Vendor Guide

Vendor Guide
Vendor Guide

Having Your First Holiday Together as Newlyweds

The first year of marriage is full of ups and downs; there really is no other year like it for a married couple. Finances are tight, schedules are tweaked, household chores are fluid, and you're just trying to find the everyday groove with your spouse. So when the holidays come around, it is even more important to celebrate that year and for the future ahead. Hosting your first holiday or Christmas together shouldn't be a time of frustration or unrealistic nesting perfection. And even though you two might have a small budget, it doesn't mean you can't have a beautiful winter season together! In partnership with Pottery Barn, we are showing that no matter what holiday you celebrate as newlyweds, there are lovely ways to celebrate in cozy, stylish, and affordable merriment that will set the foundation for holidays to come.

Joy-Filled Virginia Beach Oceanfront Wedding

One sun-soaked afternoon in September, Karina and Jose said their vows with the sand between their toes at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. With vibrant purple flowers, an aisle runner with Ephesians 5:31 inscribed, dapper grey suits, and a load of gorgeous smiles from all in attendance, this beach wedding was perfectly paired with the laid back vibe that tends to go with having a sand and surf kind of ceremony... and thankfully, we get to relive Karina and Jose's joy-filled moments through Andi and Zoe Photography's captures!

Personalized Holiday Gift Ideas for Bridesmaids

We don't know about you, but as little girls, we were obsessed with things that had our names inscribed, painted, engraved, whatever on it... it meant it was just for us and no one else, especially little brothers or sisters! And as grown-ups, we don't think much has changed. :) From sentimental to just plain pretty, in our holiday gift guide curated specially with the bridesmaid in mind and straight from the handcrafted artisans themselves on Etsy, there's a little something for everyone that can be doubled up for the wedding day AND everyday.

Classic Fall Outer Banks Wedding

Channeling the chillier weather days for a beautiful fall wedding, Anna and Nathan were married in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina in the most classic of wedding days. From beautiful monochromatic bouquets to chic black velvet and pewter-colored satin bridesmaid dresses to a vintage getaway car, their special day radiated timeless beauty and happy moments. To add personal touches, Anna even designed and crafted the beautiful stationery pieces that were used throughout the wedding!

Captured by Five Copper Creative and coordinated by The Proper Setting, these two gorgeous smiley lovebirds celebrated at 108 Budleigh surrounded by loved ones, particularly Anna's twin sister who made sure there were plenty of laughter to be had!

Virginia Inspired Wedding Gifts

Oh, Dominion State, we love you. We love your beaches, your mountains, your fields, and all of your cities. Today's post is all about home state (or adopted home state) pride! Many couples find their spouses here, many of us grew up here, and so many find their ways somewhere in this beautiful state of ours. When you have a connection, your love for your hometown is very likely to creep up in your wedding day somewhere. If you're a Virginian by heart or by relationship, then these goodies are going to swell up your heart or even cause a tickle in your throat as you dream of dogwood trees and bright red cardinals. From tote bags to calligraphy signs to accessories for your ladies, there's a little something for every gal and guy to show off why Virginia really is for lovers!

Back Bay Anniversary Session

After three years of marriage, Jaimie and Jake can agree on the fact that marriage is not an easy road, but sharing life together with your best friend is easily the one fact that makes it all very much worth it.

To celebrate, they went to Back Bay in Virginia Beach and stepped in front of Mai Fotography's lens with one pretty tulle skirt, her original wedding bouquet, and a whole lot of sweet moments! Like with all of our anniversary session features, we love to hear straight from the couple themselves, and it was extra special when both Jake and Jaimie each shared their own answers.

Maymont Park Bridal Session in Richmond

This lovely rustic-loving bride, Amanda, wanted something a little different than rustic for her bridal portraits with Andrew and Tianna Photography. Using her session as not only a test run for her wedding day hair and makeup, but a chance to get some gorgeous portraits pre-wedding, especially one particular photo with her holding a chalkboard sign that said "Forever your little girl"... all for a wedding day present for her Dad!

So one beautifully dreamy afternoon, they made the trek from Chesapeake to Richmond for the timeless and painterly backdrop that Maymont Park is known for. Donning a mermaid fit white lace gown with a sweetheart neckline from David's Bridal and ivory wedge heels with pretty bow ankle straps, Amanda is the perfect example of sweet bridal beauty.

Pretty and Practical Wearable Wedding Tech

It's really no secret that I love technology, but I especially love practical and pretty technology... particularly things that can translate to everyday! From old school tech cufflinks to personal safety smart necklaces to more, today's feature is a little bit of all my favorites when it comes to wearable tech perfect for a wedding day!

