Say I Do DC ~ LGBT Wedding Expo Ticket Giveaway

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It’s that time of year again – one of DC’s best wedding expos, Say I Do is back in DC on June 2nd at the Hotel Palomar in DC and we are so exciting to not only get to attend this year BUT giveaway two tickets to the event!

For those that don’t know, Say I Do Expo is a fun, interactive and informative wedding experience. It is chock full of Washington DC’s best LGBT-friendly vendors, entertainment, workshops, prizes, and MUCH MORE! All of the amazing wedding businesses that attend are affirming and supportive of marriage equality! (Which, shouldn’t we ALL just be that way…. but I digress).

An in case you don’t win our two-ticket giveaway, proceeds from ticket sales will benefit several LGBT organizations and you can buy them here!

Our ticket giveaway ends in just one week! So enter soon by leaving a comment on this post!

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Capitol Wedding: Amy & Tom’s Beautiful, Intimate DC Courthouse Wedding

“Our wedding was a reflection of our desire to focus on our marriage itself.

This morning I have a beautiful DC Courthouse Wedding to share with you all, courtesy of Sarah Gormley Photography. Amy & Tom’s intimate DC wedding is simple, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t downright beautiful. I love Amy’s poof-like birdcage veil and Tom is seriously rocking his pink tie, blue plaid jacket, and billyball boutonniere.

So sit back, relax, and prepare for a whole lot of love in today’s DC wedding post!

Amy & Tom’s Intimate, DC Courthouse Wedding

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From the bride:

“Neither of us wanted the reason we were getting married to be overshadowed by all the minutiae and expense of a big wedding, so we skipped it and got married at the court house instead. It was exactly the experience we both wanted to have, and we’re grateful to our fabulous photographer, Sarah, for capturing our happiest moments together (so far!) I hope every couple is as satisfied with their wedding as we are!”

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loving Amy’s wildflower, springtime bouquet!

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dc courthouse wedding intimate

dc courthouse wedding intimate

dc courthouse wedding intimate

dc courthouse wedding intimate

Click inside for the rest of Amy & Tom’s beautiful, intimate DC courthouse wedding and some gorgeous portraits by the Jefferson Memorial!

Capitol Romance: Thuy & Phillip’s Burke Lake Park, Northern Virginia Engagement

A beautiful Northern Virginia engagement session is kicking off the week. Whenever I get submissions from An Endless Pursuit – I know I am going to love them and Thuy & Phillips engagement pictures at Burke Lake Park were no exception.

Today’s post will be light as the couple wished to keep their love story & proposal story private. An Endless Pursuit assumed this meant I didn’t want to feature the couple, to which I replied, “no way – a couple’s right to privacy is way more important to me than added content in a blog post”. And I stand by that statement. In the world of wedding blogging, we seem to be getting further and further from the heart of the stories being shared and mostly only about the surface-level exteriors of the way things look.

I could probably rage on about this – but I won’t (not now any way). Instead I will leave you with some beautiful images of a fun, quirky couple that is truly in love!

Thuy & Phillip’s Burke Lake Park Northern Virginia Engagement Session

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Vendors:

Photographer: An Endless Pursuit | Engagement Session Location: Burke Lake Park, VA | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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northern virginia engagement pictures burke lake park

northern virginia engagement pictures burke lake park

northern virginia engagement pictures burke lake park

northern virginia engagement pictures burke lake park

northern virginia engagement pictures burke lake park

northern virginia engagement pictures burke lake park

northern virginia engagement pictures burke lake park

 

Capitol Inspiration: A Bold Green & Gold, Great Gatsby Inspired Wedding Shoot

Happy Friday Romancers!!! Today we are traveling to Savannah, GA to bring you an ornate, dazzling styled shoot based on The Great Gatsby! I’ve seen a few of these styled shoots floating around the wedding blogosphere, so when Lone Pine Photography submitted this one our way, I just knew I had to share one too. Mostly because I felt it had some unique and different takes on the Gatsby theme.

Lone Pine Photography shares:

[Our] styled shoot in Savannah GA was at a 19th century Italianate mansion. We chose Emerald green and gold for the colors for accents and clothing.  We had 10 different higher-end vendors collaborate on this vision for the shoot, and it was powerfully done, just like Gatsby.

