Organic Purple Wildflower Wedding Shoot & LINK LOVE

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Images: Magnolia Street Photo

Hell yeah Friday! We survived another week. For today I have some gorgeous images from a local wedding styled shoot that used green & purple colors and a super delicious (and pretty!) blueberry martini drink bar display. We also have some LINK LOVE to help get you through the day and to the weekend! I’m gearing up for Jenn & Will’s super awesome DC wedding tomorrow at the Loft at 600F and then a day of RELAXING on Sunday to celebrate Andy’s FIRST father’s day! Hope you all have an amazing weekend!

First. LINKS:

Just over 1 week until our next DIY Workshop! Only 2 early bird tickets remain. Come make some party pinatas with us!

Brightest Young Things wrote a recap of our #PopUpRomance 2.0 vow renewal that happened before the Pride parade. I’ll have a full recap too – but check there’s out for some fun sneak peaks!

20 Things You NEED to Know Before You Get Married (over on The Every Last Detail blog)

Need a last minute Father’s Day gift idea (DC local or in NYC only)? Send Urban Stems has got you covered with their “Rise & Shine” Dad’s Day Kit.

Now for more inspiration! Thanks to these fabulous vendors for putting this gorgeous shoot together:

Photographer:  Magnolia Street Photography | Floral Designer: Blush Floral Design Studio | Event Designer: Celebrating Love by Marcie | Heirlooms and extras: Ginger & Spice Vintage Rentals | Makeup Artist: MADE | Dress Store:Posh Bridal Boutique | Event Venue:Rockland Estates | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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Nicole & Dean’s Offbeat, Personalized Maryland Wedding at Brookeville Academy

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Images: Shanna Edberg Photography | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

I mean I can never say no to a real DC area wedding features a bride in a dress color other than white! Nicole ROCKED her red wedding dress and all the details of this adorable, intimate & small budget Maryland wedding are just so fun. As self proclaimed “geeks”, Nicole & Dean opted for a “first video game” instead of a first dance and they walked down the aisle to Battlestar Galactica – um hell yes. Their wedding was a 100% them and was made possible by all their family & friends. Enjoy!

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Pretty much *all* of our wedding was offbeat. We’re a very geeky, nontraditional couple, and like many couples, we have a lot of student loan debt. We wanted to show our family and friends a fun, meaningful time without breaking our (very small) budget, which was a challenge in the area. We also paid for the wedding pretty much on our own.

I chose to wear a red dress because I almost never wear white. I wanted to wear a color that I felt beautiful and comfortable in. We chose red and black because they’re bold, striking, beautiful colors. Folks on the groom’s side wore fighter jet lapel pins to showcase Dean’s love for planes, and folks on the bride’s side wore neuron lapel pins or necklaces to showcase my love of brains! We wrote our own ceremony and vows to incorporate our love of science, video games, and other geeky things.

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We were very fortunate to be able to use our ceremony venue. We were married at the Smith Center near the Meadowside Nature Center, which generally doesn’t allow large groups (besides non-profits) to use their venue. They actually usually don’t allow members of the general public to rent their space. However, Dean’s grandpa, who passed away years ago, used to take Dean there when he was little. The staff at the Smith Center worked with us and with the Meadowside Nature Center to find a way to allow us to have our ceremony on their property. It was really meaningful for Dean and his family, because it felt like his grandfather was able to be there in spirit.

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Click inside for all their fun science & geek themed wedding details!

Jessica & Myung’s DIY Virginia River Farm Wedding

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Images: Bradley Images | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

I just loved the colors & the unique navy bridesmaids dresses in this real Virginia wedding that took place at the lovely River Farm venue. Jessica & Myung kept it casual for their wedding with lots of DIY projects (including the Bride learning how to do calligraphy herself, a year from the wedding!). Their navy & bright orange color palette is a perfect color choice for summer weddings too! Check it all out.

