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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!

 

 

Taylor & Stuart’s Yellow & Green DIY Frederick Maryland Wedding ~ Part 2

Yesterday we shared Part 1 of this gorgeous, yellow & green DIY Frederick, MD wedding and today we are sharing Part 2 for our Inspiration Friday feature. Today’s part is chock-full of DIY details from Taylor & Stuart’s handmade Maryland wedding, captured yet again by the super talented Rebekah J. Murray [submitted via Two Bright Lights].

Part 2 of Stuart & Taylor’s DIY, Yellow & Green Frederick, Maryland Wedding

Taylor on the Maryland wedding venue selection:

I chose the Gambrill House because I love all things antique, and after seeing pictures of a wedding Becka did a few years back, I called and found out that all we needed was a permit!!So from there my wedding became extra DIY.

there are those awesome multi-colored flats again!

how awesome does Taylor’s green & yellow bouquet look with Stuart’s sunflower boutonniere?

Love love love the mismatched bridesmaids in yellow & green [and particularly the lace overlay on the yellow dresses!!]

I even decided to have my bridesmaids wear two colors instead of just one.

love love love non-staged wedding party shots! this is no exception :)

Click inside to see the rest of Part 2 of this amazing Frederick, MD wedding ~ including a ton of DIY details!

Taylor & Stuart’s Yellow & Green DIY Frederick Maryland Wedding ~ Part 1

Anytime my gmail notification tells me I have a submission via Two Bright Lights from Rebekah J. Murray Photography, my heart skips a beat. Rebekah’s photography skills are not easily matched – and the weddings she shoots? Well they make my heart sing, and reaffirm my belief that the DC metro area CAN be offbeat & unique when it comes to weddings.

Rebekah has already allowed me to feature Natalie & Stewart’s whimsical, balloon- filled Virginia wedding [with some serious awesome water gun appearances] and Tiffany & Jimmy’s Vintage Maryland wedding [with that gorgeous tea-length lace dress & blue vintage VW getaway car!]. Now I get to share the amazingness that is:

Taylor & Stewart’s handmade, yellow & green DIY Frederick, MD wedding!

I have SO many gorgeous images from this shoot to share & all the handmade & DIY details from the bride, Taylor, that the second part of this feature will be shared tomorrow! Take it away Taylor:

My husband Stuart and I met in 2008, my last year of my undergrad as we were both psychology major’s and had a class together. We started dating the semester after, and quickly became best friends, and still are. :)

He is currently working on his master’s in Marriage & Family Human Services, and I just recently completed my master’s in Professional Counseling. We have two fantastic dogs, a black lab and a german shepherd, and live in Lynchburg, VA.

We are both happy, fun loving people and planned the wedding as one big giant party!

vintage frame turned chalkboard wedding welcome sign

love Taylor’s unique, handmade lace bridal hairpiece

Taylor shares the details on her wedding dress ~ from a secondhand store! [love]:

I bought my dress at a second hand [wedding] dress shop in Lynchburg, VA, – Church Street Bridal – and it happened to be a kleinfeld gown!

My mom’s friend embellished it for me in such a perfect way with a little lace and a whimsical flower, and hairpiece to match.

A bride in flats is a thing I ALWAYS love. So practical [a girl after my own heart] & Taylor shared:

I wore multi-colored Steve Madden flats that were just adorable in my opinion ;)

I couldn’t agree more ;)

My favorite colors are green and yellow, so it was easy to make these work with a late spring wedding.

Stuart’s mom works at a florist and hand made my bouquet for me.

love Taylor’s simple, natural-looking bridal makeup. Her face is just radiating natural beauty!

And off she goes for her first look!!

Click inside to see the rest of this adorable “first look” image sequence:

Borrowed Decor with Molly Cat Designs

It’s Friday. Get Inspired.

I think I have mentioned before that I have started doing more “inspiration”-centric posts on Fridays. And if I haven’t, well … I am doing more inspiration-centric posts on Fridays now :)

This morning I wanted to share some of the amazing decor details from the Borrowed Event AND take a little time to introduce the lady behind the amazing decor: Kristen with Molly Cat Designs.

 Kristen, Molly Cat Designs, & Her awesome Borrowed booth:

[via Ready Luck]

Kristen shares the details on her amazing Borrowed Event Design & Decor:

I was given an insanely amazing opportunity to design the space for the first ever, Borrowed Wedding Event.  Borrowed showcased some of the industry’s most creative vendors and was being held in an equally inspired venue, The American Visionary Art Museum.  With all of that imagination and energy in one space, the design for the room could not be boring.

