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We have no idea what goes on behind closed doors. Of fashion designers, that is.

Imagine a world where inspiration is the driving force of a collection. Where designers labor on new creations rich in detail, crafting pieces that will catch the attention of editors, buyers and most importantly, brides. For the bridal world to take note is no easy feat. “Seeing white” is one of the blurring effects of going from show after show, viewing themed collections in hopes of seeing “Something New.”

Designers today derive inspiration from something as simple as a walk in the Botanical Gardens to a collection of Meissen porcelain. A painting, an era, a city, or a butterfly emerging from its chrysalis are just a few of the inspirational opportunities a designer might seize, in order to dive deep into the creative process. Relying on gossamer silks, layers of tulle, intricately delicate lace and fleurette embroidery are just a few of the samplings of extraordinary workmanship viewed on the runway this season.

Claire Pettibone debuted “Still Life” and it was pure poetry in motion. Presented on a runway ankle-deep in ombre-hued silk rose petals, the quintessential looks of intricate lace, complex illusion backs and gilded fabrics were amplified by rich colored floral accents and luxe detail treatments. “In the second half of the 17th century, the art of the floral still-life reached the height of fashion. Dramatic arrangements of flora and fauna set against dark backgrounds exude a mysterious romanticism.” Claire’s use of graceful details like floral embroideries adorn delicate silks and laces gilded in gold as seen in her iconic “Alchemy” gown, glowing as if lit from within. “Oh, the unexplainable mystery of love! Be still my heart...still in love...still life.”

“The Devotion Collection” by Matthew Christopher was the metaphor for what inspires his design and where that inspiration comes from. Love, Loyalty, Fidelity, Consistency and Commitment- words he holds close to his heart and sentiments that are clearly mirrored in his marriage, designs, friendships and faith, according to Matthew. “Devotion is what keeps me in love with designing and staying in business.” Strong silhouettes with richly embellished details were evident on each signature piece. Surprising touches of blue and gold, gold and creme, and opulent lace and beading graced the runway. Added allure in the form of tulle and lace capes and capelets made for opulent drama in classic Matthew Christopher style.

Amsale continues to create on a grand scale, channeling personas effortlessly. As designer of her own namesake line, she also designs for the brands of Christos and Kenneth Pool. This season, her always classic and perfectly polished look was infused with a delicate and feminine hand. Always true to her principles of simplicity and cleanliness, Amsale offered open and illusion backs; lightweight and fluid fabrics with touches of beading; and minimal accents like ribbon bows and miniature crystals to add shimmer and brilliance to the collection. “Whitney” was a finale favorite with its beaded jewel halter neck and full skirt.

There’s a palpable following where Austin Scarlett is concerned. His latest collection of fourteen pieces, presented in The Campbell Apartments in Grand Central, was beautifully staged in this original 1920’s salon lounge. Inspired by the beauty of the butterfly, gowns fluttered into the room in charmeuse, taffeta, silk duchess satin and tiered organza, offering just the “shimmering iridescence” that clearly delights this rising bridal designer. “Constellation” was particularly dazzling with its sweetheart neckline and antique pewter beading.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014 17:14

All That Glitters

Photography by Eleise Theuer

Fashion Coordination and Styling by Kim Wadsworth

Bathed in metallic glow, gowns of silver and gold dazzle with shimmering details, sparkly accents and glam fabrications.

Silver Queen

Take the plunge wearing “Emmy” silver sequin fit-to-flare gown with deep V neckline and dramatic back $6,250. by Ines Di Santo, InesdiSanto.com “Cinta” Silver jewel-encrusted headwrap $973. by Maria Elena Headpieces, Mariaelenaheadpieces.com Sterling and pearl tassel necklace $495. by Lagos. Sterling triple dangle drop with white sapphires $1,850.18k smoky topaz ring with diamonds $4,800. All by Judith Ripka from Long Jewelers. Rose, thistle and eucalyptus bouquet designed by Suzanne Doerhoff Nixon of Norfolk Wholesale Floral.

Shimmering Light

With cut out floating lace roses and shimmering silver beading throughout, “Martin” is all about dimension and sparkle, paired with a silk slip dress $1,700. Crystal and grape cluster tiara $120. Both from Myra Callan Bridal, Twigsandhoney.com Ornate crystal headpiece (worn as a belt) $608. by Maria Elena Headpieces, Mariaelenaheadpieces.com Sterling silver braided bangles (white sapphire, blue topaz and black onyx) $815-$1190. by Jenny Perl. Sterling and canary crystal ring with white sapphires $700. by Judith Ripka. All from Long Jewelers.

