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Justin & DJ’s Quintessential Washington DC Engagement

It’s been a while since I featured a quintessential “DC Engagement” down by the monuments. When I saw this one from Jenn Lynn Photography pop into my Two Bright Lights inbox, I was taken not only by the images, but by the couple’s sweet love story too.

The couple, Justin & DJ, actually met while deployed in Afghanistan as civilians (non-military folk for those not in the know). They spent time together getting to know each other and quickly learned that they wanted to be together forever, upon returning home.

Justin & DJ’s Washington, DC Engagement Session

About the couple:

Justin knew at first sight that he wanted to get to know DJ better, but it took some convincing on his part that she really DID want to hang out with him.

She said she was there to work. :) Little did she know that she’d be meeting the love of her life, too!

They hung out for the next several months & saw quite a bit of one another. Since there aren’t a lot of distractions when you are working overseas on a military base, there is ample opportunity to get to know one another quite well.


 They knew when they both came home that this was meant to be & decided to start planning their big day.

DJ is headed back overseas for a few more months at the end of this year, so it was really important to them to be married before she left.


They are planning their wedding in record time, but not a hint of stress was detected during their engagement session. They were happy to be together, in love & ready to say “I do”.

Their wedding was a small, intimate affair at the Morrison House in Old Town Alexandria on Sept. 8th.

Congratulations Justin & DJ – thank you for sharing your Washington, DC engagement and love story with us! A special thanks again to Jenn Lynn Photo and Two Bright Lights for making this submission possible!


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Capitol Inspiration: Modern Washington DC Wedding Invitations from Tabibi Design

When Tabibi Design shared a sneak peak of this ultra rad Washington, DC wedding invitation on her Facebook, I just knew I had to have them. The wedding invitation suite has everything that I love – modern fonts, a cassette tape iconography, hot pink & black color scheme, a sweet DC skyline, a creative RSVP card …. oh and it turns out that the bride is actually a CapRo reader and found Tabibi through us. Doubley awesome, right?!

 Amanda & Brad’s Modern Washington, DC Wedding Invitation by Tabibi Design

Photo images were taken by Tabibi Design & Sarah Park.

 A bit about the couple from their designer, Tina:

Amanda and Brad are an amazing DC couple. They were in search of nontraditional, creative and unique resources for their DC wedding. Amanda discovered Capitol Romance’s blog and was amazed by the inspiration and information. After she searched Bree’s blog, I received an email from Amanda inquiring about custom stationery for their big day. I am so happy she discovered Tabibi Design through Capitol Romance.

On their Washington, DC wedding invitation design:

They really wanted the stationery to represent their fun personalities and contain a few meaningful elements. Amanda is a Press Representative for the Kennedy Center in DC and Brad is a wedding DJ. They both share a love for their city and music. Hot pink and black were the signature colors for the event.

I decided to incorporate a simple city skyline and put a fun spin on the type treatment. Amanda asked me to somehow incorporate the Kennedy Center into the suite. I did just that by illustrating the building on the accommodation card.

I absolutely love the outcome of the rsvp postcard. Amanda and Brad provided the content for this piece. I usually develop most of the content for the stationery I create so when Amanda informed me that they drafted copy for the response card, I was completely thrilled to see what they came up with!

They wanted their guest to interact by listing a song request to “I promise to dance if you play”. I thought this was a clever way to include their guests at the reception. Amanda and Brad were so easy to work with. They are huge supporters of small local business owners and I’m thankful to be given the opportunity to work with this couple.

 this card was designed to be on the tables at the receptions for the guests to read:

Thanks to Amanda, Brad & Tabibi Design for sharing these awesomely inspiring, modern Washington DC wedding invitation designs! I cannot wait to see their wedding pictures!

What do you think guys? Are you as smitten as I am?

Heather & Scott’s Washington, DC Engagement Session on Roosevelt Island

I am an absolute sucker for dogs. My sister and her husband just adopted an adorable coonhound mix and now I get to blog this adorable Mutt, Brady, with his loving masters, Heather & Scott. Andy & I also babysat a co-workers dog this weekend, and watching my mini-doxie, Sadie, play with another dog was really giving me the itch to adopt another.

But back to Heather & Scott – the couple snuck in a last minute engagement session in DC’s Roosevelt Park and brought there pup along. Including a dog in your wedding day or engagement session ALWAYS makes for some fun photos and some good, clean natural laughter. Make sure you click through to read the proposal story too – it includes an iPad. Love a good IT proposal ;)

Thanks to Kelly Ewell Photography & Two Bright Lights for this adorable Washington, DC engagement session.

Heather & Scott’s Washington, DC Engagement Session at Roosevelt Park

From the photographer:

When your job is to be a planner, you know everything will be set out in fine detail and no stone will be unturned when putting your wedding together. I’m sure it adds a whole new level of attention to detail though, when it comes to your own big event. Especially when you’re doing it from a distance.

