Win a 100 Custom Letterpress Coasters from Typecase Industries

I know I shouldn’t show favoritism, but today’s giveaway might just be my favorite (well next to our ULTIMATE giveaway being thrown down on Friday – are you excited yet?). The girls behind Typecase Industries (one of our favorite DC graphic design vendors too) are just so insanely cool and talented and I think this giveaway is a far-reaching one that could be used for A LOT of things! It’s also over $150 value! Egads!

Typecase Industries will work with you on the design (or you can provide your own). And the 100 letterpress coasters include 1 color, single-sided on 220lb bright white or pearl paper, and free shipping within the US!

Win a 100 Letterpress Coasters from Typecase Industries

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I may be biased as I did just have Typecase Industries design a new business card for me, but seriously, aren’t they just the COOLEST?! This would be the perfect detail for any couple to have at their wedding reception or any business could use them for their next event. Or possibly you’d like to win them for a friend as a Christmas (ugh, yes I did just use the C word) gift or a wedding gift?! Really, the possibilities are endless!

Annnnnd just in case you guys might be interested, Typecase Industries is on the cusp of some really huge & big moves in their business. First, they are looking to move into a new location so that they can offer workshops, events, rental space and continue to grow and spread their awesome talents with our city. Check that all out here.

And second, if you are looking for something fun to do this Sunday, they are hosting a fundraising gallery show and art auction at Toki Underground in my ‘hood! Find out more about that event here.

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Win a Signature Glass Bead & Rhinestone Bridesmaid Necklace from Everistta

Up now, a gorgeous signature jewelry piece from the oh-so-fabulous Everistta !! They are sponsoring this afternoon’s giveaway of one of their signature bridesmaid necklaces, The Knot Czech Glass Necklace – a $75 value!!!

From Everistta:

This is one of our signature necklaces perfect for your bridesmaids. Made from czech glass beads and accented with a vintage rhinestone bead and either a silver or rose gold bead.  The beads are chunky enough to make a statement, but won’t overpower your neck.

Win a Signature Knot Czech Glass Bridesmaid Necklace from Everistta

Shipping is included and color options can be found here:

Check out this gorgeous signature piece in red. And enter to win this beautiful piece of jewelry that is sure to dazzle on your maid of honor, one of your bridesmaids, or Y-O-U!

Enter by next Tuesday October 8th at midnight!!

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Win a $50 Coupon Towards Wedding Desserts with Dudley’s Desserts

Kicking off day-two of our “Week of Giveaways” with something delicious from Dudley’s Desserts! They are one of our hand-picked DC wedding vendors for desserts, so you KNOW you are in good hands when hiring them to make something sweet for your wedding or event!

Dudley’s Desserts is dedicated to creating specialty cakes, cupcakes, and sweets customized to reflect your taste, vision and personality! They strive to satisfy your sweet tooth by creating the tastiest treats using the finest ingredients.  AND they specialize in Dairy-Free and Vegan desserts, and other dietary desserts such as Gluten Free can be made to order!! In addition to cakes and cupcakes, they love to create lavish dessert tables and displays paired with your choice of our delicious baked goods, cake pops and truffles.

They are giving away a $50 coupon towards a wedding dessert package (good for 1 year from today). Your wedding can be in 2015/beyond, but you will need to sign a contract with them before October 1, 2014. Make sense? Well then, let’s get to that YUMMY, mouth-watering picture.

Win $50 Towards a Wedding Dessert Package with Dudley’s Desserts

Enter by next Tuesday, October 8th for your chance to win!!

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Win Professional Makeup for Your Engagement or Anniversary Session!

We’re ALREADY BACK with our second giveaway of the week! This time we are giving away the chance to have your makeup professionally done by Suz the Makeup Chic for your engagement or anniversary session!!

Win Professional Wedding Makeup for Your Engagement or Anniversary Session with Suz the Makeup Chic

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From The Make-Up Chic herself:

Engagement Photo Chic(k)-   Congratulations!  Before you can even think about all the wedding details, you know you need an engagement photo for your “Save the Dates”, Facebook, and Wedding Blog.  In order to properly prepare for hours of holding hands, skipping in the streets, rolling in the fields, gazing at one another, kicking up your heels – all to capture images of your love – start with your most photographic feature, your lovely face!

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Offer Valid until December 2014. Travel restrictions may apply, including fees for travel requested outside of Washington DC metro area limits. Availability subject to the Make-Up Chic’s schedule.

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Win a 1-Hour Rock the Frock Session with Joanna Tillman

This is it. We are kicking off an ENTIRE WEEK of giveaways in celebration of last week’s brandy new Capitol Romance blog design! Can you feel the excitement!? I can! Each day we will giveaway one to two kickass, wedding related items and each giveaway will be open for entries for one week. There is something for everyone this week! Photoshoots, jewelry, makeup, design, and on Friday we will culminate the week with our biggest giveaway ever.


