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Capitol Inspiration: Details from a Rustic, Mountain Wedding in Yosemite

Last night I went to the opening of a brand new pizza place on H St [H&Pizza] and I think I am in some sort of pizza hangover realm. So apologies for the lateness of this post AND my utter lack of being able to function enough in my brain to write cohesive thoughts about today’s wedding inspiration post.

Fortunately, this Yosemite mountain wedding from wedding photographer, Joleen Willis [submitted via Two Bright Lights] doesn’t require much added mumbo jumbo from me – the pictures truly speak from themselves. The handmade details, the flowers arranged by the bride’s mom and the stunning wedding portraits in front of mountains …. well, it’s all TRULY gorgeous. Happy Friday Romancers!

Wedding Inspiration from a Rustic, Handmade Wedding in the Mountains

Renee and Burke were married May 12th at the beautiful Evergreen Lodge just outside the entrance to Yosemite. It was truly a location fit for them, as they both find themselves at home when they’re outdoors exploring and adventuring.

 Renee’s mom Gail is a florist, and of course Renee would not trust any other with her florals! Gail assembled all of the florals on site. She had most of the florals delivered for her to build locally, EXCEPT FOR the white bellflowers! Those are from Gail’s garden all the way in Michigan! She packed them carefully in her suitcase and brought them all the way here to California!

Click inside for more details & DIY wedding inspiration from this beautiful, handmade mountain wedding!

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Capitol Inspiration: Rachel & Wesley’s Handmade, DIY Offbeat Hot Pink & Orange Wedding!

I shared a sneak peak on my Facebook wall yesterday of today’s offbeat wedding inspiration post. But the shot really didn’t do this amazing, 100% DIY wedding justice. The couple opted for a laid-back, backyard wedding – but they did not hold back on amazing, handmade details. The bright orange and hot-pink color scheme has me reeling, especially with the inclusion of the colors in the bride’s handmade dress.

A special thanks to Gambol Photography for submitting this AWE-inducing offbeat wedding to me, and to Two Bright Lights for making it possible!

Happy Inspiration Friday everyone. Let’s get it on.

Rachel & Wesley’s Offbeat DIY Backyard Wedding in Hot Pink & Orange

From Gambol Photography:

Rachel & Wesley’s wedding was to die for. The best part? 100% handmade, DIY goodness.

The happy couple opted for a backyard, family-oriented affair with sweet, intimate details that expressed their truly unique relationship and personalities. The whole family pitched in to create, craft and collect items to decorate and light up the ceremony and reception space.

love the mismatched, hot pink & orange patterned bridesmaids dresses

and these summery, hot pink and orange bouquets are GORGEOUS

The groom’s dad owns a beautiful home right on the ocean in Elizabeth City, NC, so that served beautifully as the ceremony and reception venue for the big day.

Rachel & Wesley themselves are so photogenic naturally, but their genuine love and adoration for each other just begs emotion and warm fuzzies from everyone they come in contact with.

It’s so obvious how smitten they are about one another, and that kind of crazy love is so refreshing and precious to witness!

So true – just LOOK at this look that Rachel is throwing Wesley. You can literally see the love in her eyes.

the “we just got married” bride fist pump – always a favorite shot of mine :)

Click inside for the rest (and believe me, you will) of these awesome, offbeat DIY backyard wedding pictures – including the most awesome alternative guest book idea EVER.

Local Find: Dazzling Details ~ A Wedding Details Expo in Maryland

Still looking for the perfect accessories and details for your wedding day? Maybe the perfect feather fascinator, some dazzling shoe clips, or a vintage garter? Well if you live in the Washington, DC & Baltimore, MD metro area, then you should check out Dazzling Details ~ A Wedding Bazaar for All Things Wedding Accessories!


Dazzling Details is a the event where you can find all your wedding details in one location on one day. From your cake topper to your fascinator, favors and shoe accessories. We’ve brought them all under one roof for you. This event will take place on Sunday April 22, 2012 from 12pm to 6pm at The Historic Savage Manor located in Savage Maryland.

Want to get first dibs on all the products? Be a our VIP and get an early entry into the Dazzling Details Wedding Bazaar. Receive a Luxury Swag Bag full of amazing products and Join us for a Continental Breakfast. VIP Entry starts at 11am.

To check out all the amazing Washington, DC area wedding vendors that will be at this event, hop on over to the Shop here.

For more information and to buy tickets, check out Dazzling Detail’s website.

DIY Inspiration: Christmas Ornament Balls

I must admit that I am cheating a bit today, as I am pulling from my own DIY wedding for today’s DIY Wednesday post. However, the idea hit me more when I saw this lovely photo on Pinterest:

[via Live Love DIY]

Yes, this is a Christmas decoration, but, you might remember that Christmas ornament balls can also make for great DIY wedding decorations, favors, and more! But, for this particular display, I thought it would be a gorgeous DIY ceremony altar option! I know everyone is crazy about ribbons hanging in the background of the ceremony.

But instead it could be the beautiful Christmas ornament balls you see above, courtesy of Fresh Poppy Design blog. Yes? No? Well, in case you don’t see it like I do, I thought I would share some more DIY inspiration from Christmas Ornament Balls! Happy DIY Wednesday!

DIY Christmas Ornament Pomanders

[from my own DC wedding]

Christmas Ornament & Tulle Bouquets

[from my own wedding]

Christmas Ornament Display ~ this could totally be your “seating cards” and could double as your favors!

[via A Diamond in the Stuff blog]

A Christmas Ornament Tree made from Christmas Balls ~ Funky centerpieces anyone?

[via Better Homes & Gardens]

Christmas Ornament Ball “Cupcakes”

[via Better Homes & Gardens ]

Gorgeous wedding  centerpiece inspiration with Christmas ornament balls


Let me know if you crafty kids have any other ideas for using Christmas ornament balls for your wedding ~ they are super cheap, re-usable and make great favors, so perfect for a DIY wedding!

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