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Happy Holidays from Tidewater and Tulle!

Like last year, we are taking our annual "It's Christmas and Chelsea's wedding anniversary!" vacation to spend time with our loved ones and enjoy the meanings of this festive season.

We wish you the merriest holiday seasons and brightest new years. We will see you again on January 4, 2016!


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

Classic Colonial Williamsburg Winter Wedding

Sometimes, all you need is a blizzard to find true love. It worked for Lauren and Jason, at least! When a blizzard hit Washington DC, Lauren found herself snowed in with her college roommate and her roommate's friends from high school – one of whom was Jason. They spent the weekend bonding over snowball fights, fortresses, and hot cocoa... and within a short month, Lauren and Jason made things official and the rest was history.

It was this snowy retreat that bonded them that inspired their wintry wedding in Williamsburg. In lieu of bridesmaids' bouquets, Lauren's leading ladies donned black fur muffs with silver brooches to keep warm. From Lauren's 18th-century style bouquet to her heirloom ivory fur cape, combining vintage aspects to reflect the history of the area brought a beautifully nostalgic feel to their special day. The bride illustrated the save-the-dates and invitation suite herself, which were decorated with tree branch illustrations complete with a wax seal over 18th-century style paper folding (where a letter is folded to form its own envelope).

Captured by Don Mears Photography and coordinated by Sterling Events, the reception then reflected the stationery's tree branch theme with a bare tree that stood in the center, dripping with gems and candles, for a wonderful juxtaposition between the chilly weather outside and the warm atmosphere inside the tent. And, of course, a colonial-style wedding wouldn't be complete without CW's own Fife and Drums as part of the entertainment and toy powdered wigs and tri-corner hats for all to wear for the evening!


Glamorous New Year's Eve Wedding Inspiration

You cannot help but think of a big, bold, and glamorous celebration when you think of New Year's Eve. When a couple chooses to say their vows on a day that will soon become a brand new chapter in life and marriage, they tend to want to dream big, embrace the vivacious elegance of the holiday, and truly make it an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime kind of experience for their guests.

Radiant with glittery golden details, surrounded by artfully-created gourmet delights, and glowing with ultra-chic romance, it is New Year's Eve personified in this gorgeous stylized shoot at Ashton Creek Vineyard located just outside of Richmond, Virginia. The entire creative team envisioned an extravagantly beautiful wedding scene with enough details to keep you dreaming and swooning for that midnight countdown.

Captured by David Abel Photography and coordinated by Kim Moody Design, we see a bride who changes from a ceremony-perfect bridal gown and classic updo to an alluring golden cocktail dress and sleek modern hair bun for the reception party, a larger-than-life wedding cake that pays homage to all things luxury, and perfectly poured gold-rimmed glasses of champagne... and it basically makes us so ready to sing Auld Lang Syne!


Top 10 Favorite Winter Inspiration Features

Tidewater and Tulle officially launched in December for oh so many reasons... but one of the top reasons being we LOVE the winter season! While we are a very popular beach destination for Virginian couples, there's nothing like a good ole coastal winter. There's a magic in the air, and we think that magic is perfectly suited for weddings! So today, we have rounded up some of our past favorite winter weddings or sessions to reignite great ideas and swoonable moments.


Snowy Winter Wedding Inspiration

"She has made me in love with the cold climate, and frost and snow with a northern moonlight..."
- Robert Southey

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! In a notoriously summer-minded culture, winter sometimes gets the cold shoulder (pun totally intended) when it comes to weddings and events. And we think that's a bummer! Every season brings something magical to the table when it comes to saying I Do, and it is always a mutual excitement when others are just as in awe at the beauty of the season as we are.

Inspired by the Virginia landscape during winter, Mary Otanez Photography and LK Events and Design wanted to reimagine a cold weather wedding with the beauty of freshly fallen snow in Richmond. Through greenery with a wild and foraged appeal, warm gold neutrals in makeup, vintage furniture, romantic place cards handwritten in modern calligraphy, and one adorable bulldog companion donning a coordinating floral collar, you can absolutely still achieve a romantic and warm look even in the chilliest months of the year.

First Landing State Park Engagement

Living in this area means that there are always many military couples coming and going each year. From Langley Air Force Base to Fort Eustis to Oceana and several places in between, it's nothing but truth to say that Hampton Roads is always in transition. And now JD and Jennifer are part of this neat community!

