Capitol Wedding: Rosemary & Rachel’s Modern & Brightly Colored Glen Echo Park Wedding in MD

There is so much to love about today’s Glen Echo Park wedding feature that I am not exactly sure where to start. One of the brides shares my alma mater [we are!], the reception venue was one of my favorite [Glen Echo Park], the brides were Capitol Romance readers that used my blog to help plan their wedding, AND they are friends with my neighbors! Not to mention that their wedding was seriously kick-ass. I mean, seriously.

Can we just be friends now Rosie & Rachel ?!? ;)

I cannot thank Erin of eKate Photography enough for submitting this awesome Maryland wedding, AND to Rosie & Rachel for all the awesome details. There are a TON of deets below, but as Rosie said herself, “it’s impossible to sum up the best day of your life succinctly!”.

Rosie & Rachel’s Modern & Bright Glen Echo Park MD Wedding


 Photography: Erin Loesly of eKatePhotography &  2nd shot by Jennifer Davis Heffner Vita Images | DJ: DJ Moose Food: Matters of Taste | Flowers: Mid-Atlantic Wholesale Florist | Hair & Makeup: Aveda | Cupcakes: Jess Bakes Cakes | Images submitted via Two Bright Lights

About the beautiful brides:

After being competitors on the rugby pitch all throughout college (Rosie at Penn State and Rachel at Virginia) we finally met in person while playing on an all-star team the summer after we graduated. We hit it off immediately and after a few short months we were inseparable.

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The engagement story:

Rachel popped the question on the 4th of July in 2011 when we were vacationing in Wrightsville Beach, NC with some friends. She knew that I loved fireworks, so figured why not do it on the 4th when the display was free! She totally took me by surprise since Rachel had previously joked that we would only get engaged when we both asked each other at the same time!

As I was distracted ooh-ing and aah-ing over the display she got down on one knee in the sand and when I turned around she asked the question.


^love that they coordinated their toe nail polish with eachother’s shoes. Ah-mazing.


I was so surprised I started jumping up and down screaming ‘are you serious???’ because I had to make sure! When she laughed yes, I of course said yes, and by this time the tears of joy were flowing. As we walked back to our group of friends I remembered our previous agreement and immediately got down on my knee to propose to her too! It was probably unnecessary, but hey, rules are rules!

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On choosing the awesomest DC area wedding venue:

We chose to get married in D.C. because for one, it’s legal here (yay!) and it’s halfway between Rachel’s family in Atlanta and my family in Rhode Island. We wanted a venue that was fun and unique and Glen Echo Park totally fit that bill (former amusement park turned arts & cultural center, nature park, and dance hall!) We decided to use the Bumper Car Pavilion and when we found out you could rent the carousel as well, we were sold.


^how fun and awesome are their wedding invitations?! love the Washington DC map information card & the little bird motif!


Decorating was a family affair, with lots of DIY!

My mom created Ball-jar flower holders that had the dual-use of lining the aisle during our ceremony and then being used as centerpieces at the reception.


For the ceremony we wanted to stick to a fairly traditional style, but with personal touches interwoven. We had a slightly non-traditional ceremony under a chuppa (made by Rosie’s dad) that incorporated Jewish (Rachel) & Catholic (Rosie) traditions like breaking the glass as well as non-religious readings from ee cummings and Antoine de Saint Exupery by our sisters.

Our officiant was Louise Greene from All Souls Unitarian Church in D.C. and she was amazing and truly captured our story and personalities in the ceremony!


Click inside for the rest of Rosie & Rachel’s ah-mazing colorful Glen Echo Park, MD wedding from eKate Photography. Including a TON of DIY details at the reception!

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Let’s Get Personal: “Whatever you are, be a good one.” No Wedding Trends Here.

This post popped into my head a few weeks ago, when a certain company [website? business? brand? actually, I am not entirely sure what they are] released their “color of the year”. My social media accounts went insane with inspiration boards, images, retweets … all about a shade of green.