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We met in 2011 in Charlottesville, Virginia while both attending the University of Virginia – I was in nursing school and Myung was in medical school and we met at a nursing-medical school mixer. Our relationship continued over the next 3 years while I was living and working in Baltimore and moved back to Charlottesville after we got engaged.

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Click inside for the rest of Jessica & Myung’s Virginia wedding at River Farm!

Janay & Don’s Virginia Vineyard Engagement Pictures at King Family

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What a WEEKEND Romancers!! We brought Evie to her first Pride and had SO much fun at the 2nd round of #PopUpRomance (rercap coming next week). Despite the ridiculous heat (seriously), Andy & I went for our first post-baby run and holy COW are my legs sore. All in all, it was a great weekend and I’m trying to tackle getting organized for 2016 wedding inquiries and gearing up for Jenn & Will’s wedding this weekend.

For today we have Janay & Don’s gorgeous Virginia engagement pictures at the King Family Vineyard. Enjoy!

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How they met:

I am from a very friendly welcoming town. Everyone speaks to one another for the most part and it is a great open hearted community. I was having a great day at my job and a gentlemen came by with his head held down and a fast paced walk. As usual when a person walks by we greet them with a simple pleasantry – “Good Morning” or  “Have a nice day!”

All I remember is him lifting his head and the brim of his baseball cap revealing a very attractive man however, his response back was very subdued and a quick “Hey”. I thought well he doesn’t seem nice and he is totally not from around here.

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A few days later we ran into each other and struck up a conversation that later led to a date. It wasn’t until we were truly dating that he told me he could see in my eyes that I liked him and stepped out on a limb to find me again.

Even to this day, he can tell what I am thinking or how I feel by simple looking into my eyes. It’s almost not fair because he has a cheat sheet to my heart.

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The Proposal

We’ve always been an open couple and even agreed that maybe in a few years from now we would be ready to get hitched. Boy was I in for a surprise! It was a snowy day and we had a laundry list of chores to do. I stayed behind while he headed out to get work done on his truck. I was hoping to score new retro Jordan’s for my shoe fanatic boyfriend for Christmas online and it was taking forever. To both of our surprise I was able to actually get them!

When getting ready to head out he was still having work done on his truck and I needed to have my car serviced as well. He pleaded for me to go to the dealer versus coming to his mechanic at the time. All I needed was a simple oil change! I finally caved and went to the dealer. Flustered already as to why he would have me go 15 minutes away he asked me to run a few side errands for him as well. Reluctantly I went…

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When I finally got back to the house so we could have lunch and to meet back up I sure gave him an earful while walking into the house. I turned the corner to walk into the kitchen and there he was down on one knee. He had the most sincere and loving expression on his face. It caught me so off guard that I was rendered speechless! (That never happens!)

He later told me that when he woke up that morning he knew that was the day he wanted to propose and he didn’t want to wait another day or few years.

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Meet Our New Guest Blogger, Bride to Be Carolyn!

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A few months ago I got an email from a bride to be that is also a makeup artist & hair stylist in the area. She was super pumped to get married in Northern Virginia and wanted to see if I’d be interested in sharing her insight into wedding planning & DIY projects. Seeing as I feel like nothing beats first hand experiences for helping other couples, I jumped on it. So over the next year (Carolyn gets married next September) we will have Carolyn jumping in here and there with guest blogs about her wedding planning journey!

For our first post, we thought an introduction might make the most sense. So Romancers, meet Carolyn, our newest guest blogger and real bride to be, and her fiance, Jon. Take it away Carolyn!

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Jon and I’s love story is definitely a modern one. I decided to try out OkCupid because I wasn’t necessarily meeting guys that I wanted to date and just to find some cool guys to be friends with. I wasn’t on it very long before I saw Jon through one of the quick match sessions (if you have ever done OKCupid then you know what I am referring to). Something about him just caught my eye, even though his photo didn’t have the best lighting and his other photo had him with a blonde; who I assumed was his sister because who would post a picture of themselves with their ex while looking for someone new? As you can assume the blonde was not his sister, but at least that photo showed off his handsome face better than his other photo, which showed his rocker/metal side.

