Julice & Steve’s DIY, Picnic Themed Woodlawn Manor Wedding in Maryland

Thrift store finds, DIY bouquets from herbs, pops of orange, and dreamy photography courtesy of An Endless Pursuit. What more could I ask for in a gorgeous real Maryland wedding submission?! (Answer: nothing). Julice & Steve poured their hearts and souls into their wedding and the end result is so beautiful. I know you guys are going to love this one.

Julice & Steve’s Natural, Picnic Themed Woodlawn Manor Wedding in Maryland

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Vendors:

Photographer: An Endless Pursuit | Venue: Woodlawn Manor | Catering: Stone Soup Catering | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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My main goal was shooting for a picnic type feel. Very casual and let nature just do its thing as far as visual aesthetics, and decorations went. I relied heavily on the trees, gardens, fences, little shacks, and the grass area from our venue.

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I chose herbs and such as our bouquets and cake decorations because I didn’t want to hire a florist and pay $3,000-5,000, even 10,000 on flowers! Therefore I opted to make my own bouquets and boutonnieres, herbs were the most affordable, easy to work with, could withstand a few days after we had assembled them.

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The reason I chose blue plaid table runners is because my favorite artist Degas used a lot of blues and orange complimentary colors, which is why I chose orange flowers.

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A Fashion Forward, Modern Washington DC Wedding Styled Shoot

A little “fashion forward” wedding inspiration from you today from one FABULOUS team of DC wedding vendors! Alison Harper & Company teamed up to bring you the STYLE with a super edgey and modern bride & groom fashion shoot. Happy Friday and hope you all have a GREAT WEEKEND (Go Penn State!!).

A Fashion Forward, Modern Washington DC Wedding Styled Bride & Groom

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Vendors:
Venue: Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. | Photographer: Michelle Lindsay Photography | Suits: Christopher Schaffer Clothier | Dress: Fabulous Frocks of Alexandria | Florals: Studio DBI | Hair & Makeup: Alison Harper & Company | Garter: The Garter Girl | Head Piece: Katie Burley Millinery | Lighting: Yours Truly Lighting & Decor

From Alison Harper & Co:

We wanted to style the couple in a little more of a modern and editorial style. We wanted to see an over the top dress and a very dapper groom. We were lucky enough to have access to the beautiful corcoran gallery of art. They allowed us to shoot Emily and George in the stunning room, I refer to as the Marie Antoinette room. This gold gilded room was rarely open to photography and only intimate wedding events. Emily was stunning and she and George hammed it up for us. They were great to work with. Emily even said she’d have to get a dress this stunning for her own wedding with George when they are ready!

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I mean. Stunning right? Now GO OUTSIDE and enjoy this GORGEOUS weather.

Kelsey & Peter’s Crafty Virginia Wedding at the Atrium at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

Kelsey and Peter are a super fun and thoughtful couple. They wanted to strike a balance between DIY and not-DIY, both to help keep the budget down and because the bride is fabulously crafty. Their wedding was very simple and classic with a couple of cute or silly twists (e.g., the placemats).  Kelsey spent weeks printing invitations (her father is a celtic-knot artwork guru and helped with the design), spray-painting various objects (she is now going through spray-painting withdrawals), and creating gifts (the bridesmaids’ robes were all handmade, for example). Kelsey spent the morning of the wedding finishing the table numbers, and keeping busy definitely helped keep her calm and happy. Thanks to Jenna M Miller Photography for sharing!

Kelsey & Peter’s Crafty Virginia Wedding at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

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Vendors:

Photographer: Jenna M Miller Photography | Venue: The Atrium at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens | Catering: Great Blue Heron Catering | Cake: Edibles Incredible | Bride’s Dress: Nouvelle Amsale  | Bridesmaids Dresses: eShakti  | Hairstylist: Erika Bergsagel | Makeup: Sherri Crane | Florist: Karin’s Florist | DJ: Kirkabee Deejays 

 I also made the robes for the bridesmaids, that was a biggie. I wanted them to have something special to let them know how much it meant to me that they were there, and to have something cute but also practical to wear day-of for hair and makeup, so I went out and bought the softest fabric I could find in different colors (they each needed their own, of course, carefully selected to flatter each individual) and made their robes. Thankfully I had a lot of snow days last school year or I don’t know that they all would have been done in time!