It was lost on me – do couples really pick a wedding color based on some website/brand/company’s decree that a shade is THE color of a year? And if they do … why?

I think this rolls back to the whole idea of trends and really how much I dislike anything to do with that word when it comes to weddings. This notion reminds me of a fantastic blog post that I read back in 2007 on Offbeat Bride, “Your Wedding is Not a Contest” AND of the awesome Abraham Lincoln quote, “Whatever you are, be a good one.

I hate the idea of trends because I feel that it causes couples to make decisions for their wedding based on something other than what they actually want, or outside of who they actually are. When I first started this blog, one of the first things I wrote down was that I wanted to find couples that wanted to plan a wedding that was true to their personalities. I wanted couples who want to have a wedding that was a union of their personalities, lives, souls, and everything they hold dear in life.

Personally, I don’t see how whatever trend some website/brand/business deems the end all and be all, fits into this notion. Personally I think couples should use WHATEVER elements/colors/themes they want in their wedding, regardless of how in or out it is. Whatever you are [or want in your wedding], be a good one [have them!].

Do you love mustaches? [good, because I do too] Then who cares that the wedding world deems the mustache trend so last year? If you love mustaches, and want mustache invitations or photobooth props … GO FOR IT.

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Do you plan to use Mason Jars in your wedding? Then ignore everyone in the industry rolling their eyes and saying “mason jars are so overdone” and USE THEM.

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Perhaps you have had your heart set on using grey and yellow as your color scheme. But, uh-oh, everyone is now saying that that color trend is tired, and neon is the new hotness? Again I say, who cares?! Have your yellow and grey wedding, and love every second of it.

The bottom line here is that you aren’t getting married for anyone but each other. You hopefully aren’t getting married for the purpose of setting a trend, and you hopefully aren’t getting married with the sole purpose of getting published on a blog. So please don’t get caught up in what’s trendy/happening/cool/overdone and instead have the wedding YOU want.

And for those of you that love and live by trends? Well I am sorry to say that you just won’t find them here.

Giveaway: Win a Cherry Blossom Portrait Session with Jessica Maida Photography

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I cannot believe Cherry Blossom season is already upon us!! Just have to get through one last snowstorm and hopefully from there we can welcome Spring on in.

In celebration of the upcoming Cherry Blossom season, we are teaming with Jessica Maida Photography to over a Cherry Blossom Portrait Session Giveaway!

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As the ad above outlines, in order to win, couples must be:

  • Available on Monday, March 25th for the shoot
  • Engaged!
  • Enter a short story about themselves/why they want the shoot in the comments below.

Jessica will then select the winner! If you have any further questions, please feel free to email Jessica at


Not yet convinced you should enter? Then check out some awesome shots from Jessica Maida Photography below!

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Giveaway: Win $50 to The Rusted Key

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A while back I did a post on some Washington, DC themed wedding gifts and had stumbled across these awesome vintage DC token cufflinks:

A sweet DC-themed groomsmen gift, right?! Anyway, I am THRILLED to announce that the creators of these cufflinks, The Rusted Key, is sponsoring a giveaway to one lucky winner: $50 towards any item on their site! Scroll to the bottom to enter.

You can check out all their awesome jewelry, accessories, and apparel on their website, but I wanted to share a few of my favorites first.

Map Cufflinks

State Rings ~ Including Virginia & Maryland!

Typewriter Letter Pendant Bracelets

They even have some fun, home accessories like vintage maps! Here’s the DC one:

As always, entering is simple! Use the rafflecopter widget to enter & please leave a comment about your favorite item from The Rusted Key to qualify!
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Capitol Wedding: Amy & David’s Modern, DIY Traditional Chinese Wedding in Virginia

Happy Tuesday Romancers! Rolling right along this week with a beautiful Virginia wedding at the Beyond Restaurant in Harrisonburg.  The bride is Chinese-American and naturally the coupled wanted to include this in their wedding theme, so they infused a ton of red coloring (“the” wedding color, according to the bride) into their wedding day. Amy & David also included their family in a TON of their handmade wedding details, and decided to honor their dogs (Razz & Mango) through custom dog cake toppers and cupcakes designed in their honor!

