Corey & Anna’s Cherry Blossom, Washington DC Engagement Pictures

I used to get a TON of “traditional” DC engagement submissions all the time – monument after monument, a million cherry blossoms, and more. But (maybe because I raged against them) it’s been A WHILE since I’ve gotten any and man, I sort of missed them! Don’t it always seem to go ….

So for today we have Matoli Keely Photography sharing Corey & Anna’s beautiful Cherry Blossom, Washington DC monuments engagement session. Classic, gorgeous, and just what I needed today. Take it away Corey & Anna!

Corey & Anna’s Cherry Blossom, Classic Washington DC Engagement Pictures by the Monuments

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How they Met:

Corey’s cousin, Tyler, met Anna while they were both studying Graphic Design at Harding University. Tyler and Anna became instant best friends. When Corey moved to Alexandria, Virginia in 2010, Tyler insisted that he meet Anna. Tyler’s instincts were right, on January 3rd 2011 Corey and Anna met for dinner at Mai Thai in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. Their first meeting went so well that Corey kissed Anna that night and they have been together ever since.

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Click inside for the rest of this gorgeous DC engagement session – including a shot of that engagement ring AND the proposal story!

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Last Call for Alcohol – er DIY Wedding Workshop Tickets!

Happy Friday Romancers! We’re interrupting our normal “wedding inspiration” post with a few announcements and links for the weekend instead! I mean, pretty much everyone and their brother wants to be outside drinking and not strapped to a computer, reading a wedding blog anyway. Am I right? So let’s get this going!

Capitol Romance Announcements & Links for the Weekend!

On Tuesday night, we collaborated with Studio DBI & Typecase Industries to design a dinner party for Union Kitchen’s inaugural “Producer’s Dinner”. Or as DC Eater likes to call it, a Potluck on Steroids.

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We had a BLAST designing something with Studio DBI that was fun, hip, and BRIGHT (of course). We also loved getting to meet so many awesome food and drink purveyors – all working out of Washington, DC! Man I love this city and getting to be a part of events like this!


[Me making friends with the ah-mazing Rare Sweets!]

One last reminder for everyone that ticket sales for our first DIY Wedding Workshop (this Sunday, 2pm to 4pm at the Ulysses Room) END TONIGHT!!! Please please please share with any of your friends and family that might be interested in learning how to make something special for their wedding or event!

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We were featured on ScoutMob! Check out the awesome write-up they shared here.


And last, but not least, let’s check in with some of the AMAZING things our blog sponsors are doing!

The Happy Couple blogged a gorgeous Spring Maryland wedding!

Stephen Gosling Photo blogged a beautiful Cherry Blossom Engagement session.

Check out Ribbons & Bluebirds IN ACTION at the Indie Bridal Party DIY Paper Rose Station!

Have a great weekend Romancers! We’re pumped for our first May wedding coordination gig and of course the workshop on Sunday! SEE YOU THERE! <3

Arlene & Adam’s Intimate, Washington DC Elopement at Park Hyatt

Arlene and Adam didn’t want a big wedding. They dreamed of a big honeymoon and a perfect, small, elegant but modern ceremony.

So that’s EXACTLY what they did! I am SO pumped to have Val and Sarah on the blog today, sharing Arlene & Adam’s intimate, DC wedding. Arlene’s BHLDN dress is gorgeous, and her cobalt blue heels are WICKED. But really, my favorite thing about intimate weddings are just how meaningful they are. Strip away the money, the huge guest list, and all the crazy decorations and what’s left is really the MOST important part of the wedding day – ya know, the act of two people actually getting married. Take it away you guys!

Arlene & Adam’s Intimate, Washington DC Wedding at the Park Hyatt

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Photography: Val & Sarah | Bride’s Dress: BHLDN | Flowers: America’s Beautiful Florist | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

About the couple … and why they decided to get married ;)

After 8 years together, we decided to get married shortly after learning that Game of Thrones Season 4 wouldn’t be on the air until April 2014 and we needed SOMETHING to do until then. Seriously, how sweet is Game of Thrones Season 4 going to be!?

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On her dress:

 Just bought it online and loved it and kept it. I got it pressed the week before at Besson’s Cleaner’s on 14th in NW and I’m only mentioning that because I had a bear of a time figuring out exactly what people do about wrinkles in wedding dresses. Turns out you can just get it pressed at the cleaners! Who knew? They even put it in a hanger form so that it kept its shape. Best $20 I spent on the whole wedding.

