Tate & Julie’s Whimsical Orange & Green Wedding in Fairfax, VA

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I’ve been super pumped to share this whimsical orange & green Virginia wedding from Kelly Ewell Photography [submitted via Two Bright Lights] ever since it dropped in my inbox. I fell in love with the fun colors, the bride donning chucks, and all the awesomely fun details they included at there reception – namely legos at the tables for guests to have fun with! The venue was also pretty freaking cool – a library!! A pretty perfect option for couples looking for offbeat, intimate wedding venues in Northern Virginia!

Plus, any wedding that makes mention to Mighty Ducks – certainly sounds like my kind of wedding ;)

Tate & Julie’s Whimsical, Orange & Green Wedding in Fairfax, VA

Vendors:

Catering: RR Catering

Venue: Old Town Hall

The proposal story:

Tate & Julie enjoy geocaching, which involves finding hidden containers using GPS coordinates. They decided to go out to search for a particularly tough cache that they hadn’t been able to find before.

Once they got out to look, they broke off in different directions. Julie was certain she was looking in the right spot, but Tate kept telling her that it was 25 yards further up.

As Julie got closer she saw the cache sitting in a tree trunk. She opened it and started looking through the contents when Tate pointed out a folded up piece of paper that said “Read Me“.

The note was a story about a boy and a girl who liked to go on adventures together and eventually fell in love.

The end of the story trailed off without an official ending, so Julie looked over to Tate a little confused.

It was then that she saw Tate down on one knee with a ring in his hand.

It had been a story about them and Tate had left it there the night before, so he finished off the story by asking if she would marry him. Of course Julie said yes!

Freaking LOVE this proposal story!! Click inside to see the rest of this awesome Virginia wedding ~ including games at the reception [legos!], an AWESOME & offbeat wedding invitation, and paper flower centerpieces!

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DIY Inspiration: DIY Wedding Projects from our Shel Silverstein Shoot

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A few months ago I collaborated with a ton of awesome wedding vendors to create a wedding styled shoot based on Shel Silverstein, specifically his “Dreamer” poem. We were incredibly pumped to hear that the shoot would be featured on Wedding Chicks and now that the feature is finally live, I thought I would break out some of the DIY projects that Abby Grace Photography & I did for today’s DIY Wednesday post!

DIY Lightbulb & Gold Wedding Details from our Shel Silverstein Inspired Wedding Shoot

Up first was our DIY Lightbulb Boutonniere, which to be honest, was sort of an accident. Abby & I realized the day of the shoot that we hadn’t asked Anthomanic to make us a boutonniere! So I grabbed a smaller lightbulb that we had on hand, grabbed an extra lose flower, and went to town with some floral tape and wire.

I was pretty happy with the simple, yet created lightbulb boutonniere that we ended up with. What do you think?

I DIYed their kiss?! – No, not exactly. If you focus on the top left of this picture, you will actually see some clouds that I DIYed to go with our “Dreamer” theme. I found a picture of a DIY cloud on Pinterest and I was SMITTEN. Thankfully I then found this DIY Cloud tutorial on Wedding High.

It was day, so they couldn’t really light up ~ but I thought they still added a nice, whimsical touch to our “ceremony” space.

In addition to the clouds, we thought it might be fun to add some hanging glitter gold lightbulbs from the trees for an added touch. Plus, we all know how I love hanging things from trees … [this might become my signature decor detail].

I used some Martha Stewart glitter paint in gold, painted the lightbulbs with 2 coats, and then hung them from the tree branches using light grey string. Easy Peasy!

The DIY details here included spray painting the flatware gold and using some gold wire to tie the napkin, menu & flatware together. Simple, but nice touches that add that extra something to the display.

When you do styled shoots [or really, this can work for real DIY weddings too, as I pointed out in my How to Have a DIY Wedding Advice series] you really want to make things that can be used twice. These lightbulb escort cards were taken down from the tree above, and then re-made into the seating cards with some simple paper name tags & double sided table!

Spray paint & gold glitter paint were obviously my best friends for this shoot. We mixed a bit of both into a mason-jar like vase and had it to adorn the dessert spread. This awesomely industrial wedding decor item now sits on my mantle at home and i LOVE it.

