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Tuesday Tidbits | Benefits of and Quick Tips for a Bridal Portrait

With so many unique wedding traditions out there, there is always something sweet about a classic bridal portrait session. A Southern tradition, a bridal portrait session is camera time with just the bride and her wedding gown. These portraits typically are placed on a canvas or in a large frame to be hung at the wedding reception and then in the bride's parents' home. For a more modern twist, grooms are now being involved as well as day-after-the-wedding portrait sessions for a more casual and laid back approach.



BENEFITS OF A BRIDAL PORTRAIT SESSION

* Calmed nerves. Some brides need to see it to believe it, and bridal portraits can help soothe any anxieties about wearing a lavish gown, being put in a spotlight for an entire day, or even just being glammed up.

* Stronger connection with your photographer. Not all of us are comfortable in front of a professional lens (myself included!), and so any extra camera time can allow your photographer to get to know you as a bride and how you move and interact with your gown. A wedding gown is not an everyday wardrobe (sadly to many of us who love us some wedding gowns) and the structure and weight can feel foreign to many women. And since your wedding photographer will be one of your closest vendors on the day of, let them know how you're feeling about being bridal ready.



* Extra portrait time. If your wedding day schedule is crammed and stretched for time, this gives you some peace of mind that you'll still get priceless portraits. And if you choose to have your groom involved, even better! No worrying about only have 10 minutes with your photographer on the day of. Trust me, your photog will appreciate having much more time with you two! When creativity has no time restrictions, that's when some amazing magic happens!

* Perfect time for a makeup and hair trial. Let that styling serve a second purpose and get some mileage out of that beautiful professional look! Book a bridal portrait along with your beauty trials so you can really see the entire look together. On the fence about your hair for the big day? Then you'll certainly know after seeing your bridal portraits.




QUICK TIPS FOR A MEMORABLE BRIDAL SESSION

* Book your session at least 3 months before your wedding day. You'll likely have your wedding gown, you'll have plenty of time to get your prints/albums/canvases back from your photographer's professional print labs, and you'll still have the memories fresh.

* Consider bringing in some of your wedding day details into the session. Do you have engraved spoons with your date? Or a reception sign with your new last name? Your session will go seamlessly with your wedding when you tie in the theme.

* Choose a location that you are in love with. If your wedding was too large to be at a certain venue, look into seeing if they allow portrait sessions. Sentimental over your family's home and land? It could be such a sweet tribute to such a special moment in your life to host your session there.

Many thanks to real bride Amanda (Potter) Miller and Grant and Deb Perry for sending these beautiful bridal portraits in for an informative post! To make her bridal portraits personal, Amanda said was that her flower bouquet was put together with her mother and aunts at the Williamsburg Pottery. The white ribbon was the ribbon from her grandmother's wedding bouquet, also used in her mother's bouquet, and now hers. The purple ribbon was something new-- a new tradition for her family's next bride. :)

VENDOR CREDITS:
Venue: Hermitage Museum and Gardens // Photography: Grant & Deb Photographers // Bridal Gown: James Clifford Collection from Ava Clara Couture Bridal // Hair and Make-up: Shane's Salon and Day Spa // Flowers: DIY by Family

Navy and Coral Hampton Beach Wedding by Freshly Wed

While we're in the midst of winter, we know that there are local brides and grooms already prepping their 2014 summer weddings. So when Caitlin and Jennifer of Freshly Wed sent over this lovely navy and coral beach DIY wedding, we were thrilled to share!

DIY always adds a certain personal touch to weddings with a lot of beautiful meaning and memories. And with a DIY wedding, it requires a bit more planning and go-getter attitude to get things accomplished within a timeframe and a budget. We were thrilled when Ariel and RJ shared some practical advice for future DIY brides and grooms also wanting to create a memorable beach wedding experience.

They mentioned that parking was the only problem (as is a common dilemma with local beach weddings), but thankfully, they had the foresight to contact the local Police Department a few months prior to inquire about the parking situation and then organize a shuttling service from Buckroe Beach's public parking for their guests. "Fires are also not allowed on the beach and Chinese lanterns are not allowed due to the close proximity to the military installations in the area. Make sure you check with government agencies to make sure that they don't have special permitting requirements for your venue," they advised.

And like all great weddings, there is the love story that started it all. "The best part was that we were lucky enough to be marrying our best friends after being high school sweethearts, college, and overseas military duty. We were finally 'together'."
























