Capitol Romance: Katrina & Mike’s Georgetown DC Engagement Session

I couldn’t bring myself to post on Friday with everything that happened in Connecticut. I am still having some problems getting fully back into blogging (mostly social media) but I know that life is full of ups and downs, and sharing love stories like the two I have today are part of the healing process and moving on with life.

So, that being said, first up today is the engagement session I meant to share last week. It features Katrina & Mike in the beautiful Georgetown neighborhood, shot by Jennifer Gulley Photography. I instantly fell in love with Katrina’s fashion sense when Jennifer sent the session over to me.

Mike & Katrina’s Georgetown, Washington DC Engagement Session

How they met:

Mike & I met while he was living in Annapolis. I had gone up there for a concert with my roommate, and we went out to one of the local bars after where mike was with a bunch of his friends. Mike caught my attention (I thought he was so handsome!) and we also were both cheering on the phillies in the playoffs. We both kept stealing glances at each other & kept getting caught doing it!! Eventually we struck up a conversation & danced & chatted the night away. After that night we saw each other every weekend and every day in between that we could until we got engaged.

Happy Monday Romancers – check back this afternoon for ANOTHER beautiful e-sess. Let’s all get through this week together, shall we?

Click inside for the rest of this adorable DC engagement session by Jennifer Gulley Photography!

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Capitol Video: Jon & Renee’s Chesapeake Bay Maryland Wedding Video

A little bit ago, the artist formerly known as KD Productions launched a new business, KD Creative (“a boutique wedding design shoppe“). Katie is now leveraging ALL her amazing talents, offering more than just video production for weddings, but also her graphic and web design skills too!

I am honored to get to feature her first Maryland wedding video under her new business, KD Creative :)

Jon & Renee’s Chesapeake Bay Maryland Wedding Video

About the couple:

Meet Jon & Renee. Renee is a teacher and Jon was a janitor at her school. He would linger and clean in her room extra long to get to talk to her. He finally asked her out on a date and she said no. However, Jon did not give up and asked again and got a yes! The rest is history. They were married September 1, 2012 at the Chesapeake Beach Resort. I had the pleasure of being their videographer and working with the talented Courtney Reese Photography.

Amazing, right!?!? Happy Thursday Romancers – it’s ALMOST the weekend! Check back this afternoon for a lovely Georgetown engagement session :)

Capitol Wedding: Amanda & Keith’s DIY Woodland Wedding in Maryland

Oh I am REALLY in love with today’s DIY Maryland wedding. The bride, Amanda, is an art teacher – so naturally she put her amazing talents to work, customizing and hand making all the elements of their woodland “tree” inspired wedding. Their wedding details involved a ton of branches, bark, and wood – perfect inspiration for a fall/winter weddings – and mostly collected from the couple’s own backyard! The other element I loved about this  wedding was all the family and friend involvement. Amanda’s mom made the wedding cake, her maid of honor made the favors, and even the marshmallows were homemade!

A special thanks to ZADesignz for the images [submitted via Two Bright Lights].

Amanda & Keith’s DIY Woodland Wedding in Maryland


Floral Designer: Fantasy Florals
Reception Venue:  Elkridge Furnace Inn
Dress Store:  David’s Bridal
DJ:  The Pros
Jewelry:  Chiky on Etsy
Tuxedo and Mens Attire:  Mens Warehouse

About the couple:

 Amanda and Keith met at a party in September 2007 and immediately hit it off. Amanda works as an art teacher in Anne Arundel County, and Keith is in the process of becoming a paramedic. Some of their hobbies include camping, geocaching, and anything else that is free and fun :) They got married on their 5 year anniversary, November 10, 2012. Right now they live in Odenton with their dog Dexter, and are enjoying this time they have together before having kids in the future.

 [Amanda hand glued EACH pearl and bead on these shoes! stunning!]

On their color pallet selection:

When it came to colors we both love the complementary color combination of purple and yellow and it seemed like a good fall palette, so when went with it.


LOVE Amanda’s dark purple sash. Perfect way to modernize and customize your wedding dress!

Just wait until you see how well Amanda & Keith executed their “tree” themed wedding:

We chose the tree theme for our wedding because we love the outdoors and we loved the symbolism of a tree as family and rebirth as we started our new lives together. Since I’m an art teacher and very crafty, I hate to spend money on things I can make. With a tree themed wedding all of our resources came from our back yard. I loved carrying out the theme from the invitations to the centerpieces, it was nice to have everything match and blend together so well.

Click inside for the rest of Amanda & Keith’s DIY Woodland Maryland Wedding ~ including a TON of handmade, DIY tree wedding details!

