DIY Inspiration: My Best Friend’s Wedding

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For those that don’t know – I was honored to be a bridesmaid in my best friends’ wedding this past weekend in Pittsburgh. While I anxiously await the arrival of the pictures from the professional photographer, I thought it might be fun to share a few of their DIY projects [they did a ton - and I helped with one too!] for today’s DIY Wedding Inspiration post!

[as always, apologies for the terrible quality of these pictures, i hope my photog friends don't cringe too much ;) ]

Oh hey – it’s me being …. well me … and the BRIDE, Amanda!

DIY Wedding Project #1: DIY Photobooth Guestbook!

Using our own DIY Photobooth Guestbook tutorial, I helped Steve & Amanda create one for the own wedding! We made the instruction cards Thursday before the wedding:

And then Steve’s sister snagged this shot of the DIY photobook guestbook in action – the guests has a BLAST using it!! I can’t wait to see how the boook came out :)

DIY Wedding Project #2: DIY Origami Flower Escort Cards

Another DIY wedding project that Steve & Amanda spent countless hours on, were hand-making the origami flower escort cards! Using the tutorial that we have to turn these adorable orgiami flowers into a bouquet, Steve & Amanda, instead, used them as individual flowers – to be the escort cards, with the center glitter gem being our meal!

DIY Wedding Project #3: Sweetheart Table “Mr & Mrs” Sign

I love how their “Mr & Mrs” sweetheart table sign came out! The purple looks awesome – especially with all our bright, summery pink bouquets aligned around the table!!

Lucky for you there will still be LOTS to come from this awesome wedding :) Steve & Amanda spent TONS of time & effort making this wedding their own. I was honored to be a part of it, and am just as honored to get to ‘feature’ here on my blog! Congrats again you crazy kids!



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Capitol Video: Part 3 of Alex & Sukhami’s Traditional Indian Maryland Wedding Video

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Over the past few weeks we have shared Part 1 and Part 2 of the wedding videos from Alex & Sukhmani’s stunning, traditional Indian wedding that occurred over multiple days in Maryland. All the videos were shot by the fabulous KD Productions, so don’t miss the conclusion to this beautiful wedding:

A special thanks again to KD Productions for sharing all three of these gorgeous videos!

Crystal & Stephen’s Multicultural DC Wedding at the Dumbarton House


Loving all the multicultural weddings and couples we seem to be having in Capitol Romance lately. With the Indian-traditional wedding last week, and our lotus flower (Thai) engagement yesterday … and now, Crystal and Stephen’s Chinese heritage-infused DC wedding feature for this morning.

This gorgeous DC wedding was submitted by Roberts & Co. Events [via Two Bright Lights] and all the pictures were captured by Lisa Boggs Photography at one of our favorite Washington, DC wedding venues, the Dumbarton House!

Crystal & Stephen’s Chinese Heritage-Infused Washington, DC Wedding at the Dumbarton House

Photographer: Lisa Boggs Photography
Event Planner:  Roberts and Co. Events
Reception Venue:  Dumbarton House
Floral Design: TwinBrook Florist
Officiant: Amber King, A King Celebration
DJ: Marc Augenbraum
Transportation: KV Limo
Favor Tags: Etsy

All the lovely details from the couple:

Crystal and Stephen wanted to plan their wedding taking their Chinese heritage into consideration but also embracing their western lifestyle.

We decided to host two separate parts of the wedding with two completely different feelings to make this happen! The ceremony was held at Dumbarton House in Washington D.C, and although the weather did not cooperate this location has an amazing historical building on site to host an in door ceremony.

Crystal and Stephen live in a historical home in Maryland, so they felt this location was the perfect fit for their style. The ceremony was intimate and small with only 60 guests.

Crystal and Stephen worked very closely with their officiant to create a meaningful, spirital, and romantic ceremony. They brought in their Chinese heritage with the binding of hands with red string.

