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Kristin & Breana’s Intimate, Colorful Wedding at Hotel Monaco in Alexandria, VA

Image: Gosling Photography

2017 seems to be the year of the wedding. Our inquiries for wedding coordination clients are through the roof, and my inbox for submissions to showcase here, are equally overflowing. Not a complaint in the least (though I am sad that be turning coordination clients away since we are almost completely booked out already!), just an observation. Today we have a beautiful, intimate wedding from to cutest brides. They kept their wedding completely local to Alexandria, where their first home together was, and included some DIY touches! Check it out.

We wanted to get married in Alexandria, because it was our first home together.  Everything we did came from Alexandria.  Our dresses came from 2 blocks from our apartment- at Global Bridal.  The morning of the wedding we walked Glynn Jones Salon and then walked to the Hotel Monaco.  After getting ready, we walked around Old Town for all of our pictures- with the amazing photographer who lives on the same street as we do.

We choose the Hotel Monaco because we wanted to be able to walk down the aisle at the same time.  There are two sets of doors to the inner courtyard- both of us were able to walk out with our parents, meet in the back, then walk/dance up the aisle together.

Kristin knit the ring pillow and all the shawls worn at the wedding (most of the knitting was done while riding the metro to and from work).  Kristin’s aunt made all the flowers- and with Kristin’s father built the Chuppah.  While Kristin’s family is all Catholic, Breana’s is Jewish- and it was important to Breana to be married under a Chuppah.

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Eileen & Heather’s Traditional Maryland Wedding at the Four Seasons Baltimore

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Images: Angel Kidwell Photography | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Well today is certainly a gloomy one now isn’t it? Yesterday was SUCH a nice break in the ungodly heat we’ve been having lately. Evie and I went on a (slight pathetic) run in the morning and then a walk with Sadie later. It was nice to escape the couch at any rate. For today we have a beautiful, modern & more traditional wedding to share. This one features bold purple & teal colors, and gorgeous couple, Eileen & Heather. I loved how they said their wedding was “surprisingly” very traditional. And even though it apparently POURED on their wedding day – you’d never know with the smiles on their faces.

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From the photographer:

Heather and Eileen had my heart once we were strolling through the woods during their engagement session, singing tunes from the Sound of Music. Then the day finally was here! The ladies decided to ready themselves together, and then separate for the finishing touches. Eileen and Heather wanted to do a First Look, and we were able to find an out of the way hallway with a background that matched their dresses perfectly!

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The weather gods were not being nice that day. Even though it looked like a beautiful day, the wind was – blow you down – crazy! The outdoor ceremony had to be moved inside, but who cares?! It’s the freakin’ Four Seasons and you can’t go wrong anywhere! All worked out as it was meant to be and it was perfect.There was no way to hide the looks of ecstasy when they had their first bite of cake! The delicious cake was from Sugar Bakers. Yummmm.Now you know, “Come on Eileen” had to be on the playlist.

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From the Brides:

We have a few interesting parts of our ceremony including and oathing stone ritual, a wine box ritual, and our guests will be holding “wishing rocks”. We did “hand make” the centerpieces, the wine box, and the favors.

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Click inside for the rest of this gorgeous purple & teal, modern Maryland wedding at the Four Seasons in Baltimore!

Capitol Inspiration: A Purple Outdoor Lodge Wedding in the Woods of Colorado

A little Friday inspiration for you courtesy of Alison Rose Photography & Two Bright Lights. I am trying to remain positive (it IS Friday afterall) but the weather forecast for our first half-marathon tomorrow is gloomy, with a capital G (cold with rain, awesome!).

But enough about me, and more about wedding inspiration. Today’s Capitol Inspiration post brings us to Colorado, to the beautiful union of two lovely ladies in the woods outside Wild Basin Lodge. Lots of pops of purple & gorgeous florals by Sturtz and Copeland. Let’s go!

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Click inside for the rest of this beautiful purple Colorado wedding ceremony in the woods and reception at Wild Basin Lodge by Alison Rose Photography!

Capitol Wedding: Rosemary & Rachel’s Modern & Brightly Colored Glen Echo Park Wedding in MD

There is so much to love about today’s Glen Echo Park wedding feature that I am not exactly sure where to start. One of the brides shares my alma mater [we are!], the reception venue was one of my favorite [Glen Echo Park], the brides were Capitol Romance readers that used my blog to help plan their wedding, AND they are friends with my neighbors! Not to mention that their wedding was seriously kick-ass. I mean, seriously.

