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Wedding Music That Doesn’t Suck: Frank Turner “The Way I Tend to Be”

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I spent a lot of time sitting on my butt this weekend and little time sleeping – so you will have to bear with me as I am more than likely going to be cranky all week. BUT there was a few silver linings to the lack of sleep and excess bus traveling clouds:

  1. I got to visit NYC, pretend I could navigate the subway, AND see my sister direct an off-broadway show (Private Policy – it was amazing)
  2. I got to visit Live It Out Photography, her husband, and her cute little flat in Brooklyn. We also met a super awesome Aussie at a bar on 4th Ave and talked about music into the wee hours of the night.
  3. Frank Turner released his newest album this past week, Tape Deck Heart. The 10 hours I spent on Bolt bus this weekend allowed me to listen to this insanely awesome album on repeat. It’s incredible. Seriously. Buy it now.

Thanks to #3, we have today’s Wedding Music That Doesn’t Suck song suggestion courtesy of Frank’s “The Way I Tend to Be”.

Sometimes when I hear certain songs, my mind is INSTANTLY taken to a wedding dance floor – the bride’s dress is swooshing across the floor as the groom dips her. I mentally watch this scene like a recording of a movie video, the couple mouthing the lyrics to each other:

…and you taught me and here’s what I learned:
That love is about the changes you make and not just three small words.

Yeah, I know how crazy that sounds – but I literally cannot help myself. I hear these certain songs and I just think they would be perfect for a modern wedding – especially today’s song that I think would make an awesome first dance song. Here is a snippet of the song (as the whole thing is not yet on Grooveshark):

What do you think? Think it could work for a first dance song? Or maybe you just think I am mentally ill for imagining fake weddings in my mind when I hear music.

No worries, that’s cool too.

Check back this afternoon for a beautiful engagement session feature!

Capitol Inspiration: A Modern, Couture James Bond Inspired Colorado Wedding

Well thanks goodness our government passed a temporary measure to stop TSA furloughs and help alleviate the insane delays that have been happening at airports this week – because we’ve got a plane to catch to Colorado for today’s Capitol Inspiration, wedding inspiration feature. (Too much? Sorry, I just couldn’t help myself).

Today, Selah Photography brings us a beautiful mountain wedding with a really fun James Bond-esque theme! The bride’s dress is like THE most modern, couture thing I have ever seen (super unique, and super stunning) and their entire wedding party dressed the part. The photographer obviously had a blast shooting the couples’ James Bond styled portraits, which totally look like they could grace a movie poster.

Happy Friday Romancers – let’s get inspired!

A Modern, Couture James Bond Inspired Colorado Mountain Wedding

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Photographer: Selah Photography | Floral Designer:  Palmer Flowers | Reception Venue:  Della Terra Mountain Chateau | Dress Designer:  D’Lola Couture | DJ:  AmoreDJ | Makeup Artist:  Steele the Spotlight | Tuxedo and Mens Attire:  Calvin Klein, Al’s Formalwear | Submitted: Two Bright Lights

From Selah Photography:

Steve and Jamie were a refreshing drink of wedding couple creativity and we have several amazing photos to prove it.

Not only did we do the James Bondesque shoot, but there were other things involved that kept your assigned bloggers/photographers excited to be shooting out of book. I’m talking handstands. I’m talking video games. I’m talking wild turkeys, deer, and a massive smoke cloud from a nearby forest fire. I am also, since you are still here, referring to Jamie’s amazing wedding dress, which was a three piece ordeal involving some removable shell-like pieces that almost took her paragliding.

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Prepare yourself for what’s next. This couture bridal gown is seriously gasp-worthy!

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mod ultra modern wedding fashion james bond themed

Love love love the first look shots – of course!


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mod ultra modern wedding fashion james bond themed

Click inside for the rest of this fun, modern couture wedding with a James Bond inspired feel – including some fun glitter fruit decor & some seriously awesome wedding party portraits!

Capitol Wedding: Alex & Jim’s Modern Meets Rustic, DIY Small Budget Virginia Wedding

“When we started out planning our wedding, we knew our families would graciously help us out with paying for things like my dress, the rehearsal dinner etc, but we knew the biggest chunk of the wedding expenses would be paid for by ourselves. This meant we could make the wedding ours: a simple wedding with DIY details that made us happy.”

Sometimes I cheat when it comes to being a wedding blogger. How, you ask? Well, I don’t have to always track down awesome DC, MD, and VA weddings or wait for them to be submitted my way … because I KNEW the couple and was either invited to the wedding or just forced them to be on my blog ;)

You remember Alex & Jim from their adorable Alexandria, VA engagement session, yes? You might also remember that Alex’s mom and my mom are best friends, so naturally our whole family was invited to Alex & Jim’s beautiful wedding. And what a beautiful day it was – especially since it was practically hand crafted (and paid for) by the bride and groom themselves.

