Friday Recap | Local Wedding Happs, January Edition

January 24, 2014

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

It's the start of 2014, and we have the latest in some local wedding news to bring you up to speed about some local pros doing some pretty neat things. :)

Peninsula Wedding Professionals Join Together
To bring the Peninsula wedding community closer together, area businesses from Hampton and up meet every month to discuss new ways to serve and support the local wedding industry. If you're a local wedding professional who lives and serves the Peninsula, you can find out more information on the dedicated Peninsula Wedding Professionals Facebook page about meetups.

Wedding Workshops by Event Professionals at Wayside Village Shoppes
Vendor Fam Antonia Christianson Events and friend Isha Foss Events have started up hosting fabulous monthly flower- and event-related workshops for ladies, gents, pros, and whoever loves all things weddings in Virginia Beach! Some are complimentary, some are BYO, and some have a materials fee. You can find out more about each month's topic on their Facebook page.

Honoring a Local Legend
Known for her modeling, big heart, and presence in the wedding industry (particularly the bridal fashion shows), Jeanette "Cookie" Cooke-Dabney passed away on January 20, 2014. Her obituary on is a lovely tribute to her life's accomplishments and influence on many.

Love and More Love
While a little bit broader than the 757 region, Virginia's Attorney General Mark Herring declared the state's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional which ultimately will affect our whole local wedding industry. We know LGBT-cheerleader Vendor Fam Cherry Blossom Weddings is ready to pounce with excitement when word is given!

Williams-Sonoma Wedding Gift Registry Contest
Our local Williams-Sonoma stores in Virginia Beach, Williamsburg, and Norfolk all are participating in a cool wedding registry contest for brides and grooms where they have the chance to win a $5,000 Williams-Sonoma gift card. Tidewater and Tulle did get sponsored to chat about wedding registries yesterday, but we are crazy optimistic and hoping someone local wins it!

Happily Ever After Even for the Wedding Pros
At the Uniquely Yours Bridal Showcase in front of dozens engaged ladies and gents, Roger Cruz of Astro Entertainment led a special light design turned marriage proposal (with the help of Stage Right Lighting and Maya Couture)... of his own! You can watch the proposal right on YouTube! See, even we pros are suckers for swoonable stories in our personal lives! :)

The Bridal Dish Comes to Williamsburg
Opening up its first Peninsula location, Kelly Coronel of The Bridal Dish of Williamsburg will be serving area brides and grooms in this unique wedding planning studio. A website is still pending but you can find her on Facebook for grand opening updates.

Know something else that's going on in the Hampton Roads wedding industry for next month's LWH edition? Please send an email to 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.