Bright & Modern Citrus Wedding Inspiration & LINK LOVE

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Images: Lelia Maria Photography

Here we are! Another Friday and end to the week. It’s hard to believe that a week ago we had 5 inches of snow on the ground. I am happy to say goodbye to winter though and be able to walk my dog again. The spring weather & sunshine was completely altered my mood too (has anyone else noticed this?!) I just feel so much more optimistic and it’s pretty awesome! Andy & I are headed up to NJ this weekend for our baby shower! I cannot believe it’s already time for that. Minus the drive, I cannot think of a better way to spend this weekend than with our families & friends. ALWAYS a good time. I hope you all have fabulous weekends too and I’ll meet you back here on Monday to get another week started!


Questions to ask your Hair Stylist over on United with Love

40 Ways to RELAX (because you totally deserve a break!)

 Tips for Creating Simple Graphics for your website over on Stacy Kleber Design Blog (or join us on April 7th to learn more in person at our FuelDC event!)

Colorful vs Neutral Bouquets over on Amanda Veronee’s blog

35 Ideas for Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses over on Bridal Musings

Now, a stunning brightly colored, citrus themed wedding inspiration shoot! The idea behind this shoot was how to use bright colors instead of pastels in late winter/early spring weddings. I think they nailed it, don’t you?

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Photography: Lelia Marie Photography | Planning: Simplicity Events by Johanna | Flowers: Buttercups Floral Design | Hair/Makeup: Enlightened Styles (& Ammoura Makeup line) | Dress: Soliloquy Bridal | Venue: Stone Tower Winery | Jewelry: Kimberley Jennings Shull with Chloe & Isabel

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Allie & Dylan’s DIY Washington, DC Wedding at Stroga

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Images: Aimee Custis Photography

I‘ll apologize in advance for how much I might gush over today’s real DC wedding feature. I had the absolute pleasure of not only getting to blog this gorgeous wedding, but actually be a part of it (in SO many ways). Allie & Dylan reached out to me last November and I just LOVED their inquiry:

“It’s been so refreshing to go through your blog and find someone interested in low-key, off-beat weddings! We’re really excited about keeping our day about us, and not getting wrapped up in what we “should” do, and finding someone that can help us with that in DC has been a challenge! Also both Dylan and I are severely-profoundly obsessed with Harry Potter, so it’s always nice to find another kindred spirit. I look forward to talking to you!”

These are the things I keep hearing over and over from readers & prospective clients, “we just want a wedding that’s about us’ “we don’t need all the traditions or expensive details” “we just want something low-key & fun, without spending a million dollars” and these are the things I keep in mind when I blog here.

Allie & Dylan (I hope they don’t mind me saying) were like the poster couple for Capitol Romance. They attended my DIY Bouquets & Boutonnieres workshop (and then DIYed all their bouquets & bouts for their wedding), they used some of the DIY tutorials Ribbons & Bluebirds created on my blog (you’ll see those soon), and they just NEVER stopped working towards their ultimate goal of planning a wedding that was true to who they were as individuals AND as a couple. I am so honored to get to share their wedding with you today. Ok, enough gabbing from me!

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love love love these DC wedding invitations from Typecase Industries!

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From the photographer:

Allie & Dylan are college sweethearts, and when Allie finally moved to DC a couple of years ago to settle in DC with Dylan (they’ve been together FOREVER), our friends were so excited to have her — we adored Dylan, and couldn’t wait to be friends with the amazing woman who lived up to the standards of everything he deserved. I feel like we all knew a wedding was coming, but I couldn’t — literally COULD NOT — have been happier when Allie + Dylan asked if they could hire us as their photographers. I swear, being asked by friends to photograph gives me bigger giddy butterflies than being asked to be a bridesmaid!

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Just look at these DIYed bouquets!!! SO STUNNING!

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Click inside for SO MUCH MORE of Allie & Dylan’s super awesome, DIY Washington DC wedding.

DIY Canvas Print Workshop Recap!