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My dad creates, studies, and teaches classes on celtic knotwork, so we asked him to design a knot for us for our invitations. He then worked with us to create the knotwork that became the borders on the invitation. Really lovely. My pearls were gifted to me by Peter over time- earrings for Christmas, bracelet for Valentine’s, necklace for my birthday- with the intention of wearing them to our eventual wedding.

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The colors: Honestly, one day at the beginning of planning I was thinking about colors for the wedding and I looked down at my outfit and was like “huh, light blue, dark blue, and orchid look good together.” Then I looked at my white kitchen table and saw my light blue placemat next to my orchid placemat with my dark blue dishes and that was it. Lightbulb moment.

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Dress: I had to find a dress that was classic, clean lines, pretty details, AND it had to look good with pearls. back when we had been dating for a year or so, Peter had given me a set of pearl jewelry in stages: earrings for Christmas, bracelet for Valentine’s Day, necklace for my birthday. He asked one of my friends for help choosing the set and confessed that he hoped the next piece of jewelry he would give me would be an engagement ring (and that he was hoping I would wear them on our wedding day). My mom, who went with me to all of the dress shops, had only one rule about the dress: it had to be made out of “good fabric.” I found the one at Nordstrom Wedding Suite in Tyson’s Corner. It was down to two dresses, both of which fit the bill, so I brought a team of friends with me to help me make the decision. I came out in one and they all smiled and said “that dress is BEAUTIFUL.” I came out in the other – the Nouvelle Amsale gown I ended up with – and they all started crying. That was the response I was looking for.

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DIY Tutorial: How to Make DIY Fance Notecards with Erasers

It’s Wednesday! You know what that means – a super duper awesome rad DIY tutorial from the ever-amazing Ribbons & Bluebirds! Today Jenn is sharing some DIY goodness on how to fancy up your postcards, notecards, and envelopes by just using an eraser!! This would be a perfect DIY to gussy up your thank-you notes, your RSVP cards, or maybe even your escort cards. Really – the possibilities are endless! Take it away Jenn!

I love stamping as a great easy way to add embellishment to paper goods, but I don’t love that you have to actually buy a separate stamp for every design you might want. Enter the simple eraser stamp – finally those #2 pencils from your grade school days are useful again! Obviously this technique won’t work for more intricate (or large) designs, but it is so simple to grab a pencil and start stamping!

DIY Tutorial: How to Make Fancy Notecards with an Eraser Stamp ~ with step by step instructions!

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Photography & Tutorial by Ribbons & Bluebirds

You will need:

  • A pencil with rubber eraser (yes, a mechanical pencil would work!)
  • Stamping ink pad
  • Blank notecards
  • Embossing powder and embossing heat tool (optional)
  • Pen for your message

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Step by Step Instructions:

Step 1: I chose a gold ink pad because I knew I wanted to use a gold embossing powder detail, but any colour will work! Press your pencil eraser into the ink pad – it may take a few dabs to get the whole top evenly covered. Then press onto your notecard, and voila! It is really that easy. Add stamped dots to the notecard in whatever pattern you like.

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Step 2: To make the dot design I am showing, start in the corners with a few dots close together. As you grow the pattern outward from the corner, space your dots further apart to give a gradient look. Optional: to add extra emphasis and embellishment to the corners, sprinkle embossing powder over the corner dots within 20 seconds or so after stamping them. Tap excess powder off, and emboss using your heat tool.

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Step 3: After your stamped design is dry, you can write a message on the front to complete your design, or leave it blank for multi-purpose use!

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*BONUS TIP!!* You can also use an x-acto knife to create shaped designs in your eraser, like little hearts or stars. To create a shape, use a fine-tip marker to draw your desired shape onto the eraser. Then carefully cut away around it from the top down, then again around the edges to remove the excess eraser. Be careful using the x-acto so close to your fingers!

