Vendor Guide

Vendor Guide
Vendor Guide

Industrial Concrete Wedding Inspiration

The hard-edged concrete material isn't always the first thing one thinks of when it comes to weddings, but that unexpected element is exactly what sets apart wedding design, and it sure is gorgeous when incorporated well like this industrial chic inspiration! From literal concrete blocks to galvanized chargers to glass light bulbs, we're sharing a modern feast for the eyes for those who love a bit of visual contradiction in their wedding style.

Dripping eucalyptus, silver brunia, dusty miller, and ferns are perfect contemporary greenery options to the geometric lines of caged vintage lighting and seating while the canary yellow color palette boldly pops against the cool gray of plateware and linens. Captured by Lindsey Lyons Photography and orchestrated by a jam-packed creative team of wedding pros, every detail was thoughtfully curated to inspire couples with an industrial concept mashup with a classic wedding venue. Even the modern gourmet food plating of mussels coordinates with the marble and stone aesthetic!

It's no secret that we're obsessed with all things marble, so the delicately swirled white with streaks of black macarons and the marbleized wedding invitation suite especially made us majorly swoon! So get your pinning fingers ready because there are oodles of loveliness for you to fall in love with!

Froyo and First Dates

Inspired by their first date and mutual love of frozen yogurt, Shari and Mike relived some of their favorite moments together as a couple with their engagement session with Michael and Jasmine Photography at New Town in Williamsburg. Between the delicious sprinkles and the sweetness of these two lovebirds, you can't help but smile at the bright colors of Sweet Frog Frozen Yogurt's shop and the happy vibes they give each other. Because fact, date nights are always a million times better when froyo is involved and quadruple million times better when it's a part of a couple's love story.

Purple Garden-Inspired Wedding with Popsicles

Crossfit brought Jessica and Christian together, but it was the brunch that followed that sealed the deal. After partnering together for a class at the gym, the pair was chatting when Christian found out Jessica's favorite meal is breakfast. Fortunately, that was the perfect segue to ask her on a date, and, as they say, the rest is history.

It was clear that the love of their family and friends was the main inspiration for their wedding at Historic Mankin Mansion, as they involved their guests throughout the day, epic dance party and all. For Jessica, her favorite memory was getting ready in the morning. Due to a few celebratory drinks during their rehearsal dinner, Christian spent the morning in the hotel room with her, and she enjoyed spending the time leading up to the ceremony with him. Captured by Don Mears Photography, this purple and magenta-hued Richmond wedding was filled with lovely garden details such as antique key escort cards, colorful popsicles, crystal chandeliers, and roses for days.

Jessica and Christian shared some wise advice for other engaged couples who are in the middle of planning their wedding. "Don't focus too much on the details unless that brings you pleasure," she said. "The most memorable parts of the day involve the people you are celebrating with and the union you are celebrating for."

Emotional Vow Renewal Inspiration

Cynthia and Chris were married four years ago, and by way of an inspiration shoot, they renewed their vows in this gorgeous ceremony with their two children at The Mill at Fine Creek. Captured by Andrew and Tianna and coordinated by Just Dandy Events, the entire creative team envisioned a sweet and simple homage to the couple's love story and how the story grows with each of life's chapters. With a timeless lace gown from Milk & Honey Bride, ombré red and orange calligraphy, and the most gorgeous paper flowers you've ever seen, it was lovely intimate romance set against the backdrop of weathered stone walls. To help tell their story, the bride shares their background:

I have always wanted to do a vow renewal in real life even before I got married. I think it's important to relive those moments that you once shared before. It takes you back to when it was just the two of you holding hands with no cares in the world. And that's what I love about Chris! He brings out the carefree side in me, but most of all, our love story is my favorite.

We both had a pretty rough year in 2008. Chris' grandma (who was his best friend) and my aunt who was mine died 3 days apart from one another from the same type of rare cancer. In 2009, we just so happened to both be in the wedding party of a mutual friend when we noticed each other. I told him he looked familiar and me the same to him. We couldn't figure it out until one day when I was working at a physical therapy office. I randomly walked in on what wasn't my shift at the time, and he was getting therapy. From then on out, Chris started coming in when I was working.

Both of us agreed that we felt my aunt and his grandmother brought us together. After dating for a year, we realized he knew my aunt. She worked as a lunch lady in Kellam High School, and that's where he had went. She would always tell us that there was this boy she just loved that she always gave him extra ice cream. Many years later, we figured out that boy was him! And then the rest was destiny.

Romantic Periwinkle and Gold Wedding

We always love it when we publish couples' engagement sessions and then get to see their wedding stories on the big day afterwards! Awhile back, we featured Raven and Willie's adorable high school sweethearts-themed engagement, so when we saw them in their wedding best, it gave us big smiles! Raven and Willie, together with the talent of Kelsey Ann Events, created a memorable celebration at the Woman's Club of Portsmouth filled with periwinkle blue and gold details that left us swooning. From the gold chiavari chairs to the pastel blue linens and blooms to the gorgeous ceiling drapery, this natural light-filled venue was meant for this!

Raven and Willie decided to share a sweet first look before the ceremony, and the love in their eyes was obvious as they walked the grounds together sharing the few precious minutes before officially becoming husband and wife. Luke and Ashley Photography created stunning portraits, and the ladies in soft blue and blush pink dresses lined up beautifully alongside the bride. Our favorite moment, though, is near the end of the reception, as family and friends toasted to Raven and Willie’s theme of "better together." Keep scrolling for stunning spring wedding inspiration and all the love you can handle!

