Giveaway: Hand Painted Mr. & Mrs Chair Back Signs

As mentioned yesterday, we will be giving away our hand painted Mr & Mrs Chair Back Signs from our John & Abigail Adams Modern Love Story Wedding Shoot!!

The signs were handpainted by Just Write Studios and can easily be hung to the back of chairs or other places you might image. The colors are teal and coral against a charcoal grey background. The signs measure approximately 9.5” by 7.5” and are super light!

Lots of images here courtesy of Mollie Tobias Photography:

hand painted wedding chairbacks Mr Mrs giveaway

hand painted wedding chairbacks Mr Mrs giveaway

hand painted wedding chairbacks Mr Mrs giveaway

hand painted wedding chairbacks Mr Mrs giveaway

hand painted wedding chairbacks Mr Mrs giveaway

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Capitol Inspiration: A Modern, John & Abigail Adams Love Story Themed Wedding Shoot

A few months ago I collaborated on a styled shoot with some pretty fabulous DC wedding vendors. Mollie Tobias Photography was the motor being the whole thing, offering to do a giveaway here on Capitol Romance to give away a styled shoot for one lucky couple that could tell their love story creatively. We picked Hilary & her husband Paul – a couple that loved colonial history and especially the love story of John & Abigail Adams. They even used one of Abigail’s love letters to John as a reading during their wedding ceremony.

Now, being that I love to do things differently, I didn’t want to do a colonial/traditional type setup – instead I wanted to do a modern take on this old love story, using brighter, bolder colors and mixing modern details with antique furnishings.

We were thrilled to have this shoot featured on two awesome blogs, Wedding Wire Blog & Love Photographs Beautifully! Check out our favorites form the shoot, below.

A Modern John & Abigail Adams Love Story Wedding Styled Shoot

 Modern, presidential love story themed wedding coral teal blue


Photography: Mollie Tobias Photography | Coordination & Design: Capitol Romance | Florals & Styling: Studio DBI | Vintage Rentals: Something Vintage Rentals | Grooms Attire & Styling: Outspoken Groom | Bride’s Dress: Punk Rock Bride via Soliloquy Bridal | Hair Stylist: Bridal Beauty Associates | Makeup Artist: The Makeup Chic | Cake & Desserts: Market Salamander | Invitation Suite & Calligraphy: Just Write Studios | Venue: Headquarters DC

Jenny with Just Write Studios went above and beyond with the invitation suite – check out these details. She looked up the address of where Abigail Adams lived before marrying John AND found Abigail Adams stamps online!

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Stunning florals by Studio DBI – the perfect mix of modern and vintage.

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Our bride, Hilary actually DIYed the paper flowers from a book of love letters!

paper flower boutonniere

We used modern florals and a striking color palette of mint, gold, bright blue, and coral. We mixed the vintage rentals with a modern, industrial venue, and we had a more modern groom to a slightly vintage bride (though her fabulous dress was ALL modern).

Modern, presidential love story themed wedding coral teal blue

Modern, presidential love story themed wedding coral teal blue

Mollie actually DIYed the mugs too!

Modern, presidential love story themed wedding coral teal blue

We did a simple little sweetheart table for the tablescape – tea and desserts for two!

Modern, presidential love story themed wedding coral teal blue

Modern, presidential love story themed wedding coral teal blue

Click inside for the rest of the images from our Modern John & Abigail Adams, Love Story Inspired Wedding Shoot!

Wedding Music That Doesn’t Suck: “Chloe” by Grouplove

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We are wasting no time getting this week started. Today’s Wedding Music That Doesn’t Suck, alternative wedding song suggestion, is nothing short of toe-tapping, seat dancing, awesomeness.

Let’s not mention the fact that we have a giveaway starting today AND some more goodness from our most recent styled shoot collaboration. It’s going to be a good day. Even if it is Monday.

There is a ton to love about this song, “Chloe” by Grouplove. The opening electric guitar riff, the catchy drum beat, and the easy to sing along lyrics. There is not much weddingness in this song, so I’d say keep it to your cocktail hour playlist, or maybe if you are doing the reception ipod DJ thing, it’d be a great addition for the dancing part of the evening.

I mean, I am dancing at my desk, right now, simultaneously as I type this. So yeah, I think people will dance to it at your wedding.

