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Victoria & Curtis’ Offbeat, Rock & Roll Northern Virginia Wedding

The bride wore a purple, ombre wedding dress.

Do I really need to tell you anything else about this wedding?! I nearly DIED when Kate Triano Photography submitted this bad-boy to me via Two Bright Lights. I guess this is just what happens when a fashion blogger gets married – she pulls out all the stops with her purple wedding.

Unfortunately, I don’t have a ton of details to share from this wedding, but the pictures really do speak for themselves. The wedding is so unique & offbeat, and Kate’s photography skills are crazy good. Plus, if all else fails, just keep staring at that purple ombre wedding dress. I know I am.

Victoria & Curtis’ Offbeat Purple Northern Virginia Wedding at the Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

About the couple:

Vyque is the Director for New Media for the USO  and runs the fashion blog, fasshonaburu. Curtis works for Carosel30 as a web designer.

On the stunning, custom purple ombre wedding dress:

The dress is the bride’s own design,  in collaboration with a local seamstress, Angie Caballero.  It was inspired by ombré fabric she happened to find during a trip to fashion week,  combined with visions of Gwen Stefani’s pink ombre wedding dress.

The ceremony was held at Meadowlark Gardens and the couple’s friend, local magician Brian Curry, was the officiant.

Click inside for the rest of Victoria & Curtis’ offbeat, purple ombre wedding at the Meadowlark Gardens in Northern Virginia.

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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!

Jane & Derrell’s Graffiti Engagement Session in Baltimore, Maryland

“He is my miracle, that saved my life.”

If you saw my booth at Borrowed – then you know already how I feel about graffiti.

I LOVE it. I find the art [yes, I consider it art] of graffiti/street art to be slightly intoxicating, raw, and rather exciting. Maybe I’ve been watching too much “Exit Through the Gift Shop“, or perhaps I was a graffiti artist in a previous life [how cool would THAT be!?], but when I see wedding pictures in front of graffiti or street art, well, I just HAVE to have that on my blog.

So, thanks to Anny. Photography [submitted via Two Bright Lights] I have a fantastic, Baltimore, MD engagement session to share with you today … and yes, it features not only some seriously awesome graffiti, but a seriously in love couple ~ so … win win.

Plus, Jane & Derrell’s love story is a seriously raw & tough emotional journey – not your average, ROMCOM-type tale. It has some lows – but it makes the high [their proposal!] that much sweeter.

Derrell & Jane’s Graffiti Engagement Shoot in Baltimore, MD

About the couple:

Derrell and I were both born and raised in Baltimore. We met when we were 9 years old at our local basketball rec league. We would later attend the same high school, and were captains of our basketball teams.

Our junior year, we both were teacher aide’s during the same period. He would hurry up to finish his work to spend time with me, and he would start to walk with me to my classes. People always joked and called us “love and basketball” like the movie, but we paid it no mind.

We started dating the first month of our senior year in high school, and from then on it’s been better than the movie, and more than just love and basketball. At the age of 16, I was put out of the house on my own, and he’s been with me through thick and thin.

He has helped me heal from a wretched childhood, and has literally helped me rebuild my life from nothing (absolutely broke, hungry, and just a duffle bag of clothes) to being able to have more so that we can give back to others. He has kept me smiling every single day. He is my miracle that saved my life.

What an incredible love story right? Really makes you put things in perspective!

Click inside for the rest of Jane & Derrell’s Baltimore, MD engagement feature AND the adorable proposal story!

New header and logo & some Borrowed sneak peaks!

***Public Service Announcement***

I am exhausted. Straight-up sleeping with my eyes open as I type this. Now I know what wedding vendors feel like after they work a wedding. 

Regardless, Borrowed Event was FANTASTIC yesterday – and there is going to be LOTS [seriously, I mean lots] of upcoming guest posts, insight, giveaways, and deals from the Borrowed Event vendors I met.

But for now I wanted to take today off to recuperate. See how everyone liked the new branding and the new header for the blog! We have a bunch more tweaks to the site that will be rolling out as they become ready ~ but the new logo was our big one that the lovely Traci J Brooks designed and that BetaImages made into a header for us! I cannot thank both of them enough! The biggest thanks though goes to my bestest friend Steve, who coded the whole thing for me, and really, is the only reason why I am able to run a blog. He is my IT guru, my technology sensai, my blogging superhero. And I REALLY couldn’t run Capitol Romance without him!

Traci [who got engaged this past weekend too!!!!] is going to be guest posting about our Borrowed Booth [and maybe even some deets/pics of the speech I gave on DIY Weddings ~ eek!], but for now, I will leave you with some terrible DROID pics that I took yesterday :)

My awesome Capitol Romance graffiti canvas made it’s debut yesterday. I cannot wait to hang this badboy up in my office. Also, my husband Andy was there to help me with an INSANE amount of stuff. He really is the world’s best husband :)

A terribly blurry shot at my “inspiration ladder” I had a bunch of prints from my favorite features & the signs from our Bridal Inspiration Shoot!

And another blurry pic of my “DIY Cart”. Tutorials & pictures for all!

