Yue & Greg’s Simple, Cherry Blossom Themed Maryland Wedding

Today’s real wedding feature is simple, but beautiful due to the couple’s focus on handmade details. Yue & Greg also decided to use Cherry Blossoms as the backdrop and theme for their Maryland wedding – including the pale pink flower in the wedding decor. They decided to keep their wedding as low-key and simple as possible, relying heavily on family & friends and Etsy to decorate their wedding day.

Lucky for you all, I have all the details from Yue below, with some really sage words on including handmade details in your wedding day. Especially how one of the benefits of DIYing your wedding projects, is the increased time with family and friends, making the items!

A special thanks to Eye Wonder Photography for submitting this beautiful wedding via Two Bright Lights.

Yue & Greg’s Simple Cherry Blossom Themed Wedding in Potomac Maryland

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Photographer: Eye Wonder Photography | Venue: Bolger Center | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

About their wedding vision:

From the beginning, Greg and I knew we wanted our wedding to be simple, charming and personal. That, and we wanted the ceremony outdoors. We imagined a small, intimate wedding in a field of wild flowers or under a grove of trees—letting nature dictate our decor.

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I really love this note about incorporating handmade (not necessarily DIY) details into their wedding day!

Greg and I also really appreciate the detail, craftsmanship, and one-of-a-kind feel of something handmade, so we tried our best to incorporate those elements into our wedding.

We opted to do without a wedding planner/event coordinator, and sent our invitations in hand-folded envelopes. We used Etsy to find handmade convertible dresses for the bridesmaids, and bought Greg’s wedding band there too.

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On their Maryland wedding venue selection:

Bolger Center turned out to be a nice fit: rolling green lawns, peppered with willows and cherry blossoms; a round arbor of evergreen trees, steps away from a little, white pergola; an on-site hotel for our many out-of-towner guests. So, we booked and prayed for a sunny April morning.

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Maybe our favorite Etsy buy though was a set of six little ceramic bells. We hung them from low branches surrounding the ceremony site and strung strips of ribbon and burlap for a wind catch. Every breeze sent a peel of faint chiming into the air all around us: the effect was lovely and calming.

simple cherry blossom themed maryland wedding

Another personal touch came from an idea my mom had, about making sure I was hidden away from view before the ceremony. Greg and the groomsmen hung lace panel curtains from each side of the pergola and let them billow in the wind—a nice play on the fluttery straps on my dress.

In the end, the hint of my silhouette through the lace made for a bit of mystery as guests passed by to get seated.

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Click inside for the rest of Greg & Yue’s simple, handmade Maryland wedding ~ including some fun with a cotton candy machine!

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Capitol Romance: Adam & Taylor’s Rooftop Love Shoot in Downtown Richmond, VA

Happy Wednesday Romancers! We are keeping things romantic this week, after Brittany & Anthony’s beautiful love story on Monday, now we have a gorgeous love shoot in Richmond, Virginia from TG Williams Photography.

Today’s feature follows Adam & Taylor as they traverse downtown Richmond and end on a building rooftop, sharing some silly lipsticked kisses.

TG Williams shares:

We did these photos earlier in the week in hopes of catching some of the beautiful lighting available downtown in the hours before sundown. I like to think Adam and Taylor danced from cobbled street to rooftop with painted lips and curious whispers.

Plus, I just couldn’t resist Adam’s tattoos.

Adam & Taylor’s Alternative Love Shoot in Downtown Richmond, VA

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How they met:

“How we met…it’s kind of a funny story actually.  We caught each other’s eye one night, and he put off such a strong feeling, I was itching to meet him. We both happened to be out another time, and I made a mutual friend introduce us. I was dancing in a booth with my girlfriends as Adam was walking past, and before our friend could even finish saying, “Hey Adam meet Taylor”, we were already dancing, and our moves were equally ridiculous… a good sign if you ask me. On one of our first dates we had so many odd things in common I seriously thought he was just saying, “me too!”, after everything I said. Turns out he wasn’t kidding.”

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richmond virginia offbeat engagement pictures rooftop hipster

richmond virginia offbeat engagement pictures rooftop hipster

Click inside for the rest of Adam & Taylor’s downtown Richmond love shoot pictures!

Capitol Inspiration: Love & Loss, an Alternative, Mourning Bride Inspired Shoot

And now for something completely different.

I couldn’t resist accepting this really different bridal portrait shoot put together by Charlotte Tittle Photography & Anthomanic. While it might not be your favorite thing I blog, it’s interesting and different and therefore, absolutely perfect to me. For the 100s of brides out there that want a soft, vintage look – maybe there is 1 that feels more aligned to a more gothic-feel, and for her I think they should have some inspiration too.

The Virginia based wedding vendors decided to use the theme of loss for this bridal portrait session – focusing on a bride in mourning. This means a somewhat grim aura and styling, with heavy, dark eye makeup, wild hair, and animalistic head-dresses and cloaks.

“A Bride in Mourning” A Love & Loss Inspired Bridal Portrait Shoot



Photographer:  Charlotte Tittle Photography | Floral Designer: Anthomanic | Makeup Artist: GoGo Gorgeous Makeup Artistry | Heirlooms and extras: Two Back Flats | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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goth bride dark macabre animal alternative bridal portrait pictures

goth bride dark macabre animal alternative bridal portrait pictures

goth bride dark macabre animal alternative bridal portrait pictures

goth bride dark macabre animal alternative bridal portrait pictures

goth bride dark macabre animal alternative bridal portrait pictures

Click inside for the rest of this offbeat, bridal portrait session inspired by love & loss.