He messaged me first after I rated him and we chatted about music and movies for about two weeks before he finally asked me out on a date in person! We got dinner and saw the Avengers and got to walk around and chat for awhile because the original time we had planned on was sold out. It was definitely a long date, but it was so easy and fun. I definitely did most of the talking, but he was a great listener. Our first date was everything a first date should be and more.

By the end of our first date I knew this was something special and that my searching for my perfect man was over. By the second date I knew for sure! He made me pepperoni pizza and fed me raw pepperoni while cooking. I knew then that this was the man of my dreams!  We can be goofy and candid with each other and he happens to love the fact that I have some weird-ass laughs/voices that love to pop up every once in a while. So ever since then we have binged on many series on Netflix, eaten some delicious food, seen some amazing movies, traveled together and I have become accustomed to and even like some folk metal music out there and can identify certain bands at times and Jon just tolerates the music I listen to.

My family loves him and I love his family, I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect man to become my hubby! Looking forward to all the fun we are going to have planning our wedding! So stay tuned for updates on our journey through wedding planning, DIY projects and staying stress-free during a time notorious for becoming hair pulling, hectic and crazy.

Stay tuned for more guest posts as Carolyn continues to share her wedding planning journey!

DIY Workshop: Learn to Make Mini Party Pinatas with Piccadilly Creative

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It’s time for another Capitol Romance DIY Workshop!! Join us on June 28th as we host the ladies of Piccadilly Creative to teach attendees how to create mini party pinatas!

Mini Party Pinatas are the perfect addition to spice up your next party, whether it’s for a gender reveal, a wedding, a birthday party, or just your average Taco Tuesday – life is more fun with pinatas :) The Piccadilly Creative team will provide attendees with step-by-step instructions on how to make your own mini pinata. All materials will be provided – including a confetti bar (!!) to stuff your pinata with your own special mix.

Check out more on our website or head on over here to buy tickets now!

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Ali & Adam’s DIY, Teacher Themed Wedding at Sunset Crest Manor in Virginia

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Images: Taylor & Ben Photography | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Today”s Virginia wedding is just too cute. The orange & blue colors are so bright and fun and the couple DIYed a lot of their details (including some adorable winks to the fact that Ali is a teacher). Their friends & family helped a ton with the DIY projects and that only helped them achieve the intimate feel they wanted for the wedding day, even more. Check it all out (with a TON of info from the couple) below!

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The venue, Sunset Crest Manor, was a stroke of luck. My mom’s friend had recently had a daughter who looked at the venue for herself but it didn’t work out. We got to the venue 13 months before the wedding. It was cold and nothing was blooming but we could see the mountains and it had an easy, rustic feel about it. We wanted something that felt like “us”.

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The colors evolved for us. Adam’s favorite color is blue, and mine is orange. Orange stuck as the planning continued but blue developed in to an earthy green that complimented the orange hues. The colors suited the season, bringing warmth to a chilly night and added green to the landscape that was still coming out of winter.

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We wanted simple decorations. In addition to the flowers on the table we had conversation jars. Simple burlap and lace decorated jars that we had saved over the months. Adam and I decorated the jars, with some help from his mom when she was visiting us! I took extra pencils from my classroom and used labels to attached questions. The questions all related to us. The intention was that people learn about us and each other some more so they said things like, “On the third date Adam packed a picnic for Ali at the park. If you packed a picnic, what would you include?”

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Adam and I blended faiths so the ceremony took some consideration. We both believed that the ceremony was special for us and our immediate families and most special friends. We didn’t want it to be spectacle, we wanted it to be intimate. Adam’s family is Methodist. I employed Adam’s mother to help me with the special task of adorning the Chuppah, which she did with linens that her grandmother had embroidered. Having that familial connection was very sentimental. Our friends stood at the corners of the chuppah while our families stood around us in support. Adam’s family minister wed us. She had had experience with the Jewish faith and helped us blend both in the ceremony beautifully. We broke the glass, kissed and they all shouted Mazel Tov! … Adam and I were able to slip away for a few minutes to absorb everything. That was a very touching moment. He and I were both very emotional and I had waited months to show off the dress! I was so excited!