As Heather puts the polishing details together for her wedding to Scott in just a few weeks up in Philadelphia, she didn’t think she would have time for an engagement session with her photographer there. But with little pockets of time open while they were still here in the DC area, she rang me up to see if we could make something happen.

Click inside for the rest of Heather & Scott’s DC engagement session ~ including the proposal story!

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Capitol Inspiration: A Washington DC Trash the Dress Session

Baltimore MD based photographer, Joanna Tillman, dropped this gorgeous “Trash the Dress” meets “Rock the Frock” shoot in my gmail inbox a few weeks ago! She thought it would be perfect for Capitol Romance since it’s equal parts classy and offbeat.

I’m honored that someone thinks I’m classy ;)

Anyway, the couple decided to jump back into their wedding attire for a fun jaunt around Washington, DC. They hit up Ben’s Chili Bowl on U for some half smokes and then got into more of the ‘trashing’ of the dress in Meridian Hill Park. I always love hearing the bride or couple’s response to why they chose to do this sort of shoot. Bayside Bride has a great post on the “Trash the Dress” debate if you want to weigh in!

 Washington DC Trash the Dress Shoot

Here is are the details from Kristen, the bride:

“A few years after I graduated college I started working for an organization that assists people with intellectual disabilities in the city. During my time there I met Dick, a fellow assistant, and it didn’t take long for us to start spending lots of time together. We took long walks in the city, ate awesome food together, and soon we both knew that this was it!

We got married in early fall at a vineyard (it was beautiful!), but after the wedding we decided we wanted to take the time to do a fun photo shoot that showed off our personalities and also some of the local treasures DC has to offer!”

Click inside for the rest of the images from this Washington, DC Trash the Dress session by Joanna Tillman Photography!

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Lindsey & Beto’s Washington DC Engagement at the Franciscan Monastery

Mondays: the constant struggle to accept that the weekend is over and a long work week is ahead of me.

Once I finally get my butt in gear and start blogging – it’s amazing how much my productivity grows and I am suddenly much happier than when I got out of my car and began my walk into the office :)

For this morning’s engagement session, we have the lovely Lindsey & Beto, a stunning couple with a common faith that decided to use the Franciscan Monastery in NE DC [my hood! what what?] for their Washington, DC engagement session. The shoot was shot beautifully by Evelyn Alas Photography [the colors in this session are downright dreamy!] and submitted via Two Bright Lights.

Lindsey & Beto’s Franciscan Monastery Engagement Session in NE Washington DC

How they met:

Lindsey and Beto met three years ago, at a dinner party through a mutual friend. Despite many attempts by the friend to introduce Lindsey to Beto, they finally meet that evening at the worst time.

Lindsey was ill and not her bubbly self, but that didn’t dissuade Beto to take an interest in her. He even drove her home that night since she wasn’t feeling well and the rest is history!

About the couple:

Lindsey has always had a deep love for latin culture. Beto is Mexican and they both enjoy learning and traveling. Since Beto and Lindsey are Catholic, they couldn’t think of a more appropriate place for their engagement session, at the Franciscan Monastery in NE Washington. D.C. Lindsey and Beto look forward in getting married on August 18th.

Click inside for the rest of Lindsey & Beto’s DC engagement session ~ including their proposal story!

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Mark & Sup’s Blooming Lotus Flower Engagement Session at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

I am STRUGGLING this morning guys. I’ve got to be honest – being a bridesmaid in a wedding is exhausting, I have no idea how vendors work weddings every weekend!!! I give them a ton of credit [as should you!]. So while I take some time to find my happy place this morning, I’ll share this beautiful Washington, DC engagement session courtesy of Michelle VanTine Photography [submitted via Two Bright Lights].

A bit about the shoot from the photographer:

We scheduled the shoot around the blooming of the lotus flowers at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in DC. Being Thai, [the bride, Sup] told me that these flowers had a special significance in her culture and so we thought this would be a perfect set for a romantic shoot.

These flowers are rare and stunning. They only bloom for about two weeks a year, and only open for about two hours in the morning. They have this inner glow that I was really happy I could capture in the images. I really enjoyed fusing the art of the session with the beauty of the garden and we were all really happy with how the images turned out.

Mark & Sup’s Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens Engagement Session in Washington, DC

Mark & Sup’s love story:

Mark and Sup met through friends.  Mark works in the same office as Sup’s sister, May, and some other mutual friends.  The first sighting was back in June 2010, when Mark and Sup both attended a friend’s barbeque.  Mark noticed Sup then… but decided to lay low and play it cool.  Meanwhile, Sup & Friends were plotting friendly “group” gatherings, in the hopes of giving Sup an opportunity to get closer to this stud.  S

everal misses later (Mark went to a friend’s house to watch a Christmas chick flick, hoping Sup would be there… but she wasn’t), the stars finally aligned in January 2011, when Mark, Sup, and Sup’s hapless, unknowing sister went to watch Country Strong together.  May had no idea she was actually going to be chaperoning a date, but quickly realized what was happening as she sat, silently eating bar snacks by herself, as Mark and Sup hit it off.

