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Jaymie & Preston’s Romantic, Black & Red Maryland Mansion Wedding

Images: Photography by Tracie

Getting back into the blogging groove with this stunner of a Maryland wedding up at the Mansion at Valley Country Club. Jaymie & Preston used bright red, black and glitz as their color palette and the LOVE of this day totally shines through in the pictures. I love how they went total glamour with the wedding, but still found ways to incorporate their personal preferences, namely a superhero themed wedding cake & some sick kicks for the reception. Check out their beautiful wedding day & let’s get this week started!

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Alysha & Jermaine’s Modern, Lilac Turf Valley Resort Wedding in Maryland

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Images:  Anthony Sekellick Photography

Not only is this week at its end – so is the entire month of October. It will be November on Tuesday and I don’t think that’s fully settled in my mind. I’m headed into a little calm before the storm that is next week/weekend with the election coming up, my day job going through a major deployment, my 2nd to last wedding of 2016, Andy traveling for almost an entire week, and oh yeah … trying to launch the CapRoShop. So you know, relaxing.

If you want to hear about the shop launch first AND get your hands on a coupon code – please sign up for our newsblasts! We’ll be sharing all the fun details on Monday via our newsblast as we prep for an exciting week of giveaways to celebrate the launch. But for today I have a super sweet Maryland wedding featuring an ADORABLE couple that hand-made all the ceramic mug favors for their guests (how sweet!). Check out Alysha & Jermaine’s wedding on the blog today!

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Alysha and Jermaine were the sweetest couple. They met in college at Frostburg University and have been together ever since. Today they are both teachers in the Baltimore area.

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Groom’s sister was his “best-woman,” which I think speaks volumes about him. Their relationship is so inspiring. We had the mother and father of the groom come down the aisle at the ceremony right before the bride and her parents- we wanted a special moment for both our parents as they place such a huge role in our relationship and marriage.

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Jermaine and I fell in love with Turf Valleys “Garden” (where our ceremony was held). The willow trees are stunning, the scenery is perfect. We loved that everything was all in one location, because having a lot of our guests come from out of town (bride originally from NY) it meant a lot to us to have everyone together and be comfortable. So going right from the ceremony to the cocktail hour, to the reception, and then the ability to hit the elevator and go up to your hotel room after was so appealing to us. Not too mention the beautiful golf course that our family took big advantage of.

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[Our colors were] gray and Iris- we felt they complimented each other so well and were a perfect look for a summer evening wedding.

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Grace & Tolu’s Fall, Backyard Wedding in Maryland

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Images: L.A. Birdie Photography

Having a day off is sort of a double edge sword. I loved the extra day to work on the #CapRoShop, catch up on some rest, and generally not be thinking about my day job, but now it’s already Wednesday and I feel SO BEHIND for the week. I just can’t win! Today’s real Maryland wedding is a stunner though – gorgeous couple, with such a sweet love story, and an adorable DIY backyard wedding full of love & music (something they share in common as they both work in the music industry in NYC). Grace, the bride, also hand-drew all the signs — lots of insight from the couple for this real wedding today. Enjoy.

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[We met] at a winter getaway camp in the mountains of Pennsylvania when we were 16.

Tolu got together family and a slew of friends to participate in a music performance video of Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me”. 5 years before, Tolu had surprised Grace at her high school with a barbershop rendition of the same song, after which he asked her to prom. Each person recorded themselves singing the song from wherever they were and Tolu cut the different performances into a film complete with his own performance and music composition.

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In place of traditional elements like tying the cord, breaking the glass, or pouring sand, we decided to write our own tradition because there was only so much we could connect to the usual. We are both avid music lovers as well as music professionals so we wrote a piece for the ceremony called the Chord Accord. In this piece, we used the symbolism of a chord (accompanied by a live performance of a piano piece that Tolu wrote followed the narration) to depict how we came together in love and life. And then the piano piece segued into music for the procession out.

