Capitol Wedding: Michelle & AJ’s Intimate, Summer Arlington, VA Wedding at the Hendry House

Today’s real wedding feature is so beautiful – and the perfect example [to me] of why weddings can be stunning without all the “details” that some other blogs put so much emphasis on. Not to get on a soap box or anything – but you should all know that here at Capitol Romance, we don’t require tons of details for wedding submissions – we are drawn to the love story & the uniqueness of a couple and the images of that couple’s engagement or wedding.

I recently met up with Michael Munoz [the photographer of today’s rad wedding] and his colleague, Akins Lawal and we had some pretty awesome talks about details, and wedding blogs, and the craziness that sometimes comes out of this world. I will more than likely write a personal post on this soon – but for today, the rest of this post is about Michelle & AJ’s stunning, summer wedding and the beautiful photography from Michael Munoz.

Michelle & AJ’s Intimate, Summer Arlington, VA Wedding at the Hendry House

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Photography: Michael Jay Munoz Photography | Catering: Susan Gage | Venue: Hendry House | Wedding Planner: Margaret Clay | Floral Design: Fifi Flower LLC | Vidoegrapher: Fine HD Memories | Submitted: Two Bright Lights

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intimate affordable northern virginia wedding hendry house blog pictures

intimate affordable northern virginia wedding hendry house blog pictures

intimate affordable northern virginia wedding hendry house blog pictures

intimate affordable northern virginia wedding hendry house blog pictures

Click inside for the rest of the beautiful images from Michelle & AJ’s Virginia wedding at the Hendry House by Michael Munoz Photography.

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Capitol Romance: Matthew & Jannel’s Georgetown, DC Engagement (with Cupcakes!)

“From the minute I laid eyes on her I’ve wanted to be with her. Jannel is my best friend, I love her unconditionally and am the happiest man on Earth to have her by my side. ”

Whoa – how is THAT for a love story anecdote, to get your Monday going?! There is SO MUCH to love about Jannel & Matthew and their beautiful Georgetown, DC engagement session from Photo LadyLove. Their love story is beautiful and the images from their engagement are even more visually stunning, set against the beautiful Georgetown backdrop.

But enough from me, I’ll let Jannel, Matthew & the beautiful images speak for themselves! [Submitted via Two Bright Lights]

Matthew & Jannel’s Georgetown, Washington DC Engagement Session


From the Bride to be on their DC engagement shoot

I wanted to have our engagement photos in Georgetown, DC because I love it there! It’s historical, it looks like an old town and it looks like something from the movies. The first time I went to VA to visit Matt, he asked me to be his girlfriend.

He took me to DC and we walked around all of DC, saw all the monuments, cuddled on the train, it was snowing and we held hands the entire time! It was really romantic to me. So VA and all it’s historic sights and old towns all remind me of our courtship.



How they met:

Matthew and I met in the most random place. I worked as a receptionist at a Candlewood Suites Hotel on the weekends to make some money for school, and on my second weekend working there I saw him. I was instantly attracted to him and my eyes followed him across the lobby!! Throughout the time I was at work during that weekend he attempted to get my number by calling from his room because he was too shy, and he got rejected.

As he was getting a late check out on Sunday afternoon, he told me he was checking out late in hopes to see me again. My heart melted right then and there. And we have talked everyday since!! Our wedding website has the full on details!



Click inside for the rest of this beautiful DC engagement from Photo Lady Love, including the proposal story AND upcoming details on their Virginia farm wedding!

Capitol Inspiration: Yellow & Grey, Modern Industrial Wedding Inspiration

I LOVE all things industrial. Just come over my house and it’ll smack you in the face: exposed brick walls, pendant lights, factory carts, a metal lawyer book case, and we are waiting for our steel staircase and cement floors to be put in sometime soon.

Obviously when this design theme transcends into the wedding realm – I am ecstatic! I don’t think there is enough industrial design in the DC wedding world and maybe that’s because our industrial venues are few and far between. But for those of you in southern Virginia, you get the Inn at the Olde Silk Mill – worn wood doors, metal accents, and of course, lots and lots of exposed brick.

For today’s Capitol Inspiration: Wedding Inspiration feature, we have a styled shoot by Amber Reinink Photography and Darian & Dechele Events – styling a modern yellow & grey take on industrial design.

