DIY Tutorial: How to Make a Water Color Paper Rose

If you somehow missed the party of the year (aka Indie Bridal Party) then you missed the amazing Ribbons & Bluebirds running an AWESOME DIY station to help pimp our DIY wedding workshops, and give attendees a little taste of her mad DIY skills. Today we are sharing the DIY project that Jenn ran at IBP, so you can make them at home, yourself.

Now, the paper flower is nothing new – but Jenn’s tutorial gives us a fresh look at an old favorite – using water colored paper! This slight addition to the tutorial makes the paper flowers a bit more modern, but just as beautiful as if you use maps or sheet music. Take it away Jenn!

DIY Tutorial: How to Make a DIY Water Color Paper Rose

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What you’ll need:

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These paper roses are so easy to make, and come out looking great! They don’t take too long to make either, so gather some friends and a bottle of wine or two, and soon you’d have a pile of paper roses for wedding décor! (Check out the corsages and boutonnieres from Eliza and Josh’s wedding posted last week – you too can make these cool roses!) You can use any paper you like – I used a very simple splash of watercolour in the center of these sheets for some colour, but you could try sheet music, wrapping paper, book pages, origami paper, newsprint, and more!

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Start with 3 paper squares, at least 4” across. Start with one, and fold it in half corner to corner (with the paper design on the inside). Fold in half again and half again, each corner to corner, until you have a triangle with folds along two edges and an open top. Just like making snowflakes or paper hearts in elementary school, cut off the top of the open part into a rounded-top petal shape and cut JUST THE TINIEST AMOUNT off the bottom corner to put a hole in the center. Repeat with all 3 squares.

Unfold your petal-triangles into the flat little flower shapes they should now be. If any of the holes in the center are more than about 1/4” across, you’re going to want to recut them – the smaller the center opening, the easier to stack your layers later! It doesn’t have to be a pinprick, just don’t try and use a layer with a ½” hole in the middle.

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From your first paper flower layer, cut out one petal along the fold lines. For the second, cut out a chunk of 2 petals (1/4 of the flower) and for the third, you guessed it, cut out a chunk of 3 petals! Save all the smaller pieces you just cut, as they’re going to form the center of your flower.

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Click inside for the rest of Ribbons & Bluebirds’ DIY Paper Rose tutorial!

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David & Garrett’s Heartfelt, Personalized Maryland Wedding at Walkers Overlook

I’ve blogged a ton of weddings in the 3+ years I’ve been running this blog. Some really stick with me, where I can quite vividly call back from memory the images I laid out and the details I typed. This will be one of those weddings. Mostly because of the emotions that you can seriously FEEL coming out of every. single. image that Leo Druker Photography captured. But the natural, laid-back, details also help. Walkers Overlook, a wedding venue in Maryland, gave David & Garrett that a rustic, homey feel they were going for and their wedding vendors just executed the overall wedding day perfectly.

This, my engaged friends, is why you hire vendors that are not only professionals, but are a match to your personality, style, and nuances. Because then they can create a wedding day like this – one that emanates you and your partners’ feelings, desires, and emotions. I seriously feel like I KNOW these two people just from their wedding pictures. And I sure as hell wish I could have been in attendance at this wedding! But enough from me, more from Leo, David & Garrett.

David & Garrett’s Heartfelt, Personalized Maryland Wedding at Walkers Overlook

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Photographer: Leo Druker | Venue: Walkers Overlook | Florals & Lighting: Edge Flowers | DJ: Bruce Pike | Grooms’ Suits: Custom Suits from My.Suit | Officiant: Friend | Catering: Eat & Smile

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We each had our suits custom made from My.Suit ( We wanted to “go,” but not “match.”

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We opted to not have a specific color palate, nor did we intentionally choose any particular colors. We are inspired by natural elements and asked that the decor reflect the time of year (October). Our one main request was that the florals/decor have an unfinished edge and they used stone, metal, and glass to maintain that feeling.

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On their venue:

We wanted a space that felt like it could have been our home and had a rustic edge. They have a vintage car which they allowed us to use as a bar at the reception.

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Click inside for SO MUCH MORE of Garrett & David’s amazing Maryland wedding. Including some seriously amazing dance moves and some awesome wedding details!

Michael & Marissa’s Washington DC Engagement Pictures in Chinatown

A long long time ago we re-launched this little blog here and to celebrate, Stephanie Leigh Photo Design gave away an engagement session and coffee table book to one lucky couple. Michael & Marissa were that lucky couple and we are so excited to get to share their engagement pictures and love story here on the blog today! I love that their love story includes New Jersey (being a Jersey girl myself) and their proposal story is just too cute. I’ll let them take it from here.