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Don’t forget, a pretty envelope gets your recipient extra excited about your message :)

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How EASY but AWESOME right?! I could totally see someone doing this for an awesome escort display or to fancy up their RSVP cards for sure! Thanks again to the awesome Jenn of Ribbons & Bluebirds for sharing today’s super rad DIY wedding tutorial! Let us know if you end up using our tutorial ~ we’d love to see your end results!

Sarah & Riley’s Gorgeous Cherry Blossom Engagement Pictures in DC

Tomorrow might be the first official day of Fall but that doesn’t mean we can’t have gorgeous DC Cherry Blossom engagement pictures. Right?! Kicking off the week with a little gorgeousness from Porter Watkins Photography. Happy Monday all.

Riley & Sarah’s Gorgeous Washington DC Cherry Blossom Engagement Pictures

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Photography: Porter Watkins Photography

I love their short and sweet love story:

Riley and I met during our time at James Madison University. He was this gregarious, tidal wave of energy, and we hit it off instantly, never expecting to fall in love.

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Caitlin & Susie’s Super DIY Literary Themed Wedding in Maryland

Words can’t really describe the feelings I get when I remember Caitlin & Susie’s wedding day this past May. I had the absolute honor of getting to be a part of their big day (as their coordinator) and I knew from the minute I met them, I wanted to be a part of their love, their relationship, and of course, their wedding day. And boy, was I right – their super DIY, complete labor of love, wedding day was something so so special. I have never seen so many family and friends that were so open, so welcoming, and so full of love. I was welcomed in by their families and friends, as if I had been a long-time family friend all along.

This wedding day was so full of happy tears, smiles, hugs, and absolute, blissful joy. I am so happy I got a chance to meet these two wonderful women and share in their special day. A warning ahead of time, this one is PICTURE HEAVY people. It’s nearly impossible to chose between all the gorgeous images Sarah Gormley Photography sent me!!!

 Caitlin & Susie’s Ultimate DIY, Literary Themed Wedding in Maryland

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Vendors:

Photographer: Sarah Gormley | Wedding Coordination: Me ~ Capitol Romance  Venue: Episcopal Church of the Ascension | Susie’s Dress: Wendy’s Cincinnati Bride | Caitlin’s Dress: Fabulous Bridal | Susie’s Shoes: Custom Designed Chuck Taylors | Caitlin’s Shoes: TOMS Wedding Wedges | Hair: Marlow Prado-Blankenship | Flowers: Eight Street | Cake and Cupcakes: Sweets By E | Invitations: Type Case Industries | Hairpieces: Etsy | Flower Girls’ Kissing Ball: Etsy | Decorations: DIY | Catering: DIYed (seriously …. by Susie!!) | Cake Topper: Etsy |

Cait & Susie’s wedding was also featured on A Practical Wedding!

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 We had a really wonderful vintage-spring-literary-fun wedding. Suz and I both really wanted a wedding that reflected us, both as individuals and as a couple. We are pretty different (opposites attract, yes!) but one thing we definitely have in common is our ridiculous love of books. Suz is an especially large fan of Jane Austen’s writing and I will pretty much read whatever you place in front of me, so when it came time to pick a trend for our wedding, books were an easy choice. The best part was having an excuse to track down every library-estate-book sale this side of the Chesapeake! We both really loved combing through stacks of dusty, old books and giggling at some of the titles. It was a wedding chore that wasn’t so much a chore, as it was an excuse for a fun date with my lovely wife-to-be.

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Colors were an easy choice; Susie loves anything bright and vibrant so she went with orange. Turquoise is my favorite and a perfect complement to orange so bam, easy choice. We decided not to be too strict with our color palette so you’ll see many different interpretations of turquoise and orange in our wedding pictures.

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Click inside for SO MUCH MORE of Caitlin & Susie’s Super DIY Wedding! Including all the gorgeous book page details and literary themed items!

