Thursday, December 18, 2014

Happy Holidays from Tidewater and Tulle!

It seems like just yesterday I was sharing our Tidewater Christmas inspiration board and saying see you later until after the holidays.

And like last year, we are taking our annual "It's Christmas and my wedding anniversary!" break to spend time with our loved ones and enjoy the meanings of the season. It's even more special this year because it's my five year anniversary, so my husband and I are headed up to Boston to celebrate and take a real vacation. And I mean REAL vacation by unplugging from all things work and enjoying all things winter!

To tide you over until we return, we have a Williamsburg Christmas wedding inspiration board… inspired completely by the yummy and seasonally perfect hot beverage: wassail!

[This inspiration board was featured on The Bride Link last week, so be sure to head over there to read more about the inspiration behind this board!]

We wish you the best of holiday seasons, to many new engagements, and a three cheers for an amazing 2014. We will see you on Monday, December 29th for more Hampton Roads wedding goodness!

Chelsea and the T&T Team :)

Colonial Williamsburg Wreath: Bit of Ivory Photography // Winter Cake: Erica O'Brien via A Handcrafted Wedding // Wassail: Cookie and Kate // Velvet Sash and Wedding Gown: Peaches and Mint via Magnolia Rouge // Blue Calligraphy: Studio French Blue via Style Me Pretty

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Rustic Windsor Castle Park Bridal Session

Smithfield's Windsor Castle Park is one of those rustic gems that is pretty popular with locals and has so much to offer any type of session, but because Samantha's upcoming nuptials were set to take place in front of its iconic red barn, the location was perfect for her bridal portrait session!

Captured by Timeless Memories By Kristen, Samantha's gorgeous Allure Bridals gown from Maya Couture on Main was everything a Southern girl would love: gorgeous lace, a keyhole back detail, and just enough train! Be still our wedding lovin' hearts!

Photography: Timeless Memories By Kristen // Location: Windsor Castle Park // Hair and Makeup: Katie Zephir // Dress and Veil: Allure Bridals from Maya Couture on Main // Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Tidewater and Tulle 1st Anniversary Party

Sometimes you get proverbially hit by a freight hauler barreling in from out of nowhere, especially when you're distracted by and crawling over life's speed bumps. And that's how the Tidewater and Tulle 1st Anniversary Party happened… because the vendor fam that this blog represents sure did surprise me. Big time. I'm not sure if every single person who was involved truly, truly knows how much it meant to me. So, loudly and proudly, Internet, there are some amazing people out there, and I'm throwing my gratitude in confetti-like fashion to each of those persons for being a sunny spot on this editor's December.

With a personal invite designed by The Girl Tyler for "a vendor brunch" put on by Jamie Leigh Events at Maya Couture on Main, I showed up in Suffolk expecting to just have a nice break with friends. For someone who is far more comfortable giving other people the spotlight, I walked through the front door and immediately locked eyes on the rows of wedding gowns… until Jamie yelled, "Happy 1st Anniversary! Surprise!" and T.Y. Photography's flash went off.

And just like when my husband proposed to me, I looked around and uttered a "Wha-what?" Because yes, friends, my knee jerk reaction to surprises is some good ole-fashioned awkwardness. I'm pretty sure it took me all day to go through my index of hints, text messages, and tidbits dropped over a three weeks' period to realize, "Holy moly… they were planning this for me all along… how did I not even register it?!"

To know my love/obsession with macarons, photo booths, and themed parties, it was heart-squeezing and took everything I had to not get emotional right on the spot. Thank you, vendor fam. We really do have the best region around. ♥

[Not everyone who was involved could be there during that time, so they are here in this photo in spirit!]

Photography: T.Y. Photography // Event Coordination: Jamie Leigh Events // Venue: Maya Couture on Main // Event Rentals: Distinctive Event Rentals // Linens: Waterford Event Rentals // Photo Booth: Snapqube // Stationery and Design: The Girl Tyler // Macarons: Hummingbird Macarons // Catering: Catherine's Catering // Florals: Roost Flowers