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Helene & Josh’s Orange & Blue Northern Virginia Wedding at Top of the Town

I wanted to accept today’s Virginia wedding at first because of the awesome bright orange and blue color palette (a totally nontraditional and not often seen, choice of colors for a wedding). But once I found out WHY the couple chose the colors, well then, it was a given. Helene shared, “We chose colors that represented our alma maters.  Orange for Clemson, Josh’s college, and blue for Penn State, my college.  We used the two colors throughout the wedding and I loved the playful feel of the two colors.”

I could agree more! Thanks to Documentary Associates for submitting this one our way, via Two Bright Lights.

Helene & Josh’s Orange & Blue Northern Virginia Wedding at Top of the Town

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Vendors:

Photographer:  Documentary Associates | Ceremony Venue: The Textile Museum | Reception Venue: Top of the Town | Catering: R&R Catering | Flowers: Flowers by Cheryl Ann | Bride’s Dress: Watters | Bridesmaids Dresses: Alfred Angelo | Groomsmen: Black by Vera Wang | Transportation: Diamond Limousine | Invitations: The American Wedding | DJ: DJ R to Da Izza | Cupcakes/cake: Family friend | Makeup Artist: Shaune with Bridal Artistry | Hair Stylist: Sonia with Bridal Artistry | Musician: Harpist, Nadia Pessoa |   Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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We choose our photographer, because we had seen him work the previous year at our friend, Shannon’s wedding. We loved his photos and realized we barely noticed him at their wedding. We liked that it didn’t feel intrusive, but that we got really great photographs.  At our wedding, he got a shot of Josh retrieving the garter from over my shoulder, neither of us remember him even being there at that point!

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I wanted a more intimate setting for the ceremony.  I’d grown up loving gardens and appreciating the outdoors.  We searched for weeks to find a venue that could accommodate the large number of guests we had AND could feel romantic.  We found the Textile Museum, it was everything we had hoped, beautiful gardens, interesting architecture and only a few miles from our reception venue.

We made our programs by downloading fonts that matched our invitations.  We printed the grams and attached them to popsicle sticks.  Honestly, that process was much more tedious than I thought!

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Christine & Phillip’s Spring DIY Wedding at Top of the Town in Arlington, VA

This Spring Northern Virginia wedding at Top of the Town is REALLY getting me in the mood for pastel colors and sunshine. I LOVE the mix of teal and pink in their color design and the couple kept things eclectic with a mix of understated vintage details. Plus they did their first dance to a Red Hot Chili Peppers song – how awesome is that? Check out Christine & Phillip’s DIY Spring Wedding feature. Thanks to Kirsten Marie Photography for submitting this one to us – a perfect Spring wedding to celebrate the first day of Spring!

Christine & Phillip’s DIY Spring Northern Virginia Wedding at Top of the Town

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Photographer:  Kirsten Marie Photography | Cake Designer: Dama Pastry | Invitation Designer: Mayla Studios | Floral Designer: MelleFleur | Reception Venue: Top of the Town | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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We included pastel colors everywhere to deliver a vintage kaleidoscope effect , an eclectic mix of glassware for the fingers to touch, which we’ve also recently noticed to be popular in trendy speakeasies, and pink up lighting that bridged classic ambiance with views of a global city.

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Anita & Geoffrey’s Offbeat Meets Traditional, Multicultural Wedding at Top of the Town

I love multicultural weddings – especially when the two cultures are SO different. Marcella Treybig Photography dropped this one in our Two Bright Lights inbox, and though the details and overall look of the wedding is pretty traditional – it’s the couples’ backgrounds and cultures that are SO different and I just loved that. As Marcella said, “a great blend of how two worlds come together and how opposites really can attract”. He works in physical therapy and competes in physique competitions and she’s a soon-to-be lawyer.  He’s White, Black, and Asian, and she’s Latina and Indian.. The other thing I really loved about this wedding was the insane number of awesome GROOMSMEN portraits! I could not get enough of them! This is not usually the case with wedding submissions, so I was super excited to get to open up today’s real Virginia wedding with something a bit different …

Anita & Geoff’s Multicultural, Intimate Northern Virginia Wedding at Top of the Town

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Vendors

Photographer:  Marcella Treybig Photography | DJ: Chris Styles DJs | Cupcakes: Georgetown Cupcake | Dress Store: Global Bridal Gallery | Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Venue: Top of the Town | Flowers: DIYed by Bridesmaid | Hair & Makeup: Done by Bridesmaids | Favors: Handmade lace bags by Bride’s Aunt with Penguin gummies inside! | Caterer: Zaika | Submitted via Two Bright Light

This wedding was a small wedding that was planned with having FUN in mind! The groom is a body builder and totally didn’t mind showing off for the camera. Even though both them and their families backgrounds were SO very different (culturally, religiously, education and ethnically) you could feel the love and dedication for making a strong family.

