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Unique Nautical Wedding Finds

Thursday, July 2, 2015

We love Pinterest around here, and we have seen some crazy cute stuff out there when it comes to nautical weddings. Seeing as we are the coastal region of Virginia, it was bound to happen that we round up our favorite nautical wedding details! So next up in our Favorite Things series, you're sure to go pin crazy with these sea-farin' treats!

From aromatic to cute to practical, we're including a little bit of everything when it comes to your nautical wedding day. It's pretty much a guarantee that nobody will second guess the inspiration behind your wedding. If they do, make 'em walk the plank! :)

Ideas for Fourth of July Weddings

It's that time again where we bring together the best of the best with holiday wedding roundups from around the web! Fourth of July is a very popular wedding weekend here in coastal Virginia, so enjoy these July-friendly wedding ideas! From real weddings to inspiration boards to fun DIYs, we've rounded up some great inspiration for you to love 'Murica even more!

1. If you missed our patriotic military-inspired wedding a few weeks ago, it's a must see! Who doesn't love a man in uniform and a gorgeous bride?

2. This preppy classically red, white, and blue wedding inspiration on Elizabeth Anne Designs is perfect for a July celebration!

3. Americana never looked so good with hot dogs, peanuts, and apple pies in this sweet wedding inspiration on Artfully Wed.

4. If you're not into the bolder hues of patriotism, then these subdued berry and navy wedding color ideas that Chic Vintage Brides put together in inspiration boards are simply swoon worthy.

5. Because pink technically IS a shade of red! Any girly-girl will love this chic real Fourth of July wedding on My Hotel Wedding that pays homages to the flag's colors with a dash of pink goodness... including a blush wedding gown!

6. You can't get much more American than red gingham. Kiss My Tulle put together sweet picnic inspiration à la red, white, and blue.

7. Simple, sweet, and country is the theme behind this patriotic wedding shoot on Swooned. The food alone makes me drool!

8. Lovers of all things vintage, Americana, and DIY will adore this real Independence Day-inspired wedding on Brenda's Wedding Blog. Coca Cola bottles, seersucker, and shabby chic details abound!

9. For all you Hampton Roads locals, we gave a nod to Mount Trashy last year with our fireworks-inspired wedding inspiration board. It's mega-sparkly!

10. Considering whether or not you even want to have a Fourth of July wedding? These tips on Mountainside Bride are perfect to help you decide! And double bonus, some great DIYs to do for your summer holiday wedding!

- Chelsea

Photo by Memories by Mere Photography. To see the patriotic inspired wedding, head over to the full feature here on Tidewater and Tulle.

Spotlight on: Maria Grace Photography

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

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Adventurous, joyful, and laid back is how Maria of Maria Grace Photography describes her most ideal wedding couple, especially at that first moment of meeting through the engagement session to the wedding day itself... and even past the big day into married life!

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"My favorite part of a wedding is when couples choose to have a first look. It is the most intimate part of a wedding day, and it is just a time for the bride and groom to spend together without any stress or anyone else around.

I also really love the reception and seeing everyone have a great time! Sometimes my second photographer (who happens to be my husband!) pulls me out on the dance floor during a slow song... and well, I don't mind at all about that!"

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A fun fact about Maria is that she grew up in a foreign country and spent nine years living overseas, so she actually knew how to speak another language fluently by the time she was four years old! You'll have to ask her what kinds of books she likes to read because it's a pretty diverse selection!

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When Maria isn't on location for a wedding or engagement session, this photog considers herself an East Coast hippy who loves visiting finding local and organic treats at restaurants and farmers markets in the area. She also enjoys running either through her neighborhood, on the Noland Trail in Newport News, or somewhere new!

Maria Grace Photography
(757) 745-4067

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High School Sweethearts Engagement Session

It's not very often you get to hear about real modern day high school sweethearts, and Raven and Willie are here today to share their story! In one of their ninth grade classes at Heritage High School in Newport News, these two met and became inseparable. Raven always knew that Willie was the one for her, however it wasn't until college that she finally listened to what her heart was telling her.

In Raven's own words: "I knew he was the one when we were seniors in high school. I always said he was the one that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. He was the most caring, loving person in world. But of course, at age, 17 we had our trials, and I lost that thought of his being "the one." Then one day during my sophomore year in college, I had what I called an epiphany, and I just couldn't imagine my life without him. Like the thought of him not there hurt. And that's when I knew knew."

So to pay homage to their youthful beginnings, Raven and Willie's engagement session with Luke and Ashley Photography started out at where it all began. With chalkboard backdrops, favorite books, and heartwarming laughs, this one definitely earns a gold star!

Navigating Mental Health in the Wedding Business

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

"I think the saddest people always try their hardest to make people happy. Because they know what it's like to feel absolutely worthless, and they don't want anybody else to feel like that."
- Robin Williams
I'm not much of a celebrity follower, but when the news of Robin Williams passing reached my Newsfeed last year, my heart sank. No matter which role he played or interview he was in, the man oozed genuine compassion and an authenticity that not many in any industry have. He was one I respected because of his consistent ability to light up a room even from a screen.

When I learned one of the factors in his death, it hit hard. This amazingly happy and giving person struggled away from public eyes. It's a battle I, along with many in the wedding industry, can relate to well: the battle with mental health.

Whether it's anxiety, bipolar disorder, addiction, depression, or another challenge, there is a very large percentage of entrepreneurs out there who struggle, and that struggle rarely comes to light in our heavily-curated social media lives. And we don't talk about it much because let's be honest, it's not exactly the smartest marketing tool when trying to book happily-ever-after weddings. Even writing this feature has been a bit of a personal challenge as it has taken a few months to garner the confidence just to put fingers to keyboard, but when you privately hear over and over the pain wedding friends are going through, you hoist your sail and fix it to move forward.

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