VisitVirginiaBeach.com tells the tale of this local god of the sea and how he came to be:
Constructed entirely through the generosity of private contributions gathered by the Neptune Festival, this statue is dedicated to the city of Virginia Beach and its citizens. Surrounded by the creatures of his realm, mighty trident in hand, Neptune's gaze rests affectionately on the shore. His heroic visage honors the maritime legacy of Virginia Beach while also standing as a vivid reminder of the community's duty to respect and protect our natural blessings.
So there you have it! Since 2005, Neptune has been making your vacation and Boardwalk photos awesome all thanks to Virginia-based sculptor, Paul DiPasquale.
If you're not familiar with the Virginia Beach Neptune Festival (the raison d'être), it's a must-do to see the arts in all shapes and sizes, from music to artisanal crafts to sailing regatta. In high school, I remember exhibiting my artwork in the Youth Art Show (scariest moment of my life, just P.S.) and seeing miles of pop-up tents with treats and goods was a real sight to see. It's grown since those young'un days, but one thing remains the same: the Festival is well-loved.
Events are happening all weekend, so mark your calendars for September 26-28, 2014 and check the events on the 41st Annual Virginia Beach Neptune Festival website for more information.
Beach Invitation Suite: VUE Photography via The Knot // King Neptune Statue: Courtyard Marriott Oceanfront // Reem Acra Mermaid Wedding Gown: BRIDES // Scenic Ocean: Erich McVey via Once Wed // White Coral Cake: Kate Murphy Photography via Once Wed