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DIY Outer Banks Beach Wedding

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The beach of Corova, North Carolina, is the ideal setting that makes us want to escape to the summery weather we enjoy each year... and that's where this handmade wedding was! Through Elizabeth Henson Photos' captures, it tells the story of a wedding adventure that requires a 4-wheel drive for location access, culminating in a gorgeous beach house that provides the backdrop for a wedding day filled with joy and family moments.

Nick and Jessica said "I do" through their personal and unique details such as the perfectly mismatched DIY brooch bouquets complemented by the soft, neutral bridesmaid dresses on a bright sunny day in the Outer Banks. Sand and shells were incorporated throughout the wedding décor, and Jessica wore her mother's wedding dress and veil on a day she would remember for the rest of her life.

Spotlight Feature On: Palette of Petals

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

creative wedding florist in hampton roads

Inspired, trusting, and appreciative of the extraordinary is how sisters Mary and Shannon of Palette of Petals (affectionately known as POP) envision their ideal wedding couple because these aren't your ordinary florists. They proudly live and breathe their "full contact florist" mantra... which means they pull all nighters, stare down crooked lines of chairs to make them even, build one-of-a-kind reception installations, and will likely scale up the side of a house if that means wedding perfection!

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[photo: Shannon Moffit Photography]

Classic and Elegant Southern Wedding

Monday, February 8, 2016

With shimmery bridesmaid gowns and cascading florals, this Old Hollywood style meets rustic Southern glamour wedding has a lot of familiarity... because last year, we featured this amazing couple's engagement party and engagement session! Seeing the whole wedding story from start to end is definitely one of our most favorite things around here! From the party to engagement to now wedding day, it only further cemented the legacy importance that Julia and Gray would also have their big day at the Hornsby House Inn in Yorktown.

Captured by Luke and Ashley Photography, the men looked dapper in their classic black tuxedos as Julia radiated bridal elegance in a custom-designed wedding dress. And as the day progressed, the couple said their vows in front of a golden nature-inspired ceremony arch and then was whisked away into a reception tent painted in light and cozy Southern touches all throughout. It was without a doubt a grand evening for the newlyweds and their closest friends and family!

Handmade Valentine Wedding Inspiration

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Set at the newly renovated Kiln Creek Golf Club and Resort in Newport News, this handmade Valentine's Day wedding inspiration is a sweet and totally doable theme meant for the winter season. With a cozy fireplace inside for the sweetheart table, The DIY Bridal Network was inspired by the classic love-inspired colors of red, blush, and white.

Photographed by Maria Grace Photography, the bride was made even more beautiful by the talents of Dhalia Edwards while the sparkly red linens from Waterford Event Rentals, low-sitting textured floral arrangement from Jeff's Flowers Of Course, and ghost chiavari chairs from Distinctive Event Rentals set the romantic scene. From the do-it-yourself menu card to the crafty "love" cake topper, this is perfect for couples looking for some Valentine's ideas... it even translates well to a date night dinner at home!

Charles City Engagement along the James River

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Romantic boating, the cutest little skipper in a red sweater, and the docks at sunset, Anna and Bradford went back to the place where it all began for their engagement session with Nicki Metcalf Photography: Charles City. And we super love when we get the proposal story straight from the bride-to-be herself, especially when it's so perfectly told, so we'll let Anna take it from here!

Bradford's proposal began with his making a beautiful summer breakfast in his backyard, followed by a morning of mountain biking along the banks of the James River. Mountain biking has become one of our favorite pastimes, so it didn't take much convincing to tag along. As we sprinted through the city streets and made our way to the trail head, we pushed through the technical climbs of Northbank and Buttermilk and made our way to Belle Isle -- a breathtakingly beautiful system that weaves in and out of the canopies along the James River.

Admittedly, I was becoming fussy from overheating in the summer's sun when Bradford just so happened to pull us over at my very favorite overlook. With a tiny smile, I said, "Did you know this is my favorite spot?" But of course he did. As I dismounted and began to pace in efforts to cool down, Bradford suddenly bent down on his knee and inquired, at last, "Anna Varnon Oberlander, will you marry me?"

Truly believing this was in jest, I rebutted "You're joking!! Right?" Of course, upon his second inquiry, I realized that this indeed, was no joke, not a dream, but real life, and I exultantly agreed. We then spent the following hour wandering the trails together hand in hand in the purest joy, capped by a surprise sunset dinner along the river with dearest friends and family.

Romantic Outer Banks Destination Beach Wedding

Monday, February 1, 2016

With a relationship that started during a season of travel for Kathryn and Greg, culminating in a proposal on the coast of Laguna Beach, California, these two planned a destination wedding for the East Coast that fit their adventurous story. Bringing friends and family from all over the country to the beautiful Outer Banks was the perfect way to celebrate these two wanderlust hearts becoming one.

Between Mary Basnight Photography's captures and a soft color palette of greys, creams, and fair shades of coral, Kathryn and Greg's day highlighted the natural environment and sandy shores of the Sanderling Resort and Spa. With her appreciation for handmade details and an eye for beautiful design, Kathryn made many of the wedding decorations herself. They even incorporated their signature drink, a "Paris and Moscow," to bring the traveling theme full circle!

Elegant Vintage Winter Wedding Inspiration

Thursday, January 28, 2016

It is no secret I love Christmas, so heck yes, to giving color nods to the best winter holiday ever even in January because winter brides or grooms can still get inspired for chilly weather weddings! With red anemones and lush textured greenery, these are naturally sourced during the coldest months of the year... making it eco-conscious, gorgeous, and oh so perfect for many winter themes.

Inspired by the discovery of a pristine brocade print gown the groom's aunt handmade in 1964 (worn by the bride!), Missy Loves Jerry collaborated with Yeopim Flowers to envision an elegant take on vintage aesthetic and local North Carolina history. To start off describing this shoot, North Carolina's Perquimans County translates to "Land of Beautiful Woman" in the Yeopim Indian (Algonquin) language, and this lovely classic bride certainly exemplified the saying!

From handmade pine tables and chairs by Hobbs Furniture (a Master Period American Furniture Maker) to the vintage ruby ring from the Silver Fox of Hertford to the handsome crimson-written stationery created by Elizabeth Porcher Jones, this winter wedding inspiration is steeped in heritage and all things cozy neutral with pops of vibrant cranberry red and perfect for any holiday couple or anyone who has invited Old Man Winter to their wedding!

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