a more modern groom to a slightly vintage bride (though her fabulous dress was ALL modern).

Modern, presidential love story themed wedding coral teal blue

Modern, presidential love story themed wedding coral teal blue

Mollie actually DIYed the mugs too!

Modern, presidential love story themed wedding coral teal blue

We did a simple little sweetheart table for the tablescape – tea and desserts for two!

Modern, presidential love story themed wedding coral teal blue

Modern, presidential love story themed wedding coral teal blue

Click inside for the rest of the images from our Modern John & Abigail Adams, Love Story Inspired Wedding Shoot!

Wedding Music That Doesn’t Suck: “Chloe” by Grouplove

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We are wasting no time getting this week started. Today’s Wedding Music That Doesn’t Suck, alternative wedding song suggestion, is nothing short of toe-tapping, seat dancing, awesomeness.

Let’s not mention the fact that we have a giveaway starting today AND some more goodness from our most recent styled shoot collaboration. It’s going to be a good day. Even if it is Monday.

There is a ton to love about this song, “Chloe” by Grouplove. The opening electric guitar riff, the catchy drum beat, and the easy to sing along lyrics. There is not much weddingness in this song, so I’d say keep it to your cocktail hour playlist, or maybe if you are doing the reception ipod DJ thing, it’d be a great addition for the dancing part of the evening.

I mean, I am dancing at my desk, right now, simultaneously as I type this. So yeah, I think people will dance to it at your wedding.

Happy Monday Romancers. Check back later for our Modern John & Abigail Adams Love Story styled shoot AND a new giveaway!

Capitol Inspiration: Wedding Details from a Glitter & Glitz, Outdoor Eclectic Wedding Shoot

Not much to say about today’s wedding inspiration post, other than that it’s super eclectic and really pretty. It’s one of those shoots that is a true mixture of themes, colors, and textures – a little “something for everyone” if you will.

The shoot was shot by A Muse Photography, designed by Amore Events and submitted via Two Bright Lights. We’ll let the beautiful images of blues, golds, and glitter take it from here…

Wedding Design & Decor from An Eclectic, Outdoors Wedding Shoot with Glitter & Glitz

eclectic outdoors virginia wedding

Vendors:

Photographer:  A Muse Photography | Hair Stylist:  Top Knot Studio| Truck Rental:  Rounton Farm | Event Planner:  Amore Events by Cody | Floral Designer:  Couture Design EventsCake Designer: Cakes Unlimited, Sweethaus | Lighting:  MS Events | Equipment Rentals:  Paisley & Jade | Table & Bar Rental: Real Southern Accents| Makeup Artist:  Charlottesville Makeup Artist | Shoes:  Kate Spade | Jewelry:  erin mcdermott jewelry | Tuxedo and Mens Attire:  Bella Rosa Bridal | Event Venue: Spring Creek Golf Course

eclectic outdoors virginia wedding gold glitter

love the mix of royal blue with golds

eclectic outdoors virginia wedding gold glitter

feathers dipped in gold glitter? yes please!

eclectic outdoors virginia wedding gold glitter

eclectic outdoors virginia wedding gold glitter

a boutonniere from blueberries?! oh heck yes.

unique boutonniere blueberries eclectic outdoor virginia wedding

eclectic outdoors virginia wedding gold glitter

very classic, modern bridal updo

modern elegant bride updo hairstyle

Click inside for the rest of this eclectic, outdoor Virginia wedding Styled Shoot !

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