Vendor Guide

Vendor Guide
Vendor Guide

10 Zodiac Wedding Must Haves That Were Written in the Stars

Star light, star bright, gorgeous stars we see right now! There's no mistaking the zodiac constellation trend that has been taking over the fashion world, and it was totally meant to be for special days like weddings. Ethereal, timeless, and personal, we love how elegant the starry touch gives astrological whimsy. From twinkling gossamer bridal capes to hand-painted starry toasting glasses, every little bit of this is giving our hearts the ultimate celestial treatment. Curated from Etsy, we plucked the most stellar finds for any couple who reads their horoscopes every week, adores romantic moonlit backyard picnics, and looks to the sky for creative inspiration.

Celestial inspired bridal cape

Fun Colorful Ballroom Wedding with Chic Lucky Charms Macarons

Fun, fun, fun, and a whole lot of color! Mike and Maggie's playfully chic day was all about vibrant celebration and memorable amusement. Against the backdrop of the classic John Marshall Ballroom in Richmond, modern aesthetic took over with bright greenery popped with fuchsia, red orange, cornflower blue, and other vivid hues. From a giant and eclectically decorated escort card tree overflowing with flowers, to Lucky Charms macarons for everyone's sweet teeth, to a faux turf aisle runner and photo booth backdrop, life and love exploded in the River City.

Designed by Alyson Taylor Events and captured by Abigail Volkmann Photography, the energy and happiness exuded from Maggie and Mike was contagious to all of their wedding guests. The couple's shared love for biking came through in a big way at the reception (just check out that adult-sized tricycle entrance!) and their love for family showed at the ceremony (can we talk about Maggie's adorable aunt-turned-fabulous-flower girl?!). With a nod to old time traditions and joy at the future ahead, this modern eclectic day is inspiring to all of us who love to live life colorfully!

Modern colorful painted wedding invitations

Elegant DIY Wedding with Gorgeous Handmade Gown

Adolfo and Kathryn's story began at their alma mater, Virginia Tech, in what seemed like a good first impression that would turn into nothing more. A few years later, they met while waiting in line for sushi and began a friendship that would eventually blossom into something they never expected. So when these two lovebirds began planning the handmade wedding of their dreams, this pharmacist duo knew they wanted a nod to their degrees (hello, cutest prescription pill bottle favors ever!) and a bright, pastel style that would complement the neutral colors of Noah’s Event Venue in Chesapeake.

With Luke and Ashley Photography behind the lens, this mint and pink wedding exuded elegance from the tall reception centerpieces to the ceiling draping. Kathryn's aunties made sure family was entwined in all the handmade details including the florals that you'd never guess they were made of silk flowers, a gorgeous sweetheart neckline wedding dress with a perfect mantilla lace veil, and a ceremony arch that would make any garden lover swoon! Their beautiful wedding party featured two extremely adorable littles -- even their sweet puppy was dressed to the nines for the special occasion!

Mint colored bridesmaid and groomsman outfits

Oh So Chic Anniversary Session

Any opportunity we get to feature an anniversary session is one we happily celebrate! Weddings just don't end on the wedding day. It's a chapter of preparation for a lifetime ahead together, and anniversary sessions always help us remember that special commitment.

At the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Analise and Carlton shared their story with Shannon Moffit Photography in front of gorgeous architecture and downtown art. The grounds were perfectly set for this elegantly stylish couple, but their insight and experience are even moreso as they share below.

Marriage anniversary session at the VMFA in Richmond Virginia

Cheery Turquoise Wedding on the Eastern Shore

For Tara and Mitch, getting married by the water as always a must, and what better place to tie the knot than overlooking the beautiful Chesapeake Bay in Cape Charles at the Oyster Farm at Kings Creek? With a pop of bright aqua color at the venue itself, the couple chose a cheery turquoise and coral pink color palette to complement the coastal vibes of the town... and with all the lush peony, ranunculus, and dahlia flowers, it has us absolutely swooning! From the bride's comfy lace sandals to their pastel watercolor cake that spoke to the adventure yet to come, Molly Lichten Photography captured each moment of this beautiful day by the water.

