One of the things I pride myself on with Capitol Romance is that I try hard not to fall into blogging just one category of wedding type. I like to feature ALL kinds of weddings, as long as they are in the DC, MD or VA area and have an air of individuality, uniqueness, creativity and/or offbeatness [yes I made that last word up]. One day I’ll post a rustic, barn wedding, and the next I’ll post a modern, art gallery wedding. Couples are all races, shapes, sizes, and ages.  Some weddings are full of DIY details, and some aren’t.

Such was the case with Andrea & Jake’s intimate, vintage-infused wedding at the George Washington Hotel in Winchester, Virginia. There weren’t a ton of details – but the choices they made were beautiful and appealing to me, because they mirrored the essence of the couple’s personality to a T. Simple, stunning, & striking. Andrea’s cascading curls and red lips, are out-done only by her stunning, vintage gown. And her red, classic florals are gorgeous ~ and designed by the bride, herself!

A special thanks to Julie Napear Photography for submitting this beautiful wedding, via Two Bright Lights.

Andrea & Jake’s Intimate, Vintage George Washington Hotel Wedding in Winchester, VA


Photographer: Julie Napear Photography

Hair Stylist:  Stephanie Novak Artistry
Floral Designer:  Flowers by Snellings
Reception Venue:  George Washington Hotel

From the wedding photographer:

This one is very close to my heart. I met Andrea at a bridal show, and she did flowers for my wedding in 2007. We’ve been friends ever since, and in August of 2011, we took a road trip to Charleston, SC, where Andrea assisted me for a wedding I was shooting. I remember her telling me about this new guy who had come into her bar, and they spent a lot of time talking on the phone(between beaching, shopping, and other vacation activities). Right after we got back to Virginia, they started dating… and I was so excited to see her so happy   :-)


look at the amazing detail with the pearls at the bottom of this bouquet!

About the couple & how they met:

Jake and I met shortly after I started my second job bartending in July.   He walked in one Saturday night and my life changed.  We started off as friends and became more than that very quickly.  We had lots of things in common from sports to recent heartaches.

One cold sunny day in January he proposed as we took a walk around the local lake.  Our families, including my two children were so excited and happy that we had found each other.

Click inside for the rest of this beautifully simple, clasicc vintage influence wedding at the George Washington Hotel

Our main vision for our wedding, the 2nd for both of us, was an elegant evening out for our close family and friends.  With the George Washington Hotel being historic, and the ballroom beautiful, and our wedding small, I kept the flowers and decor understated but wanted a punch of color.   I also pulled double duty as not only the bride but also the floral designer! My primary job is managing my family’s flower shop in Winchester, VA (Flowers by Snellings).

Deciding on my flowers was harder than planning my shop’s weddings…too many choices! I found my dress and it complimented the vintage theme, and I decided on deep reds, maroons, and purples with silver accents for the flowers.  The antique brooch on my bouquet is my late grandmother’s, and was a gift from my cousin on the day of my wedding.

I think this is the first corsage I’ve ever seen that I’ve found to be appealing/awesome/gorgeous. Really cool!

I really love the small, yet stunning addition of the crystals to this vase to make the red florals really pop!

 My photographer was my best friend and made the evening special because I knew the pictures would be phenomenal.  Another good friend of mine did my hair and makeup and was wonderful working with me on the vintage theme. We had a wonderful wedding!

Congratulations Andrea & Jake! Thank you for sharing your classically beautiful, intimate George Washington Hotel wedding with us! A special thanks again to Julie Napear Photography & Two Bright Lights for making this Virginia wedding feature possible!



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