VENDORS:
Photography: Freshly Wed // Flowers: Anything Grows Hopewell // Boutonnieres: Mother of the Bride // Cupcakes: Taylor Made Cakes // Bridal Gown & Bridesmaids Attire: Tiffany’s Bridal // Menswear: Macy’s // Venue: Private Home // Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas // Event Rentals: Classic Party Rentals // Hair and Makeup and Wedding D├ęcor: Bride and Mother of the Bride // Altar: Stepfather of the bride // Catering: Prepared by Family Friend // Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Happy Holidays from Tidewater and Tulle!

Christmas holds a lot of meaning to me for many, many reasons-- my wedding anniversary, my faith, the music, the annual unending hope for snow, the joy, and the knowing that another year is coming to a close for renewal in the weeks ahead. It's my favorite time of year.

Even though the warm temperatures here in Hampton Roads are not mirroring the Christmas ambiance very well, we feel incredibly grateful in our kind of Christmas way. Tidewater and Tulle only just begun this month, and it's been incredible thus far with the local and beyond support. It makes the nights of staying up past midnight much more worth it to know it's touching people in a variety of ways, whether personal or practical.

With that said, the blog will be quiet the rest of the week as we take time to spend with our loved ones and remembering our personal significances for the holiday.


This inspiration board was featured on Hey Wedding Lady yesterday along with oodles of Hampton Roads Christmas goodness, so be sure to take a peek sometime.

This board is also my very first ever inspiration board creation, and whoa loads of perfectionism to a whole other level! I think I'll leave the boards to Ariana, Lauren, Sukey, and Sara-- my own sources of inspiration and the gurus of this art form!
:)


We wish you the best of holiday seasons, to many new engagements, and a three cheers for an amazing 2013. We will see you next Monday, December 30th for more real Hampton Roads wedding goodness!

Love,
Chelsea and the T&T Team :)

PHOTO CREDITS:
Dusty Blue Wedding Gown: Hamda Al Fahim // Winter Ocean: Tumblr // Oyster Wreath: Photographer Unknown via Design by Kelli // Calligraphy: Ephemera Press // Pewter Charger Table Setting: Source Unknown

From Sea to Shining Sea: A California Christmas

WHAT! Just stop the presses! This is Hampton Roads! What in the heck is the West Coast doing on here?!

Well, dear reader, we are comprised of so many different hometowns thanks to the military (and some know that I was born across the street from the San Diego Zoo (aka where the animal obsession began), so there's that tidbit). Inspiration surrounds us from all over the world, and we share so many similar attributes, yet are distinctively different. You'll see a lot of cultural and geographical inspiration here at Tidewater and Tulle as we grow because there is too much beauty in the world to not share it locally and be inspired to incorporate it into our daily lives.

And that's the beauty of the holiday season. :)

While this blog was being built, I made some wonderful blogger friends along the way via the wonders of social media. One of those friends is Ariana of Hey Wedding Lady! And this Christmas, we decided to do a little East Meets West collaboration through inspiration boards and local traditions... I share Hampton Roads with Cali, and she shares Cali with Hampton Roads. So without further ado, I'll let Ariana take it from here!


A CALIFORNIA CHRISTMAS
California does Christmas a little differently than any other place I've been. A few hours drive in any direction and you can find the sea and sun, or the snow and mountains. I've lived most of my life on the Central Coast - we have the perfect combination of sprawling beaches, rugged cliffs, and immense redwood forests. It's not unusual to celebrate the holidays with sunny, sixty-degree weather, and yes, I have spent a Christmas or two at the beach!

We may not get a white Christmas in the Central Coast, but we still like to pull out all the stops! It's not uncommon to see Santa Claus in surfer gear, or a palm tree sporting Christmas lights. The best way to get a feel for the season is to pay a visit to the beachside towns scattered up and down the Central Coast - the Main Streets of Santa Cruz, Capitola, Monterey, and Carmel by the Sea are the epitome of coastal holiday cheer!

Since we don't get snow on the coast, the most vivid feature of the winter in California is the light. Once the days start to grow shorter, the afternoons and evenings are infused with rich, golden light that lingers for hours. The hills that roll along the Pacific Coast Highway turn tawny before the winter rains set in, and even the ocean casts back a golden glitter from the low sun. I wanted to capture that gold hue, along with some of the vibrant color that California is known for, in this board.