Crystal wore a gorgeous western gown, and they used a soft palatte of grey, blue, and yellow to enhance the ceremony.

Click inside for the rest of Stephen & Crystal’s beautiful multicultural Washington, DC wedding at the Dumbarton House!

Mark & Sup’s Blooming Lotus Flower Engagement Session at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens


I am STRUGGLING this morning guys. I’ve got to be honest – being a bridesmaid in a wedding is exhausting, I have no idea how vendors work weddings every weekend!!! I give them a ton of credit [as should you!]. So while I take some time to find my happy place this morning, I’ll share this beautiful Washington, DC engagement session courtesy of Michelle VanTine Photography [submitted via Two Bright Lights].

A bit about the shoot from the photographer:

We scheduled the shoot around the blooming of the lotus flowers at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in DC. Being Thai, [the bride, Sup] told me that these flowers had a special significance in her culture and so we thought this would be a perfect set for a romantic shoot.

These flowers are rare and stunning. They only bloom for about two weeks a year, and only open for about two hours in the morning. They have this inner glow that I was really happy I could capture in the images. I really enjoyed fusing the art of the session with the beauty of the garden and we were all really happy with how the images turned out.

Mark & Sup’s Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens Engagement Session in Washington, DC

Mark & Sup’s love story:

Mark and Sup met through friends.  Mark works in the same office as Sup’s sister, May, and some other mutual friends.  The first sighting was back in June 2010, when Mark and Sup both attended a friend’s barbeque.  Mark noticed Sup then… but decided to lay low and play it cool.  Meanwhile, Sup & Friends were plotting friendly “group” gatherings, in the hopes of giving Sup an opportunity to get closer to this stud.  S

everal misses later (Mark went to a friend’s house to watch a Christmas chick flick, hoping Sup would be there… but she wasn’t), the stars finally aligned in January 2011, when Mark, Sup, and Sup’s hapless, unknowing sister went to watch Country Strong together.  May had no idea she was actually going to be chaperoning a date, but quickly realized what was happening as she sat, silently eating bar snacks by herself, as Mark and Sup hit it off.

Things heated up quickly from there.  Soon Sup and Mark were emailing inside jokes to each other and planning other “group” hang-out sessions so they could be together.  The final blow came the night of Super Bowl XLV.  After several hours of eating meatball subs, guacamole, wings, and cake with friends, the friends left these two rabid football fans alone so that the real showdown could begin.  As Mark inched closer to Sup, Sup was still wondering whether she was in the friend zone or the end zone.  She soon got her answer when Mark went in for the touchdown and they shared their first kiss.

About the pipe cleaners, I was in my art studio with my daughter doing artsy fartsy stuff and suddenly it hit me that I could use the pipe cleaners to write things. I stayed up late that night making up fun words like “Mr” “Mrs” “Will you marry me” etc. I thought it was a really creative and fun ide

Click inside for the rest of this adorable Washington, DC engagement session!

Capitol Inspiration: Dreamy Wedding Portraits at Tarara Winery in Virginia

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I don’t have much details for today’s dreamy wedding inspiration post ~ but really, pictures do more to inspire in this case than my ramblings. Basically all you need to know here is that this entire spread is stunning. Images by An Endless Pursuit? Stunning. Couple? Stunning. Virginia Winery Location? Stunning … oh and their outfits … yup, you guessed it, stunning.

Enjoy and have a GREAT weekend everyone!!

From the photographers, An Endless Pursuit

This is the story of a gorgeous couple and how it rained on their wedding day.

It rained the day after, and the day after that.

After 4 rescheduling attempts with their original photographer they gave up on their wedding portraits altogether.

When Yasmeen and Homam contacted us recently to re-capture their wedding so that they would have portraits and something special for their one-year anniversary we were so excited to create this session!

From the Bride:

“As beautiful as any wedding day is, stress tends to take away from the beauty of the day. After doing our photos almost a year later, we can say it surely was worth the wait. We aren’t the perfect couple… We are far from it, and this imperfect situation was perfect for us.

