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Heather & Jeremy’s Springtime, Mint Green Wedding in Maryland

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This super-rad springtime weather has got me in a great mood, despite my new day job being insane, delving into some crazy personal life things, AND nearing the middle of my busy wedding season. I’m tired yes (as I sit here at 9:30pm writing this post, thinking about that 6:00am alarm to go for a run), but the love keeps me going. Heather & Jeremy are SUPER sweet and their springtime Maryland wedding isn’t chock full of details, but it IS chock full of beauty and love. PLUS the photographer, Elizabeth Fogarty Photography and I are working together this Saturday at C&J’s wedding – so it’s only appropriate that I’m featuring one of her weddings this week.

And man, these images make me SO freakin’ pumped that C&J booked her for their laid-back BBQ wedding in the ruins of Patapsco Female Institute. Let’s just all do a sunshine weather dance ok?

Heather & Jeremy’s Springtime, Mint Green Maryland Wedding

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Vendors:

Photographer: Elizabeth Fogarty Photography | Venue: Piney Branch | Flowers: Country Florals by Emily Hester | Cake: The Broken Cookie | Bride’s Dress: David’s Bridal | DJ: Source 4 Entertainment | Hair Stylist: Melissa at Aaron Robert Salon | Makeup Artist: Courtney at Aaron Robert Salon | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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From the Photographer:

Talk about a SWEET couple. These two were all smiles on their wedding day. It was a perfect, full of sunshine, day. Everything came together so perfectly, from her flowers to the bridesmaid dresses. They are actually middle school sweethearts. Well, he did call her fat. But college changed it all and Jeremy fell hard for Heather. He is an engineer and she is a pre-school teacher. They have a little boy named max. This is truly a fairy tale.

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From the bride:

“My favorite color is green and we knew that would definitely be our primary color! Originally we were going to go with green and yellow until my Sister in Law and I saw a bouquet online with a green and purple color scheme and I instantly fell in love!! We chose the green color based on the girls dresses which were Clover from David’s bridal and then knew deeper purple would work well with that!

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David & Garrett’s Heartfelt, Personalized Maryland Wedding at Walkers Overlook

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I’ve blogged a ton of weddings in the 3+ years I’ve been running this blog. Some really stick with me, where I can quite vividly call back from memory the images I laid out and the details I typed. This will be one of those weddings. Mostly because of the emotions that you can seriously FEEL coming out of every. single. image that Leo Druker Photography captured. But the natural, laid-back, details also help. Walkers Overlook, a wedding venue in Maryland, gave David & Garrett that a rustic, homey feel they were going for and their wedding vendors just executed the overall wedding day perfectly.

This, my engaged friends, is why you hire vendors that are not only professionals, but are a match to your personality, style, and nuances. Because then they can create a wedding day like this – one that emanates you and your partners’ feelings, desires, and emotions. I seriously feel like I KNOW these two people just from their wedding pictures. And I sure as hell wish I could have been in attendance at this wedding! But enough from me, more from Leo, David & Garrett.

David & Garrett’s Heartfelt, Personalized Maryland Wedding at Walkers Overlook

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Photographer: Leo Druker | Venue: Walkers Overlook | Florals & Lighting: Edge Flowers | DJ: Bruce Pike | Grooms’ Suits: Custom Suits from My.Suit | Officiant: Friend | Catering: Eat & Smile

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We each had our suits custom made from My.Suit (www.mysuitny.com). We wanted to “go,” but not “match.”

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We opted to not have a specific color palate, nor did we intentionally choose any particular colors. We are inspired by natural elements and asked that the decor reflect the time of year (October). Our one main request was that the florals/decor have an unfinished edge and they used stone, metal, and glass to maintain that feeling.

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On their venue:

We wanted a space that felt like it could have been our home and had a rustic edge. They have a vintage car which they allowed us to use as a bar at the reception.

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Click inside for SO MUCH MORE of Garrett & David’s amazing Maryland wedding. Including some seriously amazing dance moves and some awesome wedding details!

Kevin & Mary’s Pink & Orange Maryland Wedding at Milton Ridge

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Kevin & Mary both love Maryland. They are huge Orioles fans and Kevin even proposed at Camden Yards. So when it came time to plan their wedding – obviously the color orange needed to be included. They also decided to use a ton of fun Maryland themed details for their wedding day that gave it a super fun, and personalized touch. Throw in a touch of pink (Mary’s favorite color), a bunch of handmade wedding details, and the bride & groom both in chucks – and well, we’ve got another fine Capitol Romance Maryland wedding feature on our hands! Thanks to Tori Nefores Photography for sharing this one with us via Two Bright Lights.

