The Brand and Community

Launched in December 2013, Tidewater and Tulle is the online wedding magazine publication for couples getting married in or around the southeastern coastal region of Virginia. Whether it is in the sands of Virginia Beach, on the cobblestone streets of historic Williamsburg, or in a rustic barn outside of Richmond, Tidewater and Tulle is the community for anyone with a love of celebrating diversity in weddings, travel, and life.

The blog's signature colors of Pantone's Grayed Jade and Dusty Blue and its logo represent the land ("Tidewater") and the water ("Hampton Roads") that make up our beautiful region.

Using a 2 hours driving hours radius from the City of Hampton as a guideline, Tidewater and Tulle represents weddings, sessions, and wedding-related inspiration in Hampton Roads (Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Norfolk, Hampton, Newport News, Suffolk, Yorktown, Poquoson, and Williamsburg), Richmond, Emporia and surrounding areas, and the Eastern Shore in the beautiful coastal region of Virginia as well as the Outer Banks in North Carolina.

The Owner and Editor-in-Chief

Tidewater and Tulle was founded by Virginia Beach native and Williamsburg resident, Chelsea LaVere. She grew up surrounded by the region's beaches, forests, and fields and fell in love with the natural diversity that only Hampton Roads has. (But let's not chat about the bridge-tunnels—we all know how we feel about those!)

As a now-retired local wedding photographer completely obsessed with the wedding industry and wielding a little ole bachelor's degree in English, Chelsea has always had a passion in helping brides and grooms find their perfect wedding teams and highlighting incredible local resources through the written word and social media for nearly 10 years.

When Chelsea isn't writing or scheduling content, she's either being a cat mom of three, going off on local adventures, or traveling and looking for the best gluten-free food. Her local eatery favorite is Bangkok Garden in Williamsburg, and her favorite staple since high school, Reginella's, in Virginia Beach. You can get to know Chelsea more on www.chelsealavere.com.

The Editorial Team

Maria Grace

Maria Grace is a Hampton Roads and destination wedding photographer with a love for travel and a heart for seeing marriages last. She is passionate about running, all things organic, and creating memories that last longer than a lifetime. She and her husband, Nathan, welcomed their sweet daughter Willow through adoption in June 2017. Not to be confused with PF Chang's, Maria's favorite restaurant is Peter Chang's in Virginia Beach and Williamsburg. Having had some abroad experience in China, she can vouch that it has truly authentic Chinese food - not for the faint of heart!

Lindsay Collette

Lindsay Collette is a wedding & lifestyle photographer based in coastal Virginia and who is all about finding connection, spirit, romance, and humor in everyday moments. She also loves to eat and DRANK (re: Fergie voice). Lover of all the things in life, dining al fresco, a perfect roast chicken, and stretchy pants are definitely some of the things at the top of her list. When she doesn't have her face behind a camera, Lindsay can most certainly be found at home piddling in her garden, listening to John Coltrane records, and pouring over vintage cookbooks with a daiquiri in hand. When she emerges from her lair, she is excited to support the local community and taste all of Hampton Roads and beyond with her husband Logan and son Gibson (who's been dubbed her "Moody Foodie").

The Behind the Scenes Team

Elaine Shindelar

Teacher by day, blog lover by night. Hailing from Virginia Beach, Elaine is a UVA alumna and a total creative tech guru. She also happens to be Chelsea's life-long best friend, so they read each other's minds and speak without words... making her the perfect social media assistant by knowing the Tidewater and Tulle voice better than anyone!

When she's not teaching kids or engaging on Instagram, she is a cat mom to Bridget Pockets, crafting, finding new restaurants, planning her next trip to Disney, and hanging out with friends.

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