Colorful and Fun High School Sweethearts Wedding

We believe beach weddings should be full of color, fun, and laughter, and this big day fits all three requirements perfectly! Local high school sweethearts Caitlin and Ryan celebrated in vibrant style at the Yacht Club at Marina Shores in Virginia Beach. Their shared love of travel was evidenced on their reception tables and Dr. Seuss-inspired table seating chart that showed guests where the couple had been and where they were headed.

Jessica Ryan Photography captured both the smiles on the couple's faces and each gorgeous detail that helped tell Caitlin and Ryan's wedding story. Navy blue was the color palette with pops of tangerine, bright pink, and green. We love the bride's scalloped neckline wedding dress, the wicker plate chargers at each place setting that anchored the high and low floral centerpieces (filled with the trendy fern!), and the towering berry-topped partial naked cake. You can't help but feel their joy when looking at their wedding day memories!

How to Create a Free Wedding Website with Minted

There aren't many people nowadays who don't have some sort of online connection. Heck, it's practically the only way now to communicate with family and friends who live all over the world! So to make wedding planning a bit easier and oh so chic, creating a stylish wedding website as your Hub of I Do Soon updates is a must. Thanks to Minted, we're sharing our top reasons on why you need to have a wedding website and then how to make a FREE website to take your wedding style to a digital level. Let's get clicking!

And Memo was his Name-O

It's no secret that we're obsessed when couples bring in their beloved pets into their wedding-related sessions, and Memo the handsome bay horse is no exception! Heather absolutely adores her equine character of a friend and wanted to have a post-wedding bridal session with him at the Amazing Grace Stable in Carrollton. So one bright sunny day with Ryann Winn Photography, they joined Memo for an afternoon of bridal beauty and horsin' around.

With a strapless sweetheart neckline, pearl barrettes, and handpicked sunflowers, Heather was the picture of a sweet Southern rustic bride. From the giant toothy grin from Memo to the casual walk around the stable grounds, it was a wonderful memory to keep forever: just a girl and her horse.

Hot Air Balloon-Inspired Wedding

What's not to love about a playful hot air balloon-themed happily ever after wedding co-starring Geoffrey, the adorable pup who was stolen from his humans and returned to Jenn and Mark just two weeks before their wedding? Because he is so central to their lives, this bride and groom included Geoffrey in cute elements like Mark's Airedale terrier cufflinks and in their first look on the Crim Dell Bridge before they said I do at the Wren Chapel!

Since Mark and Jenn met at William and Mary on the rowing team, it was an alumni-filled day! We love the way Meredith Ryncarz Photography captured the sweet details such as a bridal bouquet filled with garden roses and succulents and a 3-D yellow and green hot air balloon groom's cake that matched their college's colors. Between Geoffrey, a beautiful campus, and the lovely Williamsburg Community Center that was previously the scene for their first dance together during a Greek Formal when they were students, this personal celebration made for their guests who came from near and far.

Enchanting Riverside Wedding Inspiration

Along the Potomac River with the most beautiful soft light at Leesylvania State Beach, The Kama Photography, Claire Duran Weddings & Events, and an incredible creative team dreamed up mystical waterside romance filled with shabby chic vintage furniture, lush organically-arranged florals, and timeless details. Mixed grays and blues make up this minimal inspiration's color palette with pops of mustard yellow and distressed white. Everything perfectly coordinated with the surrounding forest, jetty, and sand -- a lovely tribute to the beauty of Virginia's coastline.

One of our favorite details is the bride's flowy dress with a draping cowl open back and embroidered neckline; it's the quintessential beach gown! From the seagull-decorated stationery to the ceremony altar ring of blooms, this inspiration shoot is a major swoonfest for those looking for coastal wedding ideas with a love for natural moments.

Boho Romance and Miss Gracie

Claire and Joe's dreamy bohemian engagement session in Ocean View was a perfect combination of their fun-loving personalities and chic relaxed style. With fresh flowers, a bottle of champagne, striped beach blanket, and their sweet pup, Gracie, in tow, the three headed to Norfolk's East Beach with Molly Lichten Photography for a romantic date night and stroll on the sand. Between Claire's gorgeous lace romper to make all of us swoon and the delicate flower crown perfect for any boho bride, everything was effortlessly personal for these two lovebirds. Even Gracie sported her own lush eucalyptus floral necklace just for the occasion!

Romantic Coastal Wedding on the Eastern Shore

Jason and Danielle met during their first week of college when he held the door for her on their way to freshman orientation. Years later, after a long-distance relationship and many Navy deployments, Jason dropped down on one knee during a weekend trip to the Outer Banks to ask Amy if she would be with him forever. She said yes, and they immediately began planning a coastal-inspired wedding with the help of The Happy Hour Hostess that would remind them of their beach proposal.

With The Oyster Farm at Kings Creek on the Eastern Shore as the backdrop, the seaside décor was perfectly elegant on Danielle and Jason's wedding day. From oyster shell escort cards to driftwood planks calligraphed in style for food tags to dusty purple bridesmaid dresses, Andrew and Tianna captured the day beautifully, especially with sunset portraits that left us swooning for the summer ahead.

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