Vendor Guide

Vendor Guide
Vendor Guide

Total Destination Wedding Goals with Sandals Resorts

With these odd snow days and up-and-down temperatures here in Virginia, a lot of us are just begging for a change of scenery, preferably of the turquoise and emerald green variety. And Jamaica sure does hit the cabin fever spot! Last winter, the ladies of Aisle Society were whisked away to Jamaica to get to know the all-new "Aisle to Isle" wedding collection experience at Sandals South Coast. And today, our editor-in-chief Chelsea is sharing her top four favorite reasons why to consider tying the knot and celebrating your honeymoon together in the Caribbean... especially when it's cold here and oh so tropical perfect there in Jamaica!

Destination beach wedding at Sandals South Coast in Jamaica

Tropical Glam Wedding Filled with Paradise Vibes

As beach lovers, Akira and Alton envisioned a celebration for family and friends that exuded glamorous paradise vibes. With their wedding colors of violet purple, emerald green, and the bride's favorite color "bling!", it was a tropical rooftop wedding to remember at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront! Captured by Daissy Torres Photography and coordinated by Events by Jacklyn, some of our favorite details were the monstera leaves and bamboo arch, the silver pineapples for a glamorous touch that also symbolize hospitality (even those adorable mini pineapples in Akira's bouquet!), the bridesmaids' ultra-chic sequin dresses, and the live musician for cocktail hour.

In lieu of typical ceremony traditions, Akira and Alton made their vows of commitment to each other as the heart of their wedding (which was also mirrored in their Bible verse-inspired table numbers). Get ready to have your heart majorly squeezed because Alton's reaction to Akira's entrance is everything. In his career, he is a no nonsense kind of police officer, yet when he saw his future wife enter their ceremony space, he was overcome by every emotion possible. Those kind of moments are what we live for when it comes to the wedding days!

Tropical glam bride and groom at Virginia Beach Oceanfront wedding

13 Balloon Ideas to Elevate Your Wedding Fun

Say goodbye to past visions of your cheesy high school prom balloon arches! And say hello to garlands, confetti, tassels, and filled balloon goodness! Balloons are getting a totally chic makeover in the wedding world right now, and we're loving it! For couples looking for a playful or eclectic aesthetic for their wedding days, these inflated details could be just what you're dreaming about! Curated from Etsy and from our fellow wedding editors, we gathered up the most stylish ideas to inspire any bride or any groom who is all about the fun when it comes to hosting a celebration with their closest loved ones.

Wedding ceremony circle arch with balloons and flowers

DIY Embossed Velvet Ribbon Napkin Bands

It's really no secret that our obsession with velvet continues yet again in our latest DIY project because we think it's perfect for any time of year! With a bold patterned napkin as our inspiration, we have created a super easy craft that can help take your guests' place settings to the next level without a whole lot of effort. There are so many things you can do with velvet ribbon, but we're bringing it to the table with these simple embossed ribbon napkin bands. Let's get crafting!

Embossed velvet napkin bands

Sweetly Pink and Silver Jewish Wedding

You can't help but love Xavier and Rachel's story! When your best friend becomes your brother-in-law, it makes for an awesome kind of life, but not only that, this groom converted to Judaism just so he could marry the love of his life. It sets the scene for a very special day at the Westin in Richmond, and of course, Rachel's brother had to add his contribution to this fairy tale during his best man speech: "You all wouldn't be here if it wasn't for me!"

Captured by Paige Stevens Photography and coordinated by Petals and Lace Events, silver, pink, and white became the romantic color palette for this sweet wedding. In mismatched gray, dusty blue, and silver bridesmaid dresses and handsome black tuxedos, Rachel and Xavier's wedding party brought the infectious joy shared by everyone, especially the radiant smiles given by the happy couple (which still gives us major warm fuzzies when looking at their photos!). With a hand-painted chuppah by the Rachel's sister, a beautiful watercolor ketubah, a black and white Jewish prayer shawl given to Xavier to wear, and a clever little "Take one and kippah it on your head" sign for guests to take a head covering, everything perfectly blended modern details with tradition.

