Alexa & Tucker’s Whimsical, Boho Fall Wedding at Bluemont Vineyard in Virginia

“Our Bluemont wedding was organic in the sense that every detail represented Tucker and myself, our relationship, our family, our friends, our happiness, and our love.”

Well come on guys – you have to know by this point that these are the weddings I LIVE for. The personalized, handmade weddings that couples took the time to pour themselves into (no matter what the result, number of details, color scheme, themed, etc – you get the point!). Funny story about this one though, turns out I went to high school with the groom! When the bride, Alexa & I were emailing about their wedding day details, she mentioned the name of the friend that introduced them. Funnily enough I went to HS with a girl by the same name …. turns out, it was the SAME girl! We live in SUCH a small world.

But anyway, Tucker & Alexa’s Virginia wedding is gorgeous. Gorgeous in SO many ways. The beautiful (handmade) flower crown atop the bride’s head, the fall wedding details, the outdoor ceremony at Bluemont Vineyard, the completely completely personalized wedding ceremony, bridesmaids in rainboots (!) … and SO much more! I know you guys are going to love Tucker & Alexa’s whimsical, Fall Virginia wedding as much as I do! A special thanks to Kristen Gardner Photography for sharing her images!

Tucker & Alexa’s Whimsical, Boho-Inspired Fall Wedding at Bluemont Vineyard in Virginia

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Photographer:  Kristen Gardner Photography | Venue: Bluemont Vineyard | Caterer: Savoire Fare | Bakery: Sweets by E | Flowers: DIYed by Mother of Bride | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

How they met:

We met about four and half years ago at James Madison University during my 5th year of school. My friend Katy came down to visit me from NJ and her friend Tucker decided to join her. We became friends instantly. I knew from the moment I first talked to him that I wanted to be with someone like him and after going to NJ a few months later for Katy’s birthday I discovered that it was him who I wanted. I am so lucky that he wanted me too! Our relationship was long distance for two and a half years and then Tucker finally moved down to Virginia.

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Tucker proposed to me in August 2012. We were on a 10 day vacation visiting his friend Jake and hiking and camping in Yellowstone and Grand Tetons National Park. We are outdoorsy people so it was the perfect proposal even though Tucker forgot to open the box when he asked me.

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We got married on October 13th, 2013 at Bluemont Vineyard. Our ceremony was beautiful. It had been raining all weekend and even though we had the option to have our wedding in the stable where our reception would be held I always hoped our wedding would be outside with the amazing view behind us. Tucker and I had visited Bluemont for the first time when it was pouring rain and decided it was perfect for us. We said if we loved it in the rain we would love it in the sun so we booked it right away. It was the first venue we looked at.

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Click inside for SO much more of Alexa & Tucker’s beautiful, rustic boho Virginia wedding at Bluemont Vineyard!

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Giveaway: Calligraphy Gift Set & Custom Return Address Stamp from Cozy Cashmere

We are super pumped to announce a new giveaway on the blog: we’re helping Cozy Cashmere celebrate their new wedding design business venture, offering wedding design services and products (calligraphy, invitations, wedding branding, graphic design, custom chalkboard lettering, and even custom woodwork)! Owner, Sara, has been in the wedding industry for a while as a photographer, but has recently decided to take her creative talents in a new direction, by launching Cozy Cashmere. To help celebrate her new brand and offerings, Sara is giving away a HUGE prize (a $250 value!!) to one lucky winner! One part DIY-calligraphy and one-part custom return address stamp, there’s a TON of stuff to love in this giveaway ~ so check out all the details below!

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So who’s the best target for this giveaway you might ask? Well, exactly our audience: newly engaged couples who are on a budget, but want the luxury of calligraphy for envelope addressing, escort cards, and other wedding details by learning to do-it-themselves.

The giveaway includes:

  1. 2 of Sara’s favorite nibs (1 Nikko G: $1.55 retail & 1 Brause Steno Nib aka: the Blue Pumpkin: $1.56 retail) Test two of her favorite nibs and see which you like better.
  2. A pot of Manuscript Bottled Black Ink: A smooth-flowing ink that’s great for beginners ($6.75 value)
  3. A straight nib-holder with a cork grip ($5.60 value)
  4. Mastering Copperplate Calligraphy by Eleanor Winters (includes practice sheets to make copies on inkjet paper which is perfect for practicing – $12 value)
  5. Custom calligraphy return address rubber stamp designed by Cozy Cashmere ($65 value)

Sara is also including a $150 gift certificate for the winner to be used on any of her wedding branding packages. Packages start at $650 and include the following:

  • Wedding Logo with custom calligraphy (can be used for gobo lighting, DIY programs, wedding website, etc)
  • Custom Invitation and RSVP Card design with calligraphy for names

Bringing the total value of this giveaway to just under $250!!


