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Capitol Inspiration: Yellow & Grey, Modern Industrial Wedding Inspiration

I LOVE all things industrial. Just come over my house and it’ll smack you in the face: exposed brick walls, pendant lights, factory carts, a metal lawyer book case, and we are waiting for our steel staircase and cement floors to be put in sometime soon.

Obviously when this design theme transcends into the wedding realm – I am ecstatic! I don’t think there is enough industrial design in the DC wedding world and maybe that’s because our industrial venues are few and far between. But for those of you in southern Virginia, you get the Inn at the Olde Silk Mill – worn wood doors, metal accents, and of course, lots and lots of exposed brick.

For today’s Capitol Inspiration: Wedding Inspiration feature, we have a styled shoot by Amber Reinink Photography and Darian & Dechele Events – styling a modern yellow & grey take on industrial design.

A Modern Yellow & Grey, Industrial Wedding Styled Shoot

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Photographer: Amber Reinink | Event Planner:  Darian and Dechele Events | Makeup Artist:  Bridal Beauty Associates | Event Venue:  Inn At The Olde Silk Mill | Cake: Cakes by Z | Floral Design: Finishing Touch Flower Shop | Submitted: Two Bright Lights

From the vendors:

The inspiration for the shoot is industrial chic. The shoot took place at the Silk Mill, which was once a factory that has since been renovated for weddings and events. The beautiful brick walls and concrete floors were the perfect setting for the shoot. I wanted the shoot to have a clean and contemporary look so I used a lot of white. One the things I love about having an industrial themed wedding is all the elements of steel, wood, and metal. We chose to highlight steel for this shoot so we used a lot of silver pieces and decided to use gray + yellow + white as our color palette.

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Industrial chic is all about taking the raw and urban edge and adding some elegance to is. What inspired me the most about this shoot was the idea of going to a hardware shop or thrift shop and finding everyday pieces to use as centerpieces and decor for a wedding or event.I wanted to keep in line with this and have a little fun with the pieces we selected to use. A lot of the items used for the shoot are DIY. Paint cans as floral arrangements and margarita glasses as cake stand were some of the DIY projects we thought would be a great fit for our an industrial feel.

modern industrial wedding details decorations yellow silver blog

modern industrial wedding details decorations yellow silver blog

modern industrial wedding details decorations yellow silver blog

modern industrial wedding details decorations yellow silver blog

Click inside for the rest of the details from this modern, industrial wedding shoot!

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Capitol Inspiration: Shel Silverstein Inspired Wedding Shoot ~ Clouds, Lightbulbs, Glittery Gold & More

Another Friday is upon us. Not only that, but another month too! Tomorrow is September and I couldn’t be happier. Now if only the weather would play along.

I love fall more than anything – the sites, the sounds, the smell of fall all put me in the best mood. So while I sit around waiting for the weather to get cooler, I’ll give you today’s Capitol Inspiration post ~ pictures and details from our Shel Silverstein Wedding Shoot!

This one started like most of my collaborative styled shoots do ~ with random emails between Abby Grace Photography & I. A quick “hey we should do this!!!” always ignites a firestorm of imagination inside me as I start visualizing color schemes, details, and of course all the awesome vendors we want on board.

Pictures & Details from a Shel Silverstein Inspired Wedding Shoot ~ “The Dreamer”

Abby and I both love Shel. I grew up reading “Where the Sidewalk Ends” “A Missing Piece” and more. For this we tried to stay mainly focused on his poem “An Invitation” from “Where the Sidewalk Ends”

If you are a dreamer, come in.
If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,
A hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer . . .
If you’re a pretender, come sit by my fire,
For we have some flax golden tales to spin.
Come in!
Come in!

From there we used words like: dreamy, whimsical, ethereal and mixed them with a hint of industrial. We focused on motifs like the lightbulbs and clouds and decided our color palette would be pale pink, white, charcoal, and glittery gold!

When it came time to find our stationery/graphic designer – well it was a no brainer. Off to Weswen Design we went a-callin’. Wendy hit it out of the Quidditch pitch with our Harry Potter Wedding designs, so we knew she would be the perfect person to interpret Abby and my’s oftentimes slightly elusive and overly hyper description of what we want.

Weswen Design nailed it – designing the wedding invitation like a window, literally inviting the reader to “come in” and reader more.

