Capitol Wedding: Bethany & Rob’s Silly, Fun & Modern Northern Virginia Wedding

“3 words describe their style … fun, silly, and modern”

Kicking off Tuesday with a super fun & modern Northern Virginia wedding at a new area venue, the Lorton Arts Center. It’s not a surprise that a couple whose relationship was built on photo bombing and playing “chubby bunnies” turned to that same fun and silliness for their wedding.

Wedding party portraits filled with mustaches, a photobooth full of costumes, the hot pink and bright blue color palette and a non-stop dance party reception rounded out Bethany & Rob’s amazing wedding. A special thanks to Michelle VanTine Photography for submitting this awesome, modern VA wedding feature [via Two Bright Lights].

Bethany & Rob’s Silly, Fun & Modern Northern Virginia Wedding


Catering: Main Event Caterers

Venue: Lorton Arts Center

Photography: Michelle VanTine Photography

Photobooths: Bash Booths Photobooths DC

Whoopie Pies: Confections Cupcakery

 About the couple:

Rob and I met at our church’s summer retreat in 2008. I was hanging around a bonfire with my friends, when I saw an opportunity to participate in one of my favorite sports- “photo crashing”. I jumped in the background of a picture that Rob was taking of the crowd.  He caught me crashing his photo and introduced himself. He challenged my friends and I to a game of “chubby bunny” (you stuff as many marshmallows in your mouth as you possibly can and try to say “Chubby Bunny”.I don’t know if it was our mutual love for photo crashing or chubby bunny, but our friendship was solidified that night.

After three years of friendship, we had this genius idea to try dating each other, which was even more fun!

About their wedding:

We wanted our wedding to reflect our love for having fun and our loving for traveling! Rob is an animator, so he created a you tube save the date for us featuring places we had traveled together-.

He also designed our invitations which were cartoon magnets of ourselves. You could dress cartoon versions of us with different accessories- including sunglasses, a mustache, or a scuba mask. Rob also made the programs which folded into airplanes to go with our travel/adventure theme.

From Michelle VanTine Photography:

The wedding was in Lorton, in an festive river-side main street similar to Old Town Alexandria. The reception was really was hoppin’! This is a new-ish reception venue to the DC-area and I’m so happy to maybe be the first to introduce many to it. Workhouse Arts Center is a beautiful space. Large, well lit, decorated with lovely contemporary art, and apparently very well priced.

chaotic & candid + mustaches = my favorite wedding party pictures

the hot pink scarves and shoes totally pop against the periwinkle bridesmaids dresses. MODERN. love it.

Two of our favorite parts of the ceremony was our “cake” and our photobooth. Call us crazy- but Rob and I do not like cake, so we served cookie sandwiches from Confections Cupcakery. They also made us a large whoopee pie for the cake cutting!

Click inside for the rest of this super fun & modern Northern Virginia wedding!

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Capitol Romance: Becca & Matt’s Busch Gardens Engagement Session in Virgina

Happy Monday Romancers!!

As I mentioned on social media, I am on a bit of a hangover this morning [though not of the alcohol kind]. My Sunday started with an awesome styled shoot [more on that coming soon] and then we had friends over for the Superbowl, so we were up late cleaning up. Couple that with an exciting Saturday night [again, no alcohol!!] – there was a fire at my friend’s apartment complex and we were evacuated!

PHEW. So, yeah, a BIT sleepy here, but pushing through thanks to some excellent emails in my inbox and this adorable Virginia engagement session from Katie Nesbitt Photography. Katie thought Becca & Matt’s super fun Busch Gardens engagement session would be a good fit, and she was exactly right. This couple has so much love & laughter in their relationship, and how could we not love that it was all set against an amusement park?!

Becca & Matt’s Busch Gardens Engagement Session in Virginia

About the couple:

Matt and I met our freshman year at Virginia Tech. We had seen each other around before, but the stars didn’t align until one night in April at Relay for Life, an all-night charity fundraiser event hosted at VT.

We ended up crossing paths through a group of mutual friends, and we hit it off really well. I remember being struck by how easy he was to talk to and how much fun I had with him. I felt so comfortable and so free to just be myself, right from the start. We talked for hours that night and even snuck into the Tech football stadium to watch the sunrise after the event was over! I regretted that we hadn’t gotten to know each other sooner.

Click inside for the rest of this fun Virginia engagement session by Katie Nesbitt Photography

Capitol Inspiration: Hot Pink & Green Modern Washington DC Wedding

Oh hey there Friday! This week has been a crazy one. The weather has been something out of a Sci-Fi movie and at times it felt like we might NEVER get to Friday. But, here we are, and with it, another fabulous wedding inspiration post to bring us to the weekend.

This time we aren’t traveling far for our Capitol Inspiration, modern wedding inspiration. In fact, we aren’t traveling at all – because this rockin’ hot pink and green wedding took place right here in Washington, DC! The whole thing was captured beautifully by Stephen Gosling Photography & was designed by Karson Butler Events [submitted via Two Bright Lights].

