Real Weddings

Real Weddings
Real Weddings

Shop

Shop
Shop

Vendor Guide

Vendor Guide
Vendor Guide
Powered by Blogger.

Vibrantly Tropical Wedding Inspiration

Break out the palm frond fans because we have a massive case of tropical swoons! This colorful wedding inspiration shoot at the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk boasts a vivacious color palette of magenta, tangerine orange, and emerald green that beckons us into perfect summer wedding ideas.

Captured by Elizabeth Henson Photos and designed by Raise The Ruth Events, pincushion protea, orchids, and birds of paradise florals set the textural tone for a gorgeously humid (without the actual humidity!) celebration. With soft romantic makeup accentuated by a vibrant bridal flower crown and soft curls, shimmers of gold painted on a small tiered wedding cake, and monstera leaf plate decor, the rain forest vibe totally came alive through this whole wedding team's creative vision. For couples who live life radiantly and are looking to share their bold spirits with their wedding guests, this elegant tropical fĂȘte theme is just what you need to dish up some signature cocktails in coconuts and dance as newlyweds surrounded by the romantic light of fireflies and hazy moonlight.

5 Ways to Spoil Your Bridesmaids

They have been with you through the good times and the bad. Maybe through a few pints of Chunky Monkey ice cream, the minutes before adopting the cutest kitten ever, or that painful half-marathon when you are starting to get a cold. However your friendship bonded, those ladies (and even gents!) are now going to be standing with you as you start the next big chapter of your life with your forever partner, so it's only natural that you would want to spoil them in small and big ways to say thanks. So in partnership with POPSUGAR Must Have Box, we've rounded up our favorite ways to spoil your besties during your engagement. No matter if they are near or far, it's all about showing some extra love for your wedding support system!

How to Spend the Night Before Your Wedding

Oh, the night before the big day. Depending on your personality, it can be full of jitters, full of sleepover fun with your wedding party, or full of quietness. However you see yours playing out, there are some things to keep in mind so you can have a stress-free wedding! We are excited to have Meghan of OFD Consulting today giving some great advice on how to make use of the 24 hours before. So grab your notebook to jot down some important details and get ready to learn from past experience!

Lavender and Gray Foodie-Inspired Wedding

We swoon for love stories of high school sweethearts getting married, and for Tyler and Julia, their first job at the young age of 15 eventually led to a lifetime together, even if it took a few years to realize that they were meant to be! Because they met at Chick-fil-A, they knew that incorporating foodie elements – and the iconic "Eat Mor Chikin" cow as a wedding favor – was an absolute must. From wood-fired pizza for dinner to a sweet handmade donut wall paired with iced coffee as their unique dessert, this was indeed a deliciously wonderful wedding day.

Captured by Caitlin Gerres Photography, the pastel lavender and gray color palette Tyler and Julie chose added the perfect accent to greenery entwined in the bouquets and centerpieces for a timeless celebration at Noah's Event Venue in Chesapeake. One of our favorite details though? We are obsessed with Julia's cathedral length veil!

Beyond the Harbor: Tidewater and Tulle Heads East

We love travel, and that's certainly no secret, especially when we launched our Tidewater and Tulle Travels section last year. Our Editor-in-Chief Chelsea is always looking for the unique and different to inspire couples to take adventures together, and this one is our (and her) biggest yet! With current world affairs, we're seeking to positively highlight Middle Eastern and South Asian experiences that are perfect for honeymooners and couples seeking memorable vacations that they might not have considered before. So get ready for vacay inspiration filled with tropical beauty, wildlife (including camels!), and a love for global history. Because you'll want to make sure your passport is current after this!

Unique Modern Coastal Wedding Must Haves

Beyond the starfish and seagrass, there's a whole world of beach wedding beauty out there just waiting to inspire us for the big days. Using coastal textures like driftwood and unique seashells like capiz shells can transform any modern oceanside celebration. Whether you're a barefoot-down-the-aisle kind of couple or a luxuriously-draped-ceremony-arch-framing-the-Atlantic lover, we hope to inspire you with our favorite contemporary coastal wedding finds! Curated from Etsy, we scoured the shops to find our most stylish faves for any bride or groom who lives for sandy toes and salty kisses in the chicest way.

Spotlight Feature On: Historic Mankin Mansion


Lovely, Joyful, and Uplifting is how the wedding team at Historic Mankin Mansion describes their favorite kind of couple! Nestled just outside of Richmond, Virginia, Mankin Mansion is a sprawling venue example of when brickwork was truly an artform. Nowadays, it is the quintessential backdrop for couples looking to have a uniquely timeless backdrop for their special day. And when you have a place listed on the National Register of Historic Landmarks, you know you're in for a real treat!


[photo: Anne Robert Photography]
Back to Top