Back when I first started my dc wedding blog over a year ago, I received an email from a photographer that had just moved to DC and was in awe of how overly traditional and one-note the DC wedding scene was. I told her that I couldn’t have agreed more, and that was one of the main reasons why I started Capitol Romance  – to try and change that. A year later, Michelle emailed me again – this time to tell me that she couldn’t believe how my blog had grown and that she still had faith that people like her and I could really help change DC’s weddings … and to submit an absolutely amazing, intimate DC wedding to me.

Thanks to alternative DC  wedding photographers like Michelle VanTine and to amazing wedding submissions like this, I still have faith that DC can have a creative, funky, offbeat wedding scene too – all the believers just need to work together to make it happen.

Jess & Mitch’s Intimate, Offbeat Washington, DC Wedding at the Tabard Inn

From photographer, Michelle VanTine:

This October wedding was a beautiful offbeat DC wedding. When I walked in the bridal suite I wasn’t caught up in the usual frenzy of primping bridesmaids, nervous mothers, and scrambling florists as is typically the case. It was a totally different story.

There were Jess and Mitch together, joyfully getting ready for their day in the most relaxed natural manner, as if they were getting ready to go on a date. Mitch was zipping up Jess’ gown as they enjoyed coffee, scones, and fruit.

How much do I love this nontraditional way of getting ready for your wedding day – a bride and groom getting ready together? Stress-free and playing a guitar?! I love love love this ….

Mitch was playing his guitar and signing to Jess and she fastened her necklace in the mirror. It was adorable. That was pretty much set the scene for the entire day. No bridal party or typical traditions.

The Tabard Inn is a perfect intimate, alternative wedding venue in Washington, DC!

I adore Jess’ short & simple wedding dress!

Click inside to see the rest of Jess & Mitch’s adorable, nontraditional & offbeat wedding at the intimate Washington, DC wedding venue, the Tabard Inn.

The bride and groom strolled down the isle arm in arm to some acoustic folk type song. Before the ceremony, guests had donuts, coffee and drinks.

The ceremony at The Tabard Inn was small and intimate as guests huddled around the couple for the short ceremony conducted by Mitch’s College roommate.

I love these simple, DIY centerpieces ~ hand drawn pictures of cities for the table names & mismatched vintage vases for decor

The rest of the afternoon was spent feasting and dancing. They wrapped up the evening with the 3 College roommates playing Beatles songs as everyone joined in belting out “Hey Jude” at the top of their lungs. It was a wonderfully fun, laid back intimate wedding that was a real treat to be a part of.

Congratulations Jess & Mitch! Thank you so much for sharing your amazing intimate, offbeat Washington, DC wedding with us! A special thanks again to Michelle VanTine Photography & Two Bright Lights for making the submission possible!

What did you think – did you love Jess & Mitch’s nontraditional Washington, DC wedding as much as I did?!



  1. Love her dress! I have been to this place, it is crazy awesome! A little hard climbing all the narrow tiny staircases up to the top bridal suite with all my hair stuff lol! But totally loved it!

  2. Thanks Bree for the awesome write up and for sharing this neat wedding. I love what you’re doing with your blog and the DC scene. I’ll be submitting alot this year! Cheers!

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