Giveaway: Win $50 to The Rusted Key

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A while back I did a post on some Washington, DC themed wedding gifts and had stumbled across these awesome vintage DC token cufflinks:

A sweet DC-themed groomsmen gift, right?! Anyway, I am THRILLED to announce that the creators of these cufflinks, The Rusted Key, is sponsoring a giveaway to one lucky winner: $50 towards any item on their site! Scroll to the bottom to enter.

You can check out all their awesome jewelry, accessories, and apparel on their website, but I wanted to share a few of my favorites first.

Map Cufflinks

State Rings ~ Including Virginia & Maryland!

Typewriter Letter Pendant Bracelets

They even have some fun, home accessories like vintage maps! Here’s the DC one:

As always, entering is simple! Use the rafflecopter widget to enter & please leave a comment about your favorite item from The Rusted Key to qualify!
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Capitol Wedding: Amy & David’s Modern, DIY Traditional Chinese Wedding in Virginia

Happy Tuesday Romancers! Rolling right along this week with a beautiful Virginia wedding at the Beyond Restaurant in Harrisonburg.  The bride is Chinese-American and naturally the coupled wanted to include this in their wedding theme, so they infused a ton of red coloring (“the” wedding color, according to the bride) into their wedding day. Amy & David also included their family in a TON of their handmade wedding details, and decided to honor their dogs (Razz & Mango) through custom dog cake toppers and cupcakes designed in their honor!

A special thanks to Aubrey’s Photography for sharing her images of this beautiful Virginia wedding.

Amy & David’s Handmade, Chinese Tradition-Infused Harrisonburg, Virginia Wedding



PhotographerAubrey’s Photography | Invitations – Minted | VenueBeyond Restaurant | Hair StylistK.C. Felton Bridal Hair | Cake/CupcakesSweetz Bakery | Cake TopperAnimal Cake Toppers [Etsy] | DJLeon Pearson of J&H DJ Services | RingsProtea DiamondsWedding Gown Alfred Angelo | Bride’s ShoesIvanka Trump

The bride’s cousin did her makeup AND made the stunning bouquet below.

i loooooove Amy’s fur bolero & the red and purple bouquet!

About the couple:

Amy and David met for the first time in middle school. Amy must have made an impression on David, because he looked her up many years later when she was in her 3rd year of college at UVA. They went out for dinner in Charlottesville and had a great time catching up. David asked her out a few months later when they were both home in Burke, VA. Their first date was May 19, 2000. David was so nervous that they got very lost on the way to dinner and ended up in a parking lot, but it was the start to a great relationship.

They dated for many years and after being apart for a couple of years found each other again, realizing that they were meant to be together. Their proposal happened on the anniversary of their first date.

David had conspired with Amy’s boss and gotten her down to UVa (her alma mater) on the pretense of a work related assignment. She was wandering around the Grounds taking photos when David appeared. He eventually pulled her to the courtyard where he presented her with an album recounting their years together and when she got to the end he pulled out a ring.

About their wedding!

Since they got engaged at Amy’s college, they decided to have the wedding in Harrisonburg, where David went to school. Amy is Chinese-American and in her family, the expectation is to have a large Chinese banquet with numerous courses. They knew they didn’t want this traditional type of wedding but still wanted to be able to serve authentic Chinese food while also having some American dishes.

They decided to go with Beyond, an Asian fusion restaurant in downtown Harrisonburg owned by family friends. It was the first wedding for the small, 2-story restaurant. The choice was an unconventional one given that dinner guests would have to be split between two floors and several of the tables on the first floor would have to be removed to make room for dancing, but it worked out well. Guests who wanted to be away from the dancing and music were able to relax and chat upstairs.

Click inside for the rest of Amy & David’s modern Chinese-American Virginia wedding by Aubrey’s Photography.

Capitol Romance: Lynn & Dwuane’s Stylish, Washington DC Monuments Engagement Pictures

I’m baaaaaaaaaaaaaaack! Did you miss me?! I’ll admit, while it was insanely nice to be unplugged for an entire week, I did miss you all too. Mexico was GORGEOUS and I will be sharing a recap post on our trip at some point, but to get back into the swing of things, I figured a quintessential Washington, DC engagement session would do the trick.

It’s Monday and I haven’t been at work/answering emails/blogging in over a week. I can’t think of a better way to get back into it though, than with a stunning couple, so much in love, down by the National Mall.

The beautiful DC engagement session and love story is courtesy of Stacey Vaeth Photography, submitted via Two Bright Lights.

Lynn & Dwuane’s Washington DC Engagement Session at the National Mall & Monuments

How they met:

Dwaune I were actually set up, although I was unaware the set up was happening at the time. I previously worked with Dwaune’s college roommate and when I moved to DC his friend told Dwaune about me and suggested that we meet.

After a failed attempt at introducing us at a happy hour, Dwaune’s friend convinced us each to meet him at a party. I was under the impression Dwaune’s friend was alone, but when I arrived, Dwaune was there.  We talked that night and went on our first date a week later. As our relationship progressed I eventually learned that our meeting didn’t happen by chance. Luckily everything worked out and now Dwaune’s college roommate will be the best man at our wedding.

Click inside for the rest of this stunning Washington, DC engagement session from Stacey Vaeth Photography & the proposal story!

Greeting from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico!

[via Trip Advisor]

Romancers! In case you haven’t heard, I am off gallivanting through the beautiful shore of Cabo San Lucas in Mexico and will be out of the office until March 1st. Please excuse the lack of posting this week. I appreciate your patience! I will also have TWO NEW giveaways to announce upon my return. So hopefully that makes it up to you ;)

In the meantime, don’t forget to check out the awesome giveaways and discounts we have currently running:

I’ll be sure to instagram/facebook/tweet plenty of beach pictures if I can just in case you are interested ;) Have a great week everyone!


Capitol Inspiration: A Purple & Teal Rustic Elopement Styled Shoot

Before I leave you all for the week, I had to share this GORGEOUS purple & teal, rustic elopement styled shoot from Truly TY Photography [submitted via Two Bright Lights]. I’ve been recently obsessed with this color combo, and the way they transpire into the florals and simple tablscape design in this shoot is just stunning and insanely inspiring. Enjoy!

A Purple & Teal, Rustic Elopement Styled Shoot

Vendor List:

Floral Designer:  Aleen Floral Design
Makeup Artist/Hair StylistTiana Marie

Tianna from Truly TY Photography shares:

I love creativity and creation. I love moving outside the norm. I love doing and shooting something different. I love being about to create a plan like my stage manager self would if I was involved in a play production. Set the stage, find the props, cast the company, put on the production.

I originally went in on this wonderful Rustic Stylized Shoot again with the awesome Stephanie Judd Photography. She and I pouring our creativity and dual strengths to develop this fun elopement idea. We wanted something different. We wanted it small and intimate. We wanted it outdoors and we wanted lots of color. We wanted to capture the true emotion and and giddyness that comes with a perfect untouched and just simple wedding. An elopement. Just two people in love pledging that love to each other. So here it is Friends. The Rustic Elopement.

Click inside for the rest of the beautiful images from this styled rustic elopement, including pricing information for those interested in using the vendors/items you see in this shoot for YOUR wedding!

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