Giveaway: Washington DC Thank You Cards from Tabibi Design


Kicking off hump day with a GIVEAWAY! We are SO pumped to announce this awesome giveaway sponsored by one of our favs, Tabibi Design. Tina took a spin on a custom, Washington DC wedding invitation that she designed and made them into a rad thank you card design. And now we are giving away 2 A2 packs of 12 to one lucky winner!

Enter to Win Two 12 Packs of Washington DC Thank You Cards from Tabibi Design

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Each are a 12 pack set of A2 folded note cards with white envelopes. Use our nifty Rafflecopter widget below to enter! Just leave a comment, like Capitol Romance & Tabibi Design on Facebook and BOOM you are entered! Giveaway ends next Friday, December 13th!

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James & Olivia’s DIY, Rustic Fredericksburg, Virginia Bed & Breakfast Wedding


Olivia & James’ Rustic Fredericksburg Virginia wedding might look like “just another rustic wedding” on the surface – but there is really SO much more to this personalized, DIY wedding. They are both in the military and really wanted their wedding day to be small & intimate, including a Bed & Breakfast reception dinner and their small Jewish ceremony. They had a trolley take all the attendees around downtown Fredericksburg dinner and even stopped at a local ice cream shop to treat their guests — how awesome is this?! This is why I really love intimate weddings, because you can afford to really create some special, detailed moments for your guests.

Olivia, James & their family & friends made a TON of the details and decor in this wedding, including a stunning ribbon banner that hung above their dinner table! Olivia selflessly decided to donate her handmade details back to her vendors for future couples to us. Enjoy Olivia & James’ beautiful rustic Virginia wedding thanks to Erin Forehand Photography!

James & Olivia’s Rustic DIY Virginia Wedding at Lavender Heights Bed & Breakfast

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Photographer:  Erin Forehand Photography | Event Planner: Amore Events by Cody | Cake Designer: Cakes by Z | Caterer: FOODE | Event Venue: Lavender Heights Bed and Breakfast | Invitation Designer: |Bouquets & Boutonnieres: DIYed | Ribbon Banner & Decorations: Handmade |  Submitted via Two Bright Lights

How they met:

In the age of technology, James and I met in a very old fashioned way, while volunteering at a nursing home in Fredericksburg, Virginia on Christmas Eve. James was there with his church; I was there with my Synagogue. As we walked together and visited with the residents, we took advantage of the opportunity to talk and get to know each other which eventually led to us exchanging e-mail addresses before departing. James worked at the Pentagon while I was home from Iraq visiting my family.

Shortly thereafter, the emails led to three-hour phone calls, which led to us watching movies on our laptops while talking on the phone. After two months of long distance dating, I returned home to visit my family and we finally had our first proper date. For the most part, it’s been a very long-distance relationship but we have managed to make it work.

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The proposal:

After a year of dating, we entered a Super Spartan race in Illinois with friends and after completing the grueling course, while covered head to toe in mud, James “officially” proposed to me. Planning our wedding in Fredericksburg was a challenge, while I was stationed in Indiana, James was deployed to Dubai, and because of our busy schedules we’d sometimes  go a week or so without speaking.

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Details on their wedding & wedding planning:

Though it was overwhelming at times, I am thankful that I found Cody at Amore Events in Charlottesville, Va., her experience and support were invaluable. She was always a text or a click away if I needed advice or just a little reassurance. She helped me find my wonderful photographer, Erin, and wedding planner, Karen.

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Click inside for the rest of Olivia & James’ beautiful rustic, DIY Virginia wedding ~ including that awesome, handmade ribbon banner over the reception space!

Ashley & Jason’s Manchester Bride Engagement Session in Richmond, VA

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We’re back this afternoon with another adorable engagement session to share! This one comes to us from What A Lovely Photo and it features Ashley & Jason and their adorable dog under the Manchester Bridge in Richmond, VA! It also includes a really beautiful love story all from the bride to be. Be back tomorrow with an awesome wedding feature!

Ashley & Jason’s Manchester Bridge Engagement Session in Richmond, Virginia

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Photographer: What A Lovely Photo | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Their love story:

Jason and my story begins back in September of 2009. I was living in Columbia, South Carolina after college and looking for a job in Richmond, where my at the time boyfriend had just been transferred. I got a call from Mapcom Systems and arrived for my interview on a Tuesday morning, talked with the CFO and some other folks before he told me he wanted me to meet Jason. When Jason walked in to the room there was instant attraction; butterflies I had always heard about but never felt. We spent a long time talking about traveling and our personal interests, completely disregarding the fact that I was on a job interview, almost as if we were on a first date. Shortly after talking with Jason, I was hired for the job on the spot and living in Richmond that October, with my boyfriend. I started work and instantly created a connection with a small group of friends in the office, Jason included, however he happened to be dating someone as well (who sat directly across from my cubicle) and because of that was always a little shy around me and somewhat distant.

