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Modern Thanksgiving Marriage Proposal Inspiration

Our love affair with velvet isn't ending anytime soon and neither is our obsession for the beginning of happily ever afters! In this second part from our recent DIY tutorial for a gorgeous velvet marriage proposal banner made in partnership with our pals at Cricut, we have envisioned a Thanksgiving-inspired surprise proposal dinner complete with best friends and smiles for days!

With velvet hexagon chargers, sparkly copper candlesticks, jewel-toned velvet table runners, and geometric table decor, this creative team made a modern love story a reality in the palette of emerald green, navy blue, blush pink, and burgundy red. Captured by Dani White Photography, textured florals of coxcomb, roses, dahlias, and eucalyptus by Palette of Petals anchor an intimate tablescape for four while geometric place settings styled by Mad Hatter Vintage play off of unique party plateware that you'd never guess were paper! A yummy contemporary Thanksgiving menu consisted of cranberry champagne cocktails, pumpkin soup topped with crème fraîche and pomegranate seeds, copper-dusted fruit tarts, and other fall-inspired culinary delights from Chef by Design and Kadi Bakes.

In shades of blush and blue, our sweeties-to-be and besties dressed for the occasion in chic style with velvet matte burgundy lip color and braided hair details by Markia Nicole Hair and Makeup Artistry. We basically can't get enough of this inspiration! Someone go propose ASAP!

Red and pink Thanksgiving inspired tablescape floral centerpiece

Coast-to-Coast Facebook Messages and a Pup named Louis

The story of Ashley and Tyler began many years ago when they were teenagers growing up in Chesapeake, Virginia. On a sunny day, during Spring of 2002, they just happened to meet at a mutual friend's house. Always laughing and smiling, Tyler will never forget seeing Ashley for the first time. Ashley, on the other hand, has the self-proclaimed memory of a goldfish and does not remember this day as clear. They soon became friends and for the remainder of high school would see one another at parties and group gatherings, and every once in a while went on dates to the local movie theater. In the years that followed high school, they kept in touch randomly, often only saying a quick hello and catching up over social media. Over time, their friendship faded as they each set out on their own.

Tyler joined the Navy and traveled the world while Ashley stayed in northern Virginia after graduating from George Mason University. They never imagined that the quick hellos throughout the years would turn into more, but love has a funny way of evolving between two people meant for one another. Deep down, they always kept a special place in their hearts for each other.

It wasn't until late 2012, when Tyler had just returned from deployment, that Ashley struck up a conversation with him on Facebook. Their first time talking in years ended up lasting for hours, and that spark that was patiently waiting to ignite finally lit. Although Tyler was living in San Diego and Ashley remained in northern Virginia, they continued to grow their relationship over the following year.

Military life can often be difficult, especially when it means being so far away from each other, but Ashley and Tyler made it work. With a little bit of luck, Tyler was fortunate to be stationed near Washington D.C. in late 2013, and soon after Ashley and Tyler continued growing their love for one another. Ashley introduced Tyler to her too-cute-for-words French Bulldog, Louis, and a happy little family was formed. Ashley, Tyler, and Louis have now been together for nearly five years. What was once a high school crush turned into an amazing life that will soon become a happy, loving marriage.

So when it came time to propose, Tyler knew he needed to make it memorable because of the long journey they've been on. Little did Ashley know that what was "planned" as a normal photo shoot with Luke and Ashley Photography was actually a secretly months-in-the-making surprise marriage proposal. With Ashley's parents witnessing and Louis at his side, Tyler asked for Ashley's hand in marriage at Fort Monroe in Hampton. And well, the photos say it all and gave us major heart squeezin' swoons!

He put a ring on it surprise proposal ideas

DIY Marriage Proposal Banner with Cricut

Inspired by the very beginning of a wedding journey as well as autumnal loveliness, we are so excited to share our latest DIY project created in partnership with our friends at Cricut! With the trendiness of velvet and personalizing details in the wedding world, we have created a sweet wedding proposal banner tutorial for any lovebird wanting to pop the question in chic memorable style! This banner can be made with your choice of colored velvet and perfected with Cricut's new EasyPress tool to make sure your iron-on words show your love as beautifully as possible. Let's get our craft on!

Marriage proposal with a DIY handmade velvet banner

Glamorous and Stylish Birthday Wedding

After exactly seven years of meeting, Kendra and LaShawn were married on LaShawn's 23rd birthday. When they chose The Water Table in Virginia Beach for their ultra-glam wedding day, the two brides envisioned black tie attire, Kendra's exquisite mermaid wedding gown with ruffles for days, and dancing all night long! When the time finally came for them to share their vows with each other, not a dry eye could be found in the room. This was a day they had been waiting for in so many ways, and finally, they could make a commitment in front of their closest friends and family.

With Cherry Blossom Planning Factory at the coordination helm and Dragon Studio behind the camera, each romantic moment was perfectly captured. From the blush and blue colors of the wedding party attire to the gold and black details on a gorgeously ornate-tiered wedding cake, Kendra and LaShawn knew this was a day worth waiting for.

Two brides on the Water Table docks in Virginia Beach

Lavender Kisses and Sunset Vibes

Whitney and Tyler met while he was on staff and she was a student at Navy Supply Corps School in Newport, Rhode Island. They may have met one June, but their story would not begin until another five months when Whitney graduated, and destiny had them both receiving orders in Norfolk.

It was in Virginia Beach that Tyler proposed, so it was only perfect that their engagement session with Molly Lichten Photography would also be in the city, but down at the beach this time. With their wedding color of lavender as their inspiration, Whitney wore gorgeous flowy dresses befitting of the coastal winds while Tyler complemented her looks with his own denim and khaki. Warm sunset light greeted them at Fort Story with the lighthouse photobombing their romantic session just perfectly, but we especially loved how they simply celebrated their relationship through these special memories.

Engagement session at Fort Story Lighthouse in Virginia Beach
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