Capitol Romance: Brittany & Anthony’s Backyard, Casual Engagement Session

Monday is rough. Especially when it’s raining (a double sucker punch, if you will). But Brittany & Anthony’s backyard Virginia engagement session from Holly Cromer Photography, is sure to make you smile and forget ALL about that crappy rainy Monday weather (and commute!).

I love so much about this engagement session – the couple is so laid back and effortlessly cool. I love that they had their engagement at their home, inside and in their backyard, with their dogs joining it. Everything about this session just seems to be so “them” – and I don’t even know them!!

Oh and just wait until you read all the beautiful details of their love story. A special thanks again to Holly Cromer for submitting!

Brittany & Anthony’s Backyard, Casual Virginia Engagement Session

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How they met (from Brittany):

Like many young couples, Anthony and I met in college; at a party no less. There were, of course, plenty of other people to meet and mingle with. But for some reason we just kept running into each other throughout the house and engaging in conversations about music, future world travel, and drinking games. In hindsight, that magnetic reaction we felt that brought us together throughout the night was love.

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It was our junior year and we had a class together with a maniacally intellectual professor who at times was a personal hero, and at other times was a personal pain-in-the-butt. So I sometimes found my attention wandering. Before I had actually met Anthony I had noticed a tattoo of a silhouette of a cow under a green leafy tree on his arm, contrasting boldly with a hot pink shirt he’d been wearing. Class after class I would stare at it, the most beautiful tattoo I’d ever seen.

Anthony and I spent a long time admiring each other, going to the same parties but hesitant to talk to one another. It’s the only relationship where I’ve fallen in love before even getting to know the person.”

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How they met (from Anthony):

“As cliché as it sounds, meeting Brittany started by seeing her across a crowded room. This was no classy bar with candles and piano music, however, this was the epitome of college house parties; drowning in noise, profanity, and general uncleanliness. Through the bodies and sounds I found myself fixating on this small, thickly-banged vixen. I recognized her from a shared class but we’d never actually interacted before.

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By the kindness of the stars in the skies she saw fit to exchange fluttering eyes with me, and I eventually took the opportunity to try talking with her. Miraculously she proved to be funny, intelligent, involved, and willing to keep talking to me despite my firm belief that she was entirely out of my league. Not wanting to seem too over-eager I eventually came up with an excuse to go elsewhere and we parted ways – but a house party can be a small place, especially at a small school in a small town. As the night continued we managed to bump into one another again and again, at times exchanging glances, smiles, sometimes entire conversations.

offbeat casual backyard virginia engagement session

I finally found a way to hold her company in a comfortably nonaggressive way under the guise of teaching her a drinking game about a river. We ended up playing through the entire desk, possibly more than once, talking about everything under and above the sun. By the end of the night we were no longer strangers to one another – we parted ways with a hope and understanding that our next class together might prove exponentially more thrilling.

For days and weeks after, my mind raced through the first moments of seeing her across the room, the electricity sparking from her eyes into my mind; all I could think was “what I wouldn’t give for the chance to spend more time with her”. I still think that.”

^Can we all just say, “awwwwwwwwwwwww” together?!!?

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Click inside for the rest of Brittany & Anthony’s laid back, casual engagement feature and the proposal story!

Capitol Inspiration: Mint Green, Springtime Wedding Inspiration

If you haven’t seen my Facebook status this morning, it’s been one of those literal rainy days for me. I lost my license last night (seriously, it’s like it found an invisibility cloak or something) and so at the concert I went to, I had to get big ole back X’s on my hands … and they are still there. On top of that and the lack of sleep, and the rain, well it’s just one of those days.

But – there is also SO MUCH to be happy about. For starters, it’s freakin’ Friday AND the show I saw last night was pretty freakin’ awesome. AND we have a beautiful mint green & yellow, springtime inspired wedding shoot to share with you today courtesy of Stephanie Leigh Photo Design and Simplicity Events (submitted via Two Bright Lights).

There is a super awesome detail in this wedding shoot that I am just obsessed with. You’ll have to scroll down a bit to see it, but it’s an AWESOME DIY wedding project that is super budget friendly, super awesome, and super customizable.

Enough from me – go get your inspiration on [and a reminder that the end of this post contains all the pricing info, in case you want to use any of the details from this Northern Virginia vendor created shoot, in your wedding!]

Wedding Details & Design from a Mint Green, Springtime Inspired Wedding Shoot

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Photographer:  Stephanie Leigh Photography & Design | Jewelry: Diya Designs
Floral Designer: Buttercups | Bakery: Eloise’s Pastries | Makeup Artist: Enlightened Styles | Dress Store: Blush Bridal Boutique | Linens and Coverings: Everything Linen | Event Planner: Simplicity Events by Johanna | Stationery & Escort Display: Staccato Stationery | Venue: Bowling Green Country Club | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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^ really digging that colorful, pastel statement necklace AND the succulents in the bouquet! Plus, I love when brides opt for a more “natural” wedding makeup look – and the bride’s fresh face look here with the soft pink lip is perfect!

DIY escort card station from wood palette

Ok now this I am OBSESSED WITH! A wood palette escort station!? I will 100% be telling my couples to use this for their weddings going forward (if it fits their theme/design of course). But seriously – palettes are SO cheap – and all you’d need is to spray paint it and voila! Easy, simple, and CHEAP, DIY escort card display ~ well done Staccato Stationery!!

DIY escort card station from wood palette

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^Oh hey there mint & yellow wedding cake!

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Click inside for the rest of the images from this Mint Green & Yellow springtime inspired wedding shoot ~ including all the details on pricing from these Northern Virginia wedding vendors!

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