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Sara is a true jack of all trades in the wedding industry and in addition to launching Cozy Cashmere, she is going to start offering Skillshare classes in Northern Virginia sometime soon! So be on the lookout for that Romancers! Check out Sara doing her thing:


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Ok so are you ready to get entered in this amazing giveaway?! Well, you know the drill: use the Rafflecopter widget below! Leave a blog post comment, follow Cozy Cashmere & Capitol Romance on Twitter, or follow us on Instagram to be entered (and get some extra chances to win!).

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Jess & Kim’s Locally DC Sourced, Personalized DIY Wedding at Murray Hill

And we’re back this afternoon with Jess & Kim’s amazing, locally sourced DC area wedding.Their gorgeous, chic barn wedding was one part rustic, one part DIY, and ALL parts personalized, as they depended on a TON of local Washington, DC area vendors to make their wedding day happen. I really loved how they found their vendors mostly through their local U Street Farmers market! The couple explained, “We really love the DC area – having lived here for a combined 12 years – and are committed locavores, so we made a concerted effort to choose local whenever we could. Not only did we get amazing quality for much more affordable prices, but we got to support some of our favorite local businesses.”

Locavores + weddings = my FAVORITE DC wedding features! I know you guys are going to LOVE Jess & Kim’s rustic chic Virginia wedding!

 Jess & Kim’s Locally Sourced, Personalized DIY Wedding at Murray Hill

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Photographer: Jordan Baker Photography | Venue: Murray Hill | Catering: Hill Country (with Turkey’s provided locally by Harvey’s Butchers) | Cake & Pies: Whisked DC | Flowers: Plantmasters | Wine & Spirits: Union Market’s Cordial | Decorations: DIY | Bouquets & Boutonnieres: DIY | Wedding Coordinator: Nikki Rap

On their overall theme and feel of their wedding:

 The wedding elements were picked based around a rustic chic theme, since we love this style and it alludes to our hometowns (Texas for Jess, and growing up across the street from a horse farm for Kim). A lot of our choices were also based on the season we were married in, so there were a lot of oranges and reds and yellows, and all of our flowers were what was fresh at the time like zinnias, mums, and proteas.

LOVE these hand-written designed wedding invitations!

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We tried to make the wedding as personalized as possible. For us, that meant including friends and family whenever we could. Kim’s sister, a graphic designer, made our chalkboard-style invitations, menus, and programs.

We also included the three sets of grandparents who couldn’t join us that day in small ways: the engagement ring was made from an earring Kim’s maternal grandmother brought with her when she fled Saigon after the Vietnam War; the wedding rings were provided by Kim’s paternal grandparents.

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Jess also had a number of family pieces for her attire: she wore pearls that belonged to her paternal grandmother, her mother’s veil, and used extra lace from shortening the veil to make a detachable illusion neckline for her dress.

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We also picked Murray Hill as a venue for this very reason: it’s an estate right on the banks of the Potomac, so our ceremony had the beautiful changing treeline over the river as a backdrop. The barn also really sold us on the venue: a converted llama stable with wonderful high rafters and old chandeliers that we used for our reception.

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Click inside for SO MUCH MORE of this awesome, locally sourced Washington, DC area wedding at Murray Hill in Leesburg!

Jess & Kim’s How I Met Your Mother, Cherry Blossom Engagement Pictures

Is it too early for a Cherry Blossom engagement feature? I think not! I am SO ready for some warmer temps and this is totally getting me in the mood. Plus, Jess & Kim are also huge How I Met Your Mother Fans (me too!) so that iconic yellow umbrella made an appearance in their adorable engagement pictures at the Jefferson Memorial. I can’t get over how much FUN they seem to be having during the engagement pictures. It’s always so refreshing to see a couple’s personality like this, instead of just a bunch of awkwardly posed photos for engagement features. Thanks to Jordan Baker Photography for the images!

Jess & Kim emailed me their engagement AND wedding – so we’ll be back this afternoon with their awesome, personalized real wedding too!

Jess & Kim’s How I Met Your Mother & Cherry Blossoms Engagement Pictures

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Photographer: Jordan Baker Photography

How they met:

We met at a backyard barbecue on Memorial Day Weekend in 2011. Jess had spent a year and a half living in Zambia where she worked with a girl named Sara, who would go on to sit next to Kim at work. Meanwhile, when Jess came back to the U.S., Sara convinced her to move to D.C. When a few coworkers put together a last minute barbecue, Sara invited Jess to introduce her to some of her friends in D.C. Kim almost blew it when, in an effort to chat her up more, he asked her to be on his team for cornhole… forgetting that that means you stand on opposite sides. Luckily for us, Jess gave him a second chance.