Happy Monday Romancers. Check back later for our Modern John & Abigail Adams Love Story styled shoot AND a new giveaway!

Capitol Inspiration: Wedding Details from a Glitter & Glitz, Outdoor Eclectic Wedding Shoot

Not much to say about today’s wedding inspiration post, other than that it’s super eclectic and really pretty. It’s one of those shoots that is a true mixture of themes, colors, and textures – a little “something for everyone” if you will.

The shoot was shot by A Muse Photography, designed by Amore Events and submitted via Two Bright Lights. We’ll let the beautiful images of blues, golds, and glitter take it from here…

Wedding Design & Decor from An Eclectic, Outdoors Wedding Shoot with Glitter & Glitz

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Photographer:  A Muse Photography | Hair Stylist:  Top Knot Studio| Truck Rental:  Rounton Farm | Event Planner:  Amore Events by Cody | Floral Designer:  Couture Design EventsCake Designer: Cakes Unlimited, Sweethaus | Lighting:  MS Events | Equipment Rentals:  Paisley & Jade | Table & Bar Rental: Real Southern Accents| Makeup Artist:  Charlottesville Makeup Artist | Shoes:  Kate Spade | Jewelry:  erin mcdermott jewelry | Tuxedo and Mens Attire:  Bella Rosa Bridal | Event Venue: Spring Creek Golf Course

eclectic outdoors virginia wedding gold glitter

love the mix of royal blue with golds

eclectic outdoors virginia wedding gold glitter

feathers dipped in gold glitter? yes please!

eclectic outdoors virginia wedding gold glitter

eclectic outdoors virginia wedding gold glitter

a boutonniere from blueberries?! oh heck yes.

unique boutonniere blueberries eclectic outdoor virginia wedding

eclectic outdoors virginia wedding gold glitter

very classic, modern bridal updo

modern elegant bride updo hairstyle

Click inside for the rest of this eclectic, outdoor Virginia wedding Styled Shoot !

Capitol Wedding: Naomi & Joe’s Intimate, Washington DC Wedding (Planned in 2 weeks!!)

“Joe and Naomi called to book me ten days before their wedding. Technically, they weren’t even engaged yet as Joe hadn’t proposed, but they knew they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together.”

And so opened photographer Rachael Foster‘s submission to me for Naomi & Joe’s intimate DC wedding. I felt like I didn’t need to know anything else, a couple that plans their DC wedding in 2 weeks sounds like the kind of couple I want to feature – a wedding that was mostly about the marriage and less about the reception details. Yes please!

But just because the timeline was short, doesn’t mean this DC wedding wasn’t gorgeous. Bridesmaids in mismatched purple dresses, a bride with a stunning vintage hairstyle & birdcage veil, and a unique & beautiful (I mean beautiful) bouquet made for a beautiful feature.

Naomi & Joe’s Intimate, Purple DC Wedding at the Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square

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Photography: Rachael Foster Photography | Venue: Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square | Bakery: Heidelberg Bakery | Florist: Enchanted Florist | Submitted: Two Bright Lights

From the photographer, Rachael Foster Photography:

Joe and Naomi called to book me ten days before their wedding. Technically, they weren’t even engaged yet as Joe hadn’t proposed, but they knew they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together. Originally, they planned to have a judge marry them with a few witnesses present, but when they announced their intentions, friends and family begged to be included.

Thus, they put together their beautiful wedding day in under two weeks (and Joe did finally propose–exactly seven days before the wedding).

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On Naomi’s stunning bouquet:

Our florist was the Enchanted Florist in Old Town. They were amazing and were willing to work on a short time frame and a budget. I chose the bouquet (from pics online) and they were able to recreate it beautifully.

stunning unique purple bridal bouquet

From the bride, Naomi on their DC wedding venue selection:

Joe was really central in choosing the venue. It was his first choice for wedding venues based on the location – we both are into politics etc and the venue had a lot of culture and the character of DC that we wanted in our wedding.

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vintage simple DC bride

intimate washington DC first look pictures

intimate low budget washington dc wedding alternative

Click inside for the rest of Naomi & Joe’s beautiful, intimate DC wedding ~ including the details on planning their wedding in just two weeks!