Like a lot of couples, they are full of opposites. JD wants a big dog, but she grew up with Yorkie-poos. His idea of fun on a Saturday is a day spent golfing, and Jennifer's is entirely different. But no matter those opposites or where they are in the world, all that matters is that they are together, and is the reason why the verse Ruth 1:16 is so important to them.

Captured by Maria Grace Photography, these two met on a gorgeous evening at First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach, a well-loved local favorite session hotspot brimming with diversity in scenery from woods to beaches to trails, for a sweet time hand-in-hand in anticipation for their upcoming spring wedding.


The Ins and Outs of Wedding Room Blocks

With Virginia Beach being the lead beach wedding destination in Virginia and Williamsburg being a very popular wedding hotspot for local and northern Virginia couples, we have people coming from all over to say their vows with their closest loved ones! That's why I'm so excited to have my friends and leading hotel experts Amy and Melanie of Where Will They Stay? share their insight and expertise on the A-B-Cs of hotel room blocks. It's not as easy as one may think, but thankfully these tips will get you on the path of making your wedding weekend a memorable for all of your out-of-town visitors!


Sweet Manteo Wedding in the Outer Banks

Not only are both the bride and groom Outer Banks locals, Cody is a banner pilot and flight instructor in Manteo while Jenilee is a full-time momma to their baby girl. In December 2014, Cody arranged for a trip to up to Hampton Roads under the guise of a "trip to the zoo"... but little did Jenilee know that he had actually instead coordinated with her Dad and sister to go to the jewelry store for her to pick out her own engagement ring!

With peach and navy blue as their colors of inspiration, they envisioned a simple country chic theme for their wedding at 108 Budleigh in downtown Manteo. Captured by Sarah D'Ambra Photography, their bridesmaid wore sparkly navy blue sequin dresses and their groomsmen were looking sharp at the Dare County Airport in grey and blue. Because of their local roots, it was really important to these two lovebirds to have portraits in all of their favorite spots in Manteo because every corner gave another picturesque moment, especially the Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse. The perfect way to start marriage is in a place where your heart is!


Rustic Winter Wedding Decor Inspiration

Fact: When a Williamsburg Christmas bride sees another Williamsburg Christmas wedding, hello, strike-you-in-the-heart kind of massive emotional sigh and swoon. And this charming rustic wedding decor inspiration hit me in all the feels!

Inspired by her home country of Germany and her own winter wedding, Patrizia of Cherry Blossom Planning Factory envisioned a cozy environment for any couple also dreaming of a holiday wedding during the chilliest time of year. With the warmth of candlelight and richness of neutral color tones, there truly is no other season that is as magical as winter. From a Wishing Tree -- a fun twist on a traditional wedding guestbook -- to holiday-infused signature cocktails, the Williamsburg Winery played the perfect backdrop to old world charm meets Christmas festivities.

Captured by Leigh Skaggs Photography, there are just oodles of Christmas wedding ideas here! Cinnamon sticks as place card holders for delicate calligraphy cards by Letterlyn Studio, greenery woven throughout the tables by Roost Flowers, pewter candelabras, cranberry red napkins from Waterford Event Rentals, mini chair wreaths for the bride and groom, rustic stationery designed by PaperDolls Design, ceremony altar stockings hung by the fireplace, and blanketed benches from Big Top Entertainment... these are a few of my favorite things!


Cozy and Relaxed Winter Engagement

With a mutual love of theatre, Richmond culture, and a Rocky Horror Picture Show production of destiny at Barksdale Theatre, Dan and Jim met, fell in love, and have been inseparable for over 16 years. So on the very day in October 2014 that marriage equality became a reality in Virginia, Dan quickly found a ring on short notice -- a delicious Ring Pop to be exact! -- and proposed to Jim.

Captured by David Abel Photography and Michael Simon Photography, these two lovebirds had a cozy and relaxed winter engagement session with their pup, cups of warm coffee, and snuggly moments. And with beautiful snow-dappled trees as your backdrop, it just goes to show you that winter photo sessions are just as beautiful as they are in the springtime!


Spotlight Feature On: Dani White Photography

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Classic, genuine, and intimate is how Dani of Dani White Photography sees her ideal wedding couple. And it would make sense because this photog was first a fine art painter before she became a photographer! With a keen eye for seeing light and the way it bends and moves around her brides and grooms, Dani lives for that portrait moment.

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