Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving Wedding Ideas

With Thanksgiving tomorrow, we are taking a break from local engagement or general wedding inspiration for the rest of the week to bring a bit of gratitude inspiration in many forms. Whether it's a thank you card, a yummy beverage recipe, or autumn tablescape inspiration, showing gratitude is a lifestyle. So while it's Turkey Day-provoked, may these wedding ideas translate to all seasons and special days! Because "thank you" is always in style. :)

1. Count your blessings is the theme of the season! So we're throwing it back to our fun and modern Thanksgiving-inspired rehearsal dinner here on Tidewater and Tulle.

2. This Apple and Bourbon Punch recipe on The Bride Link will literally warm your heart… and your toes! Three cheers to the hostess who shows her thanks with this one!

3. Planning an engagement party this time of year? There's nothing cozier than a harvest-inspired one like this one on Southern California Bride.

4. Engaged and know that hosting a Thanksgiving dinner for loved ones is in your future? Think ahead and look at these Turkey Day hosting must-haves from Kiss My Tulle are on your registry! Your future self will thank you.

5. A true show of gratitude, Christie of Mountainside Bride shares her thankfulness for following her heart on her wedding day and reminds us of the core reasons a wedding takes place.

6. Me oh my, it's pumpkin pie! This deliciously warm-in-tone tablescape inspiration on The Perfect Palette hits all the right notes for the holiday of thanks.

7. These 25 Ways to Give Thanks at Your Wedding on Bridal Guide show that we can always find opportunities to show gratitude-- in little or big ways!

8. Thank You Cards may be the most obvious way to show your appreciation, but they are definitely not any less important than the rest! Here at Tidewater and Tulle, we featured Thank You Card Etiquette as well as a free card printable to get your thanks a pretty start.

9. Any fall-inspired table inspiration is a goodie, especially when paired with metallics and textures of the season, especially this one on Hey Wedding Lady.

10. Whether you're a crafty person or just completely techie, these creative ways to say thank you on Martha Stewart Weddings are always in style, no matter the holiday.

Have something to share that you're grateful for? Post below in a comment!

- Chelsea :)

Photo by Caitlin Gerres Photography. For the entire handmade and modern rehearsal dinner inspiration and vendor credits, head over to the full feature.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

2014 Holiday Date Night Ideas for Hampton Roads

It's no secret I'm a bit of a nut for Christmastime (and if you've been a reader for awhile, you already knew I had a winter Colonial Williamsburg wedding)! And I think winter makes for the coziest, magical, and best date nights ever, so I've rounded up the best local events happening this holiday season.

From parades to fireworks to kid-friendly celebrations, there's a little bit of everything for everyone no matter if you're in Virginia Beach or Williamsburg! Go all around to see the true beauty of our region decked out in its winter best! :)

Lighthouse Grand Illumination
Cape Henry Lighthouse at Fort Story
Virginia Beach
more info

Bull Island Christmas
Poquoson Illuminated Parade
more info

Illumination and Tree Lighting
Riverwalk Landing
more info

A Story Book Christmas Parade
more info

Holiday Open House
Downtown Suffolk
more info

Oyster Point Fountain Plaza
Newport News
more info

Lighted Boat Parades
Yorktown and Hampton
6:00pm to 8:30pm
7:00pm (if you drive to Hampton)
more info

Society Candlelight Home Tour
Suffolk-Nansemond Historical
more info

Colonial Williamsburg Grand Illumination
Entertainment and Fireworks
4:45pm-7:30pm (7:00pm for fireworks)
more info

Christmas Tree Lighting and Evening Specialty Craft and Food Market
more info

Genuine Hamtown Holidays Parade
more info

Toyland Parade
more info

Hampton Holly Days Parade
Downtown Hampton
more info

Firing of Christmas Guns
more info

Community Christmas Tree Lighting
more info

Noon Year's Day
Virginia Living Museum
Newport News
more info

First Night Williamsburg
Colonial Williamsburg/College of William & Mary/City of Williamsburg
7:00pm-11:45pm (11:45pm for fireworks)
more info

What's your favorite kind of date night this time of year? Share your thoughts in a comment!

- Chelsea :)

Photo by Jami Thompson Photography. Stay tuned this December 11th to see this exclusive Tidewater and Tulle Nautical Christmas feature!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Preppy Vineyard Vines-Inspired Wedding

Vineyard Vines could practically be credited for getting Christy and Palmer together. As destiny would have it, when the groom walked into his first law school class at Regent University, one adorable and vivacious brunette called across the room, "Hey you with the pink Vineyard Vines shirt! I love the whale!"

Inspired by the preppy New England-styled clothing brand and the couple's academic history together at Regent, the two lovebirds incorporated the Vineyard Vines whale throughout the wedding in the groomsmen's ties and socks, the napkin holders, and even on the dance floor with a custom gobo by Stage Right Lighting and then also held the entire wedding day on campus in the Regent University Chapel and the bride's grandparents' home, the Regent University Chancellory.

With personal details of family touches and a playful wedding spirit, it was surely a whale of a tale for this preppy pink and green Virginia Beach wedding captured by Katie Wilson Photography and filmed by Eric VanValin!

Photography: Katie Wilson Photography // Venue: Regent University // Ceremony Music: String Quartet by Victoria Proffitt // DJ: DIY by Family Friend // Hair and Makeup: DIY by Family Friend // Bridal Gown: Tara Keely via Pure English Couture Bridal // Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Groomswear: Joseph A. Bank // Wedding Party Accessories: Vineyard Vines // Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Sung via Bridals by Lori // Florals: DIY by Family Friend // Cake: Nothing Better Than Cake // Cookie Favors: Sugar Confection // Event Rentals: Distinctive Event Rentals // Stationery: DIY by Regent Staff // Catering: Mercy Chefs // Videography: Eric VanValin // Transportation: Smithfield Horse & Carriage // Lighting: Stage Right Lighting