Nepali Bridal Inspiration & Lifestyle Pictures & LINK LOVE

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Images: Jessica Maida Photography | submitted via Two Bright Lights

Tomorrow is the 4th and I am currently up in NJ visiting with family and saying goodbye to the place I called a home from my freshman year of high school until now (so a LONG TIME people). My parents sold their house and we’ll be spending the weekend going through my old stuff, most of which I will want to keep, and all of which Andy will want to throw out ;) But I couldn’t leave you guys without some Friday inspiration & LINK LOVE to help get you to the weekend! Today’s wedding inspiration is a collection of bridal styled looks based on the life and culture of Nepali people. It was captured by photographer, Jessica Maida, at the Beyond Workshop hosted by Nina & Wes Photography.

The set closes with some lifestyle images that I thought were too mesmerizing not to include, though they have no wedding ties, they’re gorgeous images, worth seeing. Not to mention that Jessica took these photos just 3 weeks before earthquakes and aftershocks devastated this very place. Jessica’s insight to the images and time in Nepal are so inspiring to me, so please take the time to read the post if you can.

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This past March, I spent 12 days between Kathmandu and Nagarkot attending their workshop and traveling myself and what I found was just amazing – in culture, traditions, people, practices, religion and above all, the soul and spirit of the country. Within 3 weeks of returning home Nepal was then devastated by 2 7.8 earthquakes and countless aftershocks, leaving it’s people and historic structures in shambles. I wanted to include several images from the lifestyle and street photography aspects of the workshop as well as my own time exploring due to the now damage of many of the structures, temples and even the event venue for the styleshoots and how some or all of them are likely changed or destroyed forever.

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During the workshop, it was a pleasure to learn not only more about film but to experience the Nepali inspired styleshoots that highlighted our 3 days spent at the Fort Resort in Nagarkot. With the Himalayas in clear view every morning and terra cotta pots lining the edges, this resort boasted not only immaculate views and backdrops for the styleshoots but a peace and calm around every corner. It was also during these 3 days that we enjoyed walks into town, experienced their Holi festival, and met some of the villagers that inhabit the only main road up the mountain and who would soon look at us even as familiar friends for the limited time.

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Once back in Kathmandu, we delved into the street photography and humanitarian work that was incorporated into the workshop. It was not only a humbling and renewing experience both personally and professionally, these experiences also presented an opportunity to be moved not only behind the camera but without it.

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If you are so inclined, a friendly reminder of the organizations that are helping in the aid and rebuilding of Nepal (bboth in structure and in its people):

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Photographer:  Jessica Maida Photography | Floral Designer: Abany Bauer – Styling & Flowers | Fashion Designer: Carol Hannah LLC | Cinema and Video: Colletta Films | Event Designer: Drops Of Honey Designs | Heirlooms and extras: FrouFrou Chic | Makeup Artist: Heather Smith Hair Stylist  | Jewelry: Mickey Lynn Jewelry | Dress Store: Shop Gossamer | Event Venue: The Fort Resort | Other: The Mrs Box | Event Planner: Type A Society | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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#PopUpRomance 2.0 Recap & Baby’s First Pride


 Images: Maggie Winters Photography

Earlier this year I got a phone call from Kathryn Hamm of, wanting to know if Maggie and I were down to taking #PopUpRomance to the next level this year – joining forces with WeddingWire to do something extra special for Pride. At the time it was perfect for Maggie & I, because we were both DYING to do #PopUpRomance again, but with me being pregnant and Maggie being up to her eyeballs in work, we just didn’t have the time like we did last year to put it together again.


So we were pretty pumped when Kathryn suggested that Wedding Wire wanted to team up, and do one big vow renewal/renewal of our commitment to support the LGBT community. They scored the sick rooftop at The Embassy Row Hotel in Dupont Circle, and helped us put together an awesome balloon backdrop!

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Steven, the other half of Pop Wed Co, led the group in an AWESOME commitment ceremony and there was a TON of press on hand to capture the awesomeness! Steven asked the crowd if anyone would like to speak about what the event & Pride meant to them … and naturally I didn’t stay quiet. It meant SO much to me to get to reaffirm my support of the LGBT community, in such a cool space, with my husband and daughter in attendance. I am so thrilled that my daughter will grow up, never knowing a time where ALL couples did not have the right to marry whoever they love.


And then we all joined hands and reaffirmed our commitment to support the LGBT community together.

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We made signs for the Pride parade happening later that day and I was downright honored to wear the awesome LOVE > ALL tshirts that Maggie & Steven made for me, Andy & Evie.

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Though it was ungodly hot outside, the storms held off and #PopUpRomance 2.0 was another one for the books! I can’t wait to see what #PopUpRomance becomes for next year’s Pride weekend ;)


Guest Post: Engagement Party Advice from a Real Bride To Be

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A few weeks ago we introduced you to our new guest blogger, Carolyn, a real bride to be that will be sharing her wedding planning journey with us! Today’s post highlights her engagement party, with lots of fun ideas for you all if you are planning one yourself! Take it away Carolyn…

Engagement Party: The Meeting of the Families | by: Guest Blogger Carolyn Thombs

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Sometimes Engagement parties can be a larger soiree where all of the friends of the couple get together to give their congratulations. Another option is to include the families. My younger sister, Colleen, (my maid of honor) thought it would be a wonderful time for both of our immediate families to fully meet each other and spend some time together. This was the best option for us since our families live a few hours apart.

