Lauren & Ben’s Intimate DC War Memorial Elopement

Images: Lissa Ryan Photography

This weekend felt like the calm before the storm. There is so much about to happen in mine & Andy’s lives, that I am having already starting to bubble over with how much needs to get done in such a short time, how many things are going to be happening in such a short time, and how much change we are about to go through. Let’s top it off with the 3 weddings I have in May, Andy being out of town almost this entire week, me being out of town this weekend, and somehow still attempting to find the time to blog and keep our lives in tact. Weeeee! So forgive me in advance if the blog goes rogue these next few weeks, it might be all I can do to get up in the mornings and function, much less stick to my blogging calendar – but we shall see. For today we have the sweestest, intimate Washington, DC elopement down at the DC War Memorial. Happy Monday Romancers.

This beautiful couple met while Lauren was working in Africa, and when she came back to the United States, Ben couldn’t let her go without him.

When planning their wedding, Lauren and Ben knew that a big, fancy affair wasn’t for them – they really just wanted the people they loved the most around them while they exchanged vows.  Luckily, Ben’s mother and some of his siblings were able to make the long journey to be there for the wedding!

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Pam & Dan’s Classic, Winter Wedding at Old Ebbitt Grill in Washington, DC

Images: Olivia Jacob Photography

This week feels never ending and I am not entirely sure why. I’ve got a wedding this weekend & so much packing/de-cluttering to do at home, I am trying my best to still take things a day at a time with this whole selling our house thing. Let’s distract with pretty weddings & love, shall we?

We dreamed of having a classic winter wedding, and making it a fun celebration with our close friends and family. We both love the holidays, so a December wedding was a perfect fit. We selected subtle colors and decorations on our big day to accentuate the features of the ceremony and reception venues, as well as compliment the holiday decorations on display during the holiday season. Featuring the bride’s favorite color, pink, in the big day was also important for the wedding design.

Our classic winter wedding began with an afternoon wedding ceremony at Arlington First Presbyterian Church. We selected two large centerpieces of white hydrangeas to highlight the wedding alter, and bridal bouquets of pale pink and white roses. We chose a unique candle set for our unity service, including two horses for our individual candles and a chariot for our unity candle, to add a bit of fun to the ceremony. Following the ceremony, we incorporated Dan’s heritage with a Tea Ceremony honoring our parents.

DIY Paper Flower Tutorial: Paper Cherry Blossom Boutonnieres

Images & Tutorial: Jenn Heller Design Co

DIY Wednesday is back and it’s featuring our favorite (and most popular) topic: Paper Flowers! Jenn made us this ah-mazing DIY Watercolor Paper Rose tutorial a while back and it remains one of of most read & most pinned posts to date! So when Jenn said she wanted to tackle MORE and NEW paper flower tutorials, well of course I was done. For today she’s taking on the beautiful Cherry Blossoms AND DIY boutonnieres into one, rocking DIY tutorial: DIY Paper Cherry Blossom Boutonnieres. Take it away Jenn!

DIY Tutorial: How to Make a Paper Flower Cherry Blossom Boutonniere | By: Jenn Heller Design Co

The DC area may be known for its cherry blossom season, but getting those lovely fluffy bunches to your wedding is tough given their fickle timing and super delicate blooms. However, with a little time spent in advance, you can bring cherry blossoms into your decor with these cute little tissue paper boutonnieres!

The petite blooms can be grouped and used in a variety of ways depending on your style and how many of them you feel like making – from a small statement like this bout, to a crown for a flower girl, or even glued to branches for an archway or large arrangement.

The starting point for this tutorial is the popular basic paper rose – this one actually has fewer petals, just a more complicated center.  These are definitely fastest to make in batches, and once you have the hang of the steps they come together quickly!

Details:

Time: Made in batches (you can assemble about 15 blossoms  and 8 buds in 45 minutes)

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Cost: The batch mentioned above will cost about $30 if you have to buy all the supplies from scratch

Materials you’ll need:

  • Tissue Paper in pale pink, dark pink, and yellow – Paper Source sells it in individual color packs but you can pick up a multipack at Amazon or your local craft store
  • Green crepe paper streamers (optional)
  • Floral stamens – I bought these because I make a ton of paper flowers, but I like their long and skinny shape rather than a bulb on the end.
  • Floral Wire – this stuff is pretaped, which will save you a ton of time, but any wire of reasonable thickness will do.
  • Floral tape
  • Baby safety q-tips

Tools:

  • Scissors or rotary cutter
  • Black or brown marker
  • Glue – liquid, plus a glue stick designed for delicate surfaces

Let’s get started!

Guest Post: The Real Details of Your Wedding Day

Image: The Happy Couple

What a weekend Romancers. Friday I got my hair did, saw the AMAZING Andrew McMahon at the Fillmore (and got a jack & coke dumped on me) and then prepped like CRAZY for the weekend – we threw Evie an early 2nd birthday party (and yes, of course I went crazy with the details/setup, because I literally can’t turn it off) and then we hosted family for Easter brunch. We also found some time to #resist at The Tax March. We are supposed to be de-cluttering our house to get it ready to be listed for sale, but we mostly just ended up with 800 more Peppa Pig-themed things :) ah life.

