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Quirky Elegant Wedding with Momofuku Cake

Inspired by giving their guests a true fun wedding experience reflective of their personalities, Gretchen and Scott sought out to make their celebration a day full of surprises and treats for their loved one in the heart of Norfolk. From an iconic confetti-dappled Momofuku Milk Bar wedding cake topped with an adorable vintage kitsch cake topper to peaches nestled into florals to a Pittsburgh-originated cookie table tradition to salty pretzel late night snacks, the whole evening was a feast for the eyes and tastebuds.

Blush pinks and whites made up Gretchen and Scott's romantic color palette which was the lovely contrast to the tall modern windows of the Half Moone as it looked out to the Elizabeth River. Dusty purple bridesmaid dresses complemented the lighter pastels in the bouquets, each detail carefully brought together by Cherry Blossom Planning Factory and perfectly captured by Stephanie Yonce Photography. With light sabers, photo booth props, and glow sticks, the entire wedding day was filled with awesome memories.

Rustic Winter Lodge Elegance Wedding Inspiration

There's not a better description than "walking in a winter wonderland" for this beautifully cozy wedding inspiration. With soft feminine appeal juxtaposed with rustic masculine textures, we are in absolute snowy matrimonial heaven! Photographed by Erin Kling Photography and coordinated by Elevated Events of Virginia on a perfect post-blizzard day at Upper Shirley Vineyards, the wedding party radiates elegance and warmth with a luxurious dark blue velvet suit and delicate sage green lace bridesmaid dress paired with a faux fur pewter gray stole while the bride reflects contemporary romance in a sleeved, low back ivory-colored wedding dress with a boatneck neckline and hand cut motifs.

A color palette of rich navy blue and emerald green perfectly complement the more subtle gray, icy blue, and earthy brown in the curated ceremony and reception details. Between the deer antler chandeliers, raw wood tree stumps, and wildly foraged greenery, everything set the tone for a celebration inspired by nature in its coldest season! Some of our favorite details include the his and her signature cocktails, a loosely braided bridal ponytail, high-low candle arrangements at the altar, and pops of crimson red orchids nestled in the florals. So if you'll excuse us, we're just going to go live inside of this snuggly winter vignette now and curl up by the fireplace!

Sunny Seaside Wedding on the Beach

The Sanderling Resort in Duck, North Carolina is a home away from home for Natalie and Kyle and became the perfect spot for their seaside destination wedding day. Loved ones traveled from all over to celebrate the beginning of their union underneath a bright blue sky. Natalie, dressed in layers of blush chiffon, matched the softness of the sand beneath her feet – and the delicate beaded embellishments are absolutely swoon-worthy for any beach bride!

To add to the festivities, just after their first kiss as newlyweds, Natalie and Kyle looked up in the sky and were surprised to find an airplane toting a congratulations message. Now that's a way to make a beach celebration memorable! Our nautical-loving hearts were filled to the brim at the story Casey Green Photography captured. With little sailboat table numbers, anchor napkin rings, and favors wrapped in navy blue anchor stamped bags, the décor shared the couple's personality with their closest loved ones. As the sun sank below the horizon on their beautiful Outer Banks day, it was clear that Natalie and Kyle's sunny adventure together had only just begun.

Spotlight Feature On: Elevated Events of Virginia


Vibrant, flexible, and fun is exactly how Jessica of Elevated Events of Virginia would describe her dream wedding couple. She and her team love all things planning and design, but they pride themselves on their #1 focus being customer service and hospitality surrounding an event. Like her pineapple logo and raised-in-Williamsburg-Virginia status symbolize, it's all about Southern hospitality and leaving the impression that couples and their wedding guests were well-cared for through the celebration experience.


[photo: Megan Garrison Photography]

Colorfully Classic Indian Wedding

He was studying his Master's of Business Administration in Dallas, Texas, and she was a medical student in Brooklyn, New York. When Pruthvi sent Akshat an online message on their temple's matrimonial website, their story really began when he reached out with "Hi, Pruthvi." One thing led to another after froyo dates, visits to NYC, and walks in the park, and it all blossomed into a three-day traditional Hindu Gujarati wedding celebration at the Hampton Roads Convention Center near the bride's hometown of Newport News.

Surrounded by shimmering waves of bright reds, blues, pinks, golds, oranges, and all the color you could dream of, the lively details of this multi-day event were captured by Luke & Ashley Photography and coordinated by Simply Perfect Events. Dressed in an elegant cherry red lehnga dappled in intricate beading for the ceremony day, the bride dazzled and perfectly complemented her groom in his embroidered gold sherwani and feathered safa. Even the very handsome family pup named Gopal wore his formal finest and made sure everyone looked their very best!

From the Baraat filled with music, laughter, and Akshat riding in on a white horse to artfully designed henna to ceremony traditions based on sacred Hindu scriptures, everything honored what Pruthvi and Akshat valued most: family, faith, and their future together.