A special thanks to Aubrey’s Photography for sharing her images of this beautiful Virginia wedding.

Amy & David’s Handmade, Chinese Tradition-Infused Harrisonburg, Virginia Wedding



PhotographerAubrey’s Photography | Invitations – Minted | VenueBeyond Restaurant | Hair StylistK.C. Felton Bridal Hair | Cake/CupcakesSweetz Bakery | Cake TopperAnimal Cake Toppers [Etsy] | DJLeon Pearson of J&H DJ Services | RingsProtea DiamondsWedding Gown - Alfred Angelo | Bride’s ShoesIvanka Trump

The bride’s cousin did her makeup AND made the stunning bouquet below.

i loooooove Amy’s fur bolero & the red and purple bouquet!

About the couple:

Amy and David met for the first time in middle school. Amy must have made an impression on David, because he looked her up many years later when she was in her 3rd year of college at UVA. They went out for dinner in Charlottesville and had a great time catching up. David asked her out a few months later when they were both home in Burke, VA. Their first date was May 19, 2000. David was so nervous that they got very lost on the way to dinner and ended up in a parking lot, but it was the start to a great relationship.

They dated for many years and after being apart for a couple of years found each other again, realizing that they were meant to be together. Their proposal happened on the anniversary of their first date.

David had conspired with Amy’s boss and gotten her down to UVa (her alma mater) on the pretense of a work related assignment. She was wandering around the Grounds taking photos when David appeared. He eventually pulled her to the courtyard where he presented her with an album recounting their years together and when she got to the end he pulled out a ring.

About their wedding!

Since they got engaged at Amy’s college, they decided to have the wedding in Harrisonburg, where David went to school. Amy is Chinese-American and in her family, the expectation is to have a large Chinese banquet with numerous courses. They knew they didn’t want this traditional type of wedding but still wanted to be able to serve authentic Chinese food while also having some American dishes.

They decided to go with Beyond, an Asian fusion restaurant in downtown Harrisonburg owned by family friends. It was the first wedding for the small, 2-story restaurant. The choice was an unconventional one given that dinner guests would have to be split between two floors and several of the tables on the first floor would have to be removed to make room for dancing, but it worked out well. Guests who wanted to be away from the dancing and music were able to relax and chat upstairs.

Click inside for the rest of Amy & David’s modern Chinese-American Virginia wedding by Aubrey’s Photography.

Capitol Romance: Lynn & Dwuane’s Stylish, Washington DC Monuments Engagement Pictures

I’m baaaaaaaaaaaaaaack! Did you miss me?! I’ll admit, while it was insanely nice to be unplugged for an entire week, I did miss you all too. Mexico was GORGEOUS and I will be sharing a recap post on our trip at some point, but to get back into the swing of things, I figured a quintessential Washington, DC engagement session would do the trick.

It’s Monday and I haven’t been at work/answering emails/blogging in over a week. I can’t think of a better way to get back into it though, than with a stunning couple, so much in love, down by the National Mall.

The beautiful DC engagement session and love story is courtesy of Stacey Vaeth Photography, submitted via Two Bright Lights.

Lynn & Dwuane’s Washington DC Engagement Session at the National Mall & Monuments

How they met:

Dwaune I were actually set up, although I was unaware the set up was happening at the time. I previously worked with Dwaune’s college roommate and when I moved to DC his friend told Dwaune about me and suggested that we meet.

After a failed attempt at introducing us at a happy hour, Dwaune’s friend convinced us each to meet him at a party. I was under the impression Dwaune’s friend was alone, but when I arrived, Dwaune was there.  We talked that night and went on our first date a week later. As our relationship progressed I eventually learned that our meeting didn’t happen by chance. Luckily everything worked out and now Dwaune’s college roommate will be the best man at our wedding.

Click inside for the rest of this stunning Washington, DC engagement session from Stacey Vaeth Photography & the proposal story!