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Images: Brandilynn Aines Photography

I can’t believe it, but our very first DIY Workshop of 2015 has already come and gone and OH MAN was it a huge success (with some obvious lessons learned as always too!). We had a new venue, a new expanded scope, some new vendors, and LOTS of new faces. As always it starts with a huge THANK YOU to everyone that made it possible. Thank you to the new attendees that came out (24 people! our biggest workshop attendance yet!), a thank you to the vendors that make the workshops, and a VERY special thank you to our host, Jenn of Ribbons & Bluebirds for running the class! As always, I was amazed by how creative and awesome the projects came out! Check out all our fabulous images from Sunday’s workshop below. Thanks to the wonderful Brandilynn Aines Photography for shooting the workshop & sharing her images!

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The favor provided by the ever-delicious Banana Love Muffins:

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Snacks, sangria & tea from Runningbyrd Tea Co, Simply Breathe Events, Popcorn Queens & catering by Ris DC.

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Jen teaching the class:

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Click inside for the rest of the images – including a class photo AND everyone’s finished DIY Canvas Prints (that came out SO AWESOME)!!!

Hannah & Colin’s DIY, DC Local Wedding at the Whittemore House


Images: Shot in the Dark Photography

They met in college and moved to Dupont in DC for grad school. So naturally DC was the perfect place for their wedding! Hannah & Colin decided on the Whittemore House as their venue because they wanted something local to their neighborhood and appropriate for their more intimate size! They planned their DC wedding on a budget and kept things as easy, DIY, and intimate as possible!

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They met in college and moved to Dupont just after finishing grad school. Their wedding ceremony and reception was held at the Whittemore House as they wanted to have a local venue in their neighborhood. The DC culture was very important to them. The color for their wedding was royal purple, the bride’s favorite color, and an added bonus that the grooms favorite football team are the Vikings who sport Purple and Gold as their team colors.

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The brides brother Sumner presided over their non traditional ceremony and the brides other brother Caleb (in his Navy dress whites) gave a reading. The wedding invitations were designed by Colin’s sister Annie. Before the wedding the groomsman set out all of the hand assembled centerpieces.

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Click inside for the rest of Hannah & Colin’s intimate Washington DC wedding at the Whittemore House.

Sarah & David’s Dupont Circle Neighborhood Engagement Pictures

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Images: Hay Alexandra Photography

WHAT A WEEKEND Romancers! We kicked off our 2015 wedding season with a bang on Saturday with Stef & Joe’s GORGEOUS Carnegie Institute wedding and then kept the fun going with our first DIY Workshop of the year yesterday. I cannot wait to share pictures from BOTH of these amazing days. They were too much fun (though my feet and back officially hate me this morning … and let’s not even talk about DST, because I REALLY needed that hour of sleep it stole from me ;-p)

We’re kicking off the week as we normally do – with a lovely little DC engagement session. Today’s features Sarah & David, a DC couple that loves their Dupont Circle neighborhood and so naturally they had their engagement pictures there! They often frequent Glen’s Garden Market & Krammerbooks, so these two places made perfect settings for their pictures. Happy Monday Romancers!

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 We actually met at dinner! Which is great, because we both love food :) We met a mutual friends birthday dinner. I had tried online dating but wasn’t interested in doing that any more. I was the last person to show up to dinner and I sat at the end of a very long table of couples both married and dating. I was at the single end and was ranting about how there are no more fish in the sea. I assured them that my dating stories were worse than anything they’ve heard and had the whole table laughing. I’m pretty outgoing, and used to talking a lot, so I didn’t notice the adorable man sitting across the table from me. The one who I’m now going to marry! If I had known he was going to remember this night for the rest of his life, I might have censored myself. I was wearing a patagonia hoodie and no make up and I cringed when we finally locked eyes thinking “Today! Why did you do this TODAY! With this cute guy right across from you!!!”

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The first words David ever said to me as I finally stopped talking for food and water were, “You, I like you.” I remember going home and telling my mom how horrifically unlady like I was and how maybe I shouldn’t have been talking about single life around this new cute guy at church, that I should practice taking my foot out of my mouth instead of putting it in. David still remembers me saying I was single way more than I wish he would, but the most important part he remembers is that he was drawn to me. I think its great he fell in love with me that way. You know, when I wasn’t at my best. It just shows how perfect he is. And the rest is history.

