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DIY Inspiration: DIY Photobooth Backdrops

DIYing a photobooth for your wedding is a great way to cut some costs. You could do what we did – and turn it into a photo guestbook using fujifilm instax cameras, or have it setup for one of your photographers to take pictures in front of!

I am currently working on making my own DIY photobooth backdrop for the Bachelorette party I am hosting next weekend. I’ll share my own tutorial next week, but figured it might be fun to share a bunch of photobooth backdrop inspiration pictures and tutorials from around the blogosphere for those of you that might be thinking of making a photobooth backdrop for your wedding or event!

Happy DIY Wednesday Romancers!

 DIY Wedding Inspiration: DIY Photobooth Backdrops

1. Tinsel Photobooth Backdrop from Lovely Indeed [with tutorial!]

DIY photobooth backdrop tinsel hot pink cheap easy

2. Crepe Paper Ombre Photobooth Backdrop from Momma D & Da Boyz [with tutorial!]

While this “backdrop” is actually art – I could totally see this working as an AWESOME DIY photobooth backdrop. I cannot believe that the ruffles are STREAMERS!!

3. DIY Wax Paper Dots Backdrop via Green Wedding Shoes [with tutorial]

 4. Vintage Book Pages Photobooth Backdrop from 7 Year Wedding

5. DIY Sequin Photobooth Backdrop from Oh Happy Day [with tutorial]

Did I miss any good ones? It’s amazing how cheap and easy this DIY wedding decor item can actually be. These backdrops would probably make for awesome DIY wedding altars as well!

As always, let us know if you made a DIY photobooth backdrop for your wedding or event! We would love to share it :)

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Rachel & Bill’s Quaint, Jewish Wedding in Washington, DC

Believe it or not – sometimes there are couples out there that don’t really care all that much about every single detail, design, or color involved in their wedding. Some couples want things simple and really just want to be married.

Sometimes, I find this refreshing – that a couple’s only goal when it came time to plan their wedding, was to be married. And that is why I wanted to share this beautifully down-to-earth, Jewish wedding courtesy of Jessie Mary Photography.  As a wedding blogger, I know that readers love looking at wedding details – but sometimes those overly styled weddings can become exhausting and even sometimes depressing [as you attempt to out-detail & out-design everyone else]. So much focus is put on the details of the day – that you might forget the reason for the party … oh yeah – your marriage!

Really guys, that IS the whole point of a wedding – to be married, and to share the celebration with your family and friends! So for today I am sharing Rachel & Bill’s Washington, DC wedding at McLean Gardens – full of beautifully understated design, touching Jewish traditions, and a whole bunch of LOVE.

Rachel & Bill’s Down-to-earth, Washington DC Jewish Wedding at McLean Gardens

Vendors:

Caterer:  Washington Parties

Event Planner:  Glow Weddings and Events

Floral Designer:  Edge Floral Event Designers

Cake Designer:  Fancy Cakes by Leslie

Event Venue:  McLean Gardens

love love love the simple beaded detail along the v-neck of this wedding dress!

Rachel – print & frame this for upcoming Father’s day – SUCH a great shot!

Time for a first look!

 Click inside for the rest of Rachel & Bill’s beautiful Jewish wedding in Washington, DC!

Capitol Inspiration: Backyard Wedding & DIY Details from a PA Wedding

Friday Inspiration posts are quickly becoming one of my favorite things to share. I think it’s because it allows me to accept some non-DC area features that get submitted to me on Two Bright Lights. It would always pain me to turn down an awesome wedding or feature, just because it wasn’t in the proper region. But now with my Friday Wedding Inspiration posts – I can share the awesomeness, no matter where it’s located, AND in turn, continue to inspire the DC, MD, & Northern VA area with offbeat, DIY & non-traditional weddings :)

This Pennsylvania wedding is a must see – the whole thing took place in a backyard [love me some backyard weddings], amidst gardens that the bride’s grandparents had planted years ago and the details were to die for! It included a DIY altar, vintage church windows, an ice cream truck, and a game of kickball … all at the reception! A kickball game at a wedding reception? Love.

These beautiful images were shared courtesy of Gypsy Tree Photography & were submitted via Two Bright Lights. Enjoy!

From the photog:

The ceremony was held in the gardens surrounded by rhododendron bushes. The alter was built by the couple and was rustic and gorgeous, made out of trees and vintage church windows. A reception directly followed the ceremony, being held in a different part of the gardens.