Feeling a bit apprehensive at first, Steve and Bernedette helped us feel easy and helped us reminisce. We were relaxed and we were able to enjoy each other.

love the little “hide and seek” like poses in these previous two images. so playful and adorable!

the ruffles in this wedding gown cause me to want to die. from absolute happiness. just STUNNING.

Why having a photoshoot on your 1-year anniversary could be SUPER awesome:

We reminisced over our first year of marriage… The beautiful times, the funny moments and the most difficult of situations. That day we felt more connected to each other during our photo shoot in the vineyard than anytime in the past year, because we realized, finally, we really had become one force, one energy, one soul. It was calm and peaceful, free of wedding day stresses, just perfect.”



Akriti & Kris’ Traditional Indian & Rustic Maryland Wedding


I apologize again for the lack of posting yesterday – life seems to be crazy at the moment as I prepare to head to Pittsburgh tonight to be a part of two of my best friends’ wedding :) Fortunately though I have a STUNNING traditional Indian Maryland wedding to share today and some gorgeous portraits to share tomorrow for Wedding Inspiration Friday.

Thanks to Porter Watkins Photography & Two Bright Lights I get to blog the beautiful wedding of Akriti & Kris – a gorgeous couple that strayed away from the typical hotel venue and used inspiration from their childhood to plan and execute a one-of-a-kind traditional Indian wedding.

Akriti & Kris’ Rustic, DIY Traditional Indian Maryland Wedding

Reception Venue:  Brittland Estates

Akriti & Kris’ love story:

We met when we were 18, during our first year of college. We instantly became best friends, and since then, we’ve been inseparable. Flash forward 8 years and it was time to plan our wedding! (Kris did propose first, of course!).

About their DIY wedding:

We both wanted a wedding that was unique and memorable for everyone. With that in mind, we avoided the typical hotel venue and actually took our inspiration from the way a traditional Indian wedding would be done back in the day. That is, in the childhood home of the bride.

Since Akriti’s parents’ house wasn’t big enough for all the guests we ended up renting a house on the Eastern Shore.

Our wedding really was a fully DIY project involving the whole family.

 The wedding day began with the groom’s procession to the wedding house.

Kris’ cousin, Nick, a musician and producer actually composed the music and then the whole family, armed with instruments, performed it for the walk up to the house.

That, my friends – is FREAKING SWEET. Having a friend compose custom music for your wedding and having it played LIVE while marching to the wedding venue? Well I am just in AWE.

 Click inside for the rest of Akriti & Kris’ traditional Indian wedding at the rustic Maryland wedding venue ~ including lots more on their DIY wedding details!

Shani & Jeff’s Romantic Peach & Pink Maryland Wedding


Kicking off our Tuesday with a lovely Maryland wedding courtesy of ZADesignz [submitted via Two Bright Lights]. Shani and Jeff had a lovely outdoor wedding ceremony at the Mount Airy Mansion, in Upper Marlboro, MD. Her reception was very elegant, with some DIY touches, hand-making wedding details like the table numbers, favors, place cards, and napkin holders. Shani & Jeff chose a beautiful, light & summery color palette with pink and peach!

Shani & Jeff’s Pink & Peach Mount Airy Mansion Wedding in Maryland

The proposal:

We got engaged January 26, 2011.  I had an exam earlier that morning and Jeff was going to treat me to dinner to celebrate my months of studying.  I was rushing to meet him at his home so we could drive to the restaurant together.  I was worried we might be late for dinner.  I remember he was not rushing.  In fact he was standing still and smiling at me.  I remember saying, “Come onnnnn! Aren’t we going to be late?!”  He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.  It was perfect.   We then enjoyed a romantic dinner at a poetry lounge followed by watching a play.


