Cherry Blossom Designs ~ Get Them Before They’re Gone!

I hope you all had a wonderful long weekend. Thanks to our car dying on Thursday (and it’s STILL in the shop), we were land-locked to NE DC, but we didn’t mind it at all! We got so many park trips & bike rides in ~ visiting Pow Wow Murals & having fun in the spray park, it really was a great weekend to hang in DC. We celebrated my birthday with some friends, family, and PIE and we spent some time starting to pack (eep!).

I cannot believe May is almost over – and with that, half of 2017. Where is this year going? REALLY? We haven’t sold many of our cherry blossom designs in the CapRoStore, but in case you wanted something, we’re taking them off the store tomorrow – so it’s your LAST CHANCE to get some cherry blossom goodness in your home, until next Spring! I got my mom the Cherry Blossom love mug for Mother’s Day, but I think the Romance Cherry Blossom designs would also make great wedding party gifts.

I also can’t get past the idea of getting a Our Capitol Life blossom pillow for your guest book (or perhaps for your nursery??) to have your guests sign with fabric markers (available in square OR rectangular shape).

 

And if pillows and mugs aren’t your thing – we have a few of the blossom designs in all different sizes of prints – which would ALSO make a great guestbook or a gift for someone you know that loves the cherry blossoms!

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Let’s Get Personal: Life Is Insane at the Moment

I feel like I am always apologizing about my inability to stick to my blog calendar. And I hate giving excuses (because let’s be honest, I am still keeping up on Twitter AND watching some quality TV), but things are just insane at the moment. I wanted to share a little life update just to let you all know why the blog hasn’t been what it used to be, and make a renewed promise to you (and myself!) to be better about it. But I think I also need to make a pact here to just stop apologizing, and instead, reset the expectations for the blog.

So first, why life has been insane. Well for starters I did what I always say I shouldn’t do: back to back to back weekends of weddings. With my day job, I’ve officially worked 20 of the last 23 days of this month. 3 days “off” to enjoy my family, catch up on some sleep, and catch up on some OTHER things happening in my life, well it’s just not enough! I am TIRED!

Second, you probably saw on social media, but if not, Andy & I are selling our rowhome! After a few weeks of cleaning, de-cluterring, and staging, we put our home on the market and were thankful to receive a handful of offers – one of which we accepted. We close in a few weeks – so we’ve been busy trying to de-clutter more, and start to PACK. We close in a few more weeks (just after celebrating the big 3-2 & memorial day) and then we enter a super fun time of living in the words tiniest 2-bedroom apartment. I’m not sure this has hit me yet – that we are officially leaving our first real home together and where we started our family.

On top of selling our house and moving into a temporary living situation – we are renovating the home in Brookland that we’ve been renting out for the past 3 years. This is exciting (and ok, somewhat fun – interior design! woo hoo!), but it’s also TIME CONSUMING! There are SO many decisions to make, that I didn’t realize we would have to make (picking the location of outlets, picking out cabinet pulls and towel racks, etc etc), but fortunately Andy has been owning most of this work, like a boss. I just try to keep us on our budget ;) We’ve been having fun on our Brookland Dream Home Pinterest board and are SUPER thankful to have Jenn Heller Design Co working with us on consulting. Lots of Instagram updates coming soon on that front!

On top of selling a home, moving into a rental, and starting a major home renovation – the wedding coordination business is BOOMING. We have a few remaining slots for 2017, but we’ve collectively booked 35 weddings this year – our best year yet). Lately we’ve been in process of getting Amanda (our newest coordinator!) on-boarded and I already feel behind on 2018, as those inquiries are just starting. 2018 pricing is on the website and I am trying to get our 2018 contracts in place – AND I am trying to get a new workflow & contracts management system setup for 2018 too – but man I am struggling to get that running. I am leaning towards 17hats if anyone has any input there. Their tagline is: chaos. simplified. That sounds exactly like what I need right now ;)

Along with prepping for 2018 wedding season, I have BIG PLANS underway for the blog & my brand in general. I am starting the early work of moving to a brand new wordpress template, with some updates to our logo. I have a goal for myself to finish this by the end of this year and I really hope I can stick to this. We’ve got Stacy Kleber Design on board starting our wireframes & site mock-ups and we’ve got BIG DREAMS about how this is all going to launch, including a new brand video to better outline the services CapRo LLC provides. More to come here too … it’s been over two years since the blog has gotten any love, and it’s way over-due for a site update and a look at how I can better align my brand across the multiple services we provide (blog. coordination. store).

