Wedding Inspiration from a Romantic Farmhouse Wedding in Australia

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Today we are bringing the wedding inspiration with a simple, yet romantic Farmhouse wedding that took place outside of Melbourne, Australia. The ceremony took place in a candlelit barn and the reception followed in an old farmhouse. The bride is Australian, while the groom is English and they met through work in Greece! No other words are needed from me, the stunning images from Gold Hat Photography speak for themselves.

Inspiration from a Romantic Farmhouse Wedding in Australia

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Photography: Gold Hat Photography | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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Winter Romance Color & Wedding Inspiration Board

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Happy Christmas Eve to those of you that celebrate!! LoveBuggs Weddings is back today to share a wedding color palette and inspiration board with us!  Her first one is STUNNING. Winter Romance is the perfect title to describe this dreamy color palette with rich red, deep green, greys, and a flash of powder blue. We’d love to know if you plan on using these colors for your winter wedding!

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Credits:

Blue Gown: Lova Weddings | Barn: Martha Stewart | Bouquet: Photo JJ | Suit: Club Monaco via James Marsden for GQ, image Natheniel Goldberg | Cake: Faye Cahill Cakes via Brides.com | Invitation: calligraphy Julie Doan, image Lani Elias via Magnolia Rouge

Are you in love with these colors like we are?! Let us know what you think about our first color palette & wedding inspiration board!

Urban, Industrial Wedding Styled Shoot at Graffiti Warehouse in Baltimore, MD

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To say I am slightly obsessed with today’s wedding inspiration feature, is probably an understatement. I mean it has graffiti (everywhere), rad metallic meets industrial wedding design, an awesome line-up of DC wedding vendors, a gorgeous couple (with some super dramatic styling) and it’s all captured by the wonderful Procopio Photography. I won’t spend anymore of your precious time with my words, the images of this Styled Shoot speak for themselves. Happy Friday Romancers!

An Urban & Industrial Wedding Styled Shoot at the Graffiti Warehouse in Baltimore

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Vendors

Photography: Procopio Photography | Planning & Design: Eventi Planning | Hair & Makeup: Behind the Veil Beauty | Paper Design: MLC Designs | Florist: Wicked Willow | Linen RentalWildflower Linens | Bride’s Dress: Lending Luxury | Venue: Graffiti Warehouse

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These metallic menu cards by MLC Designs?! I DIE!

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Eventi Planning styled the HELL out of this shoot — all these industrial & metallic wedding details are so freakin’ rad! Quick! Someone want a wedding like this and then hire me to work it ;)

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Click inside for the rest of the amazing industrial wedding details & stunning portraits against the graffiti by Procopio Photography!

Amanda & Colton’s Offbeat, DIY Workhouse Arts Center Wedding in VA

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I really love the fun color choices in today’s wedding: purple & red! From the groom’s grandfather’s sword to cut the cake, to their spice favors, and quotes from their email & google chat exchanges, Amanda & Colton chose so many elements from their personal experiences and families’ traditions and wove it into an offbeat, DIY wedding at the Workhouse Arts Center in Virginia. I loved how Amanda shared that their wedding was offbeat & nontraditional because they paid for it themselves. Which, I always recommend to couples if they can because then you get to make every choice yourself – and that’s exactly what Amanda & Colton did! Thanks to Amanda Dorian Photography for submitting this one!

Amanda & Colton’s Offbeat, DIY Workhouse Arts Center Wedding in Virginia

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Vendors:

Photography:  Amanda Dorian Photography | Ceremony: Whole Word Fellowship, Oakton, VA | Reception: Workhouse Arts Center | DJ: Steve Burrows, MSE Productions | Caterer: Lumpia Pansit | Florist: Twinbrook Floral | Wedding Cake: Sweet City Desserts | Bride’s Dress: 4EverlyAfter | Bride’s Hair and Makeup: Jordan K. Winn

Details on their fun color palette & addition of newsprint to their decor:

Our colors were red, lavender, and newsprint. Red is my favorite color, and some online Martha Stewart quiz said that lavender would go well with that. My mother was a journalist, so we wanted to honor her memory by including that black-and-white print accent.

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Colton’s family was a supreme help to me. Since my mother passed away when I was in high school, Colton’s family stepped in during the planning and helped with various other details, including researching flowers (which were dedicated in honor of my mother) and hosting a super awesome rehearsal dinner.

Below, a beautiful portrait of Amanda’s mother, which was displayed while they were getting ready. Love this.

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As for the dress and veil, my maid of honor, Elizabeth, went with me to various mainstream dress shops and had figured out a few dresses that they liked, but I was drawn more strongly to a small boutique at a wedding expo. We went to the boutique and described what we were looking for, and the first dress that the dressmaker pulled off the rack was exactly perfect. We also chose the veil because it reminded us of a Spanish mantilla, which we thought was a nice way to pay homage to my Filipino heritage.

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Click inside for SO MUCH MORE of Amanda & Colton’s super fun, offbeat DIY Virginia wedding at the Workhouse Arts Center.