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Click inside for the rest of Jess & Kim’s adorable DC engagement session & proposal story!

Chris & Mandy’s Laid-Back Washington DC Engagement Pictures in Georgetown

We’re back this afternoon for an adorable DC engagement session in Georgetown from Mathy Shoots People. The rain outside is a bit of a downer (though it will be much easier to go for a run tonight in this, than multiple inches of snow…) but between our awesome DIY Scratch-Off Valentines Day cards & tutorial this morning, and now this laid-back engagement session feature, I really can’t complain. Hope you guys had a great weekend – we have LOTS in store this week.

Chris & Mandy’s Laid-Back Washington DC Engagement Pictures in Georgetown

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Photographer: Mathy Shoots People | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

 How they met:

We met in 2009 in a Communications class at Christopher Newport University. We both had significant others at the time so we were friends for over a year before we began dating. Chris and I both believe that our fabulous relationship today is the result of our strong foundation as best friends.

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The proposal story:

Chris and I got engaged on December 29th 2012 on a cruise to the Caribbean. We were taking a New Years cruise with my family, and my best friend and MOH Katie, her boyfriend and her family. We flew to Miami the day before and Chris almost exposed the ring during a security check at the airport but I was oblivious to this (of course!). Chris proposed the  second night of the cruise in our cabin with just the two of us. It was a beautiful, intimate moment. Everyone we were with knew he was going to propose sometime on the cruise but they didn’t know when. Actually, even he didn’t know when exactly he was going to ask but said that moment that night felt right. I was so excited and thankful he didn’t propose in front of a trillion people (I’m easily embarrassed!)

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Happy Monday Romancers! Thanks again to Mathy Shoots People & Two Bright Lights for sharing Chris & Mandy’s adorable DC engagement session. Have a great week!

DIY Tutorial: How to Make DIY Scratch Off Valentines Day Cards

Kicking off the week with an awesome DIY tutorial from Ribbons & Bluebirds that is just PERFECT for the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday! Introducing: Scratch Off Valentines! These adorable, easy to make cards are a fun little way to show your loved ones you care with a homemade card. The scratch-off is simple and quick and can obviously be used for fun Save the Dates or RSVP cards in your wedding invitations too! Take it away Ribbons & Bluebirds!

DIY Tutorial: How To Make DIY Scratch-Off Valentines Day Cards

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Supplies you will need:

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  • White cardstock, 8.5×11 (letter) size sheets
  • Coloured cardstock, any colour
  • Paper trimmer (or utility knife + ruler)
  • Printer
  • Clear contact paper OR clear packing tape
  • Paint – I used Martha Stewart Metallic Craft Paint (in Rose Gold)
  • Liquid soap
  • Small dish for paint + art paintbrush
  • Glue tape or similar (I used Scotch GlueDots)
  • A2 size envelopes (optional)

Step by Step Directions:

Step 1. Download the card template available at Ribbons & Bluebird’s blog.

Step 2. Print your cards! The templates are laid out on 8.5×11 sheets, ready for your printer, and include crop marks. Make sure you have the print set to Do Not Scale, otherwise your printer may try and reduce the size of the cards. The front and the back of the card will print on the same sheet.

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 Step 3. Next, trim the cards and the backer paper. The crop marks on the cards show you where to cut, but the finished size should be 5.25” wide by 4” tall (in case you trim off the crop marks by cutting across the sheet.) Next, cut a rectangle out of your coloured cardstock that is 5.5” wide by 4.25” tall.

Step 4. Mount the front and back onto the coloured backer paper using the glue tape. Center the card before pressing down, and remember when you mount the back to check and make sure the same side is “up” on both front and back ☺

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Step 5. Now it’s time for the fun part! Cut a rectangle of contact paper tall enough to cover the center icons, and wide enough to span from one side of the “slots” to the other. Close is close enough here! Peel the backing off the contact paper, and stick it down over the center icons.

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Click inside for the rest of our step by step, DIY tutorial for Scratch-off Valentines Day Cards from Ribbons & Bluebirds!

Pantone Violet Tulip Color Wedding Inspiration Board

Sending you all off on the weekend with a dreamy wedding color palette inspiration board designed by LoveBuggs Weddings, based on Pantone’s Violet Tulip. Much like our Pantone Placid Blue Wedding Inspiration Board, Violet Tulip is a PERFECT springtime wedding color and design palette! Check out some of the gorgeous ideas Divinity pulled together if you are thinking of using this spring color for your wedding!