My sister arranged the whole thing! She really did a wonderful job from sending the invites (specially made) to planning the meal and styling the decor. She truly amazes me!

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For the menu she wanted to choose items that Jon and I love. What is better than meatloaf with bacon on top and mashed potatoes! For the dessert she did a red velvet cake for me and a fun-fetti cake for Jon.

Colleen cut out C & J from cardboard and painted them in gold for the cake toppers. For the décor she used wine bottles and kept it simple and elegant with hydrangeas. We ate outside, which was lovely except for the muggy heat, which by the end of the meal had us all putting our hair up and dabbing peppermint oil on the back of our necks. This helps to cool the whole body down. It truly is a great trick as well as a great thing to keep in a wedding day rescue kit.

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Here is a funny little anecdote from the party: Before we started the dessert I wanted to get a few more photos of everything she had set up. So I moved things around to get the best lighting and angle. I of course forgot that the cake was on a make-shift cakestand and wasn’t very steady. As I go to grab both cakes… the fun-fetti cake slides off the stand and crashes to the ground. Oops! Quickly my older sister and brother-in-law assembled to help clean up. Half of the cake survived. Of course no dinner can go by without some fiasco happening.

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By having the engagement party as a meeting of the families we were able to have some great laughs over wine and become friends instead of just strangers meeting for the first time at the wedding.

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Eileen & Heather’s Traditional Maryland Wedding at the Four Seasons Baltimore

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Images: Angel Kidwell Photography | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Well today is certainly a gloomy one now isn’t it? Yesterday was SUCH a nice break in the ungodly heat we’ve been having lately. Evie and I went on a (slight pathetic) run in the morning and then a walk with Sadie later. It was nice to escape the couch at any rate. For today we have a beautiful, modern & more traditional wedding to share. This one features bold purple & teal colors, and gorgeous couple, Eileen & Heather. I loved how they said their wedding was “surprisingly” very traditional. And even though it apparently POURED on their wedding day – you’d never know with the smiles on their faces.

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From the photographer:

Heather and Eileen had my heart once we were strolling through the woods during their engagement session, singing tunes from the Sound of Music. Then the day finally was here! The ladies decided to ready themselves together, and then separate for the finishing touches. Eileen and Heather wanted to do a First Look, and we were able to find an out of the way hallway with a background that matched their dresses perfectly!

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The weather gods were not being nice that day. Even though it looked like a beautiful day, the wind was – blow you down – crazy! The outdoor ceremony had to be moved inside, but who cares?! It’s the freakin’ Four Seasons and you can’t go wrong anywhere! All worked out as it was meant to be and it was perfect.There was no way to hide the looks of ecstasy when they had their first bite of cake! The delicious cake was from Sugar Bakers. Yummmm.Now you know, “Come on Eileen” had to be on the playlist.

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From the Brides:

We have a few interesting parts of our ceremony including and oathing stone ritual, a wine box ritual, and our guests will be holding “wishing rocks”. We did “hand make” the centerpieces, the wine box, and the favors.

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Click inside for the rest of this gorgeous purple & teal, modern Maryland wedding at the Four Seasons in Baltimore!

Kara & Justin’s Brewery Washington DC Engagement Pictures at Yards Park

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This weekend was pretty awesome thanks to my amazing husband. He set up an entire Treat Yo Self day for me on Saturday wherein I got a massage (ah-mazing) and my hair did (SO insanely overdue). Then yesterday we had a BLAST making mini pinatas at the latest DIY workshop!  And now I get to share an AWESOME DC engagement session featuring two of my amazing clients for this year, Kara & Justin. Kara & Justin are cool beyond words and I am SO excited for their wedding (in just about a month!) at Josephine Butler Parks Center. Check out their super chill DC engagement pictures around Yards Park (including a stop at Blue Jacket Brewery) and love story below. Happy Monday Romancers!

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How we met:

Justin and I met on OkCupid. I had been doing the online dating thing for almost 2 years, with no real luck. At the urging of his parents, Justin decided to give it a shot, and was only online for about a month before he and I met. If you haven’t experienced the online dating world, its kind of slim pickin’s out there. Few people take the time to complete their profile in a way that is reflection of themselves, but Justin’s did just that. It also didn’t hurt that he was really cute ;) So I messaged him, and crossed my fingers that he would respond back. Apparently, I was one of the few girls that sent him a message using full words and sentences, as opposed to “U R a QT”.

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We exchanged messages regularly, and within a week or so, scheduled our first date. I had a basketball game earlier in the day that ran late, making me late for our date. When I texted him to let him know I was running behind, Justin was worried I was going to stand him up. I did not, and we shared a great meal, getting to know each other more. From that point on, we were pretty much inseparable.