Michael & Marissa’s Washington DC Engagement Pictures in Chinatown

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Photography: Stephanie Leigh Photo Design | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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How They Met:

Marissa grew up in New Jersey but was a frequent visitor to the northern Virginia area throughout her childhood as she visited close family friends. Without these visits she might never have applied to any Virginia schools and thus would’ve missed out on meeting Michael.

Michael grew up in Falls Church, Virginia and ironically spent his formative Christmases and summers trekking to New Jersey where his father is from and grandparents lived for many years.

Michael and Marissa had many mutual friends at school but their path didn’t really cross until they shared a business class junior year. They became quick friends and Marissa finally began to take a hint as she departed for Christmas break that year with a dozen roses that were left in her dorm room. Nightly phone conversations over break led to an official first date on Valentine’s Day and here we are almost eight years later in the place where it all started, celebrating happily ever after.

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Click inside for a peak at the gorgeous engagement ring AND to read their adorable proposal story!

Meet CIAO NINA ~ Our First DIY Wedding Workshop Vendor Host!

Guys! Our first DIY Wedding Workshop is LESS THAN A WEEK AWAY. I am so freakin’ pumped and scared and excited and anxious and so many other emotions! But the amazing Serena of Creative Ideation offered to do an awesome portrait session and Q&A with our first vendor host, CIAO NINA, and I couldn’t be more excited to share it with you all. First you get to meet the insanely talented and creative lady behind CIAO NINA, and second you get to look at some seriously rockin’ portrait images. I am just totally in awe of Nina’s style. She rocks patterns, colors, flare, and her own accessories with so much finesse it’s insane.

If you haven’t bought your tickets yet for our first workshop, you can buy them here. Come meet Nina yourself and have her teach you how to create a beautiful hairpiece that you could wear in your wedding, or make your for bridesmaids or other embellished detailing!

Meet CIAO NINA ~ Our First DIY Wedding Workshop Vendor Host

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And now for a little Q&A!!

Q: How would you describe your style?

A: Colorful, textured and ALWAYS flattering to MY shape.

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Q: What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

A: Independence Day is my favorite movie.


Q: When did you start making things and what was the first thing you made?

A: I always loved making things. I remember pretending to be sick in elementary school so I could stay home and watch craft shows on TV. It’s still so much fun for me to learn a new skill.

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 Q: What’s next for you?

A: Adorning the heads of every stylish lady in the district and beyond. And continuing to show women who think they “can’t pull off hats” how great they can look and feel in one.

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 Q: What can people expect from your workshop (vibe, energy, product, life-long friendship…)

A: A comfortable place to try your hand at a new skill. It is amazing to me how little credit some people give to their creative abilities.

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 Q: Who’s your superhero?

A: Supergirl. My little sister and I were obsessed with the 1984 movie. We watched it as adults together not too long ago, and… Spoiler alert: It doesn’t hold up.

Nina (left) with her sister Joanna (right) dressed up as Supergirl.


So if you weren’t excited for our first workshop yet, you should be now! Who wouldn’t want to learn from such an amazing woman and small business owner/creative in Washington, DC!? Be sure to check out Nina’s amazing shop here, buy tickets for the workshop here, and check out more from the photographer, Serena, here.

Creative & Alternative Flowerless Wedding Tablescapes and Decorations

It’s Friday. Somehow we made it. It’s been one of those kind of weeks. Maybe it’s just because it was my first full week back after vacation, or maybe it’s the impending chaos of May (and my birthday, UGH), but I never thought I’d make it to Friday. So now that it’s here, I am looking forward to time spent crafting, meeting clients, celebrating with friends, and enjoying a baseball game on Sunday! Hope you all have a fabulous weekend too. And just in case you aren’t sick of hearing it yet, don’t forget that our first DIY workshop is NEXT SUNDAY. So please buy tickets if you plan on coming so we can get a good head count in place for all those yummy treats our sponsors will be providing you!

Now, for today’s wedding inspiration post! Something a little different, this one includes 4 different tablescapes that are all completely flowerless! They each feature a different color scheme, wedding theme, and the items on the tablescapes were completely handmade by the designer. I think you might find some awesome, non-floral wedding centerpiece ideas in today’s post. Thanks to Stephanie Leigh Photography & Design for sending us this one via Two Bright Lights.

Creative & Alternative Nonfloral Wedding Tablescapes and Centerpieces



Photographer:  Stephanie Leigh Photography & Design | Event Designer: Bloomed to Last | Linens and Coverings: Everything Linen | Event Venue: Shenandoah Valley Golf Club | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

A note on this shoot from designer, Bloomed to Last:

As a designer I have always considered myself a little wacky, somewhat crazy, and an out of the box thinker. I’m not afraid to use unexpected materials to get a luxurious look. It was very natural for me to marry my love of off-beat with high style when creating these non-floral tablescapes. It was my goal to create each design that would be “different” than what one would expect. Don’t get me wrong I adore flowers however, you don’t see a lot of table designs this luxurious looking without the use of flowers. It was also my goal that each design would be able to appeal to a broad range of clients; wedding, corporate, special occasion, off-beat, luxe, traditional, same sex couples, and allergy sufferers.

