Deena & Amir’s Washington DC Engagement Session on Capitol Hill

We are getting back into the swing of a FULL WEEK of blogging with not one, but two engagement features today! It’s been a REALLY long time since I’ve done a full week of blogging, so excuse me while I might be a bit rusty in this post-Thanksgiving, get-ready-for-Christmas, haze. I am trying not to feel overwhelmed, but I feel like I have SO much to do before this Holidays and only a few weekends to do it! Any one else feeling this way already?!

Well enough about me, let’s bring on the love with today’s first engagement session from Leslie Maron Photography. Leslie shares, “Deena & Amir are an adorable couple who will be getting married in May, 2014. Spending a beautiful fall morning with this awesome duo, it was clear to see how in love they truly are, and how they couldn’t stop smiling from ear to ear…it was super contagious”.

Deena & Amir’s Capitol Hill, Washington DC Engagement Pictures

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Photography: Leslie Maron Photography | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

About the couple & their DC engagement session:

Sharing a home on Capitol Hill, they really wanted to capture their love for their city, and of course, Amir’s baby, his vintage red bug. These two brought such personal style to their engagement session and were such naturals in front of the camera.

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Click inside for the rest of Deena & Amir’s beautiful Capitol Hill engagement pictures!

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DIY Inspiration: Wedding Vendor Gratitude Box Ideas & Inspiration

We are back on the DIY track today again, thanks to our amazing editorial partner, LoveBuggs Weddings! Today Divinity is sharing some ideas and inspiration for DIY gift ideas for your wedding vendors!

DIY Inspiration: DIY Vendor Gift Ideas & “Gratitude Boxes”

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Hey Romancers, I’m back with a new DIY project!  I had some pretty amazing vendors for my wedding and I wanted to find a charming and creative way to thank them.  A lot of people feel that payment is enough thanks since they were hired to do a job.  But if your vendor goes above and beyond and you are pleased with the result, why not go the extra mile and show them just how happy you are? That is why I have put together a “Gratitude Box.”

Included are some fun items for the holidays; cozy socks, hot chocolate, chocolate bar, DIY chalkboard mugs, and a hand written thank you card.

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You can include whatever you like in your “Gratitude Box.” Or whatever you think your vendors might like! Check out these other two examples included some coffee & coffee accessories:

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Or some brownies & whiskey!

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 Another amazing idea is to send your vendors a gift from a subscription club such as Birch Box or Nature Box. These programs allow you to choose a monthly gift subscription for a low price.  So your vendors receive a nice surprise in the mail for the next few months.

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I hope you find this post helpful!

~Divinity

OK Romancers – what do you think!? What would you pack into your DIY Wedding Vendor Gratitude Box?

Virginia & Ron’s Personalized, DIY Virginia Farm Wedding

Cutting down a submission from An Endless Pursuit is nearly an impossible task. I want to include every. single. image. that they send my way! There is a reason they are one of our recommended DC wedding photography vendors, which if you haven’t seen before, you will quickly learn why. They can just capture emotion in its purest sense and it’s slightly intoxicating to look at. Their images are breathtaking (seriously) and they perfectly cultivate each wedding to perfectly reflect the couples they work with.

Virginia and Ron’s wedding is no different, as An Endless Pursuit captured all the elements of their beautiful, outdoor DIY wedding. Virginia & Ron blended cultures, DIY projects, personalized touches (Krispy Kreme favors!) and so many gorgeous details into their Virginia wedding.

Virginia & Ron’s Personalized, Outdoor DIY Farm Wedding in Virginia

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Vendors:

Photographer:  An Endless Pursuit | Event Planner: MeZo Events | Caterer: Captain Cookie | Flowers: DIYed by Bride’s Sister! | Musicians: Cherry Blossom String Quartet | Event Designer: My Simple Details  | Groom’s Suit: Ted Baker | Videographer: Toy Box Productions | Bride’s Dress: Jenny Packham Bridal | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

From An Endless Pursuit:

This outdoor, country wedding was a glorious day blended together with so many amazing elements that came together in one fantastic story. Virginia and Ron had DIY touches around the ceremony with programs that also served as fans to cool off guests in the August heat.

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^This bouquet was hand-picked and made by the bride’s sister! UH AMAZING!

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They had a Nike-themed ring box to represent where they both currently work and how they met.

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Click inside for SO MUCH MORE of this stunning, rustic Virginia farm wedding from An Endless Pursuit!

