Wedding Music That Doesn’t Suck: “San Francisco” by The Mowglis

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I cannot believe wedding season is upon us! I celebrated my first wedding of the year as a guest on Saturday and thankfully the weather decided to behave for a bit and give us a beautiful outdoor ceremony on the Bay in Woodbridge, VA. Alex and Jim both looked amazing and their wedding was so beautiful, I can’t wait to share it.

But now the weather is back to its old habits (snow?! Seriously!?) and it’s Monday and I need a song like this one to help me have any chance of making it through this day.

We can thank Alt Nation on Sirius again for this week’s wedding music that doesn’t suck, song suggestion: “San Franciso” by The Mowglis. I seriously cannot get enough of this song, and honestly the entire album.

Wedding appropriate lyrics:
I’ve been in love with love
And the idea of something binding us together
You know that love is strong enough
I’ve seen time tell tales about that systematic drug,
Yeah that heart that beats as one

Are you obsessed yet?? I think this would make an awesome, upbeat first dance song or honestly I think a seriously rad couple could use this as an awesome modern professional song. Or at the very least I’d say this is a must-add to your cocktail hour playlist :)

What do you think? Please tell me I’m not alone in this song obsession. I’ll be continuing to play this song nonstop, but check back this afternoon for our engagement feature!

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Capitol Inspiration: A 1950s Styled Engagement at Glen Echo Park, MD

Happy Friday Romancers! We did it! Another week has come and gone. While this weather could be a little warmer in my book, it’s at least nice to have some sunshine.

Hoping you all have a great weekend. My family is in town for a wedding (yay weddings!). You might remember this adorable couple, Alex & Jim, well they are getting married tomorrow in Woodbridge and we cannot WAIT to celebrate with them. I am sure there will be some social media pics forthcoming and then hopefully we will get to share the full feature (please Stephen Gosling?) when the images are done. Alex made a TON of the wedding details herself, so I cannot wait to see all their projects come together!

For now, I leave you with some yummy 1950s inspiration from a slightly styled engagement shoot up at Glen Echo Park by Helen John Photography. The images were submitted via Two Bright Lights. Enjoy!

A 1950s Inspired Styled Engagement Shoot at Glen Echo Park, MD

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The Proposal:

On the warm Sunday morning of August 7, 2011 he put a ring on my finger and I accepted with seemingly one million affirmations of “Yes!” We sat outside at a sidewalk bistro table in front of our favorite local bakery in Falls Church, VA, called Natalia’s Elegant Creations, I knew something was up. This European style bakery is one of our favorite places to have brunch. We were enjoying delicious crepes with fresh fruit and white chocolate whipped cream and sipped casually on our coffee.

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I thought nothing strange of the adoring looks he kept giving me. I blushed as usual and thought of how much I love and appreciate him and wondered to myself how I got so lucky. He seemed like he wanted to say something, but was very quiet. His eyes were glowing and he couldn’t stop smiling, not unusual, but his silence was. I asked him several times what he was thinking and if he had something up his sleeve.

 

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It just felt like he was speaking with his eyes, but not his mouth. Little did I know what he was working in his head during those moments. He planned to literally make my dream come true when he proposed moments later!

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A special thanks again to Helen John Photography for sharing her images & submitting via Two Bright Lights.

Happy weekend!!!!

Nathan & Karol’s DIY, Vintage Travel-Inspired Virginia Wedding

Ohhhh man this vintage travel inspired Virginia wedding from An Endless Pursuit is a good one. The bride’s vintage hair & makeup, birdcage veil, DIY map paper roses, lavender boutonnieres … and SO MUCH MORE!

The only thing that could possibly make this feature better? Is the fact that I have the amazing wedding video from Friends With Cameras that I get to share too. It’s no secret that I am such a fangirl when it comes to Jason’s wedding videos, and I just feel like ti SO perfectly compliments An Endless Pursuit‘s stunning images.

Karol & Nathan poured their heart and love of traveling into this wedding and set at the Woodend Sanctuary in the Fall? I mean, it just doesn’t get much better.

Karol & Nathan’s Vintage, Travel Inspired Northern Virginia Wedding

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Vendors:

Photographer: An Endless Pursuit | Hair Stylist:  Bridal Artistry| Caterer: 42 Degrees Catering| Event Planner:  Bella Notte | Reception Venue:  Woodend Sanctuary| Cinema and Video:  Friends With Cameras| Cake Designer:  Fancy Cakes by Leslie| DJ:  JG Entertainment| Makeup Artist:  Marie Jilson MUA | Etsy Designer:  SparkVites| Submitted: Two Bright Lights

First, the wedding video – because the shots from the first look WILL MAKE YOU CRY (in a good way!!!)