CALIFORNIA HOLIDAY TRADITIONS
Chelsea is spotlighting some holiday traditions from Hampton Roads to put you in the perfect Christmas spirit! California has winter activities that range from the traditional O Tannenbaum sort to the unique West Coast quirkiness that we're known for!

The California Revels
When I was little, we'd dress for the theater and go to San Francisco for the Christmas Revels, then visit the grand hotels to see their holiday decorations, and cap it off with hot chocolate in Union Square. It was the closest to Miracle on 34th Street as it gets in California, but the Revels celebrate traditions dating much further back with songs, plays, and dances from a different time period and culture every year!

The Charles Dickens Fair
The fair's website puts it best - a Victorian Christmas card come to life! The Cow Palace turns into a sprawling recreation of London during Dickens' time, with vintage shops and handmade gifts, hot toddies, authentic English food, shows, and more! It's a fabulously immersive way to celebrate a vintage Christmas.

The Lighted Boat Parade
This one is a yearly 'must' for Santa Cruz area families! Bundle up and visit the Yacht Harbor for a twilight parade of festive holiday boats. Each boat tries to outdo the last, so the designs get more and more elaborate as the parade continues, making it worth staying out in the cold! Harbor restaurants get into the spirit with food and warm drinks and the view from the Crow's Nest can't be beat!

Rancho Siempre Verde Christmas Tree Farm
There are dozens of Christmas tree farms scattered up and down the coast, with many more in the Santa Cruz Mountains, but nothing says California Christmas like chopping down a beautiful Douglas Fir with a full view of the Pacific Ocean!

Christmas Shopping in Capitola Village
This one is a personal favorite of mine - my dad and I would visit the village to shop for all of the women in our family, picking out jewelry, decorations, and local items from the boutiques set along the Capitola Esplanade. At night, the palm trees lining the streets glow with white lights, making it the perfect Central Coast holiday destination.

- Ariana


Curious to see our Hampton Roads Christmas inspiration over on the West Coast?
Head on over to Hey Wedding Lady to see a Tidewater Christmas! :)


You can get to know this California wedding blogger more on Facebook, through her pins on Pinterest, and captures on Instagram!

PHOTO CREDITS:
Bride and Groom by Deux Boheme via Glamour and Grace // Big Sur by Jessica Burke // Capiz Shells and Table Decor by Leo Patrone via JL Designs // Christmas Trees & Bubbly by Valerie Busque via Style Me Pretty

Friday Recap | Local Wedding Happs, December Edition

Happs: n. a quirky term for "happenings" or could be a silly shortening of "happy."
(We'll let you take your pick.)

We've seen some exciting local stuff that is in the works or was announced this month, and with Christmas almost here, it's great to hear the uplifting news! To the brides and grooms out there, this winter season is when most of us wedding vendors start prepping and changing things over to the 2014 wedding season as well as spend some hard-earned quality time with our loved ones. And during that time, local small businesses are doing some pretty amazing things... here are just some of those happs!


Roost Flowers and Bluebird's Garage-- United!
Tidewater and Tulle's vendor fam, Becky of Roost Flowers, and Mary of Bluebird's Garage are coming together to share a storefront location in Virginia Beach. I mean, really, a roost AND a bird... it's just a perfectly beautiful thing. :) They will be opening in January 2014.

Maya Couture on Main
Maya Couture is opening up a second location in Suffolk in January 2014! You can see the before and after photos on their Facebook page and on Instagram. The name isn't just a clever flow of words, it's right on Main Street!

The 2013 Wayside Event Professionals Holiday Party
Another vendor fam member Bit of Ivory Photography gave the visual scoop on one of the well-loved vendor holiday events of the season on her business blog. Virginia Beach's "Wayside Wedding Village" always knows how to bring the community together!

RSVP Stationery is Moving
Speaking of Wayside, RSVP Stationery is moving from one side of Virginia Beach to another-- to Wayside Village! They'll be nestled in between vendor fam Antonia Christianson Events and Boardwalk Photo Booth Company during the week of January 6th, 2014.

Snapqube and Other Local Vendors Coming Together
To better serve engaged couples, like-minded wedding vendors in Chesapeake are coming together! Tidewater and Tulle vendor fam member Snapqube, Dustin Lewis Images, MorLina Events, Botanique Events, and Waterford Event Rentals are opening up a brick-and-mortar location in the heart of Greenbrier. You can expect their open house celebrations on January 21, 2014.