Bridesmaids in silver and gray mismatched dresses

Chic Boho Nautical Wedding Inspiration

Shibori, woven textures, and classic lines. Inspired by preppy meets bohemian, we're having a moment over the ultimate mashup that is nautical boho chic with our latest coastal inspiration board! In a navy blue, white, and teal color palette, we're envisioning yacht club sophistication with relaxed, carefree style.

One of our favorite inspirations for this board is the trendy and oh so gorgeous shibori, a tie-dye-like Japanese dyeing technique that involves folding and binding fabric then dipping it in indigo blue ink. We're seeing it everywhere in the wedding world, and we think it's perfect for a boho nautical celebration!

Bohemian nautical wedding ideas with rowboat and boho blankets

Oceanfront Anniversary with Adorable Bulldogs

Before they relocated from Virginia Beach to Washington state, Justin and Catherine knew they wanted some special last memories with their pups, Dozer and Axel, on the East Coast while celebrating their marriage. With their photographer Mandy Ford in tow, they headed to one of Virginia Beach's iconic beach sites, the Cape Henry Lighthouses at Fort Story.

Mix two energetic goofy bullies with warm glowy light on the beach, and you have the makings of a perfect afternoon together! With a casual chic cold shoulder maxi dress and sweater tunic outfit change, Catherine exuded all the best style befitting of coastal vibes while Justin complemented her in his dark wash jeans and relaxed button-up shirts. We love any chance to celebrate these kinds of married days!

Romantic engagement session at Fort Story in Virginia Beach

Spotlight Feature On: Dogwood Visual

Fun, Down-to-Earth, and Imaginative is how David and his wedding film team at Dogwood Visual describe their favorite kind of couple! Based in Norfolk, Virginia, you know just hearing the word "dogwood" is going to be one Virginia-lovin' crew as they capture the entire day in moving clips so that they can create one memorable wedding film for you to cherish for years to come! With extensive experience in professional video production for brands and marketing agencies, David is bringing his expertise into the ultimate storytelling project: your wedding.

Dogwood Visual Wedding Film Videography for Hampton Roads Virginia

Coastal Multicultural Fusion Wedding

As an annual tradition, Levi and Alice had been going to Cape Charles to celebrate the Fourth of July for years, so Alice wasn't expecting anything out of the ordinary for their latest visit. When Levi packed a little picnic with some fancy foods and champagne for a beachside memory, they chatted and hung out as usual... until he reached in his pocket and pulled out a ring! After twelve years of dating, he still managed to surprise Alice, and it was no sooner after that they started planning a casual coastal wedding day in the place that meant so much to them at Oyster Farm at Kings Creek.

Wanting to represent her Indian heritage, Alice and Levi envisioned a multicultural fusion celebration with red and blue bridesmaid sarees and a color palette of watery blues. With a raw oyster bar for cocktail hour, an ocean-inspired wedding cake with gold flecks, pearls, and sea fan, we are obsessed with all their coastal details! (Fun fact: This bride is a self-proclaimed cat lady, and her kitty is named Pearl. So anytime pearls come up in their decor, it's a nod to her precious furry one! You can't miss her purrfect getting ready outfit either!)

Captured by Mallory McClure Photography, other special moments we loved is the way the couple honored some of Levi's grandparents who could not make the trek to the wedding and so they had his Pap's navy hat on a chair during the wedding ceremony and Alice's reception dress change into a stunning ivory and gold saree. This day was filled with good vibes, great food, awesome music, and another great memory to add to Cape Charles.

Indian fusion wedding with beautiful red and blue saree bridesmaid dresses

Modern Copper Wedding Inspiration

We aren't sure there will ever be a day when we get tired of copper, and this warm metallic shines on centerstage in this modern wedding inspiration shoot in Hampton! With The Historic Post Office as the perfect modern old world backdrop, stark white brick walls make all the jewel-toned colors pop. Wine-colored dahlias, giant king proteas, red and yellow mums, and seeded eucalyptus give plenty of texture that complements the smoothness of transparent and copper accents like the flatware and acrylic calligraphy place cards.

