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Capitol Wedding: Rosemary & Rachel’s Modern & Brightly Colored Glen Echo Park Wedding in MD

There is so much to love about today’s Glen Echo Park wedding feature that I am not exactly sure where to start. One of the brides shares my alma mater [we are!], the reception venue was one of my favorite [Glen Echo Park], the brides were Capitol Romance readers that used my blog to help plan their wedding, AND they are friends with my neighbors! Not to mention that their wedding was seriously kick-ass. I mean, seriously.

Can we just be friends now Rosie & Rachel ?!? ;)

I cannot thank Erin of eKate Photography enough for submitting this awesome Maryland wedding, AND to Rosie & Rachel for all the awesome details. There are a TON of deets below, but as Rosie said herself, “it’s impossible to sum up the best day of your life succinctly!”.

Rosie & Rachel’s Modern & Bright Glen Echo Park MD Wedding


 Photography: Erin Loesly of eKatePhotography &  2nd shot by Jennifer Davis Heffner Vita Images | DJ: DJ Moose Food: Matters of Taste | Flowers: Mid-Atlantic Wholesale Florist | Hair & Makeup: Aveda | Cupcakes: Jess Bakes Cakes | Images submitted via Two Bright Lights

About the beautiful brides:

After being competitors on the rugby pitch all throughout college (Rosie at Penn State and Rachel at Virginia) we finally met in person while playing on an all-star team the summer after we graduated. We hit it off immediately and after a few short months we were inseparable.

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The engagement story:

Rachel popped the question on the 4th of July in 2011 when we were vacationing in Wrightsville Beach, NC with some friends. She knew that I loved fireworks, so figured why not do it on the 4th when the display was free! She totally took me by surprise since Rachel had previously joked that we would only get engaged when we both asked each other at the same time!

As I was distracted ooh-ing and aah-ing over the display she got down on one knee in the sand and when I turned around she asked the question.


^love that they coordinated their toe nail polish with eachother’s shoes. Ah-mazing.


I was so surprised I started jumping up and down screaming ‘are you serious???’ because I had to make sure! When she laughed yes, I of course said yes, and by this time the tears of joy were flowing. As we walked back to our group of friends I remembered our previous agreement and immediately got down on my knee to propose to her too! It was probably unnecessary, but hey, rules are rules!

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On choosing the awesomest DC area wedding venue:

We chose to get married in D.C. because for one, it’s legal here (yay!) and it’s halfway between Rachel’s family in Atlanta and my family in Rhode Island. We wanted a venue that was fun and unique and Glen Echo Park totally fit that bill (former amusement park turned arts & cultural center, nature park, and dance hall!) We decided to use the Bumper Car Pavilion and when we found out you could rent the carousel as well, we were sold.


^how fun and awesome are their wedding invitations?! love the Washington DC map information card & the little bird motif!


Decorating was a family affair, with lots of DIY!

My mom created Ball-jar flower holders that had the dual-use of lining the aisle during our ceremony and then being used as centerpieces at the reception.


For the ceremony we wanted to stick to a fairly traditional style, but with personal touches interwoven. We had a slightly non-traditional ceremony under a chuppa (made by Rosie’s dad) that incorporated Jewish (Rachel) & Catholic (Rosie) traditions like breaking the glass as well as non-religious readings from ee cummings and Antoine de Saint Exupery by our sisters.

Our officiant was Louise Greene from All Souls Unitarian Church in D.C. and she was amazing and truly captured our story and personalities in the ceremony!


Click inside for the rest of Rosie & Rachel’s ah-mazing colorful Glen Echo Park, MD wedding from eKate Photography. Including a TON of DIY details at the reception!

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Paul & Angie’s Offbeat, Glen Echo Park Maryland Wedding ~ Part 2

Welcome back to Part 2 of the fantastic and fabulous offbeat Washington DC wedding of Paul & Angie! Be sure to check out Part 1 here, if you haven’t seen it yet!

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Let’s jump right back into the fantastic Glen Echo Park wedding

Angie shares some insight into their wedding coordinator:

We were also incredibly lucky to have found a wedding coordinator who was just as excited about our “not-quite-traditional” choices as we were. Arney at Pineapple Productions was in step with us through our planning process. She was especially helpful to us, as we were planning from California. She became our “woman on the ground”,  handling all the details so we could focus on planning our ceremony.  (I strongly encourage anyone planning their wedding to hire a coordinator – even just a “Day-Of” coordinator. It was a great help and really took the edge off of the logistics planning and details)

Adorable hand-made popcorn cookies as their favors!

Friends helped Angie & Paul in a TON of the aspects of their wedding, including making the popcorn cookies!

Friends helped Paul decorate Glen Echo’s Bumper Car pavilion and Cuddle Up pavilion the morning of our wedding. A friend made my earrings. Friends performed our ceremony music. A friend baked and packaged popcorn-shaped cookies for everyone. Our DJ was a friend. Two of Paul’s aunts put together all the items for our Persian ceremony. And we had friends and family offer to stick around after the reception to help us take down decorations and make sure nothing was forgotten.


I love the way the brightly colored paper lanterns pop in these reception shots!

An old bumper car pavilion. Enough said!

Click inside for the rest of Part 2 of Angie & Paul’s offbeat, DC wedding at Glen Echo Park!

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