Capitol Inspiration: DIY Alternative Snow Inspired Bridal Shoot

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Images: Amber Wilkie Photography

It was the first real snow fall in the DC area a few weeks ago (before our bigger storm this past week) and an impromtu shoot formed over Facebook for some local DC wedding vendors to get together and have some fun. Once I saw the result, I knew I had to share it here. I love the contrast between the snow and the darker, glam styled models. Plus that vintage candelabra is everything. Happy Friday Romancers, stay warm!!

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More from the shoot coordinator, Simply Breathe Events:

During our first “snow” of the year in the DMV, Amber Wilkie Photography reached out via Facebook to coordinate a last minute styled shoot. Although we all thought she was joking at first (even herself), a bunch of really cool vendors stepped in at the opportunity and I’m sure Amber never would have expected for it to come out as awesome as it did!

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Nothing was purchased for this shoot! Everything was selected from past photo shoots, or knick knacks from around our homes. That’s what made everything that much more eclectic and “vintage-glam”. The dark features of the shoot were completely unplanned. When Liz from Studio DBI offered her amazingly cool candelabra and the black candles, we knew we had to run with it.To achieve this look on your own, get ready to be adventurous. Think outside of the box! Shop at vintage and thrift stores. Anything goes!

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Vendor Spotlight: Just For The Day Wedding Coordination with Jasmine Smith

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Sometimes you meet people and its uncanny how many similarities you have with them right off the bat. This is exactly what happened when I started emailing with Jasmine, owner of Just for the Day, a DC-based wedding coordination business. Jasmine started her wedding business on the side while working a full-time consulting job (like me!), runs an awesome side business that helps small business owners on PR & marketing (like me!), and is focused mainly on providing coordination services over full wedding planning to her clients. I am so excited to get to share more with you guys today about Jasmine & Just For The Day Weddings – and if you are in need of a wedding coordinator, please check her out!

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First, a bit more about Jasmine:

Jasmine is the owner of Just For the Day (JFD), a D.C. based day of wedding coordinating business. JFD works primarily with DIY couples who enjoy the planning process but need help pulling it all 2015-02-18_0002together and seeing all of the couples plans through on the wedding day. Jasmine has an extensive event management  background that includes producing televised events and exclusive high profile award shows. She has coordinated weddings all around the D.C. metro area for the past eight years and lives for making things  happen! Follow Just For the Day on Twitter or Instagram!

 Second, here’s a bit about her ideal clients:

A couple that has enjoyed wedding planning but wants to make sure all of the loose ends are tightened and  that the wedding day goes according to plan perfectly (yes, I said perfect). And if something comes up  unexpectedly, they don’t worry but defer to our team.

How her booking schedule works:

We’ve had couples to book us as early as 1 year out and as late as 1 month before the wedding. Either way,  we can make it work.

Her wedding coordination experience:

We’ve coordinated weddings at hotels, private homes, county properties, parks, and international banquet halls. (Check out one of her weddings featured on United with Love!)

We help our clients build out their day of timeline, coordinate the wedding rehearsal, arrive a few hours before the wedding to ensure the vendors have arrived and oversee set up, manage the wedding ceremony and reception, and make sure the reception flows nicely. Occasionally, we will help with special decor needs like laying out the place cards and wedding favors, setting out centerpieces, and hanging paper flower pomanders.

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Remember, although most wedding venues have coordinators, their coordinators are responsible for the venue (planning and logistics). A day-of coordinator, is there to be responsible for the wedding party, guests, the actually wedding and reception coordination (we cue the music and tell folks when to walk) and we ensure the wedding vendors adhere to their contractual and service obligations.

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So if you are in need of a day-of wedding coordinator, be sure to consider Jasmine with Just for the Day Weddings!

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Learn How To Make Your Own DIY Personalized, Custom Canvas Print


March 8th | DIY Custom Canvas Prints Workshop | 2pm to 4pm

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It’s finally here! The very first DIY #CapRoWorkshop of 2015 is officially launched and tickets are on sale now. I am SO pumped to welcome back DIY Maven Jenn Heller of Ribbons & Bluebirds to host the first DIY Workshop of 2015. Last year Jenn closed out our workshops with a fabulous DIY Watercolors Workshop and this year she is tackling custom canvas art!