Things heated up quickly from there.  Soon Sup and Mark were emailing inside jokes to each other and planning other “group” hang-out sessions so they could be together.  The final blow came the night of Super Bowl XLV.  After several hours of eating meatball subs, guacamole, wings, and cake with friends, the friends left these two rabid football fans alone so that the real showdown could begin.  As Mark inched closer to Sup, Sup was still wondering whether she was in the friend zone or the end zone.  She soon got her answer when Mark went in for the touchdown and they shared their first kiss.

About the pipe cleaners, I was in my art studio with my daughter doing artsy fartsy stuff and suddenly it hit me that I could use the pipe cleaners to write things. I stayed up late that night making up fun words like “Mr” “Mrs” “Will you marry me” etc. I thought it was a really creative and fun ide

Click inside for the rest of this adorable Washington, DC engagement session!

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Meghan & Joshua’s Downtown Washington DC Engagement

Happy Thursday! It’s almost the freakin’ weekend! Can you stand it?! I am off of the “day job” tomorrow, but I’ll be sure to have a sweet inspiration post up for all my readers while I am off finishing errands for the Bachelorette!

This morning I have an adorable Washington DC engagement session to share. And this afternoon I have some sweet metallic wedding invitation inspiration to share from a real bride that sent hers in!

First, let’s meet Meghan and Joshua.

 Now for more pictures and their love story! A special thanks to Solas Studios & Two Bright Lights for making this DC engagement feature possible!

Josh and Meghan both spent their childhoods dreaming about studying abroad in Scotland. Both have Scottish ancestors, so the country always felt special, a place they knew they were supposed to visit.

So in January 2007, the then strangers – Josh, a junior at Georgetown University, and Meghan, a junior at James Madison University – boarded airplanes to the United Kingdom for a spring semester abroad at the University of St Andrews.

 St Andrews chartered a bus to pick study-abroad students up at the airport and drop them off at their respective residence halls, so when the bus pulled up to University Hall, both Meghan and Josh got up from their seats.

“Go ahead,” Josh said to Meghan, gesturing for her to step into the aisle in front of him.

“No you go ahead,” Meghan responded, smiling at the cute boy to whom she was instantly attracted.

“No, you go,” Josh said, gesturing Meghan forward and reaching to help her with her bag.

Josh and Meghan became quick friends. From that day through the rest of the study abroad semester, they were best buddies and travel mates. Enjoying the freedom and novelty that comes with living in a different country at the ages of 20 and 21, the two embraced the full adventure, traveling every moment they could.

They backpacked through Amsterdam, Greece, France, England, Ireland and the wilderness of Scotland together, sometimes with other friends and sometimes with just each other.

Click inside for the rest of Meghan & Joshua’s DC engagement session by Solas Studios ~ including the rest of their love story AND the proposal!

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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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Meshal & Ali’s Glen Echo Park & Capitol Building DC Engagement Session

I will not lie – I am DRAGGING this morning. I partied a little too hard at my belated birthday shindig on Saturday night and now my allergies seem to be reeking retribution on me for it.

Luckily, once I get through the Monday Morning Fog and actually START blogging again, I always being to feel instantly better. Smiling faces, beautiful pictures, excited couples – with SO MUCH LOVE, I mean what else could get you motivated on a Monday morning? This morning we have a newer Washington DC wedding photographer to our blog. Everyone say “hi” to Mokazi Photography & enjoy this beautiful DC engagement submission [via Two Bright Lights] thanks to Mo!

Ali & Meshal’s Capitol Building & Glen Echo Park Engagement Session

From Mokazi Photography:

Meshal and Ali came packing with smiles! Like most couples, they were first nervous about the engagement shoot, thoughts running through their mind; How is this photographer? Will I have to pose and will it be too awkward? We also wonder; Will the couple be outgoing? Will we have to make cheesy jokes to make them smile? What if our jokes are too WHACK?!?

We quickly gave them the pop corn cups (we bought from the party store) and filled them with pop corn (microwaved from home since their pop corn stall isn’t up and running there). I told Ali that he should try to throw pop corn and try to catch it, one at a time. As he started, we pretended not to be looking, so they can become comfortable.

Everything went quickly at Glen Echo then we drove down to Great Falls for a few shots of the sunset and once we were done, we stopped by Glen Echo for a few more shots before making our way to Washington DC.

Click inside for the rest of Mashal & Ali’s Washington DC engagement session – including some beautiful shots at the Capitol Building!

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