Michelle & Adam’s Meridian Hill Park & Constitution Gardens DC Engagement Session

Back this afternoon with an adorable engagement session that will make us all pine for Fall. Ok – maybe just me then? Everyone else reading this probably just wants SUMMER already! Amiright? This DC engagement session features Michelle & Adam and their DIY Jones Soda Bottles – which fit perfectly since it’s their soon to be shared last name! They took some pictures aounr Meridian Hill Park and then the Constitution Gardens. Some gorgeous weeping willows also made an appearance! Thanks to Chantal Lavine Photography for sharing the images for the feature!

Michelle & Adam’s Meridian Hill Park & Constitution Gardens, Washington DC Engagement Session

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How they met:

We met over six years ago quite serendipitously during a study abroad trip to Jordan. We spent the summer as bioarchaeologists excavating tombs and falling in love. We kept our romance alive through two years of long distance (Adam went to school in NC and Michelle in MA) before moving to Charlotte, NC and finally relocating to the DC area for grad school and our current careers in the government.

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The Mix Event: Wedding Show & Ticket Giveaway!

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OH HEY THAT’S US!!! In case you guys missed all my social media posts (and our handy new sidebar ad for the event), there is an AWESOME new wedding show happening in Baltimore at the end of February and we are so excited to be a part of it!

It’s called The Mix Event, and it’s an eclectic wedding show, for couples in love. Why is it different than the typical, boring and 1-note wedding shows you typically see around the DC area? Well … let them tell you:

The Mix Event was born from the idea that no two couples are alike, and neither are any two weddings. The coming together of two people mixes cultures, families, ideas, and loves, and just like the mixing of blue and yellow makes green, a marriage creates something new and beautiful.

We invite you to a wedding show unlike any other – not too big, not too small, but just right. The Mix Event happens on a Saturday night, so make it a date night out with your sweetie! We’ll have a live band, a cash bar with our signature cocktail/mocktail, and plenty of the areas’ absolute best vendors to meet & greet.

Live band? Bar? A room full of non-stuffy, creative wedding vendors? What more could you want in a show? Need more…then check out the AWESOME promo video that was put together for the event by ClickSpark:

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There are some seriously awesome vendors signed up – and Andy & I will be there too, rep-ing Capitol Romance :) So come hang out with us, grab a drink, dance to Burnt Sienna, and maybe find some of your wedding vendors! You can buy tickets here OR you can enter to win 2 tickets through us by the raffle copter widget below!

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Capitol Inspiration: Romantic, Berry & Burgundy, Rembrandt Winery Wedding Inspiration

Some romantic, wine-inspired wedding inspiration today coming to you from a shoot put together by Bridal Bellhop! Bridal Bellhop is a DC-based wedding vendor search tool focused on simplifying the vendor search game for DC area wedding planning couples! Grace, the owner, assembled a team of talented vendors from her own site to plan a gorgeous styled wedding at The Winery at Bull Run. Using descriptors like “stark moodiness” and “quiet elegance” they use a Rembrandt painting and fine wine as the theme for the shoot. I am IN LOVE with the deep, rich berry and burgundy colors they used (right down to the bride’s burgundy lipstick – love). They topped it off with a touch of luxe by throwing in cascading flowers and gold too! As Grace explained, they wanted to showcase a winery wedding beyond the typical rustic burlap and lace – which I think they pulled off quite successfully!

We have an exclusive sampling of images from this gorgeous shoot but be on the lookout for the Spring 2014 Winery Weddings Magazine to have another set! Happy Friday Romancers – I think I might need to go fill a cup of some mulled wine after blogging this ….

Romantic, Elegant Berry & Burgundy Winery Wedding Details & Inspiration

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PhotographyBonnie Sen Creative Photography | Venue - The Winery at Bull Run | Wedding PlannerPure Whimsy Events | Wedding DressEllie’s Bridal | Makeup/HairCarolyn Thombs Makeup Artistry & Consulting | Floral DesignEightTreeStreet | CateringAmphora Catering | Rentals -Vintage Affairs | Stella & DotTyler Fitzhugh | Cake + DessertsFresh Bakes | InvitationsRibbon & Ink | Vendor MatchingBridal Bellhop

Expert wedding vendor curators, Bridal Bellhop, sourced vendors for this styled shoot based on the vision of a romantic Rembrandt winery wedding and used their unique matching system to bring the vision to life. Each wedding vendor was carefully selected to ensure that the products and services captured in this styled shoot reflect Bridal Bellhop’s standard of excellence for selecting vendors to join their wedding maven community, which makes the company stand out from other wedding resource services.