Greeting from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico!

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Romancers! In case you haven’t heard, I am off gallivanting through the beautiful shore of Cabo San Lucas in Mexico and will be out of the office until March 1st. Please excuse the lack of posting this week. I appreciate your patience! I will also have TWO NEW giveaways to announce upon my return. So hopefully that makes it up to you ;)

In the meantime, don’t forget to check out the awesome giveaways and discounts we have currently running:

I’ll be sure to instagram/facebook/tweet plenty of beach pictures if I can just in case you are interested ;) Have a great week everyone!


Capitol Inspiration: A Purple & Teal Rustic Elopement Styled Shoot

Before I leave you all for the week, I had to share this GORGEOUS purple & teal, rustic elopement styled shoot from Truly TY Photography [submitted via Two Bright Lights]. I’ve been recently obsessed with this color combo, and the way they transpire into the florals and simple tablscape design in this shoot is just stunning and insanely inspiring. Enjoy!

A Purple & Teal, Rustic Elopement Styled Shoot

Vendor List:

Floral Designer:  Aleen Floral Design
Makeup Artist/Hair StylistTiana Marie

Tianna from Truly TY Photography shares:

I love creativity and creation. I love moving outside the norm. I love doing and shooting something different. I love being about to create a plan like my stage manager self would if I was involved in a play production. Set the stage, find the props, cast the company, put on the production.

I originally went in on this wonderful Rustic Stylized Shoot again with the awesome Stephanie Judd Photography. She and I pouring our creativity and dual strengths to develop this fun elopement idea. We wanted something different. We wanted it small and intimate. We wanted it outdoors and we wanted lots of color. We wanted to capture the true emotion and and giddyness that comes with a perfect untouched and just simple wedding. An elopement. Just two people in love pledging that love to each other. So here it is Friends. The Rustic Elopement.

Click inside for the rest of the beautiful images from this styled rustic elopement, including pricing information for those interested in using the vendors/items you see in this shoot for YOUR wedding!

Capitol Wedding: Lauren & Tom’s Summer Sunflower Wedding in Old Town Alexandria, VA

I am super excited to share today’s Northern Virginia wedding for a few reasons. One, I know one of the bridesmaids (hi Bekah!!) and she is marrying one of my really good high school friends this year. Two, it takes place at the Lee-Fendall House, a stunning outdoor Northern Virginia wedding venue I am working at with Holly & Andrew this June (!!). And three, it features groomsladies with the COOLEST detail that I think we will certainly see more grooms ladies use in the future.

Lauren & Tom used the summer, outdoor garden scene to their benefit, incorporating beautiful shades of green and sunflowers into their wedding design [and adding some modern fun with a splash of hot pink]. The whole wedding was captured beautifully by Vita Images [submitted via Two Bright Lights].

Lauren & Tom’s Summer Garden Wedding at the Lee-Fendall House in Alexandria, VA


Hair Stylist:  Hair Design By Diane
Floral Designer:  Trader Joe’s

About the couple:

Lauren and Tom  chose to wed on a perfect sunny summer afternoon in the historic gardens of the Lee-Fendall House in Old Town Alexandria, Va. These college sweethearts met, dated, and fell in love at the University of Maryland. It is also the special place Tom chose to propose to Lauren on the weekend of their six-year anniversary.

A sneak peak of that awesome groomslady detail I mentioned above …

First look time! I love that Tom used his tie to cover his eyes – so cute!

Boom!! I LOVE THIS detail! Tom had his groomsladies use ties as belts to incorporate all the designs/colors. So awesome, right?!

This unique couple went against tradition and created a stunning bridal party. Not only did they have four bridesmaids, in a romantic bright pink, standing up for Lauren, but Tom included three “groomsladies” in addition to his groomsman. These “groomsladies” coordinated perfectly with their effeminate grey dresses and matching ties around their waist, just like Tom’s around his neck.

Click inside for the rest of this summer garden wedding at the Lee-Fendall House in Alexandria, VA from Vita Images!

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