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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]

Romantic Pink and Green Southern Plantation Wedding

With magnolia trees all around, a biscuit bar for guests to enjoy, and a historic plantation home in the backdrop, there would be no doubt that Kylee and Sam's big day would be a gorgeous Southern-inspired celebration. Kylee and Sam are both family people and wanted to make sure their wedding reflected every bit of that. From the tears that Kylee shed when her mom buttoned up her dress to when she saw her dad for the first time to the joy that all four of Sam's siblings had for their brother finding his happily ever after, it was truly a memorable day for these two lovebirds.

Captured by Audrey Rose Photography and coordinated by Jamie Leigh Events, hues of emerald and mint green paired with blush pink became the perfect color palette throughout the day. Fluffy peony bouquets, embroidered and painted monograms, a gilded mirror with white calligraphy as the seating chart, a BBQ buffet, and an adorable giant bow for the flower girl all served as the setting for a relaxing, yet chic wedding that was made just for Kylee, Sam, and their closest loved ones.

Spotlight Feature On: Bow Tied Weddings

Young, Fun, and Celebratory is just the kind of wedding that the crew at Bow Tied Weddings gets excited about! Decked out in bow ties, these professional DJs bring the party and the classiness befitting of one heckuva memorable celebration. Whether it's a casual yacht club wedding to an elegant Southern affair, Bow Tied Weddings is ready and set to guide the big day through their personable and energetic entertainment services.

[photo: Allison Maxwell Photography]

Tips for Getting Your Partner Involved in the Planning Process

We are firm believers that the wedding day is more than just one person in some fab wedding attire. It's a celebration of two people surrounded by their closest loved ones! And because of that, we think the planning process should involve both lovebirds! But what happens when one might not know how to be a part of the decision-making? We are pumped to have Amanda of OFD Consulting today sharing some expert advice on how to get your partner involved every step of the way. From small projects to dedicated wedding date nights, this one is to be bookmarked!

Pastel Kentucky Derby Inspired Wedding

The first time Tim and Martha met was after he started his job as a meteorologist at Channel 8 in Richmond, but sparks didn't fly until they were introduced again a few years later as a perfect match for each other. A first kiss at the Science Museum of Virginia eventually led to a proposal in the same spot, and soon the wedding date was approaching. As history buffs with special family ties to Williamsburg (as well as Hampton Roads careers -- if the groom looks familiar to you, it's because Tim is a meteorologist at 13News Now on WVEC!), Williamsburg was the perfect place to tie the knot in an intimate ceremony in front of the St. George Tucker House.

Lush springtime florals were the story of the day, and we can't stop staring at Martha's bouquet! Blush peonies, pastel yellow roses, orchid plants, and eucalyptus were lovely complements to their Kentucky Derby celebration. From vintage horses on table numbers to signature cocktails like the mint julep to even watching the big race on a widescreen at the reception, everything was quite the equestrian experience for the couple and their guests.

Get ready to stare at a most beautiful wedding, photographed by Katherine Sparks Photography, that comes complete with a carriage ride and two people who were clearly meant to be together from the beginning.

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!

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