Raheem & Kyra’s Downtown Washington DC Engagement Session

Well hello there Monday and this winter weather we are having in DC! I hope everyone is staying warm and getting ready for the BEST holiday of the year! To me, there really is just not much better than a day centered around family, food, and football. It’s everything that makes Christmas awesome without the stress of buying presents, which is a total plus in my book! So let’s get this (short) blogging week started with a little DC engagement session from Terri Baskin Photography.

Raheem & Kyra’s Downtown Washington DC Engagement Pictures

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Photography: Terri Baskin | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

How they met:

“We both work together and we were always friendly with each other and spoke when we saw each other. One evening after work i went to my car and had a flat tire.  I called and waited for someone from maintenance to come and fix it but while i waited Raheem came out of the building and offered to change my tire.  At first I said no thank you, but he offered again so I agreed to let him change the tire. He told me that my payment to him would be a dinner date. We went out to dinner a few nights later and it was interesting due to his sense of humor.  We started dating in February and he proposed over the summer. ”

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Click inside for the rest of the pictures from Raheem & Kyra’s DC engagement session!

Ask the Crowd: Help a Bride to Be with her DIY Dilemma!

I get all sorts of emails from readers (which I LOVE) and I love trying to answer the questions they pose in any way I can. However, a recent email stumped me and I suggested that I blog about her issue to see if any of my super awesome & crafty readers might have a solution. Robin writes:

Hi! I love your blog (I remember your booth at the LGBT wedding expo earlier this year — so great that you were there!) and when I came across this particular dilemma I wondered if you might have a suggestion — perhaps even one that could make a future DIY tutorial?

I have a DIY accessory dilemma. I’d like to use my mother’s wedding pearls in a hairpiece or other accessory for my own big day. Obviously I need to keep them intact — no glue, etc. I thought I might attach individual pearls to bobby pins with jewelry wire. However, my mother presented me with the necklace and I realized there was a problem: The pearls were stuck together by a jeweler many years ago to keep them from sliding loose around the chain. Now I’m not sure if I can use them for my wedding. I don’t want to wear them as a necklace. Any ideas?

Here are the images of the necklace, including a close-up so you can see where the pearls are stuck together:

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So what do you think Romancers?!!? Any idea for helping Robin out with turning this beautiful necklace into a hairpiece? Leave comments below with your ideas and then hopefully we can make it into a DIY Tutorial to share on the blog!

Discount Wedding Uplighting with White Light Uplighting

Happy Friday Romancers! Today we are keeping this short and sweet with a small promo post about a new uplighting company in Washington, DC :White Light Uplighting. The owner/founder of the company Chris, aims to make uplighting for weddings simple, easy, and affordable. He has a background in programming and running lights for night clubs and decided to turn it into a wedding business, by offering quality uplighting at a maximum cost of $800!

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And to make things EVEN BETTER, White Light DC is teaming up with yours truly to offer a 10% additional discount to any reader that mentions this post! The promo will be good until the end of the year (December 31, 2013) for any event scheduled in 2014!

Happy Friday Romancers!

 

Josh & Annie’s Local Washington DC Wedding at Josephine Butler House

Today’s DC wedding feature is making it pretty easy to get back into the swing of blogging post Key West (minus my frozen fingers in this 40 degree weather, it was a balmy 80 in FL!). Josh & Annie wanted a laid-back, fun and local wedding that incorporated three themes: participation, impact, and meaning. I just LOVE that they shared these 3 main focus points as the most important factors in their wedding planning. What did they mean by those three words, well I’ll let them tell you in their own voice:

Participation. We wanted to find ways to involve our friends and family and interests as much as possible. Rather than spend a lot of money, we wanted to use the wedding as a way to re-connect us to people and to spend time doing what we enjoy.

Impact. We wanted to minimize the environmental impact and try to keep it local.

Meaning. It sounds silly to say, but we wanted to make sure the wedding had meaning for us, not just our family or guests.

And boy did they accomplish this beautifully! A special thanks to Knotty Photos for sharing the images and details for Josh & Annie’s Washington DC wedding feature! Enjoy.

