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Mallory & Hoyt’s Offbeat Hot Pink & Teal Virginia Wedding

Today I get to share that faaaaaaaaabulous hot pink and teal wedding that I sneak peaked on my Facebook page [wait, you aren’t a fan of ours on facebook ~ well why the heck not?!]. Mallory & Hoyt’s wedding is everything I love to feature here on Capitol Romance – unique, personal wedding choices, awesomely offbeat & DIY details, oh and pretty much the coolest honeymoon uncovering I have ever seen [Hoyt planned the whole thing, kept it a surprise and then revealed it to Mallory at the wedding! Just wait until you see how….]

I know you will all love this brightly colored and beautiful Northern Virginia wedding by Julie Napear Photography [submitted via Two Bright Lights].

Mallory & Hoyt’s Hot Pink & Teal Wedding at Bristow Manor in Northern Virginia

Hair & Makeup: Best Face Forward
Floral Designer:  Heaven on Earth Wedding Flowers
Reception Venue:  Bristow Manor Golf Club
Transportation:  Reston Limousine

About the couple:

Hoyt had been planning for the very special day with the parents of both families, and Mallory had no idea of what was to come!  In May, Hoyt took Mallory’s Dad, Tim, out to lunch to ask for permission to have her hand in marriage.  Tim shook his hand and welcomed him to the family.  Tim and Hoyt then surprised Mallory’s Mom, Athena, a week later at dinner to tell her the good news.  More importantly, Hoyt wanted to ask Athena to help him design the perfect ring.

The Proposal

The evening began at Faccia Luna, their favorite restaurant in Clarendon followed by yet another trip to the National Mall.  After a great dinner, they headed into DC. It was the 4th of July weekend, so there was already a buzz in the air when they arrived.  They headed up to the memorial and gazed at Honest Abe, read his speeches and even pondered the meaning behind them. They sat down on the steps and took in the beauty of the nation’s capital at night.

Hoyt suggested they walk through the park lit up next to the reflecting pool, and soon they found a nearby bench to sit down.  Hoyt asked, “When was the first time we came here? How long ago was that?”  They added it up, and it came to 2 years and 4 months ago.  He said they have made so many amazing memories over the years, let’s make another one.

He slipped the ring on Mallory’s finger and said, “Will you marry me?” She could barely speak, and couldn’t believe what had just happened! “Of course, Yes!” she said, hugging and kissing Hoyt. He revealed the whole plan behind the proposal and Mallory couldn’t stop the tears.  It had meant so much to her that he had been working with Mallory’s parents. Hoyt was officially part of our family now!

Details on their wedding:

Hoyt and I started planning right away; being a teacher I knew a summer wedding was in order and we needed to book quickly.

The NOVA area has a lot to offer, however I wanted something different. My mom and I spent a day going what seemed like every venue we could find but nothing had the vintage and homey feel I was looking for.

Our last stop of the day was Bristow Manor and when I saw it, I knew it was everything I was looking for. It incorporated both of our personalities, the historic mansion on a golf course. After the venue was set the second most important part was having the personal touches that made the day our own and being able to incorporate who we are into our day.

On the AWESOMESAUCE wedding color palette:

Fuchsia and teal have been my favorite colors and are just so me, so that was a given for our wedding day. I didn’t want the day to be too pink, so the teal became the main color with fuchsia as an accent color.

I don’t know these people … but I love these people. That guys face says it all :)

Click inside for the rest of this awesome, offbeat Northern Virginia wedding ~ with lots more on all their DIY wedding projects!

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Capitol Inspiration: Rachel & Wesley’s Handmade, DIY Offbeat Hot Pink & Orange Wedding!

I shared a sneak peak on my Facebook wall yesterday of today’s offbeat wedding inspiration post. But the shot really didn’t do this amazing, 100% DIY wedding justice. The couple opted for a laid-back, backyard wedding – but they did not hold back on amazing, handmade details. The bright orange and hot-pink color scheme has me reeling, especially with the inclusion of the colors in the bride’s handmade dress.

A special thanks to Gambol Photography for submitting this AWE-inducing offbeat wedding to me, and to Two Bright Lights for making it possible!

Happy Inspiration Friday everyone. Let’s get it on.

