Last night I spoke on a panel of fellow editors in Baltimore at the Two Bright Lights bootcamp. I was honored to be asked to speak about Capitol Romance and our submission process. A lot of questions were asked by varying wedding vendors about what editors look for in submissions. I think I might blog a recap of my answers to some of the questions, especially since I wasn’t able to get to answer them all at the bootcamp with 7 other editors there!!

Anyway, one of the questions was about detailed weddings and I was adamant in my response that here on Capitol Romance, we do not require all wedding submissions to have a ton of details. We love to focus on the couples, the couples’ story, and the focus on WHY they chose to have their wedding the way they did. This leads me perfectly into today’s intimate wedding ceremony (yes, just a ceremony). The couple had a big reception/party later, but for them, it was important to have their family and friends surround them, locally to witness their wedding ceremony.

This beautiful, intimate Northern Virginia wedding ceremony was submitted by Anna Bruce Photography via Two Bright Lights.

Kendra & Patrick’s Intimate Wedding Ceremony in Alexandria, Virginia

How they met:

Patrick and I met back in the summer of 2008 through a mutual friend. I was attending UofA in Tucson, while Patrick was going to a community college in Phoenix. During the summer I was back in Phoenix staying with my parents and started going to group get-togethers through our mutual friend. It kind of went like this: I was in to him, but he was in to someone else. Once he became interested in me, I just wanted to be friends. Somehow it worked out, because we have been together ever since!

DIY Wedding Details:

Flowers – My mother purchased the roses at Costco and put my bouquet together

Cookies – My aunt made the personalized cookies and mint chocolates from scratch. The cookies were frosted sugar cookies.

Shoes – Loft Dress – Ann Taylor on the Sales rack

Makeup – Did my own makeup with whatever I had in my makeup drawer

Cake – A friend of ours made the adorable cake from scratch. It was a white cake with a strawberry filling.

Jewelry – Purchased my earrings and necklace at Macy’s

Food – We purchased all the food from Costco

Ceremony and Mini Reception: The Journey, Springfield

Click inside for the rest of the images & their proposal story!

The Proposal:

It was July 7th, 2012 when Patrick popped the big question. It was an ordinary day, nothing too special about it. We went out to dinner at one of our regular spots in Alexandria. After dinner, we went back to his apartment and took a walk to the grassy area behind the complex. I knew that this was the time he was going to do it. I could tell he was nervous. He then looked at me and asked “Are you ready?”. I responded with a yes, and he got down on one knee with the ring box in hand. I cried like a baby. I couldn’t ask for a better night!

Congratulations Kendra & Patrick! Thank you for sharing your beautiful, intimate wedding ceremony with us. A special thanks to Anna Bruce Photography & Two Bright Lights for making this Northern Virginia wedding feature possible!


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