Finally ~ the Dessert Spread was basically all DIYed by Abby & me! The charcoal grey treys were purchased from goodwill and then spray painted a dark matte grey. All the desserts were meant to fit our “dreamer”, cloud theme – with angel food cake, cotton candy, meringues, and cream puffs! A truly unique wedding dessert display, if I do say so myself.

Check back on Friday for my FULL recap of our Shel Silverstein inspired “Dreamer” wedding shoot!!

Capitol Inspiration: A Washington DC Trash the Dress Session

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Baltimore MD based photographer, Joanna Tillman, dropped this gorgeous “Trash the Dress” meets “Rock the Frock” shoot in my gmail inbox a few weeks ago! She thought it would be perfect for Capitol Romance since it’s equal parts classy and offbeat.

I’m honored that someone thinks I’m classy ;)

Anyway, the couple decided to jump back into their wedding attire for a fun jaunt around Washington, DC. They hit up Ben’s Chili Bowl on U for some half smokes and then got into more of the ‘trashing’ of the dress in Meridian Hill Park. I always love hearing the bride or couple’s response to why they chose to do this sort of shoot. Bayside Bride has a great post on the “Trash the Dress” debate if you want to weigh in!

 Washington DC Trash the Dress Shoot

Here is are the details from Kristen, the bride:

“A few years after I graduated college I started working for an organization that assists people with intellectual disabilities in the city. During my time there I met Dick, a fellow assistant, and it didn’t take long for us to start spending lots of time together. We took long walks in the city, ate awesome food together, and soon we both knew that this was it!

We got married in early fall at a vineyard (it was beautiful!), but after the wedding we decided we wanted to take the time to do a fun photo shoot that showed off our personalities and also some of the local treasures DC has to offer!”

Click inside for the rest of the images from this Washington, DC Trash the Dress session by Joanna Tillman Photography!

Giveaway: Two Custom Sweetheart Chair Backers from Eight Tree Street

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It’s time for another giveaway! Today we are teaming up with the lovely Eight Tree Street [a local DC VA MD floral & wreath design company] to offer 2 custom sweetheart chair backers [not just for sweetheart tables!] for the married couple to be!

Eight Tree Street will work with the couple to design custom chair backers modeled after the following designs. Colors and ribbon [and additional bling] can be made to suite your wedding design.

Offer includes shipping to anywhere in the US and is valid from 1 year from today, August 28, 2013.

Giveaway entries close Thursday, September 6th! Entering is easy [as always!], just leave a comment here on your favorite design, and Like us on Facebook or Follow us on Twitter for an extra shot at winning. If you already follow us on social media, then share the giveaway for that extra chance!

The lovely chair backer designs:

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A Sudanese Wedding Bead Ceremony in Maryland

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Happy Monday Romancers!

Boy do I have something different for you today, on this beautiful Monday morning! We are taking a break from our usual DC area engagement session feature to share a different sort of wedding ceremony ~ a Sudanese Wedding Bead Ceremony, courtesy of IYQ Photography [one of my absolute favorite Richmond VA wedding photographers]. Kimie is just the bees knees and she is always sending me unique & alternative wedding features to share. This one is no different.

Kimie teased the ancient, awesome ceremony with this:

It was held at the bride’s parents house and was very DIY (her family made all of food, set up all the tents, chairs, etc). The actual ceremony was held in her parents den and even though they were down for me to come and shoot I felt like I was watching an ancient super secret ceremony. It was so packed and so intense in the room I almost felt like I was going to pass out from the heat and adrenaline.

Sounds pretty intense, but equally awesome. Let’s get this Monday rolling.

A Sudanese Wedding Bead Ceremony in Maryland

From the bride, Yathrib:

The traditional Sudanese wedding ceremony is held for the groom’s family to meet the bride’s family. Blessings of longevity, prosperity and fertility are given to the couple by the elders of both families. I was dressed in traditional Sudanese wedding attire; which includes red silk, gold, and jewels. While my husband also dressed in traditional groom attire of white linen. My hands and feet were adorned with bridal henna patterns. The ceremony involves being anointed in sandalwood oil, joining the couple together with a string of beads, and the lighting of incense. The ritual also includes the use of dates, henna, and pure milk; each item symbolizing an aspect of marriage.

