Merlot & Gold Themed Winery Wedding Inspiration

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Images: Brittney Livingston Photography

It sort of feels like a cop out to me to be singing Friday’s praises this week because I was on vacation for most of the past weekend and week. Plus with a potential hurricane headed our way, I am not sure everyone is so excited for the weekend as they would usually be. AND I still can’t seem to get rid of this cold. It seriously will NOT leave my sinuses! So this weekend will be full of indoor activities (organization! changing over my closet to Fall clothes! finally putting away MATERNITY clothes! being thankful I am not working a wedding, but thinking of ALL the vendors & couples that have weddings this weekend). Have a great weekend Romancers, here’s a Romantic, Tuscan Inspired Wedding Shoot that features Merlot & Gold design vibes. Enjoy.

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Vendors ~> Photography: Brittney Livingston Photography | DressCelia Grace Wedding Gowns | VenueRunning Hare Vineyard | FlowersDesigns by Oochay | JewelryJ’Adorn DesignsMaertens Fine Jewelers | RentalsVintage Affairs Furniture | Hair & Makeup: Michelle Heffner and Delaney Burgess

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Introducing New Recurring Video Blog Series: CapRo Therapy

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One of my blog goals for this upcoming year is to add more video content to my business. Either through Periscope with the weddings I am working, or events I am attending, or through creating my own (DIY videos!) videos. One such video idea I am planning on starting is a new Vlog series called “CapRo Therapy” (thanks to my mom for thinking of the name!). I get a lottttttttttttttttttttttt of reader questions. Whether it’s about specific posts, general wedding planning, where I got my rug, or even the realtor I used to find my house, I LOVE helping people out and giving them my answers & 2 cents.

So I thought it would be fun to share the questions I get, and the answers I give with EVERYONE through these video posts. They will be short, fun, and hopefully helpful.

And now I will ask for YOUR help! In order to make this new vlog series a success, I need your questions. What do you want to hear from me? It can literally be ANYTHING. Things like:

  • what should we tip our vendors
  • why did you name your business capitol romance
  • what’s your favorite social media platform
  • where do you get your hair done
  • why is your dog so old
  • why did you start a blog
  • what should we ask a wedding venue

Seriously. Ask away either by emailing me (bree[at] or on social media using the hashtag #caprotherapy .

I can’t wait to see what you guys want to know about! First episode coming sooooooooooooooooooon!

Guest Post: A Real DC Bride’s Take on Her Wedding Venue

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We’re back with Carolyn, our real DC bride to be guest blogger, sharing her love of the venue she chose! If you can remember, she talked all about her DC wedding venue search a few posts back and now she’s here to share everything she loves about the one she picked. Take it away Carolyn!

Why I Love My DC Area Wedding Venue | By: Carolyn Thombs

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The first time I went to Stevenson Ridge was back in 2012 when I did hair and makeup for all of the models at the Cupcakes and Cocktails bridal show. I thought the venue was so cool and had a great vibe. Who knew then that I would be getting married at that very venue 4 years down the road!

I hadn’t thought of this venue when I initially started my venue search because I didn’t think that they could hold over 200 ppl. I finally decided to check it out when I was hitting somewhat of a dead end and I am so glad I did! They can hold 216 max! This also helps in making us have a definitive cut off for the guest list, which is a whole other can of worms to get sorted.

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I went ahead and emailed them to check out all the specs before we decided on scheduling a visit. Elizabeth was so wonderful and responded to all of my emails promptly and concisely.

The visit was wonderful! My mom and sister (MOH) came with me and got to meet Elizabeth as well. She was so welcoming and answered all of my “hardcore” questions. I had been set on a different venue when we showed up so I was trying to remain unbiased. That resolve soon faded as we talked with Elizabeth and got to look at the grounds. My mind completely switched and Stevenson Ridge became my main squeeze for venue choice!


I love the lodge feel of the main venue, just the smallest accent of rustic-ness, but mainly polished and not overly ornate. The perfect blank canvas to build Jon and I’s perfect wedding. The major bonus was the fact that they have some lodging onsite as well! This means, if we want, each year we can come back and spend our anniversary in one of the cabins and reminisce about our wedding!