I love the mix of modern and vintage in this wedding shoot. The bridal headband, chandeliers, and overflowing florals take us back to the roaring 20s, but the addition of an emerald green reception dress, and glittering gold details add that splash of modern that gives it something unique!

Hope you all have a great weekend!!

A Modern, Green & Gold Great Gatsby Inspired Wedding Styled Shoot

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Vendors:

Photographer:  Lone Pine Photography| Equipment Rentals: Amazing Event Rentals| Dress Store: BleuBelle Bridal | Bakery: Brown Sugar Custom Cakes | Floral Designer: EightTreeStreet | DIY or Handmade Goods Designer: French Knot Studios | Event Designer: Harvey Designs | Event Planner: Larger Than Life Events and Design | Makeup Artist: Simone Simmons | Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Simons Formal Wear | Personal Stylist: Taliyba Reinberry | Invitation Designer: Wiregrass Weddings | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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green gold wedding great gatsby theme

green gold wedding great gatsby theme

Click inside for the rest of the beautiful gold & emerald green details from a Great Gatsby inspired wedding!

Capitol Wedding: John & Jennie’s Sweet, Classic Fredericksburg Virginia Wedding

Though the details of this wedding are slightly more on the traditional end of things, it was the couple’s story that I was drawn to, and why I chose to feature it. The couple wanted something sophisticated and elegant and “expressive of who we were as a couple”. <- boom. That right there is what says it all. Go ahead and be traditional – if that’s who you are as a couple, then that is totally right on with me!

The couple chose the Inn at Fredericksburg Square for their venue and included a classic color palette of pale pink, ivory, slate grey, and black. I think my favorite detail of this wedding though was what Jennie shared about their choice for flowers. I got teary reading this:

All of the flowers were wrapped with chiffon lace detailing from my grandmother’s wedding dress that she had designed herself. It was really important to have a part of my grandmother with us since she wasn’t able to meet John. I know she would have loved him.

Just beautiful. A special thanks to Ampersand Photography for submitting this beautiful Virginia wedding.

Jennie & John’s Classic, Intimate Fredericksburg Virginia Wedding

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Vendors:

Photographer:  Ampersand Photography | Hair Stylist: Barbarella Hair Design | Transportation: Marriage, Carriage and More, LLC. | Venue: Inn at Fredericksburg Square | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

About the couple:

John and I met via e-harmony in March of 2011. That June, I bought a fixer upper house in historic downtown Fredericksburg and we spent the summer renovating the entire house. We spent endless nights putting up drywall, fixing electrical outlets, pealing wallpaper, painting walls, etc… We used that time to really get to know each other and to share what we both wanted in a relationship.  Buy the end of the summer, we were happily engaged with a  ready to move in house. Most people think 5 months into a relationship is too soon to get engaged (I had thought that too!) but when you know, you know. It was a pretty easy choice to make.

^Is it me, or could this easily be the premise for a Rom Com?! Spending a summer renovating a house together? I want to do this!

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elegant intimate frederiskcburg va wedding

Details on their wedding elements:

Overall we wanted a wedding that was sophisticated, elegant, a little traditional, and expressive of who we were as a couple. We chose the Inn at Fredericksburg Square for many reasons, but mainly because of its “wow” factor. The first time we stepped into the building we were amazed by the beauty and elegance of the interior. Its’ location in historic downtown Fredericksburg was also ideal. 

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elegant intimate frederiskcburg va wedding

We chose a soft pink, ivory, slate gray, and black because of the juxtaposition between the delicate pink and ivory with the edgier slate gray and classic black. 

The flowers were a special touch in that we added olive leaves which symbolize glory, peace and abundance.  On a more personal level, the leaves represented an important life experience I had while studying art in Paros, Greece. All of the flowers were wrapped with chiffon lace detailing from my grandmother’s wedding dress that she had designed herself. It was really important to have a part of my grandmother with us since she wasn’t able to meet John. I know she would have loved him.

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 Click inside for the rest of this beautiful, intimate & elegant Virginia wedding in Fredericksburg Virginia!

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