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Sweet Cuddles and Ring Pop Proposals

It was Christmas Eve when Chrisany and Dan would write the next chapter of their love story. For two days, Dan had a random box sitting on their dining room table. It was not taped or wrapped, but with firm "do not open" instructions. On Christmas Eve, Chrisany and Dan celebrated early, and it was time to find out what was inside.

There were a few special presents in there, and as she got to the bottom, a pretty little box with a colorful Ring Pop in the center presented itself. With a secret smile, Chrisany knew what this meant -- Dan said when he asks her to marry him, it would be with that popular fun diamond-shaped candy. Underneath the sweet ring, there was a card that said "turn around" and when she did, Dan was on one knee and popped the big question!

When it was time to have their engagement session with Marshall Arts Studio in Chesapeake, they knew they'd want a cozy afternoon just like they said "yes!" Roasting marshmallows and cuddling up were just icing on the sweet memory!

Chesapeake Virginia engagement session

Spotlight Feature On: Kristen Marie Photography

Fun, Bubbly, and Out-of-the-Box is what Kristen of Kristen Marie Photography loves about her wedding couples! Building relationships and capturing memories are what it's all about for this photographer with family roots in Gloucester, Virginia. The last seven years of building her business was always anchored in the human aspect of the wedding day -- after all, it's what life is all about!

Kristen Marie Photography for weddings in Hampton Roads Virginia

Pretty in Pink Outdoor Wedding on the Chesapeake Bay

We love beautiful lesser known wedding locations like Gwynn's Island, but even more than that, we love when a venue is tied to a couple's story. For Steven and Taylor, who met when they were still in high school, Gwynn's Island would always carry the memories of their first trip together at Taylor's family vacation home. So, on an overcast fall day, these two tied the knot under a gorgeous rustic wooden arch with the Chesapeake Bay stretched out behind them.

With pink suede bridal flats, eucalyptus details for days, and vintage details like the gorgeous white velvet couch, Nicole Adele Photography perfectly captured the day and the joy the couple had with each look they shared. And of course, one of our favorite moments was when the bride and groom had their portrait time along the pier with their dapper bow tie clad Chihuahua named Rocko in tow. Filled with greenery, neutral fall details (hello, perfect white pumpkins!), and oh so much love, their beautiful celebration was a timeless way to nod to their past while making their future.

Neutral fall wedding bouquet with white roses and eucalyptus

DIY Ocean-Inspired Ring Dish

Inspired by beautiful ocean waves and seafoam, we're channeling all of our coastal vibes in this month's DIY project using cute little terra cotta planter saucers and nail polish! Affordable and super easy to make, this gift idea for all of your bridesmaids or any jewelry-loving people in your life is the perfect personalized touch to say "Thanks for supporting me!" Heck, if you've got a few extra terra cotta beauties, give the gift of pretty for your own sparkly trinkets. Let's get to crafting!

Marbled terracotta ring dish

Retro Love and The Cutest Hand Lettered Pie Ever

In the early days of their relationship, Joanna and Jordan picnicked at Munden Point Park in Virginia Beach, so when choosing their engagement session location with Molly Lichten Photography, it seemed only fitting to return to such a pretty place full of so many wonderful memories. With dried flowers, a festive primary color palette of blue, red, and pops of yellow, vintage cameras and bicycles, and a thermos of hot cocoa plus a homemade hand lettered "Nuño" fruit pie, Joanna and Jordan's engagement session combined all the necessary ingredients for a sweet new memory to add to their love story.

It's no surprise that Joanna and Jordan love modern takes on vintage fashion when you see their picnic celebration (and the bride-to-be's Gatsby-inspired ring with alternative stones)! Joanna is an art director and designer and styled the entire shoot down to the personalized "Forever & Always Nuño" heart patch and the final touch of Jordan's Volkwagen pin as an homage to his being a VW technician and enthusiast. We can't get enough of how perfectly everything came together!

With enamel camping mugs and a cozy plaid blanket, the picnic setup was complied of some new, but mostly things Jordan and Joanna had already collected for their home... which is literally the best way to setup an engagement vignette and their upcoming chapter as newlyweds.

Adorable letterman jacket with personalized heart patch
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