Wedding Inspiration: Handmade, Italian-Inspired Pink & White Wedding

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I can ALWAYS handle rainy days when they land on Fridays. Mostly because by the end of the work week, all I want to do is stay inside, get things done, and end the night on the couch watching a movie with Andy (which is totally tonight’s plan).

And in addition to my personal routine, you all know the blog’s Friday routine is to post something from outside the DC metro area that inspires. Today we have a DIY wedding in pink and white, where the bride used her Italian culture to dictate the design and inspiration for the wedding day.

She says, “I want to take a moment to share the vision of my wedding. It became somewhat of an Italian romance theme. I wanted my wedding to reflect Italian culture. And I think it did just that, from the burlap, the gardens, the lace, to the wine corks, to the colors, the cookie table, and cake.”

^I love when people use their heritage and history for their wedding theme! Enjoy the rest of the handmade, pink & white details from their wedding day!

italian inspired pink white wedding


Photographer: Brianna Wilbur Photography | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

italian inspired pink white wedding

italian inspired pink white wedding

italian inspired pink white wedding

italian inspired pink white wedding

italian inspired pink white wedding

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Eric & Eurae’s Multicultural, Personalized Washington DC Wedding

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I love the submissions I get from Marc with Pier23 Photography – they are always uniquely beautiful and full of personality. Today’s Washington, DC wedding from him is no different – meet Eric & Eurae and their personalized, multicultural DC wedding!

I loved this wedding from the minute I saw it … but I loved it even more because you might recognize the second bridesmaid in from the left – that’s right! It’s the lovely Amber from Live It Out Photography!!! This beautiful note from Eurae pretty much sets the stage for their entire wedding day:

 We wanted the day to reflect not only our love for each other and our interests as a couple, but also the people who had supported and loved us for so long.

Just beautiful :)

Eric & Eurae’s Multicultural, Personalized Washington DC Wedding

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Photography: Pier23 Photography | Videography: DMc Content | Makeup: Sophia Lee | Hair: Suzanna DeCarlo | Wedding Coordinator & Floral Design: Eleven Candles | Reception: Maggiano’s Little Italy | Ceremony: St. Columba’s Episcopal Church | Korean Ceremony: Insadong Hanbok | Bridesmaids Dresses: Etsy, J Crew, Anthropologie, Nordstrom & American Apparel | Groomsmen Suits: Men’s Warehouse | Jewelry: Handmade by a Friend

About the couple’s love story:

Eric and I met in 6th grade, so our wedding day was filled with love and support from family and friends we had built relationships together with for almost 20 years.

modern multicultural DC wedding

On the adorable book theme for their wedding & book themed wedding details:

Our reception, like our engagement photo shoot, had a book theme.

Name cards were hand-stamped book marks that were wedged into a stack of our favorite books, scrabble tiles spelled out messages on the guestbook table, centerpieces were mason jars and votive holders wrapped in my mom’s old lace filled with flowers and candles and placed atop more books.

book themed wedding yarn letters




Eurae went the sensible route with her neutral color palette and let her bridesmaids pick whatever dress they wanted! (I always love this)

It was important for me to allow my bridesmaids to choose their own dresses so that they could feel beautiful in something that fit their individual body types and personal styles. They did a spectacular job selecting unique choices that all looked great together as a group.

mismatched neutral bridesmaids dresses

mismatched neutral bridesmaids dresses

Click inside for the rest of Eric & Eurae’s multicultural, handmade Washington, DC wedding ~ including the couple’s wedding video!

How to DIY Your Wedding Flowers: Advice, Tips, Resources & First Hand Experiences on Wholesale Wedding Flowers


Let me just start off by saying that I am in no way promoting DIY wedding flowers over hiring a professional florist for your big day. Obviously a professional vendor is always the best choice for optimum wedding services – however, we have to be real here too and not every couple in the DC area has the wedding budget to afford professional vendors. Sometimes it just comes down to a matter of priorities with regards to your wedding decisions and budget.

So, that being said – for some couples the choice to DIY their flowers is the right one and if you might be considering going the wholesale wedding flowers route, then this post will help you navigate the way and make the right decision over DIY vs Pro. It includes advice, first-hand experiences, tips, and even regrets from REAL couples that went the wholesale flower route (and pictures of what their flowers looked like on their wedding day) with DIYed wedding flowers. *Warning – this post will be pretty content AND picture heavy!!*

How to DIY Your Wedding Flowers – Tips, Tricks & Advice for Having Whole Sale Flowers at Your Wedding

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[Theresa Choi Photography]

First things first, before going any further in this post, here are the two most important things to consider if you are thinking about going this route. If you are not 100% with either of these, then you should probably reconsider DIYing your flowers:

1. You need to be able to accept that your flowers will not be 100% perfect or polished on your wedding day.
2. While going the wholesale route will most likely be cheaper than hiring a professional florist, it will NOT be easier.

