Capitol Romance: Jennifer & Jason’s National Gallery of Art Engagement Session in DC

We’re kicking off the week with a gorgeous Washington DC engagement session from the crazy talented Emily & Bobby of Emily Porter Photo. This awesome photography husband & wife duo is WV based, so I always jump at the chance to feature their stuff when they come up to DC for a shoot. They sent on over the adorable engagement of Jennifer & Jason at the National Gallery of Art and I was thrilled to get the submission. The National Gallery of Art is such a cool, funky spot in the city and it gives couples a LOT to work with in terms of colors, shapes, light, and angles. When you have a talented photographer behind the lens, coupled with an amazing DC engagement session location, you get one hell of a result.

But don’t take my word for it, I’ll let the pictures prove it too you. Happy Monday Romancers! Lock and load because we are in for a BUSY week, including a second post this afternoon for the grooms of this city – a special offer from Michael Andrews Bespoke.

Jennifer & Jason’s National Gallery of Art Engagement Session in Washington, DC

About the couple & how they met:

Jason works in government relations and Jennifer is an artist. We live in Alexandria with our 2 cats, Red and James.

We met on OK Cupid.  After just two days of messages, Jason casually mentioned to Jennifer that he just happened to be going to the Corcoran Gallery of Art the next day, and Jennifer jumped at the chance to join him. (Jason wasn’t planning on going without her, he was just looking for an excuse to meet her in person). Their date to the art gallery turned into a marathon of a date including coffee, Capitol City Brewing Co., and a comedian at DC Improv. They’ve been together ever since.

i LOVE this picture. The swoosh in Jennifer’s skirt, her smile & her bouncing hair…. seriously, obsessed.

Click inside for the rest of this awesome DC engagement session at the Corcoran from Emily Porter Photo, including the awesome proposal story!

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Capitol Inspiration: Bree & Brian’s Dreamy Washington DC Engagement

I mean, seriously, how could I resist an engagement session from a bride to be that shares my name AND shares the same proposal location as me!? (I mean, this is just getting creepy… ;)

Another Friday is upon us, and with that, another wedding inspiration feature. Today’s Capitol Inspiration post features Brian & Bree, captured by Brandon Lata.

Have a happy weekend Romancers!

Bree & Brian’s Washington DC Engagement Pictures

How They Met

Bree moved to DC about a year after Brian, already knowing many of his friends. The first three times they met, however, at least one of them doesn’t remember. That changed one spring afternoon when a mutual friend hosting a cookout promised them both the last piece of chicken. Bree arrived first and sat down with the plate on her lap. When Brian showed up a few minutes later and discovered her with what he believed was his dinner, he grabbed a fork and pulled up a chair.

Sparks flew as they sat knee-to-knee, and Brian spent the next few months trying to convince Bree to go out with him. She eventually agreed and has barely let him out of her sight since. While both still claim the entire piece of chicken was rightfully theirs, they’re also very happy to have shared it!

Click inside for the rest of this adorable Washington, DC engagement ~ including their shots over at the Arboretum & the proposal story!

Capitol Wedding: Allison & Eric’s DIY, Upcyled Wedding in Woodstock, MD

First – Happy Valentine’s Day Romancers!

Second – I have an AH-MAZING Maryland wedding to share with you today. Submitted by the Bride, Allison said she was a reader and graciously told me that Capitol Romance helped guide her vision into what her wedding became.

Holy hell. A compliment like that just sweeps me off my feet! But, enough about me. More about Allison & Eric- because holy hell people, their offbeat Maryland wedding is to.die.for.

Thanks to Faith Desired for the images.

Allison & Eric’s Offbeat, DIY “Upcycled” Maryland Wedding


Photographer: Faith Desired | Photobooth: Pixilated Photobooth | Makeup: Behind the Veil | Invitation Printing: Typecast Letterpress | Invitation Design/Decorations: Crashboxdesign (Allison’s company!) |Floral Design: Crimson & Clover | Venue: Howard County Conservancy

About the couple:

Longtime friends who realized we were something more, Eric (IT systems administrator) and I (Allison, graphic designer), tied the knot on a crisp autumn evening in the 200 year old Montjoy barn located on the grounds of the 232 acre Howard County Conservancy in Woodstock, MD.

love that Allison put pictures of her cats on her bouquet!!

My bouquet was created by a local florist who used herbs and branches, and since, well, cats don’t travel, I created a ribbon attaching our pets photos so that they too could be with us.

Looking for a rustic, barn wedding venue in Maryland? Howard County Conservatory has got you covered!

