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Rustic Jewel-Toned Wedding with a lot of Aloha Spirit

When you read that their first meeting story is a breakdancing workshop in Hawaii that turned into a group dance performance in Maui where they got to know each other better beyond their cool moves, you know there's a fun couple behind it! Because of where they met and grew up, Moriah and Jon Jon thought there was no question that they were going to have our wedding back home in the Aloha State, but within six months of planning, things took on a different spin as date changes swirled around family members, wedding team choices, and guest list additions. Needless to say, this bride and groom took a step back to refocus on what and who their wedding was all about.

After months of prayer and realization, they decided to cancel their Hawaiian wedding plans and relocate it to Virginia Beach at Founders Inn with just their immediate family and some close friends. But that didn't mean they didn't bring Hawaii to them! Jon Jon wore a Maile-style Ti Leaf Lei Twist lei wrapped with white tuberose that was shipped directly from the islands while Moriah performed a beautiful hula dance for her groom to the Hawaiian/English duet, "E Ku'ulei My Love" by Kuana Torres and Maila Gibson.

Captured by The Girl Tyler, these two lovebirds' joy is palpable and makes us desperately wish we had the rhythm and skill to do an epic one-armed handstand like this rad groom. In Moriah's own words, we loved the reminder that "whether it's a huge wedding, a small one, or even an elopement, just recognize the common thread - a union between two people who love each other."

Bride and groom giving Hawaiian shaka hand gesture

DIY Wedding Shoe Bag with Keds

It's time to get your dancing shoes out! Inspired by the pretty and practical, we are kicking up some cool moves by sharing our latest DIY project created in partnership with our friends at Keds! We know stylish comfort is everything on a wedding day when you’re on your feet for six or more hours, so with Keds' diverse wedding collection of leather, glitter, and floral patterns, we’re officially obsessed. (Past Tidewater and Tulle couples have also thought the same for their own Keds-included celebrations!) And all those gorgeous sneakers should have an equally gorgeous shoe bag to tote around on the big day! These super easy cotton shoe bags can be made without sewing knowledge and can be personalized in any way depending on your wedding theme. The best part? Have your wedding party over one weekend and make it a big crafternoon so everyone gets in on the handmade fun!

Keds Kate Spade wedding shoes

Intimate Winery Wedding Rearranged by Hurricane

When Hurricane Irma swept through Key West last month, repercussions were felt around the country, even in the wedding world (like another quick-thinking couple we featured not too long ago!). For Rick and Lexi, they had planned their Floridian destination wedding at a venue that lost power and the ability to host their gathering, so they had to find a new perfect place here in Hampton Roads to celebrate their marriage – all in a matter of days! Fortunately, they had an amazing wedding team to come in and still make their wedding gorgeously memorable at the Williamsburg Winery, the home of the couple's very first date. You would have never thought there were flower shortages with Maria Grace Photography behind the lens capturing their lovely details!

While the entire guest list was understandably not able to change their travel plans on such short notice, their larger wedding became a much more intimate small gathering of a few dozen loved ones. The deep burgundy red of Lexi's bouquet perfectly matched the winery backdrop and contrasted beautifully with their original tropical wedding color of mint green and light blue. And as destiny would have it, a local music festival was going on at the same time at their venue that happened to be close friends of the couple, so the whole wedding reverse-crashed the other party! The band dedicated a special song to the newlyweds as they danced in front of hundreds of new impromptu guests. The whole celebration was the cherry on top of what turned out to be a perfect day and shows that yet again love always prevails over weather shenanigans.

Burgundy red and white wedding bouquet

Carefree Vintage Modern Wedding

From the West Coast to their hometown of Virginia's Capital, Kat and Andrew knew they wanted to play by their own destination wedding rules and do whatever felt natural to them; they believed that a wedding day was all about attitude and that it would be contagious to their guests (and they are right!). So filled with the carefree spirit befitting of their home in California, these two lovebirds set out to make a memorable and simple celebration at Historic Mankin Mansion in Richmond.

Inspired by their elegant venue, their color palette of pink, gold, and navy blue accented the dramatic ceremony space and open white reception tented area. To personalize their vow exchange, Kat's brother and Andrew's father served as their officiants who helped them create their own unique non-religious ceremony. Captured by Awesomesauce Photography, we especially love the bride's modern lace halter wedding gown, her epic vintage Gatsby-like rose gold engagement ring, and the endless smiles for days from everyone in attendance.

Elegant Purple and Gold Rose Garden Wedding

With this unfortunate hurricane season our world has had, it's also been quite a year for quick-thinking engaged couples and families all over the country. Living in Atlanta where Hurricane Irma was projected to cause some travel difficulties, Tamara and Alix made some last minute changes for their Norfolk wedding with the help of one fabulous mother of the bride. Surprisingly Norfolk Botanical Garden was still available for their wedding date, and they swooped in to transform their former beach wedding into a memorable garden day of elegance and joy.

The day started off with a fun bridesmaids' "first look" and then carried out other beautiful traditions like a talented opera singer personalizing their ceremony and the couple jumping the broom to celebrate the beginning of their new marriage. When it came to the reception, Tamara and Alix were all about desserts! With gorgeously unique cakes as the centerpieces for each table, their purple, gold, and white wedding set the tone for sweet bliss ahead.

Captured by Samantha Searles Photography, other details that caught our eye were the beautiful gold-leafed plates to the calligraphed vintage mirror with a list of signature drinks for the night. No matter the venue, Tamara and Alix's wedding only proves that rearranged weddings can still be gorgeous and reminds us that love always beats weather any day!

Wedding at Norfolk Botanical Garden
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