Old Dominion University Wedding Inspiration

October 2, 2014

Southeastern Virginia boasts some pretty cool history facts. Like William & Mary in Williamsburg is the second oldest university in America or that in 1930, Old Dominion University in Norfolk was actually first established as an extension of William & Mary and Virginia Tech to educate teachers and engineers. It wasn't until 1962 that it was granted independence as Old Dominion College and set course for a long-standing academic institution in Hampton Roads.

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.

House Ceremony: Heather Cook Elliott via Style Me Pretty // Striped Tie: Jasmine Star via Style Me Pretty // White Lion Decor: White Faux Taxidermy via Etsy // Floral Crown: Chelsey Boatwright via Style Me Pretty // White Calligraphy Sign: Andrea Hubbell via Style Me Pretty