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Kevin & Laura’s Laughter Filled, Washington, DC Engagement Pictures

Images: De Nueva Photography 

My name is Bree Ryback, and I’ve been a terrible blogger. I’m sure it hasn’t escaped your notice that I only managed to blog once last week – and I mostly start every week with an apology & a hope that I do better. Well, this time I mean it (like for reals guys). I have some super rad real weddings to share & hoping inspiration strikes for a few personal posts throughout – because drumming up your own content all the time is HARD. But hey, we got a lot going on (as usual) off the blog, with NEW THINGS hitting the #CapRoStore & officially launching our 2018 pricing for the wedding coordination side of things … and oh yeah trying to completely overhaul the blog & all our branding. (Yay!).

I hope you guys got to enjoy the weekend, with that decreased humidity – I am not entirely sure where it went. Lots of wedding consults, a desperately needed hair appt, and outdoor activities kept us pretty busy. Andy heads to Comic Con on Thursday, so I think (hope) that means I’ll have some time this weekend to knock things off my ever-growing to-do list. But…. I guess we’ll see!

We’re starting the week, as we always do here at Capitol Romance, with LOVE. An adorable DC couple, with their adorable love story, showing the best that local DC has to offer with their engagement pictures. Take it away guys :)

After spending a few years in San Francisco, Laura decided to move back east in the summer of 2014. Aiming for New York City, she ended up getting a job in Washington, DC, just before the start of the school year. Clearly she had been looking for love in the wrong place, as I have lived in the DC area my entire life.

Veterans of the online dating scene, Laura and I met through the online dating app Hinge in November 2014. On our second date, Laura jokingly offered me a ride to New York City the next day, as we both were heading north for Thanksgiving. Against all better judgment, I met Laura in her school’s parking lot the next day for what turned out to be a seven-hour car ride. The trip went well enough that Laura came back to DC a day earlier than scheduled, so we could see each other again.

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Melanie & Adam’s Romantic, Greenery, & Industrial DC Wedding at Longview Gallery

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Images: Taylor & Ben

There doesn’t seem to be much of a wedding season anymore in Washington, DC. I closed out my 2016 season in December, with this GORGEOUS wedding I am about to drop on you today. And I am gearing up for my first two weddings of 2017, in February (!). Just crazy! But winter weddings have always (maybe not-so-secretly) been some of my favorites to blog and now, work. Winter is romantic to me and the mix of cool temperatures & the industrial design of Longview Gallery, against the greenery & warm glow of candles showcased this perfectly.

Andy & I are headed North tonight for a weekend with family. I’ll be spending Friday off the social media grid as much as I can muster, but look forward to seeing all the videos, pictures, and social media posts from the march on Saturday! My heart, soul & spirit will be with all of you marching in DC. I hope to get to the sister march in Hartford while I am in CT. But for now, back to romance:

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We chose a very natural color scheme that paired well with winter and the coming holiday season – and then added gold (because who doesn’t love that?). The flowers that Sweet Root Village put together were absolutely perfect and were exactly what we had only imagined up to the wedding day.

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Wedding Planning Advice: Tell Your Guests the Right Ceremony Start Time

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Image: MelBee Photography

It’s been a while since I’ve written a long form blog post with some wedding planning knowledge, as I’ve mostly been including short tips into our monthly newsblasts, however, this one has crept up on me twice this year, and I’ve felt compelled to write a full post on it, because it’s important. So here it goes.

Dear wedding planning couples, do NOT write a time on your wedding invitations, other than the time that you want your wedding ceremony to actually start. The game of “oh but guests will be late” doesn’t work because they will be no matter what time you put. Here are some things to consider: if your wedding invitation says the ceremony starts at 5pm, some of your guests (especially ones that aren’t especially city-friendly) will be sure to leave plenty of time, to be on time. At every single one of my weddings, I have at LEAST one guest show up an hour before the ceremony start.

There are two main issues that come of telling your guests an earlier time on your invitation:

1. The ceremony space might not yet be ready for guests, as industry standard gives vendors 2-hours to load in AND set up your entire wedding space. Vendors need those two hours (which are almost ALWAYS cut short by early guests). Sometimes there is no where for guests to go while we are finishing the ceremony setup – so please don’t have your guests arriving any earlier than they need to be.

2. If you put an earlier time on your invites you will likely have some guests waiting for OVER AN HOUR for your wedding ceremony to start. That is not the best way to kick off your wedding day – especially if there is nothing for guests to do other than sit … and wait ….

Personally, as a day of coordinator, I get heartburn when this happens mostly because of reason 1, and slightly because of reason 2 (I am not happy if the guests aren’t happy ~ and bored, impatient guests are not happy), but there’s another factor for me: it gives my coordination team/brand a bad rep. Guests don’t know you put the wrong time on purpose, so instead guests think: oh this day-of coordinator can’t run things on time. If engaged guests are at your wedding, why would they look to hire the company that can’t get the ceremony to start on time? (They likely won’t).

