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!!

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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 Megan@petalsedge.com)!

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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Images & DIY Tutorial: Ribbons & Bluebirds

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.


Click inside for the rest of this DIY Pendant Lamp Tutorial!

Judith & Will’s Gorgeous, Handmade Fall Wedding in Warrenton, VA

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Images: Ben & Sophia Photography

Judith & Will’s handmade Fall wedding in Virginia was completely crafted with love and help from family and friends. Judith, the bride, made a ton of the details, but her family is equally as crafty – with her Aunt helping to do all the floral arrangements (bouquet included!) and her sister styled hair. They both decided on the wedding venue location because of how close to family and friends it was and because it gave an intimate close feel for their wedding day.

Sit back and relax and enjoy a TON of details from Judith & Will’s DIY Virginia wedding!

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My sister-in-law, Ali Kirby, is very artistic, so she put together some color schemes so we could get a better idea of what colors go together. I knew I wanted some rich colors because our wedding was going to be in the fall, so I was thinking deep red or purples. (Absolutely no orange.

We banned all things fall themed and the groomsmen hid all pumpkins that were decorating the venue). We ended up choosing purple because I found a bridesmaid dress that I really liked (almost got one for myself…) and purple seemed to go well with it. We stuck with that color, but everything that we ended up using was a different shade. The flowers in my bouquet, the napkins on the table, the groomsmen’s ties, the bridesmaid’s shoes, the printing on the invitations, the wines that were served were all different shades of purple, but it just kind of seemed to work. Besides purple, our other color was gray. William had purchased a gray suit for a friend’s wedding a few months prior to ours and really liked the look of it (even though he ended up choosing to wear a blue suit) Our groomsmen wore gray suits and the bridesmaid’s dresses had gray lace on them. And then that’s pretty much where the gray stopped.

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I also made hangers for my bridesmaid with their names on them. I saw some on Etsy that I really liked, but didn’t want to pay 200 dollars for a handful of hangers. I practiced a few times bending the wire into letters and then made a hanger for each bridesmaid to hang their dress on the day of. A friend of mine did my makeup the morning of and a bridesmaid did my hair. Seeing all of the projects come together and all the work that our friends and family put into getting things ready, made the day extra special for me and William.

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Our wedding would not have happened if we did not have such wonderful friends and family to help us out. My aunt Tina was always the one with the plan. Once I got engaged, she invited me and my mom down to her house to start brainstorming. She also came with me to look at wedding dresses, visited the venue with me and my parents, and came down a day early to help with wedding decorations. She started her own board on Pinterest and put lots of ideas together for us to look at. She was also the one who did the flowers for our wedding. She came with my mom and me to a wholesale florist for an afternoon and we went through and picked out what type of flowers I wanted for the bouquets, table center pieces and decorations. She was a main driving force behind all things wedding related.

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Click inside for SO MUCH MORE of Judith & Will’s handmade Virginia wedding!

Mini, Fun Portrait Sessions “BOOGIE EL AMOR” on February 15th!

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February 15, 2015 | BOOGIE EL AMOR Mini Portrait Sessions | 11am to 4pm

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Celebrating love should not be designated to one day alone. Continue the party by taking fun portraits with those people you can boogie with. El Camino Travel is a travel company that curates offbeat experiences for groups of 10-12 people in unique locations, but on February 15th they are teaming up with professional photographer, Emma McAlary to offer 15 minute, mini portrait sessions for FUN people in a FUN setting – the Nomad Yard Collectiv in NE DC.

Party goers / portrait session attendees will receive 3 hi-res images that you will be able to download online. Only 15 sessions available (!!)

Date: February 15, 2015
Time: 11AM-4PM
Where: Nomad Yard Collectiv, 411 New York Ave NE
Price: $85
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So if you’re looking for some new pictures with your loved ones, in a RAD, fun, local setting in DC – then BOOGIE EL AMOR is probably for you! Check it out or find our more about El Camino Travel and Nomad Yard Collectiv below!

El Camino Travel is a travel company that curates off-beat experiences for groups of 10-12 people to unique locations. The trips all come with a creative photographer in tow, so that travelers can thoroughly enjoy the experiences. In addition, 10% of profits are donated to a local social entrepreneur who is trying to change the country.

Nomad Yard is the collaborative and curatorial arm of Old|New Collectiv that exists to connect + support the work of vintage + antique collectors + indie designers + crafters + makers + artists whose goods are deeply influenced bypeopl e + passion + possibility.  “….A PLACE WHERE CULTURE AND COMMERCE INTERSECT.”

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