I won’t ruin the big surprise just yet, but in the meantime let’s talk the very first giveaway for the Ultimate Week of DC Wedding Giveaways. We’re kicking things off with Joanna Tillman Photography.

Win a 1-Hour Rock the Frock Session with Joanna Tillman Photography


Ladies, dust off that wedding dress and let’s get rocking! Joanna Tillman Photography is giving away a 1-hour, on-location “rock the frock” portrait session with $50 credit towards prints! This would also make a GREAT anniversary present or bridal shower gift for any of your friends or family that is getting married soon!

Entering is easy – just use our rafflecopter widget. This giveaway ends next Monday, so start entering!! And in the mean time, check out more from Joanna Tillman Photography.





Travel restrictions may apply. Offer valid 1-year after winning. Session scheduling up to availability of Joanna Tillman Photography.

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Brunch Wedding Reception Inspiration at a Virginia Winery

There has been a lot of lady love on the blog this week. It was completely unintentional, but now that it’s happened I figured, why not let it continue? So today we are blogging a styled shoot from Mollie Tobias Photography & Eight Tree Street. The theme? A casual same-sex brunch reception featuring two beautiful and inked ladies!!

The details are beautiful and totally steal worthy if you plan to have a brunch wedding – and the execution is perfect, right down to the heart-shaped bacon strips (oh and a pancake cake … let that sink in).

A Casual, Brunch Reception Inspired Wedding Shoot at Paradise Springs Winery in Virginia

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Photographer:  Mollie Tobias Photography | Hair Stylist: Up-Do’s For I Do’s | Bridal Accessories: Weddingzilla | Floral Designer: Eight Tree Street | Venue:Paradise Springs Winery | Invitation Designer: Simply Designed | Caterer: The Aubergine Chef | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

From the vendors:

This Ikat inspired vineyard wedding celebrates two beautiful brides on their wedding day in an outdoors rustic wedding with interior design details and patterns. The shoot includes a gorgeous spread for an outdoor brunch, provided by The Aubergine Chef, complete with a pancake wedding cake, heart shaped bacon bites, heart shaped cinnamon rolls, and mini quiches.

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you had me at pancake wedding cake and bacon hearts!!!

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Styled but useful – this styled shoot incorporated some easy DIY projects!

A fabulous DIY component includes easy to make sparkly favor boxes and pendant decorations for table and food, the favor boxes are excellent to use for delicious goodies for your guests.

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Click inside for the rest of the details and inspiration from a styled wedding brunch reception!

Paigh & Kristen’s Handmade “P&K” Themed Backyard Wedding in Virginia

You might remember these beautiful ladies from their “summer light engagement pictures” on the water. Well they got married with some serious style, details, laughter, excitement, and of course, LOVE. They had a completely personalized ceremony in their backyard, officiated by a dear friend, including their own vows, a moment of meditation, and a ring warming ritual ( their wedding bands were passed around to every guest so they may place their best wishes, love, and hope for the new couple upon them)!  Kristen & Paigh used their initials “p&k” for their overall wedding motif and totally customized their wedding day with some gorgeous outdoor wedding decorations.

A special thanks to What A Lovely Photo for sharing her images of this beautiful Virginia wedding with us! Check out all the awesome details below.

Paigh & Kristen’s Handmade, Personalized Backyard Virginia Wedding

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Photography: What A Lovely Photo | Venue: Private Home | Wedding Planner: A friend  | Catering: Owner of Nate’s Taco Truck | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

From the photographer:

Everything about this day was beautiful, and I feel grateful to have been a part of it. These ladies started the day off with champagne and lots of laughter, nervous excitement, and hugs. Lots and lots of hugs. Paigh and Kristen had no idea what the other one would be wearing, and the look on their faces as they saw each other for the first time was priceless. They both looked incredible! That dress, the hair, and oh my goodness…those shoes! This is one of the sweetest couples I’ve had the pleasure of working with, and I feel like I made two new friends in the process.

Yes, those shoes indeed ;)

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Their decor was really awesome – they made their own version of a wood chandelier!

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Paigh & Kristen share all the details:

The motif of the wedding was the letters “p &k” written in a script font. This element was incorporated throughout the wedding planning and ceremony. The “p & k” was on the invitations, “save the dates,” and glasses at the wedding ceremony. One amazing feature was the live size “p&k” hanging at the wedding. The wedding planner and her husband, who were also the best friends of the brides, cut out the letters “p & K” using a laser cutter. This design was used, hanging amongst wild flowers on tweed strands, as a decorative piece between two trees next to the food and cake.