Hot Pink & Green, Modern Washington DC Wedding Inspiration

DC Wedding Vendors:
Event Designer: Karson Butler Events
Invitation Designer:  Little Bit Heart
Dress Designer:  Hitched
Ceremony Location:  St. Peters Catholic Church
Lighting:  Truly Yours
Tuxedo and Mens Attire:  Alton Lane
Bakery:  Cakes Plus
Event Venue:  The Capitol Hill Club

Click inside to see the rest of the amazing details from this modern, Washington DC  Wedding by Stephen Gosling Photography!

Maryland Marriage Equality Giveaway Winner!

We have picked our winner for the photography session giveaway with Maggie Winters Photography:

Edwin & Roger

Thanks to everyone that entered! We cannot wait to setup this shoot and celebrate Edwin & Roger’s love story in the name of Maryland Marriage Equality!

Capitol Wedding: Tess & Joe’s Offbeat, Dr. Seuss Inspired Virginia Wedding

“We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.”  – Dr. Seuss

No truer words have ever been spoken, or I guess in this case, written. I love so much about this Dr. Seuss quote, and so did Tess & Joe. So much so, that they decided to base their entire Northern Virginia wedding upon Dr. Seuss and his quote about mutual weirdness and love. This offbeat wedding feature has a ton of color, fun, love, and CANDY. Just wait until you see their Dr. Seuss inspired candy display!!

A special thanks to the amazing Leo Druker Photography & Two Bright Lights for making this feature possible!

Tess & Joe’s Offbeat and Colorful, Dr. Seuss Inspired Northern Virginia Wedding in Manassas

Other Vendors:

Catering: Helga’s Catering

Cake Designer:  Edibles Incredible

Brooch Bouquets: Always & Forever Brooch Bouquets

Corsages & Boutonnieres: Songs from the Garden Etsy Shop

 How they met:

Joe and I met through a mutual friend. . . of sorts. We were both invited to the same football get-together on Facebook. I love football, so why not? For Joe, my picture on the “invite list” was reason enough to attend. A cute girl who loves football and doesn’t mind hanging out with “the boys?” Must be a keeper. He introduced himself at the party and the rest is history. We began dating a week later, and three years later we were married.

^uh how much do i LOVE Tess’ striped & funky socks?!

The proposal!

Joe’s proposal is quite the story. Being the gentleman that he is, he knew that he would have to ask my parents for their permission for my hand in marriage. The week before Valentine’s Day my mother sent Joe a text with some tips on gifts for me (i.e., my hints). He responded back with a text message stating he needed to talk to my parents about a gift he had planned. (By the way, my mother still has that text message saved on her cell phone.) To keep me out of the loop, my parents came down to our house for a visit. We had been tackling routine homeowner maintenance issues and Joe made me think that there might be “squirrels” in our attic. As my mother and I sat inside talking girl talk, Joe took my Dad outside to “look for squirrels” and at that time asked for my hand in marriage. He told Dad that he had big plans for the next day, Valentine’s Day, for proposing (candlelight dinner, flowers, the works), and was delighted when my Dad told him that he and my Mom were in total agreement.

My parents left an hour later and less than twenty minutes later, on February 13th, Joe came running down the stairs, got down on one knee next to my La-Z-Boy chair and asked me to marry him. He was so excited he did not want to wait another 24 hours to give me my ring. No muss, no fuss, just the two of us. And it was absolutely perfect.

 We decided on an October 2012 date. My Mom and I sat down and while we knew the date dictated Fall, Joe and I were not big fans of orange/yellow/magenta/pumpkins/corn stalk themes. I settled on a “Enchanted Forest” theme and set out to gather ornate antique bronze leaf patterned table lanterns,patchwork pumpkins, moss and felted acorns for table centerpieces. Silk flower bouquet and boutonniere samples were made up in my favorite colors, shades of plum and apple green.

Something was off. I liked the concept but not so much. What really bothered my Mom was Joe saying, “Do whatever you want.” She wanted him to be as enthusiastic about the planning as we were.

 I sat down one evening to search the Internet for wedding vow ideas. Several examples of Dr. Seuss rhyming vows popped up. Taking it one step further, I Googled “Seuss” and “love.” The following appeared:

“We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.”

That was it. This fit Joe and I to a “T.” Joe loved it. With a bit of trepidation I approached my Mom with the idea of a Dr. Seuss wedding. She was thrilled that we had found something we truly felt was “us” and the “Enchanted Forest” disappeared. We hit the books and found that Dr. Seuss’ “Oh, The Places You’ll Go” was a popular springboard for life changing events:

Congratulations !Today is your day. You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away!A wedding was born.

 Click inside for the rest of Tess & Joe’s amazing, offbeat Dr. Seuss wedding from Leo Druker Photography. You won’t want to miss the bright colors that adorned every corner of the reception venue!

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