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Lauren & Ben’s Intimate DC War Memorial Elopement

Images: Lissa Ryan Photography

This weekend felt like the calm before the storm. There is so much about to happen in mine & Andy’s lives, that I am having already starting to bubble over with how much needs to get done in such a short time, how many things are going to be happening in such a short time, and how much change we are about to go through. Let’s top it off with the 3 weddings I have in May, Andy being out of town almost this entire week, me being out of town this weekend, and somehow still attempting to find the time to blog and keep our lives in tact. Weeeee! So forgive me in advance if the blog goes rogue these next few weeks, it might be all I can do to get up in the mornings and function, much less stick to my blogging calendar – but we shall see. For today we have the sweestest, intimate Washington, DC elopement down at the DC War Memorial. Happy Monday Romancers.

This beautiful couple met while Lauren was working in Africa, and when she came back to the United States, Ben couldn’t let her go without him.

When planning their wedding, Lauren and Ben knew that a big, fancy affair wasn’t for them – they really just wanted the people they loved the most around them while they exchanged vows.  Luckily, Ben’s mother and some of his siblings were able to make the long journey to be there for the wedding!

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Rachel & Deaglan’s Washington DC Elopement at The W Hotel

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Images: Valerie Demo

Do the weeks feel somehow longer since last Tuesday or is it just me? I’ll admit I am still riding the struggle bus over here and wondering if/when these feelings will ever end. I want to feel “normal” again, but when I start to, I get nervous about my complacency. It’s a roller coaster indeed, but I’m trying to take more of the happy while I can. With that, I have a gorgeous DC elopement to share today from the insanely talented (and super boss lady) Valerie Demo. Enjoy her gorgeous images & this truly romantic love story.

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Rachel and Deaglan. Their story is like a rom-com. One year ago, Rachel and Deaglan met at Churchkey for drinks after not seeing each other for many many years. It was literally love at first-re-site. It only made sense that when they decided to get married, that it be in Washington DC where they had fallen in love again. Rachel, who lives in Texas, and Deaglan, who lives in Pennsylvania… flew into DC to take the plunge.

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They were married in the whiskey bar in the bottom of Pinea in the W Hotel in the heart of DC where they were staying. Their vows were sweet and endearing and their ceremony was full of so much love and so many tears. David Andrew Smith was on hand to play an entire list of amazing songs and they had a first dance and a champagne toast.

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After some portraits in the lobby and a change of dress… we hopped into an uber and headed to Churchkey for a few beers… because what else would be more appropriate than going back to the place where they knew it was forever.

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Vendors -> Photographer: Valerie Demo Photography | Musicians: David Andrew Smith | Floral Designer: Greenworks Florist | Officiant:Rev. Kiana Hebron | Beauty: Style Me Bar | Venue: W Hotel Washington, DC | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Katie & Soleil’s Intimate, Gorgeous Elopement at the Westin in Georgetown

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Images: Harmony Lynn Photography submitted via Two Bright Lights

I love elopements that don’t skimp on gorgeous decor & details. Just because you don’t have a massive guest list … or heck, in this case, any guest list at all, doesn’t mean you can’t have gorgeous florals, your dream attire, gold plated flatware, and the most romantic candles adorning your ceremony space. Katie & Soleil did just that with today’s intimate DC elopement at the Westin in Georgetown. Stunning images commence!

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From Soleil:

Almost everything about our love story, and eventually our elopement, happened serendipitously. From our spontaneous decision to wed, we made absolute sure we had three things: gorgeous details, a stunning backdrop, and a dream ceremony!

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The color selection for the entire elopement was based on one thing and one thing only: Mrs. Box! At the time, almost every color of the boxes was sold out! Luckily, we found a beautiful and rich purple that would match our rose gold bands perfectly! Not to mention, I dreamed of a large leafy eucalyptus bouquet. Purple would compliment the sage and ivy greens. It was like finding gold! To bring our Kate Spade inspiration to life, we added a bold pattern of a chunky striped fabric as a table cloth which allowed us to modernize the elegance of the venue in a fun way!

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Bringing in the romance of the surprise sunrise elopement, I walked to my love along a path of ivy and candles. It was a dream. I’m still reeling!

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Taylor & Nate’s Intimate Washington DC Pop Up Wedding at the National Portrait Gallery

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Images: Pop Wed Co

It’s FRIDAY! We made it. Woof what a week. Maybe it’s the whole pregnancy thing but this week just kicked my ass! Andy & I will be wrapped up in baby classes all weekend, but I am kind of excited for them! Hoping you all have a fantastic weekend too (how could you not? It’s the WEEKEND!). For Friday we have a super fun & awesome Washington DC elopement wedding from my favs, Pop Wed Co. Taylor & Nate didn’t want to spend a fortune on their wedding so they opted for a pop-up elopement instead. Naturally they picked the BEST elopement company in DC too. Here are all the amazing pics and details – have a great weekend!

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From the couple:

We went to high school together, and actually our younger brothers played baseball together for years when they were kids. Taylor’s mom used to point out Nate at the baseball field and say how cute he was and that they should date. Then a few years later, our German teacher and Taylor’s mom told us each that the other wanted to go to the prom together and essentially tricked us into being each others’ dates. We went, and started dating shortly after…that was nine years ago!

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Why they wanted a pop-up wedding instead of a traditional wedding:

We knew we didn’t want to spend a lot, and didn’t want a lot of stress. We weren’t really sure what that would look like until we saw the Pop Wed Co. piece in the Washington Post back in the summer; after investigating further, we knew a popup wedding fit our budget and sounded so cool and easy. Plus, good pictures were really important to us, and Maggie’s pics from previous weddings were so awesome!

Since we had to keep it small, and our family is not local, we limited it to parents, siblings, and our good friend/sorta-maid of honor. That gave us a good core group that included all the most important people but wasn’t too cumbersome to wrangle and lead around the city!

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In the spring our parents are also hosting a reception in Pittsburgh (back home) for our extended families so they’ll have a chance to celebrate with us too. It worked out really well and is the best of both worlds.

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Advice for other couples planning a more intimate or pop-up wedding:

The planning process was overall pretty easy, and we were lucky to have families who supported our popup vision. Advice for prospective popup couples: you WILL have to explain the concept to everybody, all the time, multiple times, because easy weddings blow people’s minds. This breaks all the rules! But there are no rules, and in the end almost everyone will think it’s a very cool idea and many will confess to wishing they’d thought of it when they got married.

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Kristen & Nicki’s Intimate, Washington DC Courthouse Elopement

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Two beautiful brides and one simple courthouse elopement. We’re keeping it simple on the blog today with Angel Kidwell Photography. Don’t forget about our DIY Makeup Workshop this Sunday too! Tickets are still on sale until tomorrow evening. Hope to see some of you fabulous CapRo readers there :)

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Photographer, Angel, shares:

Kristen and Nicki planned a small courthouse elopement in Washington DC with family and friends that were filled with love, joy and tears. We all planned to meet outside of the H. Carl Moultrie Courthouse and then head in together. I first ran into Nicki who was wearing the same wedding dress her mother wore on her wedding day. The joy that everyone exuded was contagious! Hugs were shared all around.

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