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More from Val & Sarah:

They found the perfect setting at the Park Hyatt in Washington DC by holding their ceremony in the Presidential Suite. Wearing a short dress, and a perfect pair of royal blue shoes, Arlene walked to Adam with Thank You For Being A Friend (Yes, the Golden Girls Theme Song) playing in the background. The pair were married in front of their immediate family by a close friend. Perfect. Intimate. And Gorgeous. What more could you ask for?

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Click inside for the rest of Arlene & Adam’s intimate, modern DC wedding!

DIY Tutorial: How to Make a Water Color Paper Rose

If you somehow missed the party of the year (aka Indie Bridal Party) then you missed the amazing Ribbons & Bluebirds running an AWESOME DIY station to help pimp our DIY wedding workshops, and give attendees a little taste of her mad DIY skills. Today we are sharing the DIY project that Jenn ran at IBP, so you can make them at home, yourself.

Now, the paper flower is nothing new – but Jenn’s tutorial gives us a fresh look at an old favorite – using water colored paper! This slight addition to the tutorial makes the paper flowers a bit more modern, but just as beautiful as if you use maps or sheet music. Take it away Jenn!

DIY Tutorial: How to Make a DIY Water Color Paper Rose

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What you’ll need:

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These paper roses are so easy to make, and come out looking great! They don’t take too long to make either, so gather some friends and a bottle of wine or two, and soon you’d have a pile of paper roses for wedding décor! (Check out the corsages and boutonnieres from Eliza and Josh’s wedding posted last week – you too can make these cool roses!) You can use any paper you like – I used a very simple splash of watercolour in the center of these sheets for some colour, but you could try sheet music, wrapping paper, book pages, origami paper, newsprint, and more!

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Start with 3 paper squares, at least 4” across. Start with one, and fold it in half corner to corner (with the paper design on the inside). Fold in half again and half again, each corner to corner, until you have a triangle with folds along two edges and an open top. Just like making snowflakes or paper hearts in elementary school, cut off the top of the open part into a rounded-top petal shape and cut JUST THE TINIEST AMOUNT off the bottom corner to put a hole in the center. Repeat with all 3 squares.

Unfold your petal-triangles into the flat little flower shapes they should now be. If any of the holes in the center are more than about 1/4” across, you’re going to want to recut them – the smaller the center opening, the easier to stack your layers later! It doesn’t have to be a pinprick, just don’t try and use a layer with a ½” hole in the middle.

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From your first paper flower layer, cut out one petal along the fold lines. For the second, cut out a chunk of 2 petals (1/4 of the flower) and for the third, you guessed it, cut out a chunk of 3 petals! Save all the smaller pieces you just cut, as they’re going to form the center of your flower.

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Click inside for the rest of Ribbons & Bluebirds’ DIY Paper Rose tutorial!

David & Garrett’s Heartfelt, Personalized Maryland Wedding at Walkers Overlook

I’ve blogged a ton of weddings in the 3+ years I’ve been running this blog. Some really stick with me, where I can quite vividly call back from memory the images I laid out and the details I typed. This will be one of those weddings. Mostly because of the emotions that you can seriously FEEL coming out of every. single. image that Leo Druker Photography captured. But the natural, laid-back, details also help. Walkers Overlook, a wedding venue in Maryland, gave David & Garrett that a rustic, homey feel they were going for and their wedding vendors just executed the overall wedding day perfectly.

This, my engaged friends, is why you hire vendors that are not only professionals, but are a match to your personality, style, and nuances. Because then they can create a wedding day like this – one that emanates you and your partners’ feelings, desires, and emotions. I seriously feel like I KNOW these two people just from their wedding pictures. And I sure as hell wish I could have been in attendance at this wedding! But enough from me, more from Leo, David & Garrett.

David & Garrett’s Heartfelt, Personalized Maryland Wedding at Walkers Overlook

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Photographer: Leo Druker | Venue: Walkers Overlook | Florals & Lighting: Edge Flowers | DJ: Bruce Pike | Grooms’ Suits: Custom Suits from My.Suit | Officiant: Friend | Catering: Eat & Smile

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We each had our suits custom made from My.Suit ( We wanted to “go,” but not “match.”

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We opted to not have a specific color palate, nor did we intentionally choose any particular colors. We are inspired by natural elements and asked that the decor reflect the time of year (October). Our one main request was that the florals/decor have an unfinished edge and they used stone, metal, and glass to maintain that feeling.

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On their venue:

We wanted a space that felt like it could have been our home and had a rustic edge. They have a vintage car which they allowed us to use as a bar at the reception.

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Click inside for SO MUCH MORE of Garrett & David’s amazing Maryland wedding. Including some seriously amazing dance moves and some awesome wedding details!

