Capitol Inspiration: A Garden Styled Elopement with a Crepe Cake!

Happy Friday!!! I am soooo excited for today! First, it’s my first official wedding of 2013! I will be shooting down to the mall this afternoon to decorate and help coordinate Amanda & Jason’s wedding on the Jefferson Memorial! I can’t thank the DC weathermen enough for their continual errors in reporting the weather – 100% rain for Friday … WHAT?! The sun is shining and it’s going to be a beautiful day – thanks guys!

Second, for today’s inspiration shoot – I have a GOOD one. And by good, I really mean, GREAT. It started with a cake. Yes, this entire elopement-styled wedding shoot was built all around an awesomely unique wedding cake: a cake made from crepes!! From there is spiraled into a beautiful collection of dessert meets cafe styled details with a bride in a beautiful short lace wedding dress and a stunning gold statement necklace. I also LOVE the detail they included in the invitation suite – you will just have to check it out to see!

From the photographer, Caitlin Gerres Photography:

The inspiration for this Garden Elopement all began with a crepe cake. After stumbling upon this beautiful and unique cake, I knew it would be perfect and I had to build a stylized shoot around it. I teamed up with Tianna of Truly Ty Photography to plan this Garden Elopement Stylized Shoot.

We wanted to tell the story of a beautiful young couple whose relationship started with two cups of tea at a café in Yorktown, VA. Savannah and Erik knew they wanted to pledge their lives to each other and they knew a bed and breakfast in Yorktown would be the perfect place to do it. Simple. Intimate. Perfect.

A Garden Styled Elopement Wedding with a Crepe Cake

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Vendors:
Photography: Caitlin Gerres Photography | Concept and design: Caitlin Gerres Photography and Truly Ty Photography | Hair and makeup: Kelley Manning | Cakes: Sweet Emma Lou
| BouquetAleen Floral Design | Stationary: Just a Lil Studio | Venue: Hornsby House Inn

We included many details into the day that would cater to a DIY or budget friendly bride. While our cakes were created by an experienced baker, any of them could have easily been created at home. One of the cake stands was created by gluing a candle holder to a china plate, and most of the plates and tea cups were purchased at thrift stores, giving a mismatched, collected look to the reception tablescape.

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how awesome is this wedding invitation suite?! I LOVE the use of the check receipt!

 

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And now, that ah-mazing cake the shoot was styled around! A crepe wedding cake!!

 

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Click inside for the rest of this beautiful elopement styled shoot, including full details on the pricing for using one of the Virginia Beach wedding vendors you see in this shoot!

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Capitol Wedding: Anne & Jessica’s DIY, Blue & Green Garden Wedding in Washington, DC

Happy Thursday Romancers! Another week is winding down and man has it been a busy one!! Tonight is our first rehearsal of 2013! I am so freakin’ excited for Amanda & Jason’s intimate wedding tomorrow [even with the dismal weather report – I don’t care!].

For this morning’s real DC wedding we have a gorgeous DIY, blue & green wedding from Photo LadyLove [submitted via Two Bright Lights]. Eva captured the beatiful nuptials of Anne & Jessica. Though they had been together for a long time, it took until DC legalized gay marriage for the two beautiful ladies to officially tie the knot.

They chose the All Souls Unitarian Church for their wedding ceremony & reception location because it was where the D.C. gay marriage law was signed by Mayor Fenty. They chose a garden-inspired color palette of blues & greens and used vintage details and painted wine bottles to decorate the space. Enjoy!

Anne & Jessica’s DIY, Blue & Green Garden-Inspired Washington, DC Wedding

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Vendors:

Photographer: Photo LadyLove | Hair Stylist:  Piaf Salon & Day Spa| Floral Design & Decor: Intrigue Designs| DJ:  Music for All of You| Linens and Coverings:  Six Star Catering | Event Venue:  All Souls Church Unitarian | Submitted: Two Bright Lights 

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Anne & Jess’ love story:

Anne and Jessica met their freshman year at American University and quickly became best friends.

“We still are!”

Along the way, they fell in love. After graduating, they moved to New York for several years, where they got engaged.

“We proposed to each other while on an amazing anniversary trip to California wine country.” (Hence the wine bottles they decorated themselves.)

When they moved back to D.C., where marriage was legal, they decided to get married in the spring shortly after their 10-year anniversary.

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same sex washington dc wedding all souls unitarian blue green

beautiful blue hydrangea bouquets!

same sex washington dc wedding all souls unitarian blue green

Love when couples get ready together!!

same sex washington dc wedding all souls unitarian blue green

same sex washington dc wedding all souls unitarian blue green

same sex washington dc wedding all souls unitarian blue green

Click inside for the rest of Anne & Jessica’s garden-inspired Washington DC wedding at the All Souls Unitarian Church.

Capitol Inspiration: Peacock Wedding Styled Shoot with DIY Feather Backdrop Tutorial!

Bringing you the DIY today in the form of a stunning Styled Shoot from A Sweet Affair, KD Creative & Blissful Muse Photography. These ladies, along with a handful of other fabulous vendors, used the vibrant colors of the peacock to create a DIY styled wedding, in a beautiful natural setting.