Capitol Venue: Offbeat Washington DC Wedding Venue Round-up

*UPDATE 2015: Unfortunately both Stroga & Epic Yoga have closed their doors since the writing of this post.*


It’s been a long time since I’ve blogged about wedding venues in the DC metro area. Originally when I started Capitol Romance, I wanted to highlight a venue once a week – hah! My was I optimistic (and completely unaware of how difficult that would eventually prove to me). However I get a TON of web traffic to my Washington DC Gardens Venue post I did a long time ago (lots of people want outdoor wedding venues in DC apparently) and I get a lot of hits to the blog for “cheap DC wedding venues” – which I am not sure I do the best at sharing.

But, for today, I’d love to share a round-up of some of DC’s best ‘offbeat’ wedding venues. You know, the non-hotel ballroom types.

Now, Washington DC isn’t exactly Brooklyn, so when it comes to offbeat wedding spaces, we aren’t exactly overflowing with lofts or industrial space. But we do have some pretty sweet alternative venue options in a few parts of the city that allow for some awesome nontraditional DC weddings.

Offbeat & Alternative Washington DC Wedding Venues Roundup

#1. Yoga Studios: Stroga & Epic Yoga

Stroga, in Adams Morgan and Epic Yoga in Dupont Circle, are two of the COOLEST event venues I have yet to see in DC. Epic Yoga has exposed brick, wood floors, high loft-like ceilings, fireplaces …. about as close to an industrial space as we are going to get in DC proper.

[via Yelp]

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Stroga features chandeliers, a grand staircase entrance, and exquisitely ornate detailing on the walls.

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I am suuuuuuuuuuper pumped to be working a wedding at Stroga this fall. For a real wedding at these locations, check out Ashley & Dave’s Super Local DC wedding on A Practical Wedding at Stroga . Please send us your wedding if you had it at Epic Yoga!

#2 Art Studios : Fathom Gallery, Longview Gallery

Art galleries are always a good wedding venue choice – mostly because they need little decorations, the space is already decorated with beautiful and unique art!  Two of my favorite galleries in DC proper are Fathom Gallery and Longview Gallery.

We won’t go in-depth on Longview, because we already did an entire post on this space. Fathom Gallery is just as cool though, with some more exposed brick and hardwood floors, however, the space is much smaller than Longview.

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Though not a wedding, Karson Butler Events designed a stunning baby shower at the gallery, with vibrant feathers & colors everywhere. It gives you an idea of how an offbeat wedding might look in the space. Check it out here.

[Image via Abby Jiu Photography]

#3 Markets: Eastern Market’s North Hall

A while back I featured a beautiful wedding at Eastern Market’s North Hall and ever since then, I get a fair amount of readers that email me to ask for more information about getting married there.

The location is PERFECT, the building is beautiful, and it certainly lends itself to being nontraditional. Plus the surrounding area provides some pretty sweet spots for wedding portraits. Check out more information on wedding rentals at Eastern Market here.

 #4 Theaters: Woolly Mammoth & Arena Stage

The Woolly Mammoth was actually on my own original wedding venue list and the Arena Stage was only recently constructed in SE DC – but both are super modern. Huge ceilings, open air spaces, and beautiful metal and wood details make either of these spaces an awesome selection for an offbeat DC wedding venue.

Woolly Mammoth’s Kogod Lobby

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Check out a real wedding at the Woolly Mammoth Theater here. The Arena Stage is equally stunning and I think, even a bit more expansive and impressive than Woolly Mammoth (plus I loovvvee the concrete floors).

Arena Stage Wedding

[Arena Stage website]

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United With Love had an awesome Arena Stage wedding on their blog last week! Check it out here.

Ok Romancers – what’d I miss?! Any other good ‘offbeat’ venues out there in Washington, DC? I’d love to keep adding to this post!

Capitol Wedding: JD & Trey’s Personalized, Rustic Orange & Purple Northern Virginia Wedding

Words are failing me presently as I try and begin a post about one of the most amazing weddings I have ever attended. Perhaps I should start with where it began – over a year ago when I posted a tweet that I was looking for a graphic design intern to help create some graphics for my blog. Traci was sent my way, like an angel from rad people heaven, and we had an instant connection. We shared a love of Harry Potter, Andrew McMahon, alternative weddings, and so much more!