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The bride’s romantic Rembrandt look was achieved through a combination of dark berry lips and gold eye makeup, softened with loosely pinned curls. The high lace neckline of the wedding gown added a touch of romance to the overall look, while matte black nails, a cascading bouquet, and gold accessories added a sultry twist.

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The cocktail hour display was rich in flavor, color, and edible details. Savory appetizers such as pomegranate bruschetta and red wine caramelized goat cheese tartlets were scattered across wine barrels and accessorized with heart shaped figs and a fruit basket-inspired floral arrangement. Gold foiled wedding invitations laid in a drawer of a beautifully worn hutch to display the ornate quatrefoil pattern and merlot color scheme.

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Click inside for SO MUCH MORE wedding inspiration from this elegant & romantic winery wedding styled shoot!

Elisha & Josh’s Eclectic and Offbeat, Nautical-Themed Maryland Wedding

Today’s real Maryland wedding feature encompasses so many things I love! A couple took a sometimes cliched theme (nautical) and made it their own! They embraced local culture, included special and handmade details, and instead of sticking to a strict color palette, the bride answered, “Meh I’m not putting myself in a box.” HAH! I love it! The result was an eclectic, offbeat nautical-themed Maryland wedding that was mostly just jam packed with FUN. My favorite detail might be the totally NOT-bridesmaids dresses that the bride had her maid’s wear (adorable, off the rack seersucker dresses) but the mini pumpkins in the bouquet are a close second! Hold on to your hats Romancers because we have a long post for you today with images from Sugar Farms Weddings!

Elisha & Josh’s Eclectic, Offbeat Nautical Themed Maryland Wedding

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Photography: Sugar Farms Weddings | Venue: Herrington on the Bay | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jessica Simpson | Groom & Groomsmen Suits: Custom, Made to Measure suits by David Hart | Cake: Made by Groom’s Mother | Groomsmen Anchor Pocket Squares: Gap | Groomsmen Whale Tie Clips: J. Crew | Yarmulkes: Handmade | Bride’s Shoes: Ted Baker  | Bride’s Jewelry: Anthropologie | Chuppah: Handmade (from Target linens!) | Invitations: Etsy | Programs: DIY by Bride | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

While having a nautical-themed wedding in Maryland can be cliche, the bride, Elisha, is from Knoxville, Tenn., originally. Knowing that many guests would be coming from out of town and seeing the Chesapeake Bay for the first time, the couple decided to just go ahead and embrace the local culture and style for their nuptials. They wanted a lot of special details, so the wedding was chocked full of handmade touches. The color scheme came together rather organically. Instead of picking the pallet first, Elisha and Josh found the vintage nautical invitations and let them serve as the inspiration.  After finding a bridesmaid dress evocative of the invitations, everything else – the groomsmen clothing, yarmulkes and flowers – all just started to fall in place. There were no strict rules about what was or wasn’t in the scheme; everything just had to sort of “go.” It drove some people crazy when they asked the bride what her color scheme was and for the first few months, her answer was “Meh, I’m not putting myself in a box.”

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Instead of typical bridesmaids’ dresses, Elisha chose an off-the-rack Jessica Simpson seersucker dress for her friends that could be reworn for other occasions. (They were $80!) It had a fun blue-and-white stripe with triangle back cutout and tomato red piping. They wore blue nautical knot earrings (gift), their own red pumps and little gold anchor necklaces with lapis stones (gift). Full disclosure: The bride liked the dress so much, she bought one for herself, too, to wear to the next Preakness!

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Josh, the fathers, Elisha’s “bride’s man” (her brother) and Josh’s groomsmen wore custom-made suits and ties designed by Josh’s friend, menswear designer David Hart. Hart is originally from Severna Park, Md., and is now making his own clothing line in NY. The suits were one-of-a-kind, which David kindly made at cost for the guys.

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Elisha’s favorite DIY detail was the nearly 90 yarmulkes her mother handmade (enough for each man) for the ceremony. Elisha got the idea that she wanted quirky, nautical yarmulkes for her Jewish wedding. After searching the Internet and not finding what she was looking for, she realized her mother Megan, who is a sewing wiz, could make them. Elisha bought an assortment of coordinating nautical fabrics online and shipped them to her mom in Tennessee. She also had a custom-made rubber stamp made with the wedding details (names, date, location) and some fabric ink pads and sent them to her mom. She found a free yarmulke pattern online. Even FOB Isidor helped with the process by cutting fabric and ironing! Strips of the leftover fabric were used to wrap the bridesmaids’ bouquets.

The chupah – or wedding canopy – was one of the most romantic easy-breezy ones this biased bride has ever seen! Learning that Jewish canopies can be hundreds of dollars to buy or rent, the bride brainstormed a cheaper solution. After explaining over and over to people that the fabric she was looking for would be similar to the sheer linen curtains in her living room, she decided: Why not use them? She bought five panels at Target for about $70 total and the groomsmen stapled them to the pergola making a canopy.

