Eileen & Heather’s Traditional Maryland Wedding at the Four Seasons Baltimore

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Images: Angel Kidwell Photography | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Well today is certainly a gloomy one now isn’t it? Yesterday was SUCH a nice break in the ungodly heat we’ve been having lately. Evie and I went on a (slight pathetic) run in the morning and then a walk with Sadie later. It was nice to escape the couch at any rate. For today we have a beautiful, modern & more traditional wedding to share. This one features bold purple & teal colors, and gorgeous couple, Eileen & Heather. I loved how they said their wedding was “surprisingly” very traditional. And even though it apparently POURED on their wedding day – you’d never know with the smiles on their faces.

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From the photographer:

Heather and Eileen had my heart once we were strolling through the woods during their engagement session, singing tunes from the Sound of Music. Then the day finally was here! The ladies decided to ready themselves together, and then separate for the finishing touches. Eileen and Heather wanted to do a First Look, and we were able to find an out of the way hallway with a background that matched their dresses perfectly!

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The weather gods were not being nice that day. Even though it looked like a beautiful day, the wind was – blow you down – crazy! The outdoor ceremony had to be moved inside, but who cares?! It’s the freakin’ Four Seasons and you can’t go wrong anywhere! All worked out as it was meant to be and it was perfect.There was no way to hide the looks of ecstasy when they had their first bite of cake! The delicious cake was from Sugar Bakers. Yummmm.Now you know, “Come on Eileen” had to be on the playlist.

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From the Brides:

We have a few interesting parts of our ceremony including and oathing stone ritual, a wine box ritual, and our guests will be holding “wishing rocks”. We did “hand make” the centerpieces, the wine box, and the favors.

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Click inside for the rest of this gorgeous purple & teal, modern Maryland wedding at the Four Seasons in Baltimore!

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Kara & Justin’s Brewery Washington DC Engagement Pictures at Yards Park

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Images: Mathy Shoots People

This weekend was pretty awesome thanks to my amazing husband. He set up an entire Treat Yo Self day for me on Saturday wherein I got a massage (ah-mazing) and my hair did (SO insanely overdue). Then yesterday we had a BLAST making mini pinatas at the latest DIY workshop!  And now I get to share an AWESOME DC engagement session featuring two of my amazing clients for this year, Kara & Justin. Kara & Justin are cool beyond words and I am SO excited for their wedding (in just about a month!) at Josephine Butler Parks Center. Check out their super chill DC engagement pictures around Yards Park (including a stop at Blue Jacket Brewery) and love story below. Happy Monday Romancers!

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How we met:

Justin and I met on OkCupid. I had been doing the online dating thing for almost 2 years, with no real luck. At the urging of his parents, Justin decided to give it a shot, and was only online for about a month before he and I met. If you haven’t experienced the online dating world, its kind of slim pickin’s out there. Few people take the time to complete their profile in a way that is reflection of themselves, but Justin’s did just that. It also didn’t hurt that he was really cute ;) So I messaged him, and crossed my fingers that he would respond back. Apparently, I was one of the few girls that sent him a message using full words and sentences, as opposed to “U R a QT”.

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We exchanged messages regularly, and within a week or so, scheduled our first date. I had a basketball game earlier in the day that ran late, making me late for our date. When I texted him to let him know I was running behind, Justin was worried I was going to stand him up. I did not, and we shared a great meal, getting to know each other more. From that point on, we were pretty much inseparable.

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Click inside for so much more! Including the proposal story!

We Finally Stand on the Right Side of History



Image: Maggie Winters Photography

I was going to post a wedding inspiration post with LINK LOVE but then the news dropped and my heart is just elated and my eyes are full of tears and there’s really nothing I want to do more but go run around my neighborhood with a rainbow flag.

Instead of blogging, I will be refreshing my Twitter and Facebook feed and just sitting on my couch crying tears of joy for all those that worked SO HARD to get to this moment.

I will probably write a more coherent reflection of this day when I am not running on 4 hours of sleep, but for now let’s just all revel in the fact that America is FINALLY on the right side of history and that LOVE TRULY WINS.

Love > All.