Kevin & Mary’s Pink and Orange, Maryland Themed Wedding at Milton Ridge

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Vendors:

PhotographyTori Nefores Photography & Design | VenueMilton Ridge | Officiant: Father Rob (Milton Ridge) | StationeryThe Inked Leaf | Floral DesignEvents Plus | DJ: DJ Bob Popik | Catering and LinensMilton Ridge | Cake and DessertsHerman’s Bakery | Hair and MakeupMilton Ridge | Bridal AttireSimone’s Bridal  | VeilJ. Crew | Bridesmaids AttireSimone’s Bridal | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Westminster Tuxedos | ShoesConverse | FavorsOriental Trading and Utz | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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For their wedding, they were inspired by their home state and included special touches throughout their special day. Kevin and Mary are huge Orioles fans (hence the orange) and Mary’s favorite color is pink. Kevin even proposed at Camden Yards with special help from the Oriole bird himself.

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Both being natives of Maryland, the wedding theme was “From Maryland with Love.” Showing their Maryland pride throughout the entire event. From Maryland themed wedding invitations (The Inked Leaf – Etsy) to having each reception table have a Maryland theme (Orioles, Ravens, Under Armor, UMD, Ocean City, Deep Creek Lake, etc.) the theme was clear to all guests.

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Mary’s cousins served as her “Pink Ladies” helping her with many details.

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Click inside for the rest of Kevin & Mary’s hot pink & orange, Maryland themed wedding at Milton Ridge!

Ross & Lydia’s Personalized, Offbeat St. Mary’s College Wedding in Maryland

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“It was really important to us to have our wedding have lots of “us” in it. We’re both a little weird and nerdy in our own way so details were really important to us.”

Ross & Lydia’s St. Mary’s College Wedding in Maryland is one for the books. Gorgeous light, hand-made details, and more smiles than I can count. Ross & Lydia took the things that were most important to them (getting married in a Catholic church, their reception to be a great party, and their wedding to be a celebration of love, marriage and a GREAT time for their family and friends) and poured it all into their personalized wedding day.

A special thanks to Porter Watkins Photography (one of our Capitol Romance Vendors!) for sharing her images of this gorgeous Maryland wedding.

Ross & Lydia’s Personalized Maryland Wedding at St. Mary’s College

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Vendors:

Ceremony Location: St. Peter Claver Catholic Church | Reception Venue: St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Garden of Remembrance | Tent Rental: Tri-County Rent-a-Tent  | Photographer: Porter Watkins Photography | DJ: Mixing Maryland | Photobooth: Boothlove | Florist: David’s Flowers | Caterer: Expressions | Cake: Almond Creek Cakery  | Hair: Bella Salon and Spa| Bowties: The Tie Bar | Wedding Rings: Gold Works| All Stationery: Vistaprint

How we met (from Ross’ perspective):

Ross was up at his friend’s house in Philly for his friend’s Nate’s graduation party. As a single, young man, he was curious as to the ladies that were coming. Nate explained that there were two girls coming. One that might be interested in meeting someone and one that most likely was not. When the girls arrived, it took all of five minutes of seeing and meeting them to realize which girl he wanted to talk to…it was Lydia (who ended up being the one that most likely was not interested in meeting someone). And to add insult to injury, Nate had already talked up Ross to the other young lady.

Because Lydia was in rare form that evening, she decided to mess with Ross and try to pretend that she was into him. However, Ross’ charm got the better of her. As the night continued, Ross went up to Lydia and asked if she wanted to play in the snow. She obliged, because she loves playing in the snow. They ended up talking all night

Lydia, being the stubborn girl that she is, was convinced that it would never work out and wrote Ross off. However, Ross the resilient couldn’t stop talking about her and wouldn’t stop pursuing her. After three or four (it’s still up for debate as to how many times it actually was) denials, Lydia finally decided that he might be worth dating.

