2013 Style to the Aisle Tickets Winner

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Congrats to our “VIB” (Very Important Bride) winner of 2 tickets to DC’s Style to the Aisle – A Bride’s Runway show!

#20. Stephanie O.

Thanks to everyone that entered!

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Capitol Inspiration: A Winter Styled Wedding Shoot

Winter is hopefully coming to a close in DC [man it’s WINDY today] with Snowquestor a bust & behind us, and Cherry Blossoms on the horizon.

But that doesn’t mean we can’t still use the season for some beautiful wedding inspiration, especially since there’s a good amount of readers that could be currently planning a winter wedding! So for this afternoon, I give you a beautiful styled shoot between Eight Tree Street (florals & styling) and Teresa Wood Photography. The team used a royal purple, cranberry pink, and grass green color palette and a bird motif. I also loved the addition of wood and pine cones to the details. Check it out!

Winter Wedding & Bridal Inspiration Shoot


PhotographyTeresa Wood Photography | Florals & StylingEightTreeStreet | Couture Wedding Gown and AccessoriesSun*Kissed Designs | Hair & Makeup:  Elle-Brides | StationeryM Blanchard Designs | Favors: P.S. I Love Soap Co.

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Eight Tree Street shares the inspiration behind the shoot:

One of my brides came late December for a backyard winter wedding at her parents home, even though it is cold, I love the idea.

I worked with wedding vendors to put together a shoot representative of what we see outdoors in the winter. I wanted a color palette different  from most winter wedding shoots, so you’ll find a richer and darker palette of purples, copper browns and greens, with touches of white and blue.  Twigs, little birds (we have a ton in our backyard) and other winter finds are incorporated.


On the other vendors they worked with:

I picked these vendors because many include handmade details (see hand beaded shawl by Sun*Kissed Designs, handcrafted soaps by P.S. I love Soap Co, stationery with loving stamp designs)  in their work, and  are very caring of their brides.




Click inside for the rest of this winter wedding inspired styled shoot ~ including hair & makeup inspiration for brides and bridesmaids!

Capitol Romance: Tori & Peter’s Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, VA Engagement Session

Kicking off the week with a beautiful Meadowlark Gardens engagement session from Softbox Media. Then this afternoon we will share the inspiration post that was supposed to be up on Friday [sorry again about that!]. Both of this items seem to be unintentionally winter themed. Which I guess is a nice contrast to the GORGEOUS spring weather we are finally getting here  in DC :)

I really love this engagement session because they decided to take some of the pictures at night – which you don’t always see. They decided to do a shoot with Christmas lights as the backdrop because their relationship started in December at a festival of lights (too cute!). Also, the couple met at a Renaissance Festival – so totally my kind of people.

Tori & Peter’s Meadowlark Botanical Gardens Engagement Session with Christmas Lights!



Photographer: Softbox Media | Venue: Meadlowlark Botanical Gardens | Hair Stylist: Jewel Hair Design | Submitted: Two Bright Lights

Take it away Tori!

We met in October 2005 and went to the Maryland Renaissance Festival with a few friends.  We bonded over a couple of turkey legs and jousting!

On December 16, 2005, Peter asked me to be his girlfriend as we were driving through the festival of lights.

We spent 7 awesome years getting to know each other and enjoying our time together!

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Click inside for the rest of this adorable Christmas lights engagement session at the Meadowlark Botanical Gardens by Softbox Media and for the proposal story!

Capitol Wedding: Rosemary & Rachel’s Modern & Brightly Colored Glen Echo Park Wedding in MD

There is so much to love about today’s Glen Echo Park wedding feature that I am not exactly sure where to start. One of the brides shares my alma mater [we are!], the reception venue was one of my favorite [Glen Echo Park], the brides were Capitol Romance readers that used my blog to help plan their wedding, AND they are friends with my neighbors! Not to mention that their wedding was seriously kick-ass. I mean, seriously.

Can we just be friends now Rosie & Rachel ?!? ;)

I cannot thank Erin of eKate Photography enough for submitting this awesome Maryland wedding, AND to Rosie & Rachel for all the awesome details. There are a TON of deets below, but as Rosie said herself, “it’s impossible to sum up the best day of your life succinctly!”.

Rosie & Rachel’s Modern & Bright Glen Echo Park MD Wedding


 Photography: Erin Loesly of eKatePhotography &  2nd shot by Jennifer Davis Heffner Vita Images | DJ: DJ Moose Food: Matters of Taste | Flowers: Mid-Atlantic Wholesale Florist | Hair & Makeup: Aveda | Cupcakes: Jess Bakes Cakes | Images submitted via Two Bright Lights

About the beautiful brides:

After being competitors on the rugby pitch all throughout college (Rosie at Penn State and Rachel at Virginia) we finally met in person while playing on an all-star team the summer after we graduated. We hit it off immediately and after a few short months we were inseparable.