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This fall modern table gives a chic twist on the classic fall. It showcases a rich color palette of copper, chocolate, & teal. Its loads of textures keep the design from becoming flat. The unexpected use of lamps adds a sense of sophistication and balances the natural elements; rocks and branches. The overall height of the branches gives it a grand feeling, but allows the conversation to flow freely. Simply stunning!

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Click inside for the rest of these nonfloral wedding  tablescape and decoration ideas!

Eliza & Josh’s Rainbow Colored, DIY, Book Themed Wedding in Maryland

“Our wedding was a deliberate exercise in being thoughtful and authentic to who we are and where we’re from. We had no problem with tradition if we could give it a slight twist to better represent who we are, our families, and our community.”

You might remember Eliza & Josh from their insanely adorable, “nerdy” library engagement session that we featured a while back. Well they’re back now (and better than ever) with their super awesome, completely DIY, rainbow-themed wedding at Adelphi Historical Mill! Eliza & Josh used a ton of awesome local wedding vendors to knit their wedding day together and also recruited the help of ALL their family and friends to make it happen. I know you guys are going to love all the awesome, personalized details in this Maryland wedding AND all the super rad, rainbox wedding decorations & details. So enough from me, more from them.

Eliza & Josh’s Rainbow Colored, Book Themed, DIY Extravaganza Wedding in Maryland

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Photographer: Stephen De Leon | Wedding Planner: The Plannery | Venue: Adelphi Historical Mill | Ceremony Venue: St. Mary of the Mills, Laurel MD | Groom’s Custom Suit: MySuit | Bowties/socks: The Tie Bar | Bridal’s Gown: Two by Rosa Clara | Food: CapMac | Desserts: Red Velvet Cupcakery | Flowers: DIY with flowers from Potomac Floral | Details: Thrifted from DC’s Goodwill Stores

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Our wedding was a deliberate exercise in being thoughtful and authentic to who we are and where we’re from. We had no problem with tradition if we could give it a slight twist to better represent who we are, our families, and our community. We had a Catholic wedding but chose universal readings and had friends of other faiths and identities participate, both of us were given away by our parents, and Josh arranged our own wedding march. It was with that in mind that we dropped gendered language and expectations but still promised to be there in sickness and health, good times and bad. It was with that in mind that every bit of decor was draped in rainbows and personal history. Our priest even surprised us with a homily about the friendship, love, and devotion between Frodo and Sam!

^Love this.

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The only way to sum up our theme is to say that we celebrated the story of our five (now six!) years together and the importance of our family in writing that story — blood-related, bosom friends, and fictional voices. Our relationship bloomed with the assistance of some very important people–CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien, JK Rowling, Philip Pullman, and John Green–and they all had a part to play at our wedding. And because we dated long-distance, we chose a lot of our decor to represent that.

Boutonnieres and corsages were made from dictionaries and centerpieces were built from (used!) books by the aforementioned authors.

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We involved our entire community in putting together this wedding. Eliza’s mom was the DIY Guru, dipping thousands of Oreos in chocolate, cutting and gluing thousands of paper flowers, sewing hundred-plus feet crepe streamers, and wrapping several hundred books. Then, all of Eliza and Josh’s friends who helped were part of the D.A., yes, that D.A, rather than any old bridal party. Kaythi, one of Eliza’s best friends, knit the rainbow lace bolero she wore, as well as lead one of the readings in their ceremony. Even the jewelry Eliza wore came from her grandmothers and her garter was the one her mother wore.

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Click inside for the rest of Eliza & Josh’s super rad, rainbow colored and book themed DIY Maryland wedding!

Let’s Get Personal: The Price of “Doing It All”

In case you missed it, the AH-MAZING Laicie of 1000 Threads featured us on their “small business diaries” blog feature yesterday. I was insanely humbled by what she wrote and so thrilled to be featured on such an amazing blog. Please go check it out if you haven’t seen it yet, and I know you won’t find it hard to stay awhile on 1000 threads and find some amazing ideas, inspiration, recipes, and more anyway. The reason I brought it up, is because one of her questions to me fit perfectly in today’s personal post.  “2 // When and how did you decide to go into business for yourself? Was there a turning point?” – I laughed when I read this because as most of you know, I don’t just run Capitol Romance, I do have a full-time job too. And whenever I tell people that, I always get the same response “how do you do it!?”.

Let’s Get Personal: The Price of Doing It All


Yes, that is a copy of my day-planner. Putting aside the fact that I realize how “old-school” it is to still write down all my meetings and “to-do’s” by hand, that’s typically what my weeks look like these days as I manage my day job, wedding coordination gigs, blogging, Fuel DC, and now my DIY workshops. That is how I “do it all”. I plan my days to their utmost potential, oftentimes weeks in advance.