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The proposal story (as told by the groom):

They had been meaning to have a picnic, so Lyd was more than excited to head back to their favorite location and have a nice picnic. Unfortunately, although earlier in the week the forecast showed sun and warmth, it was showing a high likelihood of storms. They headed to their favorite picnic spot…only to find out it was closed for repairs (crap). So they searched around for a new picnic spot and an hour later (and a little bit of freaking out) they found a park! Although there was no private space, they may have drove over some not technically drive-able area and snuck back behind a hedge for a private picnic behind a barn. They got ready to take some pictures when the first storm cloud rolled in…and the clouds brought friends. They tried to set up a tent to have a picnic, but it only got half set up by the time it started POURING! So there they were, sitting in a car, half soaked eating their picnic food on the dashboard and all Ross could think was “It’s been ruined. I had a plan, it has gone to crap, and it’s just not going to work”.

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But as he looked flustered at Lyd and saying “our picnic is ruined” they both started laughing and Lyd just said “this is so us.” And Ross knew…this completely unexpected, seemingly undesirable situation, was the perfect situation. He texted Lydia’s best friends and they called Lyd to distract her. Ross went to the trunk and switched into his tux (thank goodness he practiced tying his bow tie the night before), grabbed the bouquet he had bought for her, and waited to hear Lyd play “The Question” by The Old 97′s on the stereo. She played it, he heard it. He asked her to step out of the car, she did (nervously), he dropped to a knee and the rest is history…

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On choosing their venue:

Ross and I both went to St. Mary’s for college. However, we didn’t know each other when we went there. Ross was a senior when I was a freshmen. Our paths never crossed until I was a senior in college. But we both had absolutely amazing times at St. Mary’s. During Alumni Weekend (summer camp for alumni) in 2012 (before we were engaged), Ross and I were kayaking in the St. Mary’s river. We both stopped and stared at our beautiful alma mater. I turned to him and asked, “We should get married here.” He said, “I was thinking the same thing.”

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When we started planning, there were a few things that were *really* important to both of us. The first vendor we booked was our DJ (who also happens to own the photobooth company). We wanted our reception to be a great party. We wanted  to celebrate our love and our new marriage, but we also wanted to throw a party for our family and friends who have been there for us from the beginning. We could NOT have picked a better DJ. Honestly, Ryan and Kyle from Mixing Maryland were absolutely amazing and our reception was a great time!

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Click inside for the rest of Lydia & Ross’ personalized Maryland wedding from Porter Watkins Photography!

Alice & Chad’s DIY Purple Maryland Barn Wedding at Linganore Winecellers

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It’s with a heavy heart (and a big sigh) that I start today’s blog post. I have written the “struggling to blog post XXX tragedy” before, and I don’t want to write it again. But I can’t ignore the fact that yesterday the city I love, the city I live and work in, was struck by terrible tragedy. I am still trying to make sense of how someone could do what was done yesterday.

But as a wedding blogger & coordinator, I think I need to consider myself lucky – in that so much of my life and days are filled with stories and images of love & happiness, not hate & sorrow. And so, though yesterday was tragic and will continue to be for all those families that were affected, there is a duty in each of us to continue on with strength and messages of love. It is the only way we can attempt to move on from such horrific events.

So for today I am sharing an extra special Maryland wedding – one that was originally planned for later in my editorial calendar, but I thought it was just TOO full of love and happiness, to not share today. It features an adorable couple (Alice & Chad) that are just SO happy and in love on their wedding day, that it’s down right contagious. And isn’t that something we’d all like to catch today? Without further ado:

Alice & Chad’s DIY Maryland Barn Wedding at Linganore Winecellers

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Vendors:

Photography: Photography by Brea | Venue: Linganore Winecellers | Flowers: Local Color Flowers | DJ: Do Justice to Music | Cupcakes: Jessica Kerin | Caterer: Fine Cuisine Catering | Hair and Makeup: Victoria Budosh | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jersey Maid | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

 From the photographer:

#chalicewedding happened at Linganore Winecellars on August 24th. It was an absolutely beautiful day, and a stunning location to provide the backdrop as these two amazing people committed their lives to each other. Their simple but stunning details were the perfect fit as well! There was a lot of heart that went into this wedding and I just love their cute DIY centerpieces and details! Even the flowers that were provided were freshly picked wild flowers!

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What? I LOVE Alice’s yellow engagement ring!!! So unique!

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From the bride:

I was never that girl that dreamed of having a fairytale wedding one day, until I met Chad. Chad and I were acquaintances for a few years before we started dating, but soon after that first date, I found myself with a new best friend for life.

My mother-in-law likes to call us “the ying-yang couple” and you can see it right off the bat. Chad with his super blonde hair and my super black hair paired us up looking like “how is this possible?”. Yet, here we are, married & happily living together.