Michael & Marissa’s Washington DC Engagement Pictures in Chinatown

A long long time ago we re-launched this little blog here and to celebrate, Stephanie Leigh Photo Design gave away an engagement session and coffee table book to one lucky couple. Michael & Marissa were that lucky couple and we are so excited to get to share their engagement pictures and love story here on the blog today! I love that their love story includes New Jersey (being a Jersey girl myself) and their proposal story is just too cute. I’ll let them take it from here.

Michael & Marissa’s Washington DC Engagement Pictures in Chinatown

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Photography: Stephanie Leigh Photo Design | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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How They Met:

Marissa grew up in New Jersey but was a frequent visitor to the northern Virginia area throughout her childhood as she visited close family friends. Without these visits she might never have applied to any Virginia schools and thus would’ve missed out on meeting Michael.

Michael grew up in Falls Church, Virginia and ironically spent his formative Christmases and summers trekking to New Jersey where his father is from and grandparents lived for many years.

Michael and Marissa had many mutual friends at school but their path didn’t really cross until they shared a business class junior year. They became quick friends and Marissa finally began to take a hint as she departed for Christmas break that year with a dozen roses that were left in her dorm room. Nightly phone conversations over break led to an official first date on Valentine’s Day and here we are almost eight years later in the place where it all started, celebrating happily ever after.

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Click inside for a peak at the gorgeous engagement ring AND to read their adorable proposal story!

Meet CIAO NINA ~ Our First DIY Wedding Workshop Vendor Host!

Guys! Our first DIY Wedding Workshop is LESS THAN A WEEK AWAY. I am so freakin’ pumped and scared and excited and anxious and so many other emotions! But the amazing Serena of Creative Ideation offered to do an awesome portrait session and Q&A with our first vendor host, CIAO NINA, and I couldn’t be more excited to share it with you all. First you get to meet the insanely talented and creative lady behind CIAO NINA, and second you get to look at some seriously rockin’ portrait images. I am just totally in awe of Nina’s style. She rocks patterns, colors, flare, and her own accessories with so much finesse it’s insane.

If you haven’t bought your tickets yet for our first workshop, you can buy them here. Come meet Nina yourself and have her teach you how to create a beautiful hairpiece that you could wear in your wedding, or make your for bridesmaids or other embellished detailing!

Meet CIAO NINA ~ Our First DIY Wedding Workshop Vendor Host

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And now for a little Q&A!!

Q: How would you describe your style?

A: Colorful, textured and ALWAYS flattering to MY shape.

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Q: What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

A: Independence Day is my favorite movie.


Q: When did you start making things and what was the first thing you made?

A: I always loved making things. I remember pretending to be sick in elementary school so I could stay home and watch craft shows on TV. It’s still so much fun for me to learn a new skill.

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 Q: What’s next for you?

A: Adorning the heads of every stylish lady in the district and beyond. And continuing to show women who think they “can’t pull off hats” how great they can look and feel in one.

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 Q: What can people expect from your workshop (vibe, energy, product, life-long friendship…)

A: A comfortable place to try your hand at a new skill. It is amazing to me how little credit some people give to their creative abilities.

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 Q: Who’s your superhero?

A: Supergirl. My little sister and I were obsessed with the 1984 movie. We watched it as adults together not too long ago, and… Spoiler alert: It doesn’t hold up.

Nina (left) with her sister Joanna (right) dressed up as Supergirl.


So if you weren’t excited for our first workshop yet, you should be now! Who wouldn’t want to learn from such an amazing woman and small business owner/creative in Washington, DC!? Be sure to check out Nina’s amazing shop here, buy tickets for the workshop here, and check out more from the photographer, Serena, here.

Creative & Alternative Flowerless Wedding Tablescapes and Decorations

It’s Friday. Somehow we made it. It’s been one of those kind of weeks. Maybe it’s just because it was my first full week back after vacation, or maybe it’s the impending chaos of May (and my birthday, UGH), but I never thought I’d make it to Friday. So now that it’s here, I am looking forward to time spent crafting, meeting clients, celebrating with friends, and enjoying a baseball game on Sunday! Hope you all have a fabulous weekend too. And just in case you aren’t sick of hearing it yet, don’t forget that our first DIY workshop is NEXT SUNDAY. So please buy tickets if you plan on coming so we can get a good head count in place for all those yummy treats our sponsors will be providing you!

Now, for today’s wedding inspiration post! Something a little different, this one includes 4 different tablescapes that are all completely flowerless! They each feature a different color scheme, wedding theme, and the items on the tablescapes were completely handmade by the designer. I think you might find some awesome, non-floral wedding centerpiece ideas in today’s post. Thanks to Stephanie Leigh Photography & Design for sending us this one via Two Bright Lights.

