Announcing the 2014 Capitol Romance Reader Survey

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The name of the game for 2014 is follow-through. We’ve been talking about a reader survey for probably over a year now – to get a better handle on our readers and what they (you!) want to see. Are we hitting the mark? Are there other things you want to be seeing? Let us know by filling out this super easy & hopefully painless 10-question survey.

Take our survey here:

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As a way of saying THANKS to you for filling it out (and for reading the blog) one lucky person that answers will win a $50 Visa gift card!

As always, I cannot thank you all enough for reading Capitol Romance – it would be nothing with you all!

<3 Bree

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Kristin & Tyler’s Brightly Colored, Whitehall Manor Wedding in Leesburg

Wowza Romancers, it’s been a bit too long since my last full-fledged wedding feature! The holidays came and went and I am hunkering down and getting my life (and inbox) organized and ready for 2014! So what better way to kick off a brand new year, than with a wedding feature – full of love, laughter, and some awesome personalized details. Kristen & Tyler used bright colors in their wedding design and also inserted some seriously fun details – like exiting their reception to the Jurassic Park theme song (YES) and having Star Wars cake toppers! They used the theme “stuff we love” and so naturally their wedding was a perfect fit for us here at Capitol Romance. Let’s get it going.

A special thanks to Kelly Ewell Photography for submitting this Virginia wedding to us!

Kristin & Tyler’s Personalized, Brightly Colored Virginia Wedding at Whitehall Manor

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Vendors

Photographer:  Kelly Ewell Photography |Floral Designer: Affordable Arrangements | Caterer: Celebrations Catering | Cake Designer: Creative Cakes | Officiant: Jim Burch Wedding Ceremonies | Invitation Designer: Wedding Paper Divas | Reception Venue: Whitehall Manor | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Love this overview of their wedding from the photographer:

Kristin and Tyler crafted a wedding that was a complete reflection of them. From Kristin’s floral head wreath, to the Star Wars cake toppers (complete with matching veil and tie), to the variety of single-layer cake centerpieces on each table, to the overall theme that was simply “stuff we love”. Together they we calm, cool, and collected. Laid back and ready for whatever the day brought, just as long as they ended it together as a married couple.

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My wedding dress didn’t have much pomp and I decided to go without a veil, and instead wore a crown of flowers – I think this was my favorite fashion decision because it brought some color into an otherwise neutral ensemble.

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From the bride on their color choices:

We chose orange and yellow as our colors because they’re so bright and cheerful. We also chose the charcoal gray suits because Tyler’s favorite color to wear is charcoal, and it just happens to go really well with bright colors. We really liked the old-fashioned cut of the suits because they looked great and traditional while still being “out of the norm”.

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Click inside for the rest of Kristin & Tyler’s unique Virginia wedding at Whitehall Manor!

Glitz & Glitter New Years Wedding Inspiration & Color Palette

Happy New Year Romancers!!! Our 2013 recap and “Best Of” weddings & engagements will be posted next week when I am back in the office, but we didn’t want to leave you empty handed to kick off the new year so we have Love Buggs Weddings here today to share a super fun & inspiring color palette and inspiration board that is all things glitter & sparkle – perfect for a New Years wedding!

Hope you all had a wonderful New Years celebration and I can’t wait to see what 2014 has in store for us!

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Photo Credits

Dress: Aaron Young Photography via Ruffled Blog | Escort Cards: Harwell Photography via 100 Layer Cake | Champagne Bar: Erin Hearts Court via 100 Layer Cake | Shoes: Nordstrom, Kate Spade | Glitter Confetti Favor Bags: Landon Jacob via Southern Weddings | Calligraphy Sign: Nancy Ray Photography via Southern Weddings

Happy New Year! Free, Customizable New Years Ecard Download

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A few days early, but we’d like to wish you all a very happy new year! 2013 was pretty incredible for us – the official launch of our wedding coordination business, our brand new, custom blog design (including our vendor guide & sidebar advertising opportunities), and new combined logo design (with new biz cards too!), just to name a few!

We formed some amazing partnerships and relationships in 2013 and we are so insanely excited to launch the results of these partnerships in 2014! One of these amazing joint-ventures, was our newest one with Ribbons and Bluebirds. We will have SO MUCH more from Jenn in 2014, but for today we have an awesome customizable New Years e-card that you can download and send out yourself, completely free!

Without further ado, here is the awesome e-card! Your message will go in the pink box.

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Directions:

– Download your card template here

– Open in Adobe reader and type your own, custom message

– Save as an image or PDF and share with your colleagues, friends and family through email, Facebook, or Twitter!

– Don’t forget to let us know if you used our card by commenting here or sending one to us at Bree(at)capitolromance.com !!

Happy New Year Romancers!!!

 

Wedding Inspiration from a Romantic Farmhouse Wedding in Australia

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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Click inside for the rest of the inspiration images from this romantic, farmhouse wedding in Australia!

Winter Romance Color & Wedding Inspiration Board

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

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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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

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

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!

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