Capitol Romance Best of 2014: Best Washington DC Weddings of the Year

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When I started this blog it was my mission to find Washington DC weddings that did not fit the traditional, opulent norm of what most people think of when they hear the term “DC wedding”. I wanted the offbeat, the nontraditional, the funky, and the downright awesome – and I am ecstatic to say that I have been able to find ALL of these. Maryland & Virginia were amazing this year – delivering some of the most beautiful and personalized weddings I’ve seen …. but the variety we got from our DC proper weddings – well, I just have to admit that DC killed it. We had DC themed details, a lightsaber fight outside the Capitol, two brides in red, a truly modern affair, and a legit Mardi Gras style parade – just to name our favorites.

We’re counting down the Top 5 Washington DC weddings of 2014, but be sure to check out ALL the amazing weddings we featured this year, here.

#5. Kim & Ryan’s Offbeat, Washington DC Themed Wedding at Mt Vernon Inn

Ok so I cheated  a little with this one – Mt. Vernon Inn isn’t technically in DC proper, but every single detail of this wedding was Washington, DC themed (mini pie favors from a Georgetown pie shop, DC map invitations) – including the Capital Bikehsare groomscake, that I just love so much.

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Image: The Girl Tyler

#4. Katy & Shamena’s Intimate Dupont Circle Elopement in Washington DC

It’s not a round up of best DC weddings without highlighting one that occurs between two people that don’t actually live in DC. Thanks to our marriage laws, DC gets TONS of couples from all over the map that just want to be married. As these lovely ladies put it: “we came to DC because we didn’t just want a civil union; we wanted to be married”.

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Image: eKate Photography

#3. Alexis & Jason’s Modern Washington DC Wedding at the W Hotel

In a complete 180 from the others on this roundup, Alexis & Jason upped the modern factor with their stunning DC wedding at the W. Everything about this DC wedding screamed chic and modern and I love how much fun everyone seemed to have.

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Image: JPix Photography

#2. Katja & Alex’s Offbeat & Intimate Washington DC Wedding at the Phoenix Park Hotel

This was such a close call between #2 and #1 – Katja & Alex completely personalized their wedding day with mentions of Zombie Apocalypses in their ceremony, stunning vintage attire, Grooms in kilts, German rituals, lego ring holders, and the ultimate DC wedding picture: a Star Wars light saber fight in front of the Capitol building. Yup, this wedding ruled.

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Image: Kathleen Hertel Photography

#1. Zach & Maria’s Offbeat, Personalized Washington DC Wedding at Hillyer Art Center

Zach & Maria packed SO MUCH of their personalities into their wedding. Janet Reno masks, a New Orleans-style Brass Band, family skits, a push-up contest (which the bride joined in on!) and my absolute favorite: a legit Mardi Gras style parade that took the guests from the ceremony to dinner. Masks, umbrellas, feathers, and a band leading the way. This wedding was just SO cool – I wish I could have been there!

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Image: De Nueva Photography 

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Capitol Romance Best of 2014: The Best Virginia Weddings of the Year

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We’re back with our Top Virginia Weddings of 2014! Pop-up books, light sabers, boho flowers, a bride in black, and the RADDEST polkadot bridesmaids dresses. Virginia kicked ASS this year when it came to offbeat & alternative weddings in the area. Let’s break it down.

#5. Abby & Logan’s Thrifted, DIY Travel Themed Barn Wedding in Virginia

The ultimate barn wedding mixed with SO MANY personalized details. Abby & Logan personally handcrafted each part of their wedding. It was awesome.

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#4. Alexa & Tucker’s Whimsical, Boho Wedding at Bluemont Winery in Virginia

Whimsical boho to a T – Alexa & Tucker are a gorgeous couple (and I unknowingly/consequently went to highschool with Tucker!) and their flowers were a perfect compliment to this Fall winery wedding in Virginia.

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#3. Tim & Megan’s Offbeat Film & Literature Themed Wedding in Virginia

Pop-up books based on the couple’s favorite books & films. I mean it doesn’t get cooler than that for alternative wedding centerpieces.

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Image: Stephen Gosling Photography

#2. Jadene & Freddy’s Offbeat Black & White Wedding at Rosemont Manor in Virginia

A bride in a black dress with peacock feathers for bridesmaids bouquets. This Virginia wedding was SO fun and offbeat. Loved it.

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Image: Andrew Morrell via George Street Photo & Video

#1. Kat & Dave’s 1950s Inspired, Rockabilly Wedding in Virginia

Rockabilly decor inspiration, a tattooed bride with pincurls, and bridesmaids in the MOST DARLING polka dot bridesmaids dresses (with purple crinoline under them to boot!!). Kat & Dave stole my heart with their 1950s themed Virginia wedding.