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Click inside for the rest of Ali & Adam’s DIY Virginia Wedding at Sunset Crest Manor!

Aaron & Lauren’s H Street Engagement Pictures in Washington, DC

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Images: This Rad Love

Come on now, we all know I am an absolute SUCKER for engagement sessions that take place in my neighborhood. Boundary Road is one of the coolest interiors on H Street, and I just love my NE neighborhood SO freakin’ much. But also, Sarah with This Rad Love takes amazing pictures and I just loved Aaron & Lauren’s vibe. After meeting at a now defunct marketing company in Bethesda, the two bonded over 12 hour days. After 6 years, they decided it was finally time to tie the knot :) Here’s their love story & DC engagement pictures!

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With Lauren’s busy work and school schedule, Aaron had difficulty slowing her down long enough to propose. He decided to be sporadic and propose over the weekend without out planning anything. “It will come together naturally,” he thought… That Saturday he tried to get her to go on a picnic, but she insisted that she wanted to see her mom instead. Aaron figured he could pop the question later that evening over a nice homemade dinner. On their drive home, however, Lauren saw a friend of theirs walking on the sidewalk and waved him over, ” hop in and get a drink with us,” she called. Classic Lauren.

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The next morning, Aaron convinced her to take a day off from work and school so they could go for a hike. Aaron, looking for the perfect spot, stopped her in front of a picturesque waterfall. Before he could drop to one knee, a child screamed “I hate this place!” and threw a bottle of water on the ground right at his feet. Aaron was running out of options. A few times Aaron asked Lauren to take a detour off the beaten path to darker parts of the trail to which she replied, “I’m not going in there.”

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Click inside for the rest of Lauren & Aaron’s SUPER awesome DC engagement pictures!

#PopUpRomance is BACK (and it’s better AND bigger than ever!)

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Image: Maggie Winters Photography

Some of you might remember a little something called #PopUpRomance that Pop Wed Co & I teamed up on at last year’s PRIDE parade/weekend during the DC MEET Market. And just in case you don’t know about it, check out my recap of last year’s event here.

Well Maggie & I are super pumped to let you all know that #PopUpRomance is indeed having a sophomore year, but this time we are teaming up with GayWeddings.com & Wedding Wire as part of their #WedWeCan movement, to host one HUGE pop-up vow renewal that EVERYONE is invited to attend and take part in.

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#PopUpRomance2.0 will have SO much more going on this year, all going down the morning of June 13th, at the Embassy Row Hotel – and you’re invited (encouraged!) to attend. We’re going to have flowers, desserts, a DJ, and a sign making station so that everyone can make their own awesome sign to have during the parade. Last year Rose & Nicole ROCKED the parade with their “just RE-married” sign and I can’t wait to see what people come up with this year!

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WeddingWire has built an event page where you can find out lots of information, including a schedule for #PopUpRomance2.0:

  • 10:00am-10:45amEnjoy complimentary beverages and snacks and mix and mingle with local Wedding Professionals, couples, and President of GayWeddings.com, Kathryn Hamm.
  • 10:45am-11:15am: THE MAIN EVENT! A Pop-Up Vow Renewal with Pop Wed Co!
  • 11:15am-12:00pm: Continue to mix and mingle and make your “Just Married!” sign! When the event concludes, we invite you to take part in the festivities around the DuPont Circle area.
  • 3:00pm: Meet us back at the Capital Pride Parade Wed We Can staging area (location to be announced at the event) and get ready to march! *T-shirts will be provided!

Personally, I am SO VERY excited to get to renew my vows with Andy (as we approach our FIVE YEAR wedding anniversary this November!) at the 40th anniversary of Pride! I REALLY hope some of you are able to join – I hope to see you there :)

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