Mackenzie & Nick’s Offbeat, Intimate Elopement in Washington DC

I love today’s DC wedding feature. Partly because the bride wore a 1950s-inspired pink dress (I am fangirling) and partly because the engagement ring was a black diamond, but mostly I love today’s DC wedding because the couple chose to do exactly what THEY wanted to do when it came to their wedding.

Their original plans were to have the big traditional party down in South Carolina, but a few months before they decided it wasn’t what they really wanted. And instead they opted for a beautiful, intimate elopement by the DC War Memorial in downtown Washington, DC.

The couple shared, “We have been through our share of ups and downs …the adversity in our lives has made us stronger and more appreciative of each other and life in general.”

^and that my friends, is a true love story. A special thanks to Rebekah Hoyt Photography for sharing her images for this feature.

Nick & Mackenzie’s Offbeat & Intimate, Washington DC Elopement Wedding


About Nick and Mackenzie:

We have been together for 3 years now, half of which was a long-distance relationship.  Our relationship has been non-traditional from the start.  Mackenzie was doing an internship in DC when we began our relationship. When she began college, we were 1.5 hours apart.  The first time we lived in the same city while dating was in Washington, DC, when Nick did an internship on Capitol Hill and Mackenzie was working for a neurosurgeon.  We quickly knew that we would live and work in DC one day.  After Nick’s job transferred him to DC in January, we knew that we wanted to get married and start our life together in our favorite city.

We have been through our share of ups and downs, from struggles with Mackenzie’s health and the loss of Nick’s dad and nephew.  The adversity in our lives has made us stronger and more appreciative of each other and life in general.  We are very excited to embark on our new life together in the city we love!

black diamond engagement ring

^love Mackenzie’s black diamond engagement ring!

intimate offbeat dc wedding elopement

^the bride to be waiting for the metro to her wedding ceremony :)


Our Wedding Details:

Originally, we planned to have a traditional wedding in South Carolina, where we grew up.  A few months before the wedding, we decided it was not what we wanted to do.  We decided to wait a few months and get married in Washington, DC.  In researching our options for our elopement, we learned there are only a few places to have a wedding ceremony on the National Mall.

simple white tulips bouquet intimate DC wedding

We chose the DC War Memorial since it is more secluded than the other monuments.  We wanted to get married on a Friday night so there would be less tourists.

Mackenzie wore a short, classic, ballet pink dress and vintage-style t-strap heels.  Ballet pink was a special choice for Mackenzie’s dress, since she was a dancer for over 10 years.  Nick wore a simple black suit with a white shirt, black tie, penny cufflinks.  Mackenzie carried a small bouquet of white tulips wrapped in black ribbon to compliment the black diamond in the center of her engagement ring.

^ Can I tell you how much I love the fact that even though the wedding was so intimate, their detail choices still meant so much to them. The reason behind the pink dress and penny cufflinks?! I just cannot get enough of this.

intimate offbeat dc wedding elopement

Click inside for the rest of Mackenzie & Nick’s intimate, Washington DC elopement by Rebekah Hoyt Photography.

Pin It

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

offbeat black white bride bridal pictures


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.

offbeat edgy bridal makeup

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

DIY flower belt sash wedding dress

offbeat black white bride bridal pictures

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!

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

springtime pink blue orange DIY vintage maryland wedding


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.



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!!



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

gardens maryland wedding

outdoor gardens wedding venue maryland

real vintage maryland wedding

vintage bride inspiration maryland wedding

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

Washington DC cherry blossom engagement pictures tidal basin

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.

Washington DC cherry blossom engagement pictures tidal basin

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!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Rad Things For Your Big Day & Life Together Go Shopping!