Meet Heirloom: DC’s Creative Catering Company

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A few months ago I had the pleasure of being invited to the launch party of DC’s newest creative catering company, Heirloom. Unfortunately I was unable to try the delicious drinks provided (I was preggo still at the time!) but the food was not only gorgeous to look at it, super tasty too! The coolest thing about Heirloom though, isn’t that they JUST bring you food, they offer a combination of boutique catering WITH event styling, including custom menu creation and stylish tablescapes, that ultimately give you the most creative & unique catered display for your wedding or event!


Images: Emily Clack Photography

You can find out a TON more about Heirloom and their services, while drooling over some amazing pictures of their food over on their website. You can also find them on Instagram (@HeirloomDC) and Twitter! Interested in booking Heirloom for an event? Feel free to call them at 703-534-0938 or hit them up on email at hello@heirloomdc.com.

Here are some more drool-worthy food pics in case you aren’t yet convinced ;)

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Images: Abby Jiu Photography

So book Heirloom for your wedding or next event in DC! You won’t be sorry :)

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Angie & Chris’ Intimate, Rustic Virginia Wedding at Virtue Feed & Grain

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Images: Daisy Saulls Photography via Two Bright Lights

An intimate brunch wedding at my new favorite spot in Alexandria, Virginia, Virtue Feed & Grain! Angie & Chris’ wedding was simple, but beautiful and it was a perfect match to their beautiful love story. Brunch weddings are totally my favorite (breakfast food is the BEST, just ask Leslie Knope) and their ceremony in a park in Alexandria was so gorgeous! Check out all the details below!

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From the photographer: They were friends first, but Chris knew he loved Angie from the very beginning. Through time, he won his girl’s heart and they celebrated the start of their new life as husband and wife at an intimate gathering in Alexandria, Virginia. Chris walked his precious little girls down the aisle as they showed off their stunning floral crowns. He waited with anticipation as Angie made her way from the left side of the gardens, past their elated guests, to catch the first glimpse of her best friend and husband-to-be.

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From the Bride:

I wanted a neutral color palette that would fit our rustic theme. In essence we didn’t really have many colors we used since we had no wedding party. the colors we chose were romantic and soft and added a nice touch to our garden rustic wedding.

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Chris’s childhood friend Eric acted as our officiant. We didn’t want to use someone we didn’t know and had no real affiliation with a church. Having Eric as our officiant made it even more special since Chris officiated Eric’s wedding just a few months before.

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Giveaway: Win 10 Custom Stationery Sets for Bridesmaids/men or Groomsmen/ladies

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The wedding scene in Washington DC can feel rather small sometimes. I’ll get emails from small business owners that I’ve never met and be shocked that we’ve never crossed paths somehow! This business even moreso, seeing as the owner, Meredith, grew up down the street from my Aunt up in New Jersey! Crazy! Meredith runs a little letterpress & design studio and she offered to host a giveaway here on the blog for some custom stationery that you could use to send to your wedding party with their gifts!

First, a bit about Meredith!

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Sea Heart City Press is a letterpress and design studio in Washington, DC. Meredith Akery creates letterpress greetings from the heart. She has a lifelong love of sending and receiving real mail and started Sea Heart City Press in 2013. She draws and hand-letters many of her card designs and also uses hand-set metal type. She prints cards one by one on vintage tabletop presses. Meredith grew up at the beach but fell in love with city life and Sea Heart City Press is a nod to her heart being wedged between the city and the sea. She hopes her cards will inspire you to send real mail to your loved ones so she and her Mom have some help keeping the post office in business.

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And now onto the giveaway details! We’re giving away:

– Up to 10 sets of customized stationery for bridesmaids/men or groomsmenladies gifts (if the parties are small enough, potentially sets for both sides)

– Details: each set would contain 20 flat cards and 20 coordinating envelopes (Size A2 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ cards and Size A2 envelopes 4 3/8″ x 5 3/4″) in gift boxes (Value $45/ea. set, maximum value $450 if all 10 sets are made)

– Winner will alsi get a brief consultation in my studio (with wine!)

