Ask the Crowd: Help a Bride to Be with her DIY Dilemma!

I get all sorts of emails from readers (which I LOVE) and I love trying to answer the questions they pose in any way I can. However, a recent email stumped me and I suggested that I blog about her issue to see if any of my super awesome & crafty readers might have a solution. Robin writes:

Hi! I love your blog (I remember your booth at the LGBT wedding expo earlier this year — so great that you were there!) and when I came across this particular dilemma I wondered if you might have a suggestion — perhaps even one that could make a future DIY tutorial?

I have a DIY accessory dilemma. I’d like to use my mother’s wedding pearls in a hairpiece or other accessory for my own big day. Obviously I need to keep them intact — no glue, etc. I thought I might attach individual pearls to bobby pins with jewelry wire. However, my mother presented me with the necklace and I realized there was a problem: The pearls were stuck together by a jeweler many years ago to keep them from sliding loose around the chain. Now I’m not sure if I can use them for my wedding. I don’t want to wear them as a necklace. Any ideas?

Here are the images of the necklace, including a close-up so you can see where the pearls are stuck together:

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So what do you think Romancers?!!? Any idea for helping Robin out with turning this beautiful necklace into a hairpiece? Leave comments below with your ideas and then hopefully we can make it into a DIY Tutorial to share on the blog!

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Discount Wedding Uplighting with White Light Uplighting

Happy Friday Romancers! Today we are keeping this short and sweet with a small promo post about a new uplighting company in Washington, DC :White Light Uplighting. The owner/founder of the company Chris, aims to make uplighting for weddings simple, easy, and affordable. He has a background in programming and running lights for night clubs and decided to turn it into a wedding business, by offering quality uplighting at a maximum cost of $800!

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[Image: Rick Martin Photography]

And to make things EVEN BETTER, White Light DC is teaming up with yours truly to offer a 10% additional discount to any reader that mentions this post! The promo will be good until the end of the year (December 31, 2013) for any event scheduled in 2014!

Happy Friday Romancers!


Josh & Annie’s Local Washington DC Wedding at Josephine Butler House

Today’s DC wedding feature is making it pretty easy to get back into the swing of blogging post Key West (minus my frozen fingers in this 40 degree weather, it was a balmy 80 in FL!). Josh & Annie wanted a laid-back, fun and local wedding that incorporated three themes: participation, impact, and meaning. I just LOVE that they shared these 3 main focus points as the most important factors in their wedding planning. What did they mean by those three words, well I’ll let them tell you in their own voice:

Participation. We wanted to find ways to involve our friends and family and interests as much as possible. Rather than spend a lot of money, we wanted to use the wedding as a way to re-connect us to people and to spend time doing what we enjoy.

Impact. We wanted to minimize the environmental impact and try to keep it local.

Meaning. It sounds silly to say, but we wanted to make sure the wedding had meaning for us, not just our family or guests.

And boy did they accomplish this beautifully! A special thanks to Knotty Photos for sharing the images and details for Josh & Annie’s Washington DC wedding feature! Enjoy.

Josh & Annie’s Personalized, Local DC Wedding at Josephine Butler Center

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Photography: Knotty Photos | Wedding Coordinator: Margo with Bright Occasions | Venue: Josephine Butler Parks Center | Catering: Rachael with R&R Catering & Chef Richard Webber | Pies: Curvy Mama Pies | Cake: Andrea Mueller | Officiant: Cantor Ellen Schwab | Band: Gina DeSimone & the Moaners | Hair Stylist: Melissa at Trim Salon | Silhouette Artist: Alex with Tiny Paper Portraits | Pinwheels: DIY | Ketubah: Designed by friend | Chuppah: Painted by Michelle Bercovici, Pillars designed by Dave Haffner | Rings: David Vanover, Etsy | Beer: Chocolate City  Brewery

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How they met:

Josh and Annie were introduced by their mutual friend, Danny Marx in 2011. The first encounter was when Josh brought homemade sausage to an informal gathering at Annie’s house. Naturally, Annie responded with joy and suggested that the sausages be beer boiled and fried in bacon grease (stored in her WWII style grease container). Josh was impressed.

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The proposal:

Josh proposed at the Brewers Art in Baltimore. His pre-proposal plans did not go exactly as planned. First, they missed a turn on their kayaking trip on Dundee Creek (outside Baltimore) and ended up paddling for 10 miles instead of the intended 4. Which turned their romantic dinner at Helmond into more of a re-hydration exercise. Then it started to rain. Defeated, we dipped into Annie’s favorite Baltimore bar and found ourselves laughing and having a great time, despite the bad luck. So Josh decided “why not”, leaned over in the barstool (the floor was dirty), took out the ring and popped the question. She said yes. Then they took shots with the bartender.

