Arzoo & Buddy’s Intimate, Traditional Pakistani Wedding at the Blue Rock Inn, VA

This afternoon’s Traditional Pakistani wedding ceremony is dropping with gorgeous, deep red hues and intoxicating, brassy golds. Sarah Goodwin Photography shares with us [via Two Bright Lights] the intimate wedding of Arzoo & Buddy which took place at the Blue Rock Inn in Virginia, after they were legally married in April!

I believe I have seen this referred to as getting “weddinging”. You are already married – but have a reception or separate ceremony later on! I love it.

 Arzoo & Buddy’s Traditional Pakistani Intimate Virginia Wedding

Details on the couple:

Aarzoo & Buddy met in October 2008 when they worked for the same organization in Pakistan. Buddy is from the US and Aarzoo is from Pakistan (she is a model & does lots of bridal modeling in Pakistan). They did not start dating until February 2011 and shortly after Buddy moved back to the US permanently. Via Skype he proposed to Aarzoo in October 2011 & she made the move to the US and in just a few weeks they had decided on a wedding date.

How gorgeous is the setting of their Virginia wedding ceremony?!

pretty much in love with the glittery gold tips on Arzoo’s nails!

Aarzoo wore the traditional red dress, gorgeous dramatic jewelry and henna tattoos of Pakistan.

Click inside to see the rest of Arzoo & Buddy’s beautifully intimate Pakistani wedding at the Blue Rock Inn in Virginia.

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Rebecca & Matt’s Offbeat, Intimate Washington DC Wedding at the Tabard Inn

The Tabard Inn. How do I love thee, let me count the ways.  The Tabard Inn is quickly becoming one of my FAVORITE offbeat, intimate wedding venues in Washington, DC. Already this amazing venue has given me Jess & Mitch’s alternative, intimate Washington DC wedding feature [from Michelle VanTine Photography]. And now I get to share yet another amazing offbeat DC wedding feature thanks to Red Shoes Photography [submitted via Two Bright Lights].

A small ceremony, a brunch reception, a short wedding dress from Etsy [with a pink petticoat!], and freshly baked donuts instead of a cake – all the makings of a Capitol Romance favorite; an alternative DC wedding that I am over the moon to get to share with you all [thank you Alison!].

Rebecca & Matt’s Intimate, Offbeat DC Wedding at the Tabard Inn

More from Red Shoes Photography:

They wanted the day to be casual and laid back, mingling with guests before the ceremony while sipping mimosas and bloody mary’s and foregoing a grand entrance. Rebecca’s dress was from Etsy, with a fantastic pink petticoat underneath. They did not have a cake, but chose freshly baked donuts instead.

Later that night they held a party for friends at an empty restaurant two doors down from the bar where Matt works as a bartender. He cleaned up the space, their friends hung decorations, and a DJ spun tunes all night. Their beverage choices were simple: champagne, whiskey and miller light. Matt loves cookies, so there was a table heaped with cookies for friends to nibble on while they danced.


Reception Venue & Catering:  The Tabard Inn
Floral Designer:  Petal’s Edge Floral Design
Makeup Artist:  Bridal Beauty Associates

I really love the intimacy of just one long table for an intimate wedding reception

Pretty much in love with the vintage wedding attire they are sporting – that blue suit is awesomesauce.

Click inside for the rest of Rebecca & Matt’s offbeat DC wedding from Red Shoes Photography!

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Capitol Wedding: Cornelia & Ramzi’s Modern Purple Wedding in Leesburg, VA

This afternoon I have a gorgeous modern, purple wedding to share thanks to Stephanie Leigh Photo Design [submitted via Two Bright Lights]. There are a handful of things that I love about this offbeat Virginia wedding ~ the bride’s bright purple shoes, her short wedding dress, some hand-made purple wedding details, and the fact that this intimate wedding only had 12 attendees outside of the lovely couple, Cornelia & Ramzi!

Cornelia & Ramzi’s Intimate & Offbeat Modern, Purple Wedding in Leesburg, VA

From the photographer:

The wedding took place on a beautiful spring day in April. Cornelia & Ramzi invited their families to share their day. Since Cornelia is from Austria & Ramzi is from Lebanon, the wedding was very intimate with a total of 12 sharing in the day they devote themselves to each other. The ceremony was sweet and beautiful.

The wedding colors were shades of Purple. Cornelia wore a short fun white dress with shiny purple heels, that really set the tone of the day.

love Cornelia’s simple fishtail braid for her wedding hairstyle & that flower!

also really love her bold, purple eye shadow!

the beautifully intimate ceremony setup

Click inside for the rest of Cornelia & Ramzi’s modern, intimate purple wedding at the River Creek Country Club in Leesburg, VA!