Can we just be friends now Rosie & Rachel ?!? ;)

I cannot thank Erin of eKate Photography enough for submitting this awesome Maryland wedding, AND to Rosie & Rachel for all the awesome details. There are a TON of deets below, but as Rosie said herself, “it’s impossible to sum up the best day of your life succinctly!”.

Rosie & Rachel’s Modern & Bright Glen Echo Park MD Wedding


 Photography: Erin Loesly of eKatePhotography &  2nd shot by Jennifer Davis Heffner Vita Images | DJ: DJ Moose Food: Matters of Taste | Flowers: Mid-Atlantic Wholesale Florist | Hair & Makeup: Aveda | Cupcakes: Jess Bakes Cakes | Images submitted via Two Bright Lights

About the beautiful brides:

After being competitors on the rugby pitch all throughout college (Rosie at Penn State and Rachel at Virginia) we finally met in person while playing on an all-star team the summer after we graduated. We hit it off immediately and after a few short months we were inseparable.

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The engagement story:

Rachel popped the question on the 4th of July in 2011 when we were vacationing in Wrightsville Beach, NC with some friends. She knew that I loved fireworks, so figured why not do it on the 4th when the display was free! She totally took me by surprise since Rachel had previously joked that we would only get engaged when we both asked each other at the same time!

As I was distracted ooh-ing and aah-ing over the display she got down on one knee in the sand and when I turned around she asked the question.


^love that they coordinated their toe nail polish with eachother’s shoes. Ah-mazing.


I was so surprised I started jumping up and down screaming ‘are you serious???’ because I had to make sure! When she laughed yes, I of course said yes, and by this time the tears of joy were flowing. As we walked back to our group of friends I remembered our previous agreement and immediately got down on my knee to propose to her too! It was probably unnecessary, but hey, rules are rules!

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On choosing the awesomest DC area wedding venue:

We chose to get married in D.C. because for one, it’s legal here (yay!) and it’s halfway between Rachel’s family in Atlanta and my family in Rhode Island. We wanted a venue that was fun and unique and Glen Echo Park totally fit that bill (former amusement park turned arts & cultural center, nature park, and dance hall!) We decided to use the Bumper Car Pavilion and when we found out you could rent the carousel as well, we were sold.


^how fun and awesome are their wedding invitations?! love the Washington DC map information card & the little bird motif!


Decorating was a family affair, with lots of DIY!

My mom created Ball-jar flower holders that had the dual-use of lining the aisle during our ceremony and then being used as centerpieces at the reception.


For the ceremony we wanted to stick to a fairly traditional style, but with personal touches interwoven. We had a slightly non-traditional ceremony under a chuppa (made by Rosie’s dad) that incorporated Jewish (Rachel) & Catholic (Rosie) traditions like breaking the glass as well as non-religious readings from ee cummings and Antoine de Saint Exupery by our sisters.

Our officiant was Louise Greene from All Souls Unitarian Church in D.C. and she was amazing and truly captured our story and personalities in the ceremony!


Click inside for the rest of Rosie & Rachel’s ah-mazing colorful Glen Echo Park, MD wedding from eKate Photography. Including a TON of DIY details at the reception!

Natalie & Melissa’s Hot Pink Wedding Brunch at the Eastern Shore

Another week has come and gone. This one surprised me – it was one of my first FULL weeks back at my day job, and I thought it was going to CRAWL. Fortunately, it blew by in a whirl and another Capitol Inspiration ~ Friday’s Wedding Inspiration post is upon us already!

Hoping everyone has some nice weekend plans in store. Andy & I are off to traverse the Garden State [our hometown – NJ! What? What! … ok, i’ll stop], while I attempt to recover from my first Bikram yoga class last night [good LORD I have NEVER sweated like that in my life]. Anyone else got some fly weekend plans?

While you ponder and hopefully share, please enjoy today’s offbeat wedding inspiration, courtesy of  Andi Grant Photography. Andi submitted [via Two Bright Lights] this beautiful brunch reception wedding that took place on the Eastern Shore, after the beautiful couple, Natalie & Melissa, had their civil service in Washington, DC.

Natalie & Melissa’s Summery, Hot Pink Wedding Brunch in Maryland

i never get tired of adorable doggies at weddings (especially when they have a “Dog of Honor” bandanna! awwwwwww!)

 Click inside for the rest of these beautiful images from Andi Grant Photography ~ of Melissa & Natalie’s hot pink and yellow wedding … lots of wedding floral design inspiration to come!

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