As I mentioned before, this year we will be offering workshops and projects that are a bit expanded outside of just the wedding world – however, we will still ensure that each project could be used in a wedding too! At our first workshop, Jenn will be teaching attendees how to create a custom canvas print using paint, negative space blocking & some pre-printed icons.


Your personalized canvas print is completely versatile and can be made for a multitude of functions. Here are some of the ideas that Jenn came up with:

A DIY Wedding Guest Book (your guests could sign this at your wedding and then you could hang it in your home):


DIY Chair Back Signs:


DIY Art for Your Office:


or An Adorable Custom Canvas Print for your Nursery:


We are so excited to be hosting the workshops this year at The Hill Center at Old Naval Hospital on Capitol Hill! There is PLENTY of free street parking and it’s metro accessible through Eastern Market metro stop. As with last year’s DIY Workshops, ticket prices will include all materials you need to create the craft, beverages & snacks from local DC sponsors, and an edible favor! We will have just 8 early bird tickets available for this workshop at $25 a piece and the remaining tickets will be $35.

For more information, please visit the event website! I hope to see you there at our first DIY Workshop of 2015!!

Cait & Bill’s Black & Gold, Washington DC Wedding at Carnegie Institution for Science

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Images: Stephen Gosling Photography

You might remember this super adorable couple from their chilly (how appropriate for today) DC engagement pictures. Cait & Bill have some killer style & a love for DC and both of those things were SO apparent in their gorgeous DC wedding. I LOVE their gold & black color palette (with a hint of vintage, art deco flair) and how all their details came together. Cait & Bill are a self proclaimed casual couple, and they really wanted their wedding to be a reflection of them (well you all know how I feel about that).

They shared, “Our goal was for family and friends to feel like they were at a party or dinner at our place (in this case a really special party!). This was our approach to the whole wedding, and it extended from the large details (getting married by our closest friend) to the small ones (the bar selection). It may have felt like a fancier dinner at our place with a lot more people, but in the end, the wedding was a reflection of us and our relationship.”

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On their wedding venue, the Carnegie Institution for Science:

The Carnegie Institution for Science was one of wedding planning’s easiest decisions. We knew from our first tour that it was the place we wanted to be married–it’s so beautiful without being overdone. Honestly, we didn’t look anywhere else. I liked the idea of having separate rooms for the ceremony, dinner, and reception, but at the same time the venue flows together seamlessly. I have to mention how working with Becky was the cherry on top of the whole experience at the Carnegie. She’s the absolute best.

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The Carnegie is so classic that you don’t need to go over the top with color or decor. I felt like we could do a lot with black and gold, and it made DIYs especially easy for color selection. If you ask Bill, the colors are because black and gold are his elementary school colors, and he’s a nostalgic guy. Go Brookside Bulldogs!

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Bill purchased my engagement ring from the local jeweler at home where my step-dad purchased my mom’s. When it came time to purchase our bands, it was no question that we would get them from Finkle’s. I love the tradition of it.

What made our wedding so special to us was the involvement of our family and friends. From our invites that were beautifully addressed by our friend Kathryn to the beer that was crafted by close friends, very few details weren’t touched by someone we loved.

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Love this sequence of the first look!!

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Click inside for SO MUCH more of Cait & Bill’s adorable black & gold DC wedding – including a look at our DIY Chalkboard Signs workshop working in real life!!

DIY Video Makeup Lipstick Tutorial: Get the Perfect Valentine’s Day Pout

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Guys! GUYS! I am SO FREAKIN’ EXCITED to get to share one of our newest collaborations for 2015: DIY Makeup Tutorial Videos with The Makeup Chic, Suzanne Eden (created by CreativeIdeation). And we are launching the series with a perfectly timed DIY lipstick tutorial to get that perfect red pout for Valentine’s Day. Up your x-factor for your dinner plans or paint a bold pink for a night on the town with the girls using our DIY Video Tutorial: How to Get The Perfect Pout for Valentine’s Day, below. Check it out!!!

Makeup & Tools you will need:

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Now let’s learn how to get that gorgeous Valentine’s Day Pout! This innovative mix of pink and red will create the perfect Valentine lip for all skin tones and coloring. Use the step by step instructions here or watch the DIY makeup tutorial video!