Know something else that's going on in the Hampton Roads wedding industry for next month's LWH edition? Please send an email to chelsea@tidewaterandtulle.com. Disclaimer: Announcements and news will be posted at the discretion of the editor and its overall benefit to the wedding community as a whole. All news is welcome, but priority is given to Tidewater and Tulle Vendor Fam members. For sponsored posts and paid event announcements, please email for advertising rates.

POV from the MOB | Inspiration from a Past Mother of the Bride

If you were like me, you had a darling baby girl who dreamt of fairy tale romances with handsome royalty in tight pants of the Disney persuasion. And now it's time for your daughter whom you remember with the two missing front teeth to don a bridal gown. Maybe that gown has giant neon bows on the butt or maybe it's your upcycled wedding dress from decades ago. But it's her gown; it's her day.


So how can we contribute to our daughters' beginning stages of the wedding planning process without being "that" MOB? I’ve heard many horror stories of MOBs overshadowing, over-reaching, and basically “over”-doing everything on her daughters' day.


With my POV from the MOB series here on Tidewater and Tulle, I will attempt to provide valuable information to MOBs-- some tongue in cheek, some tear on cheek. While we MOBs aren't perfect, there are some things we can advise from our past and do for our daughters to help her special day be just that-- special.

* Ask your daughter about her dream and her 'vision' of what her day will be. Listen to the words she uses and ask for visuals. Offer assistance, but of course, knowing your daughter's personality (whether very organized or more go-with-the-flow) will guide you to where you might be needed.

* Share detailed illustrations, perhaps a shared Pinterest board together. Pin your favorite images that you see on the internet, and she can pin what she likes. It can be a special thing that you two do during the planning process.

* Ask her what she envisions you wearing. If her color theme is navy blue and silver, wear what she wants you to wear-- don’t wear red and green to her holiday wedding even if you're Mrs. Christmas Claus! Remember there will be photographic evidence for eternity.

* Do whatever you can to ensure that you understand what will make her day a dream for her and then help her make it happen. You don’t have to like her dream theme, but try to be what she needs you to be: her Mother. As you are able, wipe the tears, pay the bills, bend over backwards, and bite your tongue. You will never regret that. There are thousands of other things you can regret but you can’t get that day back for yourself or for her. We never, ever get back that wedding day.


Fellow MOBs, there are plenty of other ways that we can interfere in our daughters' lives-- give her a few more years and then you will get your turn with the grandbabies if that's in the cards. But during the beginning stages of the wedding planning, be what she needs you to be, and enjoy this special time with that former little girl with the two missing teeth.

- Kay

ABOUT THE WRITER:
Kay Dayton is a contributing writer to Tidewater and Tulle. Hailing from San Diego, Kay found herself back in Hampton Roads to be with her two daughters (one of whom is the Tidewater and Tulle editor!) in late 2013. With years of managerial experience (and a her passion for nature and macro photography) in the non-wedding world, she brings a refreshing perspective on the local wedding industry, especially as a past mother-of-the-bride. When she's not keeping things organized on the business end, Kay loves to go beachcombing, sailing, and rooting for the Chargers.


Photo by Fareine Benz.

Oceanview Beach Engagement by Elizabeth Henson Photos

The neat thing about Norfolk is that you could go from downtown to beach in a matter of minutes either via 264 or 64. I love the diversity and how photographers really transform each session location, so when Elizabeth of Elizabeth Henson Photos sent this Oceanview beach engagement session, I yay-ed.

But beyond the location, there was a special heartwarming story behind this couple. Ashley and Sean were chosen as a part of Elizabeth's "acts of kindness giveaway," meaning that a random friend of theirs submitted their story to her, and she chose them for a complimentary engagement session. This beautiful bride-to-be Ashley is known at her job for being so kind and generous despite having her own life's challenges with having two pacemakers, so Ashley's own acts of kindness are what led her coworker to nominate her.

Here at Tidewater and Tulle, we love hearing the good things happening in our community! So thank you, Elizabeth, for sharing this sweet session! And congratulations, Ashley and Sean, on your wedding!

















