Capitol Inspiration: A Retro, Vintage Military Engagement Session

Another week has come to an end, and with it, we have some amazing, inspiring photos to share with you of a vintage military engagement session at a retro plane hanger! There is so much to pull from this shoot ~ beautiful vintage makeup, a retro 1950s style dress to kill, and the most adorable couple. Thanks to David Champagne Photography [submitted via Two Bright Lights] for this awesome submission!

A Retro, 1950s Military Engagement Session on a Vintage Airplane Hangar

From the photographer:

Because Justin is a navy pilot, Sally and Justin decided to have a vintage pin-up session at the Planes of Fame Museum in Chino, CA.

Enough said. Happy Inspiration Friday ~ enjoy your weekend!

i am always a sucker for wing tip eye liner & bright red lips

hello there pin-up wedding hair inspiration!

Click inside for the rest of this darling vintage, military meets pin-up styled 1950s engagement session!

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Capitol Wedding: Daniel & Rachel’s DIY Christmas Wedding in Washington, DC

Earlier this week we got our first round of Tim Riddick Photography awesomeness with Marissa & Trey’s Brookside Gardens Engagement. Today, that awesomeness continues, with a STUNNING Washington, DC Christmas wedding with some DIY Christmas wedding themed projects, also captured beautifully by the talented Tim Riddick.

Daniel & Rachel’s wedding had all the makings of a beautiful Washington, DC wedding ~ the groom a Lieutenant in the US Navy, and a stunning bride in lace. They used the Christmas holiday to their benefit ~ incorporating Christmas details into their DIY wedding projects and design. [For more Winter Wedding Inspiration ~ Be sure to check out the guides we created, Part 1 here and Part 2 here!]

Daniel & Rachel’s DIY Washington DC Christmas Wedding

About the couple:

Daniel and Rachel met at a wedding in 2008, where they both were in the wedding party. Shortly after they met Daniel, a Lieutenant in the United States Navy, was deployed to Iraq and later finished out a tour in Japan. All the while they kept in contact. When Daniel returned to the states they had a long distance relationship while Rachel finished her graduate degree in School Psychology. They were engaged May 2011 in Charleston, South Carolina. They were married December 17, 2011 before they again would have to be separated by another deployment.

Rachel’s red wedding shoes are the perfect pop of color for a Christmas wedding!

how much do I love this red, vintage styled bridesmaids dress? … a LOT!

Rachel shares some insight into their wedding details & design:

The wedding was during the holidays and the bride and groom wanted to keep the colors in tune with the seasonal feel. They chose red as the main color with accents of gold, white, and green throughout the décor. The venue they chose was the Army and Navy Club on Farragut Square. They are proud of their connection to the military and the space provided an interesting historical feel as well as an intimate area to celebrate their wedding.

The ceremony took place at Saint Peter’s on Capitol Hill Catholic Church. Daniel lived near Capitol Hill and attended this church every Sunday while he lived in Washington, D.C. Daniel grew up in Connecticut and Rachel in Georgia.

They agreed on getting married in Washington D.C. because of their love for the city and uniqueness it could offer their guests.  At the cocktail hour they offered spiced apple cider and eggnog as specialty drinks.

I couldn’t agree more with their reasoning for getting married in Washington, DC :)

Click inside to see the rest of Daniel & Rachel’s Washington, DC Christmas wedding at the Army & Navy Club by Tim Riddick Photography

Jess & Ethan’s Reston Town Center Engagement in VA

We are back this afternoon with an engagement session courtesy of Abby Grace Photography. This session holds a special place in her heart as it’s actually her BROTHER that is featured in this shoot today :)

Things I love about this session: it has an adorably in-love couple, the second half of the session was taken in a parking garage [yes! alternative engagement shoot locations!] and, Ethan gave us the write-up for the “about us” and proposal story. I am not sure what it is, but I get a little extra giddy when the dudes give me the feature write-ups, maybe because weddings always seem so bride/woman-focused, I love when the guys get involved.

OH and check out Ethan’s brown attire in the shoot …. look familiar?

Jessica & Ethan’s Reston Town Center Engagement Session

About the couple:

Jessica and I met June 6 2009 (D-Day) in the Brittania Arms pub in Monterey, California. Jess had seen me around base running my Marines and inquired amongst her friends where she might find me. She walked into the pub that night and I casually remarked to my friend that “She looks so much prettier out of uniform”. He asked me if I wanted him to talk to her for me. I went ashen and said “no, no please,” because I was too embarrassed to talk to her. My friend brought her over to me and we hit it off. She gave me her phone number and said I could call her. I called her on my way home from the bar that night. We went on a date the next day and fell in love. We spent every day together for the entire month before Jessica left for Texas. We decided to break up because the distance would be too great, the day she left. About an hour after she was on the road we called each other and decided we couldn’t live without each other.

Can I just say that i LOVE that Jess is rockin’ a hoodie here – she looks adorable! Dress like yourselves at your engagement shoots … Ok people?

Abby shares a bit on the session:

The e-session took place on a chilly morning in Reston Town Center. Ethan and Jess’s e-session was really special to me because I’ve seen the effect she has on him. No one’s ever been able to tame Ethan’s more sarcastic side, but then Jess came along and, well, Ethan’s still sarcastic. But I’ve never seen anyone love the way he loves Jessica. I can’t wait to have her as my sister-in-law; she is the BEE’S. KNEES.

Click inside for the rest of this adorable Reston Town Center engagement session from Abby Grace Photography ~ including the adorable proposal story from Ethan!

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