Click inside for the rest of the images from this truly amazing wedding ritual. The reception included even more family involvement!

Tatiana & Ben’s Offbeat, Retro Wedding in the Catskills ~ Part 2

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“In the end, I married my favorite. Nothing else matters.”

 We are back with part 2 of Tatiana & Ben’s awesome, retro small-budget wedding up in the Catskills. Part 1 featured some pretty amazing ceremony shots [so much laughter and happiness!] and Part 2 focuses more on their handmade wedding decor and smashing reception. We also still have some additional great advice from Tatiana for all those planning a wedding. Here we go:

 love these touching shots from their first dance

Advice from Tatiana continues:

“THIS IS YOUR DAY.”  Um…no.  I just could not buy into that.  It was OUR day, as in Ben and I, but also it was a day for everyone to celebrate.  This meant a bunch of things, but above all, we tried to make choices that ensured that everyone was having a good time.

Since everyone spent money to travel out to the Catskills for our wedding, we made sure we could act as good hosts.  For us, this meant people were fed well and had access to an open bar all night. This also meant having a reception where our 12 nieces/nephews/cousins could act like kids and run around. Also meant having accomodation suggestions that spanned all price ranges.

We didn’t compromise on any aesthetic choices and everything reflected us to a T, but it was important to us that family and friends were comfortable and having a great time.

 

 

On their DIY wedding projects:

Because of the budget, we did practically everything ourselves.  My incredibly talented best friend, Shana Hale, designed invites and programs.  Ipod playlist. I did my makeup.  A good friend did my hair.

Centerpieces (which were a PROJECT) were crafted out of paper and made months in advance. Favors were CDs of the first soul music mix Ben ever made for me.

Saving so much money made it possible for us to throw a party with amazing food and open bar for 80 people.

love these paper flower centerpieces!

Advice on finding a venue that already has character ~ saves you money on decorating!

NOT HAVING TO DECORATE IS THE BEST.

Getting married in a restaurant that already had its own funky thing going on meant that we just had to put out some centerpieces and call it a day.  They had the cool mural, the lights already strung, the crazy bar, the fire pit with marshmallows, the beautiful setting overlooking the Catskill mountains.  We didn’t need to do anything more.

Click inside for the rest of Tatiana & Ben’s budget-friendly, retro wedding in the Catskills

Emily & Rick’s Old World Washington DC Wedding at St. Francis Hall

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Sometimes I do things unintentionally that work out – like scheduling Lindsey & Beto’s NE DC engagement session at the Franciscan Monastery, the same week as scheduling a wedding at the same place! Two monastery events, same week!

Turns out the Franciscan Monastery in DC also makes for a fabulous “old world” DC wedding venue at the St. Francis Hall on the grounds. The venue is stunning with its brick and gothic archways and luckily the talented Leo Druker Photography was on hand to capture not only the couple’s beautiful, personal DC wedding – but the stunning venue as well. [submitted via Two Bright Lights]

Emily & Rick’s Old World Washington DC Wedding at St. Francis Hall

Vendors:

Hair Stylist:  Cutsierge
Floral Designer:  Growing Wild Floral Co
Reception Venue: St. Francis Hall
Makeup Artist:  Bridal Artistry

About the couple:

We met while working at the Red Sox ticket office at Fenway Park. We both love baseball (go Nats!), and beyond that we both share a love of good food and drink and traveling. Over the years we’ve lived together in Boston, Italy, and now Washington DC.

About their DC wedding venue selection:

 We were married at St. Francis Hall in Northeast DC. We put a deposit down on the place without ever seeing it in person because we liked it so much from the photos and if we didn’t act fast the date would have been gone. We loved the old world feel of the hall with the gothic chandeliers, brick walls, wooden beams, and archways everywhere.

Click inside to see the rest of this beautiful Washington DC wedding, including the adorable DIY escort card coasters!

