DIY Workshop Recap: DIY Mini Party Pinatas with Piccadilly Creative

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 Images: Brandilynn Aines Photography

This past Capitol Romance DIY Workshop might have been one of my favorites. I got to actually participate in the craft full-on and I am SO glad I did. Confetti, stripes, polka dots & fringe – we had SO much fun with Piccadilly Creative at the helm! And as always, the attendees completely blew me away with the pinatas they made. Check out all the fun we had below & don’t forget to get your tickets to our NEXT workshop on August 2nd – DIY Pearl & Flower Pendant Necklaces!

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Brittany & Dan’s Classy, Gold Infused DC Wedding at Carnegie Institute

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Images: Shandi Wallace Photography

This wedding makes me EXTREMELY excited for my friends that are getting married here next year. Carnegie Science Institute is quickly becoming one of my all time favorite venues in the city. It’s got that perfect mix of “DC” vibe without being overly stuffy, traditional, or pretentious. You can have an classy affair here, but as my clients Stef & Joe proved earlier this year, and as this couple also proves, you can also have some SERIOUS fun at this venue. Brittany & Dan used a combination of gold & plum for their wedding decor, and Uncloudy Studio just killed it with the florals. Check out this amazing DC wedding from a fab team of DC area wedding vendors, next!

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From the couple:

We planned our wedding from Indianapolis, Indiana.  Finding a venue was difficult because we couldn’t just pop on over to check them out. I saw wedding photography done at the Carnegie Institution and I knew I wanted to be married there. We booked the space without seeing it in person, and I am so glad we did! The space is elegant and makes an impression, but is still small enough for the intimate, small wedding we wanted. We also loved the fact that you can get married in the round.

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Plum and gold seemed perfect for Fall. Plum has always seemed to me to be a romantic color, and it looked beautiful in our flowers.

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My father (the bride) is an ordained minister who officiated the ceremony & my two sisters were my maids of honor. Our vows. Dan and I spend a lot of time writing our own back and forth vows.  Having our ceremony in the round was incredibly intimate, and it was wonderful to say them to each other and share them with our friends.

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Amber & Obi’s Engagement Pictures at Busboys and Poets in Shirlington

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Images: Lissa Ryan Photography

It was a really nice weekend over here at Capitol Romance HQ. Andy & I enjoyed an excellent impromptu date night (margaritas!) on Friday night and then Saturday I got to work a truly beautiful & awesome wedding at Glen Echo Park. We capped it off yesterday with some shopping at our favorite local vintage shops (Miss Pixies, Good Wood & Simon Vintage) and Andy watched Evie while I hit up some MUCH NEEDED yoga at Maketto (it’s FREE on Sundays! Join me next time!). It’s a busy week here as its full of personal and professional appointments – so let’s get it going!

Amber and Obi are getting married in August at Meadowlark Gardens, and they started their adorable engagement pictures at Busboys & Poets before heading over the bridge to Georgetown.  The gorgeous graffiti, beautiful couple, and Amber’s stunning offbeat engagement ring (a yellow diamond!) make these two a perfect Capitol Romance couple!

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From the Bride (How they Met):

Obi and I met randomly outside of the gym at my apartment complex. Obi lived in the townhouses next door, and was using his coworker’s access key to use the gym. I don’t remember the reason, but I got off work early and was headed to the leasing office which is right next to the gym. Obi saw me walking and came outside to introduce himself, and the rest is history!

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Guest Post: Picking a Wedding Venue for Your Washington DC Area Wedding

Image: An Endless Pursuit from Julice & Steve’s DIY Picnic Wedding at Woodlawn Manor

Our guest blogger, Carolyn is back today to share with you her venue search for her DC area wedding! Carolyn shares not only the venues she was looking for but how she went about her search. As a reminder to all my readers, my favorite resource for venue searching in the DC area is Partyista! Take it away Carolyn.

Searching for the Perfect Venue | by Carolyn Thombs

I am also a makeup artist and quite familiar with the wedding industry, however that has not made this as easy as I had originally thought.