Hanna & Jamison’s Personal, DIY Woodend Sanctuary Wedding in Maryland

You might remember the insanely gorgeous Hanna & Jamison from their AWESOME Union Market engagement session in DC. If not, check it out, or just scroll to begin viewing the insane beauty of their wedding day, capturing PERFECTLY by Porter Watkins Photography. I seriously cannot imagine anyone else capturing this wedding – Porter killed it, and Hanna & Jamison poured themselves into their wedding (its obvious) and the result is breathtaking. Enjoy ever pin-worthy image. I know I already have.

Hanna & Jamison’s Personalized, Gorgeous Woodened Sanctuary Wedding in Maryland

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Vendors

Photography: Porter Watkins Photography | Wedding Coordinator: The Plannery | Venue: Woodend Sanctuary | Catering: A Main Event | Cake: Room 11 Cake, Katie Ross cake, Parkway Diner cake | Ceremony Music: Randy Barrett Trio | Reception Music: DIY iPod | Florist: H. Bloom | Hair Stylist: Meg at Eastern Confederate

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- When Jamison and I got engaged, we sat in the National Arboretum and contemplated our next steps. Driving straight to Reagan National and flying to Vegas, heading to the DC courthouse then taking off to Paris, having a small ceremony on my parent’s farm, having a big party with our friends and family in our beloved city; these were all appealing options. In about 15 minutes we made the call. The decision was simple, we’d be happy getting married in a courthouse, in our living room, or on a faraway cliff so long as we had the legally binding ceremony and some sweet outfits. But, we reasoned, how many opportunities do we have in our lives to bring our tribes together? When would we next be able to bring my four big families, his close-knit extended family, and our friends from DC and all over the world together? We needed to party with our people.

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That became the core of the entire wedding process and simplified how we made decisions about the day. Instead of using the loaded “W” word, we thought Party. We host parties all of the time and we’ve never given out a welcome bag, hence we did not fret about welcome bags. Music, good food, and alcohol; these are central elements to our kind of party, so that’s where we put our money. Also, we liked the idea of snazzy outfits and I used to operate a small organic gardening business so I wanted a lot of local, seasonal flowers. We wanted the whole day to feel like a beautiful Sunday party in a park with our nearest and dearest.

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Jay & Kurt’s Intimate Elopement at United Church of Christ in DC

I’m still in Oklahoma (made a quick trip home to my parents’ house in NJ this weekend to see my husband, and family and meet my brand new niece) but will try harder to get more posts up this week. For today we have a lovely little intimate DC elopement. The perfect reminder that love really does come in all shapes and sizes. I love blogging weddings like this that don’t fit the typical “wedding blog feature” mold. Happy Monday all!

Jay & Kurt’s Intimate DC Elopement at United Church of Christ

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Photographer: Mathy Shoots People | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

On the ceremony:

Our ring bearer was our son, Isaiah, who was adopted in March and our readers were: Rebecca, a family friend who also applied for our marriage license for us, and Kort, a family friend who came from Michigan to be with us.

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We chose to have our wedding at First Cong. UCC because we are members of the United Church of Christ, and the congregation is Open and Affirming.

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DIY Bouquet & Boutonniere Workshop Recap (and some Tips & Tricks)

A few weeks ago with had our 3rd DIY Wedding Workshop with Love Blooms and it was SUCH a fun afternoon! For those that missed it (you missed out!) but I thought I would be nice and share the “How to DIY Your Wedding Flowers” information sheet that Emily shared with our attendees AND some pictures from the event, thanks to the wonderful Cynthia Shipp Photography.

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Images: Cynthia Shipp Photography

^ What a GREAT class we had!!! :) First, Emily teaches the class about how to pick your flowers, where to find your flowers, and how to start making a bouquet:
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Emily shares SUPER valuable DIY wedding flower tips:

If you end up using wine bottles, you won’t have to worry about the water spilling out, because you probably won’t have to fill the bottles very high to have the stems submerged. If you are transporting wine bottle arrangements it works best to use the boxes that wine bottles arrive to the liquor store in. These boxes can hold 12 bottles, and usually have cardboard spacers, to keep the bottles from knocking into each other. If you ask, the liquor store will provide you will a couple of these boxes.

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Click inside for more pictures from our DIY wedding bouquets & boutonnieres workshop by Cynthia Shipp Photography AND more tips and tricks from Love Blooms!

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