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From the bride:

Both Geoff and I have grown up in the Northern Virginia/D.C. area our whole lives so were surprised by the breathtaking view we saw from Top of the Town. Despite living in area our whole lives, neither of us had ever seen our city in this way–we could not wait to share the amazing view with our friends and family.

I took the non-traditional route and let my bridesmaids pick out their own dresses within a light pink and gray color scheme. I felt that they each knew what looked best on them, and I wanted to let them have the freedom to buy a dress they liked within their budget. I thought they looked stunning!

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After several disappointing hair and makeup trials, I trusted my bridesmaids to do my hair and makeup and I was so happy with the result!

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Groom/Groomsmen portraits do not have to be boring. – AMEN!

Geoff made a last minute decision to switch the photo location for the groomsmen (thank goodness for our awesome photographer!). The groomsmen photos were shot with a graffiti background near Georgetown – these photos really reflect Geoff’s creative and unique personality. Geoff definitely did not want cookie-cutter photos!

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Chris & Vida’s Sea Foam & Teal, Romantic Virginia Wedding

Remember Chris & Vida and their adorable waterside engagement session in Alexandria, VA? Well they are BACK this time with their romantic Sea Foam & Teal Virginia wedding at the Regency at Dominion Valley! Photographer Kelly Ewell set the stage beautifully for Chris & Vida’s big day with this note:

When I asked Vida what she was looking forward to most about her wedding day, it wasn’t seeing her vision come together or reuniting with long-missed family members. It was simply that she was going to get to start her own new family with Chris. To finally “bind our lives together publicly, and to celebrate our marriage and our love.

^uh. Love. I know you guys will love all the simple & beautiful details from Chris & Vida’s wedding below!

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 Vendors:

Photographer: Kelly Ewell Photography | Cake: Bee’s Wedding Cakes | DJ: Family DJ | Hair Stylist: Kirsten Marie Design | Bride’s Dress: White Swan Bridal| Venue: Regency at Dominion Valley | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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Details from the Bride, Vida:

My dress was very lacey and romantic looking, which really inspired my whole day. I love green, and I wanted very romantic, springy colors in our wedding. I settled on shades of pale green and seafoam along with white.

Oh, and did I mention my [adorable vintage teal flats] shoes?! I adore them, and they were so much fun at the wedding!

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On using the help of friends & family to plan and execute their Virginia wedding:

We planned and coordinated everything ourselves with the exception of the wonderful staff at Regency Dominion Valley. My mother was a lifesaver. She helped me pick out my dress, venue, hand-tied bags of candied almonds (a traditional Italian wedding favor), and generally kept me calm throughout the whole thing! Chris’s brother presided over our marriage vows, which was so special to us.

Chris himself was absolutely amazing throughout our entire engagement. He talked me off the “let’s elope” ledge so many times and each time it made me feel so blessed that I was marrying him.

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Capitol Wedding: Matt & Kristen’s Simple, Rustic Purple Fall Wedding

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Today we have a short and sweet, simple rustic Virginia wedding by Meghan Hale Photography. The couple didn’t style things to the max, but that didn’t really matter to me – I was mostly taken by their love story!

Also, we could probably blame this 90+ degree, humid heat, since the minute I saw pumpkins and a fall wedding submission – I was smitten for a reason to bring my mind to cooler days.

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Vendors:

Photographer: Meghan Hale Photography | Venue: Stevenson Ridge | Florist: Thompson’s Florist (centerpieces and bouquets) | Other Florals: Mindy Buford (family friend, boutonnieres, corsages, and cake florals) | DJ: DJ Gerry Bradshaw  | Hair and Makeup: Dawn Petrey, Tanglez Hair and Tan Studio | Caterer: Caroline Street Catering  http://www.carolinestreetcatering.com/ | Cake: Lisa Ernest (family friend) | Tuxes: Men’s Warehouse | Bridesmaid’s Dresses: David’s Bridal | Wedding Gown: David’s Bridal | Shoes: Caparros | Rings: Zales  | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

From the photographer:

Matt and Kristen’s wedding was a long time coming. Matt and Kristen dated for 8 years prior to finally tying the knot, having dated throughout high school and college. Although the day Matt proposed to Kristen, it was a total shock to her; it was not a surprise to anyone who really knew the couple.