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Zoe & Kenyon’s Offbeat, DIY Northern Virginia Wedding

Zoe & Kenyon’s Northern Virginia wedding has many Capitol Romance elements involved ~ the bride did her own hair & makeup, wore a white dress with black details, made almost everything 100% DIY, AND included one of my favorite non-traditional elements: SHE proposed to HIM!

Their wedding was a beautiful, multi-cultural affair that was extremely intimate [only 15 people on the entire guest list!], but still beautifully designed and wonderfully personal. Proving again that small budgets can still yield gorgeous weddings. Thanks to Charo Photo [submitted via Two Bright Lights] for this beautiful, offbeat Northern Virginia wedding submission!

Zoe & Kenyon’s Intimate, Non-traditional Northern Virginia Wedding

For more photos & a TON of inside details from Zoe on their love story, wedding planning and details, hope on over to Poptastic Bride’s feature!

From Charo Photo:

This is one of those weddings I won’t forget. Almost 100% DIY (I was the only vendor aside from the hotel), multi-cultural, intimate, limited-budget, 30-something couple… with so much emotion, laughter, hope for the future… so freaking great. Even with her small budget and a very short engagement, Zoe pulled details together that were adorable, and appropriate for the 15-person guestlist and the setting.

now THIS is a “first-look, groom’s reaction shot” if i have ever seen one!

Click inside for the rest of Zoe & Kenyon’s beautiful, intimate small-budget Northern Virginia wedding ~ including the touching proposal.

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Capitol Wedding: Sarah & Chris’ Intimate Maryland Wedding in Shadyside

I have a beautiful intimate Maryland wedding for you this afternoon courtesy of Jenn Lynn Photography [submitted via Two Bright Lights].

Sarah & Chris’ Intimate Maryland Wedding

From the photographer:

Chris’ sister contacted me about photographing her brother’s wedding. The photography was going to be their wedding gift…what a nice sister, I thought! I didn’t meet Chris & Sarah until their engagement session, which was in downtown Annapolis. I could tell immediately how sweet & in love they were (and so young!).

Sarah was getting ready to graduate from Boston College in the spring while Chris had graduated from Georgia Tech & was living back in Maryland. They were very much looking forward to being together again once they were married.

The wedding was a small affair in Shady Side, MD made up of family & close friends. The most moving part of the day was after the ceremony when Sarah took her bouquet to her father’s grave. It was a quiet, intimate moment, but the picture is something that captures the emotion of the day.

Such a moving picture to see a bride bringing her bouquet to her father’s grave. Wow .. just wow.

Click inside to see the rest of Sarah & Chris’ intimate Maryland wedding!

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Capitol Wedding: Julia & Brad’s Sweet Courthouse Wedding in Washington, DC

We lose track of what truly makes us happy, replacing love of community and connection with love of stuff.”

In a city that seems inundated with over-the-top and lavish weddings, I find comfort in the fact that I can still find features that are the complete opposite of that. Consequently, I was searching through old blog posts of mine, and came across this one  I wrote like the second or third week after I started my offbeat DC wedding blog. It was all about how a family gave up half their “stuff” or possessions so that they could better focus on their love and what was truly important in life.

When Photography by Susie dropped this sweet & simple Washington, DC courthouse wedding in my inbox, well, I was instantly taken back to writing that reflection blog post.

A small, intimate setting, like a courthouse wedding, is one of the most perfect reflections of what a wedding really should be focused on. Two people ~ and their love & commitment to each other.

Ok, I think that is enough personal reflection for a Friday. Without further adieu, here is Julia & Brad’s sweet Washington, DC courthouse wedding by Photography by Susie, including a touching video by Timebox Productions.

Click inside to see the rest of Julia & Brad’s sweet & simple courthouse wedding in Washington, DC ~ including a gorgeous wedding video by DC wedding videographers, Timebox Productions.

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Capitol Wedding: Jess & Mitch’s Intimate Washington, DC Wedding at the Tabard Inn

Back when I first started my dc wedding blog over a year ago, I received an email from a photographer that had just moved to DC and was in awe of how overly traditional and one-note the DC wedding scene was. I told her that I couldn’t have agreed more, and that was one of the main reasons why I started Capitol Romance  – to try and change that. A year later, Michelle emailed me again – this time to tell me that she couldn’t believe how my blog had grown and that she still had faith that people like her and I could really help change DC’s weddings … and to submit an absolutely amazing, intimate DC wedding to me.