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The overall theme is best summarized in three words: natural, simple, and beautiful. Alicia, best friend/wedding planner, incorporated these interests with elegance and an impeccable eye for design. The tones of the wedding were subtle, earthy and natural. The cake was on a stand, which sat on a slice of a tree trunk. Candles, mason jars and wildflowers were everywhere.

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Click inside for the rest of Kristen & Paigh’s backyard Virginia wedding from What a Lovely Photo.

And the award goes to ….

In my imagination I’ve just won an award. An award for the most amazing DC wedding blog re-design and I am really at a loss of words at this point.

Ok, just kidding – when am I ever at a loss of words?

But seriously, the plans to re-design Capitol Romance started back in MARCH. 6 months ago! That is insane, and really, honestly & truly, I could not have accomplished this without some seriously awesome people. They deserve the thanks and all the compliments in the world, so much more than me. So here goes:

First, to Stacy Kleber Design for signing up to work with me back in March. She took a chance on me and all my crazy ramblings of attempting to tell her what I wanted for a new blog template … right down to this morning (where I am still currently emailing her crazy things).

Second, to Ryan Jensen, Stacy’s husband, and the master-coder behind the blog re-design. Thank you for taking my crazy ideas (I want a slider… but this template doesn’t have a slider in it … wellll can’t you just put it in there?) and making them into a reality.

Third, to Al with nDeviX for creating a completely custom ad platform for me. I have always been terrified by taking sponsors on the blog, but thanks to you and your amazing IT skills, advertising is not all that scary any more. The platform is better than I could have ever imagined.

Fourth, to my bestest friend Steve (check out his awesome site), who let’s be honest, this blog would not at all be possible without. Steve has been there with me since day one, coaching me, solving all my IT problems, hosting my website, and giving me design advice throughout the entire re-design. There is no Capitol Romance without Steve and no amount of thanks or words here could EVER re-pay what he has done (and continues to do for me).

Fifth, to my husband for letting me do this crazy thing called Capitol Romance. Running a blog and a wedding coordination business on top of a day-job is not always easy, but Andy is so insanely supportive and helpful with everything, I couldn’t do it without him.

Sixth, to all the vendors that submit content, features, and guest posts. There really is no wedding blog without your submitted content, so keep those rockin’ DC wedding features coming!

and finally, and probably most importantly, to YOU, my readers who really keep this blog (and me!) going. Your views, clicks, comments, searches, and even emails keep me going. You are the lifeblog of this wedding blog, and it really would be nothing without you guys. So thank you for sticking with me for 2+ years (even if you’ve gotten married already but still read!). I can’t wait to continue this journey with you all.





Petal Share: Donating Post-Wedding Flowers to Those in Need

Last week I received an email from Heather, the founder of a recently launched DC non-profit organization called Petal Share. Petal Share’s mission is to share recycled flowers from weddings & events with people in DC nursing homes, hospice centers and hospitals.

Um how seriously awesome is this idea!?

One of the reasons I didn’t want flowers in my wedding was because of the waste-factor. I hated thinking all this money would be spent on beautiful, living flowers, for a total of one day and then they would just be thrown out. I nearly force every centerpiece and bouquet on other vendors at the end of weddings I am now working as well!! It just kills me to throw out beautiful flowers – so, sharing them with those in need in hospice, nursing homes, and hospitals!? UH GENIUS. And so, so awesome.

Petal Share: Donate Your Wedding Flowers to Those in Need

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So far Petal Share has a special emphasis on Ward 8 facilities (specifically the Washington Nursing Facility) and has shared over 400 stems to people in need of a smile, but there are a handful of ways you could join in on the awesome even if you don’t live in Ward 8.

First, if you’d like to donate flowers from your upcoming wedding or event, please hop on over to Petal Share’s website and fill out a contact form!

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Second, head on over to Petal Share’s Facebook page and see what items you could consider donating to help out! Petal Share operates through the generosity of donors. So we ALWAYS welcome gifts of floral foam, flower shears, aprons, gloves, floral tape/wire, small vases, gift tags and ribbon. Scraps are fine and no quantity is too small.

Third, Petal Share is currently searching for a facility they could use on Sunday afternoon/evenings to help sort & re-package the flowers. A space with a water source is needed, and one with a commercial refrigerator would be super appreciated!

Fourth, if you are an event designer or florist and want to partner with Petal Share – please contact them as well!

Fifth – Petal Share is in need of volunteers to pickup, deliver, transport, coordinate and re-arrange all the awesome flowers they get! Inquiries about volunteering can go to

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Want more?? Heather did an interview with Stephen Bobb Photography and they have a TON more information on his website about Petal Share and how you can help!! Check it out here.

Hope you guys consider using Petal Share if you have live flowers for your wedding or next event! Happy Tuesday all :)

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