[Editor's Note: Because the raas-garba (a night of energetic and playful dancing much like an American wedding reception) occurs the evening before the formal ceremony, we're starting with the party for Akshat and Pruthvi's feature to help stay true to their story! Besides, anything that starts with an auto rickshaw as a photo booth is pretty much the best thing ever!]

Chill and Grill: Indoor Bachelor Party Wedding Registry Must Haves

Old Man Winter is outside right now and Punxsutawney Phil predicted six more weeks of winter, so it's total cabin fever for those who love lounging on the deck and soaking up every minute of that natural Vitamin D. Thanks to today's collaboration with De'Longhi, we are sharing a great way to celebrate summertime, wedding showers, and bachelor parties all in the comfort of your home! We were inspired by their versatile countertop beauty, the Livenza All-Day Grill found on Bloomingdale's Wedding Registry, to create an indoor bachelor party that is all about chillin' and grillin' in style with your friends. Whether you want to grill some kabobs, steak, or paninis for your get together, there are so many fun and easy foodie options to get everyone's tastebuds watering with that delicious smoky aroma we all love. So if summertime won't come to you, you BYOS (bring your own summertime, of course)!

Inspired by smoke and modern masculine kitchen aesthetic, we have curated our top favorite wedding registry finds at Bloomingdale's to help make your own "Chill and Grill" party a stylish and functional hit as well as our top tips on how to decide what to put on your wedding registry. There's so much out there, so how do you choose? Let's find out!

Twinkling Nautical Evening Wedding Inspiration

There likely isn't one local who doesn't love watching the beach sky turn into dusk and the stars twinkle into their nightly display. Inspired by gilded sunsets and deep rich blues of the Lynnhaven River, everything in this coastal wedding inspiration shoot shimmered with total swoonery!

With a breathtaking celestial cake painted with the heavens, a full bouquet of white and light pink roses, and a delicate lace blush wedding gown, the navy blue and gold color palette complemented everything for a cool, elegant atmosphere near the water at the Lesner Inn. Photographed by Elizabeth Friske Photography, a dedicated bar area with large marquee letter lights warmed up the deck while tables topped with dark blue linens and sequined runners glittered indoors. For couples dreaming of an evening celebration under the stars, you will fall in love with this creative team's vision of contrasting colors, sparkling textures, and ultimate coastal romance.

Windswept Boho Chic Destination Wedding

Annie and Jose always knew they wanted to tie the knot on the beach away from home. As the bride shared, "The week we would spend in Sandbridge with my family was always a blast and full of so much love and laughter -- I wanted that exact same feeling for my wedding day." In simple boho chic elegance with a natural, homey feel, Annie and Jose created a true destination experience for their family and friends, and no tropical storm could say otherwise!

Captured by Molly Lichten Photography and coordinated by Astro Entertainment, Jose and Annie were well taken care of as they switched to Plan B inside of the beach house. From gorgeous colorful bohemian bouquets of succulents, Queen Anne's Lace, and proteias, to pops of blue in a custom map canvas guestbook and glassware, to champagne-colored bridesmaid dresses with gold sequins, to a sweetly simple naked cake decorated with bright pink and white flowers, the entire celebration was still lively and perfect.

Our favorite moment? This fun-loving couple broke out their dance moves while wearing rad matching light-up sneakers as the festivities continued to cap off a lovely wedding day at the beach.

Pastel Blue Summertime Wedding

In a wedding vision of pale blues, lavender, and crisp whites, Brendan and Molly's sweet summery celebration at the Inn at Warner Hall sparkled with joy, classic details, and good times. With elegantly scripted invitations, groomsmen in dapper bow ties, hydrangeas galore, and bridesmaids in light blue, everything was beautifully captured by Amanda Hedgepeth Photography.

From the beginning of a beautiful marriage, to the cheering acknowledgement that her mother was now cancer free, to her grandparents’ 66th anniversary, Brendan and Molly indeed had much to celebrate during their family-centered day. The couple incorporated the fun Southern tradition of burying the bourbon before the ceremony, and the open-tented reception under the starlight was filled with guests who danced the night away. You can't help but smile when seeing all of their happiness!

Idyllic Coastal Elopement Inspiration

"Like a lazy ocean hugs the shore, hold me close, sway me more..."
- Norman Gimbel, Sway

Along the sand dunes of Sandbridge, an isolated stretch of beach nestled between Back Bay Wildlife Refuge and Pungo, is every local's favorite when it comes to a quieter beach in the on and the off season, making it the perfect location when it comes to local elopements. With our area being Virginia's #1 beach destination, styled elopements are becoming ever-increasingly popular with today's creative modern day couple.

Inspired by the concept of "shipwrecked love," gorgeous simplicity never looked so good in this elopement inspiration shoot from Robyn Middleton Photography and Elopement Guild. With natural elements like wooden candlestick holders and a color palette of neutrals and ocean blues, everything paired perfectly with the bride's loosely tied halter wedding gown with a deep low back and flowy chiffon skirt -- the quintessential beach wardrobe for a bride looking for the ultimate romantic look when she says her vows.