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Image: Stephanie Kopf Photography

Capitol Romance Best of 2014: Best Maryland Weddings of the Year

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I tried hard to narrow down ALL our real weddings of 2014, but I just couldn’t do it down to 5. So I decided to do a Top 5 for Maryland, Virginia, AND DC Weddings, because the features this year were just THAT awesome. So we’ll start things off with our Top 5 Maryland Weddings of 2014 ~ check them out:

#5. Kimmie & Marios Modern Bright Orange & Grey American Visionary Arts Museum Wedding

I just loved the bright colors of this one and how MODERN Kimme & Mario went with the decorations of one of my fav Maryland wedding venues.

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Image: Kathleen Hertel

#4. Trish & Ned’s Vintage, DIY Maryland Wedding at Glen Echo Park

The vintage dreaminess of this Glen Echo Park Wedding has stayed with me since I blogged it. One of my readers even commented that if I had a chance to plan my own wedding again – it might look like this (she’s so right). So much gorgeous happening here.

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Image: Cassidy Duhon Photography

#3. Chuck & Marcia’s Handfasting Wedding Ceremony at a Renaissance Faire

This was one of our most unique wedding features this year – a handfasting ceremony AT a Renaissance Fair. I loved it.

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Image: Douglas Pettway

#2. Caitlin & Susie’s SUPER DIY, Literary Themed Wedding in Maryland

What else can I say about Cait & Susie’s AH-MAZING DIY wedding. I was fortunate to actually be a part of this one, and it will be one that stays with me for a while. So much love between these two ladies, their families, and their friends. This entire wedding was thrown for around $10K and was completely DIYed by the brides and their family members.

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Image: Sarah Gormley

#1. Andrea & Nate’s Colorful, Offbeat Maryland Wedding at the Visionary Arts Museum

I’m a sucker for bright colors, brides with short hair, and tattoos – what can I say?! AVAM makes this list twice, but Andrea & Nate’s wedding couldn’t be more different than Kimmie & Marios’.

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Image: A.E. Landes Photography

Capitol Romance Best of 2014: The Best Engagement Pictures in the DC Area

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We’re back again, getting closer to the ultimate Best of 2014 compilation, our best MD, VA, & DC weddings of 2014; but for today we rounded up our FAVORITE engagement sessions from the year. Photographers submitted DC area engagement submissions in DROVES (seriously, e-sessions are the most submitted items I get) and I think what we had for 2014 was all around awesome. So many different couples, with dreamy love stories, stunning backdrops, abundant smiles, and so. much. love. Check it out, our top 5 favorite DC Area Engagement Sessions of 2014!

#5. Kathy & Doff’s Washington DC Engagement Pictures at the Hirshhorn Museum

I am a sucker for art museum engagement pictures and none is better than the Hirshhorn. Kathy & Doff’s adorable personalities and love story only made this session that much better.

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#4. Michelle & Ron’s Laid Back, Casual Washington DC Engagement Pictures

This image by Val & Sarah might be one of my favorite pictures ever on the blog. Seriously. It gives me the feels and it’s just SO DC (to me). Michelle & Ron gallivanted across U Street and the metro for their engagement pictures and the result is being #4 on our top 5 list ;)

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 [Image: Val & Sarah]

#3. Ronalyn & Chris’ Stylish Old Town Alexandria Engagement Pictures

I’m not going to lie, it takes a little something extra for me to want to feature engagement pictures from outside of DC proper. But Ronalyn & Chris had it. The stylish wardrobe changes, the dreamy morning light, bike rides through Old Town, and stunning images to capture it all. I really loved this one :)

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[Image: Jeffrey Ocampo]

#2. Mike & Sam’s DC Record Store Engagement Pictures in Adams Morgan

I mean come on – a bespectacled couple, with rad style & a love of records? This engagement just screams Capitol Romance.

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#1. Maggie & Steve’s Super Rad, Vintage Trailer Engagement Pictures

I don’t think anyone will be surprised to see that Maggie & Steven take our #1 Engagement Session of 2014 spot with their SUPER RAD engagement pictures by Val & Sarah. Other than their adorable cat, the awesome vintage trailer (they bought to roadtrip in), AND the fact that they are highschool sweethearts (aww!), I love this session the most because it’s just SO perfectly them. I have the honor & pleasure of getting to call these two not only colleagues, but friends of mine and I couldn’t be happier that they are tying the knot in 2015 (in totally their own way of course – a pop up wedding followed by a “reception” at the 930 Club Pie Tasters show).

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[Image: Val & Sarah]

Check back tomorrow for our last compilation post – the BEST WEDDINGS of 2014!!

Capitol Romance Best of 2014: Best Wedding DIY Tutorials

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We’re back with our second 2014 year-end “Best of” compilation, this time focusing on all the AMAZING DIY Wedding & Lifestyle Tutorials that we featured this year. And obviously this post couldn’t even begin to be started without the insanely talented and hard-working woman who made them all possible, Jenn of Ribbons & Bluebirds. I had always dreamed of finding someone that would want to guest post on the blog in a longer-term fashion, I just never knew where to find her. I LOVE all things DIY and never wanted to drift away from DIY as a focus of my blog, but unfortunately I am neither crafty enough, talented enough, NOR do I have enough time/skill to create weekly DIY tutorials.