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Click inside for SO MUCH more of Alice & Chad’s DIY Maryland barn wedding!

Libby & George’s Maryland Wedding Video at Agricultural History Farm Park

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A little something different for you guys today! My favorite photography duo, Bernadette & Steve from An Endless Pursuit, submitted this beautiful MD wedding slideshow for feature and I was taken from the first note, and first image.

Libby & George, the couple in today’s Maryland wedding feature, are farmers and s couple months ago, An Endless Pursuit visited their farm and took some STUNNING pictures of the family living, loving, and interacting on the farm.

One of my favorites is next, but the whole set is here.

So then they decided to get married this past May, and I just love the way the slideshow tells their wedding day story … better than I could have laid it out for sure :) The slideshow gives it so much more movement than a scroll bar! I also get to share some of Libby & George’s beautiful love story and details on their literally “homegrown” wedding, to accompany the slide show.

From the bride (Libby):

“On May 25 2013, George and I were married at the Agricultural History Farm Park in Derwood Md. George is a fourth generation farmer and I have worked the business with him for six years now. We have four children between the two of us.

George and I had a few requests for our wedding day; one was that all of the food be local and if possible produced on our farm, and two that all of our guests and loved ones felt comfortable and relaxed. Our special day far exceeded our expectations!

This is the perfect example of a couple pouring themselves into their wedding – they made wedding styling decisions based on the people they truly are “The hardworking groomsmen, who would never be seen in a suit, wore kahkies and boots. The bridesmaids looked beautiful in short slate gray chiffon dresses with cowboy boots.” Libby explains the rest of it best:

The memories of that day will forever be etched in our hearts and minds. Watching all of our planning unfold before our eyes was so much fun! From the satirical wedding programs to the Groom’s cake with our favorite animals on it, every aspect spoke volumes about George and I.

We all gathered ourselves before walking down the isle in the historical green and white homestead. The ceremony was under an enormous oak tree with ball mason jars filled with pale shades of wild flowers hanging from the branches, swaying in the breeze in the back yard overlooking the corn field. The guests meandered over to the large red barn for cocktail hour while a six piece band played bluegrass and other rustic fare. No seating chart was implemented for dinner, we all sat were we saw fit and our dear friends from “The Clementine” served us produce and meats from our farm, on heaping platters, family style.

After our local and sustainable meal our guests headed back to the barn for dancing and desert composed of home made, country style pies and Zahradka Farm blend Zeke’s Coffee. As the sun started to set and the party came to an end, George and I said goodbye to our friends and family and watched as they drove down the winding, barn wood fence lined road, we posed for one of our last photographs shown as a silouette of a newly married husband and wife in a sweet embrace. We would like to thank everyone who participated in our memorable day.”

If there was ever a true farm to table wedding, this has GOT to be it! Thank you so much Libby, for sharing your beautiful love story and wedding day with us! And a special thanks again to An Endless Pursuit for sharing their beautiful wedding picture slideshow.

Yue & Greg’s Simple, Cherry Blossom Themed Maryland Wedding

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Today’s real wedding feature is simple, but beautiful due to the couple’s focus on handmade details. Yue & Greg also decided to use Cherry Blossoms as the backdrop and theme for their Maryland wedding – including the pale pink flower in the wedding decor. They decided to keep their wedding as low-key and simple as possible, relying heavily on family & friends and Etsy to decorate their wedding day.

Lucky for you all, I have all the details from Yue below, with some really sage words on including handmade details in your wedding day. Especially how one of the benefits of DIYing your wedding projects, is the increased time with family and friends, making the items!

A special thanks to Eye Wonder Photography for submitting this beautiful wedding via Two Bright Lights.

Yue & Greg’s Simple Cherry Blossom Themed Wedding in Potomac Maryland

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Vendors:

Photographer: Eye Wonder Photography | Venue: Bolger Center | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

About their wedding vision:

From the beginning, Greg and I knew we wanted our wedding to be simple, charming and personal. That, and we wanted the ceremony outdoors. We imagined a small, intimate wedding in a field of wild flowers or under a grove of trees—letting nature dictate our decor.

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I really love this note about incorporating handmade (not necessarily DIY) details into their wedding day!

Greg and I also really appreciate the detail, craftsmanship, and one-of-a-kind feel of something handmade, so we tried our best to incorporate those elements into our wedding.