We worked together seamlessly as Trey designed my DC flag logo, helped me to update my blog template, and accompanied me to Borrowed. And then I got the fabulous email from her saying, I’M ENGAGED!” and our friendship grew further, as she asked me to be her day of coordinator. I was honored, and nervous, and oh so excited. I knew if there was ever an awesome wedding to be had, it would certainly be Trey &JDs!

And let me just tell you – their wedding exceeded every single expectation I had. Their family was insanely welcoming, their wedding party was SO fun (I had some serious friend envy), their DIY projects were executed beautifully, and the entire day was just 100% them. Oh but there is SO MUCH MORE, including a singing first look, rad paper products designed by the bride, AND a personal song written and performed by one of the bridesmaids, accompanied by the bride’s brother on guitar.

This song – seriously I wish I had a video of it to share with this post – I can STILL remember some of the lyrics and by the end of the song, almost all of the wedding guests were singing along. It was downright magical.

AH. OK enough chatting from me, let’s get this feature going. God I loved this wedding.

Trey & JD’s Personalized, DIY Orange & Purple Northern Virginia Wedding at Morven Park

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Photographer: Kristi Odom Photography | Venue: Morven Park | Catering: R&R Catering | Cake: Fluffy Thoughts | Hair Stylist: Jewel HD | Makeup Artist: The Make-up Chic | Bride’s Dress: White Swan in Vienna, VA | Bridesmaids Dresses: H&M and Nordstrom | Bulk Flowers: Wegmans

So many details from the bride, Trey:

As a photographer myself, every bit of planning for my wedding was all for the ultimate goal of, “I must have gorgeous photos!” But of course, all my details would have been futile had I not had the amazing Kristi Odom there behind the lens to capture everything with her artistic eye. It’s been 8 months since I married JD and looking at these photos makes it feel like it was only yesterday.

This wedding was almost entirely DIY, and many thanks to my bridesmaids and JD’s groomsmen, our family and friends and of course Bree for coordinating our day – it is a day I absolutely treasure.

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On their amazing, DIY wedding invitations:

I designed the invitations myself, using a mixture of Adobe Illustrator to create the airmail border, Photoshop for the postmarks and InDesign to lay the whole suite out. It was a labor of love, to say the least! I loved doing the airmail border in orange and purple (my wedding colors) as it was just enough of a riff on the standard red/blue for my tastes.

DIY rad alternative northern virginia wedding DIY budget friendly purple orange

I also did all the bouquets myself, with the help of my maid of honor and mom. I wanted a wildflower, weedy look, so if they didn’t look super shaped and polished, it wasn’t a big deal!


I had been growing my hair out for what felt like eons to get it this long! Julie of Jewel Hair Design did a gorgeous beachy-wave waterfall braid, and tucked a bright orange lily into the side. Unfortunately that flower got crushed during portraits, so you’ll see the flower gets changed out every so often :)

DIY rad alternative northern virginia wedding DIY budget friendly purple orange


Suzanne of The Make-Up Chic did a fantastic job on my makeup! I didn’t look shiny in ANY of my photos, despite it being about 90 degrees that day. She knew I didn’t wear a lot of makeup, so she really found the perfect balance between making me feel dolled-up and like a clown.

The bride’s advice on the “First Look”:

I can’t say this enough: Do a first look! It relieves so much stress and makes the day go so much smoother to have that intimate moment with your soon-to-be husband without the eyes of guests on you when you see each other for the first time.



How freakin’ amazing is that?! A singing, guitar playing  first look?! GASH! So in awe of Trey’s talents!

When I started planning, I knew I wanted to do something special for our first look. My fiancé had never heard me sing or play guitar before, so I decided to start our marriage off by serenading him with “Terrified” (a la Didi Benami from American Idol) as I walked up to him in the garden. I barely made it through without crying, but he tells me to this day, that is one of his favorite parts of the wedding.



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Click inside for the rest of Trey & JD’s ah-mazing DIY wedding, including all the beautiful details, their gorgeous ceremony under a willow tree, hilarious reception photos, and SO MUCH MORE!

Capitol Romance: Keetah & Diego’s Laid Back, Golden Hour DC Engagement in Columbia Heights

It’s Monday. And I’m SICK. Those two things should NEVER be combined.

