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Thanksgiving Wedding Ideas

With Thanksgiving tomorrow, we are taking a break from local engagement or general wedding inspiration for the rest of the week to bring a bit of gratitude inspiration in many forms. Whether it's a thank you card, a yummy beverage recipe, or autumn tablescape inspiration, showing gratitude is a lifestyle. So while it's Turkey Day-provoked, may these wedding ideas translate to all seasons and special days! Because "thank you" is always in style. :)

1. Count your blessings is the theme of the season! So we're throwing it back to our fun and modern Thanksgiving-inspired rehearsal dinner here on Tidewater and Tulle.

2. This Apple and Bourbon Punch recipe on The Bride Link will literally warm your heart… and your toes! Three cheers to the hostess who shows her thanks with this one!

3. Planning an engagement party this time of year? There's nothing cozier than a harvest-inspired one like this one on Southern California Bride.

4. Engaged and know that hosting a Thanksgiving dinner for loved ones is in your future? Think ahead and look at these Turkey Day hosting must-haves from Kiss My Tulle are on your registry! Your future self will thank you.

5. A true show of gratitude, Christie of Mountainside Bride shares her thankfulness for following her heart on her wedding day and reminds us of the core reasons a wedding takes place.

6. Me oh my, it's pumpkin pie! This deliciously warm-in-tone tablescape inspiration on The Perfect Palette hits all the right notes for the holiday of thanks.

7. These 25 Ways to Give Thanks at Your Wedding on Bridal Guide show that we can always find opportunities to show gratitude-- in little or big ways!

8. Thank You Cards may be the most obvious way to show your appreciation, but they are definitely not any less important than the rest! Here at Tidewater and Tulle, we featured Thank You Card Etiquette as well as a free card printable to get your thanks a pretty start.

9. Any fall-inspired table inspiration is a goodie, especially when paired with metallics and textures of the season, especially this one on Hey Wedding Lady.

10. Whether you're a crafty person or just completely techie, these creative ways to say thank you on Martha Stewart Weddings are always in style, no matter the holiday.

Have something to share that you're grateful for? Post below in a comment!

- Chelsea :)

Photo by Caitlin Gerres Photography. For the entire handmade and modern rehearsal dinner inspiration and vendor credits, head over to the full feature.

2014 Holiday Date Night Ideas for Hampton Roads

It's no secret I'm a bit of a nut for Christmastime (and if you've been a reader for awhile, you already knew I had a winter Colonial Williamsburg wedding)! And I think winter makes for the coziest, magical, and best date nights ever, so I've rounded up the best local events happening this holiday season.

From parades to fireworks to kid-friendly celebrations, there's a little bit of everything for everyone no matter if you're in Virginia Beach or Williamsburg! Go all around to see the true beauty of our region decked out in its winter best! :)

Lighthouse Grand Illumination
Cape Henry Lighthouse at Fort Story
Virginia Beach
more info

Bull Island Christmas
Poquoson Illuminated Parade
more info

Illumination and Tree Lighting
Riverwalk Landing
more info

A Story Book Christmas Parade
more info

Holiday Open House
Downtown Suffolk
more info

Oyster Point Fountain Plaza
Newport News
more info

Lighted Boat Parades
Yorktown and Hampton
6:00pm to 8:30pm
7:00pm (if you drive to Hampton)
more info

Society Candlelight Home Tour
Suffolk-Nansemond Historical
more info

Colonial Williamsburg Grand Illumination
Entertainment and Fireworks
4:45pm-7:30pm (7:00pm for fireworks)
more info

Christmas Tree Lighting and Evening Specialty Craft and Food Market
more info

Genuine Hamtown Holidays Parade
more info

Toyland Parade
more info

Hampton Holly Days Parade
Downtown Hampton
more info

Firing of Christmas Guns
more info

Community Christmas Tree Lighting
more info

Noon Year's Day
Virginia Living Museum
Newport News
more info

First Night Williamsburg
Colonial Williamsburg/College of William & Mary/City of Williamsburg
7:00pm-11:45pm (11:45pm for fireworks)
more info

What's your favorite kind of date night this time of year? Share your thoughts in a comment!

- Chelsea :)

Photo by Jami Thompson Photography. Stay tuned this December 11th to see this exclusive Tidewater and Tulle Nautical Christmas feature!

Preppy Vineyard Vines-Inspired Wedding

Vineyard Vines could practically be credited for getting Christy and Palmer together. As destiny would have it, when the groom walked into his first law school class at Regent University, one adorable and vivacious brunette called across the room, "Hey you with the pink Vineyard Vines shirt! I love the whale!"