It doesn't take much to personalize a sweet vignette when you have richly textured florals comprised of roses, blue thistle, silver brunia, and other lush greenery, simply textured mini white cakes, gold flatware, and wooden X-back chairs. It was the paradisal scene for an intimate celebration for two and inspiration for others also dreaming of eloping on the beach.

Modern Chic Intimate Art Gallery Wedding

When Jordan and Brenna were planning their wedding, they knew they wanted beautiful portraits and an intimate celebration without the busyness of a traditional wedding day. These two lovebirds booked the gorgeous Hermitage Museum and Gardens as the perfect backdrop to exchange their vows, but the arrival of Hurricane Matthew had other plans for their big day. Norfolk being Norfolk during a severe storm meant a drastic change in plans as the Hermitage was unfortunately flooded with downed trees and scattered branches everywhere. Thankfully, their reception venue, Corner Gallery, was able to come to the rescue and helped accommodate for a ceremony setting. Between the sunshine in the sky and the smiles on Brenna and Jordan's faces, it made everyone forget there was ever even a storm that weekend.

Filled with sparkly white Keds and a groom's beard to end all other wedding day beards, this modern chic wedding captured by Valerie Demo was the perfect fête to match the vibe of artsy Norfolk. From their custom-framed whimsical couple's portrait from everyone's favorite Rifle Paper Co. to their modern white dinner chairs with pops of red and gold on the table, Jordan and Brenna's day was quirky, fun, and memorable in all the best ways for a small wedding!

Boho Woodland Chic Backyard Wedding

In the neighborhoods of the Outer Banks, Chris and Casey grew up and fell in love. When it came time to plan their wedding, they knew a backyard soirée underneath the stars where it all began would be just what they wanted for their special day. From a handmade bridal gown with a peekaboo beige-colored lining to chalk-scripted place cards on long black butcher paper table runners to the stunning custom built ceremony arch dripping in natural brown amaranthus, hydrangeas, and silver dollar eucalyptus, everything was a boho dream in the color palette of neutrals, greens, and golds.

It was a touch bittersweet though as Chris' grandfather had passed away that week, but the thing that kept them smiling in their grief was knowing he was still with them there in spirit. Because before Chris practiced his vows that "100% chance of rain" wedding day morning, he got down on his knees and asked his grandfather for help. He needed him to clear the skies and give them sunshine for their 200+ friends and family joining them later that day. And as they all knew deep in their hearts Grandpa was with them, it was made even more certain when not just fifteen minutes later, the sun broke the clouds and transformed the wedding day into one of the most beautiful fall celebrations they had ever seen in the Outer Banks.

Captured by Red Cardinal Studio and coordinated by Coastyle Weddings & Events, this relaxed and beautifully styled woodland wedding was everything that these two lovebirds envisioned. The feeling at home was important to them, and that's just what they got as they dined and danced under bistro lights and starlight.

Moody Organic Garden Wedding Inspiration

With a mesmerizing gothic-inspired stick art installation as a backdrop at the Hermitage Museum and Gardens, this moody garden wedding inspiration is going to give you all the swoons! Pops of blush pink, rich olive greens, bright purple grays, and deep wine reds draw us into this organic and romantic spell to make us utterly smitten by the two brides' love for each other.

There are so many details to be entranced by, but we especially loved how the lush bouquet of garden roses, plum-colored hypericum berries, and purple Peruvian Lilies perfectly complements the darkened wood elements like the welcome sign and place cards emblazoned with modern white calligraphy. Captured by Megan Coleman Photography and styled by Misty Saves the Day, olive satin linens twisted in ornate gold napkin rings rested on layers of eclectic chargers ranging from glass to gold to porcelain while these lovebirds strolled around the spiraling towers of Villa Tempesta by internationally-renowned sculptor, Patrick Dougherty. Geodes, a mixed naked cake with a chocolate tier, greenery sweetheart chair swag, and so much more will captivate you into this modern day fairytale in nature with one captivating happily ever after.

Picnic Baskets and Mutual Weirdness

With a vintage picnic basket filled with bubbly champagne and the makings for a beautiful al fresco charcuterie board, Pamela and Arthur headed to Lake Anna Winery in Spotsylvania for their romantic engagement session with Jessica Green Photography. The sun-drenched afternoon was all the perfection to celebrate their relationship and their upcoming chapter as husband and wife!

As a thoughtful surprise, Pamela surprised her fiancé with a classic engraved pocket watch nestled in a wooden box that had a silver "Mutual Weirdness Forever" plaque. And well, any Dr. Seuss reference is a major win in our book! From the sweet mini cake to the little honey jar to the cozy chic picnic blankets, no detail was left out when it came to making their special time together personal to them.

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