Color was my main motivation for the design of the space.  While the room was amazing on its own—with gorgeous hardwood floors, industrial white rafters in the ceiling, and the most beautiful accent wall made of old barrel segments—the space needed to reflect the fun, youthful vibe of Borrowed and the colors of the four promo videos.

[via Sarah Park Events]

So seriously – how amazing did Kristen make streamers, paper heart garland, and fake flowers look!? A cascading streamer chandelier?! A colorful waterfall of paper hearts?!

And … my absolute favorite piece of her decor up next. I saw these babies from across the room when I got to Borrowed and I was instantly enamored. I practically ran over to them (just as my husband):

[via Jillian McGrath Photography]

I am obsessed – I think I inspecting every inch of these puppies. I never would have thought to spray paint fake flowers and make them into a centerpiece. But the metallic silver paint against the brightly colored table clothes – like SERIOUSLY, someone needs to do this for their cocktail hour (or hell, reception centerpieces) like yesterday!

 Kristen shares her inspiration AND how she made the decorations budget-friendly:

My goal was to inject as much color as possible into the room while also being cost effective.   Of course I utilized party supply stores for things like balloons and the almost 2,000 feet of crepe paper streamers used in the retail/tasting area, but I also love to go to places like the dollar store and home improvement stores to buy supplies.  The dollar store is an amazing place to buy bulk quantities of things like tissue paper, artificial flowers, and vases.   If you also give yourself the time to wander the aisles of places like Lowes or Home Depot; you will be amazed with the inspiration you can find.

 

[via Jillian McGrath Photography]

Combined with Maggpie Vintage Rentals “lounge” – our Borrowed Event space was absolute eye candy, 100% 1-of-a-kind AND completely budget-friendly decor.

Kristen adds some advice for budget-friendly wedding decorations:

My biggest piece of advice is that your decorations do not have to cost a lot of money to make a big impact—you just need some time and patience.  Most of my supplies came from the dollar store and I found a way to piece together low-cost items into something that would fill up the space.   However, if time and patience are not friends of yours, there are always people like me who would love to dream up and create decorations for your event.

[via Jillian McGrath Photography]

Hoping these colorful, budget-friendly decorations are getting your inspiration juices flowing this morning! A special thanks again to Kristen with Molly Cat Designs, for sharing her insight, advice & expertise. And a special thanks again to Jillian McGrath Photography, Ready Luck, and Sarah Park Events for letting us share their beautiful images!

It’s Friday. Get Inspired.

 

My Offbeat Washington DC Wedding ~ A Year Later ~ Part 1

A look back on my wedding day, 1 year later

I seriously don’t think I can believe that a whole year has come and gone since my wedding last November. For today, I have decided to take some time to reflect on the day, what I learned from planning it, and share some advice with readers as I look back at my own offbeat Washington, DC wedding just over a year ago … I hope you won’t mind sharing the therapeutic journey with me :)

My wedding day started in my condo in Arlington, VA ~ I wanted to have all my bridesmaids and parents with me getting ready, so we could be together that morning. The bathroom was a BIT crowded, but we had so much fun helping each other out.

Along with everyone getting ready in my condo – I also wanted “on-site” bridal hair. It took me HOURS of Google searching to find a hair stylist that would not only come to my house, not charge me a RIDICULOUS amount, AND could pull off the “modern-vintage” hairstyle I wanted. I cannot believe how lucky I was to find Julie of Jewel Hair Design for being that hair stylist. She single-handedly created hair masterpieces for my 2 sisters, 2 bridesmaids, my mom and I. And, every single one of us LOVED our hair.

Julie putting the finishing touches on my sister, while my sister helps my Mom :)

Before Kate Middleton made it cool to DIY your wedding makeup – I had decided to I wanted to do my own makeup for my wedding day too! I didn’t want to look airbrushed/too “made-up” so I went to MAC a few weeks before the wedding, practiced a few times before the big day … and then just did it!

My mom and younger sister help me put my dress on

Though I wasn’t big on traditions for my wedding day … I did do the “something old, new, borrowed, blue”. My something old was my late grandma’s pearls that I wrapped around my wrist to be a bracelet. My older sister had worn them in her wedding a few years previously. Here is my dad putting his mom’s pearls on my wrist.

This picture wouldn’t make sense to most people, but to my family, it has become a family tradition. My mom has a picture just like this from her own wedding. When my older sister got married, they continued the tradition, and then we did too! My parents have all three of these pictures framed on their hutch at home. I love this.

Read more to see the rest of my offbeat Washington, DC wedding!

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