Quirky Kelly Green Converse-Themed Wedding

One evening at City Center in Newport News, MJ and Kelly went on a date as they had many times before in the past, but this evening was even more special than the rest. With a clever nod to his future wife's name, MJ surprised Kelly with a kelly green ukulele that he'd taught himself to play just for the occasion. He sang "You've Got a Friend in Me" from Toy Story. And as if that weren't enough for our Disney-lovin' hearts, at the last line of the song ("You've got a friend in me...") became "Kelly, will you marry me?" And the rest is history.

Captured by Homeworks Video Productions and coordinated by Mann and Wife, Kelly and MJ had the most perfect day for a wedding in Smithfield. With a theme like kelly green Converse shoes with navy blues and chalkboard blacks, you know it was a light-hearted and joy-filled day to remember!

Before the ceremony, they opted for a first look at Windsor Castle Park and exchanged notes right before walking down the aisle as a nostalgic tribute to when they worked together at a local restaurant and left notes on each other's cars when they got off of work.

Between the geeky peek of Legos "under" the wedding cake's white fondant to the chalkboard-inspired stationery to the matching Converse shoes, this sweet quirky wedding was perfectly full of the happy couple's personalities! You definitely can't help but feel the happy fun!

Quick Bytes: Hope with 'Scope

Earlier this year, we hosted some great little successful working lunches for wedding pros called Quick Bytes… and now that it is slower wedding season again and requested by popular demand, we are bringing them back!

To kick off the late fall/winter season, we are starting with Periscope. Oh, Periscope. You came into our lives and broadcasted your goodness! The young upstart of all social media platforms. While it's new and still gaining a ton of traction and followings, it's the perfect time to take advantage of this platform! It's pretty much perfection for the wedding and event world to really show the amazing things that are happening! And we are going to go over that in two weeks!

And without further ado, Tidewater and Tulle Presents...

For more information and to grab a free ticket, please register for a ticket!

Want to get an idea on what a Periscope broadcast looks like? Check out Tidewater and Tulle's Katch account (the quintessential place that "catches" all of your expired Periscopes!)... and of course, stay tuned to our Periscope channel as we will be doing a little 'scoping on Quick Bytes day!

Not able to make it to Hope with 'Scope? Leave a comment below to let us know what you'd like to learn about next! See our past get-togethers right here on Tidewater and Tulle.

Quick Bytes is an in-person working lunch series to help educate about the power of social media and how it relates to the wedding industry, locally and at large. Each month, we will go to different restaurants on the Southside and Peninsula. Dates, locations, and topics will vary.

- Chelsea :)

Sentimental Mount Trashmore Engagement

For Virginia Beach natives, Mount Trashmore is synonymous with fireworks, running, and playgrounds. But the fun fact is that because Virginia Beach is very much below sea level, this manmade former landfill-turned-beautiful-park is literally the highest point in the entire city! So when this sweet engagement session from Diana Gordon Photography hit the inbox, my nostalgic heart melted a bit for this local loved icon.

Thanks to their careers, Philip and Ashley were brought here to Hampton Roads-- one in the Navy and the other a middle school math teacher-- and well, like this area is wont to do, they were brought together and fell in love with each other and southeastern Virginia.

And while Mt. Trashmore is a local icon to some, to Philip and Ashley, it was the very spot where Philip proposed to Ashley. It basically made it the perfect location for their engagement session to announce their wedding date. Who knows where the Navy will send them, but Dear Ole Mt. Trashy will forever hold some major sentimental memories for the many, many years to come!

Cool Date Night Idea: Wine Tasting and Mixology Classes

Whether you're engaged or married, Date Night is something that we love to see stand the test of time in any relationship! And thanks to the annual culinary event Fire, Flour, and Fork and Quirk Hotel in Richmond, Virginia, we were filled to the brim of ideas and excited to share with you and your honey over the next few months.

Surrounded by food and drink from all over the Dominion State, chefs, restauranteurs, and food and drink connoisseurs shared their craft in the most tasty way possible... and one of those ideas we loved was: madeira tasting and mixology class!

Classic Navy Blue Town Point Club Wedding

Barbara and Brian were married at Christ and St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Norfolk, Virginia surrounded by childhood friends and family... even former students! As a retired special education teacher, it was so important to Barbara to have some of her former students in attendance-- since many go which have now gone into the teaching profession themselves!

To blend their personal traditions and sentimental details, Barbara and Brian were married in the church where her sons grew up as well as incorporated some of Brian's Quaker faith into their ceremonial moment of silence and a beautiful marriage certificate signed by all of their guests at the reception. Stunningly intricate with sparkly beads and vintage lace patterns with a playful flare tea-length hem, we are in love with the bride's beautiful dress that she received from a dear childhood friend.

Captured by Meredith Ryncarz Photography and coordinated by Michelle Amarillo Event Planning, there was no shortage of laughter and dancing!

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