DIY Tutorial: How to Make a DIY Snowglobe Ornament

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We are so insanely excited to announce a new partnership on Capitol Romance! Introducing the lovely Jenn with Ribbons & Bluebirds ~ a beautiful, stationery, design, & other superb paper products, company out of Virginia. Jenn is the ultimate jack of all trades and she is also a DIY goddess, so we are insanely pumped to be hosting some DIY tutorials, free printables, and other helpful posts from her here on the blog. Up first is an awesome DIY tutorial for making a Snow Globe Ornament (or gift tag!). Take it away Jenn!

DIY Tutorial: How to Make a DIY Snow Globe Ornament or Gift Tag

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These festive snow globes can make easy tree ornaments or gift tags!  They’re also a great way to find a use for your favorite photos that didn’t quite make your holiday card, to share with family and friends – it is quite likely you have some of those maybe from an engagement session, or maybe some of those gorgeous wedding photos?

What you’ll need:

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  • A stack of your favorite photos (4×6 work great)
  • Sheet of acetate film OR vellum for a less translucent look
  • Colored cardstock backing – shown is PaperSource cardstock in Cement
  • Snowflake stamp of your choice, small
  • White chalk inkpad*
  • White gel pen
  • Large circle punch, 3” – available at Michaels and probably other craft stores
  • Paper glue of your choice – I prefer 3M Super 77 Spray Mount (if you have a ventilated space to spray in). Rubber cement or a glue stick also work.
  • Small hole punch
  • Ribbon or twine

Start by cutting out a circle of your cardstock backer using the 3” punch.  Place the cardstock circle underneath the acetate, near enough to an edge that your punch can reach – this will clearly show you the outline of your circle while you embellish it.

Now it’s time to get the acetate all dressed up! Using your snowflake stamp and your chalk inkpad, start building up layers of “snow” around the edges of your snow globe.  Don’t worry about clumping them too much, as you will fill in any bare spots later with your gel pen.  **DIY TIP** Why a chalk pad?  The chalk ink dries more quickly on non-porous surfaces like acetate; using a pigment inkpad might mean your ink takes weeks to dry.)

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For those of you thinking, “Hey, it would be so cool if I embossed these snowflakes!” –  the acetate will melt under the heat gun.  Trust me :) If you are SUPER CAREFUL you can use the heat gun from a distance to encourage the ink to dry.

After your stamped design has dried, go back in with your gel pen to create little snow swirls, and smaller flakes. If you are a sparkly fan, this would be the time to add tiny dots of craft glue and some glitter!  Just be cautious about the drying time of glues – **DIY TIP** ZipDry glue is a great fast-dry option for those whose craft-mates are children (or cats.)

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While your snow globe is drying, you can finish up the rest of the tag.  Take your stack of photos and cut out 3” circles, looking photo-side-up at the bottom of the punch to make sure it is centered how you would like.  Once punched, use your glue method of choice to attach the photo to the cardstock backer. **DIY TIP** If using spray glue, use gentle soft sprays onto the photo back to prevent wet clumping, and then carefully position the cardstock backer on top and press down lightly.

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Allow the glue to dry, then write a message on the cardstock backer.  If you’re like me and always looking for places to practice your calligraphy, this is a great opportunity!

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Once both halves of the snow globe are dry, put them together and punch a small hole in the top for your ribbon or twine. Tie a loop, and your tag is done!

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Voila! Let us know if you use our tutorial to make your own DIY snowglobe ornaments or gift tags ~ we’d love to see them!

Stephanie & Kyle’s Classically Elegant Mt. Vernon Wedding in Virginia

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There are details about Stephanie & Kyle’s wedding that made it a perfect fit for Capitol Romance. Thought it appeared on the more traditional end of the wedding spectrum at first glance, it was the bride’s explanation about their wedding day that really got me. She said, “From the beginning, we knew we wanted our wedding to be full of meaning and to truly represent us together so we focused on “simple” and “true” and tried to check our ideas against these two words.  I know everyone says that but we really put a lot of care into each decision.”

And it’s SO apparent that they did this – from the handmade signs,  to the reception venue selection and down to the importance of having a friend marry them – even if it meant getting married during their first look instead of at the actual ceremony! That’s right! Kyle & Stephanie wanted their friend Scott to marry them, but due to Virginia’s crazy laws, he couldn’t legally marry them at Mt. Vernon Inn – so instead they got married during their intimate first look, right outside the Capitol — it doesn’t get more “Washington DC wedding” than that!