Nathan and Karol from Jason Stewart on Vimeo.

About the couple and their vintage travel theme:

Nathan and Karol chose a vintage, travel-inspired wedding as much of their relationship was built on traveling with a long distance relationship. They both loved the fall and had begun their relationship in the crisp air and falling leaves of an Auburn autumn so an October wedding was a no-brainer. From the s’mores kits, programs and signs, and lavender toss to the handmade bouquets made of maps, every tiny detail had a personal meaning.

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LOVE these DIY boutonnieres ~ lavender wrapped in lace and a paper rose from a map for the groomsmen!

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Click inside for the rest of the stunning images from Karol & Nathan’s vintage travel themed wedding at the Woodend Sanctuary in Virginia. Images by An Endless Pursuit.

Capitol Romance: A Washington, DC Proposal by the Capitol

I looooooooooove when couples have a photographer crash the proposal. Because then we get to see and share in one of the most blissful and amazing moments in a couples’ lives.

This afternoon we are sharing a beautiful proposal by the Capitol Building in DC, courtesy of Maria Linz Photography, submitted via Two Bright Lights.

Caroline & Mike’s Surprise Washington, DC Proposal at the Capitol Building

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How they met:

Mike and I met in March 2011 at the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. I work at the Smith School…and Mike was a graduate student at the Smith School :) My boss still claims he told our admin “we better watch out for those two” after the first time Mike and I met. As I was staff and Mike was a student, we were in a grey area.

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Mike returned from his summer internship to start his final year of the program in September. Mike pulled the trigger and asked me to get drinks one evening in mid-November. Even though there were no specific rules about staff dating students I was a little hesitant, however my heart won over as there was zero chance I was saying no! We had an effortless “first date” as we already knew all the basics about each other, and spent hours talking over a few drinks.

We were inseparable after that and knew it was love!

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Click inside for the details on the surprise proposal!!

Capitol Advice: Why Planning a Wedding is Like Producing Theater – Part 1

Today we are kicking off with a guest post from one of my FAVORITE area wedding vendors, The Plannery. I think I initially met Katie through Twitter (god, I love Twitter) and I’ve loved being able to get to know her more since then. I love the fact that she is from Brooklyn, and our vision on weddings, wedding planning, and the wedding industry, are pretty much carbon copies. I mean, her tagline is the coolest, “where ideas become events and shit gets done”. Yup – my thoughts exactly! And every blog post she writes, I feel myself shaking my head in absolute agreement. So when she asked me if she could write an advice piece about weddings and her background in theatre, I immediately said yes!

So this marks the first of a series of three guest posts that The Plannery wrote on weddings being like a stage production, and how her background in theater made her the wedding planner she is today!

Why Planning a Wedding is Like Producing Theatre – Part 1

by The Plannery

I came to event planning through theatrical production. I produced several musicals and plays on my own, and also assisted a Broadway producer for 4 years. After planning my own wedding I realized that producing a show and producing an event required very similar skills – so I’m here to give you some theatre tips to help you tackle wedding planning.

One caveat: In general I do not believe a wedding is a show. That frame of mind often creates some looney behavior which I try not to support. The bride and groom are not the “stars,” and razzle/dazzle and illusions aren’t necessary (in fact, some down-to-earth genuine feelings are really what matter, no?).

The first step is to know your project. When producing a show, you read the script cover to cover and completely immerse yourself in the work. For a wedding, you need to delve into the nitty gritty with your loved one to decide what you want it to be and who you are at your core. Is it a big-budget musical (aka a 250-person wedding in a lavish venue) or a one-man show (an intimate gathering of your 40 closest friends and family at your home)? Both – and everything in between – are amazing and will win the Tony Award of weddings if they’re the right fit for you. Yes, you probably could try and produce 42nd Street as a low-budget, 4-person play in a black box theatre, but that wouldn’t do the work justice (and it would make the tap-dancer in me cry. Just saying). Know who you are and what you want out of your wedding so you can honor and celebrate your relationship in the most fitting manner.

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Click inside for the rest of Part 1!

Capitol Wedding: Elizabeth & Henry’s Personalized, Small Budget Mormon Wedding in Maryland

 “You should date my brother so we can be sisters”

And that’s how Elizabeth & Henry’s relationship got started. Elizabeth’s friend Calisa wanted to set her up with her brother Henry, but Elizabeth thought Henry was “too young” for her. Fast forward through a few awkward interactions, eventually some charm & a first date on Elizabeth’s birthday! After only two months of dating (yowza!) this couple knew they wanted to spent the rest of their lives together. I think Elizabeth says it best, “I married the man of my dreams. Now I have an amazing husband and a great sister. Calisa got her wish.”