Inspired by the preppy New England-styled clothing brand and the couple's academic history together at Regent, the two lovebirds incorporated the Vineyard Vines whale throughout the wedding in the groomsmen's ties and socks, the napkin holders, and even on the dance floor with a custom gobo by Stage Right Lighting and then also held the entire wedding day on campus in the Regent University Chapel and the bride's grandparents' home, the Regent University Chancellory.

With personal details of family touches and a playful wedding spirit, it was surely a whale of a tale for this preppy pink and green Virginia Beach wedding captured by Katie Wilson Photography and filmed by Eric VanValin!

Photography: Katie Wilson Photography // Venue: Regent University // Ceremony Music: String Quartet by Victoria Proffitt // DJ: DIY by Family Friend // Hair and Makeup: DIY by Family Friend // Bridal Gown: Tara Keely via Pure English Couture Bridal // Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Groomswear: Joseph A. Bank // Wedding Party Accessories: Vineyard Vines // Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Sung via Bridals by Lori // Florals: DIY by Family Friend // Cake: Nothing Better Than Cake // Cookie Favors: Sugar Confection // Event Rentals: Distinctive Event Rentals // Stationery: DIY by Regent Staff // Catering: Mercy Chefs // Videography: Eric VanValin // Transportation: Smithfield Horse & Carriage // Lighting: Stage Right Lighting

Chic Southern Rustic Engagement Party

With pheasant feathers, golden pumpkins, and cafe lights strung over farm tables paired with cozy textures and mismatched chairs, this Yorktown engagement party at the Hornsby House will show that simplicity in setting a wedding tone from the very beginning goes a long way.

With the help of family and friends, Julie and Gray created a warm and welcoming environment all the while honoring tradition, family history, and their upcoming nuptials. Because Gray's heritage is firmly rooted in the Hornsby House, they knew it was the perfect spot to host their engagement party as well as carry on the Southern tradition of "burying the bourbon."

If you aren't from the South and are questioning this quirky tradition, well, you're in for a treat because this age-old one is sweet. It's Southern folklore meets meteorology. If you bury a bottle of bourbon where the bride and groom are to be married, it is said that it won't rain on their wedding day. And then on the actual wedding day, the couple are to dig up the bottle and share it with the wedding party for a nice toast to the newlyweds!

A feast of Southern charm meets fall elegance, this engagement celebration captured by Luke and Ashley Photography is just the start. Stay tuned in a few weeks for Julie and Gray's official engagement session; it's an equally chic one!

Photography: Luke and Ashley Photography // Venue/Catering/Decor/Furniture: Hornsby House // Decor: DIY by Couple and their Loved Ones

Classic Williamsburg Bridal Session

Yesterday was all about Indian wedding traditions, and today, we're all about one good ole Southern tradition that is the bridal portrait session!

Originally an engagement session that couldn't happen due to her now-husband's move across the country, Kate and her photographer Jennifer of Shine with Jennifer Leigh decided that bridal portraits were the next best thing, and we agree! What girl wouldn't love to wear her wedding gown more than once?!

To personalize her gown from The Inspired Bride, Kate customized her dress straps so they could be removed when she wants to change the gown's look and her bridal pearls were also designed specifically to complement her gown's neckline and details.

Since her wedding was recently at the beautiful Colonial Heritage Golf Club in Williamsburg, they thought there was no other more perfect place for her very own bridal portraits. With a dash of fall foliage and cool breeze, these sunset bridal captures are simply perfect this time of year!

Photography: Shine with Jennifer Leigh // Venue: Colonial Heritage Golf Club // Bridal Gown: The Inspired Bride // Florals: DIY by Mother of the Bride // Hair and Makeup: Illusions by Marcus

How to Personalize Your Traditional Indian Wedding

Indian weddings make up part of the local wedding scene here in southeastern Virginia, so earlier this year, we learned all about Indian wedding traditions and even about personalizing American wedding traditions. So today, we have the fabulous expert herself (and best bunny mom there ever was), Preeti Moberg of The Big Fat Indian Wedding, doing the ultimate mashup of those two as she shares how brides and grooms can personalize beautiful South Asian traditions for their own special days.


Indian weddings are known for their display of bright colors and intimate religious functions. While they seem vastly different from the sweet, but standard white dress ceremony, Indian weddings can be a challenge unto themselves. After all, if you're getting married in a traditional Indian setting, you might find yourself donning the expected red saree or lehenga and listening to the ancient prayers and vedas.

