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Handmade Mint Green Beach Wedding

Monday, August 31, 2015

Lexus and Geo are high school sweethearts who have thrived through the ups and downs of high school, a long-distance college relationship, and a sweet little surprise package, their beautiful daughter, Layla.

So to celebrate becoming husband and wife, they dreamed of a beautiful beachside wedding. On a limited budget, they planned a small, intimate ceremony at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront and a reception full of DIY details at a private community clubhouse in Chesapeake.

Captured by Heidi Calma Photography, the radiant bride included personal touches by wearing her stepmother's veil and grandmother's handmade shell bracelet. Lexus' mother also walked little Layla down the aisle just ahead of the bride and groom, so their daughter could be a very important part of their special day. With bridesmaids in mint green dresses, beachy details like starfish and seashells, and good cheer from all places, Lexus and Geo's wedding was without a doubt, overflowing with plenty of love and beautiful moments.

A Story of Four Best Friends

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Fun and sentimental, this bridal shoot tells a story of four best friends who grew up together in Williamsburg, Virginia. Now all grown up, Jillian, Marti, Lauren, and Jess have a bond unlike any other-- so much that these four ladies got married within a six month time span... and all in their hometown of Williamsburg!

Jess, the leading planner lady behind Wedding Co. of Williamsburg, decided to create a fun wedding shoot that would honor their childhood friendship and their new lives as newlyweds to the tune of Historic Williamsburg favorite hotspots! Although Jillian, Marti, and Lauren all knew about the shoot, they were told nothing about the surprises Jess had in store for them. They knew to bring their wedding dresses and wedding details from their respective big days, and that was it!

When the girls arrived at the Williamsburg Inn, the wedding pro entourage was there to greet them in faux wedding fashion. Sitting on the table were also replicas of their wedding bouquets created by The Flower Cupboard. And like a real wedding day, the brides' moms were there to help them back into their iconic white gowns.

Through the gardens of the Historic Williamsburg area, to the Cheese Shop, and cocktails at The Trellis Restaurant, these brides, part deux, reminisced and had the perfect girls' day out together in one of Hampton Roads' most loved areas. The day was filled with surprises and allowed four best friends who were four brides enjoy a memory that will last a lifetime. This is just a page in the chapter book of the last 20 years these girls have spent together!

Virginia Beach Marina Engagement Session

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Like a lot of Hampton Roaders, Evan and Chelsea are total beach people but wanted something a bit different than the typical sandy beach for their sweet and romantic engagement session at sunset with Kate Supa Photography. So to add a bit of the nautical, they headed over to the Marina Shores Marina in Virginia Beach for a little docks and boats goodness before heading to a nearby field of sand and grass! You pretty much can't get much more coastal than this!

Wedding Ideas for Classroom Teachers

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Many know that way back before the wedding world, I was a classroom art teacher... so this time of year is nostalgic for me especially when the stores start pushing new school supplies like it's homemade chocolate chip cookies (aka I cannot say no!). Freshly sharpened pencils and the crisp new boxes of crayons! There's nothing like it! So it is only appropriate that we do a roundup of the best teacher wedding ideas from around the web!

Heartfelt Fort Monroe Elopement

Monday, August 24, 2015

It's not a story you hear often, and when you do, it reminds you of how precious life really is and what matters the most. Katie and Landon had originally been planning for a September wedding, but life unfortunately took a bit of a turn. Landon's health was declining due to kidney failure. Not thinking a moment twice, they decided their commitment to each other meant more to them than a wedding date.

So on one beautiful sunny day in April, these two lovebirds eloped at Fort Monroe's beautiful gazebo area overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Captured by Elizabeth Henson Photos, Katie and Landon's happiness and uplifting spirits were celebrated by their closest loved ones in a ceremony that truly honored love-- in sickness and in health.

Timeless and Classic Wedding Inspiration

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Organic and classically romantic is entwined all throughout every pretty detail in this gorgeous wedding inspiration shoot of gray, bronze, and pink!

Set up during a local photographers' workshop, Built with Love Workshop, by Michelle Amarillo Event Planning and Tara Liebeck Photography, this imagery is sheer perfection for couples looking for timeless wedding ideas. With climbing greenery and free-form arrangements crafted by Studio Posy, elegant hand-lettered calligraphy stationery by Capital Calligraphy, and a classic, yet asymmetrical updo by High Voltage Hair, The Obici House was the quintessential backdrop for this classic theme.

The bride herself is inspirational as we absolutely love the v-notched neckline of this cascades upon cascades of organza bridal gown by Hayley Paige from Pure English Couture Bridal! Mega swoon with the simple strand of pearls! This creative team knocked it out of the wedding goodness park!

Whimsical and Rustic Alternative Bridal

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

One of our favorite things about bridal sessions is when brides incorporate heritage into their session. This beautiful (and totally rad alternative!) bride, Shea, unfortunately lost her mother a few years ago, so she decided to honor her memory by holding her Mom's own bridal portrait which you'll see below. Nothing tugs the heart strings more!

In a classic mermaid style wedding gown juxtaposed with her colorful tattoos and bridal dreadlocks, Shea is a gorgeous paragon of a modern day bride spinning tradition into her own unique style... which as a professional hair stylist by day comes naturally to her!

Since she and her fiancé, Allen, will be having a rustic-inspired wedding at her future in-laws' family farm, it was only perfect to have her bridal session with Angel Eyes Photography there, too!

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