With a history like that, I wanted to give some ODU wedding inspiration that lent itself more to its collegiate history rather than a modern preppy feel. Using its school colors of navy blue and gray, this wedding inspiration boasts academic laurels in calligraphy, a simple modern lion mascot decor piece, a potential sorority house ceremony area, and a sweet floral bridal crown that gives a nod to the university's Monarch status.
And if you missed it, in early 2013, ODU and the city of Norfolk made national headlines. TIME reported "Lion on the Loose!"… but it turned out to be the locally-well-loved labradoodle named Charles the Monarch who was shorn to look like ODU's mascot Big Blue. Much to some obvious embarrassment and later chuckles, it was confirmed that the adorable pup was definitely not a lion cub escapee from the Virginia Zoo.