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Over the next several months, both of us still in other relationships, Jason would always include me in email invites to lunch with the group or on skiing trips to Wintergreen; I always declined because of my dating situation, although I always wanted to be around him. Late that summer, my boyfriend was transferred again to North Carolina, and I stayed behind for my job and knew that long distance relationships were hard. Come October, one of our co-workers had a Halloween party. I had no idea who would be going, didn’t see Jason’s name on the evite RSVP list, yet decided to go anyways. I arrived at the party, had a beer and talked with some of my co-workers when I heard someone yell, “Taco is here”! (Jason came in second place in a taco eating contest in college and since has had an extreme obsession with Mexican food, dones a taco costume every Halloween and even has worn that costume in many a half marathons, hiking trips and it even made it to Iceland on a trip Jason took with his dad). Back to Halloween, once Jason arrived, I felt myself instantly come alive! We had such a fun time, more fun than I had had in as long as I could remember. I couldn’t remember the last time I had laughed as much as we did that night.

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Extremely hung over and tired from the night before, Jason asked me the next day if I wanted to go on a hike with him. He picked me up at my apartment and we had a long ride in his white Tacoma (which I always looked for every morning I pulled in the parking lot at work hoping he was in that day) and talked and talked and got to know each other on a level we had not yet done at work. We shared a beautiful (and grueling) hike together and then ate Subway on the tailgate of his truck and continued to talk and laugh and get to know each other more and more. We spent the next month or so hanging out, going on dates here and there but being fresh out of a relationship (and working right next to his ex-girlfriend) we both decided that maybe it would be best to slow down a bit and try this later.

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Click inside for the rest of Ashley & Jason’s beautiful Richmond, Virginia engagement session and love story!

Deena & Amir’s Washington DC Engagement Session on Capitol Hill

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We are getting back into the swing of a FULL WEEK of blogging with not one, but two engagement features today! It’s been a REALLY long time since I’ve done a full week of blogging, so excuse me while I might be a bit rusty in this post-Thanksgiving, get-ready-for-Christmas, haze. I am trying not to feel overwhelmed, but I feel like I have SO much to do before this Holidays and only a few weekends to do it! Any one else feeling this way already?!

Well enough about me, let’s bring on the love with today’s first engagement session from Leslie Maron Photography. Leslie shares, “Deena & Amir are an adorable couple who will be getting married in May, 2014. Spending a beautiful fall morning with this awesome duo, it was clear to see how in love they truly are, and how they couldn’t stop smiling from ear to ear…it was super contagious”.

Deena & Amir’s Capitol Hill, Washington DC Engagement Pictures

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Photography: Leslie Maron Photography | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

About the couple & their DC engagement session:

Sharing a home on Capitol Hill, they really wanted to capture their love for their city, and of course, Amir’s baby, his vintage red bug. These two brought such personal style to their engagement session and were such naturals in front of the camera.

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Click inside for the rest of Deena & Amir’s beautiful Capitol Hill engagement pictures!

DIY Inspiration: Wedding Vendor Gratitude Box Ideas & Inspiration

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We are back on the DIY track today again, thanks to our amazing editorial partner, LoveBuggs Weddings! Today Divinity is sharing some ideas and inspiration for DIY gift ideas for your wedding vendors!

DIY Inspiration: DIY Vendor Gift Ideas & “Gratitude Boxes”


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Hey Romancers, I’m back with a new DIY project!  I had some pretty amazing vendors for my wedding and I wanted to find a charming and creative way to thank them.  A lot of people feel that payment is enough thanks since they were hired to do a job.  But if your vendor goes above and beyond and you are pleased with the result, why not go the extra mile and show them just how happy you are? That is why I have put together a “Gratitude Box.”

Included are some fun items for the holidays; cozy socks, hot chocolate, chocolate bar, DIY chalkboard mugs, and a hand written thank you card.

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You can include whatever you like in your “Gratitude Box.” Or whatever you think your vendors might like! Check out these other two examples included some coffee & coffee accessories:


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Or some brownies & whiskey!

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 Another amazing idea is to send your vendors a gift from a subscription club such as Birch Box or Nature Box. These programs allow you to choose a monthly gift subscription for a low price.  So your vendors receive a nice surprise in the mail for the next few months.

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I hope you find this post helpful!


OK Romancers – what do you think!? What would you pack into your DIY Wedding Vendor Gratitude Box?

