Capitol Inspiration: Offbeat Black & White “Mad Hatter” Bridal Inspiration Shoot

Oversized balloons, a tea-length dress (with black crinoline flowing out) and the most adorable mini-black top hat? Well yes of COURSE I’d love to feature this Black and White, Offbeat Bridal Inspiration shoot from IYQ Photography!

Great things happen when rad vendors like IYQ Photography & Two Black Flats team up. And this offbeat bride inspired shoot is the perfect example. The venue provided an oversized chess board, which went perfectly with their “Mad Hatter” theme. The makeup was edgy (love) and I love the accents of black in the styling. Oh how I would LOVE to see more brides take a daring approach to their wedding day!

Check out the goods below.

Offbeat Black & White Bridal “Mad Hatter” Inspiration Shoot

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Vendors:

Photographer:  IYQ Photography | Makeup Artist: Jocelyn Logan | Floral Designer: Sweets and Soirees, LLC | Hair Stylist: Top Knotch Styles | Venue: Historic Mankin Mansion | Heirlooms and extras: Two Back Flats | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

A bit from IYQ Photography on the ‘madness’ behind the shoots’ theme:

We were inspired by the fun, whimsical offbeat setting of the stunning Historic Mankin Mansion in Richmond, Va. The ornate back and white accents were the perfect compliment to Katy’s bridal look.

Her look included a tea length dress with vintage gloves, a custom ombre crinoline and the perfect veil accessory- a mini top hat from Two Back Flats. Her gorgeous pale pallet bouquet was provided by Sweets and Soirees and of course, no whimsical bridal session would be complete with a few oversized white balloon.

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love that fabric flower belt! Check out how to make one yourself here, with our own DIY Flower Belt tutorial!

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offbeat black white bride bridal pictures

offbeat black white bride bridal pictures

offbeat black white bride bridal pictures

Click inside for the rest of these fun & inspiring, offbeat black and white bridal portraits!

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Capitol Wedding: Amanda & Sonny’s Vintage Garden Wedding in Edgewater, Maryland

Happy Tuesday Romancers! Today we have a beautiful real Maryland wedding to share thanks to Megan Beth Photography. Amanda & Sonny’s vintage inspired, springtime garden wedding used many vintage details, coupled with DIY projects. They were high school sweethearts (awww!!!) and had been together for 9 years before finally deciding to tie the knot! Also…they have dachshunds. I mean – Andy & I pretty much need to be friends with Amanda & Sonny ASAP!!!

The couple decided to draw upon their vintage garden theme (which the stunning Londontowne Historic Home & Gardens venue complimented perfectly) for their colors and details. Bright teal and hot pink and a dash of orange made for a stunning color palette. I know you guys are going to love all their details!!

Amanda & Sonny’s Vintage Garden Wedding at Londontowne Historic Gardens in Maryland

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Vendors:

Photographer:  Megan Beth Photography | Equipment Rentals: AFR Furniture and Event Rentals | Heirlooms and extras: Annapolis Cigar Co | Transportation: Bayside Limo | DJ: C&J Entertainment | Lighting: Event Dynamics | Caterer: Main Ingredient | Makeup Artist: Meghan Dorsey | Floral Designer: Silverstems | Hair Stylist: Up Do’s for I Do’s | Venue: Londontown Historic Home & GardensSubmitted via Two Bright Lights

About the couple & their beautiful wedding:

Amanda and Sonny’s vintage garden wedding on the water was truly a labor of love with beautiful florals, lots of family involvement, and many old vintage details to complete their dream wedding. From the bride: We were high school sweethearts and were together for 9 years prior to our marriage. We love our two dachshunds like they are real children and hope to have a large family in the near future.

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A lot of the stationary was handmade including the menus in a vintage chest with vintage family artifacts and place cards. My cousin helped with a lot of this because she is far more artsy than I!!

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Do you love her dress as much as I do!? I love the flowing ruffles in the skirt!

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Click inside for the rest of Amanda & Sonny’s beautiful vintage inspired, Maryland wedding.

Capitol Romance: Divinity & Meekael’s Cherry Blossom Engagement Session in Washington, DC

It’s June (where did May go?! Seriously?!) but that doesn’t mean I can still share beautiful engagement sessions that take us back to spring in DC. Which of course also means, Cherry Blossoms!!! Today’s DC engagement session feature is super dreamy and I just love Divinity & Meekael’s laid-back style. There is a ton of love between these too – and it’s evident in every single image from their engagement shoot! I also love that the couple plans to use the blossoms for part of their Asian Garden Party themed wedding too! Can’t wait to see those pictures ;)

A special thanks to Paula Bartosiewicz Photography for sharing her images!