As they planned each gorgeous touch of style, Tara and Mitch paid attention to the heartfelt elements as well. The glass ceremony during the wedding itself created an heirloom to symbolize the strength of their commitment, and handwritten vows touched hearts all around as the two finally became husband and wife. Their love story may have started on an ordinary football weekend at Virginia Tech, but it culminated into a day that was fun and romantic that none of their friends and family would ever forget.

Happy bride and bridesmaid with peach coral bouquets

Modern Thanksgiving Marriage Proposal Inspiration

Our love affair with velvet isn't ending anytime soon and neither is our obsession for the beginning of happily ever afters! In this second part from our recent DIY tutorial for a gorgeous velvet marriage proposal banner made in partnership with our pals at Cricut, we have envisioned a Thanksgiving-inspired surprise proposal dinner complete with best friends and smiles for days!

With velvet hexagon chargers, sparkly copper candlesticks, jewel-toned velvet table runners, and geometric table decor, this creative team made a modern love story a reality in the palette of emerald green, navy blue, blush pink, and burgundy red. Captured by Dani White Photography, textured florals of coxcomb, roses, dahlias, and eucalyptus by Palette of Petals anchor an intimate tablescape for four while geometric place settings styled by Mad Hatter Vintage play off of unique party plateware that you'd never guess were paper! A yummy contemporary Thanksgiving menu consisted of cranberry champagne cocktails, pumpkin soup topped with crème fraîche and pomegranate seeds, copper-dusted fruit tarts, and other fall-inspired culinary delights from Chef by Design and Kadi Bakes.

In shades of blush and blue, our sweeties-to-be and besties dressed for the occasion in chic style with velvet matte burgundy lip color and braided hair details by Markia Nicole Hair and Makeup Artistry. We basically can't get enough of this inspiration! Someone go propose ASAP!

Red and pink Thanksgiving inspired tablescape floral centerpiece

Coast-to-Coast Facebook Messages and a Pup named Louis

The story of Ashley and Tyler began many years ago when they were teenagers growing up in Chesapeake, Virginia. On a sunny day, during Spring of 2002, they just happened to meet at a mutual friend's house. Always laughing and smiling, Tyler will never forget seeing Ashley for the first time. Ashley, on the other hand, has the self-proclaimed memory of a goldfish and does not remember this day as clear. They soon became friends and for the remainder of high school would see one another at parties and group gatherings, and every once in a while went on dates to the local movie theater. In the years that followed high school, they kept in touch randomly, often only saying a quick hello and catching up over social media. Over time, their friendship faded as they each set out on their own.

Tyler joined the Navy and traveled the world while Ashley stayed in northern Virginia after graduating from George Mason University. They never imagined that the quick hellos throughout the years would turn into more, but love has a funny way of evolving between two people meant for one another. Deep down, they always kept a special place in their hearts for each other.

It wasn't until late 2012, when Tyler had just returned from deployment, that Ashley struck up a conversation with him on Facebook. Their first time talking in years ended up lasting for hours, and that spark that was patiently waiting to ignite finally lit. Although Tyler was living in San Diego and Ashley remained in northern Virginia, they continued to grow their relationship over the following year.

Military life can often be difficult, especially when it means being so far away from each other, but Ashley and Tyler made it work. With a little bit of luck, Tyler was fortunate to be stationed near Washington D.C. in late 2013, and soon after Ashley and Tyler continued growing their love for one another. Ashley introduced Tyler to her too-cute-for-words French Bulldog, Louis, and a happy little family was formed. Ashley, Tyler, and Louis have now been together for nearly five years. What was once a high school crush turned into an amazing life that will soon become a happy, loving marriage.