Josh & Annie’s Personalized, Local DC Wedding at Josephine Butler Center

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Vendors:

Photography: Knotty Photos | Wedding Coordinator: Margo with Bright Occasions | Venue: Josephine Butler Parks Center | Catering: Rachael with R&R Catering & Chef Richard Webber | Pies: Curvy Mama Pies | Cake: Andrea Mueller | Officiant: Cantor Ellen Schwab | Band: Gina DeSimone & the Moaners | Hair Stylist: Melissa at Trim Salon | Silhouette Artist: Alex with Tiny Paper Portraits | Pinwheels: DIY | Ketubah: Designed by friend | Chuppah: Painted by Michelle Bercovici, Pillars designed by Dave Haffner | Rings: David Vanover, Etsy | Beer: Chocolate City  Brewery

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How they met:

Josh and Annie were introduced by their mutual friend, Danny Marx in 2011. The first encounter was when Josh brought homemade sausage to an informal gathering at Annie’s house. Naturally, Annie responded with joy and suggested that the sausages be beer boiled and fried in bacon grease (stored in her WWII style grease container). Josh was impressed.

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The proposal:

Josh proposed at the Brewers Art in Baltimore. His pre-proposal plans did not go exactly as planned. First, they missed a turn on their kayaking trip on Dundee Creek (outside Baltimore) and ended up paddling for 10 miles instead of the intended 4. Which turned their romantic dinner at Helmond into more of a re-hydration exercise. Then it started to rain. Defeated, we dipped into Annie’s favorite Baltimore bar and found ourselves laughing and having a great time, despite the bad luck. So Josh decided “why not”, leaned over in the barstool (the floor was dirty), took out the ring and popped the question. She said yes. Then they took shots with the bartender.

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The bride & groom’s favorite moments from their wedding day:

Annie’s favorite moment: My favorite moment was probably walking up the stairs together after the ceremony, and walking into the reception room set up, with our friends and family there. The tables were set with the centerpieces we had grown, and the pinwheels I made, and suddenly the product of all of this work was right before us, and it looked amazing. It sounds corny, but it really was how I had pictured it.

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Josh’s favorite moment: I liked it when our officiant forgot to fill the first cup of wine and told Annie and I to “fake it” when taking our first sip. It broke the ice a bit and helped make me feel settled. But my highlight was probably the dancing. After the ceremony was done, I wanted nothing more than to just dance with everyone and enjoy the evening with our closest friends and family there.

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Click inside for the rest of Annie & Josh’s awesome local & personalized Washington DC wedding at the Josephine Butler Parks Center!

Katie & Kendra’s DIY, Backyard Virginia Wedding

Other then a holiday mini-session round-up, this will be our last post for the week! We are headed to (hopefully) sunny Key West for the next week for my sister in law’s wedding and my 3-year wedding anniversary! As always though, when I get back there will be a giveaway and a new discount promo for you all to make up for the lack of posts while I am gone!

Today’s real Virginia wedding feature is just so beautiful in its simplicity. It nearly broke my heart though to read the first line of the bride’s email, saying: “I’m a little nervous as our wedding wasn’t that awesome by wedding blog standards – we didn’t really have cute and kitschy details that I can think of. But I still ended up marrying the world’s most perfect woman, so I’ll take it.”

Nothing pains me more than having a couple feel their wedding was less than spectacular because it didn’t have the details that a blog would consider “worthy”. This is where wedding blogs, quite frankly, really piss me off. They are sending the wrong messages about weddings — it’s NOT about the details, it’s about the love & commitment of two individuals. That is why I am downright honored to share Katie & Kendra’s intimate, backyard wedding today, full of love and happiness, regardless of the number of details. Katie & Kendra’s love story is beautiful (brought tears to my eyes) and their wedding is no different. Thank you to Olivia Jacob Photography for submitting!

Katie & Kendra’s Intimate, Beautiful Backyard Wedding in Virginia

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Photographer: Olivia Jacob Photography | Cake: DIYed by Mother of bride | Brides’ Dresses: Maggie Sottero via BlueSky Bridal & Handmade by Kendra’s mom | Venue: Parent’s Private Property | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

How they met:

Kendra was selling torpedoes for the government and I was working a public library. We met online, where all librarians and torpedo-sellers meet. From our first date in DC (breakfast burritos from Tortilla Cafe eaten sitting in Lincoln Park), we were inexorable.

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The proposal:

A year after that first date, we got engaged, and I don’t mind saying that I wobbled on one knee, went to two, burst into tears, and ruined the speech I had. She understood the gist, so she said yes and we were blissfully happy.

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Details on their DIY, Virginia wedding:

I had known for ages that I wanted to get married on my parents’ five acre property in Stafford.

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^I can see why they’d want to have their wedding here!! Gorgeous! Click inside for the rest of Katie & Kendra’s intimate, DIY backyard Virginia wedding!

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