Greg & Marisa’s Chinatown & Manassas Battlefield Engagement Session

Happy Tuesday afternoon! For this afternoon’s post we have an awesome DC engagement session that started in Chinatown [at Zengo – the location of the couple’s first date – LOVE] and then headed out to get some gorgeous sunset pictures at Manassas Battlefield – which is quickly becoming one of my favorite engagement shoot locations in the greater Washington, DC area.

Thanks to Porter Watkin’s Photography for sharing this beautiful DC engagement session!

Greg & Marisa’s Washington DC & Manassas Battlefield Engagement Session

About the couple, from Greg:

Marisa and I met at 11th street lounge in Arlington, Marisa only went to Arlington to try to win a free designer purse from a radio show promotion but it was too crowded and she and her friends went to the lounge.  I saw her and her friends checking me out on the dance floor and struck up a conversation with her, the rest is history….she went there looking for a purse and ended up meeting her future husband.

For the rest of Marisa & Greg’s adorable DC engagement session at Manassas Battlefield AND the proposal story ~ click inside!

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Capitol Inspiration: Backyard Wedding & DIY Details from a PA Wedding

Friday Inspiration posts are quickly becoming one of my favorite things to share. I think it’s because it allows me to accept some non-DC area features that get submitted to me on Two Bright Lights. It would always pain me to turn down an awesome wedding or feature, just because it wasn’t in the proper region. But now with my Friday Wedding Inspiration posts – I can share the awesomeness, no matter where it’s located, AND in turn, continue to inspire the DC, MD, & Northern VA area with offbeat, DIY & non-traditional weddings :)

This Pennsylvania wedding is a must see – the whole thing took place in a backyard [love me some backyard weddings], amidst gardens that the bride’s grandparents had planted years ago and the details were to die for! It included a DIY altar, vintage church windows, an ice cream truck, and a game of kickball … all at the reception! A kickball game at a wedding reception? Love.

These beautiful images were shared courtesy of Gypsy Tree Photography & were submitted via Two Bright Lights. Enjoy!

From the photog:

The ceremony was held in the gardens surrounded by rhododendron bushes. The alter was built by the couple and was rustic and gorgeous, made out of trees and vintage church windows. A reception directly followed the ceremony, being held in a different part of the gardens.

The reception had many amazing highlights including a visit from an ice cream truck and a game of kickball. The vintage/rustic theme rang true through every aspect of their wedding; from the vintage floor model radio that played music before the ceremony to the reception tables covered in quilts as tablecloths.

It was a perfectly planned out, right down to every little detail.

a super fun way to hold your drinks for a backyard wedding? put the kegs & win in a BOAT. love this!

mason jars with chalkboard paint so guests can write their names on their cups!

love this vintage suitcase cardbox [want to make one? Check our DIY Vintage Suitcase Card Box Tutorial here]

their DIY wedding ceremony altar came out STUNNING!

Click inside for the rest of these beautiful pictures of a real, backyard wedding with tons of backyard wedding details & DIYs!

Capitol Inspiration: Details from a Rustic, Intimate Outdoor Wedding in Australia

Happy Friday ~ we did it everyone! We made it to the end of another week :)

So for today’s Inspiration Friday we are sharing a gorgeous romantic & intimate wedding from the land down under, aka Australia!

Kate Ignatowski Photography shared this beautiful rustic wedding with us [via Two Bright Lights ] and I know it will give you all some wedding inspiration mojo this Friday! Lauren & Igor opted for an intimate wedding and made some adorable touches. I love Lauren’s modern wedding dress, the pale green bridesmaids dresses, the patterned paper lanterns and more!

About the wedding:

Lauren & Igor’s romantic and intimate wedding was hosted on their friends’ property with 60 of their closest family and friends. Guests traveled near and far, from Cairns to Brazil! You can see the rain drops start to come down just as they exchange rings, and the smiles on their faces tell you it doesn’t phase them a bit! The party afterwards was fun and cozy under tents and had the most incredible food, which was all prepared by family


Floral Designer:  Florabunda Flowers
Reception Venue:  Private Residence
Makeup Artist:  Zoya’s Makeup Artistry
Officiant:  Natasha Lewis
Photography: Kate Ignatowski

LOVE these modern bridesmaids hairstyles with braids!

Click inside to see the rest of the details from this rustic, outdoor whimsical wedding from Kate Ignatowski Photography!

Katie & Hondo’s Alexandria, VA Engagement Session at the Torpedo Factory

This morning’s Northern Virginia engagement session comes to us from Anna Bruce Photography [via Two Bright Lights]. I always loved the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA. It was on the short list for our offbeat Washington, DC wedding venue search and it really is just such a cool place in the DC area. How could an old torpedo factory, turned art gallery, not be cool?

Katie & Hondo have a beautiful love story that has many ties to the Alexandria, VA area ~ so it was only natural to head back there for their engagement session. Enjoy!

Katie & Hondo’s Alexandria, VA Engagement Session

A bit about the couple from DC wedding photographer, Anna.

I met Katie in Mr. Smith’s World History 1 class back in 2001. I was new to Virginia and Katie was a Freshman in high school (I was set back one year in history since I had moved to VA from CA). Katie quickly became one of my best friends. We shopped together, we ran spring track together but better yet we got to go to Prom together.

Enter Hondo.

Hondo and I ran indoor track together and I knew he had a thing for Katie. I remember we would plot ways (cute ways) for him to ask her to the senior prom (we were both in the same graduating year). Katie had broken her wrist that year and was carrying around this blue cast. When Hondo showed up to take her to prom, he showed up wearing a blue cast on his wrist too because he knew she was so embarrassed to be wearing it.



and of course, this one is my favorite ~ a couple fake fighting? i think I do this with my husband Andy daily….

Click inside for the rest of Katie & Hondo’s gorgeous Old Town Alexandria, VA engagement pictures!

Capitol Inspiration: Romantic Pink & Teal Bridal Shower Design

 Before I sign off for the weekend and enter my final prep stages for Borrowed, I have a beautifully inspiring styled bridal shower inspiration feature designed by Liza Bourkard with DBI Events [see DBI Event’s Capitol Vendor Spotlight here!]

This shoot is perfect for upcoming spring and summer weddings ~ as the pale pink, peach, & teal color palette is just total eye candy. Plus the vintage place settings and book details make for a beautiful summer garden bridal shower theme ~ or even an intimate wedding.

Romantic Pink & Teal Summer Garden Bridal Shower Design


Event Designer: Liza Bourkard of DBI Events

Paper Design: Little Bird Creative

Photographer: Paired Images

From Liza:

When we sat down to discuss this shoot we knew we wanted to do something feminine, Spring-appropriate, and utilize an outdoor venue. To challenge ourselves we decided to go with a pink color palette. Pink is a color that is really dictated by its shade – bubble gum pink can be childlike but fuchsia adds a pop of sophisticated color. Keeping our venue in mind we decided to stick with blush pinks and bring in color contrasts through other details.

More from Liza:

Our table scape consisted of irish linen with a custom runner (DBI Events), vintage blue plates, lots of crystal, and simply arranged flowers. I decided to use glass and crystal containers to let the table sparkle in the sunlight. I didn’t want to overwork the flowers as we were working in a garden-type of atmosphere – you have to be aware of your “space”. I used textured flowers in unique containers to create a look of playful romanticism. I used crystal candelabras along with carnation heads to function as place card holders.

Click inside for the rest of this gorgeous “summer garden” inspired bridal shower design feature!

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