Virginia & Ron’s Personalized, DIY Virginia Farm Wedding


Cutting down a submission from An Endless Pursuit is nearly an impossible task. I want to include every. single. image. that they send my way! There is a reason they are one of our recommended DC wedding photography vendors, which if you haven’t seen before, you will quickly learn why. They can just capture emotion in its purest sense and it’s slightly intoxicating to look at. Their images are breathtaking (seriously) and they perfectly cultivate each wedding to perfectly reflect the couples they work with.

Virginia and Ron’s wedding is no different, as An Endless Pursuit captured all the elements of their beautiful, outdoor DIY wedding. Virginia & Ron blended cultures, DIY projects, personalized touches (Krispy Kreme favors!) and so many gorgeous details into their Virginia wedding.

Virginia & Ron’s Personalized, Outdoor DIY Farm Wedding in Virginia

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Photographer:  An Endless Pursuit | Event Planner: MeZo Events | Caterer: Captain Cookie | Flowers: DIYed by Bride’s Sister! | Musicians: Cherry Blossom String Quartet | Event Designer: My Simple Details  | Groom’s Suit: Ted Baker | Videographer: Toy Box Productions | Bride’s Dress: Jenny Packham Bridal | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

From An Endless Pursuit:

This outdoor, country wedding was a glorious day blended together with so many amazing elements that came together in one fantastic story. Virginia and Ron had DIY touches around the ceremony with programs that also served as fans to cool off guests in the August heat.

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^This bouquet was hand-picked and made by the bride’s sister! UH AMAZING!

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They had a Nike-themed ring box to represent where they both currently work and how they met.

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Click inside for SO MUCH MORE of this stunning, rustic Virginia farm wedding from An Endless Pursuit!

Raheem & Kyra’s Downtown Washington DC Engagement Session

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Well hello there Monday and this winter weather we are having in DC! I hope everyone is staying warm and getting ready for the BEST holiday of the year! To me, there really is just not much better than a day centered around family, food, and football. It’s everything that makes Christmas awesome without the stress of buying presents, which is a total plus in my book! So let’s get this (short) blogging week started with a little DC engagement session from Terri Baskin Photography.

Raheem & Kyra’s Downtown Washington DC Engagement Pictures

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Photography: Terri Baskin | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

How they met:

“We both work together and we were always friendly with each other and spoke when we saw each other. One evening after work i went to my car and had a flat tire.  I called and waited for someone from maintenance to come and fix it but while i waited Raheem came out of the building and offered to change my tire.  At first I said no thank you, but he offered again so I agreed to let him change the tire. He told me that my payment to him would be a dinner date. We went out to dinner a few nights later and it was interesting due to his sense of humor.  We started dating in February and he proposed over the summer. ”

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Click inside for the rest of the pictures from Raheem & Kyra’s DC engagement session!

Ask the Crowd: Help a Bride to Be with her DIY Dilemma!


I get all sorts of emails from readers (which I LOVE) and I love trying to answer the questions they pose in any way I can. However, a recent email stumped me and I suggested that I blog about her issue to see if any of my super awesome & crafty readers might have a solution. Robin writes:

Hi! I love your blog (I remember your booth at the LGBT wedding expo earlier this year — so great that you were there!) and when I came across this particular dilemma I wondered if you might have a suggestion — perhaps even one that could make a future DIY tutorial?

I have a DIY accessory dilemma. I’d like to use my mother’s wedding pearls in a hairpiece or other accessory for my own big day. Obviously I need to keep them intact — no glue, etc. I thought I might attach individual pearls to bobby pins with jewelry wire. However, my mother presented me with the necklace and I realized there was a problem: The pearls were stuck together by a jeweler many years ago to keep them from sliding loose around the chain. Now I’m not sure if I can use them for my wedding. I don’t want to wear them as a necklace. Any ideas?

Here are the images of the necklace, including a close-up so you can see where the pearls are stuck together:

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So what do you think Romancers?!!? Any idea for helping Robin out with turning this beautiful necklace into a hairpiece? Leave comments below with your ideas and then hopefully we can make it into a DIY Tutorial to share on the blog!

Discount Wedding Uplighting with White Light Uplighting

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Happy Friday Romancers! Today we are keeping this short and sweet with a small promo post about a new uplighting company in Washington, DC :White Light Uplighting. The owner/founder of the company Chris, aims to make uplighting for weddings simple, easy, and affordable. He has a background in programming and running lights for night clubs and decided to turn it into a wedding business, by offering quality uplighting at a maximum cost of $800!

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And to make things EVEN BETTER, White Light DC is teaming up with yours truly to offer a 10% additional discount to any reader that mentions this post! The promo will be good until the end of the year (December 31, 2013) for any event scheduled in 2014!

Happy Friday Romancers!


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