Annnnd prepare yourselves for the BEST first look Groom reaction shot I have ever seen. Obsessed.

Click inside for the rest of Allison & Eric’s DIY, Offbeat Maryland Wedding! With a TON of DIY details & rustic wedding decor.

Capitol Inspiration: A Valentine’s Inspired Shoot with Pink Hearts & Vintage Stylings

I couldn’t sleep one night because a theme was fluttering through head.

And pretty soon you will see just what Elle with Elle Designs meant. This Valentine’s inspired, vintage light pink & teal styled shoot is gorgeous with a capital G. Heart shaped balloons, pink lipstick, the snazziest retro hair, and the CUTEST teal dress. I am in LOVE.

Oh wait, did I mention there is a teal, mustache flash involved? I think that if I took Capitol Romance, Valentine’s Day & vintage styling, and put it in a blender. The fun, beautiful concoction that would come out, would look EXACTLY like this shoot.

Vintage Pink & Teal, Valentine’s Inspired Shoot with Heart Balloons & Retro Hair


Photography: Dani Leigh Photography

Design, Styling, Props: Elle Ellinghaus Designs

Hair & Makeup: Behind the Veil

Location, Bench, Pillows: Rusty Love Vintage Rentals

Desserts: Dudley’s Desserts (Vegan Sweet Treats)

Elle shares more:

As a wedding designer, I guess my days revolve around love; love stories of first meetings and happily ever afters; so  I could not help but want to style a shoot that was a little dreamy, a little retro, and full of sweetness. I woke up and started sketching a simplistic, yet sweet, idea of mint and blush focused around Cupid’s big day. The planning began, vendors were contacted, I bought a white statue of a poodle, and sweetness arose.  I created a back drop of pink, heart-shaped balloons behind a rustic, mint-green bench. A petticoat and dress were dyed pink, sparkling desserts were displayed on pink cake stands and retro-inspired hair & makeup set the vibe. Our beautiful and playful model, Lori, filled the shoot with giggles and Ooh La La’s.


Click inside for the rest of this fabulous, pink & teal, love-inspired shoot!

Capitol Wedding: Mark & Allison’s Intimate & Offbeat, Courthouse Wedding in Rockville, MD

When I saw Amber Wilkie Photography post a link to this wedding on her blog, I just knew I had to have it. A bride in polka dots? An intimate, courthouse wedding ceremony? And some of the most darling portraits, full of too many smiles and laughs between a couple that is so obviously in love? I mean, come on!

Thankfully Mark & Allison were game, and fortunately Amber Wilkie was kind enough to share her gorgeous images with me. So sit back, relax, and prepare for a ton of smiles from this one Romancers.

Mark & Allison’s Intimate, Offbeat Courthouse Wedding in Rockville MD

About the couple & their decision to have an intimate, courthouse wedding:

Mark and Allison met in Library school. Their first date was a Nationals Game and Mark, being the intelligent guy he is, did not know it was a date at first.

Allison wanted a small courthouse wedding for a number of reasons. Mostly because she is somewhat shy and wanted a more private ceremony. Also, small courthouse weddings are the norm in her family, so she didn’t feel pressured to do anything big. They planned to have the ceremony on the Rockville Courthouse on a Friday, with an Indian buffet after the ceremony. They planned a party at Mark’s parents houses the next day for all the friends and family.

Allison thought her Dad wasn’t the sentimental or traditional type, but it turned out that he wanted to walk her down the aisle. So when they came into the ceremony room they walked to the back and then walked down an aisle of their own making.

Details on the amazing, polka dot, 1950s style wedding dress Allison wore:

Allison’s choice was based on several criteria: not white (she hates wearing white), needs to be poofy (Allison loves historic clothing, especially hoop skirts and crinolines and in her mind fancy always means poofy), it can’t be too expensive, it should be a dress that could possibly be worn again, & not strapless (woo hoo .. not strapless, a girl after my own heart)

Therefore, she landed on Whirling Turban’s custom, fabric wing bust dress. Whirling Turban has been a favorite of mine for affordable, vintage wedding dress for a while. Be sure to check it out!

 Fun story! The zipper broke while Allison was in the security line at the Courthouse (thank you nice lady for telling her!) so her family had to rush to the rescue to get it shut again. Her aunt found some binder clips, that luckily did not have to be used, because her cousin forced the zipper back together, only a little crooked at the top. Allison brought safety pins for the party the next day, but never needed them. Phew!

Click inside for the rest of Mark & Allison’s intimate & offbeat Courthouse wedding in Maryland. Including the amazing portraits at where else, a library!

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