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Image Credits:

Bridesmaids Dresses - image by Deirdre Lynn Photography | Lilac & Glasses Tablescape – image by KT Merry Photography via Dreamy Whites Blog | Boutonniere – image by Paige & Blake Green via Wedding ChicksDIY Ombre Favor Bags – image by Kelli Murray via 100 Layer Cake | InvitationWedding Paper Divas | MacaroonsLove Chocolate & Weddings

 Want more Wedding Inspiration? Check out all of our inspired wedding posts here!

Becky & Greg’s Chic Washington, DC Winter Wedding Video at Carnegie Institution for Science

Weddings like Becky & Greg’s and Christian & Margaret’s are easily making winter weddings in DC my new favorite kind of DC weddings. There will be more to come on Becky & Greg’s beautiful winter wedding (shot by the fabulous Leo Druker Photography) but for today we have their AWESOME wedding video! If you remember from their DC engagement session and Save the Date video, Greg has a background in video production & editing. So their wedding video was actually something he edited after it was filmed by the wonderful Craig Schattner!

The details of Becky & Greg’s wedding are so beautifully captured in this video (I am OBSESSED with the green lace bridesmaids dresses) and so is their absolute love for each other. I totally cried watching this. Ok, let’s be honest, when DON’T I cry watching DC wedding videos? (Answer: never). Happy Friday Romancers! We will be back a little later today with some Pantone Lilac Purple wedding inspiration from LoveBuggs Weddings. So be sure to stop by later!

Becky & Greg’s Chic Washington, DC Winter Wedding Video at Carnegie Institution for Science

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Photography: Leo Druker | Videography: Shot by Craig Schattner, Edited by Greg | Venue: Carnegie Institution for Science

First, a few sneak peak stills from their GORGEOUS wedding:

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And now, the AWESOME wedding video:

Greg & Becky’s Wedding from Greg Hudson on Vimeo.

Anita & Geoffrey’s Offbeat Meets Traditional, Multicultural Wedding at Top of the Town

I love multicultural weddings – especially when the two cultures are SO different. Marcella Treybig Photography dropped this one in our Two Bright Lights inbox, and though the details and overall look of the wedding is pretty traditional – it’s the couples’ backgrounds and cultures that are SO different and I just loved that. As Marcella said, “a great blend of how two worlds come together and how opposites really can attract”. He works in physical therapy and competes in physique competitions and she’s a soon-to-be lawyer.  He’s White, Black, and Asian, and she’s Latina and Indian.. The other thing I really loved about this wedding was the insane number of awesome GROOMSMEN portraits! I could not get enough of them! This is not usually the case with wedding submissions, so I was super excited to get to open up today’s real Virginia wedding with something a bit different …

Anita & Geoff’s Multicultural, Intimate Northern Virginia Wedding at Top of the Town

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Photographer:  Marcella Treybig Photography | DJ: Chris Styles DJs | Cupcakes: Georgetown Cupcake | Dress Store: Global Bridal Gallery | Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Venue: Top of the Town | Flowers: DIYed by Bridesmaid | Hair & Makeup: Done by Bridesmaids | Favors: Handmade lace bags by Bride’s Aunt with Penguin gummies inside! | Caterer: Zaika | Submitted via Two Bright Light

This wedding was a small wedding that was planned with having FUN in mind! The groom is a body builder and totally didn’t mind showing off for the camera. Even though both them and their families backgrounds were SO very different (culturally, religiously, education and ethnically) you could feel the love and dedication for making a strong family.

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From the bride:

Both Geoff and I have grown up in the Northern Virginia/D.C. area our whole lives so were surprised by the breathtaking view we saw from Top of the Town. Despite living in area our whole lives, neither of us had ever seen our city in this way–we could not wait to share the amazing view with our friends and family.

I took the non-traditional route and let my bridesmaids pick out their own dresses within a light pink and gray color scheme. I felt that they each knew what looked best on them, and I wanted to let them have the freedom to buy a dress they liked within their budget. I thought they looked stunning!

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After several disappointing hair and makeup trials, I trusted my bridesmaids to do my hair and makeup and I was so happy with the result!

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Groom/Groomsmen portraits do not have to be boring. – AMEN!

Geoff made a last minute decision to switch the photo location for the groomsmen (thank goodness for our awesome photographer!). The groomsmen photos were shot with a graffiti background near Georgetown – these photos really reflect Geoff’s creative and unique personality. Geoff definitely did not want cookie-cutter photos!

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Click inside for the rest of the images from Anita & Geoff’s Multicultural, Top of the Town Wedding in Virginia.

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