About Us

Launched in December 2013 by Chelsea LaVere Barton, Tidewater and Tulle is the wedding blog publication for couples looking for attainable and curated wedding ideas, approachable luxury honeymoons, and beautifully easy DIY wedding projects for every skill level. When we first started 11 years ago, our content was centered around Coastal Virginia, but as the tide changes and life with it, we have sailed into bigger waters and met a more international audience as our readership grew. Our real weddings still showcase Virginia and Outer Banks couples, but our general content shimmers in diverse hues that appeal to all readers from across the United States, United Kingdom, and the world.

Meet the Owner and Editor-in-Chief

As a retired wedding photographer completely obsessed with the wedding industry and wielding a little ole bachelor's degree in English, Chelsea Barton has always had a passion in helping brides and grooms find their dream wedding ideas for over 15 years. Marry that with her sea-loving personality, and you have Tidewater and Tulle in a nutshell (and the whole coastal brand vibe going on with our website!).

Chelsea was born in California, lived in Hawaii, is from Coastal Virginia, went to grad school in Boston, is a Scorpio sun sign, loves cruise ships, swims three times a week, and her Old English name literally means "harbor." Water is her brain's default love language, and anytime she can get to it, she's there.

When Chelsea isn't writing or scheduling content, she's either being a cat mom to Pickles Barrington and Juniper McIntyre, doing arts and crafts, traveling, or looking for the best gluten-free food. In true Hollywood rom-com style, Chelsea met her soulmate in the form of an Englishman when on sabbatical in the UK (another island, another coast), and now she's living out her best Jane Austen life across the pond. You can get to know Chelsea more on www.chelsealavere.com.

Meet the Editorial Crew

STYLE EDITOR // Morgan is a North Carolina resident spending all of her days (as most would imagine beach town life looking like) lounging in the sand and sipping local favorite drink, Orange Crushes. Kidding... she works your classic 9-to-5 doing marketing while also keeping a pulse on all things current and fashionable for Tidewater and Tulle. As a wide-eyed marketing and IT grad from University of Virginia, Morgan's love for the creative side of life is fulfilled through social media content creation, losing hours on Etsy, and trying to find legit reasons to buy gorgeous hand-dyed ribbon.

EDITORIAL PHOTOGRAPHER // Gari-Ann is an accomplished photographer with a passion for helping professionals elevate their brand through Kia and Co., and with her experience in wedding photography, it was only perfect to become part of the T&T Crew as our Stateside DIY photographer (and sometimes video gal!). Gari-Ann currently lives in the Washington D.C. area with her husband and two children. She enjoys traveling with her family. Ask her about her favorite destinations Santorini, Wanaka, Paris, or Aix en Provence! In her free time, Gari-Ann enjoys giving back to her community by supporting fellow military spouses and their families.

Want to support Tidewater and Tulle at no cost to you? Shop our Etsy favorites for gifts and wedding details. We earn a small commission for any sale we bring over to the marketplace! This helps keep our content free and available to all. Wedding blogs and websites are constantly closing down due to the ever-changing industry, so we are very grateful that our audience supports us in this tiny, but impactful way!