– Custom ink and envelope colors to coordinate with their wedding theme colors or whatever colors they prefer

– Selection of font from my collection of metal type for initials or first names, depending on their preference (and type availability)

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Julia & Kyle’s Low Key Engagement Pictures in Washington, DC

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Images: With Love & Embers

Hoping everyone had a FANTASTIC weekend! We had a blast working Jenn & Will’s wedding at the Loft at 600F (seriously becoming one of my favorite small wedding venues in DC) and then treating my husband to a wonderful father’s day yesterday. We started the day with a 4 mile run, and ended it with ordering dessert … twice at a new restaurant on H Street. As always, weekends come and go too soon but we’re back at it this week with a full week of blogging, a giveaway this afternoon, and our next DIY Workshop on Sunday (tickets still on sale – come have fun with us!). Now let’s kick off the week with a sweet engagement session from With Love & Embers.

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Like many young couples in D.C., Julia and Kyle met at law school. They were in the same first year section, but remained friends and study buddies until the fall of their second year when Julia finally broke down and agreed to let Kyle take her out on a date. They have been crazy about each other ever since.

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Five years later, while in New York City for the weekend, Kyle surprised Julia by proposing to her in Central Park. Their families both came to town to celebrate the engagement and made it a very memorable weekend.

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Organic Purple Wildflower Wedding Shoot & LINK LOVE

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Images: Magnolia Street Photo

Hell yeah Friday! We survived another week. For today I have some gorgeous images from a local wedding styled shoot that used green & purple colors and a super delicious (and pretty!) blueberry martini drink bar display. We also have some LINK LOVE to help get you through the day and to the weekend! I’m gearing up for Jenn & Will’s super awesome DC wedding tomorrow at the Loft at 600F and then a day of RELAXING on Sunday to celebrate Andy’s FIRST father’s day! Hope you all have an amazing weekend!

First. LINKS:

Just over 1 week until our next DIY Workshop! Only 2 early bird tickets remain. Come make some party pinatas with us!

Brightest Young Things wrote a recap of our #PopUpRomance 2.0 vow renewal that happened before the Pride parade. I’ll have a full recap too – but check there’s out for some fun sneak peaks!

20 Things You NEED to Know Before You Get Married (over on The Every Last Detail blog)

Need a last minute Father’s Day gift idea (DC local or in NYC only)? Send Urban Stems has got you covered with their “Rise & Shine” Dad’s Day Kit.

Now for more inspiration! Thanks to these fabulous vendors for putting this gorgeous shoot together:

Photographer:  Magnolia Street Photography | Floral Designer: Blush Floral Design Studio | Event Designer: Celebrating Love by Marcie | Heirlooms and extras: Ginger & Spice Vintage Rentals | Makeup Artist: MADE | Dress Store:Posh Bridal Boutique | Event Venue:Rockland Estates | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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Nicole & Dean’s Offbeat, Personalized Maryland Wedding at Brookeville Academy

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Images: Shanna Edberg Photography | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

I mean I can never say no to a real DC area wedding features a bride in a dress color other than white! Nicole ROCKED her red wedding dress and all the details of this adorable, intimate & small budget Maryland wedding are just so fun. As self proclaimed “geeks”, Nicole & Dean opted for a “first video game” instead of a first dance and they walked down the aisle to Battlestar Galactica – um hell yes. Their wedding was a 100% them and was made possible by all their family & friends. Enjoy!

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Pretty much *all* of our wedding was offbeat. We’re a very geeky, nontraditional couple, and like many couples, we have a lot of student loan debt. We wanted to show our family and friends a fun, meaningful time without breaking our (very small) budget, which was a challenge in the area. We also paid for the wedding pretty much on our own.

I chose to wear a red dress because I almost never wear white. I wanted to wear a color that I felt beautiful and comfortable in. We chose red and black because they’re bold, striking, beautiful colors. Folks on the groom’s side wore fighter jet lapel pins to showcase Dean’s love for planes, and folks on the bride’s side wore neuron lapel pins or necklaces to showcase my love of brains! We wrote our own ceremony and vows to incorporate our love of science, video games, and other geeky things.

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We were very fortunate to be able to use our ceremony venue. We were married at the Smith Center near the Meadowside Nature Center, which generally doesn’t allow large groups (besides non-profits) to use their venue. They actually usually don’t allow members of the general public to rent their space. However, Dean’s grandpa, who passed away years ago, used to take Dean there when he was little. The staff at the Smith Center worked with us and with the Meadowside Nature Center to find a way to allow us to have our ceremony on their property. It was really meaningful for Dean and his family, because it felt like his grandfather was able to be there in spirit.

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Click inside for all their fun science & geek themed wedding details!

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