Abby had some fun with our RSVP wording, and we wanted to use a mix of fonts to evoke that childlike wonder that Shel so beautifully did with his poetry.

Next we brought on Anthomanic to design the florals. Again, we described a shoot based on clouds, dreams, and lightbulbs. Anthomanic brought us the wonderful centerpiece here, that actually had lightlbubs IN the floral design. So cool.

Abby and I were worried the sweetheart tablescape might have appeared a bit too bland, so we found some ways to incorporate our color palette, without overwhelming. Abby scored these light pink tinged glasses and the beautiful venue, The Black Horse Inn, had perfect gold chargers on hand.

We had Wendy design up a cute little menu, and I DIYed the flatware gold. We thought the gold wire would be a nice little hint again at the “industrial” side of the wedding inspiration and I sprinkled some glitter on the table to glam up the white table cloth a bit.

Another look at the styled ceremony space we crafted ~ including those DIY clouds I talked about on Wednesday. The “bride and groom” are actually an actual bride and groom to be ~ the stunning Alex [of Alexandra Nicole Design] & her fiance Seamus.

I had been dying to work with Julie of Jewel Hair Design, ever since she did my hair for my own wedding! Her work is unparallelled, and again I knew she would be able to translate what we wanted [Dreamy-Cloudy-Puffy-Romantic-Soft-Artistic] into the perfect hair styles. We had her style the hair down for the “ceremony” pictures and then later you can see how she changed the style into a beautiful updo.

The hairstyles were perfectly accentuated by awesomely unique & offbeat hair accessories from Two Back Flats. Check out the details on her two pieces that we used [this stunning offbeat veil and the top hat later in the post, here]

Makeup was executed flawlessly by the super talented, Dainty Artistry. Rachel, again, captured everything we wanted for Alex’s makeup. Pale pink lips, soft but gorgeous lashes and a touch of gold on her lids.

The signature drink was something I had found online. I loved it because of the perfect color match to our shoot and the cool whip topping, again, evoked the cloud motif.


Click inside for the rest of the details & pictures from our Shel Silverstein “Dreamer” Inspired Wedding Shoot!

Capitol Wedding: Vi & Harmonie’s Offbeat Baltimore Wedding at Gutierrez Studios

Excuse me while I fangirl over this amazing offbeat Baltimore, MD wedding that Voula Trip Photography submitted to me on Two Bright Lights.

*FAN GIRLS* [I am not even certain what this action would be]

Harmonie & Vi’s wedding was awesome; inspiring, offbeat, eclectic, and 100% their own. It included custom vows, a TON of DIY, a rainbow color palette, lightbulb wedding design & motif, and an industrial wedding venue that included an umbrella chandelier. Yes, a chandelier full of lit-up umbrellas was present at this wedding.

And now you know why I am fan-girling ;)


Reception Venue:  Gutierrez Studios
Dress Designer:  Maggie Sottero
Ceremony Location:  The Village Church

From the photographer:

One of the first things that Harmonie said to me in our initial conversation was that people were describing her as very untraditional.

Their wedding was very DIY.

how much do i love the bride’s blue flats? oh … ever so much!

Harmonie’s Aunt Kim, a hair-stylist from Toronto did the bride’s hair and also did all the bridal bouquets and the flower arrangements at the reception.

love this french braid bridal hairstyle!

Harmonie & Vi’s church reminds me so much of the non-denominational one Andy & I found in DC! A perfect place when you want to “create your own” wedding ceremony like Harmonie & Vi did!

Both Harmonie and Vi are Vietnamese, but Harmonie’s family are Buddhists and Vi’s family is Catholic. The couple decided to create their own ceremony. Instead of a unity candle the bride and groom decided to plant seeds of a tree to symbolize their future growth together.

They both wrote their own vows and read them to each other. After their vows they then read a second set of vows to each other that their friends and family took part in writing for them.

Yet again – another couple that wrote their own wedding vows – and just look at the natural emotion that comes from it! Also love the absolute family involvement of having your friends/family help write a SECOND set of vows! LOVE LOVE LOVE

Really love brides with chunky statement necklaces !

Click inside for the rest of Harmonie & Vi’s amazing, offbeat, industrial Baltimore MD wedding ~ including shots of some seriously awesome personalized wedding details AND that umbrella chandelier that I have been fawning over for weeks!

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