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Faith-Filled Virginia Beach Wedding

Monday, April 27, 2015

Years ago, Lindsey and Stephen met at a get-together that their mutual friends invited them to. Lindsey's plan for the party was to meet some new faces, but little did she know that there would be far more in store. While she met quite a few people that evening, one guy in particular caught her interest: Stephen. Yet like all those romantic comedies we watch, the first time Stephen saw Lindsey, he had his own assumptions about this beautiful girl: that she was not his type.

But despite that misconception, they started talking, and small talks eventually grew into deeper conversations about their interests, work, and faith. Well, Stephen quickly realized that she wasn't just any ordinary woman. Lindsey was beautiful, humble, warm, and funny.

And after one particular game of corn hole that proved Lindsey wasn't exactly Most Valuable Player in the lawn sport, Stephen smoothly asked for her phone number so he could invite her to sit with him at church. Thankfully, she relinquished that number because Stephen had some seeds of hope that there was a special future ahead.

Captured by Sarah Bradshaw Photography, the hilarious and wonderful duo made their commitment to each other and God at Virginia Beach United Methodist Church and then celebrated afterwards at The Water Table, a restaurant and venue right across the Rudee Inlet from the house that Lindsey's family lived in when she was born.

Teal and Mint Green Wedding Inspiration

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Oh, lovely greens that are perfect for this time of year! I'm so excited to have editor friend Ami of Elizabeth Anne Designs here today to share a little seasonal appetizer of what her blog is known for: beautiful, chic, and timeless wedding inspiration. With minty greens and soft teals, it's without a doubt perfect for any Hampton Roads garden wedding!

I am completely head-over-heels for this chic color scheme of mint and teal! Beautiful for all seasons, especially spring and summer, mint and teal give the perfect palette for a sophisticated celebration. With pops of buttery yellow and pale pink, it adds a romantic touch when paired with a textured mix of lace, chiffon, and silk. And of course, mismatched bridesmaid dresses are still on trend and photograph perfectly in these colors!

- Ami

Get to know Ami and her EAD Team through their gorgeous classic wedding inspiration on Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook.

Top row: bride in Hayley Paige gown, image by L Hewitt Photography via Style Me Pretty; mint floral bouquet and centerpiece, images by Jose Villa // Middle row: mint bridesmaids dress by Ivy & Aster, image by Judy Pak Photography via Style Me Pretty; lounge area, image by Lauren Kinsey Fine Art Weddings via Wedding Chicks // Bottom row: stationery by Minted, image by Ananda Lima via Wedding Chicks; teal chair wrap, image by Lauren Kinsey Fine Art Weddings via Wedding Chicks; teal and mint bridesmaids, image by When He Found Her via Wedding Chicks

Romantic Virginia Beach Engagement Session

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

I receive beautiful engagement sessions all the time, but when they come in with a WHOA, STOP ME IN MY TRACKS kind of story, well, then I'm a complete mushy mess proclaiming, "This must be told!" Folks, this bride named Chelsea is a writer (hmm, must be in the name! ;) ), and she has surely given a beautiful memento for generations to come. I'll let her take it from here and how Garrett proposed!

On July 23rd, 2014 on our 4 year anniversary, Garrett proposed on Chicks Beach in Virginia Beach.

Tips on Food and Drink for Hotel-Catered Weddings

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The hotel wedding experts are back on Tidewater and Tulle! Lauren, Jasmine, and their team at My Hotel Wedding is sharing what they know best: logistics of a hotel-catered wedding! With the summer wedding season just around the corner and many local or out-of-town couples are looking to the Oceanfront for an air-conditioned venue with a view, hotels can be a wonderful place to have a wedding to accommodate their guests!

And with that detail, it can be overwhelming trying to figure out how many mini-grilled cheese sandwiches to pass during cocktail hour or how many signature drinks to provide throughout the whole reception. First things first, a great venue coordinator will assist you with this! And secondly, use this fab infographic as a guideline so you can realistically look at your budget and catering needs. Take it away, ladies!

Intimate Handmade Red Wing Park Wedding Ceremony

Monday, April 20, 2015

Ashley and Heather's intimate Red Wing Park wedding ceremony was with their very closest loved ones. With family contributing handmade details, a dapper pup named Jack, and being surrounded by springtime perfection at the place for cherry blossoms in Hampton Roads, there was nothing but sweet new beginnings for these two brides!

To personalize their wedding ceremony in the Miyazaki Japanese Garden, Ashley and Heather wrote each other love letters that they put into a beautiful wooden wine box that Heather built (she even carved an adorable little tree stump just to say "I love you" to Ashley!). A bottle of wine was then placed on top -- only to be enjoyed on their first anniversary while reading their letters to each other. Now that kind of personalized tradition is one we absolutely love!

Captured by Jessica Ryan Photography, these two lovebirds embraced their individuality through lace gloves, special jewelry, and cowgirl boots. Even their Frenchie Jack showed off his handsome wedding wear!

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