Gorgeous, Romantic Urban Industrial Wedding Inspiration at Republic Restoratives in DC

Images: Karlin Villondo Photography

An urban and elegant styled shoot at Republic Restoratives in Washington, DC, which provided a sleek industrial setting with touches of vintage and antique decor from a fabulous set of DC area wedding vendors! Happy Tuesday Romancers.

The lush greenery and blooms add a variety of textures with pops of color to spice up the tablescape, bouquet, and boutonniere. Ranging from dark plums to vibrant pinks and oranges, this inclusive color range is fit for any season. Dark wood and gold antler embellishments completed rustic look in table decor. The stationery (digitally designed) pulled in rich jewel tones tying in perfectly with the garden florals and greenery. The table numbers and cocktail menu signs done by hand-lettering by the graphic designer.

The bride’s bouquet adorned with air plants and ivy gave it a beautifully unique shape and character. The chic simplicity of the bride’s dress and jewels allowed the ornate bouquet to shine.

Vendors: Photographer: Karlin Villondo Photography//Dress Designer: BHLDN//Event Designer: Dream Defined Events//Jewelry: Mangan Jewelers//Model:Marissa Rubenstein//Model: Michael Hamrick//Makeup Artist: Rachel Lane Makeup Artistry//Invitation Designer: Rebekah Disch Design//Venue: Republic Restoratives//Equipment Rentals: Something Vintage Something New//Hair Stylist: Styled by Anna Fazio//Floral Designer: Taffy Floral//Event Planner: The Artful Wanderlust//Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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Gorgeous Deep Red & Gold Modern Rooftop Wedding Inspiration

Images: Chelsea Anderson Photography

It’s Friday. It’s been a long week & I am so worried about this healthcare vote. Trying to distract myself with Hillary’s new book (all the tears) & a weekend trip with my girlfriend to NYC. Here’s some rooftop wedding inspiration to help distract us all a little and help us get to the weekend. (PS- Call your representatives PLEASE to vote note on Graham-Cassidy!)

Kara & Michael’s Modern Industrial Washington DC Wedding at Studio Theater

Images: Darling Photographers

Loving this modern, industrial DC wedding from Darling Photographers & The Plannery today! The couple used the Studio Theatre for their wedding venue, in the heart of Logan Circle. Gorgeous centerpieces on banquet tables, pops of chevrons, the cutest tuxedo-wearing dog, and so much happiness makes this the perfect DC wedding feature. Enjoy!

One of Kara’s favorite wedding trends are bridal bouquets with different types of flowers and lots of green, not just a bunch of roses. Mike likes that more and more, you’re not expected to follow all traditions and you can personalize the event.

Let’s Get Personal: Entrepreneurship & Depression

Image: This Rad Love

Last week my sister forwarded me an email from Circular Board (a weekly round-up of the entrepreneurship ecosystem for women) with some astounding statistics around depression and entrepreneurs. Did you know that 1 out of 3 entrepreneurs suffers from depression and that entrepreneurs are 4 times more likely to suffer from depression than the general population? I didn’t.

But the more I thought about it, the more it made so much sense – being an entrepreneur or small business owner, is freakin’ hard. It can feel isolating, and lonely, it can feel like there’s too much work to be done & the pressure is just too much, and it often feels like everything related to the business falls all on you. And while there’s a lot of joy that comes from being an entrepreneur too, the highs and lows are volatile, unpredictable, and therefore stressful.

Let me say that while I do not consider myself to be depressed, I can understand how a lot of this business could lead to depression. For me, the 3 main areas where I could see depression grow would be: the isolation, the pressure, & the measurement (comparison?) of success.

Isolation | When I started Capitol Romance in 2011, it was just me, my newly created gmail inbox, and a really ugly (free!) WordPress template. My friend Steve (my IT guru, who still keeps this ship afloat), got me set up on all things IT and then … off I went, entirely alone, from behind a computer screen. Fast forward 6 years and this blog is much more than a blog (a full blown business!). I’ve met SO MANY AWESOME people & vendors on this journey and have 3 ah-mazing rockstars working for Capitol Romance Wedding Coordination on #TeamCapRo, but most of the ‘business’ side of things are done primarily by yours truly, still from behind a computer screen. And that can feel rather lonely. I’d even go so far as to say that I think that is really one of the main reasons I keep my day job – because I like going to a place full of people and coworkers each day, working together in person, talking both personally & professionally with coworkers and clients. I am not sure I could do CapRo full time & primarily work alone & from home, I really don’t! I already feel isolated enough!

Pressure | Because I am mostly a one-woman show, I feel a lot of pressure these days. Pressure to my readers, to the vendors that advertise with me, to my clients, and to the women that work for CapRo Coordination. When you run your own business or company, it feels like it’s ALL on you … and well, that’s because it really & mostly is. The advertising, the PR, the marketing, the business, the BOOK-KEEPING, the client satisfaction … it’s all me! And I constantly feel like I am in a never-ending doggy paddle, just trying to keep my head above. Let’s not even talk about the pressure brought in from your personal life – the scheduling of meetings around your family’s schedules, the lack of weekends available due to working weddings. It’s a lot. The highs and the lows of running your own business feel like they are 100% your fault.

Success  | I save the best for last. And by best I mean, the hardest. Judging and measuring your own success as an entrepreneur and small business owner is really, really hard and it’s something I majorly struggle with. As I mentioned on the Founders Nextdoor Podcast, I think as an entrepreneur you never fully feel like you’ve succeeded because you are constantly looking for the next goal, the next growth point, the next problem to solve – it’s what makes your mind an entrepreneurial one. From a monetary stand point, I’d say my business is successful: I’ve grown both my revenue and my income each year since 2012, I’ve grown my blog readers from 5 to over 2,000 avg pageviews a day, and I’ve grown the blog into 3 business functions, including having 3 other ’employees’ work for me. However I can almost never escape the feeling of failure when I compare myself to the other businesses I follow online. How come that kick-ass wedding wasn’t submitted to my blog? How come I wasn’t invited to speak on that panel? Man they seem to be crushing it / doing so much better than me. The old “comparison is the thief of joy” amiright? I think for me, I need to stop measuring myself against the social media platform of others and instead set up my own goals & metrics to track my success. Easier said than done though, right?

So yeah, running a business & being an entrepreneur is tough stuff and it’s really easy to see why entrepreneurs are 4 times more likely to be depressed. If this post resonates with you in ANY WAY, than know that you are not alone and there is help. Please do not be ashamed to get the help you may need!

For immediate support visit 7cups.com, a website that provides free 24/7 counseling, and even has a special section for startup employees and founders. If you are having suicidal thoughts, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. (*Thanks again to Circular Board for sharing these statistics and resources*).

Jaymie & Preston’s Romantic, Black & Red Maryland Mansion Wedding

Images: Photography by Tracie

Getting back into the blogging groove with this stunner of a Maryland wedding up at the Mansion at Valley Country Club. Jaymie & Preston used bright red, black and glitz as their color palette and the LOVE of this day totally shines through in the pictures. I love how they went total glamour with the wedding, but still found ways to incorporate their personal preferences, namely a superhero themed wedding cake & some sick kicks for the reception. Check out their beautiful wedding day & let’s get this week started!

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