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The engagement story:

Rachel popped the question on the 4th of July in 2011 when we were vacationing in Wrightsville Beach, NC with some friends. She knew that I loved fireworks, so figured why not do it on the 4th when the display was free! She totally took me by surprise since Rachel had previously joked that we would only get engaged when we both asked each other at the same time!

As I was distracted ooh-ing and aah-ing over the display she got down on one knee in the sand and when I turned around she asked the question.


^love that they coordinated their toe nail polish with eachother’s shoes. Ah-mazing.


I was so surprised I started jumping up and down screaming ‘are you serious???’ because I had to make sure! When she laughed yes, I of course said yes, and by this time the tears of joy were flowing. As we walked back to our group of friends I remembered our previous agreement and immediately got down on my knee to propose to her too! It was probably unnecessary, but hey, rules are rules!

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On choosing the awesomest DC area wedding venue:

We chose to get married in D.C. because for one, it’s legal here (yay!) and it’s halfway between Rachel’s family in Atlanta and my family in Rhode Island. We wanted a venue that was fun and unique and Glen Echo Park totally fit that bill (former amusement park turned arts & cultural center, nature park, and dance hall!) We decided to use the Bumper Car Pavilion and when we found out you could rent the carousel as well, we were sold.


^how fun and awesome are their wedding invitations?! love the Washington DC map information card & the little bird motif!


Decorating was a family affair, with lots of DIY!

My mom created Ball-jar flower holders that had the dual-use of lining the aisle during our ceremony and then being used as centerpieces at the reception.


For the ceremony we wanted to stick to a fairly traditional style, but with personal touches interwoven. We had a slightly non-traditional ceremony under a chuppa (made by Rosie’s dad) that incorporated Jewish (Rachel) & Catholic (Rosie) traditions like breaking the glass as well as non-religious readings from ee cummings and Antoine de Saint Exupery by our sisters.

Our officiant was Louise Greene from All Souls Unitarian Church in D.C. and she was amazing and truly captured our story and personalities in the ceremony!


Click inside for the rest of Rosie & Rachel’s ah-mazing colorful Glen Echo Park, MD wedding from eKate Photography. Including a TON of DIY details at the reception!

Let’s Get Personal: “Whatever you are, be a good one.” No Wedding Trends Here.

This post popped into my head a few weeks ago, when a certain company [website? business? brand? actually, I am not entirely sure what they are] released their “color of the year”. My social media accounts went insane with inspiration boards, images, retweets … all about a shade of green.

It was lost on me – do couples really pick a wedding color based on some website/brand/company’s decree that a shade is THE color of a year? And if they do … why?

I think this rolls back to the whole idea of trends and really how much I dislike anything to do with that word when it comes to weddings. This notion reminds me of a fantastic blog post that I read back in 2007 on Offbeat Bride, “Your Wedding is Not a Contest” AND of the awesome Abraham Lincoln quote, “Whatever you are, be a good one.

I hate the idea of trends because I feel that it causes couples to make decisions for their wedding based on something other than what they actually want, or outside of who they actually are. When I first started this blog, one of the first things I wrote down was that I wanted to find couples that wanted to plan a wedding that was true to their personalities. I wanted couples who want to have a wedding that was a union of their personalities, lives, souls, and everything they hold dear in life.

Personally, I don’t see how whatever trend some website/brand/business deems the end all and be all, fits into this notion. Personally I think couples should use WHATEVER elements/colors/themes they want in their wedding, regardless of how in or out it is. Whatever you are [or want in your wedding], be a good one [have them!].

Do you love mustaches? [good, because I do too] Then who cares that the wedding world deems the mustache trend so last year? If you love mustaches, and want mustache invitations or photobooth props … GO FOR IT.

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Do you plan to use Mason Jars in your wedding? Then ignore everyone in the industry rolling their eyes and saying “mason jars are so overdone” and USE THEM.

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Perhaps you have had your heart set on using grey and yellow as your color scheme. But, uh-oh, everyone is now saying that that color trend is tired, and neon is the new hotness? Again I say, who cares?! Have your yellow and grey wedding, and love every second of it.

The bottom line here is that you aren’t getting married for anyone but each other. You hopefully aren’t getting married for the purpose of setting a trend, and you hopefully aren’t getting married with the sole purpose of getting published on a blog. So please don’t get caught up in what’s trendy/happening/cool/overdone and instead have the wedding YOU want.

And for those of you that love and live by trends? Well I am sorry to say that you just won’t find them here.

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