So …. now that we have gotten that out of the way, let’s break it down further:

Accepting that your flowers won’t look 100% perfect or polished

If you are opting to do go the DIY flower route – realize that unless your Aunt or Bridesmaid has experience with doing flower arrangements, chances are, your flowers aren’t going to match that of a professional. You and your partner need to be OK with this – and if you aren’t, then you should probably revisit hiring a professional.

Recent Bride Trey explains, “I was on a budget & 95% of my wedding was DIY. Flowers weren’t at the top of my list, so it didn’t bother me much that they probably wouldn’t look absolutely polished and perfect”

DIY wedding bouquet wildflowers

[Kristi Odom Photography - Trey & JD's Offbeat DIY Virginia Wedding]

Recent bride Alex also reiterates this point and adds that you need to be flexible too! “The first thing I would say about going the DIY route is you have to be flexible.  If you want a specific flower that’s not necessarily “in season”, DIYing might not be the way to go.  But if you know you’re using baby’s breath or teacup roses or daisies or lillies, then DIYing can be fairly simple.  Consider mixing in other flowers that are cheaper into your bouquet & arrangements, if your heart is set on a more expensive flower.”

[Stephen Gosling Photography ~ Alex & Jim's Small Budget, DIY Rustic Virginia Wedding]

Bride, Grace, reflected on what the heat of her outdoor wedding day did to her DIY flowers – mentioning that the DIY ones were not given enough water, and ended up wilting in the summer sun. She had also used a florist for some of the arrangements though, and those held up fine (see: value of professional). Grace explained, “my wedding coordinator did not put water in the bud vases, so the flowers in the bud vases began to wilt in the 100+ degree weather… but the centerpieces from my florist made it through the heat”

Realizing the amount of time and effort involved in DIYing your wedding flowers (scheduling, asking for help, storage, reading directions, and more…)

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Chris & Vida’s Sea Foam & Teal, Romantic Virginia Wedding


Remember Chris & Vida and their adorable waterside engagement session in Alexandria, VA? Well they are BACK this time with their romantic Sea Foam & Teal Virginia wedding at the Regency at Dominion Valley! Photographer Kelly Ewell set the stage beautifully for Chris & Vida’s big day with this note:

When I asked Vida what she was looking forward to most about her wedding day, it wasn’t seeing her vision come together or reuniting with long-missed family members. It was simply that she was going to get to start her own new family with Chris. To finally “bind our lives together publicly, and to celebrate our marriage and our love.

^uh. Love. I know you guys will love all the simple & beautiful details from Chris & Vida’s wedding below!

Chris & Vida’s Sea Foam & Teal Wedding in Northern Virginia simple budget friendly northern virginia wedding


Photographer: Kelly Ewell Photography | Cake: Bee’s Wedding Cakes | DJ: Family DJ | Hair Stylist: Kirsten Marie Design | Bride’s Dress: White Swan Bridal| Venue: Regency at Dominion Valley | Submitted via Two Bright Lights


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Details from the Bride, Vida:

My dress was very lacey and romantic looking, which really inspired my whole day. I love green, and I wanted very romantic, springy colors in our wedding. I settled on shades of pale green and seafoam along with white.

Oh, and did I mention my [adorable vintage teal flats] shoes?! I adore them, and they were so much fun at the wedding!

babys breath boutonniere teal tie


On using the help of friends & family to plan and execute their Virginia wedding:

We planned and coordinated everything ourselves with the exception of the wonderful staff at Regency Dominion Valley. My mother was a lifesaver. She helped me pick out my dress, venue, hand-tied bags of candied almonds (a traditional Italian wedding favor), and generally kept me calm throughout the whole thing! Chris’s brother presided over our marriage vows, which was so special to us.

Chris himself was absolutely amazing throughout our entire engagement. He talked me off the “let’s elope” ledge so many times and each time it made me feel so blessed that I was marrying him.

simple budget friendly northern virginia wedding

Click inside for the rest of Chris & Vita’s elegant, teal Northern Virginia wedding!

Giveaway: Win 2 Tickets to August 11th Stevenson Ridge Wedding Show!



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Introducing Cupcakes & Cocktails – A wedding show on August 11th at Stevenson Ridge in Virginia! This  “wedding soiree” is for brides & grooms in the Washington, DC / Northern Virginia metro area that are looking for fresh wedding planning ideas in a stylish, fun, and innovative way!