Now while the planning nature enables me to get A LOT done (like juggling 3 jobs) it certainly comes at a price. Planning your life this way leads little room for flexibility and almost no room for spontaneous adventures. And that’s tough.

I get invites to awesome openings, or “let’s grab coffee” requests, or even have personal, family things that come up, that I just can’t always make it to. I have to beg my friends to notify me of their weddings MONTHS in advance (to ensure I don’t book one that weekend) and even have to coerce my not always “plan in advance” family, to book things month ahead of time, because I don’t want to miss it. This isn’t always easy, and it’s certainly not always butterflies. I know I need to realize that just because I am a planner, and plan my days/weekends this way, not everyone is and it’s not fair to be upset or frustrated when others don’t plan like I do.

Now this post isn’t to be a downer or anything, it’s just to simply share the insight into how I, personally, “do it all”. This (so far) is what has worked best for me, though it’s by no means perfect. I view it as a way to make the best use of my time, and maximize the time I have, spent doing the things I not only NEED to do, but WANT to do too! Because let’s face it, unless your Hermoine and you have a time turner, no one can truly do it all.

Your turn – how do you get everything you need to do, done? Do you plan like me, or just take it as it comes?


Helene & Josh’s Orange & Blue Northern Virginia Wedding at Top of the Town

I wanted to accept today’s Virginia wedding at first because of the awesome bright orange and blue color palette (a totally nontraditional and not often seen, choice of colors for a wedding). But once I found out WHY the couple chose the colors, well then, it was a given. Helene shared, “We chose colors that represented our alma maters.  Orange for Clemson, Josh’s college, and blue for Penn State, my college.  We used the two colors throughout the wedding and I loved the playful feel of the two colors.”

I could agree more! Thanks to Documentary Associates for submitting this one our way, via Two Bright Lights.

Helene & Josh’s Orange & Blue Northern Virginia Wedding at Top of the Town

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Photographer:  Documentary Associates | Ceremony Venue: The Textile Museum | Reception Venue: Top of the Town | Catering: R&R Catering | Flowers: Flowers by Cheryl Ann | Bride’s Dress: Watters | Bridesmaids Dresses: Alfred Angelo | Groomsmen: Black by Vera Wang | Transportation: Diamond Limousine | Invitations: The American Wedding | DJ: DJ R to Da Izza | Cupcakes/cake: Family friend | Makeup Artist: Shaune with Bridal Artistry | Hair Stylist: Sonia with Bridal Artistry | Musician: Harpist, Nadia Pessoa |   Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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We choose our photographer, because we had seen him work the previous year at our friend, Shannon’s wedding. We loved his photos and realized we barely noticed him at their wedding. We liked that it didn’t feel intrusive, but that we got really great photographs.  At our wedding, he got a shot of Josh retrieving the garter from over my shoulder, neither of us remember him even being there at that point!

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I wanted a more intimate setting for the ceremony.  I’d grown up loving gardens and appreciating the outdoors.  We searched for weeks to find a venue that could accommodate the large number of guests we had AND could feel romantic.  We found the Textile Museum, it was everything we had hoped, beautiful gardens, interesting architecture and only a few miles from our reception venue.

We made our programs by downloading fonts that matched our invitations.  We printed the grams and attached them to popsicle sticks.  Honestly, that process was much more tedious than I thought!

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Click inside for the rest of Helene & Josh’s Orange and Blue Northern Virginia wedding!

DC Wedding Show: Style to the Aisle (Ticket Promo Available!)

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 Style to the Aisle: A Bride’s Runway is back and better than ever, just in time for Bridal Fashion Week.

One of the DC area’s most chic wedding shows is coming up again and we’ve got all the details for you AND an awesome ticket promo discount for our readers. Check out all the details below for the exciting wedding show at The Fillmore in Silver Spring, MD this weekend!

Style to the Aisle | April 27, 2014 | 3pm to 7pm


WHAT: Style to the Aisle Magazine is bringing the excitement of Bridal Fashion Week at Style to the Aisle…a Bride’s RUNWAY 2014.  The Fillmore Silver Spring will be transformed into a high-end fashion runway hosting some of the best bridal designers & boutiques showcasing some of the latest trends in bridal couture.

WHO: TULLE New York, Justin Alexander, Christopher Schafer Clothier, Cat Reinheimer, Lillian West and more.

WHY: This one-of-a-kind fashion forward bridal event brings the the concept of fashion to the world of brides.

WHEN: Sunday, April 27, 2014 from 3pm to 7pm

WHERE: The Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD


Thinking of attending the show? Well be sure to use our discount code for your tickets! Code “STYLE” will get you $10 off general admission and $5 off Fashion Insider VIP Tickets!

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