 Happy Monday everyone ~ I hope everyone loves the new header/logo as much as I do. And I cannot wait to share a ton more from Borrowed!!

 

My Offbeat Washington DC Wedding ~ A Year Later ~ Part 2

And we are back, with part 2 of my Washington, DC wedding reflection [part 1, written yesterday here]. I must warn you that this post is even picture heavier than the first part. I thought I had split it evenly, but then there were just TOO many good shots I wanted to share from the “formals” [you will see why I quoted formals soon enough] and then all the amazing fun reception pictures too!

And we’re off …

Our venue search led us all over Washington, DC, to find the perfect, non-hotel ballroom for our reception. We wanted something unique, but something that felt very “Washington, DC” to our guests [since it was a destination wedding for most of our family/friends], and of course we also had a budget.

We had it down to 3 serious contenders, the Longview Gallery near Convention Center, the iconic Union Station, and the Decatur House on Lafayette Square. In the end [thanks to my dad claiming he had “Goosebumps” while walking through], we chose the Decatur House, and we couldn’t have been more ecstatic about our decision.

The Decatur House is right next to the White House – it doesn’t get much more “Washington, DC” than that. Plus the brick building, with the tented courtyard perfectly fit in with our “vintage-modern, hipster” feel of our wedding. The coordinators we worked with, Arioth & Hart, were amazing. They were great with email & communication and were so helpful with how much DIY we wanted to do at the venue.

One thing I would recommend, if your schedule/locations permit it, would be to have a significant break between your ceremony and reception. We had 2 hours for our break. This gave us plenty of time to have a receiving line after the ceremony, allow guests to get to the reception location, AND gave us more than enough time to take all our “formal” pictures!

We had outlined a few bars/places guests could go in between the ceremony and reception, and because the weather was so nice, most opted to just walk around near the  White House!

While guests took a break though, we were busy getting some of the most incredible, offbeat, & hilarious “formals” ever.

We still have no idea what Steve was doing in this picture.

Love this shot of Andy & his groomsmen. I basically emailed everyone in the world at Volcom to find out if/when their grey suits would be back in stock, and I was so glad they were going to have them in time for the wedding. I searched FOREVER to find an affordable grey suit for the groomsmen that would fit them nicely and not cost more than $200.

So yes, we actually asked our groomsmen to buy the suits [vice renting a tux] and all of them were OK with that!

And here was my brilliant idea in all it’s glory for my bridesmaids shots – 7 bridesmaids? 7 Harry Potter books? Best.Bridesmaids.Shot.Ever.

I love how their mismatched black dresses look here too!

And now for our wedding party formals ~ Amber and I worked together to find some fun/different ways to get pictures of our uneven wedding party … and the idea we came up with?

Absolute chaos.

We have about 8 of these shots of our wedding party just having an insane amount of fun, doing what they wanted to do and the end result is just hilarious. I smile every time I see them.

And then we got a some-what more formal one in front of the White House. I still love how relaxed/casual it came out though. Just like a big group of friends hanging out. Love.

Read more to see the rest of Part 2 ~ A reflection on my offbeat Washington, DC wedding ~ A year later

My Offbeat Washington DC Wedding ~ A Year Later ~ Part 1

A look back on my wedding day, 1 year later

I seriously don’t think I can believe that a whole year has come and gone since my wedding last November. For today, I have decided to take some time to reflect on the day, what I learned from planning it, and share some advice with readers as I look back at my own offbeat Washington, DC wedding just over a year ago … I hope you won’t mind sharing the therapeutic journey with me :)

My wedding day started in my condo in Arlington, VA ~ I wanted to have all my bridesmaids and parents with me getting ready, so we could be together that morning. The bathroom was a BIT crowded, but we had so much fun helping each other out.

Along with everyone getting ready in my condo – I also wanted “on-site” bridal hair. It took me HOURS of Google searching to find a hair stylist that would not only come to my house, not charge me a RIDICULOUS amount, AND could pull off the “modern-vintage” hairstyle I wanted. I cannot believe how lucky I was to find Julie of Jewel Hair Design for being that hair stylist. She single-handedly created hair masterpieces for my 2 sisters, 2 bridesmaids, my mom and I. And, every single one of us LOVED our hair.

Julie putting the finishing touches on my sister, while my sister helps my Mom :)

Before Kate Middleton made it cool to DIY your wedding makeup – I had decided to I wanted to do my own makeup for my wedding day too! I didn’t want to look airbrushed/too “made-up” so I went to MAC a few weeks before the wedding, practiced a few times before the big day … and then just did it!

My mom and younger sister help me put my dress on

Though I wasn’t big on traditions for my wedding day … I did do the “something old, new, borrowed, blue”. My something old was my late grandma’s pearls that I wrapped around my wrist to be a bracelet. My older sister had worn them in her wedding a few years previously. Here is my dad putting his mom’s pearls on my wrist.

This picture wouldn’t make sense to most people, but to my family, it has become a family tradition. My mom has a picture just like this from her own wedding. When my older sister got married, they continued the tradition, and then we did too! My parents have all three of these pictures framed on their hutch at home. I love this.

Read more to see the rest of my offbeat Washington, DC wedding!

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