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On their color palette and why they chose Stephenson Ridge for their venue:

Matt and Kristen chose to blend their favorite colors, blue and purple.

They chose Stephenson Ridge to host their wedding, because of its clean rustic atmosphere. Their ultimate vision for their wedding was simple, yet elegant with just a hint of rustic chic. Stephenson Ridge’s wood floors and exposed beam ceilings played the perfect host to their dream wedding.

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Matt and Kristen wanted a family oriented wedding with lots of involvement from close friend to make their day the most special. Friends and family of Matt and Kristen were involved in many aspects of their wedding.

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Capitol Wedding: Natalie & Joe’s Traditional Vietnamese, Meets Modern Northern Virginia Wedding

Natalie & Joe met in high school, but started dating years later. Their relationship finally took the next step overlooking the city of DC at sunset, at a beautiful hotel in Dupont Circle. From there they planned a stunning, multicultural wedding with traditional Vietnamese cultures and modern Christian wedding themes woven together. The entire day ended with over 400 guests (yowsa!) attending a 10-course meal in Arlington, VA.

The couple used many details from their ancestry, gifts from their parents & grandparents, and then used a ton of local, Arlington VA wedding vendors to complete the rest of the day! A special thanks to Jalapeno Photography for submitting this beautiful Northern Virginia wedding to us!

Natalie & Joe’s Traditional Vietnamese, Meets Modern, Local Northern Virginia Wedding

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Vendors:

Hair Stylist:  The Studeo, Sadira Vintage Do’s & Make-up| Event Designer:  Local Sixteen| Favors and Gifts:  LCI Paper Company| Floral Designer:  Wegmans Flowers, The Grower’s Box| Reception Venue:  China Garden| Invitation Designer:  Song Viet Invitations| Dress Store:  David’s Bridal| DJ:  MAXIMUM VOLUME PRODUCTIONS, DJ MiggL| Ceremony Location:  Queen of Apostles| Lighting:  DJ MAX POWERS| Makeup Artist:  The Studeo| Shoes:  Bagdley Mischka| Jewelry:  Neiman Marcus| Tuxedo and Mens Attire:  Men’s Warehouse| Bridesmaid Dresses:  Ao Dai Vinh, BCBG| Bakery:  The Bakeshop
DIY or Handmade Goods Designer:  NoviaArtesana, 2chicsthatbelieve| Submitted: Two Bright Lights

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I kind of love that the couple chose to get ready together – so low key

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Nathan & Karol’s DIY, Vintage Travel-Inspired Virginia Wedding

Ohhhh man this vintage travel inspired Virginia wedding from An Endless Pursuit is a good one. The bride’s vintage hair & makeup, birdcage veil, DIY map paper roses, lavender boutonnieres … and SO MUCH MORE!

The only thing that could possibly make this feature better? Is the fact that I have the amazing wedding video from Friends With Cameras that I get to share too. It’s no secret that I am such a fangirl when it comes to Jason’s wedding videos, and I just feel like ti SO perfectly compliments An Endless Pursuit‘s stunning images.

Karol & Nathan poured their heart and love of traveling into this wedding and set at the Woodend Sanctuary in the Fall? I mean, it just doesn’t get much better.

Karol & Nathan’s Vintage, Travel Inspired Northern Virginia Wedding

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Vendors:

Photographer: An Endless Pursuit | Hair Stylist:  Bridal Artistry| Caterer: 42 Degrees Catering| Event Planner:  Bella Notte | Reception Venue:  Woodend Sanctuary| Cinema and Video:  Friends With Cameras| Cake Designer:  Fancy Cakes by Leslie| DJ:  JG Entertainment| Makeup Artist:  Marie Jilson MUA | Etsy Designer:  SparkVites| Submitted: Two Bright Lights

First, the wedding video – because the shots from the first look WILL MAKE YOU CRY (in a good way!!!)

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About the couple and their vintage travel theme:

Nathan and Karol chose a vintage, travel-inspired wedding as much of their relationship was built on traveling with a long distance relationship. They both loved the fall and had begun their relationship in the crisp air and falling leaves of an Auburn autumn so an October wedding was a no-brainer. From the s’mores kits, programs and signs, and lavender toss to the handmade bouquets made of maps, every tiny detail had a personal meaning.

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LOVE these DIY boutonnieres ~ lavender wrapped in lace and a paper rose from a map for the groomsmen!