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Click inside for the rest of Elisha & Josh’s eclectic, handmade Nautical Maryland wedding in Annapolis!

Giveaway: Game Time Stadium Nacho Cheese Party Pack Giveaway!

Something fun and not entirely wedding related (though the owner DID serve this at his own wedding as a late night snack!) for the afternoon. A fun little giveaway in celebration of next week’s big game (the Superbowl … in case you didn’t get that)! DJ Brad McCormick has launched a separate side biz selling nacho cheese party packs, called Game Time Stadium Nacho Cheese. Now this cheese isn’t just your regular Kraft variety – it’s the kind they actually serve in the stadiums at major sports events made by Gehl’s!

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To help get his business started, he has offered to giveaway 2 prizes to 2 lucky winners on the blog! The grand prize is a Grand Prize Gift Kit (include a case of cheese, and the gift pack above [shipped separately]) and a runner up will get a nacho cheese 6 pack! Shipping can be anywhere in the country (and can get there in 3 days) but for anyone local, it would take a day to get to you! Perfect timing for your Superbowl party!

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Entering is SUPER easy (as always!) just use our Rafflecopter widget below! Don’t forget to check out Brad’s website, Stadium Nacho Cheese, follow him on Twitter, or check out his Facebook page. And in case you aren’t a football fan, don’t forget that you can always serve this as a late night snack at your wedding :

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GIVEAWAY ENDS: TUESDAY, FEB 28TH!

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Tell us ~ what would YOU do with your Stadium Nacho Cheese?

Free, Printable Wedding Party Cards! Bridesmaids, Groomsmen, Bridesmen, & Groomsladies

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GUYS! We are so freakin’ PUMPED for today’s DIY tutorial/free printable from Ribbons & Bluebirds! We’ve been working with Ribbons & Bluebirds to create something extra special, something I have yet to really see out in the wedding blog scene: LGBT-friendly Wedding Party cards!

I know you’ve all see the millions of “will you be my bridesmaid?” or “will you be my groomsmen” cards online. But what I have yet to see are ones that are more inclusive and LGBT-friendly! How about ones that say “Will you join OUR wedding party” and feature two dashing grooms on the card? Or better yet, what about all of you out there asking men to stand on the bride’s side or ladies to join the groomsmen? Well we have those covered too! We’ve got your “Will you be my groomslady?” and “Will you be my bridesman?” downloads too!

OMG are you as excited about this as I am!? And not only did Ribbons & Bluebirds custom make these designs for you guys, she also wrote up the most awesome DIY tutorial to show you how to make these cards into something super special to send to your soon to be wedding party attendees – including some fancy DIY envelope liner step-by-step directions!

DIY Tutorial: Free, Printable LGBT-Friendly Wedding Party Cards & Step by Step Instructions

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These fun cards are a great, modern way to invite your nearest and dearest to be a part of YOUR wedding party!  The downloadable templates prints 2 cards per sheet or 8.5×11” paper, each card 4.25×5.5” with a half fold.

Supplies you will need:

  • Cardstock, 8.5×11 (letter) size sheets
  • Paper trimmer (or utility knife + ruler)
  • Scoring board (or bone folder + ruler)
  • Printer
  • A2 size envelopes (optional)
  • Decorative paper to line envelopes

Step 1. Download one or several of the templates available at Ribbons & Bluebird’s blog. Templates include: “Will you join our wedding party” for a bride + groom, two brides, or two grooms OR “Will you be my”: bridesmaid, groomsman, bridesman, or groomswoman – including a fun set of potential responsibilities for the wedding day.

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Step 2. Print your cards!  The templates are laid out on 8.5×11 sheets, ready for your printer.  Make sure you have the print set to Do Not Scale, otherwise your printer may try and reduce the size of the cards (and they will be too small for an envelope.) Because the design goes all the way to the edge of the cards, some printers may not be able to print all the way to the edge, but if you have a “borderless” setting then try it out! (About borderless printing: most printers automatically increase the print size when set to borderless, in an attempt to try and make sure the print really does go all the way to the edge.  You need to remove this setting by setting the enlargement amount to “no enlargement.”)

**To print the inside design**: flip the cardstock over and run it back through your printer to print on the backs.  Not every printer feeds the same, so I can’t give you specifics for the orientation but you may need to print a test sheet to make sure you get the inside message printed on the correct half of the sheet.

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Step 3. Next, trim the cards.  Each sheet needs one cut, right down the middle.  You can use the edge of the diagonal pattern to line it up perfectly – each piece of paper will then be 5.5 x 8.5”.

