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Capitol Inspiration: A Purple Outdoor Lodge Wedding in the Woods of Colorado

A little Friday inspiration for you courtesy of Alison Rose Photography & Two Bright Lights. I am trying to remain positive (it IS Friday afterall) but the weather forecast for our first half-marathon tomorrow is gloomy, with a capital G (cold with rain, awesome!).

But enough about me, and more about wedding inspiration. Today’s Capitol Inspiration post brings us to Colorado, to the beautiful union of two lovely ladies in the woods outside Wild Basin Lodge. Lots of pops of purple & gorgeous florals by Sturtz and Copeland. Let’s go!

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Click inside for the rest of this beautiful purple Colorado wedding ceremony in the woods and reception at Wild Basin Lodge by Alison Rose Photography!

Capitol Wedding: Molly & Mel’s Arts Club of Washington Wedding in DC

Happy Thursday Romancers! Today we bring you the beautiful wedding of Molly & Mel. Two gorgeous ladies that decided to throw a seriously stylish wedding at the Arts Club of Washington in DC. The ladies used a palette of orange and teal and incorporated a TON of fun Etsy details to their wedding style. I love that they told guests to dress for a “garden party” including donning their best hats & fascinators (how British!).

Also, I couldn’t help but share that I used the SAME Etsy artist to make clutches for my wedding too! I gave clutches to my mom & mother-in-law instead of corsages. And Molly & Mel coordinated custom orange clutches for each other. An awesome detail – and one that I love to see as a bouquet alternative!

A special thanks to eKate Photography for sharing her images.

Molly & Mel’s Stylish, Orange & Teal Wedding at the Arts Club of Washington

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Hair Stylist:  Red Door Spa | Floral Designer:  L’Artisan Lily | Dress Designer:  J. Crew, Augusta Jones | Other:  Dennis Kittmore Costume Design | Cake Designer:  Fluffy Thoughts Cakes| Jewelry:  Brilliant Earth | Bridesmaid Dresses:  J. Crew | Veils and headpieces:  Tessa Kim | Event Venue:  The Arts Club of Washington | Etsy Designer:  SylSyl | Submitted: Two Bright Lights


 Molly and Mel were married at the historic Arts Club of Washington. The I Street Mansion was formerly the home of President James Monroe. The Arts Club has monthly, rotating exhibits and is one of only 25 clubs like it around the world. Members of these clubs are able to visit the other locations and even stay overnight at those with accommodations.

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The wedding was gorgeous and stylish. Mel’s dress was J.Crew and Molly’s was Augusta Jones. They had coordinating custom clutches by SylSyl on Etsy and Molly’s fascinator was by Tessa Kim.

They encouraged guests to dress for the garden party wedding with hats and fascinators, and their guests enthusiastically obliged. This was a gathering of some truly fabulous people. The ceremony was beautiful and the reception was a blast.

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Click inside for the rest of Molly & Mel’s “Garden Party” wedding at the Arts Club of Washington in DC by eKate Photography.

Capitol Romance: KC & Adam’s Downtown DC & National Portrait Gallery Engagement

I love love love when couples venture from the Mall, Monuments & Capitol Building to take their engagement pictures amongst the streets of DC. In this case, KC & Adam used Chinatown (and then later the National Portrait Gallery) as the backdrop for their engagement pictures!

Photographer Karen Seifert got some seriously awesome shots of this gorgeous couple frockling across the streets of Washington, DC and capturing their love amidst the art of the gallery.

This session was submitted using Two Bright Lights.

KC & Adam’s Downtown, Washington DC & National Portrait Gallery Engagement Shoot

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How the met:

KC met Adam through a friend while she was studying at Virginia Commonwealth University. Knowing her love of all things French, Adam invited her to join him at the Cannes Film Festival just a few months later. They started dating right away, and said bon voyage as they left for two weeks in France.






Click inside for the rest of this Washington, DC engagement session from Karen Seifert!

Capitol Wedding: Andrew & Araceli’s Intimate, Vintage Mexican-Inspired Wedding in Virginia

A mariachi band, a vintage Mexican theme, and a Zombie-themed grooms cake? Why yes, I do think I would LOVE to feature this wedding :)

Andrew & Araceli’s Warrenton, Virginia wedding at the Airlie Center is just downright awesome. They drew upon Araceli’s Mexican heritage to give their wedding day a vintage Mexican theme, with white, green & kelly green colors and some seriously fun details. The whole wedding was brought together beautifully by Roberts & Co. Events and captured by Amber Reinink Photography.

I think one of my favorite details of their wedding (other than the Mariachi Band) was the Zombie inspired grooms cake and cake topper. Just wait until you hear how much detail Araceli shares about the Zombie details (since it’s a part of their every day interests). I am probably biased on this though because my husband and I just recently got sucked into the Walking Dead, so talk of crossbows & machetes actually make perfect sense to me :) Enjoy!

Andrew & Araceli’s Offbeat, Intimate Mexican-Inspired Virginia Wedding at the Airlie Center

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Photographer: Amber Reinink Photography | Hair Stylist:  The Bridal Beauty Associates | Event Planner:  Roberts and Co. Events | Floral Designer:  Twinbrook Florist | Reception Venue:  Airlie Center |Cake Designer: Kaked Custom Cakes | Dress Designer:  Betsy Robinson’s Bridal Collection | Submitted: Two Bright Lights


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How they met [from the Bride, Araceli]

Andrew is in Federal Law Enforcement and was transferred to Los Angeles from DC. He originally was told he was going to be assigned to LA for 3 years but it turned out to be an 8 year commitment. Which was great because I met him! I was born and raised in LA. Andrew and I met on OkCupid! and I found only 1 thing interesting about his profile, the fact that he liked Tenacious D. He liked that I worked with kids, at that time I was mental health therapist, providing family therapy to children and their families.

On our first date we had planned to get together for coffee in Long Beach, CA and it ended up turning into an 8hr date because we hit it off so well. After dating and moving in together, Andrew received notice that he was being scheduled to transfer to DC, so he invited me to come along, and I did.



Their engagement:

We were engaged in August of 2012, Andrew asked for my parents blessing… in Spanish for my parents benefit! And proposed to me later that night. We had a 1yr and 3month engagement due to Andrew being on a work established leave restriction.



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Click inside for the rest of this awesome intimate, Mexican-inspired Virginia wedding from Amber Reinink Photography.

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