Capitol Wedding: Lauren & Tom’s Summer Sunflower Wedding in Old Town Alexandria, VA

I am super excited to share today’s Northern Virginia wedding for a few reasons. One, I know one of the bridesmaids (hi Bekah!!) and she is marrying one of my really good high school friends this year. Two, it takes place at the Lee-Fendall House, a stunning outdoor Northern Virginia wedding venue I am working at with Holly & Andrew this June (!!). And three, it features groomsladies with the COOLEST detail that I think we will certainly see more grooms ladies use in the future.

Lauren & Tom used the summer, outdoor garden scene to their benefit, incorporating beautiful shades of green and sunflowers into their wedding design [and adding some modern fun with a splash of hot pink]. The whole wedding was captured beautifully by Vita Images [submitted via Two Bright Lights].

Lauren & Tom’s Summer Garden Wedding at the Lee-Fendall House in Alexandria, VA


Hair Stylist:  Hair Design By Diane
Floral Designer:  Trader Joe’s

About the couple:

Lauren and Tom  chose to wed on a perfect sunny summer afternoon in the historic gardens of the Lee-Fendall House in Old Town Alexandria, Va. These college sweethearts met, dated, and fell in love at the University of Maryland. It is also the special place Tom chose to propose to Lauren on the weekend of their six-year anniversary.

A sneak peak of that awesome groomslady detail I mentioned above …

First look time! I love that Tom used his tie to cover his eyes – so cute!

Boom!! I LOVE THIS detail! Tom had his groomsladies use ties as belts to incorporate all the designs/colors. So awesome, right?!

This unique couple went against tradition and created a stunning bridal party. Not only did they have four bridesmaids, in a romantic bright pink, standing up for Lauren, but Tom included three “groomsladies” in addition to his groomsman. These “groomsladies” coordinated perfectly with their effeminate grey dresses and matching ties around their waist, just like Tom’s around his neck.

Click inside for the rest of this summer garden wedding at the Lee-Fendall House in Alexandria, VA from Vita Images!

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Style to the Aisle Ticket Giveaway

Attention all bridal fashionistas! Style to the Aisle is back in Washington, DC and we have two tickets to giveaway to this awesome show!

AND in addition to winning two free tickets to this event, Style to the Aisle has also agreed to name our winner an exclusive “VIB”= Very Important Bride, which means some extra access to the events happening on March 24th!

Style to the Aisle…a Bride’s RUNWAY 2013 / DC

Don’t miss THE premiere bridal fashion event of 2013 produced by Memorable Moments Event Planning Co.!  

WHO: You! Plus Press, Event Planners, Trendsetters & the Sophisticated Fashionista Bride.

WHAT: Romance comes back to rip the runway for a 3rd season with an all NEW look to give brides that much needed “fashion for thought” as she prepares for her big debut down the white carpet. Come enjoy an uber-chic bridal experience, get inspired and celebrate your engagement in style.

WHEN: Sunday, March 24, 2013 | 3pm-7pm

WHERE: L’Enfant Plaza Hotel, Washington, DC

If you’ve been to countless bridal expos but have left overwhelmed & uninspired, you’re in for a real treat! Unlike any other, this event is unique & lavish; its a place where an elite & diverse collection of some of the hottest trends from the region’s best designers & bridal boutiques in bridal fashion and accessories come to the catwalk. Come enjoy a great afternoon of mingling with your entourage, sip complimentary champagne/cocktails provided by Chambord, enjoy tasty hors d’ oeuvres & win some fabulous prizes. Meet some of the best beauty experts, receive onsite beauty treatments in our exclusive “Style Lounge” and some amazing swag for the first 100 guests.  

Join Us For An Afternoon of Fashion, Beauty & Style!

MEET: Some of the area’s best experts in beauty, health and style

EXPERIENCE: A fashion-week runway show only bridal

RECEIVE: A complimentary STA tote bag with some awesome swag

BE INSPIRED: By some of the hottest trends in bridal fashion & accessories.

Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below! We will pick a winner on March 11th!
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Capitol Discounts: 10% Off Wedding Photography Package with ZADesignz

Attention Capitol Romance readers! I told you this week was going to be a BIG one … and I hope you’ll agree that I am following through on that claim! Today we are excited to announce a new offer for Capitol Romance readers looking for a discount on wedding photography with ZADesignz. Introducing:

10% Off Wedding Photography Packages with ZADesignz

Zareth is no stranger to Capitol Romance, we have featured a TON of her amazing work here, but I wanted to share a handful of some of her favorite more recent shots below. Enjoy!



Capitol Wedding: Jessica & Ken’s Family Infused, Personalized Fort Belvoir Officer’s Club Wedding

Tuesday’s real Virginia wedding brings us to the Fort Belvoir’s Officers Club in Northern Virginia. Jessica & Ken were taken by the beautiful outdoor setting and the venue’s southern charm. They incorporate a TON of their family’s history into their wedding day through reusing family heirlooms and the decor was accented by beautiful hydrangeas and handmade paper flowers.

But I think the best detail of their wedding day comes in the form of their AWESOME table names. I won’t ruin too much, but Ken & Jessica decided to have some fun involving roller coaster pictures. The images are guaranteed to make you laugh out loud. A special thanks to Porter Watkins Photography for submitting her images for this feature!

Jessica & Ken’s Family-Infused, Personalized Northern Virginia Wedding at Fort Belvoir’s Officers Club

 How they met:

On January 12, 2010, we had our first date at DC Chophouse. Jessica, a constantly tardy, fickle metro rider, was late and refused to change trains, Ken ever the gentleman, met Jessica at Metro Center and they walked to dinner together. At dinner, Jessica talked and talked and talked. Ken tried not to fall in love too quickly. Since that day, the two have been together.