Thanks to alternative DC  wedding photographers like Michelle VanTine and to amazing wedding submissions like this, I still have faith that DC can have a creative, funky, offbeat wedding scene too – all the believers just need to work together to make it happen.

Jess & Mitch’s Intimate, Offbeat Washington, DC Wedding at the Tabard Inn

From photographer, Michelle VanTine:

This October wedding was a beautiful offbeat DC wedding. When I walked in the bridal suite I wasn’t caught up in the usual frenzy of primping bridesmaids, nervous mothers, and scrambling florists as is typically the case. It was a totally different story.

There were Jess and Mitch together, joyfully getting ready for their day in the most relaxed natural manner, as if they were getting ready to go on a date. Mitch was zipping up Jess’ gown as they enjoyed coffee, scones, and fruit.

How much do I love this nontraditional way of getting ready for your wedding day – a bride and groom getting ready together? Stress-free and playing a guitar?! I love love love this ….

Mitch was playing his guitar and signing to Jess and she fastened her necklace in the mirror. It was adorable. That was pretty much set the scene for the entire day. No bridal party or typical traditions.

The Tabard Inn is a perfect intimate, alternative wedding venue in Washington, DC!

I adore Jess’ short & simple wedding dress!

Click inside to see the rest of Jess & Mitch’s adorable, nontraditional & offbeat wedding at the intimate Washington, DC wedding venue, the Tabard Inn.

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Olivia & Eric’s Small-budget Maryland Wedding

I have a really gorgeous, small budget Maryland wedding to share with you this morning. When Amber Wilkie Photography dropped this beauty in my Two Bright Lights inbox, I nearly jumped off the couch with excitement.

This wedding is GORGEOUS.

And has all those hand-made details and personal touches that I just swoon over. Plus, the bride, Olivia is one of the nicest people I have encountered, and she has shared some really amazing, and personal details with me to post along with her gorgeous pictures.

You are all in for a real treat :)

Olivia & Eric’s beautiful, small-budget Maryland wedding

About the couple from Amber Wilkie Photography:

Olivia and Eric met in Afghanistan while working on various military projects. When Eric ended up stationed in Williamsburg, they knew they could continue their relationship.

I always tease my couples about having kids and most of them get nervous and evade the question (makes for good laughing photos!) but Olivia didn’t blink and said they’d be trying for children right away. These two didn’t want to have a big party and instead opted for a very classy but still relaxed event at a local restaurant.

Olivia on the Maryland wedding venue selection:

Venue:  We wanted an all-in-one, indoor location to avoid weather, transportation, and herding issues.  Because a few guests would be making our wedding into a day trip, we decided on a late morning ceremony with lunch.  I searched for well-reviewed restaurants that people had voted as “good for groups”.  From there, I perused a few menus and photos before narrowing the list down to three restaurants.  I emailed all three to ensure availability (explaining we were planning both a ceremony and reception), and lunched at them to get a sense of their ambiance, service, and food.

From the moment I drove up to La Ferme and met with the owner, Alain, I knew this was the place.  Charming, intimate, unpretentious…perfect.  The layout of La Ferme was conducive for the small, intimate ceremony and reception we wanted.  Alain was very accommodating and flexible, and through his experience with past weddings at the restaurant, had good ideas and suggestions for flow, seating arrangements, where to hold the ceremony, and so on.


How it all began …

  Eric and I met on deployment, but it took us a while to become friends because our lives were tightly defined by our jobs and mission. We eventually became work-out buddies and developed a routine of eating chow together after the gym.  Maybe because we were in a war zone, our conversations tended to be soul-searching and meaningful.  Still, it took several thousand miles, a couple of unsuccessful relationships, and a few, long months before Eric and I reconnected at home and saw the potential in “us”.  We were engaged the following May, and planned the wedding for July!

Despite only having a couple of months and a budget of $3000, the wedding planning was smooth, surprisingly stress-free, and done almost completely online.  Having a guest list of 30 helped quite a bit.  At first, I went to for planning advice and tips, but was quickly overwhelmed.  I definitely didn’t need that many checklists or reminders, so instead, I made a simple list of things we needed and how much I was willing to spend.

Olivia’s friend Kim made all the flower arrangements from flowers purchased from Whole Foods! Talk about DIY flowers.

My friend, Kimberly, volunteered to do the flowers as her gift to me.  We went to Whole Foods, I picked out what I liked, and she put it all together!  She’s pretty talented that way.

Click inside to see more of Olivia & Eric’s intimate, small-budget Maryland wedding!

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