Creative & Alternative Nonfloral Wedding Tablescapes and Centerpieces



Photographer:  Stephanie Leigh Photography & Design | Event Designer: Bloomed to Last | Linens and Coverings: Everything Linen | Event Venue: Shenandoah Valley Golf Club | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

A note on this shoot from designer, Bloomed to Last:

As a designer I have always considered myself a little wacky, somewhat crazy, and an out of the box thinker. I’m not afraid to use unexpected materials to get a luxurious look. It was very natural for me to marry my love of off-beat with high style when creating these non-floral tablescapes. It was my goal to create each design that would be “different” than what one would expect. Don’t get me wrong I adore flowers however, you don’t see a lot of table designs this luxurious looking without the use of flowers. It was also my goal that each design would be able to appeal to a broad range of clients; wedding, corporate, special occasion, off-beat, luxe, traditional, same sex couples, and allergy sufferers.

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This fall modern table gives a chic twist on the classic fall. It showcases a rich color palette of copper, chocolate, & teal. Its loads of textures keep the design from becoming flat. The unexpected use of lamps adds a sense of sophistication and balances the natural elements; rocks and branches. The overall height of the branches gives it a grand feeling, but allows the conversation to flow freely. Simply stunning!

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Click inside for the rest of these nonfloral wedding  tablescape and decoration ideas!

Eliza & Josh’s Rainbow Colored, DIY, Book Themed Wedding in Maryland

“Our wedding was a deliberate exercise in being thoughtful and authentic to who we are and where we’re from. We had no problem with tradition if we could give it a slight twist to better represent who we are, our families, and our community.”

You might remember Eliza & Josh from their insanely adorable, “nerdy” library engagement session that we featured a while back. Well they’re back now (and better than ever) with their super awesome, completely DIY, rainbow-themed wedding at Adelphi Historical Mill! Eliza & Josh used a ton of awesome local wedding vendors to knit their wedding day together and also recruited the help of ALL their family and friends to make it happen. I know you guys are going to love all the awesome, personalized details in this Maryland wedding AND all the super rad, rainbox wedding decorations & details. So enough from me, more from them.

Eliza & Josh’s Rainbow Colored, Book Themed, DIY Extravaganza Wedding in Maryland

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Photographer: Stephen De Leon | Wedding Planner: The Plannery | Venue: Adelphi Historical Mill | Ceremony Venue: St. Mary of the Mills, Laurel MD | Groom’s Custom Suit: MySuit | Bowties/socks: The Tie Bar | Bridal’s Gown: Two by Rosa Clara | Food: CapMac | Desserts: Red Velvet Cupcakery | Flowers: DIY with flowers from Potomac Floral | Details: Thrifted from DC’s Goodwill Stores

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Our wedding was a deliberate exercise in being thoughtful and authentic to who we are and where we’re from. We had no problem with tradition if we could give it a slight twist to better represent who we are, our families, and our community. We had a Catholic wedding but chose universal readings and had friends of other faiths and identities participate, both of us were given away by our parents, and Josh arranged our own wedding march. It was with that in mind that we dropped gendered language and expectations but still promised to be there in sickness and health, good times and bad. It was with that in mind that every bit of decor was draped in rainbows and personal history. Our priest even surprised us with a homily about the friendship, love, and devotion between Frodo and Sam!

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The only way to sum up our theme is to say that we celebrated the story of our five (now six!) years together and the importance of our family in writing that story — blood-related, bosom friends, and fictional voices. Our relationship bloomed with the assistance of some very important people–CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien, JK Rowling, Philip Pullman, and John Green–and they all had a part to play at our wedding. And because we dated long-distance, we chose a lot of our decor to represent that.

Boutonnieres and corsages were made from dictionaries and centerpieces were built from (used!) books by the aforementioned authors.

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We involved our entire community in putting together this wedding. Eliza’s mom was the DIY Guru, dipping thousands of Oreos in chocolate, cutting and gluing thousands of paper flowers, sewing hundred-plus feet crepe streamers, and wrapping several hundred books. Then, all of Eliza and Josh’s friends who helped were part of the D.A., yes, that D.A, rather than any old bridal party. Kaythi, one of Eliza’s best friends, knit the rainbow lace bolero she wore, as well as lead one of the readings in their ceremony. Even the jewelry Eliza wore came from her grandmothers and her garter was the one her mother wore.

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Click inside for the rest of Eliza & Josh’s super rad, rainbow colored and book themed DIY Maryland wedding!

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