Photography: Elizabeth Henson Photos // Submission via Two Bright Lights

Tuesday Tidbits | Thank You Card Etiquette and Free Printable

"Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Oh, those post-wedding blues. Those who have had a wedding know it's definitely a legit thing! But you can help soothe those blues by reliving that beautiful day through one very important part of getting married: Thank You Cards. I'm a huge fan of Emily Post, a woman who pioneered modern day etiquette in the early 1900's, so in today's Tuesday Tidbits, we are taking a few notes from her book (or moreso her great-grandson's wife, Peggy Post, who now is the Emily Post spokeswoman) along with some fabulous freebies from a local stationery guru, Tyler Adams.

How long do I have to write my Thanks You's?
Within three months after the wedding, you will want to mail off your notes of thanks. Peggy suggests setting a daily goal of writing a few a day to avoid the massive amount close to the three month's mark.

Who receives a note?
Not just the gift givers, but also the people involved in making your amazing day, well, amazing. These can include: your bridal party, your bridal shower hostesses, your wedding vendors, and your parents or whoever hosted the festivities with their homes, gifts, or monies.

What kind of stationery should I use?
Peggy Post says, "Stationery is the operative word here: No fill-in-the-blank cards, no pre-printed message cards, no phone calls, no emails and no generic post on your website!"

What's a perfect Thank You Note?
To go along with the above etiquette tips, Tyler also threw in her top tip when working with clients from all over Hampton Roads.

She said, "Make it personal! The people you invited to your wedding are most likely VIPs in your life (or at least to your family), so take the time to write a message that is specific to your relationship and the gift. It's also great to let the person know how the gift will be used."

(e.g., Thank you so much for the the red tea kettle. It is already brightening up our kitchen and we look forward to using it every day this winter to make our morning coffee.)

Now what's my next step?
Let's put some action behind these tidbits! We have two amazing little freebies from The Girl Tyler that you can print off right at home for those personal Thank You needs!

I'm ready to start writing!
To download, just click on the links below the pinnable graphic. There are two designs: one a bit more colonial and one a bit more whimsical. Take your pick, save/download, print on some nice cardstock, and then write!


[Classic Colonial-Inspired Printable ONE | Modern Whimsical-Inspired Printable TWO]

Did you use this printable? Take a snapshot, upload to Instagram, and tag us (@tidewatertulle) in it so we can see (and to let us know you'd like to see more printables in the future from local wedding pros)!

Emily Post tidbits came directly from their website.

Classic Black and White Kingsmill Wedding by Rebecca Keeling Studios

There is something about a classic wedding. Add some black and white into it, and you have the stage for a lifetime of sweet memories. Since they live in Hampton Roads, Kirby and William thought Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg would be a perfect place to get married for their family and friends who were traveling in for the wedding.

When Rebecca of Rebecca Keeling Studios sent in their wedding, I was smitten with two important parts: the salt covenant during the ceremony and the wedding photos suspended on ribbons at the reception.

"The main DIY project we did involved obtaining a wedding photo from all of the married couples attending our wedding and then displaying them on strands of ribbon outside of the ballroom. We look up to and are inspired by each and every marriage being represented for many different reasons, and even though it is our wedding day, we want to honor those who have come before us."

Now that's a way to prepare for marriage! :)








































VENDOR CREDITS:
Photography: Rebecca Keeling Studios // Venue/Lighting/Cake/Catering/Linens: Kingsmill Resort // Photo Booth Equipment: Baker Entertainment // Floral Designer: The Flower Cupboard // Makeup and Hair: Behind the Veil Studio // Bridal Gown: Maya Couture // DJ: Colonial DJs // Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas // Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Friday Recap | Quick Bytes

As mentioned in our first Friday Recap, we use Fridays to do reviews of the week or local announcements... and we even alluded to something pretty exciting happening in 2014 last week.

Well, this one is for all the local wedding vendors out there! And it's about that thing called social media. Most know I'm pretty passionate about it. I love how it can bridge, connect, and inform-- both in the personal and professional fields. Being a former teacher, I'm also driven by education and helping make information accessible. Over the past few years of building my photography business' online presence, it's been a whirlwind of very wonderful things as social media evolves. Twitter is the reason why I'm going to Hawaii in February 2014 to orchestrate and photograph a stylized wedding shoot. At least a few times a year I get inquiries from brides finding me on Pinterest. And the list continues about the neat little nuggets that pop up.

I'm an organic, "let it happen" kinda businessperson, and being an introvert, social media helps me do that in a genuine way ("whatcha see is whatcha get... and then some!"). And quite often, I get emails from fellow photogs or other industry pros asking about certain social media platforms, and it gets me excited to be able to encourage and empower other business owners in the online world with what I've learned and experienced.