Gold Rush

An elegant lace gown of silver and gold leaves is embroidered on tulle overlay. Sweetheart neckline leads to fit and flare silhouette with vented accents $1,325. by Maggie Sottero from Maya Couture. Crystal headpiece $983. by Maria Elena Headpieces, Mariaelenaheadpieces.com 18k rutilated quartz earrings $2,840. Canary crystal link bracelet $1,400. 18k smoky topaz and diamond ring $4,800. All by Judith Ripka from Long Jewelers. Bouquet of roses, Queen Ann’s lace and eucalyptus with silver and gold balls from Norfolk Wholesale Floral.

Glitter Illusion

Exude elegance wearing plunging V-neck ‘Swanson’ sheath gown of Chantilly lace with tulle overlay, accentuated by ornate jeweled illusion neckline of gem beading $6,590 by Anne Barge Black Label, Annebarge.com Crystal headpiece $608. Maria Elena Headpieces, Mariaelenaheadpieces.com

Gilt Trip

Strike it rich wearing ‘Alchemy’, a gold bullion lace gown with scalloped hem, lined in blush silk with sheer lace back $6,500. by Claire Pettibone clairepettibone.com Gold Mesh and crystal ‘Cinta’ headpiece $605. by Maria Elena Headpieces mariaelenaheadpieces.com 18k canary crystal pear shape drops $2,150. 18k smoky topaz and diamond ring $4,800. Both by Judith Ripka. 18k diamond ‘Celestial’ cuff 2.74ct $15,000. by Blu. All from Long Jewelers.


The beauty of lavish embroidery and sparkly beading in ‘Blakely’ portrays a fit-and-flare gown with dramatic flair, topped by scalloped illusion neckline in ivory, silver and gold. $1,696. by Maggie Sottero from Maya Couture. Double ornate bead and crystal hair vine $400. by Myra Callan Bridal Twigsandhoney.com 18k ‘Laurel’ cuff with diamonds $17,200. Sterling canary crystal with white sapphire earrings $550. Both by Judith Ripkka from Long Jewelers. Bouquet designed by Suzanne Doerhoff Nixon of Norfolk Wholesale Floral.



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Tuesday, 28 January 2014 17:10

The Beauty Years

By Kim Wadsworth

Photography by David Schwartz

Brides aren't the only ones wanting a memorable look on their wedding day. Mothers of brides- and grooms- will have their moment in the spotlight as well and want their down-the-aisle look to be just as striking. And deservedly so.

In tandem with all that’s involved in wedding preparations, a beauty timeline for both generations is of utmost importance and beauty professionals agree, six months prior to the day is a great place to get protocols and regiments started. Just like any discipline, skincare maintenance, exercise and diet, and added procedures including teeth whitening, Lasik surgery, plastic surgery, and injectables are decisions that need to be made as far in advance as possible in order to be effective and in some cases, to ensure ample time to heal.

“Many people feel they can benefit from facial rejuvenation but avoid cosmetic surgery because they fear a ‘tight pulled’ look,” notes Dr. Ben Hugo, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Virginia Beach. “You can avoid an altered appearance after a facelift or eyelid surgery by selecting a plastic surgeon with a good artistic sense and a reputation for producing a soft, balanced and natural look.”

A procedure where plastic surgery is concerned requires several months to heal and should be scheduled six months in advance. Procedures like iLasik surgery ( so brides and mothers can go down the aisle eyewear-free) are best scheduled 3 months in advance as redness and dryness occur and a daily eye drop regiment is required initially. Teeth whitening and injectables require a month to enjoy the full visible results.

If going under the knife is not in the wedding plans, there are options that revitalize the skin, neck and chest area (the most photographed parts of you) including Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing, chemical peels and physician strength skin care products that result in radiant skin. “Some patients tell us they purchase their skin products from a department store,” says Diane Graham, Practice Manager at Dr. Ben Hugo. “The problem is that the active ingredients are buffered down whereas those purchased through a doctor’s office offer the full benefits of the active ingredients. Typically, patients need only two or three products, costing less in the long run, for stronger more evident results.”

