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Glamorously Romantic Beach Wedding Inspiration

Glittery gold sequins and perfect soft beach wedding light stole our hearts in this Outer Banks wedding inspiration shoot! Set against the backdrop of the First Colony Inn, dusty blues, bright pinks, and soft ivory whites were peppered throughout the florals, cake, and wardrobe to create a modern romantic scene on the sandy shores of Nags Head. Even though the wind was a wee bit out of control, you'd never guess it with how gorgeous everything turned out! We call it breezy romance around here!

Captured by Michael and Laura Photography, Ava Loren Design and the entire creative team envisioned a quintessential oceanside celebration with organic textures juxtaposed against trendy sequins, bouquet ribbons that went on for days, and a gown that really couldn't be more perfect than on the beach. Bamboo folding chairs helped set the reception inspiration into practical and pretty seating while the wicker bar cart beautifully contrasted against the Inn's green shrubbery. There are just swoonable details all around! For couples captivated by the sea, this shoot will make you wish for summer days and sparkly things.

Starlit Urban Courtyard Wedding

There are venues all over eastern Virginia that we have fallen in love with, but this charming location in Richmond has us wanting to plan a wedding underneath the city stars! Captured by Sterling Life Photography, Ruie & Grace designed a gorgeous day with shades of grey accented by beautiful fern greens and small pops of ivory for Hannah and Keith at the Linden Row Inn. Full of smiles and joy, these two lovebirds shared vows with each other in an intimate brick courtyard space adorned with hand-painted signs, dreamy bistro lights, and urban vibes.

Nestled right in downtown Richmond, Hannah and Keith's fun, laid-back style was the perfect complement. We especially love the eucalyptus-topped semi-naked wedding cake and the perfectly mismatched glass decanter bottles for their wedding centerpieces! As the day turned into evening, the wedding day team worked hard to create an evening reception as beautiful as the ceremony. From a modern wooden marquee letter to a chalkboard wine list for guests to peruse, each stylish element flowed perfectly to the next. And as Hannah and Keith exited amidst bubbles, friends, and the starlit sky, their new chapter as husband and wife was only just beginning.

Elegant Richmond Wedding with Persian Traditions

It's no secret that we love wedding traditions, especially ones that go beyond white dresses and bouquet tosses, and today's stunner from David Abel Photography shares a beautiful cultural element to our little corner of Virginia. Filled with Christian and Persian wedding traditions from the groom's native country of Iran, Behzad and Molly had the most elegant day set against the backdrop of The Mill at Fine Creek in Richmond.

The culmination of Persian weddings is during the aghd, or the ceremony, where vows are exchanged and symbolic elements presented. The wedding table is adorned with everything from flatbread (nooné sangak) to spices to a book of significance to the couple. The most important details are the mirror and candlesticks; these were placed in front of the couple to represent eternity and a bright future together. And one of the most beautiful moments was when Molly and Behzad were covered with a decorative canopy and sprinkled with sugar to symbolize sweetness.

In a classic morning suit for the ceremony and a sleek modern tuxedo for the reception, Behzad was dashing for his lovely bride in an exquisitely beaded gown with a double keyhole back. Hello, couple style perfection! By honoring the past and present, Molly and Behzad paid homage to their family, their love, and a lifetime of blended traditions from all over the world.

Rustic Sunrise Winery Bridal Session

Inspired by warm, glowy light, Suzy envisioned a sunrise bridal session set against a romantic fall-dappled winery with Katherine Sparks Photography. With a fit and flare trumpet design, lace detailing, and a sweetheart neckline, Suzy's wedding gown was the perfect classic complement to her rustic dried flower crown and bouquet of golden yellows, wheat browns, and burnt oranges wrapped in burlap and lace.

In bridal session tradition, Suzy wore loose curls and autumn colors for her makeup to celebrate her then-upcoming wedding. Despite the chilly 40 degrees fall weather, a broken dress clasp, and a dusted train while traipsing around Williamsburg Winery, this bridal beauty was all smiles and joy and kept the focus on what really mattered. She would soon be with the one she loves as husband and wife.

(And friends, if this bride looks familiar to you, it's because we featured her and her hubby's gorgeous Christmas wedding last month! Her wedding dreams came true!)

DIY Honeymoon Passport Cover

Ahoy! Tropical destinations are ahead! Well, at least when fun colorful accessories that make traveling so much more Instagrammable are around! Inspired by Lilly Pulitzer's cheerful and poppy patterns, this DIY passport cover tutorial is super easy to make with a little bit of vinyl, glue, and total honeymoon vibes. Not going on a honeymoon? That's all good! This project is for anyone who is dreaming of Caribbean beaches or just has been bitten by the travel bug, so let's get to crafting!

Diamond-Inspired Glitz and Glam Mansion Wedding

Full of glitz and glamour, La'Chanda and Anthony's wedding celebration at The Mansion at Double R Ranch in Suffolk, Virginia was nothing short of sparkly romance. These two lovebirds met by chance one evening out in Washington D.C. while La'Chanda was working on her music writing. After a series of phone calls and hundreds of miles apart, the long distance relationship grew stronger, but they both yearned to be closer together. When Anthony finally moved to Virginia Beach to be closer to the one he loved, the rest of the story naturally unfolded into their next greatest chapter yet!

With diamond-inspired decor shining against royal blue accents, everything shimmered with classic luxe elegance. Captured by Dragon Studio, La'Chanda's exquisitely beaded art deco wedding gown by Justin Alexander with a bejeweled illusion necklace and dazzling Badgley Mischka heels were true statement pieces for the special day. Surrounded by pale dove gray bridesmaid dresses, live band music, a touching foot washing ceremony tradition, dripping crystals, and a bold and colorful reception dress change, get ready to celebrate with Anthony and La'Chanda and their shimmery wedding!

Modern Beach Chic Wedding Inspiration

When you envision a beach indoors, basically want build a sandbox to make that happen, and the creative team says "Heck yes! Let's do it!", you know it's going to be nothing short of fabulous. Our editor-in-chief Chelsea had the honor of conceptualizing and directing a Sandals Resorts-inspired vignette at the Aisle Society Experience presented by Minted in New York City last October which came to gorgeous tropical life thanks to Pink Bowtie Events, Bourgeon, and Brkyln View Photography.

White and soft pink flowers, watercolor dry wash wedding programs, and delicious "Feeling Sunny with My Honey" signature cocktails (which you can pin and make the recipe below!) are just a few of the details we're obsessed with! Inspired by organic shapes and a color palette of slate blue, lime green, and white, this modern beach chic wedding ceremony inspiration is perfect for the couple looking for refined casual romance with a bit of global appeal. With caramel-colored wood and leather stools as ceremony seating and a gorgeous oceanside view framed with lush tropical greenery and palm trees, everything celebrated the experience that Sandals Resorts can offer for contemporary wedding ceremonies on the beautiful islands of the Caribbean.

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