Capitol Inspiration: Metallic Wedding Invitations

A couple weeks ago on Twitter I saw a tweet of a bride looking for a local DC print shop that would print metallic paper at a decent price. I hooked Stacy up [mentioning the printing center] and in return she agreed to share her AWESOME, modern metallic wedding invitations with me [& all of you!].

It doesn’t hurt that Stacy runs a graphic design business [Stacy Kleber] but I just love how sleek and modern the design of these wedding invitations are. Plus she went local and printed with Capital Printing Center in NE DC!

 thanks for sharing Stacy!!



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Megan & Chris’ Modern Dark Purple Arlington, VA Wedding

I met Megan & Chris in person at the Nonconforming Bridal Fair over a year ago, when Capitol Romance was pretty brand new. Megan was the first person ever to come up to me and say, “I read your blog!”. I think I actually blushed.

Since that day, Megan and Chris stayed in email contact with me – they wanted to do something unique for their Northern Virginia wedding and they didn’t want to break the bank either. I think what the ended up with was perfect – a stunning, modern wedding at the Le Meridien Hotel in Rosslyn, VA with gorgeous, deep purple details.

A special thanks to Andrew Morrell Photography & Two Bright Lights for making this Northern Virginia Wedding feature possible!

Megan & Chris’ Modern Northern Virginia Wedding with Deep Purple Details

Just look at that statement necklace! I DIE!

A few days before the wedding, Megan, Chris and I sat outside at their venue – a large serene patio tucked in between the tallest buildings in the Washington DC metro area. It was sunny and nearly 70 – in early March! While they sipped champagne (the venue manager is a very generous person), we all put our most strenuous faith and hope into changing the fog and rain and dreary weekend weather forecast to reflect the current conditions… When dawn broke on Saturday, March 17, it was indeed foggy. But the fog cleared and our midweek champagne session chased the clouds to reveal a stunning day – which would inform the whole day’s events.

Venue: Le Meridien Hotel in Rosslyn, VA

Photographer: Andrew Morrell

Hair & Makeup: Alison Harper & Company

graffiti on the bottom of the bride’s shoes?! yes please!

now THIS is bridal statement jewelry!

loving these deep purple bouquets

and matching boutonnieres of course!

another shot of megan’s super modern bridal shoes – glittery black heels!

DIYing bouquets the morning of the wedding – love this!

Megan heads up the stairs to the Lincoln Memorial to meet her groom for their first look!

Click inside for the rest of these gorgeous, modern purple wedding pictures from Washington, DC wedding photographer, Andrew Morrell.

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Dorothy & Brandon’s Modern Purple Rockville, MD Wedding

Purple is such a fabulous color – it’s no wonder that it seems to be an absolute favorite among couples for weddings.  Almost any shade of the color is gorgeous, and it looks good on almost any skin tone and hair color. Whenever a purple themed wedding is sent my way ~ I almost always accept it – there is just something intoxicating about it! Such was the case with Dorothy & Brandon’s modern, purple wedding, shot by Darling Photographers [submitted via Two Bright Lights].

Dorothy & Brandon had a gorgeous wedding and incorporated not only a ton of purple details, but fun details from their background & ethnicity as well! Beautiful paper cranes (made from shiny purple paper)  and chop stick favors! There is a lot to love in this Rockville, MD wedding feature ~ and tons of purple details to inspire more purple wedding planners ;).

[Hair & makeup provided by Alison Harper & Company]

Dorothy & Brandon’s Modern, Purple Rockville, MD Wedding

How they met [the groom’s perspective]:

I was staying in DC over the summer after finishing my first year of law school at Howard University. I was on the board of the DC Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL). I decided that I would help volunteer with the setup of the DC Chapter picnic. I got up early and headed out there not really knowing what to expect. I was on the Chicago Chapter board while I was in college, and from previous experiences, I expected there to be nobody my age.

From a distance, I see these two girls head towards the picnic site. I see they’re carrying some stuff, and in one of my less chivalrous moments, I still decide to chat with folks that are already there instead of rushing over asking if they needed any help. One of two was Dorothy, and the other was her sister, Kate.

 While talking to Kate and her sister I noticed how easy it was to talk to Dorothy. I learned a lot about her in that short time. I remember thinking how beautiful she was. However, looking back, there wasn’t any intention on my part to try to date Dorothy. I simply was happy to know that there were younger individuals involved in some capacity with the DC Chapter.

 When I left the picnic that day, I wasn’t quite sure whether I would ever see Dorothy again. Fourth of July weekend follows a couple weeks later and I was in my apartment on my computer when a chat window pops up on my Facebook account. It was Dorothy asking what I was up to. I told her that I was in my apartment and was going to head out to Dupont Circle to get some ice cream.

Click inside for the rest of the picture from Brandon & Dorothy’s modern, purple Rockville, MD wedding feature!

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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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Wedding Music That Doesn’t Suck: “It’s Nice To Be Alive”

Better late than never, we are sharing our weekly Wedding Music That Doesn’t Suck post this Tuesday morning! Today’s modern wedding song comes to us from my husband. He sent me this song a few weeks back and I just love it.

