Capitol Wedding: Jamelyn & Chris’ Edgar Allen Poe Themed, Offbeat Virginia Wedding

Oh MAN today’s real Virginia wedding feature is going to be good. I caught a glimpse of this awesome wedding on photographer, Leo Druker’s blog, and I just KNEW I had to have it. I was PUMPED when he submitted it to me.

“Our wedding was vintage inspired and very intimate. We tried to incorporate different elements from the Victorian and Edwardian time periods but in general we kept it simple which is a common theme of times past.”

This wedding has so much awesome. Tons of tattoos, piercings, Etsy details, top hats, canes, and sick, steam-punk pocket watches. Jamelyn & Chris executed that Victorian/Edwardian theme perfectly and just WAIT until you see how Leo Druker captured it all [magnificently of course]. Oh and the getaway car – oh just you wait ….

Jamelyn & Chris’ Offbeat, Victorian Richmond, VA Wedding at the Edgar Allen Poe Museum

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Photographer: Leo Druker | Ceremony Location: Edgar Allen Poe Museum | Reception: The Douglas Baird House | Flower Girls’ Dresses: Etsy | Floral Design: Flowers by Mona Ray | Cake: Shyndigz

Details from the bride & groom:

The girls got ready at an early 1900’s Bed and breakfast, Maury Place at Monument along historic Monument Ave, which was also where the bride and groom spent their first night.

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offbeat victorian richmond va wedding pictures blog


We started with the flower girls and found on a seamstress from England who made the dresses. The dresses were made from unbleached cotton and had only small handmade flower establishments. Next, we focused on newsboys and fedoras for the ring bearers and guests to bring in all of the early 1900s influence to life.

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The colors for the wedding, orange and green,were chosen because the brides favorite color is orange and green complimented very well.

The bride’s family made headbands in the wedding colors for the flower girls, which were garnished with hand spun cloth flowers and the baskets for the rose petals the flower girls used.

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For the groom and groomsmen we got tailed tuxedos which were common and accented them with the ascots instead of more modern ties and/or bow ties. We further carried this vintage theme into our venues.

For the bridesmaids and brides mother, we gave them vintage replica cameo necklaces and the groomsmen were given steam punk inspired working pocket watches.

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The ceremony at The Museum of Edgar Allen Poe seemed a natural choice for us since it holds a special place in our relationship and Poe’s sense of the macabre appeals to our sensibilities. The location is also the oldest building/house in Richmond (circa 1740).

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We used lanterns topped with cymbidium orchids to line the aisle and used the same orchids in a cascading fashion to accent the water fountain at the ceremony; the flowers were from Flowers by Mona Ray in Richmond.

The bride’s mother made the ring bearer pillows with burlap and ribbon and embellished them with spare skeleton key replicas.

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Click inside for the rest of Jamelyn & Chris’ offbeat, Victorian inspired Richmond, Virginia wedding at the Douglas Baird House!

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Capitol Romance: Eliza & Josh’s Offbeat, Nerdy Library Engagement Session

I met Eliza (the bride to be in this rad engagement I am about to unleash on you) after she was reffered to me for her awesomely sounding “DIY, small budget, internet hipster meets Tolkien & CS Lewis” wedding. It PAINED me to not be available to work their wedding, but I made Eliza promise I could share it here on Capitol Romance ;) We then shared some emails about Quidditch teams and other Harry Potter interests (she played on a team called the Badassalisks … I think I immediately called my husband to tell him this after reading her email). And then I cried a bit more about not being able to work their wedding.

But seriously though – Eliza and Josh are awesome and so naturally their offbeat, nerdy library themed engagement session was too! A special thanks to Stephen Deleon for the images.

Eliza & Josh’s Offbeat, Nerdy Library Engagement Session

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About Us & How We Met:

Josh and Eliza met via a classic rom-com cliche — a wedding. Actually, the real story is a bit more convoluted. In 2007, Josh left behind a career as a classical pianist to enter law school in New York City. But his best friend and former roommate, Danny, asked Josh to play piano at his 2008 wedding in Richmond. Danny happens to be Eliza’s cousin, from her vast — and close! — Irish family. At this wedding, Josh caught sight of Eliza and was immediately enamored. Eliza was similarly enamored when introduced later that evening.


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The two talked the rest of the night (completely ignoring friends and family) and promised to continue talking despite the distance between Pittsburgh (Eliza’s home) and New York. Several months and many hours of conversations later, Eliza told Josh she wanted to explore grad schools in NYC. Josh kindly offered a place to stay, which Eliza gladly and excitedly accepted.

In New York, Josh took Eliza to all his favorite places, and even a few schools, and Eliza gave Josh a hand-knit hat. Finally on the day before Eliza had to leave, Eliza and Josh confessed to one another their feelings and decided to give this long distance relationship a try.


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The next year saw their relationship straddle the distance between Pittsburgh and New York, DC and New York, and Dublin (Ireland) and New York, until Eliza got that acceptance letter to a grad school in the city. Eliza moved in the fall of 2009. Still, she spent her summers in DC interning at federal agencies while Josh stayed in New York finishing his degree and working at law firms. When Eliza graduated, she moved back to DC to work as an embedded librarian while Josh remained in NYC working as lawyer.

Both are super-psyched for Eliza to move permanently to New York this fall.

creative unique hipster engagement pictures in library

creative unique hipster engagement pictures in library

creative unique hipster engagement pictures in library

creative unique hipster engagement pictures in library

Click inside for a TON more from Eliza & Josh’s super hip & slightly nerdy library engagement session! AND the proposal story!

Let’s Get Personal: My weekend

Hoping you all had a great weekend. Friday was, well, crazy with everything that went on with the Boston bombing suspects. I couldn’t bring myself to blog when those crazies were still on the lose, so I stayed low key and glued to Twitter and was relieved to find out, while shopping at Whole Foods, still glued to Twitter, that they finally got the second suspect.