For today, we have the notorious Kelsey back to share the details of her wedding day – no, not the DIY crafts and group shots, the actual, real details of what her wedding day was like. Take it away!

The Marathon | Guest Post by Kelsey

I’m going to be honest with you, I have no idea what people mean when they say ‘it’s marathon, not a sprint’ because I despise running. I do pilates only because I can sit or lie down 90% of the time. But, I will say, on your wedding day, take your time. Remind yourself to take your time often; otherwise, it will be a sprint. So here we go.

I woke up for my wedding in my own bed. My groom and I live together in a one bedroom apartment. Sleeping anywhere other than my own bed the night before the biggest day of my life wasn’t going to happen, and that made two of us. So yes, we slept in the same bed the night before wedding. GASP. Judge all you want.

Moving on. I went over to my parents’ suite for a full day of hair and makeup. Have a wireless speaker/laptop and a playlist ready that will get you amped. And not just your getting ready mix because that maxes out at what, two hours? Right. This is a long day and you need to be at 100 for 16 hours. So take that playlist seriously.

Second most important thing to making sure you have at least 34 Pitbull songs on your day of playlist…eat. Make a point to eat. Food at your wedding is not guaranteed so pack it in now. On my big day I ordered hoagies because, hoagies. I also drank a ton of water. You know the saying, ‘maybe she’s born with it’? swap that in with ‘maybe she’s hydrated’ because it makes you look and feel a million dollars.

My groom and I planned to do a first look so we could spend cocktail hour with our friends and family. The first look was a really special hour that was the perfect reset button before a very busy evening. When we got to the wedding venue it was game faces and deep breaths.

From here, every wedding is so different so I can only share advice that helped me the most. Remember to savor every moment. Sure it sounds cliché but seriously, if you have any second where you’re like, ‘dang, I’m getting married,’ take it in. One of my favorite moments on my wedding day was going up to the balcony and watching all of our guests dance to Shout. It was the perfect snapshot to look down and think ‘wow, I did this’.

Also, Shout is a fantastic song and while I think Sweet Caroline can be retired, Shout is a musthave. Now get ready…

Matt & Mel’s Beautifully Alternative & Personalized Virginia Wedding at the Barns at Wolftrap

Images: Ash Carr Photography

Our blog game is strong this week. We’re sharing one of our FAVORITE #CapRoWeddings of 2016: Matt & Mel’s super beautiful, alternative, rustic affair at the Barns at Wolftrap. So much love and personalization went into this wedding, and Mel’s dress is drop dead gorgeous — an all star vendor team (including our girl Kara!) and a ton of details from the couple, make this a perfect CapRo blog feature. Take it away!

When we started planning for the wedding we knew we wanted an indoor venue, as our wedding was going to be held toward the end of November when weather can be a bit unpredictable. We also knew we weren’t looking for a typical banquet hall or hotel location. We found the Barns at Wolftrap, which had all the rustic charm of a barn, but also nice modern amenities. They also had a great setup where we could do the ceremony and reception all in one venue. It was the first and only venue we saw in person and immediately decided that it was the one for us.

The first thing people would ask about the wedding was “what are your colors?” This was a hard one to answer, as we had chosen not to have a bridal party, so there were no bridesmaids to choose dresses for. Our wedding was a Fall wedding, but we were not too interested in a Fall theme. We also knew that we were interested in fairly neutral colored table linens for the reception. We figured we could use floral elements to represent the colors or our wedding. We decided to work with Emily at lovebloomsdc, to help us design floral décor for our ceremony and reception. We told her we loved succulents, billy balls, garden roses, and moss. She shared some options that included gorgeous tiny bud vases, which led us to choose long tables for part of the reception set up.

We consider ourselves to be pretty crafty and artistic people and knew we wanted to design a lot of our own décor, as well as our invitations.

What started as a joke sketch for an invitation design ended up being my guide for the actual invite design. We wanted the invites to be letterpressed. I contacted a letterpress shop about getting a quote, and I never heard back from them (their response had gone to spam, oops!), which lead me to start researching how to do letterpress at home. I sent my designs out to be printed on polymer plates, and using a store bought die-cut machine for scrapbooking, and a few extra parts, Matt and I were able to letterpress our entire invitation suite by hand.  We were exhausted from the process, but very happy with the outcome, and felt great about having had such a hands on involvement with our wedding invites. I ordered grey envelopes to match our table linens, and found super cute wrapping paper from Rifle Paper Co. that very closely matched the colors of our flowers, which I hand cut and used as envelope liners, as well as belly bands to hold together the invitation suites. And since we’re extra crazy, I also hand addressed all of the envelopes after just learning the tiniest bit about how to do calligraphy.

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