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Gorgeous, Romantic Urban Industrial Wedding Inspiration at Republic Restoratives in DC

Images: Karlin Villondo Photography

An urban and elegant styled shoot at Republic Restoratives in Washington, DC, which provided a sleek industrial setting with touches of vintage and antique decor from a fabulous set of DC area wedding vendors! Happy Tuesday Romancers.

The lush greenery and blooms add a variety of textures with pops of color to spice up the tablescape, bouquet, and boutonniere. Ranging from dark plums to vibrant pinks and oranges, this inclusive color range is fit for any season. Dark wood and gold antler embellishments completed rustic look in table decor. The stationery (digitally designed) pulled in rich jewel tones tying in perfectly with the garden florals and greenery. The table numbers and cocktail menu signs done by hand-lettering by the graphic designer.

The bride’s bouquet adorned with air plants and ivy gave it a beautifully unique shape and character. The chic simplicity of the bride’s dress and jewels allowed the ornate bouquet to shine.

Vendors: Photographer: Karlin Villondo Photography//Dress Designer: BHLDN//Event Designer: Dream Defined Events//Jewelry: Mangan Jewelers//Model:Marissa Rubenstein//Model: Michael Hamrick//Makeup Artist: Rachel Lane Makeup Artistry//Invitation Designer: Rebekah Disch Design//Venue: Republic Restoratives//Equipment Rentals: Something Vintage Something New//Hair Stylist: Styled by Anna Fazio//Floral Designer: Taffy Floral//Event Planner: The Artful Wanderlust//Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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Kara & Michael’s Modern Industrial Washington DC Wedding at Studio Theater

Images: Darling Photographers

Loving this modern, industrial DC wedding from Darling Photographers & The Plannery today! The couple used the Studio Theatre for their wedding venue, in the heart of Logan Circle. Gorgeous centerpieces on banquet tables, pops of chevrons, the cutest tuxedo-wearing dog, and so much happiness makes this the perfect DC wedding feature. Enjoy!

One of Kara’s favorite wedding trends are bridal bouquets with different types of flowers and lots of green, not just a bunch of roses. Mike likes that more and more, you’re not expected to follow all traditions and you can personalize the event.

Bridget & Matt’s Green, Rainy Day Music Fest Themed DC Wedding


Images: Sarah Culver Photography

Between my team and I – we’ve worked a TON of weddings at Josephine Butler Parks Center – it’s hands down one of our favorite venues in the city for so many reasons. But one is the versatility in the space. Every wedding I work or showcase here always looks unique and just freakin’ gorgeous. Bridget & Matt’s wedding is no exception and they had their ceremony in the MOST UNIQUE setup within the space! These two incorporated a ton of greenery, grasses, and natural decor into the space and did not let the super rainy day bring them down. So many details from planner Simply Breathe Events & gorgeous images from Sarah Culver. Check it out!

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They originally chose Josephine Butler Parks center because it reflected a natural, yet romantic feel and they appreciated the history behind the DC mansion. The Wedding colors they chose (green & pink) enhanced this, and the mixed metals gave their wedding a more urban feel.

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This spring our area was plagued with rainy weather for about two months, so when it came time for their wedding we had to execute their rain plan for an indoor affair. Bridget was absolutely in love with JBPC’s french doors so it was a no brainer to have their ceremony repositioned under the chandelier as the rain came down.

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Tetiana & Tom’s Intimate, Modern DC Wedding at Fathom Gallery


Images: Olivia Jacob Photography

It was a pretty productive week. I’ve got ALMOST all of my Xmas shopping done, I blogged 4 times this week (woo hoo!), had an AMAZING meeting with a prospective new member of the CapRoWedding Team (more to come here), and now we’re capping it off with one of Kara’s 2016 weddings: Tet & Tom’s gorgeous, modern Fathom Gallery Wedding. The winter vibes, intimate ceremony, and black & wedding theme are all stunning. I know you guys are going to love this one ~ have a great weekend Romancers! (PS- today is the LAST day of our 12 days of deals in the #CapRoShop ~ 10% off your ENTIRE order!! Just use #CapRo12Deals at checkout).


Finding the right feel and size venue was the most time consuming and difficult part for us. We wanted to have a wedding in DC and reflect that city vibe we enjoy so much living in it every day. After months of searching, turned out the perfect venue was just a few blocks away from our place.

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We wanted wedding to be small and intimate with just closest family and friends. We worked with A.C from Capital Ceremonies leading up to our wedding to put together a custom ceremony that would fit us, show our personalities, allow our guest to learn a little more about us as a couple, include our daughter and honor our families.

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Bride to Be Guest Blogger Kelsey: Picking Your DC Caterer for Your Wedding

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Guess who’s back? Back again? … Kelsey’s back … ok I’ll stop now. But really we do have our fabulous bride-to-be guest blogger, Kelsey, back on the blog today sharing her thoughts on picking your wedding caterer and attempting to navigate the DC catering scene.

Or as she called it: “Food, Glorious Food”. Ahhh a fellow musical lover :) Take it away Kelsey.

Food Glorious Food – How to Pick Your Wedding Caterer | By Kelsey 

So we booked the venue. Nailed it. Here’s the thing about having a wedding that isn’t at a country club or restaurant, you have to feed people and you have to figure out how. Luckily the DC area is chockfull of caterers and they all want your business. Where do you start? Food is food, right? Wrong. So wrong. You couldn’t be more wrong.

Google ‘DC caterer’, you will come up with 643,000 results. Literally. So there’s some work to be done here. We started with a smaller list than what google provided because our venue had a preferred caterer list. These are companies that the venue trusts and has worked well at the venue in the past. So we started with them and realized wedding food is really fancy and bordering on unrecognizable.

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What happened to normal food? Just delicious, easy, and yummy food. At some point, something terrible happened and caterers decided adding things like avocado foam and essence of arugula was a great idea. I mean what really is frisee? I’ll tell you what it is; it’s a waste of money.


We decided that we wanted food that we could spell, recognize, and most important was delicious. So when caterers we contacted gave us selections like ‘yuzu ricotta toasts with edamame pesto’ and ‘celery bite with blue cheese mousse’ we pushed back. We told the vendor – here’s what we’re envisioning and here’s what we don’t want. Some replied with ‘of course, yes, how cute!’ and gave us options like ‘honey poached gala apple cup’ and ‘quinoa stuffed peppers’ and one replied and said:


Well maybe not in those exact words, but she got us. And then the most delicious contract was signed. The moral of this story is stand up for what you want! There will be no spinach straws at my wedding. If you want pear vinaigrette, you shouldn’t come. Find a caterer who understands what you want and can deliver! These people exist. It doesn’t have to be chicken or steak. It can be chicken and waffles or steak sandwiches. You do you, girl.

Once you find your caterer, you will go back and forth to outline the menu for the evening. This includes cocktail hour, dinner, and dessert. Pick and choose what looks delicious. We were provided with some amazing hors d’oeuvres so we asked if we could make them into an entrée. Think outside of the box and ask for items that are some of your favorites. Love pancakes? Do a mini skewer of them during cocktail hour. Are mashed potatoes jam? Try a loaded potato bar for a late night snack.

As you know from my first post, food was on my top three most important things list (technical term), so finding the perfect caterer and then developing the perfect menu was high priority. I was not willing to accept the ordinary.

Want to know what I picked? Sorry, I don’t want to ruin the surprise for everyone, but I’ll give you a hint: there will be tater tots.

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