You’ll be less stressed during wedding planning if you can come to terms early, that you cannot control your wedding guests opinions – so don’t even try. Treat your guests like adults and expect that if they want to get to your wedding ceremony on-time, they will. Believe me, it’ll make us ALL happier in the end.

Aaron & Meghan’s Tidal Basin & Georgetown, Washington DC Engagement Pictures

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Images: Lauren Love Photography

I was a bad blogger last week – I apologize (as always). Commuting to Chantilly daily for a week-long training for the day job was much more exhausting than I had estimated. I hope you guys had a great weekend. I took a train on Saturday to meet my mom in NYC and had a BLAST. We walked to Bryant Park, Grand Central Station, The TREE, and then enjoyed dinner, lots of socio-political conversation, and then, laughed for hours at the Puffs off-broadway play (a must-see for you Potter heads) An amazing day, that was only slightly less than perfect by us missing the last bus to NJ and having to take a not-so-cheap cab ride home!

We’ve got a good week on the blog though, and visiting NYC FINALLY put me in the Christmas spirit (aka time to freak out about shopping and buy ALL THE THINGS). The 12 Days of Deals is still going strong on the shop (don’t forget – a new deal each day!) and we have dear friends visiting us this upcoming weekend. So not too many complaints over here :) Now let’s get the week started with some LOVE, shall we?

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How they met:

Aaron was a young attorney at a law firm in Charleston, West Virginia where Meghan started working as a summer associate. They kept their clandestine office romance a secret until Meghan secured a job with a law firm in Washington, DC.

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How he proposed:

Approximately a year before the proposal, Meghan and Aaron enjoyed a nighttime walking tour of DC’s monuments. Amidst the crowds of tourists and rowdy groups of school children, they were drawn to the peaceful glow of the empty and undersized DC War Memorial. Amazed at their sudden solitude and the picturesque setting, they kissed passionately only to hear dozens of “whoooos!” from a large tour group of teenagers that had somehow quietly made its way to the Memorial. To recreate that special moment, Aaron took Meghan on a guided monument tour that ended at the DC War Memorial where he proposed with several excited tourists looking on.

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John & Stephanie’s Key Bridge and C&O Canal Engagement Pictures in Arlington, VA

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Images: Aimee Custis Photography

It was a productive weekend at the Ryback household. We cleaned, hung, and put away ALL THE THINGS. It was a nice distraction, but I’d be lying if I told you I was anywhere close to being back to pre-election standards. It’s a short week on the blog with the Thanksgiving holiday. Andy & I are headed to NJ (as usual) for the Turkey break, and I am hoping the family time will continue to help to ease the feelings of unrest and anxiety that I am still holding.

Saturday is also Small Business Saturday – my first as an eCommerce Shop Owner. And naturally we plan to celebrate it with a big ole discount in the online #CapRoShop. The orders have been trickling in (and the reviews too!!) and we’d be downright HONORED to have you purchase some holiday gifts from our shop this season. So be sure you are signed up for our #CapRoNewblasts to get Saturday’s 1-day only Small Biz Saturday discount.

For today we have a sweet engagement session & love story — I actually used to go to the gym with the bride to be, many years ago, in Arlington. DC such a small place :) Well they are both active people and so they decided to pick a place that they run near frequently – the Key Bridge. Be sure to check out Stephanie’s ring too – a family heirloom! Happy Monday all.

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6 years ago, Becca asked John and Stephanie, separately, if they’d like to join a relay team.  The team would be comprised of 12 people in 2 vans running 200 miles from Gettysburg, PA to Washington, DC.  Avid runners, they both agreed!

Their first official meeting was at Northside Social in Arlington, where Becca shared the final team name: “American: Odd ‘N Easy.”  Stephanie thought this was hilarious because of it’s play off the name of the relay: American Odyssey.

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When Stephanie found out John was the clever man that came up with the team name, she immediately asked for his number!  It would take him 2 more years from that point to realize Stephanie was pursuing him…Even after countless invitations to play board games to which John always invited a third party…After all, board games are no fun with just two people!

After 4 years of blissful dating, board gaming, traveling, and cooking, Stephanie was persistently and fervently encouraging John to pop the question.  A week before their 4 year anniversary, and Stephanie’s deadline, John finally did just that!

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While cooking dinner one Saturday night, John told Stephanie it would be a good idea to invite some people to share the meal.  Stephanie asked her sister and her sister’s boyfriend (Jill and Binoy) to join them. Jill said Binoy was on a run, but would ask him when he returned. Knowing that Stephanie wanted to celebrate their engagement with Jill and Binoy, John asked, “If Binoy says yes to coming to dinner, do you want me to propose tonight?” To which Stephanie responded, “Sure!” And with that, John got down on one knee and Stephanie sobbed uncontrollably.

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