So how does one personalize their traditional Indian wedding? The below tips should get you started on your journey to an event that is decidedly your own:

Go bold with your colors

While red is the traditional choice for an Indian bride, representing honor and love, it isn't the only color that the star of the show would look stunning in. Indian lehengas and sarees come in all shades of every color - from dazzling golds to deep purples. Pick a color that represents you, complements your skin tone, and suits your wedding style. You'll add your personal flair to your look, while still donning traditional Indian attire.

Mix up your flower selection

Indian weddings often feature flower arrangements of roses, marigolds, and orchids. However, there's no reason why your favorite lilies or carnations can't make it to your bouquet or table display. Personalize your decor by choosing flowers that match your theme and color scheme. Carnations are a great choice since they come in a variety of colors - and peonies are popular wedding picks. Since the mandap and other decorations are probably utilizing Indian motifs, flowers are a simple way to infuse your style into your wedding while still keeping the decor traditional.

Offer a bangle bar for your guests

Indian bangles, or thin bracelets made out of metals or wood, are worn in dozens by women adorning outfits from anarkhalis to sarees. Since they come in every color imaginable and cost less than 50 rupees a pack (if you buy them in India), they are a cheap and easy way to add some fun style to your wedding. Let your female guests go crazy mixing and matching their favorite colors and designs for their own personal looks. Your bangle bar will be the talk of the wedding season, representing your taste for jewelry while making good use of Indian trinkets.

Serve your favorite foods

Indian food doesn't just consist of a few meaty curries and tandoor-grilled flatbreads. The wide range of Indian food represents flavors and cultures from the whole country, from the tender meats of the north to the simmered lentils of the south. Express your personal taste in the category where taste matters the most by selecting your favorite dishes to offer your guests. Recent experiments in Indian food have led to delicious fusion options as well – such as Indo-Chinese. Whether you're offering a buffet or a sit-down meal, let your palette take the lead so you and your guests can enjoy a wedding reception that's truly "you."

Get clever with guest books and centerpieces

Even if you're using traditional Indian motifs to decorate your wedding venue, guest books and table centerpieces are an excellent opportunity to showcase yours and your spouse's personalities.

If you enjoy traveling, consider having a globe-themed guest book that your guests can write messages in. Consider taking it an additional step and organize each table so the centerpiece represents a city or country from your travels.

Think about what hobbies and favorites you want your guests to know about you (especially if it's a large wedding) and engage in DIY projects accordingly. Consult Pinterest, ask your wedding planner to help, or grab some friends and design the small personal flairs in wedding details yourself. The guests will appreciate these details and take note of how much effort you put into the party.

Write your own vows

Although you'll probably be getting married by an official priest and listening to ancient Hindu vedas that bind you in holy matrimony, you and your spouse can still share your personal thoughts with each other. Whether you share them privately before the ceremony, make space for the reading of the vows before the Hindu rituals, or read them aloud at the wedding reception, you can find time to express your personalized love to each other.

With so much color, tradition, and excitement, Indian weddings does leave some room to personalize to your own tastes - while still maintaining the respectful allure of the age-old customs.

- Preeti

Want to get more daily South Asian wedding inspiration? Get to know Preeti and The Big Fat Indian Wedding over on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

All photos by Keith Cephus Photography.
To see more of his Hampton Roads Indian weddings, head on over to his website.

Charming Homegrown Suffolk Wedding

Inspired by her parents' backyard for their special day, Vanessa and Jimmy dreamed of a homegrown, comfortable rustic wedding. And when that backyard is on a farm overlooking the Nansemond River, you can't get a more beautiful setting for a simple wedding outdoors with close friends and family!

With the open space, string lights, fried oysters, and barbecue, Vanessa and Jimmy's day set the tone right for a stress-free shindig in Suffolk, especially when captured by Photoladylove and orchestrated by McBride Events. To keep with the spirit of closeness, their wedding party consisted of just the bride's sister and the groom's father… accompanied by the sweetest flowergirl nieces ever.

No matter how big or small, a wedding infused with the couple's personalities is just the right kind.

Photography: Photoladylove // Venue: Private Residence // Event Coordination: McBride Events // Entertainment: Power Play Band // Hair: Salon Avanti // Makeup: Faces by Rebecca Wood // Bridal Gown: Hayley Paige from Pure English Couture Bridal // Groomswear: Ralph Lauren at Macy's // Florals: Palette of Petals // Cake: Incredible Edibles Bakery // Lighting: Stage Right Lighting // Event Rentals: Catering Concepts // Transportation: Fun Tours Inc. and James River Transportation // Tent Rentals: Special Events Virginia // Ceremony Musicians: The Royal String Quartet
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