Hosted by Darian and Dechele Events & Miraculous Events, Cupcakes & Cocktails will showcase creative vendors that are up and coming in the wedding industry – which means new & creative ideas with a full day of inspiration!

Sound like something you might be interested in attending!? Well, Capitol Romance is happy to announce that we are giving away a set of 2 tickets, to 2 lucky winners! Just leave a comment on this post and we will select TWO winners on Monday, 22 July!

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Tracie & Tricia’s Casual, Old Town Alexandria Engagement Session


I get a TON of engagement submissions almost every week, and it’s realllllly difficult sometimes to turn submissions away because they don’t have that extra ‘something’. I believe that every couples’ love story deserves to be shared – but in the blog business, it’s just not feasible to feature every single one I get sent my way. So I try my hardest to find ones that have the most personality; that extra something special; that image that makes the couple’s love almost infectious.

Well, such is the case with today’s Old Town Alexandria engagement session from Megan Evans Photography. It features a gorgeous couple, Tracie & Tricia, a ton of laughter, some magazine-worthy portraits, and a beautiful love story.

Megan shares the reason for their engagement session location choice:

Tracie & Tricia had their first date at the Starbucks on King Street in Old Town Alexandria, so we went back to the beginning for their engagement session. They used the pictures of the Starbucks cups for their save-the-date cards! We had such fun finding different places to take pictures and these two never stopped smiling and laughing! I can’t wait for their March wedding.

Tracie & Tricia’s Old Town Alexandria, Starbucks Engagement Session

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About the couple:

Tracie works in sales in the Hotel Industry and Tricia works in social services for The State of Maryland. Tracie is originally from Denver, CO and moved to North Bethesda, Maryland in 2005 and Tricia is originally from South Jersey, near the Delaware boarder and to moved to Columbia, Maryland in 2007. The happy couple now reside together in Suitland, Maryland with their dog Whiskey and enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities including camping, running 5Ks for different organizations, walking the Smithsonian museums and taking day trips to the regions many historical sites.

same sex engagement pictures northern virginia old town alexandria

same sex engagement pictures northern virginia old town alexandria

How they met:

We met on an online dating site and immediately hit it off after exchanging a few emails over the Memorial Day weekend of 2012. It did not take long to agree that we wanted to meet face to face and get tor know each other further. Tricia was at home with family for the holiday weekend and it was through text messaging and a couple of phone conversations that we decided we simply had to meet in person. So we set a date to meet at a local Starbucks, the perfect location for two people who loved coffee, great conversation and even a well timed joke or two to break the tension. The rest, as they say, was history.

same sex engagement pictures northern virginia old town alexandria

same sex engagement pictures northern virginia old town alexandria

same sex engagement pictures northern virginia old town alexandria

Click inside for the rest of this awesome Alexandria, VA engagement session from Megan Evans Photography ~ including the tear-worthy proposal story!

Erin & David’s Neutral DIY, Budget-Friendly Virginia Wedding


Erin & David wanted to keep things simple when it came to their Northern Virginia wedding – they wanted a color palette that did not define the wedding day (so they opted for neutrals with a pop of red), a blank canvas venue, and to save money by DIYing instead of buying!

The end  result was a beautiful reflection of the couple: adorable, unique, creative & full of personality! A special thanks Kristen Gardner Photography for submitting this beautiful DIY Virginia wedding via Two Bright Lights.

From the photographer:

Erin and David’s wedding was a DIY treasure! Erin made every sign (including menu, guest seating, & table numbers), her sister did all of the gorgeous flowers, they made the table centerpieces, and Erin ordered statement jewelry for herself and her bridesmaids off of Etsy.

 Erin & David’s DIY Northern Virginia Wedding with Neutral Colors & A Pop of Red

DIY rustic budget-friendly northern virginia wedding


Photographer: Kristen Gardner Photography | Venue: Sunset Crest Manor | Catering: RR Catering | Statement Jewelry: Etsy | Bridesmaids Dresses: J. Crew | Decor, Flowers & Decorations: DIY | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

About the couple:

David and I met through a friend of mine from high school, who had met David at college (he was one of our groomsmen). We were in the same circle of friends for over 8 years before we started dating. David proposed on a random summer afternoon in our living room when I got home from work. I was so surprised, and so glad it was so intimate- We celebrated by going to dinner where we went on our first date.