Rachel & Wesley’s Offbeat DIY Backyard Wedding in Hot Pink & Orange

From Gambol Photography:

Rachel & Wesley’s wedding was to die for. The best part? 100% handmade, DIY goodness.

The happy couple opted for a backyard, family-oriented affair with sweet, intimate details that expressed their truly unique relationship and personalities. The whole family pitched in to create, craft and collect items to decorate and light up the ceremony and reception space.

love the mismatched, hot pink & orange patterned bridesmaids dresses

and these summery, hot pink and orange bouquets are GORGEOUS

The groom’s dad owns a beautiful home right on the ocean in Elizabeth City, NC, so that served beautifully as the ceremony and reception venue for the big day.

Rachel & Wesley themselves are so photogenic naturally, but their genuine love and adoration for each other just begs emotion and warm fuzzies from everyone they come in contact with.

It’s so obvious how smitten they are about one another, and that kind of crazy love is so refreshing and precious to witness!

So true – just LOOK at this look that Rachel is throwing Wesley. You can literally see the love in her eyes.

the “we just got married” bride fist pump – always a favorite shot of mine :)

Click inside for the rest (and believe me, you will) of these awesome, offbeat DIY backyard wedding pictures – including the most awesome alternative guest book idea EVER.

My Offbeat Washington DC Wedding ~ A Year Later ~ Part 2

And we are back, with part 2 of my Washington, DC wedding reflection [part 1, written yesterday here]. I must warn you that this post is even picture heavier than the first part. I thought I had split it evenly, but then there were just TOO many good shots I wanted to share from the “formals” [you will see why I quoted formals soon enough] and then all the amazing fun reception pictures too!

And we’re off …

Our venue search led us all over Washington, DC, to find the perfect, non-hotel ballroom for our reception. We wanted something unique, but something that felt very “Washington, DC” to our guests [since it was a destination wedding for most of our family/friends], and of course we also had a budget.

We had it down to 3 serious contenders, the Longview Gallery near Convention Center, the iconic Union Station, and the Decatur House on Lafayette Square. In the end [thanks to my dad claiming he had “Goosebumps” while walking through], we chose the Decatur House, and we couldn’t have been more ecstatic about our decision.

The Decatur House is right next to the White House – it doesn’t get much more “Washington, DC” than that. Plus the brick building, with the tented courtyard perfectly fit in with our “vintage-modern, hipster” feel of our wedding. The coordinators we worked with, Arioth & Hart, were amazing. They were great with email & communication and were so helpful with how much DIY we wanted to do at the venue.

One thing I would recommend, if your schedule/locations permit it, would be to have a significant break between your ceremony and reception. We had 2 hours for our break. This gave us plenty of time to have a receiving line after the ceremony, allow guests to get to the reception location, AND gave us more than enough time to take all our “formal” pictures!

We had outlined a few bars/places guests could go in between the ceremony and reception, and because the weather was so nice, most opted to just walk around near the  White House!

While guests took a break though, we were busy getting some of the most incredible, offbeat, & hilarious “formals” ever.

We still have no idea what Steve was doing in this picture.

Love this shot of Andy & his groomsmen. I basically emailed everyone in the world at Volcom to find out if/when their grey suits would be back in stock, and I was so glad they were going to have them in time for the wedding. I searched FOREVER to find an affordable grey suit for the groomsmen that would fit them nicely and not cost more than $200.

So yes, we actually asked our groomsmen to buy the suits [vice renting a tux] and all of them were OK with that!

And here was my brilliant idea in all it’s glory for my bridesmaids shots – 7 bridesmaids? 7 Harry Potter books? Best.Bridesmaids.Shot.Ever.

I love how their mismatched black dresses look here too!

And now for our wedding party formals ~ Amber and I worked together to find some fun/different ways to get pictures of our uneven wedding party … and the idea we came up with?

Absolute chaos.

We have about 8 of these shots of our wedding party just having an insane amount of fun, doing what they wanted to do and the end result is just hilarious. I smile every time I see them.

And then we got a some-what more formal one in front of the White House. I still love how relaxed/casual it came out though. Just like a big group of friends hanging out. Love.

Read more to see the rest of Part 2 ~ A reflection on my offbeat Washington, DC wedding ~ A year later

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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