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Vendor Guide

Vendor Guide
Vendor Guide
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Pink and Gray Virginia Beach Wedding

Orie and Jesse wanted their wedding day to be a fun celebration with family and friends, and First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach was the perfect place to do it with their on-site cabins and scenic spaces. After getting ready in the cabins, these two lovebirds shared an incredibly emotional first look that will immediately tug at your heartstrings. Just a few moments later, they moved across the street for a ceremony under a beautifully overcast sky and pledged their love to each other amidst a sea of pink, gray, and all the love of the people who cared about them most.

Captured by Caitlin Gerres Photography, a sweet ruffled cake with matching cupcakes greeted guests as they entered the tented reception area. Tables were decorated with photos of the couple throughout their relationship and a vintage ladder with galvanized marquee letters that spelled out 'LOVE'. This under the stars wedding day was all about Orie and Jesse's journey together, and the beautiful future they would share as newlyweds.

Tis the Season for Christmas Wedding Ideas

It's no secret we are a bit jingle all the way when it comes to the holidays (our editor-in-chief was a Christmas bride herself), so it was only a matter of time before we rounded up our very favorite red and green wedding gifts, looks, and treats to make the big day even more sparkly. For those winter-lovin' couples who also swoon over the holiday magic, these Christmas-hued goodies will make you grab your Santa hat, hang the mistletoe, and pop in your favorite holiday movie for a tribute to all things December. Curated from Etsy, we rifled through Ole Saint Nick's digital sleigh and found elegant, rustic, and magical gift ideas for you and your favorite snowbirds. Be married and bright, friends!

Williamsburg Wedding with Jumping the Broom Tradition

With vibrant orange and lime green as their color palette, there isn't one detail that doesn't express TJ and Audrey's bright and cheerful personalities! It was a modern, yet traditional day, particularly during the ceremony where the couple chose to pay homage to their heritage with the African wedding tradition of jumping the broom. We love the symbolism of binding the couple in marriage, "sweeping away" their old lives, and leaping into their new lives together as husband and wife. And TJ's smile at his bride afterwards that jump is everything wonderful about love!

Captured by DCPG Photography and designed by Vivid Expressions, the colorful tangerine bridesmaid dresses and dapper gray groomsmen suits complemented the colorful green elements of the Williamsburg Winery and the rest of the wedding vision. Between the stick figure cake topper to the personalized mad lib cards on the reception tables, dashes of quirky touches were woven throughout the special day. But the sweetest inspiration is that TJ and Audrey's love shone brightest as they held each other close and kissed during sunset portraits. And that's what it's all about.

Fun-Filled Virginia Beach Oceanfront Wedding

For Lawrence and Ann, some of their first memories together were the sweetest starting at Virginia Tech, but it wasn't until three years after that until he became the first person she had ever slow-danced with at a friend's wedding. The next thing led to the next, and soon, they were planning their own oceanfront wedding with Jamie Leigh Events by their side to create the perfect day for a future beautiful marriage together.

In love with the color teal, Ann and Lawrence planned their vibrant wedding at the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront. From moments like sweet sunset portraits on the beach underneath a gorgeous pink sky to memorial bouquet charms to cheeky reception signage to beautiful high-low floral mercury glass centerpieces by Palette of Petals, Andrew and Tianna Photography captured each detail. With personalized touches like a thumbprint guest book and can koozies for every guest, Lawrence and Laura danced the night away to their happily ever after.

Childhood Sweethearts and their Engagement Session in Hopewell

It's not every day you meet childhood sweethearts but these two are as sweet as they come! Cady and Buddy met when they were just 10 years old at a swim team meet at the Jordan Point Country Club in Prince George, Virginia. As young kids and all the cooties that come with it, Cady avoided Buddy, but he knew she was the girl of his dreams and wouldn't give up on her so quickly. As they grew older, Cady obviously no longer saw him with cooties, and they officially started dating in high school. After a college break, they realized they were simply meant for each other and have been together ever since.

Being near the water has always been important to them since water is essentially how they first met, so they knew that they wanted their engagement session with Verlee Bishop Photography to be at City Point Park in Hopewell -- a little bit of history, a bit of sunshine, and gorgeous waterside views. With their too-cute-for-words rescue dog, Jake, in tow, Cady and Buddy celebrated their upcoming wedding walking around this hidden gem of a park with their special engagement time together.

Elegant Multicultural Eastern Shore Wedding

Give us gorgeous succulents, handmade touches, and multicultural traditions, and we are officially obsessed. Leslie and Michael's DIY wedding day at Mimosa Farm on the Eastern Shore encapsulated everything they love – and everything their family and friends love about them. Dusty purple, navy blue bridesmaid dresses, and blush bouquets played perfectly against the soft white backdrop of their elegant barn venue as the pair said I do on what was sure to be the happiest day of their lives.

Filled with joy from the moment Michael saw his bride before the ceremony through the bubbles that greeted the newlyweds into their reception all the way through the last song, Elizabeth Henson Photos documented beautiful vintage glass centerpieces as well as special moments that otherwise would have slipped away. One of our favorite elements is the unique pairing of wedding invitations – one in English and one in Chinese to truly bring together the two families on such a momentous occasion.

Ocean-Inspired Boho Beach Wedding Inspiration

Inspired by the Atlantic ocean blues, this wedding inspiration is going to speak to all those who find their hearts with the water, coastal vibes, and a bohemian life! From the escort cards in mini glass bottles, the watercolor calligraphy, to the gilded naked cake, everything channeled the chic aesthetic for couples dreaming of laid back beach wedding days.

Captured by 3 Cats Photo and designed by AB Couture, dusty blue was showcased through the low wooden sweetheart table's lounge pillows and vintage plates while the deeper jewel-toned blue popped between the moody glassware and anchor emblem on the invitation. The bride's dress gave a hippie vibe with the large daisy lace over the neutral-colored liner which matched her loose fishbone braided asymmetrical hairstyle perfectly!

Barefoot and being in love are all you really need when it comes to a sweet beach celebration, but all of these gorgeous water-lovin' details help tell that romantic story all inspired by one of nature's greatest beauties: the ocean and its mighty waves.

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