Monday, September 22, 2014

Wintry Half Moone Celebration Center Wedding

Nicole and James met in the summer of 2007 just before they started college at Norfolk State University. During their senior year, their friends circle merged, and they started spending more time together as a group. They interacted more outside of class, in the tutoring lab where they both worked, and through the tennis club-- obviously becoming better friends and seeing each other in a different light. It was four years later in 2011 when they finally had their first date and first kiss. And a few short weeks later, James was proposing! But like all great love stories, a little speed bump came into view. James was starting grad school at the University of Michigan and Nichole was starting grad school here in Virginia... which meant they would spend the next four years separated by 800 miles.

But again, like all great love stories, that speed bump didn't slow them down! While they originally intended to get married after they had both graduated, it wasn't but two years into their engagement that they decided they wanted to get to starting their next chapter together sooner, so they rescheduled the big day during their winter break.

I may be a little biased, but winter weddings are the best weddings! And thanks to Caitlin Gerres Photography and Delta Studio Productions, we can relive Nicole and James' special day in Norfolk.

Photography: Caitlin Gerres Photography // Venue: Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center // Bridal Gown: David's Bridal // DJ: Big Dreams Entertainment // Videography: Delta Studio Productions // Event Rentals: Distinctive Event Rentals // Linens: Event Central // Cake and Cupcakes: Nothing Better Than Cake // Event Planner: Renee Sloan Designer // Photo Booth Equipment: Shutterbooth Hampton Roads // Catering: Sweetwater Cuisine // Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Thursday, September 18, 2014

How to do a Fall Nautical-Inspired Wedding

We have a special treat with a bonus inspiration board this month! When we think of nautical, we think of summer. But what about those couples who love all things nautical and all things fall? We asked the anchor-lovin' wedding planner expert herself, Jamie of Jamie Leigh Events, to share some ideas on how to incorporate those two loves! So without further ado… I'll let her take it from here!


Nautical. A theme that you tend to only think of with summer weddings. Well, think again! Fall is just around the corner and with that come pumpkins and bright fall colors. But you want a nautical theme. How do you pull off both?

The word nautical doesn't necessarily mean you have to go full blown nautical, but you can do touches in your details and colors. Navy blue is a good staple color that goes beyond many seasons, but to make it more fall-friendly, add some tans, bronze, copper, rose gold, golds, yellows, or reds, you name it! Because navy blue is one of those colors that's associated with nautical and a great neutral, it can go with almost any color scheme no matter if you want more elegant or more rustic depending on your taste.


* Keep with the basics that automatically make one thing nautical with anchors and navy and white stripes, but use them on your bouquets with fall colored flowers, or on your tables with pumpkins.

* Not a fan of all that orange? Consider with the deep red and navy and use white pumpkins lining the aisle and in your centerpieces!

* Think textures. Smooth cotton textures tend to be very summery. Bring in burlap, muslin, and other cream-colored textured fabrics and pair them with the nautical detail of your choosing.

* Incorporate cooler weather accessories like pashminas for the ladies and fun striped or anchor-bearing groomsmen socks.

* Go natural. Berries, wheat stalks, Indian corn, and pumpkins are all natural and affordable options for bulk decorations and would go perfectly with a monkey knot decoration piece!

Are you having a nautical-inspired fall wedding? Share your ideas below!

- Jamie

You can get to know Jamie more and her love of all things nautical on Facebook and Pinterest.

Fall Nautical Groom: Stacey Hedman via Style Me Pretty // Autumn-Colored Bouquet: Snap! via Style Me Pretty // Pumpkin Ceremony Arrangements: Stacey Hedman via Style Me Pretty // Anchor Socks: Katelyn James Photography via Bayside Bride // Navy Blue Striped Cake: Miso Bakes and Sylvia G Photography via The Cake Blog

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Norfolk Tides Harbor Park Engagement Session

Madeline and Joe are huge baseball fans and wanted to have their engagement session somewhere that meant something to them. Well, if you're a baseball fan in Hampton Roads, you've likely been a Norfolk Tides game at Harbor Park and what better place to celebrate your mutual love of the game!

Through laughter and good times, these two tossed baseballs, sat in the seats, and enjoyed an empty field together for their engagement with Amanda Truth Photography. Since they were just married last week, we want to wish them a great big congratulations! :)

Photography: Amanda Truth Photography // Location: Harbor Park Tides Stadium // Submitted via Two Bright Lights