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The bride & groom’s favorite moments from their wedding day:

Annie’s favorite moment: My favorite moment was probably walking up the stairs together after the ceremony, and walking into the reception room set up, with our friends and family there. The tables were set with the centerpieces we had grown, and the pinwheels I made, and suddenly the product of all of this work was right before us, and it looked amazing. It sounds corny, but it really was how I had pictured it.

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Josh’s favorite moment: I liked it when our officiant forgot to fill the first cup of wine and told Annie and I to “fake it” when taking our first sip. It broke the ice a bit and helped make me feel settled. But my highlight was probably the dancing. After the ceremony was done, I wanted nothing more than to just dance with everyone and enjoy the evening with our closest friends and family there.

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Click inside for the rest of Annie & Josh’s awesome local & personalized Washington DC wedding at the Josephine Butler Parks Center!

Katie & Kendra’s DIY, Backyard Virginia Wedding

Other then a holiday mini-session round-up, this will be our last post for the week! We are headed to (hopefully) sunny Key West for the next week for my sister in law’s wedding and my 3-year wedding anniversary! As always though, when I get back there will be a giveaway and a new discount promo for you all to make up for the lack of posts while I am gone!

Today’s real Virginia wedding feature is just so beautiful in its simplicity. It nearly broke my heart though to read the first line of the bride’s email, saying: “I’m a little nervous as our wedding wasn’t that awesome by wedding blog standards – we didn’t really have cute and kitschy details that I can think of. But I still ended up marrying the world’s most perfect woman, so I’ll take it.”

Nothing pains me more than having a couple feel their wedding was less than spectacular because it didn’t have the details that a blog would consider “worthy”. This is where wedding blogs, quite frankly, really piss me off. They are sending the wrong messages about weddings — it’s NOT about the details, it’s about the love & commitment of two individuals. That is why I am downright honored to share Katie & Kendra’s intimate, backyard wedding today, full of love and happiness, regardless of the number of details. Katie & Kendra’s love story is beautiful (brought tears to my eyes) and their wedding is no different. Thank you to Olivia Jacob Photography for submitting!

Katie & Kendra’s Intimate, Beautiful Backyard Wedding in Virginia

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Photographer: Olivia Jacob Photography | Cake: DIYed by Mother of bride | Brides’ Dresses: Maggie Sottero via BlueSky Bridal & Handmade by Kendra’s mom | Venue: Parent’s Private Property | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

How they met:

Kendra was selling torpedoes for the government and I was working a public library. We met online, where all librarians and torpedo-sellers meet. From our first date in DC (breakfast burritos from Tortilla Cafe eaten sitting in Lincoln Park), we were inexorable.

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The proposal:

A year after that first date, we got engaged, and I don’t mind saying that I wobbled on one knee, went to two, burst into tears, and ruined the speech I had. She understood the gist, so she said yes and we were blissfully happy.

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Details on their DIY, Virginia wedding:

I had known for ages that I wanted to get married on my parents’ five acre property in Stafford.

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^I can see why they’d want to have their wedding here!! Gorgeous! Click inside for the rest of Katie & Kendra’s intimate, DIY backyard Virginia wedding!

Chelsey & John’s Columbia Heights Engagement Pictures in Washington DC

This afternoon’s DC engagement session has some of my favorite things! An adorable couple, a true DC-romance love story, the CUTEST dog, and the choice to take engagement pictures in their neighborhood where they met have have fallen in love! Photographer Noe Todorovich shares, “Chelsey and John originally met at Columbia Heights Day in 2010 and also have been living in that neighborhood for a while now. For the shoot, we incorporated the neighborhood and some murals and mosaics…and their recently adopted precious pup! I loved how they worked in their roots!” Let’s get this feature going!

Chelsey & John’s Washington DC Playground Engagement Session in Columbia Heights

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Photography: Noe Todorovich

How they met:

From her POV: John and I met at Meridian Pint during Columbia Heights Day 2010. John was representing DC Bocce League and I was there helping sell Columbia Heights Bar Crawl cups with a friend after being stood up by a blind date. John was incredibly sociable and charming…and even bought me a sympathy drink for having been stood up!

From his POV: We met at Columbia Heights Day in 2010 — she was an event volunteer and I was running bocce games there. I immediately thought she was very funny and easy to talk to. Plus, she was extremely upbeat for someone that had just been stood up on a blind date (all good things).

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Click inside for the rest of today’s Washington DC engagement pictures post, including the proposal story!

Wedding Music That Doesn’t Suck: “You Are the Best Thing”

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Up first this chilly Monday morning is a perfect, modern wedding song that could be used for your first dance, wedding slideshow, or another part of your wedding reception! It’s Ray LaMontagne’s “You Are the Best Thing” and it’s just a great, romantic song. The horns in the song give it a sort of big band, vintage feel that I really love. I mean I feel like this song could be in the background of MANY a romantic comedy.