The great thing is that there is not a one-size-fits-all strategy when it comes to social media. And thank goodness! Or we'd be seeing the same stuff all of the time in our newsfeeds. So, with that said, there are some very key basics that give you a solid foundation to building your unique social media presence.

And without further ado, Tidewater and Tulle Presents...

Quick Bytes is a monthly in-person working lunch series to help educate about the power of social media and how it relates to the wedding industry, locally and at large. Each month, we will go to different restaurants on the Southside and Peninsula and even have some "special speakers." Dates, locations, and topics will vary.

For more information on our January get-together, please head over to our Facebook Event to RSVP. Seats are limited to keep these Quick Bytes personal and approachable so please be sure to register for a ticket!

Not able to make it to Twitterific? Take a look at the schedule below to see upcoming cities and topics!

2014 WINTER & SPRING SCHEDULE
[updated: February 21, 2014]

February
"Twitterific"
Virginia Beach

March
"Google+ Not Minus"
Hampton

April
"InstaBiz"
Chesapeake

May
"Oh so Pinteresting"
Newport News


Dates to be announced. Pending local interest, we may rotate topics, add on dates, or change things up.
So please be vocal about what you want to learn and feel free to contact us with questions.

Hampton Roads Bride Inspiration by Dress for the Wedding

There are just some people you are always inspired by. And Sukey of Dress for the Wedding is one of them! Thanks to Twitter, I found her gem of a website in early 2013, and I love seeing how she creates her impeccable collages either around color, theme, or season. So needless to say, I was giddy and honored when she said she'd love to do a very special Hampton Roads-inspired bridal fashion collage just for Tidewater and Tulle! I'll let Sukey take it from here (though I'm completely humbled by her words and friendship)!

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I have admired Chelsea's contributions to the wedding world as a wedding photographer extraordinaire, boudoir portraitist, and styled shoot maestro, so I was thrilled to learn that Chelsea would be starting her own regional wedding blog. I can think of no other person with more enthusiasm for the perfect detail as well as a complete passion for the area where she lives. Since I share her adoration of both weddings and the coast, I was honored when she asked me to create one of my blog's signature styled looks to commemorate the launch of Tidewater and Tulle!

Tidewater and Tulle Blue Bridal
Mia-Caroline Dress by Rebecca Schoneveld / Coco Earrings by Jewelmint / Adrianne's Chunky Abstract Light Blue Bracelet from Fantasy Jewelry Box / Blue by Betsey Johnson "Gown" Sandal in Silver Metallic from Nordstrom / Anya Hindmarch Murano Satin Clutch

The combination of soft pale blue with a swath of traditional Williamsburg blue has already become synonymous with the Tidewater and Tulle blog and brand for me, so it seemed only fitting that I find the perfect blue wedding dress to represent a quintessential Tidewater and Tulle bride.

Since the Tidewater area is right at the mouth of the Chesapeake where the bay runs into the Atlantic, and is steeped in Colonial history, I wanted to subtly bring the unique themes of that region, while still making this a traditional and wearable modern bridal style. The earrings are meant to represent a ornate abstraction of a wave or tidal bore, and the bracelet reminds me of sea glass with a modern take. The pale blue satin clutch, the lace details of the dress bodice, and the silver sandals are more classic references with a hint of Colonial finery.



Donna Morgan Blakely Bridesmaid Dress from Weddington Way / Nautilus Shell Earring from Banana Republic / Anna & Ava Starlet Necklace at Dillard's / Lilly Pulitzer Summer Chic Clutch from Rent the Runway / Nyah Sandals by Ralph Lauren at Macy's

Tidewater and Tulle's bridesmaid is quite literally draped in tulle, in that lovely Williamsburg blue. I took a more direct approach for this styled look with obvious coastal style references: glamorous shell earrings, starfish necklace and a preppy little shell clutch. This bridesmaid will be just as suited to walking down a sandy aisle at a beachside wedding, as she would as an attendant in a little Colonial garden wedding in town.

Whether your heart is by the sea or tied to the Colonial traditions (or a mix of both!), I hope these style ideas have given you some ideas for your own Hampton Roads area wedding. Congratulations to Chelsea and the Tidewater and Tulle team on your launch!

- Sukey

Beyond her website, you can also be inspired by more of Sukey's wedding fashion masterpieces on Facebook and Google+ and you can see what gets her inspired on Pinterest and Twitter.
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