Step by step instructions:

  1. Identify best shade of red for your coloring. I used a universally flattering shade of red called, Scarlett that everyone should have on hand. I call it my party lip!
  2. Apply Lip Stain to lips and let dry (30 seconds).
  3. Swipe Delux lip brush in red lipstick.
  4. Apply red lipstick to lips using Delux lip brush. *(Start on bottom mid-lip and working your way out to both sides. Start on top mid lip working your way out to both sides.)
  5. Swipe Small Precision Brush in the red lipstick.
  6. Line the out-line of lips using Small Precision Brush.
  7. Lightly line lips with red liner to seal the deal.
  8. Blow kisses!

DIY Makeup Tutorial Video:

Frequently Asked Questions & Answers from The Makeup Chic:

Why a lip stain first?

The beauty of wearing a lip stain under your favorite red lip allows you to eat, drink, and be merry without losing your perfectly puckered pout! And Wearing a pink lip stain under your red lipstick adds a unique and subtle layer of pop to your lips!

How can I clean up a my lips if they start to smudge and smear?

The best way that I’ve found to clean up an uneven pout is by using a baby wipe and a precision ended Q-tip. Cover one end of the Q-tip with a baby wipe and gently clean up by swiping the out-line of your lips. Re-line your lips if needed and you are ready for a Valentine’s night out!

A very special thanks again to the amazing Makeup Chic, Suzanne Eden & CreativeIdeation for making this DIY makeup tutorial video happen!

Capitol Inspiration: A Valentine’s Day Inspired Wedding Styled Shoot

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Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day! Andy and I usually celebrate the anniversary of when we first started dating (12 years ago! OMG!) by ditching the packed & over-priced restaurants with some pizza from &Pizza and pie from Dangerously Delicious pies. We will be joined this year by my parents – making it extra romantic ;) (I kid I kid!). I leave you today with some GORGEOUS Valentine’s Day Wedding Inspiration from Intrigue Designs & Natalie Franke Photography AND some link love. Hope you guys have a fantastic weekend!

Abby Grace Photography shares the 411 on buying sparklers and executing a proper sparkler exit

Pretty Entertaining shares a round-up of Temporary Tattoo Wedding Favors

December isn’t the only month/holiday where you can send your vendor friends some love & promote your business, Skelber Design shares some offbeat holidays you could send a card out on. (Love these!)

Don’t forget! The first Fuel DC event of 2015 is on the 24th of Feb and tickets are on sale now! Learn how to up your social media game by taking better, styled pictures on your phone.

The Say I Do & Out RVA Virginia Wedding Giveaway winners have been announced! Check them out.

And now we bring you the LOVE.

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Photography: Natalie Franke | Styling & Design: Sara Metzger | Hair & Makeup: Behind the Veil, LLC | Florist: Intrigue Designs | Paper: Sara Metzger | Dress: Bagdley Mischka from Rent the Runway | Cake: Hanna Zimmer | Necklace: JCrew | Models: Caitlin Kellagher & Caleb Holt

Introducing: Winter Floral Workshops with Petal’s Edge

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Introducing: Winter Floral Workshops with Petal’s Edge


Join Petal’s Edge Floral Design for 3 different floral workshops happening over the next few weeks (with the first on Monday, Feb 16th!). Workshops will include Sugar Shack doughnuts, refreshments, and music! Don’t miss out on any of these fabulous workshop topics, you can reserve your spot by email or phone (703-518-8488 or!

Here are the details on each workshop AND be sure to ask about a deal on purchasing tickets to ALL THREE when inquiring!

TERRARIUM WORKSHOP | Monday, February 16th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm

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Create your own miniature eco system to liven up your space during the cold winter months with our Terrarium Workshop! In this first edition of our series of three Winter Workshops, we’ll instruct you on how to build living, breathing, plantscapes in a class that combines science with clean, green, and chic. Whether you love sleek, modern lines with a minimalist edge, English garden charm, or fairy garden fancifulness, you’ll find plants, containers, and a variety of terrarium décor to suit your style.

With all materials provided, participants will be able to choose from a selection of small containers (One per student, with the option of bringing an additional container from home.) and choose from an array of either moisture-loving or succulent (dry-weather) plants, as well as small adornment elements like shells or stones to populate their terrariums. Participants will then be instructed on how to prepare materials for, built, and care for their terrariums. Participants can enjoy wine and other beverages, hors-d’oeuvres, and music to get their creative juices flowing!