Capitol Romance: Ashleigh & Bruce’s Lake Ridge Park, Woodbridge Virginia Engagement Session

I don’t feel that bad posting today’s Virginia engagement session from this past summer because it’s going to be 67 today, so no one should be that jealous of their tank tops & shorts. Seriously I am NOT feeling this gross fog/mist/warm weather. It’s December, and I want SNOW! I want to be ice skating on the lake Ashleigh & Bruce are posing in front of ;)

Ashleigh & Bruce knew each other for a long time [elementary school!] but only found themselves in loves way years later. This beautiful Virginia engagement session was captured by the insanely talented Tim Riddick Photography [submitted via Two Bright Lights] and was shot at Lake Ridge Park in Woodbridge, Virginia.

Ashleigh & Bruce’s Lake Ridge Park Virginia Engagement Session


How they met:

While going to the same community church since elementary school, we watched each other from a distance but were never close and never had a romantic interest in each other. Three years ago, Bruce’s mom got remarried and Ashleigh attended. After seeing each other for the first time in years, we had a brief conversation and made tentative plans to see each other again.

After finding out that Bruce was single, had a job, and his own place, Ashleigh said yes to getting together when Bruce called her to hangout. The “hangout” turned into a date and from there, we started our relationship.

Click inside for the rest of this beautiful lakeside, Northern Virginia park engagement session from Tim Riddick Photography

Wedding Music That Doesn’t Suck: The Heart of Life

If I really went back to check the last time I did a “wedding music that doesn’t suck” post on a Monday morning, I’d probably be embarrassed. So instead of focusing on the fact that it’s been entirely too long since I’ve shared any songs, let’s get to this beautiful modern processional wedding song suggestion.

I’ve always had a roller coaster opinion of John Mayer. Before he hit the radio, I loved him, then I hated him, then I found myself singing along, then he became a dbag and I hated him again. But the other night I heard this song during the cool down of my spin class … and, well, I remembered why I initially liked his music.


The Heart of Life would seriously be a movie-perfect, modern processional song, or even for another part of your wedding ceremony music lineup.

Wedding appropriate lyrics:

Pain throws your heart to the ground
Love turns the whole thing around
Fear is a friend who’s misunderstood
But I know the heart of life is good
I know it’s good

When I hear songs like this, the images of a bride sashaying down the aisle, just instantly plays in my mind. I also find myself imagining it playing during a wedding video montage.

What do you think? Non-sucky processional song suggestion success? Better for the cocktails? Or maybe you are just still mad at me that I have completely sucked at suggesting songs?

Regardless, let’s do this Monday.

Capitol Inspiration: 1950s Pickup Truck Picnic Engagement Shoot

It’s that time of the week again. Friday Inspiration! Today we have an adorable 1950s inspired picnic styled engagement shoot courtesy of Eastport Photography [submitted via Two Bright Lights].

Not sure what I love more, the amazing teal vintage pickup truck, or the tattoos on the bride’s arm. [Ok, that’s a lie … it’s the tattoos]. Regardless of my favorite part ~ this whole slightly styled shoot is just adorable and perfect inspiration for today’s post! Enjoy and have a GREAT weekend!

1950s Inspired Pickup Truck Picnic Engagement Shoot

Eastport Photography shares:

What better way for two lovebirds to spend a beautiful Fall afternoon than having a picnic in the park on the back of a 1950s pickup truck?!  I got it in my head that I wanted to use a classic car for my styled shoot, so I turned to Eastport’s own Mr. Meade. He was kind enough to let me choose which of his immaculate classic cars I wanted to use for the shoot, so I chose this cool green pickup.

I used Truxtun Park in Annapolis as the backdrop for the shoot. The fall colors were abundant and I found a nice secluded winding road to park the truck and relax for a while.  All that was left to do was set up a gourmet picnic on the tailgate; Root beer, apples, French cheeses, bread, nuts, and some caramel popcorn. Yum!!


Capitol Romance: Lauren & Jake’s ‘Gone Fishin’ Maryland Engagement Session

Lauren is a beach bum at heart, loves to travel [even recently as far as Thailand and Cambodia], and loves to sing. Jake is a native Minnesotan, who moved to DC in 2006 to pursue a career in forest policy [cool!] and enjoys any concert that entails 80s Hair Bands [yes!]. They met over quoting from Anchorman. Jake wrote the first half and Lauren finished the quote. Since then, they have been completing each others sentences ever since.

Thanks to Eastport Photography & Two Bright Lights for this adorable dockside Maryland engagement session!

 Lauren & Jake’s Dockside, Gone Fishin’ Maryland Engagement Session

The Proposal Story:

It was a Friday night in South Bethany Beach.  After dinner, at about 9pm, Jake suggested we take a walk on the beach. It had just stormed and the waves were so gigantic, you could hear them crashing from down the street. As Jake held my hand, I wondered why he was squeezing so hard. He also seemed distracted which was quite unlike Jake. He then suggested we walk onto the sand and made our way to the spot I’ve frequented since childhood.