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They are so great at making you feel at home and not pressuring you into anything! I can’t wait to start going over set up and everything and actually getting to see it all come together. Bottom line is that if you and your fiancé are a little opposite on style choices this venue is the perfect combination of down to earth and chic sophistication that will please any couple trying to find that balance.

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Houston & Sarah’s Laid Back, Casual Washington DC Engagement Pictures in Georgetown

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Images: Mathy Shoots People via Two Bright Lights

Guys this week! It’s just going to FLY BY. I am leaving on Wednesday to start my journey north for an EXTRA SPECIAL wedding weekend – my brother’s. At which I am officiating!!!!!!!!! (I’m not sure that has 100% set in yet!). But I am PUMPED. And then from the wedding I am taking my husband on a super secret trip to celebrate his 30th birthday so posting will be LIGHT these night few weeks just FYI!

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. I said goodbye to some great friends that are moving to St. Thomas, watched my PSU boys win a football game (and watched my Gmen blow another), and then literally didn’t leave the house yesterday (sometimes you just need those days). But let’s kick off the week with some LOVE shall we? An ADORABLE Georgetown engagement session, featuring Houston & Sarah – two happy kids, oh-so-in-love. What better what to start a week? Get it.

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Houston and I started chatting online late one night in March 2010. We talked almost every second of every day after that first night, me from my dorm room in DC and him from his in South Carolina. After he graduated college a few months later, I flew down to visit him and his family for a week. We immediately clicked and everything just felt right. In August 2011 he found a job in DC and we were finally and very happily not 500 miles apart anymore.

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On our 4th anniversary, I was fairly certain he was going to propose, but he was acting so chill that I started thinking maybe I was wrong. After an amazing dinner at Filomena in Georgetown, we decided to stroll along the waterfront, which is one of our favorite places. By the time we found a nice place to sit, he was visibly nervous. I wanted to help him out, so I said, “Wow, this has been the best day. I can’t imagine what could make it any better,” setting him up for his response: “Well, I can think of one thing…” It was perfect.

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Natural, Modern Wedding Ideas ~ Design & Inspiration

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Images:  Kim Stockwell Photography via Two Bright Lights

We did it! FRIDAY. Another week has come and gone and we are more than halfway through September. Um seriously, it’s sort of creeping me out how fast time is flying these days. Andy is traveling for work, so it’s just me and E until Sunday but we’ll be making the most of this beautiful weather with some running, (hopefully) a trip to H Street Fest, and a visit to the Satellite Room to say farewell to some good friends that are moving to St. Thomas (yes like the island. yes I am jealous). Hope you guys have a FANTASTIC weekend too! A heads up that next week will be light on posting as I gear up to head to CT for my brother’s wedding (which I am officiating !!!!! more to come on that !) and a short surprise vacation to follow for my husband’s 30th!

Then September is over. Insanity.

But enough about me – I have a gorgeous styled shoot for you today. The vendors wanted to take an outdoor setting, which most go rustic with, and use translucent and sleek details to instead give the apple orchard a modern wedding design. I LOVE when couples & designers mix genres like this. Just gorgeous. PS- Don’t forget that our supercoolawesome giveaway with Makeup Meltdown ends TODAY! Enter here.

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The inspiration behind the shoot was sheer, translucent, and modern in a natural setting. The focus was set on the over all beauty of the venue and the purpose was to inspire brides that less is more and sleek modern details can accentuate the natural backdrops of southern venues. We used a clear acrylic table with copper hairpin legs set with translucent china and ghost chairs in an apple orchard. The ceremony site was set as a night time ceremony with ghost chairs and candles to overlook a valley.

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Our goal was to inspire brides to think outside the box when it comes to outdoor venues to invoke the idea that outdoors does not always have to be rustic.

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Vendors —> Photographer:  Kim Stockwell Photography | Event Planner: Events by Elizabeth Palmer | Equipment Rentals: paisley and jade | Invitation Designer: Sue Corral Ink | Dress Store: Urban Set Bride | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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