I’ll let the vendors tell the rest of the story – but we also have an awesome “How to Make the DIY Feather Backdrop” tutorial instructions to share too!

DIY Peacock Wedding Styled Shoot

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Vendors:

Photography: Blissful Muse Photography | Make up Stylist: Primrose & Co | Florist: Floral & Bloom Designs | Desserts: Dudley’s Desserts | Graphic Design: KD Creative | Event Planner: A Sweet Affair Weddings and Events| Location: Seneca Creek Park | Submitted: Two Bright Lights

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Our inspiration was a peacock, with it’s vibrant colors and feathers. We wanted to portray the use of these colors and a few DIY elements (our feather backdrop) in a natural setting.

Every detail that was used were items we already had, made or were purchased from thrift stores and remade for the look we wanted.

 

DIY peacock feather wedding decor bridal feathers

DIY peacock feather wedding decor bridal feathers

Our desire and hope is to inspire this years Spring and Summer brides with both whimsical and colorful details on a friendly budget.

As we planned, designed and styled this shoot, our inspiration became a peacock, with it’s vibrant colors and feathers. We wanted to portray the use of these colors and a few DIY elements (our feather backdrop) in a natural setting.

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DIY peacock feather wedding decor bridal feathers

DIY peacock feather wedding decor bridal feathers

Click inside for the rest of the images from this beautiful, DIY Peacock Themed Wedding Styled Shoot!

Capitol Wedding: Natalie & Joe’s Traditional Vietnamese, Meets Modern Northern Virginia Wedding

Natalie & Joe met in high school, but started dating years later. Their relationship finally took the next step overlooking the city of DC at sunset, at a beautiful hotel in Dupont Circle. From there they planned a stunning, multicultural wedding with traditional Vietnamese cultures and modern Christian wedding themes woven together. The entire day ended with over 400 guests (yowsa!) attending a 10-course meal in Arlington, VA.

The couple used many details from their ancestry, gifts from their parents & grandparents, and then used a ton of local, Arlington VA wedding vendors to complete the rest of the day! A special thanks to Jalapeno Photography for submitting this beautiful Northern Virginia wedding to us!

Natalie & Joe’s Traditional Vietnamese, Meets Modern, Local Northern Virginia Wedding

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Vendors:

Hair Stylist:  The Studeo, Sadira Vintage Do’s & Make-up| Event Designer:  Local Sixteen| Favors and Gifts:  LCI Paper Company| Floral Designer:  Wegmans Flowers, The Grower’s Box| Reception Venue:  China Garden| Invitation Designer:  Song Viet Invitations| Dress Store:  David’s Bridal| DJ:  MAXIMUM VOLUME PRODUCTIONS, DJ MiggL| Ceremony Location:  Queen of Apostles| Lighting:  DJ MAX POWERS| Makeup Artist:  The Studeo| Shoes:  Bagdley Mischka| Jewelry:  Neiman Marcus| Tuxedo and Mens Attire:  Men’s Warehouse| Bridesmaid Dresses:  Ao Dai Vinh, BCBG| Bakery:  The Bakeshop
DIY or Handmade Goods Designer:  NoviaArtesana, 2chicsthatbelieve| Submitted: Two Bright Lights

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vietnamese local arlington virginia northern VA weddings blog

I kind of love that the couple chose to get ready together – so low key

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vietnamese local arlington virginia northern VA weddings blog

vietnamese local arlington virginia northern VA weddings blog

vietnamese local arlington virginia northern VA weddings blog

vietnamese local arlington virginia northern VA weddings blog

Click inside for the rest of Natalie & Joe’s Traditional Vietnamese, Meets Modern & Local Arlington VA wedding!

Capitol Romance: Andrew & Ally’s Capitol Building Engagement in Washington, DC

Back this afternoon with a beautiful Washington, DC engagement sesion from Capitol Romance favorite, Tim Riddick Photography. I’ve gone on and on before about Tim’s amazing photography skills and his unique style, so I’ll save you all from sitting through it again, but his images really speak for themselves anyway.

Andrew & Ally were high school sweethearts and have been dating since they were 17 (oh hell yeah, us too!!). They have been together for a long time, but decided online recently to get married after collecting college degrees, masters, and almost a PhD. Wowza!

They decided to have their engagement session amidst the Capitol Building grounds and the results feature a stunning tree & some beautiful DC architecture. A special thanks again to Tim Riddick for submitting & sharing his beautiful images.

Andrew & Ally’s Washington, DC Engagement Session at the Capitol Building

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How they met:

Andrew and I are high school sweethearts who have been dating since we were 17 years old. We met when our younger sisters danced ballet together and then started dating after we went Cosmic bowling the summer before our senior year started. We’ve been in love and together ever since!

We knew we would be together forever 10 years ago, but after waiting until we collected two college degrees, two masters degrees, and getting halfway through a PhD we couldn’t wait any longer! :)

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washington dc wedding blog engagement pictures capitol building

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Click inside for the rest of this beautiful Washington, DC engagement session from Tim Riddick Photography ~ including the adorable proposal story!

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