Friday night was a low key one for my husband and I, but we were up bright and early Saturday to run a 5k Fun Run in support of the Boston Marathon victims. We joined Sarah (from Val&Sarah fame) and about 50 other DC area runners to run a quick route down on the mall. It was amazing – gorgeous weather, lots of tourists cheering in the name of Boston, AND we raised over $900 to send to the Mayor of Boston’s charity!

[a headless Andy with our makeshift bibs]


Then we headed home to paint our house!! And Sarah, being the awesome person that she is, not only hung around the rest of the day, but helped us paint! What an awesome lady ;)



And after:


After painting we cut our jungle of a lawn and did some general housework. We were EXHAUSTED Saturday night, and mostly just fell asleep on the couch watching Game of Thrones (just Season 1)!!

Sunday we were up again to make some knobs for our bathroom medicine cabinet, run to Home Depot (of course…we pretty much do this every weekend), clean the INSIDE of the house, and work a little more on our bedroom. Our bedroom is coming along – we recently got a stunning mirror at IKEA and some pretty gorgeous lamps that I love. We also splurged a bit on some brand new, white dressers and painted the room a grey-ish purple. Then I was on the hunt for a vanity for my end table/makeup desk. I had no idea what would fit next to the bed and work in our theme and then I came across this AWESOME steel vanity on Craiglist.

It was listed as a Norman Bel Geddes steel desk – and I had no idea what that meant. But a quick google search led me to some pretty pricey (and freakin’ awesome) industrial furniture online. I made an offer on the desk and was SO ecstatic that the seller took it! Also, DC is such a small world – the seller turned out to be one of my husbands coworkers. No joke.


Sweet right?! Though it’s pretty dirty and and I have no idea how to clean/polish/care for it – anyone have any experience with steel out there?! Other than the fact that the piece is the perfect size and look for what we wanted, I was also pretty stoked to read more about Norman Bel Geddes – how he designed furniture “of the future” back in the early 1900s and was even commissioned to help design a part of the 1939 World’s Fair. I pretty much love the fact that we have a unique, one-of-a-kind antique in our bedroom!

After a long Sunday I am going to shut this down and will finish blogging my engagement session tomorrow! Hope you all had a great weekend, thanks for stopping by & reading the recap of mine :)

Capitol Romance: Edwin & Roger’s Travel Themed Picnic Love Shoot at University of Maryland

A couple months ago Maryland made some strides in pushing our country in the right direction, with voting in marriage equality for ALL Americans. Maggie Winters Photography & I were so excited for Maryland that we decided to host a “Love & Equality, Maryland Marriage Equality Love Shoot Giveaway!”. We were so excited at all the amazing entrants we got – and were even more excited to pick our winners, Edwin & Roger.

They shared with us their love of whiskey, traveling, their adorable pup Sophia, wine, food, and of course, each other. They met at University of Maryland – so we all knew that would be the perfect place to have the shoot! Our shoot came together amazingly (is that a word?) and I can’t thank Maggie Winters enough for the amazing images she created. I also need to thank Roger & Edwin for being such awesome subjects and for being so darn cute, stylish, and in love!

**And in case you missed it, this shoot was featured first on Charm City Wed!**

Edwin & Roger’s Travel Themed Picnic, Styled Love Shoot at the University of Maryland

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Edwin’s winning giveaway entry:

My fiance Roger and I have been engaged since I proposed two Christmases ago. Initially we decided on a tentative date of October 2013 with the hopes that Maryland would vote for equality. Now that they’ve done it (yay!) we’re in super planing mode for fairly small and intimate ceremony.

Roger and I met during our final year of college at two different schools. He graduated from the University of Maryland College Park and holds that school very close to his heart. We’ve even discussed having the ceremony at the chapel on campus.

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He, and I, would love a campus photo shoot on the grounds of the university that taught him so much, solidified his strong work ethic and really helped him become the man I love.

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Omg Sophia stole the show more than once during our shoot. Just lookathatface !!!

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Can’t stop laughing at the “selfie” Edinw & Roger pulled out with the vintage camera shots!

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travel themed picnic university of maryland engagement pictures

Click inside for a TON MORE from Edwin & Roger’s travel themed picnic, love shoot at the University of Maryland!

Capitol Romance: Lauren & Jeremy’s Modern, Classy Day After Wedding Portrait Session in DC

We’re back this afternoon with a stunning, classy day-after wedding portrait session in Washington, DC. The session, from Terri Baskin Photography, features a gorgeous couple with some seriously classy and modern style. Plus the bride has tattoos, bold makeup & a rockin’ statement necklace – so you know I’m in heaven :)

Other than the beautiful pictures for the shoot, I loved the details and reasoning from the couple, Lauren & Jeremy, on why they decided to do formal, styled pictures the day after the wedding. To them, it was simple, after going to a few weddings where the couple seemed to be MIA from most of the cocktails [due to pictures] they knew they didn’t want that to be the case for their wedding. To them, spending time with their guests was THE most important part of their wedding day – so they pushed their portraits to the day-after with some beautiful styling.

Jeremy & Lauren’s Modern & Classy, Day-After  Washington DC Wedding Portrait Session

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Photographer: Terri Baskin Photography | Make-Up Artist: Ericka Marie | Event Planner:  Miraculous Events | Floral Designer:  Wedding Muse | Wedding Dress Store:  Formal Envy | Submitted: Two Bright Lights

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classy green modern DC wedding portraits pictures

classy green modern DC wedding portraits pictures

Click inside for the rest of Lauren & Jeremy’s modern, classy DC day-after wedding portrait session!

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