What helped me in my search was researching places first and then having a list of questions for them when we visited the venues. Scheduling visits can be difficult but we were able to mostly knock it all out in one day. If someone doesn’t get back to you promptly give them a week, but after that kick them off of your list because who knows if that is how it will be while the planning is going on when time is of the essence. It is always good to mesh well with the manager of the property since you will be dealing with them quite a bit and you don’t want to be butting heads with them and having that turn you into a dreaded bride-zilla.

I was definitely stressed a bit in the beginning but, now I feel so relieved and ecstatic about this venue and know that my wedding is going to be so dreamy and everything I have ever wanted!!

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Since Jon and I got engaged, finding the perfect venue was one of the aspects about planning that I was the most stressed about. So of course, that is the first thing I wanted to get out of the way; though I am starting to see that finding the perfect caterer (delicious food and budget friendly) is going to be an even more painful headache to deal with. But more on that later….

I had quite a few limitations when looking for a venue for our wedding. I wanted to keep it somewhat close to my parents house so they wouldn’t have to dish more for travel costs and for some level of convenience for them and something budget friendly, not made of money here! I am cursed with always loving the more expensive item on any list out of any category, so many of my first glance choices had to be knocked off the list immediately. Other restrictions included a large enough location for a ceremony and reception that could fit over 175 people. Not as easy to find as I thought it would be. Most locations that I liked had a 150 limit. I have a large extended family and love them all, and quite a few friends between Jon and I as well as industry friends and family friends. Eeks! So many stipulations, I know, but I promise I am not the bridezilla type! At least I hope I am not…yet!

Image: Olde Silk Mill by Amber Kay Photo from A Modern Grey & Yellow Industrial Styled Shoot

The first venue we looked at was the Old Silk Mill in Fredericksburg, which honestly I thought was going to be “The One”, it could fit the whole wedding and ceremony and bonus it has an inn attached to it, so out of town guests would have a very convenient place to stay. I loved the industrial elegance of the mill and the fact that it was a great combination of both Jon and I.

Image: Woodlawn Manor by Voula Trip Photography from Kim & Brandon’s DIY Maryland Wedding

The next location we checked out was Woodlawn, which is a historical house near Springfield. Kaitlin was so wonderful to talk to and was very prompt in replying to my emails. The venue was beautiful and could accommodate our estimated wedding size and could house a ceremony and reception. The only downside was we needed to get tents and everything had to be outside. Also they only allow you to use their approved caterer, which would have cost us the whole budget plus some. Unfortunately that nixed Woodlawn off the list.

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Rachele & Josh’s Surprise Engagement in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

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Images: Sweet Root Village

This surprise proposal plus mini engagement session from Sweet Root Village has it all. A gorgeous couple, a dreamy setting, floating candles, a groom to be in waiting, and a super surprised bride to be. Rachele is actually a part of the Sweet Root team and they were more than ecstatic to help Josh surprise propose to her. The ladies from Sweet Root share:

When we met Rachele a little over a year ago, we were immediately smitten. She joined the Sweet Root team soon after and brings joy and laughter to every day with her infectious personality. We didn’t think she could possibly get any happier, until Josh slid in to the picture. We are so grateful for his oh so wise decision to reach out and involve us in his big plans to propose!

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We were initially a little surprised that he wanted to ask her on our studio patio given that she works there nearly every day! But it ended up being SO perfect because we were able to transform our dreary wintery patio into a lush spring garden filled with twinkling candlelight. On her day off, we snuck in to plant herbs, ferns, and flowering plants and pulled out dozens of pillars and hanging candles. We filled vases with fresh green and white blooms to coordinate and added some blankets and pillows for a more relaxed setting. We added a little personality by creating a moss lettered backdrop to their celebratory champagne toast.

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What makes the story even more interesting is that Rachele wasn’t feeling well and tried to back out of our “triple date dinner.” It took a bit of convincing but we got her to agree to come meet us at the studio with a little dayquil and promises of cutting the evening short. Josh standing on the patio waiting for her was absolutely the last thing she expected to find. She did quite good though because she showed up in some really killer heels! “

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And from Rachele:

“I was sincerely shocked the day that Joshua proposed to me. I had spent the entire weekend asking him to pick up medicine and tissues for the cold I was battling. I spent that entire Monday (my day off) laying on the couch sniffling and sneezing. We had made plans to go out for a triple date that night but I simply wasn’t feeling motivated to get ready and be out with friends.

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