The reception had many amazing highlights including a visit from an ice cream truck and a game of kickball. The vintage/rustic theme rang true through every aspect of their wedding; from the vintage floor model radio that played music before the ceremony to the reception tables covered in quilts as tablecloths.

It was a perfectly planned out, right down to every little detail.

a super fun way to hold your drinks for a backyard wedding? put the kegs & win in a BOAT. love this!

mason jars with chalkboard paint so guests can write their names on their cups!

love this vintage suitcase cardbox [want to make one? Check our DIY Vintage Suitcase Card Box Tutorial here]

their DIY wedding ceremony altar came out STUNNING!

Click inside for the rest of these beautiful pictures of a real, backyard wedding with tons of backyard wedding details & DIYs!

Stella & Terence’s Irish & English Inspired Northern Virginia Wedding

A groom from Ireland & a bride from Wiltshire [a Southerner!], England – throwing a DIY, handmade wedding in Northern Virginia. I think I love everything about the sentence I just typed.

Douglas Pettway Photography dropped this stunner of a wedding in my Two Bright Lights inbox, and the minute I got the details from Stella – I was smitten. Terence & Stella used a TON of DIY, borrowed, thrifted, & low-budget purchases to create the wedding of their dreams. They also relied heavily on my 4th DIY Wedding Tip, having friends & family volunteer a lot of time & talent to their wedding. I know you will love this one :)

Terence & Stella’s Handmade, Budget-Friendly Northern Virginia Wedding

About the couple:

Terence and Stella met at the 21st birthday party of a mutual friend in Terence’s hometown of Limerick, Ireland in 2001. They started dating the following year, while Stella was at University in Liverpool. After a few years in a long-distance relationship, Terence moved to England, and in 2006 they began their American adventure by moving to the DC area. Terence is an engineer in the aerospace industry, and Stella is an interior designer. They live in Sterling, VA with their Alaskan Malamute, Madra.

Stella tried on lots of dresses in stores and finally found one she liked that was way over budget. So she searched online and found a vendor to recreate the dress for a third of the cost.

Since it was still winter, darker rich colours seemed more appropriate, but we still wanted to have some fun, and to get away from the typical winter wedding colours, so we paired navy dresses with orange shoes for our ladies outfits, the bride wore blue shoes, and we used cream, blue and orange flowers to tie things together elsewhere.

Looking for a barn wedding venue in Northern Virginia? Coomber Hall sounds amazing! The couple shares why they chose it as their wedding venue:

 We knew we wanted an older venue, but struggled to find a place that would allow us to fit all our guests in one room without using a marquee (it was a February wedding), and to have flexibility while still having charm and authenticity. Stella’s step-mother came across the civil war era venue Coomber Hall and emailed a link to her. Once we visited, we knew it would be perfect, and it was only a couple of miles from St Joseph’s church where the ceremony was taking place. The estate has a gorgeous old house which backs to a pair of barns – one derelict, one renovated and used as a school of music, dance venue and now wedding venue.

I love this detail about the yellow car they used for the wedding:

A friend volunteered to drive from Baltimore with their daughter’s pre-restoration 1967 Chevy Impala to use as the wedding car. As huge fans of the tv show ‘Supernatural’, it was the couple’s dream car!

Click inside for the rest of Stella & Terence’s handmade, family-run Northern Virginia wedding ~ with lots more details on their DIY projects!

Discount Alert: Discount on Geek Chic Wedding Save the Date Evites from Geekvites

We are kicking off this week with a BANG. It’s going to be a full week of posts, giveaway announcements, discounts & more. So sit back, relax, and let’s all try to get through another week together :)

I love Twitter [shhh don’t tell Facebook] probably more than anything in the social media universe [yes, even you Pinterest]. The information – the resources – everything, it’s just faster, greater, and easier on Twitter. The vendors I’ve met, the connections I’ve made, the help I’ve found – most of it comes from Twitter.

Enter Geekvites.

Thanks to Twitter I connect with this new online, wedding save the date business that couldn’t be more Capitol Romance. I mean, they have Geek in their business name, and feature a Harry Potter Save the Date – what more could I ask for?!?!

 To celebrate the awesomeness of this new business, we are teaming up with Geekvites to offer my readers a discount on any order!

How to get the Discount:

Simple – like Capitol Romance & Geekvites on Facebook, and then send us an email! [If you already like us, share this discount announcement on your Facebook/Twitter to get the discount instead]. We will then send you the discount code!

Easy Peasy.

Now, go get your geek on – and check out the geektastic (yet chic!) save the dates from Geekvites!

 

 

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