Divinity & Meekael’s Cherry Blossom Engagement Pictures in Washington, DC

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Photographer: Paula Bartosiewicz | Location: Tidal Basin, Washington DC | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

About the couple:

Divinity and Meekael met about 8 years ago. The couple used to frequent Tidal Basin in the spring and fall months. They would walk around for hours, just talking and spending time getting to know one another. Their wedding and engagement are inspired by a theme of an Asian Garden Party. Divinity wanted to use a mint parasol during their engagement shoot, that couldn’t have been paired more perfectly with the Japanese Cherry Blossoms and their overall theme. They also handmade the heart signs. It was the first full day of blooms, so we started at sunrise to avoid the crowds and the day couldn’t have been more perfect.

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Washington DC cherry blossom engagement pictures tidal basin

Washington DC cherry blossom engagement pictures tidal basin

Washington DC cherry blossom engagement pictures tidal basin

Click inside for the rest of Divinity & Meekael’s DC engagement session AND their proposal story!

Giveaway: Win 1 Vintage Inspired Wedding Jewelry Piece from Terreign ($59 value)

Well hello there! I am BACK in action this week after some personal matters took me to NJ. I told you I’d make it up to you for being gone last week, and hoping my newest giveaway will do the trick! Today we have Michelle, with Terreign – an online jewelry store based in Silver Spring, that specializes in vintage-inspired wedding and occasion pieces made from natural materials! She is hosting an awesome giveaway to you guys for ANY item in their shop (up to a $59 value!). As always, just use our Rafflecopter widget below to enter!

Owner Michelle shares:

At Terreign, we draw inspiration from our travels abroad and our travels back home.  A good trip is all about discovering the undiscovered, whether in a fine museum or a bustling street market.  We at Terreign share in that experience by bringing you native jewels and vintage-inspired accessories from around the world.

Check out some of my favorite pieces:

Hana Triple Strand Necklace

Hana Bloom Cuff

Hana Bloom Necklace

All the items you see above are available in more colors, so be sure to head on over to Terreign’s website to check out ALL the amazing pieces they have to offer!

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Capitol Inspiration: Lady of the Lake ~ Dark, Alternative Bridal & Wedding Inspiration

A couple week’s back I saw this stunning wedding shoot & bridal inspiration set on Sarah Gormley Photography‘s blog and I just knew I had to feature it here.

The shoot is styled SO differently from most other wedding shoots I have seen – it has a sense of darkness and seriousness to it, with deep greens and purple hues, set in a forest, next to a lake. It’s always so refreshing to me to see photographers in the Washington, DC area doing something different in the wedding scene.

Titled “Lady of the Lake”, this shoot features a handful of some seriously rad wedding vendors, showcasing a hand-painted wedding invitation suite, and gorgeous wedding cake overflowing with florals, and some seriously unique bouquets & floral headpieces that use sticks and other a-typical fauna for wedding florals.

Also, be sure to click through to the end – the black and white portraits Sarah shot are breathtaking.

Lady of the Lake Inspired Wedding Shoot, Dark & Alternative Bridal Inspiration

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Vendors:

Photographer: Sarah Gormley Photography | Styling & FloralsMobtown Florals | Headpieces: Rae Beth Designs | DressJill Andrews Gowns | Makeup, Hair & Modeling: Lauren Ruth Ward | Paper: The Peacock Press | Cake: Hamilton Bakery

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A bit from The Peacock Press on the wedding invitation suite, “The Lake”:

“The Lake” is from a series of three hand-painted designs, and features layers of purples and grays that mimic water ripples.

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Can’t tell you what I love more, the bride’s green streaked hair, or that deep mauve lipstick!

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That floral headpiece – with the sticks branching out?! Gah – so much awesome. Mobtown Florals killed it.

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Click inside for the rest of this beautiful, alternative wedding design by Sarah Gormley Photography ~ including stunning black & white portraits, and an amazing cake!

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lady of the lake dark modern gothic bridal wedding inspiration

lady of the lake dark modern gothic bridal wedding inspiration

Do you love this cake from Hamilton Bakery as much as I do? The succulent greens with that pop of orange? Just beautiful.

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The cake is almost personified – it looks like it’s alive with those plants actually growing on it!

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lady of the lake dark modern gothic bridal wedding inspiration

lady of the lake dark modern gothic bridal wedding inspiration

lady of the lake dark modern gothic bridal wedding inspiration

lady of the lake dark modern gothic bridal wedding inspiration

lady of the lake dark modern gothic bridal wedding inspiration

lady of the lake dark modern gothic bridal wedding inspiration

lady of the lake dark modern gothic bridal wedding inspiration

lady of the lake dark modern gothic bridal wedding inspiration

lady of the lake dark modern gothic bridal wedding inspiration

love love love this gown from Jill Andrews Gowns!

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lady of the lake dark modern gothic bridal wedding inspiration

And I saved the best for last. This next shot just kills me with its awesome – it’s like the bride is peering into my soul. I feel compelled to print/frame this picture for some reason I can barely articulate! Wowzer!

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A special thanks again to Sarah Gormley Photography & all the talented vendors that worked on this shoot!

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