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The proposal:

After coming back from California David had planned a speech and asked my dad for my hand in marriage in September, it’s kind of like my dad said yes first. David and I were both planning a trip up to NYC for his 29th birthday and we knew most of our days would be dictated by great food and drinks. Again, this is something we love. It only makes sense, since we fell in love over great food and great drinks in the first place! In our hunt for the perfect place for what I thought was David’s birthday dinner we found the restaurant Robert atop the Museum of Art and Design. We wanted a place with great views and that is exactly what we got. Little did I know David had called a few weeks in advance to get the best seat in the house where we were overlooking both Columbus Circle and Central Park. We had taken a cab to Robert and David his normal chatty self was indeed not. I thought to myself something was up but engagement, we had only really been dating for five months. In the cab I asked him, “you’re not going to do anything dramatic are you? It’s your birthday I am suppose to be surprising and showering you with gifts, not the other way around.” I was certain it wasn’t an engagement, but definitely something was up, what was it I thought? David’s so selfless that he would be the one to make his birthday all about me. I wanted to make it about him! He assured me he wasn’t but once we arrived and sat down the waiter brought over two dozen beautiful long stem roses. I was floored, they were beautiful I was all dressed up in NYC and my boyfriend had just gotten me flowers after he said he wouldn’t. Because he’s adorable and romantic and again, selfless. I kissed, hugged and thanked him for being the sweetest man. We ordered and I tried to talk about our trip but David wasn’t back to chipper self. He started acting weird. The weird you always hear about before somebody is about to propose and the girl starts thinking maybe its a break up dinner. It wasn’t more than a few minutes later he took out a card and I read the front and it was kind and loving, he had memorized what he had written inside and recited it. The very end of the card read, “you know how you say you love doing life with me? I want to do every day and the rest of my life with you, will you marry me?” Through out dating I would say I love doing life with you when we would be checking out at the grocery store, dry cleaners, grabbing a drink at Glenn’s or leaving someones house after dinner. It meant more than I love you, but less than marry me, it means I love my life with you. He opened the ring box and it was a beautiful round and brilliant diamond on a yellow gold band. I thought I said yes right away but David says it was nearly 10- 15 seconds. The rest of dinner was just us and champagnge. I had completely lost my apetite for the amazing food and kept joking with David saying, “I’M A BRIDE NOW!” He was more than happy to eat for the two of us now that his nerves had subsided and he recalls it as the smartest night of his life.

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Alternative Bridal Inspiration in the Snow & Link Love!

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Images: Liz Fogarty Photography

Are you sick of the snow? I’m actually not – this storm was particularly beautiful and because it happened on a Thursday, I got to work from home, and hopefully there will be enough sunshine and rising temps to clear everything up before my first wedding of 2015 tomorrow and our first DIY workshop of the year on Sunday!! But, it can be done now. This can totally be the last snow of the season and starting Monday we can have warm weather (you hear that weather Gods?). But before we say goodbye to the snow, I have ONE last snowy inspiration shoot for the day (the bride/dress was just too gorgeous to resist) and some LINK LOVE to get you to the weekend! Have a great one and I hope to see a bunch of you on Sunday at our DIY Canvas Print Workshop!!


Love this adorable Make Crafts Not War printable over on By Brittany Goldwyn

How to Chose a Wedding Venue (thanks to our friends The Plannery over on A Practical Wedding)

Mike Isabella (of Kapnos, G, & Graffiato fame) is now offering off-site catering & hosting events in their restaurants. So go get married at Graffiato & hire me to work it – ok?

5 Things to Know Before You Start Hiring Wedding Vendors over on Every Last Detail blog

This can never be stated, shared, or blogged enough: couples, PLEASE FEED YOUR WEDDING VENDORS!

And now some lovely inspiration from Liz Fogarty & company. Liz explains the styled shoot inspiration:

The theme for this mini styled shoot was simple- elegant and timeless. I was super excited to team up with Jackie from Beauty by Jackie to bring together a winter styled shoot. We kept the color palette slightly neutral so our model Djenny wore both a bridal gown and a grey sequin dress from Lord and Taylor. The flowers were the color accent and they provided just the right amount of color. We used plant dyed silk ribbon from Silk and Willow, which was perfect to get those motion shots in the snow.