He wanted to stop and asked me to put my flip flops down. Puzzled, I obliged. After grabbing my hands and saying some amazingly lovely things, outlining the course of our relationship, Jake got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.

I was so utterly shocked that he had gotten down on one knee and could not believe what was happening; I had to double check, “Jake are you asking me to marry you”? To which he replied, “YES LAUREN”. Of course, I said YES!!

Just as Jake put the ring on my finger, a giant wave crashed, water barreling towards us. As we were getting soaked and our flip flops were washing away, Jake kept saying, “the ring Lauren, don’t lose the ring”! It was as memorable as it was comical. With ring and flips flops in hand, we paused for a moment to “soak” in the moment and then headed back to the beach house to call our families!!

Congratulations Lauren & Jake! Thank you for sharing your beautiful proposal story and engagement session with us. A special thanks again to Eastport Photography & Two Bright Lights for making this submission possible!

Capitol Inspiration: Monica & David’s Mexican Beach Trash the Dress Session

In keeping with the temperature matching posts this week (which, was purely accident!), today we have a HOT trash the dress session to share! Remember last week when we shared Monica & David’s offbeat, Mexican wedding in Playa del Carmen? Well, two days after they tied the knot, they decided to take complete advantage of being somewhere beautiful and different for their wedding, and they did a Trash the Dress photo shoot!

[Images via Moments that Matter Photography]

Monica & David’s Mexican Beach Trash the Dress Session

Monica shares why they chose to do a “Trash the Dress” session:

Since we were getting married in beautiful Playa del Carmen, we wanted to do something different with our photography. We knew we were going to get the traditional wedding day photos but still wanted to bring a little “edge” into our photos. We scheduled a “trash the dress” photo shoot two days after we got married. Luckily I had two wedding dresses (one not so fancy that I actually could move in)…so I wore that for the shoot and David wore just a regular shirt, tie and dress pants.

Moments that Matter Photography shot our session and we had a blast! We shot in 3 different locations; the first in some random alley with lots of graffiti and beautiful foliage. We then hit the beach to do our water scenes.


It had never been done before but since David is a skimmer, he wanted to get a few shots of him in the water on his board. They turned out great! This was my favorite part of the shoot. Next we moved to a random mosaic water fountain outside one of the nice hotels downtown.

We wanted different and edgy and definitely got both!


I am still in awe of couples that choose to do a “Trash the Dress” session, but I love the way Monica & David’s came out and think it was a perfect compliment to their wedding.


Capitol Romance: Vanessa & Adam’s Potomac, MD Sunflower Field Engagement

I am NOT happy about this weather we are having. It is December … in Washington, DC … it is NOT supposed to be 60+ degrees! How can I really get into the “let it snow”, “have a holly jolly Christmas” season when it feels like May?

I digress.

We’re kicking off the week with a Maryland engagement session from my fav, Michelle VanTine Photography [submitted via Two Bright Lights]. Vanessa & Adam took to a GORGEOUS sunflower field for their engagement session and the result was beautiful. Michelle called the shoot her “Golden Hour” shoot because of the way the sun danced all over the couple and the field. She was so, so right in naming it this. Check it out:

Vanessa & Adam’s Potomac, MD Sunflower Field Engagement Session 

 How they met:

After living in DC for six months, my sister (twin sister, that is) and friends decides that we needed expand our circle and meet some new people. What could possibly be a better place to meet a bunch of fun 20-somethings, who don’t take themselves seriously than by playing a little game of kickball?! The fact that is was also right in front of the Capitol was the cherry on top!

I still remember first seeing Adam, and thinking “WHOA,” but it wasn’t until halfway through the season that our teams finally played each other. It turned out that Adam’s team only had about four people show up, but that didn’t stop them from pummeling my team. After the game, all the of the teams meet at the bar- where Adam stood next to me while we played some drinking games. The poor guy was so bad, that I finally jokingly yelling at him for first portion of the night. Thankfully, he’s a good trooper.

As the night was dying down, my sister whispered to me, “he’s going to ask for your number.” I was completely surprised, because as far as I could tell, I had been yelling at the guy for a good chunk of time, but he did! The sweet gentleman that he is called me the very next day and asked me out to dinner. The rest is history.

When looking back to why I originally joined the kickball league, was to meet people- no one in particular, but just make new friends. Little did I know, that I would meet and find my best friend and love of my life in the most unexpected places. Thanks Kickball!

Click inside for the rest of this adorable Maryland engagement session amidst the beautiful sunflower fields (and to read the proposal story!).

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