So when it came time to propose, Tyler knew he needed to make it memorable because of the long journey they've been on. Little did Ashley know that what was "planned" as a normal photo shoot with Luke and Ashley Photography was actually a secretly months-in-the-making surprise marriage proposal. With Ashley's parents witnessing and Louis at his side, Tyler asked for Ashley's hand in marriage at Fort Monroe in Hampton. And well, the photos say it all and gave us major heart squeezin' swoons!

He put a ring on it surprise proposal ideas

DIY Marriage Proposal Banner with Cricut

Inspired by the very beginning of a wedding journey as well as autumnal loveliness, we are so excited to share our latest DIY project created in partnership with our friends at Cricut! With the trendiness of velvet and personalizing details in the wedding world, we have created a sweet wedding proposal banner tutorial for any lovebird wanting to pop the question in chic memorable style! This banner can be made with your choice of colored velvet and perfected with Cricut's new EasyPress tool to make sure your iron-on words show your love as beautifully as possible. Let's get our craft on!

Marriage proposal with a DIY handmade velvet banner

Glamorous and Stylish Birthday Wedding

After exactly seven years of meeting, Kendra and LaShawn were married on LaShawn's 23rd birthday. When they chose The Water Table in Virginia Beach for their ultra-glam wedding day, the two brides envisioned black tie attire, Kendra's exquisite mermaid wedding gown with ruffles for days, and dancing all night long! When the time finally came for them to share their vows with each other, not a dry eye could be found in the room. This was a day they had been waiting for in so many ways, and finally, they could make a commitment in front of their closest friends and family.

With Cherry Blossom Planning Factory at the coordination helm and Dragon Studio behind the camera, each romantic moment was perfectly captured. From the blush and blue colors of the wedding party attire to the gold and black details on a gorgeously ornate-tiered wedding cake, Kendra and LaShawn knew this was a day worth waiting for.

Two brides on the Water Table docks in Virginia Beach

Lavender Kisses and Sunset Vibes

Whitney and Tyler met while he was on staff and she was a student at Navy Supply Corps School in Newport, Rhode Island. They may have met one June, but their story would not begin until another five months when Whitney graduated, and destiny had them both receiving orders in Norfolk.

It was in Virginia Beach that Tyler proposed, so it was only perfect that their engagement session with Molly Lichten Photography would also be in the city, but down at the beach this time. With their wedding color of lavender as their inspiration, Whitney wore gorgeous flowy dresses befitting of the coastal winds while Tyler complemented her looks with his own denim and khaki. Warm sunset light greeted them at Fort Story with the lighthouse photobombing their romantic session just perfectly, but we especially loved how they simply celebrated their relationship through these special memories.

Engagement session at Fort Story Lighthouse in Virginia Beach

Downtown Hampton Date Night Inspiration

In the past few years, Hampton Roads locals have seen an amazing revival in the city of Hampton. Refreshing new local businesses have popped up, great entertainment abounds, and gorgeous wedding venues set the scene for a happily ever after. Inspired by this new era for Hampton, the ladies behind The Historic Post Office wanted to show off their neighborhood as one fabulous destination for date nights, engagements, and more! And we totally have to agree with them. From fresh creative donuts daily at Glazed Doughnuts, to al fresco dining with casual eats at Marker 20, to a romantic stroll by the Virginia Air and Space Museum and new LOVE HPT sign, there is everything and more for a downtown experience with your sweetie. Photographed by The Girl Tyler, this couple gives us all the swoons and inspiration for not just places to go, but also what to wear for an evening out on the town!

Date night beer tasting at Bull Island Brewery in Hampton Virginia

2017 Holiday Gift Guide

November is upon us, so 'tis the season for holiday gift guides! We know that there are two kinds of gifting people: perfectly crafted, researched, and curated presents pro or "I'm going to wait for the very last minute to go shopping" aficionado. We like to think we're going to create a midpoint between the two with our 2017 gift guide collection! This year, we have designed a comprehensive guide for everyone on your list. Whether it's for your newlywed friends, for the various stockings that need to be stuffed, or for your Pantone-loving bestie, we’ve sorted out the best options depending on your holiday ideas.

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