Captured by Cooper Photo and Film and designed by A Queen's Touch Events, this bride radiates bridal beauty with a natural updo with curls, braids, a crystal-embellished hairpiece, and a romantic cathedral veil while the groom dons a stylish three-piece chocolate suit, cream bow tie, and a cheerful orange boutonniere. In this inspiration, we especially love the copper drippy cake, geometric wedding invitation, and the timeless wedding dress sleeves delicately embroidered with a floral motif. Modern meets shimmery classic never looked so good!

Orange and red modern wedding bouquet with proteas and dahlias

Docking soon... The Tidewater and Tulle Journal.

"A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for."
- John A. Shedd

When we launched in December 2013, I wanted to give an online voice to Coastal Virginia -- a voice that said, "Hey! Yes, Charlottesville and northern Virginia weddings are amazing, but so are Coastal Virginia's!" Since I was a wedding photographer at the time, it was a huge passion stemming from a need to communicate with Hampton Roads and out-of-town couples what was available locally. As things evolved over the years, we have gotten quite a few repeated requests for the Tidewater and Tulle brand, but before we get into that, I wanted to share some important milestones.

10 Tips for Getting Great Sleep Before Your Wedding

We don't know about you, but sleep is our BFF. Try to get between us and some quality Zzz's, and let's get ready to rumble. Getting the proper amount of hours in slumberland that our bodies need to function is (and should be) on the top priority list. We won't blab on and on about the oodles of scientific studies that support this since that'd get redundant, but if you're not already rubbing elbows with the Sandman, then read on why it's absolutely vital to have great sleep before your big day. Thanks to our new sleep guru friends at Tomorrow (a modern bed-in-a-box system that believes sleep is beyond a mattress -- it's a mind and body science supported by high quality sleeping environment), we're sharing our top 10 tips on having a better relationship with your shuteye self (and a special coupon code from Tomorrow to help with that!).

Practice hygge before your wedding

Champagne Shimmer Meets Industrial Chic

It took Ashley a few times to find her dream gown, and she certainly didn't imagine herself in a dramatic princess gown, but when you know, you know! In a gorgeous organza gown in champagne, this modern bride knew she was meant to walk down the aisle in it the moment she stepped into it.

With a cascading ruffled ballgown skirt and timeless bodice embellished with rose gold crystals and pearls and a plunging illusion neckline and back, the Main Street Station in Richmond was the perfect industrial backdrop for this feminine gown masterpiece captured by Kim Stockwell Photography. Juxtaposed against black subway tiles, her delicate elbow length veil and even rose gold headpiece shimmered and complemented Ashley's overflowing garden bouquet of roses, eucalyptus, and dusty miller.

Gorgeous blush pink wedding dress with tiers of ruffles

The Best of 2017: Florals

The calendar has turned over to 2018, but we're still dreaming about all the lovely real wedding and stylized shoot features that inspired us and you all in 2017... particularly those flower beauties! It's no wonder that these are the powerhouses when it comes to most popular photos on Instagram and Pinterest. You all sure do love your bouquets, and we don't blame you! Designed in various hues and textures, these designs show off nature's very best on such special days. So without further ado... the best of florals from 2017!

Beautiful turquoise and coral beach wedding hanging escort card tree with air plants and ginger

Traditional Blush Pink Hampton Wedding

When Tony knew that Natalie was the one for him, he knew that he wanted to plan an amazing proposal that involved their family, something dear to both of their hearts. He surprised her one evening with a video of his family asking her to join theirs and a candlelit walk that ended in a proposal. Natalie said yes, and they immediately began planning a classic wedding filled with blush details galore in the heart of Hampton Roads, the place they fell in love, at the beautiful downtown Historic Post Office in Hampton.

The couple opted for a traditional but elegant wedding and chose Kelsey Ann Events as their planner to coordinate their special day. We especially love how they incorporated navy blue in subtle ways to pop against the pink as well as the ever-gorgeous anemones nestled in the florals and the neutral brick backdrop of their venue. Caitlin Gerres Photography captured one sweet detail after the other, showcasing the charm of downtown Hampton for Tony and Natalie, an essential component of their day. Add a gluten-free cake for the bride and gorgeous pink shoes, and the wedding was an instant classic!

Traditional Historic Post Office wedding in Hampton Virginia
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