A Modern Yellow & Grey, Industrial Wedding Styled Shoot

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Photographer: Amber Reinink | Event Planner:  Darian and Dechele Events | Makeup Artist:  Bridal Beauty Associates | Event Venue:  Inn At The Olde Silk Mill | Cake: Cakes by Z | Floral Design: Finishing Touch Flower Shop | Submitted: Two Bright Lights

From the vendors:

The inspiration for the shoot is industrial chic. The shoot took place at the Silk Mill, which was once a factory that has since been renovated for weddings and events. The beautiful brick walls and concrete floors were the perfect setting for the shoot. I wanted the shoot to have a clean and contemporary look so I used a lot of white. One the things I love about having an industrial themed wedding is all the elements of steel, wood, and metal. We chose to highlight steel for this shoot so we used a lot of silver pieces and decided to use gray + yellow + white as our color palette.

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Industrial chic is all about taking the raw and urban edge and adding some elegance to is. What inspired me the most about this shoot was the idea of going to a hardware shop or thrift shop and finding everyday pieces to use as centerpieces and decor for a wedding or event.I wanted to keep in line with this and have a little fun with the pieces we selected to use. A lot of the items used for the shoot are DIY. Paint cans as floral arrangements and margarita glasses as cake stand were some of the DIY projects we thought would be a great fit for our an industrial feel.

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modern industrial wedding details decorations yellow silver blog

modern industrial wedding details decorations yellow silver blog

modern industrial wedding details decorations yellow silver blog

Click inside for the rest of the details from this modern, industrial wedding shoot!

Capitol Wedding: Andrea & Patrick’s Classic, Vintage Inspired Maryland Wedding

A classically elegant wedding today, with a vintage flare and pops of coral! Andrea & Patrick got married at The Villa in Maryland and chose most of their wedding details around their theme of “classic elegance & vintage styling”. I think my favorite thing from their wedding though was the reasoning behind the date they chose! The date was 5/5/2012 and the reason was that it took 5 months from their first date for Patrick to finally ask Andrea out, and then it took another 5 months from their date to proposal. The fact that the year 2012, when added together (2+0+1+2), also equals 5, is just another reason why it was the perfect date for them!

Thanks to Heather Bee Photo for submitting this beautiful Maryland wedding via Two Bright Lights.

Andrea & Patrick’s Classic, Vintage Inspired Maryland Wedding at the Villa



Photographer: Heather Bee Photography | Hair Stylist:My Mobile Salon | Caterer: Catering By Uptown| Floral Designer:  Amaryllis Inc. | Reception Venue:  The Villa | Cinema and Video:  Blue Sky Films | Submitted: Two Bright Lights

How they met:

They both had met through two friends who happened to be twins.  Carmen (one of the twins) met Andrea at Marymount University and Freddy (the other twin) had been best friends with Patrick since High School.  Both Carmen and Freddy had been begging Andrea and Patrick to join them in a weekend trip to a family friend’s Lake House over a July weekend.  It just so happened that Andrea and Patrick did not want to go.  They had been begged by their friends and eventually both gave in and went along.


It was at Carmen and Freddy’s house where Andrea had first met Patrick before heading to the Lake House.  They both had laid eyes on each other and thought the other was attractive.  The spent the weekend at the Lake House with their friends laughing, playing, and getting well to know the other person.  Since then they have been inseparable and the rest is history.



On their wedding theme:

Our Wedding theme was “Classical/Elegant” and style was “Vintage”.  I read in some bridal magazine choosing a theme/style for a wedding makes the rest of the wedding planning easier/smoother.  It took me a while to choose what our theme/style should be until Patrick told me “well look at your ring.   It’s ‘vintage’ as you wanted.”  Patrick reminded me how much I liked vintage and that is how he got me a “vintage” ring.


Since the venue was located in Maryland and we lived in Virginia I decided to find a church in between – Washington DC (where Patrick was born and raised).  I am catholic and Patrick is not.  Patrick was willing to get married at a Catholic Church and let me get which ever church I choose.  When looking at Catholic Churches in DC I found this one which was small but yet extremely elegant/beautiful in the inside and it had the “Greek” feel I was looking for.




Click inside for the rest of Andrea & Patrick’s Maryland wedding from Heather Bee Photography!

Discount: 10% Off Packages with DC/NoVA Wedding Photographer, Holly Cromer

We are excited to share a new discount for Capitol Romance readers! Holly Cromer Photography is offering 10% off any of her wedding packages, a free 2-3 stop motion video, and no travel fees to couples in the Washington, DC metro area!!

**This discount offer is valid until August 31, 2013. All packages must be booked prior to this date!**

Interested in her stop motion video work?! Check out a video here

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