 About the Wedding:

Our wedding was held at Mt. Airy Mansion in Upper Marlboro, MD.  We chose this venue because both the mansion and the landscape epitomized the setting for a storybook wedding.  The secluded historic mansion is nestled in 1000 acres of woods.  Much of the beauty was provided by the natural greenery of shrubs, canopies of oak trees and the enchanting magic of weeping willows.

  We exchanged our vows in a sunken garden.

Click inside for the rest of this beautiful, romantic peach & pink Maryland wedding!

Featured: Shel Silverstein Inspired Wedding ~ Lightbulbs, Clouds, & Gold Wedding Details!


Friends, fans, and countrymen/women – a little styled shoot that Abby Grace Photography and I worked on [along with some other FABULOUS vendors] is featured on Wedding Chicks today! Go check it out, leave us some love and be sure to check back here in a few weeks for a ton more images from the shoot!

Full vendors involved:

Photographer & Design: Abby Grace Photography
Design & Coordination: Capitol Romance
Venue: Black Horse Inn
Makeup: Dainty Artistry
Hair: Jewel Hair Design
Dress Shop: Fabulous Frocks
Flowers: Anthomanic
Groom’s Attire: styled by Ethan Field
Shoe Designer: Payless!
Stationery: Weswen Design
Veil or Hair Accessories: Two Back Flats

Shel Silverstein Inspired Wedding Shoot ~ Gold, Lightbulbs & Cloud Wedding Details


Katelynn & Zach’s Annapolis Maryland Engagement Session


Welcome back to this afternoon’s post, a lovely engagement session featuring the stunning couple, Katelynn & Zach, and an equally stunning backdrop: Annapolis Maryland. This beautiful Maryland engagement session was submitted by Sknow Design via Two Bright Lights.

Katelynn & Zach have a beautiful love story and proposal story to share and I am just a TAD obsessed with Katelynn’s vintage dress [ok, fine ... way more than a tad]. Take it away Katelynn!

Katelynn & Zach’s Annapolis Maryland Engagement Session

How they met:

“Zach and I officially met on Halloween 2010 when I visited Messiah College with the intent of transferring from another Pennsylvania school.  It wasn’t until transferring to Messiah in January 2011, though, that we really hit it off– we both were on the swim team there, and as two science majors, our paths crossed frequently.  Eventually, talking in the hallway between classes and across the tables in the cafeteria led to hanging out in the dorms and making late night trips to Wal Mart for some Ben & Jerry’s.

By April, we knew we had a good thing going and wanted to give dating a try!


The love story continues:

We decided upfront that we should try to keep it casual until we made it through summer break (as he lives in Lancaster and I’m from the Eastern Shore), but it was pretty apparent by July that we were both head over heels for one another.

A whirlwind school year lead to the decision to study abroad in Germany together for 3 weeks in May of 2012, something that we both were eagerly anticipating for months in advance!

The whole trip I had literally been counting down to our day visit to Austria since that’s where the Sound of Music was filmed and I’ve been slightly obsessed with that musical since probably conception.  The train ride down to Salzburg from Munich I was shaking because I was so excited to see everything!

We spent the morning taking a cable car up to the top of a mountain in the Alps; what I thought was going to be just a little hill that would show us the whole city turned out to be a 10 minute ride up into the Alps and the best view I’d ever seen!  We were actually on top of a cloud, climbing in the Alps, and looking out over Salzburg.  It was so incredibly romantic, but also so cold up there.

After that, we came down from the mountain and explored the city, which was SO charming and beautiful.  We got to see the Sound of Music Pavilion (where Rolf and Louisa sing “16 Going on 17″ and Maria and Captain Von Trapp– the couple who actually stay together!!– sing “Something Good”).  There was even a bride and a groom getting their wedding pictures taken there!!!  We had a candlelit lunch, then saw the nun’s convent and the church with Mozart’s grave (where the Von Trapp family hid from the Nazis).

Click inside for the rest of Katelynn & Zach’s gorgeous Maryland engagement session ~ including the proposal story in Germany!

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