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Rustic Autumn Wedding Inspiration

Thursday, August 25, 2016

With fall just around the corner, all of these rustic harvest details is surely going to get you in the mood for jewel tones galore. Bring on the hot apple cider that awaits us all soon! From rich reds to lush purples, this wedding inspiration shoot has a bit of everything to speak to cooler weather days ahead.

Captured by Meredith Ryncarz Photography, a gorgeously tiered naked cake dappled with apples and berries, a textured bridal bouquet with deer antler accents, and a table set for a gilded outdoor celebration tied together the best of autumn elements at Williamsburg Botanical Garden by one fab creative wedding team. It goes without saying that we love us some fall weddings!

Virginia Beach Destination Engagement Session

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Easy-going and fun with two adorable pups named Lexi and Diamond, Jennie and Pat live and met in DC. They spent many hours on and around the National Mall. Whether it was going for runs there or seeing a museum or comedy show nearby, it was their regular Friday Date Night tradition. So it was initially no surprise to Jennie when Pat wanted to make a detour to the Mall last New Year's Eve. The couple had dinner and paint party plans, but Pat just had to see the National Tree first. A quick Metro ride later, they were standing on the Mall as they had so many times before. But as they looked at the glowing Christmas tree, Pat began to speak about how special this place had become to him and how much he loved coming there with Jennie... and then before she knew it, he was down on one knee with that one life-changing question!

Because they're saying their vows in our nation's Capitol, they wanted something completely different for their destination engagement session with Caroline Lima Photography, and so they traveled down to Virginia Beach for a casual chic afternoon with their two excited furbabies at First Landing State Park. Between the cozy sunshine, the matching doggy neckerchiefs, and sweet moments, it's got all the right ingredients for the quintessential beach day.

Spotlight Feature On: Moko and Company

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

virginia wedding gift bags

Handmade enthusiast, spirited, and thoughtful is exactly the kind of wedding couple that Megan of Moko and Company loves making fun and personal wedding welcome tote bags for! No matter where brides or grooms call home or get married, they can show their local love in many different ways with custom details to get their wedding guests truly in the celebration spirit. The best part? She and her team hand-screenprints all those bags for high quality mementos that will totally get used way beyond the big day!

Anchor-Lovin' Military Wedding

Monday, August 22, 2016

For Hampton Roads residents, military weddings symbolize pride, tradition, and a whole lot of love. Sarah and Nick took their nautical theme to beautiful new heights on their wedding day at the Founders Inn and Spa in Virginia Beach as Leigh Skaggs Photography captured each and every moment. Although wedding planning during Nick's Navy deployment and Sarah's time in nursing school was difficult, when all the details came together, it proved to be worth every second.

With anchors on everything from the invitations to adorable anchor chocolate wedding favors to signs all over their ceremony and reception, it was a nautical-filled wonderland to get everyone in the celebration spirit. Navy blue bridesmaid dresses perfectly complemented Nick's dapper dress whites as the traditional Arch of Swords greeted the couple in their new life together. We can think of no better quote for this newly married bride and groom than the one they chose for their reception: "In high tide or low tide, I'll be by your side."

Vintage Backyard Wedding By The Water

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

In her grandfather's backyard overlooking the water and First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach, Rachel and Mark said their I Do's in sweet relaxed vintage wedding style. The deep plum bridesmaids dresses perfectly offset the lush greenery of the surrounding area and the bright pops of color in each amazing bouquet. Sunkissed Events and Jessica Ryan Photography made sure that no detail went unnoticed as the lovebirds celebrated.

From the vintage styled seating area, to the duck cross stitch honoring her grandfather's well-known carved decoys, to Rachel's locket that she wrapped around her wrist with photographs of loved ones inside, each personal touch paid homage to the couple's heritage. With Mark's love of the water, seafood, of course, was the main course, and it was all presented in a boat (put together by the groom himself!) filled with oysters and duck decoys! You can't get much better than that for a wedding day!

How Light Transforms Your Wedding Day And Why You Should Know the Scoop

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Light is everything when it comes to photography and is especially important on the wedding day! From high noon sun to dark winery cellars to the golden hour, light transforms and speaks to everyone in different ways. So today, we're excited to have lighting experts and vendor fam DCPG Photography give the ultimate scoop on what unique lighting situations look like, how you can plan your day around the kind of lighting look you want, and so much more. Get ready to be enlightened in the best way possible while you're planning your big day!

Joyful Destination Outer Banks Wedding

Monday, August 15, 2016

Nothing highlights a wedding day more than the joy on a bride's face as she says "I do" to the one she loves, especially when surrounded by closest family and friends with one beautiful Atlantic Ocean waving its own kind of congratulations.

We love the DIY details that Abigail and Ryan incorporated to personalize their special day on the beach, particularly the mussel shell place cards, calligraphy table numbers using IKEA frames, and the paint brushes to help their guests dust off their sandy feet after the ceremony.

Captured by Brooke Mayo Photographers, Abigail and Ryan had the most beautiful destination wedding day at the Sanderling Resort in the Outer Banks. With a gorgeous multi-colored ribbon and white mantle ceremony arch, shades of aqua and blue bridesmaid dresses, and golden touches, the scene was set for a memorable day!

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