Jess & Jeff’s FUN Richmond, VA Wedding at Main Street Station

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“Jess and Jeff wanted their wedding to be a party in all senses of the word, and they definitely succeeded!”

Fun.

That was one of the main words that Andy & I kept coming back to when we started thinking about the type of wedding we wanted to have. We are fun people – we like fun, and the reception is supposed to be a celebration. So, let’s make our wedding FUN!

Ever since then, I have found myself gravitating towards couples that have that similar vibe and vision for their wedding. Fortunately Jen + Ashley Photography submitted this awesomely fun Richmond, VA to me via Two Bright Lights … and yes, it’s a FUN wedding.

 Jess & Jeff’s Modern Purple & Black Wedding in Richmond, Virginia

Vendors:

Photography: Jen + Ashley Photography 

Event Coordination + Design: Christine Rice with RSVP Consultants

Venue: Main Street Station – Richmond, VA

Florals: The Green Flamingo

Catering: White House Catering

Shoes: Miu Miu

Dress: Pronovias 

Makeup/Hair: Faces by Joy

DJ: Steven Carpenter

From the photographers, Jen + Ashley:

Did they have gorgeous details? Yep! Their wedding was elegant, gorgeous, and so classy. Main Street Station provided the perfect background- historic, classy, interesting and unique. But they also had something which I think can get so lost during the craziness and pressure of planning a perfect wedding…FUN.

Jess + Jeff (or “Jeffica” as their friends affectionately call them) set out with two things in mind for their wedding day. Getting married (duh), and having fun.

About the couple:

Jeff and I actually both went to Rutgers, but we didn’t meet until two years post-undergrad at a mutual friend’s birthday party in New York City! He went to HS senior prom with her (platonically), she was my friend from college…and fate took care of the rest in December of 2006 :)

Jeff and I are always on a mission to let loose and enjoy our time with friends.

About their wedding:

We were determined to make our wedding personal, unique and nothing but fun for our guests.

From our program teaching guests how to pronounce words in Hebrew (pretend like you’re hocking a loogie!)  to cake “shots” instead of a formal wedding cake, we wanted to show everyone that our wedding could be personal and heartfelt but silly and fun all at the same time.

The biggest compliment we’ve received from our friends is that our wedding “couldn’t have been anyone elses…it was so personal and so ‘Jeffica.’”

That, and our playlist of 90s hip hop kept EVERYONE on the floor all night!

 

Click inside for the rest of this fun & modern wedding in Richmond, VA ~ including all the unique wedding details at the ceremony & reception!

Lindsey & Beto’s Washington DC Engagement at the Franciscan Monastery

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Mondays: the constant struggle to accept that the weekend is over and a long work week is ahead of me.

Once I finally get my butt in gear and start blogging – it’s amazing how much my productivity grows and I am suddenly much happier than when I got out of my car and began my walk into the office :)

For this morning’s engagement session, we have the lovely Lindsey & Beto, a stunning couple with a common faith that decided to use the Franciscan Monastery in NE DC [my hood! what what?] for their Washington, DC engagement session. The shoot was shot beautifully by Evelyn Alas Photography [the colors in this session are downright dreamy!] and submitted via Two Bright Lights.

Lindsey & Beto’s Franciscan Monastery Engagement Session in NE Washington DC

How they met:

Lindsey and Beto met three years ago, at a dinner party through a mutual friend. Despite many attempts by the friend to introduce Lindsey to Beto, they finally meet that evening at the worst time.

Lindsey was ill and not her bubbly self, but that didn’t dissuade Beto to take an interest in her. He even drove her home that night since she wasn’t feeling well and the rest is history!

About the couple:

Lindsey has always had a deep love for latin culture. Beto is Mexican and they both enjoy learning and traveling. Since Beto and Lindsey are Catholic, they couldn’t think of a more appropriate place for their engagement session, at the Franciscan Monastery in NE Washington. D.C. Lindsey and Beto look forward in getting married on August 18th.

Click inside for the rest of Lindsey & Beto’s DC engagement session ~ including their proposal story!

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