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Here are the vendors:

Photographer: Liz Fogarty | Hair & Makeup: Beauty by Jackie | Florals: Bealls Florist | Accessories: Silk & Willow | Dresses: Lord & Taylor

Jeff & Amanda’s Modern Gold New Years Eve Wedding in Richmond, Virginia

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Images: Ash Carr

Sometimes I am in awe of just how stylish people are! Fashion has never really been my thing (I mostly always chose comfort over “style) so when couples find ways to emulate serious style in their wedding – well I just eat it up. Amanda & Jeff did just this for their modern, gold & classy New Years Eve wedding in Richmond, VA. Set in a 1900s train station, Amanda & Jeff planned their wedding from NY and matched the glitz and glamour of the New Years Eve holiday perfectly with their gold details and romantic candles.

And their style – I just can’t get over it! The mink shrug, the mismatched bridesmaids (that look like they walked off a runway!), the dapper dudes in tuxes. It’s just gorgeous. I know you guys are going to love this Virginia wedding (I had a REALLY hard time cutting back on the images just FYI!).

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On having a New Years Eve wedding:

I was very wedding adverse at first–Jeff finally broke me down after we went to a friend’s wedding on NYE the year before. I loved that everyone was in a celebratory mood, guests looked and felt festive. Gold and white felt festive and very black tie!

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Click inside for SO MUCH MORE – including why they chose a train station as their venue (warning: the reason might make you cry!!!)

Maya & Lee’s Intimate Old Town Alexandria Virginia Wedding in the Fall

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Images: Angel Kidwell Photography

Is it too early to pine over Fall weddings? Wait let me answer that for you … NEVER!! The pumpkins, the Fall DIY floral arrangements, the fallen leaves – there’s a lot of Fall wedding goodness in this intimate Virginia wedding feature. The details from the ceremony though are the ones I love the most. The couple’s family had never met before the wedding day (!!) and so Maya & Lee crafted a very personalized wedding ceremony that helped to really intertwine their two families and histories into one. Love it!

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Details on wedding elements:

[We wanted] a fun and personal, autumn-themed wedding in one of our favorite area neighborhoods: Old Town Alexandria. We love autumn – the colors, foliage, foods, weather, etc – and love Old Town’s history and charm. Some inspiration and guiding themes: elegant, artsy, global, fun, autumn, creative, rustic, personal.

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DIY or handmade details:

[We had] a lot of crafty DIY elements, trying to make it a reflection of our creativity, fun and global backgrounds. Ceremony programs, party favors, postcards/guestbook, table seating signs, table signs, chalkboard signs, and flower bouquet and arrangements.

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Click inside for SO MUCH MORE awesome from Lee & Maya’s DIY Intimate Virginia Wedding!

Jenn & Victor’s Casual Washington DC Engagement Pictures at Capitol Hill Books

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Images: Mathy Shoots People

If you’ve never been to Capitol Hill Books near Eastern Market – you must go! I’ll never forget the first time I went – it’s quirky beyond belief with books stacked literally EVERYWHERE. This place is NOT for anyone that is claustrophobic (some of the passageways between books are SO tight and the ceilings in the basement might not be higher than 6 feet). You have the constant feeling that touching one book might take the whole place down. I also always wonder about the fire hazard it seems to be (but that’s just me).

One of my favorite things too are the hilarious “spoilers” on some of the books near the front. Totally worth it if you find yourself near Eastern Market, once it’s not so bitterly cold anymore. Anyway – Jenny & Victor decided to take their DC engagement pictures here and I just LOVE it. The shots are stunning and fun and everything engagement pictures shoot be! Check them all out:

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In Jenny’s words:

I’m originally from San Jose, California — I met Victor, a native of Northern Virginia, a little over five years ago when I left home for school at the University of Pennsylvania. I remember making idle conversation with him in a creative writing class we shared early sophomore year, whereupon I learned we were both English majors. Our professor, overhearing, said that we’d be seeing a lot of each other. Little did I know just how right she was — I started running into Victor around campus, at study groups for Economics, and even my literary magazine meetings! A week after our first conversation he invited me out on the pretense of doing fieldwork for our latest nonfiction assignment, and we’ve been inseparable ever since.

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Click inside for the rest of this adorable DC engagement session & the proposal story!

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