Elizabeth & Henry include a handful of personalized touches in their wedding day, and in order to keep within their small budget, they actually had the wedding on a Thursday! I think my favorite detail from their big day was the pastel ribbon backdrop to their ceremony. Beautiful (and perfect for spring wedding inspiration!).

A special thanks to Balance Photography for sharing their beautiful images for this Maryland wedding feature.

Henry & Elizabeth’s Personalized, Small-Budget Mormon Wedding in Maryland

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Vendors:

Ceremony: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Washington D.C. Temple |Reception/Ring Ceremony Venue: Newton White Mansion | Photographer: Balance Photography | Caterer/Cake/Linens: Graul’s Market | Flowers & Decor: Intrigue Designs | Boutonnieres: 2 Hand Studios | Dress: Casablanca Bridal from Bridal’s by Elena | Shoes: Enzo Angiolini | Necklace & Bracelet: Mother’s pearls | Earrings: Chevy Chase Bridal| Rings: Helzberg Diamonds | Bridesmaids: New York & Company (tops), Macy‘s (skirts) | Hair & Makeup: Up-Do’s For I Do’s | Tuxedos: Men’s Wearhouse | Ties: Cyberoptix | Invitations: Paper Trousseau | Music: Absolute Entertainment | Photobooth: Party Booths

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Something that meant the world to me on the Big Day was the representation of my two grandmothers in my attire. My garter was worn by my maternal grandmother for her wedding. While putting on the garter, I was able to recreate a photo taken of her when she married my grandfather.

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My bouquet included brooches and pins that had belonged to my paternal grandmother who passed in 2005. I was thrilled that sentimental items from their lives could be included in the most special day of mine.

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Do you love these vintage key boutonnieres as much as I do!? LOVE!

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The ceremony location was an easy choice. Being Latter-day Saints (Mormon) we could have been married in the temple of our choice, but the Washington, DC temple has always been a special place for both Henry and I. The night we were engaged, we had visited the temple before Henry popped the question.

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Click inside for the rest of Henry  & Elizabeth’s small budget Maryland wedding at Newton White Mansion in Maryland. From Balance Photography.

Capitol Romance: Trish & Ned’s Quirky & Fun Washington, DC Engagement Session

Welcome back this afternoon to a super fun & quirky Washington, DC engagement session from Cassidy Duhon Photography, styled by Blue Canary Events. Trish & Ned have a fun love story and I was just smitten with Trish’s awesome grey & blue heart sweater. The couple met online, but found that they both lived in DC and both worked in Alexandria (the first two coincidences of many in their love story).

The couple took to the streets of Georgetown for their engagement shoot with some awesome pictures and of course, a ton of love!

Trish & Ned’s Quirky & Fun Washington, DC Engagement Session in Georgetown

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How they met:

Ned and I met as many modern couples do these days… online! After exchanging a few quick emails, we happened to discover that we both lived in Washington, DC and worked in Alexandria, VA. I thought, while sitting at my desk, in the heart of Old Town, what an amazing coincidence – he’s writing me emails a block away from me right now. (And also, it might be awkward if I accidentally ran into him on my way home.)

On our first date, later that week, we met in Mt. Pleasant at a neighborhood bar and had drinks. We had a great time, good conversation, and stayed out talking later than we both had originally planned. When it came time to walk home, we kept waiting for each other to veer off onto another street but when we got to Ned’s house it became apparent.. we lived right across the street from each other! We used to joke that we were so close to each to each other, we could string two tin cans together from our bedrooms to chat. Hence, the idea for our save the date cards.

We quickly learned that not only do we live across the street from each other, work a block away from each other. Our birthdays were one day apart, our dad’s have the same name (Gerald). And we have the incredibly particular request of having our water with “no ice, please!” Must’ve been meant to be.

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Click inside for the rest of Trish & Ned’s Washington, DC engagement session from Cassidy Duhon Photography & to read the proposal story!

Wedding Music That Doesn’t Suck: “Shine On” by The Kooks

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Happy Monday Romancers!

Somehow Andy & I survived our first half marathon (finishing at 2hours 16 minutes if you are interested haha)!! My legs aren’t working so well this Sunday afternoon as I write this post, but otherwise I feel good and am already planning to recruit my family to run a 10-miler next year :)

Today we are starting off the morning with a non-sucky, alternative wedding song suggestion of “Shine On” by The Kooks.

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Wedding Appropriate Lyrics:

Safety pins holding up the things
That make you mine
About your hair, you needn’t care,
You look beautiful all the time.

Shine, shine, shine on

This would make an adorable modern first dance song, or even fun for the bride to walk down the aisle to at a laid back rustic wedding (rustic because the music is a bit folk alternative to me!).

Thoughts? What would you use this song for?

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