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Click inside for so much more! Including the proposal story!

We Finally Stand on the Right Side of History



Image: Maggie Winters Photography

I was going to post a wedding inspiration post with LINK LOVE but then the news dropped and my heart is just elated and my eyes are full of tears and there’s really nothing I want to do more but go run around my neighborhood with a rainbow flag.

Instead of blogging, I will be refreshing my Twitter and Facebook feed and just sitting on my couch crying tears of joy for all those that worked SO HARD to get to this moment.

I will probably write a more coherent reflection of this day when I am not running on 4 hours of sleep, but for now let’s just all revel in the fact that America is FINALLY on the right side of history and that LOVE TRULY WINS.

Love > All.


Meet Heirloom: DC’s Creative Catering Company

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A few months ago I had the pleasure of being invited to the launch party of DC’s newest creative catering company, Heirloom. Unfortunately I was unable to try the delicious drinks provided (I was preggo still at the time!) but the food was not only gorgeous to look at it, super tasty too! The coolest thing about Heirloom though, isn’t that they JUST bring you food, they offer a combination of boutique catering WITH event styling, including custom menu creation and stylish tablescapes, that ultimately give you the most creative & unique catered display for your wedding or event!


Images: Emily Clack Photography

You can find out a TON more about Heirloom and their services, while drooling over some amazing pictures of their food over on their website. You can also find them on Instagram (@HeirloomDC) and Twitter! Interested in booking Heirloom for an event? Feel free to call them at 703-534-0938 or hit them up on email at

Here are some more drool-worthy food pics in case you aren’t yet convinced ;)

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So book Heirloom for your wedding or next event in DC! You won’t be sorry :)

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Angie & Chris’ Intimate, Rustic Virginia Wedding at Virtue Feed & Grain

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Images: Daisy Saulls Photography via Two Bright Lights

An intimate brunch wedding at my new favorite spot in Alexandria, Virginia, Virtue Feed & Grain! Angie & Chris’ wedding was simple, but beautiful and it was a perfect match to their beautiful love story. Brunch weddings are totally my favorite (breakfast food is the BEST, just ask Leslie Knope) and their ceremony in a park in Alexandria was so gorgeous! Check out all the details below!

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From the photographer: They were friends first, but Chris knew he loved Angie from the very beginning. Through time, he won his girl’s heart and they celebrated the start of their new life as husband and wife at an intimate gathering in Alexandria, Virginia. Chris walked his precious little girls down the aisle as they showed off their stunning floral crowns. He waited with anticipation as Angie made her way from the left side of the gardens, past their elated guests, to catch the first glimpse of her best friend and husband-to-be.

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From the Bride:

I wanted a neutral color palette that would fit our rustic theme. In essence we didn’t really have many colors we used since we had no wedding party. the colors we chose were romantic and soft and added a nice touch to our garden rustic wedding.

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Chris’s childhood friend Eric acted as our officiant. We didn’t want to use someone we didn’t know and had no real affiliation with a church. Having Eric as our officiant made it even more special since Chris officiated Eric’s wedding just a few months before.

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Giveaway: Win 10 Custom Stationery Sets for Bridesmaids/men or Groomsmen/ladies

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The wedding scene in Washington DC can feel rather small sometimes. I’ll get emails from small business owners that I’ve never met and be shocked that we’ve never crossed paths somehow! This business even moreso, seeing as the owner, Meredith, grew up down the street from my Aunt up in New Jersey! Crazy! Meredith runs a little letterpress & design studio and she offered to host a giveaway here on the blog for some custom stationery that you could use to send to your wedding party with their gifts!

First, a bit about Meredith!

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Sea Heart City Press is a letterpress and design studio in Washington, DC. Meredith Akery creates letterpress greetings from the heart. She has a lifelong love of sending and receiving real mail and started Sea Heart City Press in 2013. She draws and hand-letters many of her card designs and also uses hand-set metal type. She prints cards one by one on vintage tabletop presses. Meredith grew up at the beach but fell in love with city life and Sea Heart City Press is a nod to her heart being wedged between the city and the sea. She hopes her cards will inspire you to send real mail to your loved ones so she and her Mom have some help keeping the post office in business.

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And now onto the giveaway details! We’re giving away:

– Up to 10 sets of customized stationery for bridesmaids/men or groomsmenladies gifts (if the parties are small enough, potentially sets for both sides)

– Details: each set would contain 20 flat cards and 20 coordinating envelopes (Size A2 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ cards and Size A2 envelopes 4 3/8″ x 5 3/4″) in gift boxes (Value $45/ea. set, maximum value $450 if all 10 sets are made)

– Winner will alsi get a brief consultation in my studio (with wine!)

– Custom ink and envelope colors to coordinate with their wedding theme colors or whatever colors they prefer

– Selection of font from my collection of metal type for initials or first names, depending on their preference (and type availability)

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