Adults: $50.oo | Students and Seniors: $42.oo

DESIGN 101 WORKSHOP | Monday, March 2nd from 5:00pm to 8:00pm

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Thinking of picking up a new hobby? This workshop is sure to be a wonderfully informative way to familiarize yourself with all the basics of floral design. Through combining the of basic principles of design with the tools and mediums of floral arranging, participants will learn a variety of techniques based on vase, foam, and in-hand arranging. Participants will be able to take their arrangements home for their own enjoyment, though they also make perfect gifts!

With all materials included, the participants can choose from a selection of containers and flowers for their arrangements and can also bring a favorite vase or container from home. The price of this workshop includes a supply bag containing a few floral design essentials. Participants can enjoy refreshments and music to get their creative juices flowing!

Adults: $95.oo | Students and Seniors: $85.oo | Children*: $48.oo (*Must be accompanied by an adult)

FLOWER CROWN WORKSHOP | Monday, March 16th from 6:30PM to 8:30PM

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Learn how to create effortlessly beautiful wearable works of art with this fun workshop! Learn the basics of flower wiring, an invaluable skill in floral design, while creating a stunning crown in the process! Flower headpieces are incredibly popular in lieu of a bouquet or a corsage for your wedding, prom, or other honorary occasion and are sure to turn heads with their breathtaking whimsy and natural elegance. They also a make a wonderful treat for the little princess in your life, no special occasion needed!

With all materials provided, participants will learn how to properly wire flowers and greenery to create their own flower crowns. Information on the best flower types, as well as what flower types to avoid will also be provided. . Participants can enjoy refreshments and music to get their creative juices flowing!

Adults: $35.oo | Students and Seniors: $30.oo | Children*: $15.oo (*Must be accompanied by an adult)


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Let’s Get Personal: The Top 3 Tips for Submitting to a Wedding Blog


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I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked this question: how do I increase my chances of being accepted for feature on a wedding blog? Or, “this is my first time submitting to  a wedding blog – any advice?”. As a matter of fact, I DO have some advice. I’ve always considered myself lucky to get to experience both sides of the wedding blog submission spectrum – as the submitter and the submission receiver – and it’s given be a pretty well rounded view of the wedding blog submission process. Wedding Bloggers might complain “no one reads my submission requirements” and submitters might respond with “every blog has different requirements! I don’t have time to meet every single one”. So I’m here to break it down for just the submitters, in 3 easy pieces of advice.

The Top 3 Tips for Submitting Your Work to a Wedding Blog

#1. Read the Wedding Blog’s Submission Requirements

(See what I did there?) I took sides with the wedding bloggers already!. But seriously. I cannot emphasize this enough – reading the submission requirements of a blog (even if they are insanely long) will be worth it if you want to get featured on that blog. Most bloggers will deny you instantly if you do not follow their requirements. I tend to take a bit more of a lenient approach, as I understand that it takes a LOT of time to customize your submission for each different wedding blog, but most wedding bloggers are not like me. And as a wedding blog editor, I can tell you that 75% of the submissions I get do NOT follow my requirements and that stinks.

I tend to send submitters to my submission requirements page, but other bloggers might not be so kind. So it’s in your best interest to just start there! If you want to be accepted, then you MUST read the submission requirements. And then, obviously, follow them!

#2. Read the Wedding Blog You Are Submitting Too(!)

I cannot stress this one enough. I can’t tell you how many times I get submissions and I look at the images and I think, man – this person hasn’t ever even looked at my blog. If you want to get accepted for publication on a wedding blog, take the time to READ the wedding blog. Look at the images they post, the types of features they accept, etc. If the wedding blog you are submitting too tends to only feature weddings that are shot in natural light, outdoors, with floral crowns, then chances are, your super modern, interior wedding, will not be accepted.

Personally, I get a TON of weddings & engagements submitted to me from states outside of DC, MD, & VA. I also get SUPER traditional weddings and very portrait-like engagement features. I know right away that these submitters obviously don’t even read/look at my blog – so chances are their submission are NOT a fit and I don’t accept them.