But since they are, I will try not to dwell on it too much and instead focus on this beautiful DC engagement session that we are sharing today courtesy of the wonderful Sarah Gormley Photography.

I finally had the chance to meet the super talented Sarah last week and my OH my was I pumped that I did. She is awesome – the exact type of vendor that look forward to sharing with my clients and hopefully featuring a lot more here on Capitol Romance.

Besides the obvious name envy with these two (Keetah & Diego – I mean, seriously rad names) I am totally digging their laid back love. The casual batman tshirts, the relaxed feel to their engagement shoot, and the LAUGHTER. It was almost impossible to find more than a few frames from the set that didn’t have Keetah & Deigo laughing. I love it. A pretty good way to get my mind off this stupid cold and the fact that it’s Monday, don’t you think?

Keetah & Diego’s Laid Back, Columbia Heights Engagement Session in Washington, DC

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From Sarah Gormley Photography on the couples’ session:

These two make each other laugh – and how gorgeous do they look doing it?? Keetah & Diego are such a kind, happy & laid-back couple, and I think their warm personalities really shine through in these photos. Walking around Columbia Heights during DC’s gorgeous golden hour, shooting in beautifully lit back-alley ways and ending the session with tacos & beers, I was struck by how insanely lucky I am that photography has connected and reconnected me with people like these. So looking forward to shooting Keetah & Diego’s wedding in a jazz club in November.

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casual dc hipster engagement pictures columbia heights

casual dc hipster engagement pictures columbia heights

casual dc hipster engagement pictures columbia heights

casual dc hipster engagement pictures columbia heights

casual dc hipster engagement pictures columbia heights

Click inside for the rest of Keetah & Diego’s laid back, Columbia Heights engagement session in DC by Sarah Gormley Photography.

Capitol Inspiration: Details & Decor from a Winter Themed Wedding Shoot

FRIDAY! We did it! I wasn’t so sure I was going to make it this week. I think it took me until yesterday to finally make up for that 4am bedtime last Saturday (Brooklyn + Live It Out Photography = No Sleep ;) But I am looking forward to sharing today’s wedding inspiration post AND this weekend is a wedding weekend for me – but I don’t have to work, I get to be a guest! Woooo!

Today’s winter themed styled shoot is brought to us by Terri Baskin Photography and Miraculous Events (oh yeah and a TON of other talented Virginia wedding vendors!). The team came together to create an entire styled wedding around the winter season – which seems to be growing in popularity as of late. There are pinecones, snowflakes, hints of spice, spiked eggnog, and a stunning chevron wedding cake.

The tablescape is top notch and the florals (by Wedding Muse) are to die for – super unique and stunning! Plenty of details that would be beautiful for any type of winter or woods themed wedding. Enjoy!

Details & Decor Inspiration from a Winter Themed Wedding Styled Shoot

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Photographer:  Terri Baskin Photography| Hair & Makeup Artist: Brooke Stone Stylist, LLC | Chevron Wedding Cake Designer: Lil Tea’s Specialty Desserts | Cupcakes, Cakepops & Cookies Designer: Fat Girl Cakes LLC | Brides & Bridesmaids Attire: Ava Laurenne Bride | Groom’s Attire: Formal Envy | Floral Designer: Wedding Muse | Event Planner: Miraculous Events | Jewelry & Accessories: Lindsay Clark, Premier Designs Jewelry | Stationery Design: Sage Letterpress | Rental Company: Fredericksburg Rentals | Venue: Eden Try Estate | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

From Miraculous Events:

As a wedding planner, I always try to come up with ways to do the impossible for my clients and make them happy in any way possible. I live in Northern VA, so the possibility of snow is pretty much a no-go, but what happens for DMV brides who just HAVE to have a winter-themed wedding, but still would like to be married in the area. Well, while snow may not be present, there is always room to integrate some cool winter touches to their special day.

Our special winter-themed touches included the beautiful tablescape, snowflaked-kissed cupcakes, and spiked eggnog. I believe this inspiration shoot would put a smile on any VA bride wanting a winter wonderland wedding!

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bridesmaids in pale pink AND tights!!! LOVE!

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love this all green, leafy bridal bouquet – so unique & simple, but beautiful!

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Click inside for the rest of this beautiful Winter Wedding Themed Styled Shoot from Teri Baskin Photography & Miraculous Events!

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