Through snow-mageddon just after they began dating to both their best friends getting married, vacations into Luray Caverns, the beach, Tallahassee, Tampa, and Ohio; time apart because of Army training and everything in between, Ken and Jessica have been in love the whole time and will be forever.

The proposal story:

My momma and brother, Jeff, were in town for Yom Kippur during Columbus weekend, 2011. Ken knew we’d be out of the house for a while for services, which gave him the chance to get the ring. At the end of the weekend, after I took Momma and Jeff to the airport, Ken decided we should go to Great Falls, MD to hike the Billy Goat Trail–something I had been begging to do for months, but Ken knew the next time he took me there he wanted to propose.

Knowing we were just hiking, I threw on some hiking clothes and was ready to hit the road. As we reached the park, Ken was acting a little funny (in hindsight), not letting me touch the backpack or anything in the trunk of the car.

Jessica DIYed not only her OWN wedding hair and makeup – but her bridesmaids’ hair too!

As we traipsed through the rocks and hiked along the trails, we got hungry — we both couldn’t wait to get to the rocky look-out point to eat Panera picnic lunch. When we rounded the corner to get to the rocks, the rocks were overtaken with people. Ken tells me he freaked out in his head. He suggested we go out a little farther, to an empty outcropping of rocks.

Ken is a member of the Army Nurse Corps–each corps has their own pins for their dress blue uniforms. Darby and Aubrey purchased several of Ken’s Army Nurse Corps pins. They used the pins to pin their sashes to together to their dresses–so sweet!! They also bought one for me to pin Darby’s borrowed bouquet ribbon–tears!

Once to the secluded rocks, Ken suggested he take a picture of me with the fall foliage in the background; always wanting my picture taken, I said, “Yeah, take my picture!” To my excitement instead of taking the camera out of the backpack, Ken removed a ring box and asked me to be his wife! Of course, I said, “YES! YES! YES! YES!” After I finished hugging Ken, he said, “Well, are you going to look at the ring?” To say the least, it was stunning. As he placed the ring on my finger, three pre-pubescent boys and their dad yelled, “CONGRATULATIONS!” from another rock group. It was a great first congratulatory message for our engagement. As we finished our hike through the Billy Goat trail, our excitement was barely contained and we made it out of there in record time. :)

On their venue selection:

Ken is in the Army and we just feel in love with the Southern charm of the look of the Fort Belvoir Officers’ Club. It had the perfect gazebo and garden and I always loved the idea of having part of our wedding outside. We loved the banquet hall’s amazing view of the Potomac. Additionally, we really wanted our family and friends to see what an Army post looks like.

Being Jewish our parents and bridal party stand with us under our chuppah (in our case the gazebo) and celebrate the whole ceremony with us. Our best man Joe was so funny when he showed off our ketubah (Jewish wedding contract) to our friends and family, but I love having our matron of honor and best man sign our ketubah with us. We have it hanging in our house with the photos Porter took of us all signing it–we love it!

Click inside for the rest of this beautiful Northern Virginia Fort Belvoir Wedding from Porter Watkins Photography.

Special Offer: Get a Free Shirt & Bowtie with the Purchase of a Tuxedo from Michael Andrews Bespoke

Last week we were contacted by the stylin’ Michael Andrews Bespoke company, a NYC-based custom tailor that recently opened a shop in Washington, DC. They had some awesome information and advice to share, and also agreed to give Capitol Romance readers a fantastic offer: Buy 1 of their Primo Tuxedos and get a shirt and bowtie for free!

All you have to do is mention Capitol Romance at your booking!

[Oh and you might want to start the music above before you finish reading this post …. I just couldn’t resist]

A little more about Michael Andrews Bespoke:

New York-based, custom suit clothier Michael Andrews Bespoke, who has made the “Best Of” lists in the Big Apple, recently opened a second studio at 1604 17th Street, NW, Washington, DC.

Michael Andrews Bespoke specializes in slim-fit suits, shirts, tuxedos, sports coats, trousers, and overcoats for men, cut to clients’ precise measurements.  MAB was launched in New York City in 2006 with the vision of crafting high-end, approachable menswear with a modern flare. The shop is now known as New York City’s premier custom clothier, having been named on the “Best Of” lists by New York Magazine, Time Out New York, Bloomberg Markets, AM New York and JW Marriott Magazine. Each customer is then measured by Michael Andrews himself; fittings are done at the studio and final adjustments are made by Michael Andrews’ premier tailors. 

At Michael Andrews Bespoke, clients have the opportunity to choose the inner and outer patterns as well as thread color and button type (wood, horn, or mother-of-pearl), entirely personalizing their suit.  Custom shirts, ties, and artistic cuff links round out the wardrobe. Andrews is a leader in taking a boy’s club approach to retail, with an off-the-beaten-path, location and ‘by appointment’ schedule.  A key focal point at both the New York City and new DC studio is a lavish eight-foot long, fully stocked bar, which makes it easy to linger before (and after) appointments.

I mean, I don’t think I will ever be in the position to purchase a tuxedo, but if I was, I would want a place with a sick studio and a full bar. Just sayin; :)

Let us know if you happen to check out Michael’s new DC shop! We hope you enjoy this special offer for my readers!

Click inside for some awesome images & some great advice on suits & tuxes from Michael Andrews Bespoke himself!

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