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Step 4. To score the cards for easy folding, either use a scoring board and score at 4.25” from the short edge (again, right down the middle) OR just use a bone folder and a ruler to score the paper.  Again, you can use the diagonal pattern as a guide.

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Step 5. Fold along the scored edge, and voila! Enjoy the cards :)

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Click inside to find out how to make your free cards EXTRA fancy with a DIY envelope liner tutorial!

Ashley & Jon’s Elegant Warehouse Wedding at the Annapolis Fairgrounds in Maryland

Yowza, I just can’t seem to get this post written. Between the snow, some personal things, my regenerating unread inbox folder, and my wedding this weekend – I am all over the place! I even had one of my crazy stress dreams last night where I flipped out/yelled at some spa pedicurist and then stole lipstick to get back at them for making me wait 5 hours to never get a pedicure. Haha – what does THAT mean ?! Anyway, today we have a super cute Annapolis Fairground Wedding from Eastport Photography. It features Ashley & John, some fun baseball themed portraits, and an elegant warehouse wedding reception. Yes, I did say elegant warehouse – because that’s exactly what their reception looked like! They DIYed a TON of the wedding and it included a Smores bar, popcorn bar, and a funfetti cake (yes!). Slightly ironic consider the bride is a dentist. Check all the full set below!

Ashley & Jon’s Elegant Warehouse Wedding at the Annapolis Fairgrounds in Maryland

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Photography: Eastport Photography | Catering: Main Ingredient | DJ: DJ K Rock | Bride’s Dress: Vera Wang | Venue: Annapolis Fairgrounds | Flowers: DIY | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Ashley and Jon’s Annapolis Fairgrounds wedding was a long time coming! The couple met almost 10 years ago when they were just young teenagers! They tied the knot this past weekend at the Annapolis Evangelical Presbyterian Church in front of 300 guests and then celebrated in an elegantly decorated warehouse at the Annapolis Fairgrounds.

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Ashley and the girls got ready in the bridal suite of the church. Ashley’s bouquet was a delicate pink paper-flower bouquet and the bridesmaids’ bouquets were simple baby’s breath and twine. Her dress was a beautiful Vera Wang gown with a white flower sash.

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Meanwhile, Jon and the guys were busy getting ready at Jon’s house. He gave each of his groomsmen personalized baseball bats as gifts. I must say, the guys look pretty tough with their bats!

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Click inside for the rest of Ashley & Jon’s Elegant Warehouse Wedding at the Annapolis Fairgrounds in Maryland!

Kali & Jason’s Alternative, Grungy Washington DC Engagement Session at Union Market

This isn’t the first Union Market DC Engagement session we’ve featured and hopefully it won’t be the last. I am an absolute SUCKER for e-sessions that include the less traditional and non-glamorous sides of DC. I think I am also super biased on this particular location because this is in my neighborhood ;) Any couple that is down for the overall ‘grungy-ness” of shooting in front of dilapidated and boarded up buildings (oh and a dude moving trash) is my kind of couple. A thanks to Megan Noonan Photography for sending this DC engagement session our way!

Kali & Jason’s Alternative Washington DC Engagement Session at Union Market

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Photography: Megan Noonan Photography | Location: Union Market | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

How they met:

I met Jason through mutual friends 8 years ago. At the time we were both involved with other people but we formed a friendship that would last. After several years Jason says hearing me speak of possibly moving away made something click and he realized he couldn’t let me go without telling me how he felt. We started dating and now three years later we’re getting married! I think we both feel as if we are marrying our best friends and we look forward to spending the rest of our lives together.

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Wedding Music That Doesn’t Suck: “High Hopes” by Kodaline

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So I think one of the biggest surprises from my 2014 reader survey (have you taken it yet?!) was that there are people out there that actually enjoy my Wedding Music That Doesn’t Suck song suggestions. This was something I decided to do back before I had even written my first blog post. I did one EVERY Monday in my first year, but as my list got shorter, and no submissions came in, (and little views and comments on the posts) I sort of phased it out as a weekly feature and instead just featured a song when it came to me.

I’ve toyed with the idea of dropping the post all together, but after the survey, I’ll try and keep to at least a 1/month suggestion for those of you that actually like it! And for today, we have “High Hopes” by Kodaline.

Song:

But I’ve got high hopes, it takes me back to when we started
High hopes, when you let it go, go out and start again
High hopes, oh, when it all comes to an end
But the world keeps spinning around

This song has got EVERYTHING for a modern wedding song suggestion. Beautiful lyrics, soft & slower tempo (that slightly builds), and piano! Personally I could see it working as a fun processional song, a modern first dance song, or somewhere else in your wedding ceremony playlist. Or if all else false, add it to your cocktail hour playlist :)

What do you think Romancers – do you love “High Hopes” like I do?

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