Finally, I have a lot more plans for the end of this year and early next year to tackle with the ecommerce shop, email marketing, and monetizing other facets of the business. I hope the new site and streamlined branding will be the start, and I hope with having the renovation and moves behind me on the personal side, that it will set me up for an awesome 2018 … I guess we will just have to wait and see :) but for now, at least you have an update and a little more insight into why the blog has been riding the struggle bus lately. As always, I appreciate all of you that are still riding this journey with me!

Lindsay & Mark’s Washington DC Engagement Pictures on Capitol Hill

Images: An Endless Pursuit

I’m hurting Romancers. This weekend concluded my 3 weekends in a row of wedding craziness, and man it hurt more than I thought it would. Not to say I regret it (I loved each one) but having only 3 days off in the past 21 days is a little insane, especially for my (almost) 32 year old bod. I just don’t bounce back like I used too! I know I owe you an update on SO MANY things – there is SO much going on over here, I promise I’ll post one soon, but for now let’s attempt to stay motivated together, with this beautiful Capitol Hill engagement session from An Endless Pursuit.

Lindsay and Mark met in college at the University of Wisconsin while volunteering during the 2008 election cycle, but they lost touch after election day. They reconnected three years later after they had both moved to Washington and joined the DC Badgers community. Lindsay and Mark started meeting at the Badger bar for football games and eventually started dating. During their five years together, Lincoln became one of their favorite date spots – they celebrated birthdays, Valentines Days, and going away parties there.

DIY Tutorial: How to Make Your Own Copper Pipe Table Numbers

Images & Tutorial: Jenn Heller Design Co

Our DIY maven is back today, bringing us the awesome with this DIY copper pipe table number tutorial. And wait, there’s more! This is just the beginning of her DIY copper pipe series – so get excited people! Take it away Jenn!

DIY Tutorial: How to Make DIY Copper Pipe Table Numbers

I had avoided copper pipe as a DIY material for years, for several reasons that all ended up being completely false**.  So now I am making up for lost time, and I have a bunch of fun copper pipe DIYs to share in the coming months.

First up are these fun table numbers! There’s a dozen ways to personalize these to your liking – with the table number card itself, or dip or spray the copper pipe to add an accent color.  You could easily make a larger version and drape with greenery to show off your signature cocktail menu, signs, or even extra large as a seating chart!

Guest Post: How to Survive The Day After Your Wedding

The wedding day high is a real thing – and so is the post-wedding day low. Now because you’re upset you’re married (that’s an AWESOME feeling), it’s because you’re exhausted and realizing you will never get to have that amazing, special, one-of-a-kind day again! So our girl Kelsey is back today to talk about how to survive the morning after your wedding.

You just woke up in a hotel bed as a Mrs. Yeah. That happened. Yesterday. You’re exhausted and still pulling bobby pins out of your hair. Seriously, how many were in there?

My biggest piece of advice for the day after the wedding is to float. That’s right. The stress is over. It doesn’t matter what happens today because you’re married. So whether you have to wake up at 7am for a goodbye brunch or you are getting on a plane to your honeymoon, just float.

For me, I made it clear that the newlyweds would not be attending the day after brunch. And as my mom confirmed, ‘thank goodness’ we didn’t go because it was pretty much a second wedding. Everyone showed up. Except us. We slept in. #Blessed

When we did get up, it was gameface time to give some major hugs to the parents.

It was a really nice way to get back into semi-reality and remember that people don’t always hand you champagne and cake. We got the gossip and did the ‘ok now who was that?’ and the ‘can you believe she dropped it that low on the dancefloor?’. But then it was time to say goodbye.

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