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Capitol Wedding: Bethany & Rob’s Silly, Fun & Modern Northern Virginia Wedding

“3 words describe their style … fun, silly, and modern”

Kicking off Tuesday with a super fun & modern Northern Virginia wedding at a new area venue, the Lorton Arts Center. It’s not a surprise that a couple whose relationship was built on photo bombing and playing “chubby bunnies” turned to that same fun and silliness for their wedding.

Wedding party portraits filled with mustaches, a photobooth full of costumes, the hot pink and bright blue color palette and a non-stop dance party reception rounded out Bethany & Rob’s amazing wedding. A special thanks to Michelle VanTine Photography for submitting this awesome, modern VA wedding feature [via Two Bright Lights].

Bethany & Rob’s Silly, Fun & Modern Northern Virginia Wedding

 Vendors:

Catering: Main Event Caterers

Venue: Lorton Arts Center

Photography: Michelle VanTine Photography

Photobooths: Bash Booths Photobooths DC

Whoopie Pies: Confections Cupcakery

 About the couple:

Rob and I met at our church’s summer retreat in 2008. I was hanging around a bonfire with my friends, when I saw an opportunity to participate in one of my favorite sports- “photo crashing”. I jumped in the background of a picture that Rob was taking of the crowd.  He caught me crashing his photo and introduced himself. He challenged my friends and I to a game of “chubby bunny” (you stuff as many marshmallows in your mouth as you possibly can and try to say “Chubby Bunny”.I don’t know if it was our mutual love for photo crashing or chubby bunny, but our friendship was solidified that night.

After three years of friendship, we had this genius idea to try dating each other, which was even more fun!

About their wedding:

We wanted our wedding to reflect our love for having fun and our loving for traveling! Rob is an animator, so he created a you tube save the date for us featuring places we had traveled together-.

He also designed our invitations which were cartoon magnets of ourselves. You could dress cartoon versions of us with different accessories- including sunglasses, a mustache, or a scuba mask. Rob also made the programs which folded into airplanes to go with our travel/adventure theme.

From Michelle VanTine Photography:

The wedding was in Lorton, in an festive river-side main street similar to Old Town Alexandria. The reception was really was hoppin’! This is a new-ish reception venue to the DC-area and I’m so happy to maybe be the first to introduce many to it. Workhouse Arts Center is a beautiful space. Large, well lit, decorated with lovely contemporary art, and apparently very well priced.

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Two of our favorite parts of the ceremony was our “cake” and our photobooth. Call us crazy- but Rob and I do not like cake, so we served cookie sandwiches from Confections Cupcakery. They also made us a large whoopee pie for the cake cutting!

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Capitol Wedding: Kendra & Patrick’s Intimate Wedding Ceremony in Alexandria, VA

Last night I spoke on a panel of fellow editors in Baltimore at the Two Bright Lights bootcamp. I was honored to be asked to speak about Capitol Romance and our submission process. A lot of questions were asked by varying wedding vendors about what editors look for in submissions. I think I might blog a recap of my answers to some of the questions, especially since I wasn’t able to get to answer them all at the bootcamp with 7 other editors there!!

Anyway, one of the questions was about detailed weddings and I was adamant in my response that here on Capitol Romance, we do not require all wedding submissions to have a ton of details. We love to focus on the couples, the couples’ story, and the focus on WHY they chose to have their wedding the way they did. This leads me perfectly into today’s intimate wedding ceremony (yes, just a ceremony). The couple had a big reception/party later, but for them, it was important to have their family and friends surround them, locally to witness their wedding ceremony.

This beautiful, intimate Northern Virginia wedding ceremony was submitted by Anna Bruce Photography via Two Bright Lights.

Kendra & Patrick’s Intimate Wedding Ceremony in Alexandria, Virginia

How they met:

Patrick and I met back in the summer of 2008 through a mutual friend. I was attending UofA in Tucson, while Patrick was going to a community college in Phoenix. During the summer I was back in Phoenix staying with my parents and started going to group get-togethers through our mutual friend. It kind of went like this: I was in to him, but he was in to someone else. Once he became interested in me, I just wanted to be friends. Somehow it worked out, because we have been together ever since!

DIY Wedding Details:

Flowers – My mother purchased the roses at Costco and put my bouquet together

Cookies – My aunt made the personalized cookies and mint chocolates from scratch. The cookies were frosted sugar cookies.

Shoes – Loft Dress – Ann Taylor on the Sales rack

Makeup – Did my own makeup with whatever I had in my makeup drawer

Cake – A friend of ours made the adorable cake from scratch. It was a white cake with a strawberry filling.

Jewelry – Purchased my earrings and necklace at Macy’s

Food – We purchased all the food from Costco

Ceremony and Mini Reception: The Journey, Springfield

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