Stephanie & Kyle’s Classically Elegant & Simple DC Wedding at Mt. Vernon Inn

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Vendors:

Photographer: Carley Rehberg Photography | Hair Stylist: Alison Harper & Company, LLC | Event Planner: JEM Events | DJ: Mike Blaufeld | Reception Venue: Mount Vernon Inn | Officiant: Wedding Ceremonies by Jeff | Flowers: DIYed by Mother of Bride | Bride’s Hair: Styled by Step Sister | Chalkboard Signs: Hand drawn by Bride’s Brother | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

 

It takes a village – Kyle & Stephanie’s family pitched in tenfold to help make their wedding day special & customized:

We are incredibly fortunate to have a whole team of family and friends who rallied around us throughout our relationship but especially during the engagement and wedding planning.  Kyle’s best friend since grade school was our officiant at our first ceremony in DC and helped facilitate part of the ceremony with our pastor in Virginia.  My mother arranged all of the flowers and Kyle’s mom helped us create a lot of the décor elements including handcrafting the gorgeous macramé backdrop for the altar.

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My brother created our beautiful signs, my step mother made gorgeous bows for the aisle way and my step-neice helped ice the cookies I baked for the bags to greet out of town guests.  Our good friends graciously let us store our wedding supplies at their house (which had more space than our apartment) and also helped us with many projects from cutting and staining wooden altar pillars to painting the chalkboard signs.  My father and Kyle’s father ran a million errands the week of the wedding to help pick up supplies for the rehearsal dinner we hosted, pick up our flower order and more.

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My step sister who is an amazing hair stylist in California did my hair!  Most all of our friends and family helped in some way leading up to the big day.  We are truly blessed to have so many talented and gracious people in our lives supporting us without hesitation.

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Click inside for SO MUCH more of this classically elegant & personalized DC wedding from Carly Rehberg Photography!

Laura & TJ’s Casual, Fall Park Engagement Session in Virginia

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Back this afternoon with a lovely Virginia engagement session from Chris Ferenzi Photography. I feel like Fall came and went entirely too fast this year, and I barely got to enjoy the fall foliage. Luckily for me (well and you!), Chris’ engagement feature is full of gorgeous fall foliage. It also features an adorable couple, Laura & TJ who shared an awesome his and hers love story write-up – including how their relationship, and consequently their proposal, was based on their love of bikes. Oh I also ADORE Laura’s yellow dress in these pictures. What a great color and a perfect compliment to the natural beauty of the park they had their engagement session in. Enjoy!

TJ & Laura’s Casual, Fall Park Engagement Pictures in Virginia

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Photography: Chris Ferenzi Photography

How they met (from Laura’s perspective):

We were pseudo-set up but a mutual friend of ours who knew of our mutual love for bikes. This friend claims that she had been telling me about TJ for months and that I eventually came to my senses and decided to go out with him, but I only remember her telling me the once. Our first 10 or so “dates” were bike rides in Philadelphia, with the occasional stop for good food and beer.

On one of our first we went to an annual professional bike race that goes all throughout the City of Philadelphia. There was a little boy sitting in front of us where we were watching who kept trying to play with us with a toy that he had. He would not give up and it was honestly quite annoying to me. TJ, on the other hand, was so interested in playing with him the whole time and never got frustrated by him once. I knew immediately what a kind and patient person he was, and was in love pretty much from day one.

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Wedding Music That Doesn’t Suck: “Ends of the Earth”

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You can thank a Christmas Zales commercial for today’s Wedding Music That Doesn’t Suck post. Which is slightly ironic, but after listening a few times to this song, I decided that I’ve heard it before, I just can’t for the life of me, remember where! Any ideas!?

Today’s wedding song is Lord Huron‘s “Ends of the Earth”. It reminds me of Of Monsters and Men and I feel like it belongs in everyone of those Wes Anderson movies.

Lyrics:

To the ends of the earth, would you follow me
There’s a world that was meant for our eyes to see
To the ends of the earth, would you follow me

I feel like this would make a KILLER processional (or recessional) song choice or easily fit into your wedding ceremony song lineup. At the very least, use it for your cocktail hour playlist OR just listen to it on repeat today at your desk, like I plan to do.

Happy Monday Romancers! We’ll be back shortly with an engagement feature!

Modern GQ-Inspired Groom Portait Session

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Keeping it short & simple today as I am nursing quite the hangover from a holiday party last night. I may or may not have drank my weight in white wine ;) Lucky for me, today’s post does not require much explanation – it’s just a bunch of total, groom, eye-candy. Brandilynn Aines Photography (whose website I am totally digging BTW) submitted this GQ-inspired Groom portrait session and I couldn’t say no! I feel like there are a million Bridal portrait sessions, but not many for the grooms — so let’s change that! Happy Friday to all!

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Photography: Brandilynn Aines Photography | Groom’s Suit: Men’s Warehouse | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Brandilynn shares the inspiration for her shoot and some details on the location & styling:

I had thought about all the Bridal sessions that we see, but we never see anything for the grooms. So I came up with the idea of doing a GQ Inspired Groom Session. My lovely model Brad was awesome, the truck in the images is his grandfathers award winning restored 67 Chevy.

We did the shoot on location at an abandoned warehouse in Manassas, VA. We rented the tux through Men’s Warehouse, and Brad even brought along an awesome pocket watch his grandmother got for him!

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