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We made it a point to involve as many friends and family as we could in the ceremony. Because we work in music and a lot of our friends are musicians, we used that to our advantage. Guests arrived arrived to the sound of our friends playing the piano and guitar to set the mood. One of them, the guitarist, played the music that Grace walked down the aisle to. We had a college friend of each of us come together to sing an arrangement of a song special to us, in which Tolu did a surprise performance ( In fact, it was a complete surprise to Grace the choice of song. Tolu had rehearsed in secret with the duo.) We had Tolu’s sister read a poem. Then have another friend, a pianist, accompany the Chord Accord. It was chock full of guest appearances

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Corina & Ben’s Intimate, DIY Wedding in Maryland

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Photographer: Jonah Koch for MBK Photography via Two Bright Lights

Happy Friday Romancers!! Another week has come to an end, and with it (like most weeks) I wonder where the time went and I feel like I have so much to do. I wasn’t the best at blogging this week, but I did finally make it out to an “Art Club” meet-up last night with two fantabulous DC artists/designers. It’s so inspiring to meet freelance artists that create such beautifully creative and unique pieces. Though it didn’t help my to-do list, it certainly helped my mind & soul a bit. Also my belly – because we had THE MOST DELICIOUS wine & cheese during our discussion. We are NJ/PA bound for the weekend first thing tomorrow for some family time & a baby shower! Hope you guys have a great one too! Enjoy this super sweet, vintage-inspired (with a TON of DIY details) Maryland wedding for today!

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I didn’t want the wedding to be one-sided. Too often weddings tend to be about the bride, which misses the point. It’s about the marriage and the union of two people and I wanted it to be a nice balance that satisfied my husband.

We chose the venue because it was financial feasible and it worked out aesthetically. We decided on a tea ceremony – something very common in my culture – and cramped everyone in our tiny apartment, which made it ever so much more intimate.

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I’m not sure I accomplished my goal but I was going for a noir bridal themed wedding. I like my designs clean cut and uncluttered. Black and white were the tones I naturally gravitated towards and red embodied cultural significance for me and my family. I designed a wedding grocery bag because weddings tend to give away useless trinkets. I wanted to give people things they could use while reminding them of our wedding.

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We met at Duke University as undergraduates. We since have endured a 7-year long-distance relationship. At one point I was serving in the US Peace Corps in Samoa in the South Pacific and he was serving in Iraq in the military. We were able to skype during that year – pretty incredible technology feat.

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Nowhere in my wedding did I include flowers. If you can afford them, flowers can be a great accent. With my go big or go home attitude if I wasn’t going to saturate my whole wedding with flowers I wasn’t going to include them at all. Also, like I said previously, I wanted a balanced wedding that wasn’t too feminine.

I enjoy wedding planning/ designing and as I lived far from my family, I did most of the pre-wedding work myself. I also managed to squeeze out some help from my husband, much to his protest.

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I made the backdrop to the stage where the musicians played. While any bystander would have written the streamers off, those designs took three whole months to complete by myself. My brother, a concept designer from California, designed the backdrop of my dessert table – probably one of the most notable designs in the wedding.

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Sofia & Brent’s Maryland Themed Wedding at the Music Center at Strathmore

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Images: Angel Kidwell Photography

Happy Thursday Romancers! I have a super sweet Maryland themed wedding for you today. Behind the scenes I am (attempting) to put together a “year in review” for Capitol Romance’s 2015. I have ALL the ideas, but it takes some time to not only gather all the numbers but lay it out nicely (especially considering my graphic design skills are elementary at best). Hoping I can get that out to you this week! If you’re interested, it will be sent via our newsblast, so sign up if you haven’t already! Take it away Sophia & Brent!

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We chose to have the ceremony at the UMD Memorial Chapel since we met on the UMD campus our senior year there. Our wedding date is the 6-year anniversary of us meeting and is exactly 1 year after we got engaged. We are incorporating the UMD mascot (Terrapin) into parts of our wedding day – the escort cards and programs will have Terps on them, for example.

My sister gave me a pre-wedding gift, a notebook of letters she gathered from the women from both sides of the families that were now connected by Brent & I marrying. There were words of love, welcoming, support, wisdom and memories.

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We chose the Music Center at Strathmore for the reception site because we wanted a modern and dramatic reception space.o Our colors are pink and gold with accents of black. These are colors that we (mostly Sofia) were drawn to as we started planning. We are also incorporating polka dots into parts of the wedding (the groomsmen bowties, cocktail hour flowers) because Sofia loves them!

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Our two sisters are readers during the ceremony and are also in the wedding party. Sofia’s sister will also be singing a song towards the beginning of the reception (she is surprising us with the song!). Brent’s two best men are his cousins.

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