And then I found Jenn and I was INSTANTLY excited and awe-inspired by her ability to create amazing and beautiful things. She takes design to the next level and every week I am left thinking just how lucky I am that she is willing to share her work with me and all of you – the Capitol Romance readers. Ok, I think that is enough mushy stuff for now, let’s count down the Top 5 Best DIY Wedding Tutorials of 2014, all courtesy of Ribbons & Bluebirds of course!

#5. How to Make DIY Hand Holding Peg People Cake Toppers

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#4. How to Make DIY Chalkboard Wedding Signs

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#3. How to Make Water Color Paper Roses (not one of the craziest DIYs, but consistently, always one of our MOST pinned DIYs)

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#2. How to Make Dinosaur Cake Toppers for Your Wedding Cake

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And last, my favorite, #5. How to Make Your Own DIY Glitter High Heels

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Did I miss any of your favorites?! Check out ALL our amazing DIY Wedding & Lifestyle Tutorials here.

 

Capitol Romance Best of 2014: Washington DC’s Best Bridal Bouquets

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It’s the week of the New Year (can you believe it?!) and so we are doing some fun “Best of 2014″ compilations to celebrate an AMAZING year of DC, MD, & VA weddings on the blog. I’ll write a full recap of 2014 (and a look into 2015) sometime in early January, but for now, let’s take a walk down memory lane and check out the Top 5 Best Bouquets of 2014 on Capitol Romance!

#5. A Lettuce Bouquet! From Steph & Jeff’s Intimate Farmer’s Market Wedding Brunch in Virginia

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[Image by Carrie Holbo | Lettuce from the local Farmer’s Market]

#4. A Rustic, Wildflower Bouquet from Eliza & Josh’s Nautical Maryland Wedding

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[Image: Sugar Farm Weddings | Flowers from a Local Farm]

#3. A Teal & Black Origami Bouquet from Jadene & Freddy’s Offbeat Black & White Virginia Wedding

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[Image: Andrew Morrell via George Street Photo & Video | Flower: DIY Origami Flower Bouquet]

#2. A Stunning Pink & Yellow Peony Bouquet from Hanna & Jamison’s DIY Woodend Sanctuary Wedding in Maryland

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[Image: Porter Watkins Photography | Flowers: H Bloom]

#1. And lastly – my FAVORITE bouquet from 2014 from to us from Julice & Steve’s DIY Picnic Themed Wedding in Maryland. The flowers & bouquets were DIYed and made from all natural herbs, greens, and flora. Just stunning!

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[Image: An Endless Pursuit | Flowers: DIYed (!!)]

Check back tomorrow for our next round-up of 2014 Best Of Capitol Romance DIY Tutorials!!

Allie & Elliot’s U Street Engagement Pictures in Washington DC

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Images: Aimee Custis Photography

Happy Monday Romancers! Today’s post is coming from the great white north …. otherwise known as New Jersey. I am currently up in the great garden state for the next 2 weeks to spend some quality time with friends & family and hopefully get some rest and relaxation in before the start of 2015. Because BOY OH BOY guys, 2015 is going to be NUTS.

But I will be blogging here and there over the next few weeks and for today as have an awesome Washington DC engagement session from Aimee Custis Photography. Allie & Elliot crashed the Ulah Bistro in Shaw/UStreet and just have the most adorable “how we met” story. Let’s go!

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HOW WE MET

We were introduced by our mutual friend, the Internet. Appealing to my professed love of “good jokes and bad jokes,” Elliot sent me an OkCupid message that made me laugh, and, within a few days, we were pitching fake sitcoms to each other via email. We met for drinks at Ulah Bistro and wound up talking for hours without ever getting into the obligatory listing of siblings or “What is it that you do, exactly?” So basically, well done, Internet!

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Click inside for the darling proposal story!

Jennie & Jeff’s Stop Motion Save the Date Video & LINK LOVE

Jeff & Jennie – Save the Date! from Jennie on Vimeo.

Time to brag a little. These cool kids in this awesome stop motion save the date video happen to be clients of mine. They love DC, they love Penn State, and they love each other! I am SO pumped to get to work Jeff & Jennie’s wedding at Virtue Feed & Grain next April. I just love how fun their save the date video is – even featuring some rad DIY chalkboard signage that Jennie learned how to make at one of our Capitol Romance DIY workshops!! Now while everyone else is gearing up for the weekend and the holidays, here are just a few LINKs to get you to the weekend!

How awesome is this DC hoodie?! I need it!

While I really cannot stand Taylor Swift … these Jewish boys pulled off a pretty spectacular parody.

In a funk lately? Consider putting your phone down and trying one of these things instead.

I think I am classifiably obsessed (and need help) with this song by Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars. Like I cannot stop listening (and let’s be honest, dancing) to this song. In my car, my kitchen, my couch – doesn’t matter.

And with that … have a GREAT weekend Romancers! Andy & I are NJ bound tomorrow, but I’ll be blogging here and there next week and the week after! Happy Holidays!

 

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