It’s by an Australian band known as Ballpark Music and the title of the song already gives you a feel for it’s upbeat, positive nature, “It’s Nice to Be Alive”. **Warning: It does contain some choice language & may not be suitable for work!**

Lovers need lovers and I’m im-pressed by all the goods out on display
I don’t know what to say
I’m thinking, I’m thinking, Waaoooo-oooh!
I’d prefer your enthusiasm,
While you’re here with me It’s nice to be alive

This song would be a perfect upbeat first dance song or something to add to your cocktail hour playlist!

What do you think? Does this song make you as happy as it does, me? Would you use it for your wedding?


Capitol Romance Blog Lovin’ #2: Bridal Musings

I believe Bridal Musings was another TWIPS find [thanks TWIPS!] and Elizabeth is everything I aspire to be as a blogger ~ chic, modern, unique, resourceful, and true to herself. She is one of the sweetest wedding bloggers out there and her content is ALWAYS fresh and ever-changing; it never feels one note.

Bridal Musings ~ A Chic & Unique Wedding Blog

Bridal Musings is everything it claims to be, unique & chic – but super resourceful at the same time. Editor, Elizabeth is also super sweet & effortlessly cool ~ and I am super jealous of her British back ground [she just recently moved to California!].

One of my favorite features on Bridal Musings, hands-down, is Film Club ~ a repository of featured wedding videos, engagement videos, & save the date videos. The wedding blog world is certainly not lacking in the wedding photography realm – but it seems SO much harder to find wedding videographers AND examples/inspiration of real wedding & save the date videos.

So if you are looking for chic wedding inspiration, DIY projects, wedding advice, and more – then I highly recommend you stop on by Bridal Musings. Though, you might end up staying way longer than you intended – so you’ve been warned!

Wedding Music That Doesn’t Suck: “Friday I’m in Love”

Happy Monday Romancers. Another start of the week begins and we are kicking things off with The Cure’s “Friday I’m in Love” as today’s Wedding Music That Doesn’t Suck, modern wedding song suggestion!

“Monday you can fall apart
Tuesday wednesday break my heart
Thursday doesn’t even start
it’s Friday I’m in love”

I know this song is a romantic comedy staple, but I just don’t care. I LOVE this song and it’d make for a perfect addition to your cocktail hour playlist, or even the perfect alternative rock song for your wedding ceremony.

Check back this afternoon for a lovely Washington, DC area engagement session from Michelle VanTine Photography!

Cecelia & Wasim’s Hip Modern Washington, DC Wedding

When a new message popped up in my inbox from Megan Noonan Photography, with the subject “Cecelia & Wasim’s wedding” – well, I was pumped. Cecelia & Wasim’s awesome Washington, DC art gallery engagement had made my “Best of 2011 Engagement Features“, so naturally, I knew their wedding was going to be unique, ultra-hip, and 100% them.

Cecelia confirmed my suspicions:

After getting engaged, I seriously tried to convince Wasim that we should go to the courthouse, get married, have a small dinner with family and friends, and call it a day.  Wasim, however, was very adamant about having a full blown wedding. I am so very glad that I “caved in” because we had a blast.

Wasim and I said that our goal was for our guests to eat, drink, and dance well at our wedding. Personally, I wanted to make sure that in the process we stayed true to ourselves without getting locked in traditions that didn’t fit our personalities, and that we didn’t break the bank while doing so.

I mean what could be more Capitol Romance than what Cecelia said – a wedding that “stayed true to ourselves”, not “locked in traditions that didn’t fit” them and “didn’t break the bank” – I mean those are practically my commandments!

Cecelia & Wasim’s Non-traditional, Modern Wedding at the Hotel Palomar in Arlington, VA

Cecelia shares how they chose Hotel Palomar in Arlington, VA as their wedding venue:

I am a huuuuuge fan of modern art (hence my choices for the   engagement session), so I was originally looking a venues with a modern and artistic vibe.  Once we stepped in the Hotel Palomar, I absolutely fell in love with the theme, “Art in Motion” and the artwork.  The fact that Wasim loved it and actually picked the hotel as his number one choice completely sold me on the venue.  We knew we made the right decision when we had our tasting…can you say Yuuuuummy!!??

We also wanted to make sure that we could have the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception at one location since the vast majority of our guests were from out of town.

i mean have you ever seen sexier, hipper bright blue wedding shoes than Cecelia’s? love.

love her sophisticated, twist bun wedding hairstyle!

Their invitations used the cobalt blue, smokey grey, and white color palette. so modern!

And just this last peak before I make you click inside to see the rest! Cecelia went non-traditional and opted for clutches over bouquets. I have been talking about that alternative bouquet idea for ever – and am THRILLED to get to show how awesome it looks in a REAL wedding!

Click inside to see the rest of Cecelia & Wasim’s Modern, Nontraditional Washington, DC wedding by Megan Noonon Photography.

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