So if you want to be accepted for publication on a wedding blog, do a little due diligence first and ask yourself, “is the feature I am submitting similar to the ones this blog likes to feature?”.

#3. Accept the Fact that Doing #1 & #2 Might Still End in Denial

Getting accepted to a wedding blog for feature (especially depending on the blog’s reach and how many submission they get) isn’t easy. Mostly because sometimes it’s just impossible to know what the editor is specifically looking for OR what the editor might have in their pipeline.

I might get submissions that I love personally, but it might be missing something I can’t really put into words. As the editor, that’s my responsibility – to pick the content and features that I think keep my blog on brand. I might also get submissions that I love but I just featured something similar and have something also similar in the pipeline on my editorial calendar. So just bad timing.

Unfortunately that is the nature of the wedding blog beast – wedding blogs are businesses after all and if we featured EVERYTHING sent our way, then our brand wouldn’t hold much meaning, would it? Quality over quantity is key for any online editorial business.

DIY Tutorial: How to Make a DIY Cage Pendant Lampshade

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We’re breaking into our expanded scope today with this AWESOME DIY tutorial from Ribbons & Bluebirds. While this lamp could make a cook cardbox or something for your wedding, I think it would look SUPER rad in an office, bedroom, or nursery! Jenn changed things up this time and broke out the power tools – building this entire DIY pendant lamp from scratch – that’s right, no lamp kid, or “start with old lampshade” here. Power Tool N00bs don’t fret though, Jenn was sure to include a TON of workarounds within this tutorial in case you don’t own or like power tools!

DIY Tutorial: How to Make a DIY Pendant Lamp

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From Jenn:

I have been in the process of moving my office into our guest bedroom for quite some time now, and one of the things I’ve been focused on was bringing more light to my new space.  Our house doesn’t have overhead lights in any of the rooms (thanks, 1987) but has switched outlets instead.  As a solution in a room where I have need of every spare surface and square inch, I have installed a plug-in pendant swag kit to bring an overhead lamp to my desk space.  I splurged on the swag kit and bought a fancy rope one, so I decided against paying for an expensive lampshade – time to DIY!  I was pretty frustrated that every lampshade tutorial I could find online began with the words: “Take your old lampshade…” since I didn’t have a frame to start from!  So I had to get a little inventive with my lampshade hardware, but it was worth it: new (awesome) lampshade, from scratch, for under $16.


Materials, all available at your local hardware store:

  •  ½” hardware cloth
  • (1) 8’ long piece of 1×2” lumber
  • (1) sign stake – see style needed below
  • Twine
  • Spray paint (optional)

Tools needed:

  • Saw
  • Staple gun
  • Tin snips or wire cutters
  • Nail gun OR corner brace hardware and screws
  • Power drill and 5/16” drill bit
  • Hacksaw for cutting metal sign stake


Start by cutting your 1×2” piece to length.  You’ll need 4 pieces each for the top and bottom of the lampshade – my long sides are 18” long and my short sides and 6.5”, but decide what proportion & size is right for your project and hanging space. Many hardware stores have a cutting table for buying trim and other lumber by the foot, so if you don’t have a saw at home you can cut it right in the store.  Try and keep the pieces identical in length, so that they fit together nicely in 90 degree corners.


Before you assemble the frames of your lampshade, you need to make the hardware for the pendant to string through.  Because of the rope on the cord of my pendant wire, I needed to be able to string the lampshade over the bulb socket and hold it on with a screw, so the circle suspending the lampshade needed to be fairly large.  I found these sign stakes in my local hardware store and realized they’d be perfect.


Cutting the sign stakes was the most annoying part of this whole DIY, so bear with me.  The center of the circle needs to be in the center of the lampshade, to keep the shade balanced, and my plan was to suspend the two halves of the sign stake by embedding them in the middle of the long side of the top frame.  Since my short side of the frame measured 6.5,” and I wanted to embed at least ¼” of metal into the wood frame, I knew that together the pieces needed to be at least 7” long with the circle in the exact center.  Each stake had two circles, with enough straight in between to get the length I needed – I marked from the outside edge of the circle down the straight piece 4 5/8” (7/8”from outside edge to center + 3.5” center to end of embedded length) and cut using the hacksaw.


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