We opted to do without a wedding planner/event coordinator, and sent our invitations in hand-folded envelopes. We used Etsy to find handmade convertible dresses for the bridesmaids, and bought Greg’s wedding band there too.

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On their Maryland wedding venue selection:

Bolger Center turned out to be a nice fit: rolling green lawns, peppered with willows and cherry blossoms; a round arbor of evergreen trees, steps away from a little, white pergola; an on-site hotel for our many out-of-towner guests. So, we booked and prayed for a sunny April morning.

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Maybe our favorite Etsy buy though was a set of six little ceramic bells. We hung them from low branches surrounding the ceremony site and strung strips of ribbon and burlap for a wind catch. Every breeze sent a peel of faint chiming into the air all around us: the effect was lovely and calming.

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Another personal touch came from an idea my mom had, about making sure I was hidden away from view before the ceremony. Greg and the groomsmen hung lace panel curtains from each side of the pergola and let them billow in the wind—a nice play on the fluttery straps on my dress.

In the end, the hint of my silhouette through the lace made for a bit of mystery as guests passed by to get seated.

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Click inside for the rest of Greg & Yue’s simple, handmade Maryland wedding ~ including some fun with a cotton candy machine!

Capitol Wedding: Gabrielle & Marc’s Budget-Friendly, Peacock Themed Maryland Wedding

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Sometimes I am a bit overwhelmed when I get write-ups from couples for a wedding feature. I open the document and it’s PAGES long and I am immediately struck with anxiety over how the hell I am going to fit this into one post.

And then I start to read, and like magic, all the anxiety washes away as I am transformed by a beautiful, unique love story – full of passion, creativity, and some seriously amazing descriptions of love. I don’t care how long these posts become, or how long they might end up taking me to put together – their story must be shared and I am honored to get to retell it.

This is the case with Gabrielle & Marc’s budget-friendly, Peacock themed Maryland wedding. The two met online through Match.com and though they both brought a lot to the new relationship, their connection on their first date was electric and their love story quickly unfolded. Naturally their wedding was an absolute labor of love from their entire family and friends. They had a small budget and a tight timeline, so they called in ALL the reinforcements to put together a beautiful, hand-crafted and personalized Peacock themed wedding. Images via You Are Raven Photography.

Gabrielle & Marc’s Budget-Friendly, Family Infused, Peacock Themed Maryland Wedding

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Vendors:

Photographer: You Are Raven | Caterer:  Anne Arundel Community College | Musicians:  Alex Mitchell | Other:  Quiet Waters Park | Submitted: Two Bright Lights

How They Met:

Marc & I met online!

I put my profile online because Heather was suffering from 3rdwheelitis. Of course, I was the oblivious 3rd wheel. Problem was, I wasn’t interested in dating at all! Not that I wasn’t “lonely” but I just didn’t want the hassle of being with someone else. I had been blissfully single for over a year, after being a serial monogamist my whole adult life. It was AWESOME to be able to do anything I wanted, whenever I wanted, without having to clear it with anyone. Yes, I had my kids but – sharing custody with their Dad meant I was kid-free every other week. This made it so easy to have a very good/conflict-free life – but then when I lost my running buddy to her romance, I had to do something so – Match.com.

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I met Marc in about 2 weeks. He had been online for 2 years. (grin). I knew immediately that this was “the one.” The second he touched my arm – I felt a ZING. My first thought was “It’s only been an hour, why is he touching me?” And then immediately after that “Wow – that was a physical reaction if ever there WAS one, hmmmm…”

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We talked till the place closed, and set a date for the next day. I cancelled the Match meetings I had previously set up so I could meet up with Marc. Everything clicked – our outlook on life, our physical hobbies (active/physically demanding hobbies, racing with half-marathons, trails runs, and for him triathlons), our eating philosophies (very healthy, abundant foods) – our plans for the future.. etc.

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As the months wore on, we introduced each other to our kids (he has 3 I have 2) – and then introduced the kids to each other. Everyone seemed to get along really well! We went on camping trips, trips to the beach, and supported various kids’ sporting events (cheer-leading competitions, soccer state champs, etc, etc.)

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love these next few images of friends/family making so many of the wedding details!~

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 DIYed bouquets & centerpieces above, and DIYed flower girl headbands below!

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Click inside for a TON MORE from this awesome, DIY, small-budget Maryland wedding from You Are Raven Photography!

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

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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

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Vendors: 
 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.

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^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.

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

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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.

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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!

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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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