Wedding perfect lyrics:

Oh because, you are the best thing
You are the best thing
You are the best thing
Ever happened to me

What do you think Romancers? First dance worthy? Or maybe another part of your reception? We’ll be back this afternoon with a DC engagement session!

Punk Rock Bridal Inspiration ~ A Gorgeous Tattooed Bride

Ok guys, it’s Friday. I am fighting a cold and staring down a jam-packed weekend of awesome with one of my dear High School friends getting married in DC (with about 10 of my best high school friends coming in to town to visit). Then I leave on Wednesday for KEY WEST. So it’s operation kick this cold and I have to admit, today’s wedding inspiration post is totally helping.

I nearly gasped audibly when this thing popped into my Two Bright Lights inbox. Tattoos, purple hair, edgy makeup & awesome statement jewelry. Oh and did I mention the chevron top to the wedding dress or the totally GORGEOUS bride rocking all of these things?! Today’s bridal inspiration is 100% punk rock and I am just borderline obsessed with it. I can’t thank Amy Cloud Photography enough for sending it our way. So enough from me, let’s unleash the gorgeous. Happy Friday Romancers.

A Punk Rock Bridal Inspiration Shoot

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Photography: Amy Cloud Photography | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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Click inside for more of this insanely gorgeous, edgy & punk rock bridal portrait session!

DIY Tutorial: How to Make a New-Sew Tutu

Hey Romancers! I am so pumped to introduce Divinity as a new contributing editor to Capitol Romance! You might remember her from her gorgeous Cherry Blossom engagement session that we featured here on the blog. Well Divinity has an affinity for weddings and has just recently launched her own wedding planning business (look out for Lovebuggs Weddings on Facebook!) and she is going to be sharing some guest posts here on the blog. I know you guys are going to love what she has to share! For today, we have a DIY Tutorial, which I can’t remember the last time we posted something DIY (*sigh*) – so hopefully Divinity can help us change that! So enough from me, take it away Divinity!

DIY Tutorial: How to Make a No-Sew DIY Flower Girl Tutu


This is my first blog post for Capitol Romance and I am very excited to share this amazing DIY Project with you.  As a former bride, I wanted to do anything I could to save money but have the wedding I wanted at the same time!  So I decided to give a few DIY projects a try!  I was hooked after my second one!  My favorite project of all was my flower girls tutu.  After searching high and low for a reasonably priced tutu, I gave up and decided to turn it into a DIY project.  I am very happy to pass this information along and I hope that you find this information helpful!

Materials you will need:
  • Scissors
  • Tulle Spool (I used 4 6in x 25 yards spools. If you cant find the tulle in the color spool you want, you can always purchase by the yard at Joanne fabric or any fabric store)
  • Knit Elastic (I used 1/2” x ½ yards)
  • Needle
  • Thread (I recommend white to blend into the elastic, but any color will do)
  • Ribbon or Sash (I used Celebrate It Sash from Michaels Craft)


Step 1:

Measure the child’s waistline with the elastic band.  Once you have found your desired length, cut the elastic band giving an extra 1/2inch. Sew the ends of the elastic band together to complete the first part of your tutu, the waistband.

Step 2:

Using your spool of tulle, figure out the desired length of your tutu.  Once you have figured out how long or short you would like the tutu, double the length of the fabric by folding it in half to create a longer piece and cut.  Now that you have your first cut piece of tulle, you can use this as a guide to cut all of your individual strands of tulle.   The best way to do this is by placing the full length of the pre-cut fabric against the new uncut fabric.  Before you cut your new piece of fabric, fold it in half.  This way you’re already set to cut your next piece of tulle.


Step 3:

Place the elastic waistband around your legs.  This makes it easier to use both hands and creates tension and support for placing the tulle around the band. Working with a single strand of tulle, fold it in half and place the loop under the elastic band.  Pull the bottom of the tulle (the open end) up and over the elastic band and through the loop then pull tight. Repeat this step until you have achieved desired fullness and the elastic band is covered.


Step 4:

Simply stitch your ribbon our sash around the waistband of your tutu.  You can hand sew all the way around the skirt or but a few stiches up the front and sides of the waistband.

Here is a helpful tip. After you have completed the tutu, if it is not to your desired fullness, simply fluff up some of the pieces underneath the tutu. This helps eliminate bulkiness but gives is the fullest that you want! It’s that simple. 

I hope that you have found this post helpful and fun!  I can’t wait to see how you style your flower girl in here DIY tutu.

Till next time, LoveBuggs

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