Details on their budget-friendly Virginia wedding elements:

Originally, I wanted everything very neutral- partially because I didn’t want the whole wedding to be defined by a certain color. When I came across the “vivid poppy” colored dresses at J.Crew, I decided I needed at least a little pop of color, and that color was perfect. We had the guys all buy the same beige/taupe suit so that they could keep it and wear it again.

I wanted a venue that was very simple inside, so that there wasn’t “loud” carpeting or very formal lighting to force me into a certain style. I wanted it to be nice, with cute details, but not very formal. I also didn’t want to spend a lot of money on certain things that I could just do myself- which was part of the fun!

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rustic DIY red boutonnieres

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Click inside for the rest of Erin & David’s amazing DIY Virginia wedding – including details on their DIY flowers, centerpieces, signs, decorations and more!

Tim & Vanessa’s Nerderiffic, Offbeat Virginia Engagement Session


I’m not going to lie to you – this Monday feels especially tough. I didn’t get much sleep this weekend, and this constant thunderstorm weather is just totally messing with me. I don’t think I’ve ever craved a July 4th/mini-vacation like I am this week.

That being said – life goes on right? And for me that means, work, blogging & wedding planning – and hey, I can’t REALLY complain about those last too ;) Also – today’s “nerderiffic” Virginia engagement session really makes me happy. It includes a DIY, knitted viking hat & beard, and a Mario Bros inspired wedding website AND proposal! A special thanks to Saperstone Studios  & Two Bright Lights for the submission.

Tim & Vanessa’s Offbeat Virginia Engagement & Mario Bros Inspire Proposal

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How they met:

Vanessa and Tim connected over OKcupid when she realized his online profile contained a puzzle within the text about himself. Intrigued, she messaged him and several e mails later, set up their first date.

offbeat nerdy virginia engagement

On their engagement session:

After the ‘pretty’ images were done and out of the way, we went back to their place for something more ‘them’. Vanessa had DIY’d a viking hat/beard for Tim while they were dating but thought it would be fun for her to wear the horns instead. More horse playing ensued to capture a series of fun, ‘them’ images.

offbeat nerdy virginia engagement

offbeat nerdy virginia engagement

offbeat nerdy virginia engagement

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Capitol Inspiration: Jenn & Brian’s Intimate, Yellow & Green Wedding in Leesburg, VA

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Not a ton of details for today’s Virginia wedding feature, which is mostly why I am keeping it more as an inspiration post, instead of a real wedding post! Regardless of the lack of details though, there is a lot to love about Jenn & Brian’s intimate, yellow wedding at the gorgeous Morven Park venue in Leesburg, Virginia.

I actually worked my first wedding at this venue – so I can attest to its beauty firsthand. The gardens surround the historic home, with their brick walk ways and iron gates, look like something from a fairytale, and the carriage house rental space is SO unique – with both indoor and outdoor space, strung lights, and cobbled stone floors – it’s really, really, awesome, I just wish it wasn’t so far from DC ;) (hey, over an hour is far to me!).

Photographer, Kelly Ewell Photography shares some beautiful moments, telling the story of Jenn, her new husband Brian, and her father in their moments before the walk down the aisle. In addition – there are a ton of bright yellow wedding decor & design elements in their flowers, centerpieces, & decor – so I know you guys will love them! Happy Friday – hope you all enjoy your weekend!

A Bright Yellow, Intimate Northern Virginia Wedding at Morven Park



Photographer: Kelly Ewell Photography | Venue: Morven Park | Submitted via Two Bright Lights



Photography, Kelly Ewell recounts the high emotions and moments of the bride, groom, and father of the bride before the walk down the aisle:

When I last saw Jenn, she had just finished apply her makeup. Calmly sitting inside the Laundry and Dairy Building with a handheld mirror and surrounded by half eaten bagels and bags of cosmetics. After putting on her dress with the help of her mother and soon-to-be mother-in-law, her yellow feather shoes slipped on and she was ready to go.


When I last saw Brian, he was pacing the grass. A cracked joke slipped from his lips in between heavy sighs and last checks of his cufflinks and straightening his jacket and tie. As he stepped to the front of the reflecting pond, his brother stood by his side and he exhaled one last heavy sigh.



When I saw Jenn’s father, he was leading her down the aisle. Emotion strained on his face and a lip began to quiver. His eyes began to well with each step closer, and closer still. Jenn laughed to hold back her own tears, clutching her flowers closer.

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When the three met at the base of the well trodden brick steps, Jenn’s dad kissed his daughter and took a seat next to his wife. He was about to watch his only daughter become a wife of her own.

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Click inside for the rest of this intimate, Northern Virginia wedding at Morven Park – including some awesome yellow wedding decor & design details from the reception!

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