Alex & Jim poured their personalities into their wedding day and it 100% showed. Just wait until you see all the beautiful images by Stephen Gosling Photography, which truly prove you do NOT have to spend a million dollars to have a classy, gorgeous wedding in the DC metro area!

Alex & Jim’s DIY, Classy Small Budget Virginia Wedding at Osprey’s Landing

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Photography: Stephen Gosling Photography | Reception & Ceremony Venue: Osprey’s Landing | Bride’s Dress: Ellie’s Bridal | Bridesmaids Dresses: Ann Taylor | Cake: Fluffy Thoughts | Officiant: Rev. Laura with Divine Transformation | Submitted: Two Bright Lights

From the bride & groom, on prioritizing their wedding details and selections:

The one thing we knew that we didn’t want to skimp on was the food and the drinks. We love cooking and we love cocktails so this was a major point for us.

This we think is the most important first task when budgeting to pay for your own wedding: make a short list of things that you are willing to spend money on or that you don’t want to DIY. This helps to prioritize your budget. Want a dual plate like we had? Then be prepared to get creative with flowers and decorations.

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All the flowers were DIYed by the bride & groom:

Bouts: Lavender, baby’s breath, silk bout leaves, flower wire, flower tape, twine. Voila! Rustic, simple and inexpensive.

Bouquets: Girls-Baby’s breath and lace. Myself- Dried Lavender and lace ribbon with pearl pins. All made 2 days before the wedding.

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On styling the bridesmaids:

Girls dresses- Ann Taylor. No tailoring. What more can we say? I loved the eggplant color and all the girls totally rocked the dress. They all picked their own gray/charcoal shoes which I thought looked awesome.

Girls necklaces- Etsy amazingness. I knew I wanted them to wear a statement necklace and these gray ones knocked my socks off.

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That stunning lace wedding dress!

Lace and not strapless. I fell in love with Jim Hjelm and the girls at Ellie’s Bridal picked this one out and made me try it on (by myself…no putting the dress on me and feeling awkward in the dressing room) LOVE.

Advice: I HATED the look of this dress online. The model was stick thin and it just didn’t suit her. Listen to the people in the shop and be open to trying on what they think might work on you.

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On their beautiful venue selection:

We picked Osprey’s Landing in Belmont Bay, which was in our middle range for our budget. Their coordinator Jessica Hatter is amazing. She is SO organized and was great at keeping us on track. It was so helpful to have someone young who understood that we didn’t want a traditional wedding.

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On their personalized, custom wedding ceremony:

The second thing that we knew we wanted was a great officiant would would let us do a ceremony that was COMPLETELY ours. We had two amazing friends lined up to do our wedding but Prince William county has very strict laws about non-registered officiants so after emailing Capitol Romance in a panic, Bree (ohhh heyyy) gave us some suggestions.

We loved Divine Transformation’s Web page and emailed Rev. Laura Cannon right away. Let me tell you she is straight up cool. She’s done a million weddings and is TOTALLY accommodating to every request.

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Click inside for the rest of Alex & Jim’s DIY, elegant & rustic Northern Virginia wedding by Stephen Gosling Photography.

Capitol Wedding: Lauren & Langdon’s Rad Sky Diving, Virginia Wedding

In terms of badass ways to enter into your wedding ceremony, I’d have to say that sky-diving might just take the top prize. But for Lauren & Langdon – a sky diving certified, and loving, couple – it was a no-brainer.

Photographer, Andrew Morell shares:

When I first met Lauren at a Starbucks in suburban Washington DC, she floored me with her wedding plan. She said, “well, Langdon and I are going to do something unusual – skydive into our wedding.”

OK. That’s cool. Wait, what? Skydive?


Just wait until you get a load of these pictures! Freakin’ sweet.

Lauren & Langdon’s Rad Sky-Diving Wedding in Virginia

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So cut to September 9, 2012. A day that dawned cool, clear and perfect for skydiving. After some spirited prep photography with both Lauren and Langdon at the elegant Belmont Country Club in Ashburn, VA, they donned their wedding-themed jumpsuits and we headed off to Leesburg Airport.

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offbeat extreme wedding sky diving wedding ceremony virginia


offbeat extreme wedding sky diving wedding ceremony virginia

offbeat extreme wedding sky diving wedding ceremony virginia

offbeat extreme wedding sky diving wedding ceremony virginia

Nearly 30 minutes later, back at the wedding venue, the guests gasped as they looked up and saw their Cessna 182 circling above (only to find out later that nearby Dulles Airport actually shut down airspace around the airport – THE major international terminal for the entire Washington DC area). Moments later, greater gasps as 2 parachutes opened up, a bride and groom suspended thousands of feet above the earth, slowly descending to their ceremony. Speechless.

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offbeat extreme wedding sky diving wedding ceremony virginia

Click inside for the rest of Langdon & Lauren’s seriously rad wedding ceremony entrance – by sky diving!

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