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Cozy Library Engagement

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

With a mutual love for books (particularly Tolkien and C.S. Lewis!), it was only meant to be for Stephanie and Brandon to have part of their engagement session in a library with Sachel Samone Photography. The Bateman Library on the Langley Air Force Base in Hampton was the perfect setting for their sweet session amongst the racks.

And we thought this C.S. Lewis quote was the perfect homage to these romantic bibliophiles' engagement memories:

Appreciative love gazes and holds its breath and is silent, rejoices that such a wonder should exist even if not for him, will not be wholly dejected by losing her, would rather have it so than never to have seen her at all. ― C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

Instagram Etiquette for Wedding Pros

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Instagram is a bit of the Wild West when it comes to social media. It's still new, fresh, and exciting. Anybody and everybody are sharing their photos for many different reasons, and there isn't a whole lot of "governing." After all, that is a bit of the draw to it when you're not running a business.

And just like the Wild West, people are finding their way around and testing the waters for what proper social protocol is. Well, lead wedding editors -- with a mixture of professional backgrounds from wedding pros, marketing gurus, tech innovators, and so much more -- are sharing their Insta-Etiquette insight with us today!

As editors, we see a very large picture when it comes to the wedding world and social media as different brands and everyday people interact, and there's a common thread through it all: be authentic.

Fun Techie Date Ideas

Sunday, May 24, 2015

It's not really a secret that I'm a bit of a tech geek. Granted, my husband is more of the gadget-y person than I am, but I love the technology behind those gadgets! Now mix that love with a love of weddings and marriage... and we've got the perfect recipe for techie date ideas, thanks to our collaboration with Best Buy!

So if you're not married yet, these are great ideas of some small, affordable things you can register for at Best Buy. And if you're married already, then you've got some fun new things to find at home and at the store!

Vintage Nautical Wedding Inspiration

Thursday, May 21, 2015

If there's one thing that this community is all about, it's nautical! But what do you do if you're not a modern ships and anchors kind of person, but fancy yourself an old soul with a love of the past? Well, look no further, because I'm excited to have the vintage and heirloom wedding guru, Megan of Glamour and Grace Weddings, here today to share a beautiful mashup of the nautical and the vintage!

I wanted to do a more soft and romantic vintage spin on the well-loved nautical theme, and I love the way this board turned out! White and navy stripes are a must for any nautical theme, but I loved adding in some blush and cream tones to make the color palette a little lighter and more vintage. For hairstyles, this loose, but refined twisted updo gives the feel of nautical rope by being completely elegant and timeless. And how gorgeous is this pearl and oyster cake by Maggie Austin? It's one of the most chic cakes I've ever seen with a sea-faring theme!

TOP // Jessie Leake via Style Me Pretty // Branches Floral Design // Martha Stewart Weddings // Rue Magazine | BOTTOM // Maggie Austin // TopShop // Tealily Photography via Ruffled // Tec Petaja via Once Wed

Helping Nepal Locally and Globally

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

In solidarity with our friends over at Style Me Pretty, we are sharing a very special feature about a community so in need right now. Nina and Wes Photography shared their heart for Nepal through their recent not-for-profit photography workshop in the beautiful mountain village of Nagarkot. And when disaster struck soon after (even destroying the main buildings where this shoot took place), they knew they needed to get awareness and action going for this developing country:

This bridal session was born out of our time spent in Nepal. We wanted people to be able to experience Nepal through the different elements of the session. We had a spread of spices that are found throughout Nepal and used in many of their cuisines. Bits of copper and brass can be seen with those elements, which were found and purchased in the streets of Kathmandu. Marigolds were central to the shoot, as you can see marigolds on any given street in Nepal. We loved seeing them draped over the bride who is wearing a stunning Carol Hannah dress that seemed to sparkle in the Nepali sunlight.

The earthquake that occurred on April 25, 2015 in Nepal has shaken all of us. So many of the beautiful places we visited, and historical landmarks that we marveled at, are now piles of rubble. As far as we can tell, though, our loved ones and the people at the organizations we volunteered at, are all safe. Some of them have lost homes, but they have escaped the earthquake without injury. For that we are thankful.

While we typically only feature southeastern Virginia wedding content, I think we can all agree that showcasing the beauty of a culture shattered by one devastating event and how we are helping locally here in Hampton Roads and Richmond is the major exception. It's going to take a very long time to rebuild-- as we have seen here in the States after catastrophic disasters. So after seeing these breathtaking captures in photo and film, please find how you can help right here in Virginia below. Every little bit counts. Virginia is for lovers, and we've got some big love to give!

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