Brides Against Domestic Violence

Did you know that 1 out of 4 women experience domestic abuse? It's a sobering side of our typically happy wedding world, and it's not a good one. We feel every person deserves a happy ending, and it's something we'll continue to hope for so there is a day when there are no "x out of x" statistics.

So we are proud to get the word out about the YWCA South Hampton Roads and House of Maya Bridal Salons' upcoming Bridal Auction and Benefit Fundraiser for Brides Against Domestic Violence on Sunday, June 7, 2015 at the Harrison Opera House from 2:00pm to 5:00pm where 100% of the funds raised will support the YWCA's mission in eliminating racism and domestic violence and empowering women.

Through private donations and gowns from House of Maya Bridal Salons, a generous thirty designer bridal gowns will be auctioned off via a silent and live auction. There will also be a bridal accessories auction and a raffle for a bridal package of discounts and perks from the best wedding pros in Hampton Roads (valued at over $1,000!). Diann Valentine, celebrity wedding planner, host of "I Do Over" on WeTV, and designer of the Valentine Cuff, has donated four of her couture Valentine Cuffs for the auction.

"It's an honor to collaborate with YWCA South Hampton Roads on our first ever bridal gown and accessories auction," said Maya, owner of House of Maya Bridal Salons. "I grew up in a small town, with humble beginnings, where I often witnessed or was the victim of racism. Those moments only fueled me more to not be broken and to strive for the very best in life. I cherish what I do in the bridal industry-- to celebrate special moments in the lives of women. This is why supporting the YWCA South Hampton Roads is so important to me."

One fact that many locals don't know is that the YWCA South Hampton Roads is the oldest and largest multicultural women's organization in the region providing domestic violence support services.

"People often take for granted how prevalent domestic violence is in our communities," said Ruth Jones, Executive Director of the YWCA South Hampton Roads, first time bride-to-be, and survivor of domestic violence. "Our agency receives almost 5,000 helpline calls each year from individuals who have been affected by intimate partner violence. In order to prevent violence in dating and long-term relationships, we must focus on the core components of healthy relationships."

Also during this great inaugural event, brides and guests will be inspired by an empowerment seminar moderated by Barbara Hamm Lee, host of WHRO's "Another View," and will feature speakers from all walks of life, including the City of Norfolk Vice Mayor, Angelia Williams Graves who is serving as Honorary Chair of Brides Against Domestic Violence.

Everyone is welcome and invited to attend this powerful event on June 9th in Norfolk. Tickets are available online for $25, and 100% of the proceeds will benefit the non-profit YWCA South Hampton Roads organization and support the local initiative to eliminate domestic violence.


If you find yourself in fear for your personal safety, please contact the 24-hour crisis helpline:
(757) 226-YWCA (9922).

Photography: Kirstyn Marie Photography // Venue: Harrison Opera House // Florals: Palette of Petals // Brooch Bouquet: Bridal Brooch Bouquets // Hair and Makeup: Behind the Veil // Gown: House of Maya Bridal Salons