Black Tie Elegance with Effortless Joy

April 29, 2019 Norfolk, Virginia

From the elegant stone archways at the Chrysler Museum of Art to the shades of periwinkle blue and ivory cream to their chic black tie style, Claire and Joe envisioned an elegant, yet effortless celebration in downtown Norfolk. Inspired by 15th-century Florentine design, the Huber Court at the Museum set the mood for amore with its marble and slate floor pattern and vaulted glass ceiling. The two lovebirds appreciated this architectural space for what it was and loved that they could keep their decor minimal and stately as they said I Do in front of their closest loved ones.

One of Claire's favorite memories of the summer day included her stepdad performing their wedding ceremony, so she shared, "I'm very close with my parents and stepparents, so Joe and I decided that the best way to recognize both of them was for my dad to walk me down the aisle and for my stepdad to officiate the ceremony. It was such a fun detail that made it that much more meaningful to us." And of course, as we live in this wedding world, those kinds of moments always make a wedding the very best.

With floral motifs in their invitations and overall wedding design, gray European château dreams, and joy-filled moments, Molly Lichten Photography captured the big and small details while Carolyn Celeste Weddings ensured everything ran seamlessly for the couple. And if Claire and Joe look familiar to you, it's because we also featured their gorgeous beach engagement session with their golden puppers Gracie rocking a eucalyptus floral collar a couple of years ago! Basically their love of flowers and timeless style gives us the warm fuzzies and happy sighs beyond this feature.

Happy bride and groom for their summer wedding at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk Virginia
Classic periwinkle blue and white flower wedding invitation suite with elegant calligraphy and unique envelope liner
Elegant bridesmaids in soft blue dresses at Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk Virginia
Classic white gold and ethically sourced diamond wedding and engagement rings for timeless bride and groom from Blue Nile
Groom and groomsmen in classic black tie tuxedos for a summer wedding at Chrysler Museum of Art in Virginia
Sage green and blue and white bridesmaid wedding bouquet with blue thistle and ranunculus and greenery
Chrysler Museum of Art wedding ceremony in the Huber Court
Textured blue and green and white wedding bouquets for bride and bridesmaids
Chrysler Museum of Art wedding ceremony in the Huber Court
Classic and simple wedding centerpieces with white and silver framed table numbers
Simple and elegant summer wedding reception in the Huber Court at the Chrysler Museum of Art
Classic bride with strapless white dress and textured bridal bouquet filled with garden roses and anemones
Mr and Mrs chair signs on brown chiavari chairs for elegant wedding reception in Virginia
Beautiful soft blue bridesmaid dresses with high neckline and tie back from Amsale
Classic blue wedding at Chrysler Museum of Art in Hampton Roads Virginia
Groom and groomsmen in classic black tie tuxedos for a summer wedding at Chrysler Museum of Art in Virginia
Small wedding floral centerpiece in copper vase with blue and white flowers
Bubble wedding exit for bride and groom at Chrysler Museum of Art in Coastal Virginia

Special Editor's Note: We were honored to also share their love story in the Tidewater and Tulle Journal Spring 2018 issue. Take a peek at their special day in print, too!

Photography: Molly Lichten Photography | Coordination: Carolyn Celeste Weddings | Venue: The Chrysler Museum of Art | Catering: Cuisine & Company | Florals: Studio Posy | Hair: Main Stage Hair Studio | Makeup: Shayna Reinert | Live Band: Dance Candy via Sam Hill Entertainment | Gown: Enzoani from Elegance By Roya Bridal | Ceremony Music: Allan Decipulo | Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale | Invitations: Shine Wedding Invitations | Groom's Attire: Suit Supply | Lighting: Blue Steel Lighting Design | Rentals: Distinctive Event Rentals | Engagement Ring: Blue Nile | Bridal Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Transportation: James River Transportation