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5 Reasons to Honeymoon in the U.S. Virgin Islands

With a rapidly changing travel world that is not exactly smooth sailing for most people, the last thing you need is a stressful start to your honeymoon. In partnership with the U.S. Virgin Islands and POPSUGAR, I’m so excited to share my personal experience and the top reasons why you need to consider this Caribbean destination for your tropical honeymoon! From no passport needed for U.S. citizens, to wildlife gorgeousness, to a relaxed and diverse culture, you and your partner will find a dream getaway on any of the three islands of St. Croix, St. John, and St. Thomas.

Vintage Fourth of July Wedding Inspiration

Being that Hampton Roads is America's First Region, it's not hard to find a historic wedding venue that has ties to an early American president or someone significant in our country's young history. That's what makes July 4th a bit more special around here! Inspired by pretty vintage things and a very patriotic holiday, our latest inspiration board is all about modern spins on old world favorites with dashes of red, white, and blue.

To help keep your Americana theme classy and away from cheesy, consider repeating the trio of colors throughout your wedding decor by mismatching patterns paired up with wooden textures. From checkered gingham bow ties, thick faded striped linens, to vintage china plates, you can keep everything perfectly patriotic with your color palette. Yummy strawberry lemonade spritzer cocktails keep guests refreshed while a bride can stay summery cool with a simple lace illusion necklace on her flowy gown. Practical and pretty are always the goals for summer weddings, so just add a little 'Merica in there for a truly memorable celebration!

Vibrant Turquoise and Magenta Coastal Wedding Inspiration

If you don't say "Yeah, Color!" by the end of scrolling through this feature, then we aren't sure what's going to get you excited for bright and poppy wedding inspiration! This creative team swam in delightful turquoises, luscious magentas, and radiant purples for this fresh modern spin on coastal celebrations, and we are loving it. From marbelized stationery with gold traditional calligraphy, fish scale-patterned plates reminiscent of a mermaid's tail, to a rainfall of delicate tissue paper flowers that serves as the sweetheart table backdrop, there is everything to grab your attention in all the fun wedding ways.

Captured by Tashena Shaw Photography and coordinated by Misty Saves the Day, these contemporary wedding ideas transformed into an intimate beach vignette at The Water Table in Virginia Beach. With artfully arranged pink blooms, a twisty barnacle-textured cake with washes of teal and gold flecks, a pampering getting ready studio on wheels from Dove & Daisy Spa, and a modern blue fitted suit, the bride and groom can celebrate in colorful chic style!

5 Unexpected Things You'll Face in the Last Stretch of Wedding Planning

Things are always going to pop up at the last minute when it comes to any kind of event that involves more than two people, and that especially goes for a wedding day! We are so excited to have Meghan of OFD Consulting today giving the scoop on the top five things any bride or groom can expect (or not expect) on the months and days leading up to the big one. So grab your notebook to jot down some important details and get ready to learn from past experience!

Vintage Chic with a Hint of Pink

Inspired by classic hues and a time gone by, bridal sessions are always a special tradition for southern brides looking to create heirlooms and family memories. Captured by J. McBurney Photography and coordinated by Raise The Ruth Events, vintage love is all throughout this sweet session.

In a champagne and ivory lace wedding gown with a keyhole back, the bride holds a simple hand-tied pale blush pink rose bouquet at the historic Francis Land House in Virginia Beach. Romantic aesthetic is alive and well with golden candlesticks and a feminine velvet tufted chair, and it'll make anyone swoon for timeless beauty!

Walk down the Wild Aisle: Modern Safari Wedding Must Haves

Safari weddings are so much more than tiger stripes and leopard prints! By weaving in African-inspired prints and textures, you can add a little bit of the wild side into an elegant celebration. Whether you're an animal lover, have fond memories of a Serengeti adventure, or just love the more rustic modern look, we hope to inspire you with our favorite safari finds! Curated from Etsy, we scoured the web to find our most stylish faves for any bride or groom who appreciates sophisticated fierceness.

Romance amongst the Roses

In true modern day romance style, it was love at first sight for Adam when he swiped right on his dating app when Alicia's photo appeared. These two lovebirds are not only brilliant and beautiful, but they exude life (as you can tell by their sunshiny smiles that gives us so many feels!). Their "thing," as Alicia calls it, are their moments of being goofy and laughing together. And we have to agree those are the best kinds of moments in every relationship!

With Sarah Street Photography in tow, Alicia and Adam chose Norfolk Botanical Garden as the setting for their engagement session because it is one of their favorite places in Hampton Roads, specifically the well-loved rose garden... which would make sense considering Adam's proposal because -- get your heart melt ready -- their proposal included a helicopter and a single rose. Pack it up, internet, we're done with all the swoons today.

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