Planning a wedding takes time, making it hard for brides and their moms (particularly when both work full-time jobs) to juggle the details of both a big event and their bodies. Make a list of your beauty priorities which can include regular facials (to keep skin clean, clear and break-out free;) Botox injections (creates smooth, wrinkle-free skin on forehead and reduces crow’s feet and frown lines) and other injectables like Sculptra and Juviderm; laser hair removal; massage; lash extensions; and Latisse (for lash growth.) So much requires a firm committed schedule of time and money, but the results are worth it.

And let’s not forget the importance of the Beauty Makers- your makeup and hair experts. They guarantee that in this social media world of HD (Facebook, Instagram, photography and video) you both translate “on film” as flawlessly as possible throughout the big day. “ Whether formal or more casual, a wedding is one of the most photographed occasions of your life. Don’t be fooled into thinking all eyes are just on the bride- mothers will be well-documented and deserve to look fabulous,” says makeup artist Vania O’Shea of BridesMade. She recommends makeup that is fully waterproof, from concealer and mascara to eyeliner. “Even if you think you won’t cry, there are always tears of joy; and in the summer months, humidity can melt everything.”

When it comes to the actual day of the wedding, having a beauty schedule that ensures a bride, mother and bridesmaids are in the hands of professionals is most important. And they should embrace the day ready to look and feel beautiful. “These are moments that are shared only between a mother and daughter,” says makeup artist Candice Rauch of Makeup by Candice. “Many moms probably haven’t worn makeup in a long time and therefore, might have some hesitation. In that case, have a trial run along with your daughter. It helps to get a glimpse of how you’ll look on the wedding day, putting everyone at ease.”

Beauty Timeline Protocols for Mothers

6-9 Months in advance:

~ Cosmetic surgery (eyelid lift, face lift, mini-facelift)

~ Smartlipo for abdomen, waits roll, back fat, thighs

~ Tummy Tuck

~ Cool Sculpting to remove bra and back fat

~ Sculptra injections to lift skin and offer a youthful appearance

~ Begin training with a personal trainer

3-6 Months in advance:

~ At-home Physician Strength Skin Care regiment

~ Latisse for longer, thicker, darker lashes

~ Injectables for fuller lips

~ Permanent Makeup (eyebrows and eyeliner)

~ iLasik Surgery

1-3 Months in advance:

~ Botox injections for smooth, wrinkle-free skin on forehead, frown lines and corner of mouth

~ Lash Extensions

~ Laser Hair Removal

~ Facials

~ Massage

Beauty Timeline Protocols for Brides

6-9 Months in advance:

~ Smartlipo for abdomen, waits roll, back fat, thighs

~ Tummy Tuck

~ Cool Sculpting to remove bra and back fat

~ Begin training with a personal trainer

3-6 Months in advance:

~ At-home Physician Strength Skin Care regiment

~ Latisse for longer, thicker, darker lashes

~ Injectables for fuller lips

~ Permanent Makeup (eyeliner)

~ iLasik Surgery

1-3 Months in advance:

~ Botox injections for smooth, wrinkle-free skin on forehead, frown lines and corner of mouth

~ Lash Extensions

~ Laser Hair Removal

~ Facials

~ Massage

Tuesday, 28 January 2014 17:02

Epochal Essentials

Photography by Harry Gerwien

Compiled by Kim Wadsworth


Settle in and enjoy these registry favorites.

Cookbook stand $34. “Lauderee Entertaining” cookbook $39.35 Le Marche

Linen Wash $32. Silk + Lingerie Wash $18. both by Le Blanc. Le Marche

“What’s A Hostess to Do?” by Susan Spungen $17.95 Table Seven

“Perfect Tables” by William Yeoward $24.95 Table Seven

Tea towel by Maple +Belmont $16. Kitchen towel by Itsy’s Designs $24. Kitsch

Bar tool set $49. Pottery Barn MacArthur Center

Wicker chip and dip $49.94 William Sonoma MacArthur Center

Monogram cheese board + spreader $25. William Sonoma MacArthur Center

Salt + pepper grinder by Trudeau $59.95 William Sonoma MacArthur Center


Brides love something in this wedding color on their day. Why not keep it around all the time?

Peacock vase by Fringe $29. Simply Selma’s

Blue frame $42. Simply Selma’s

Manicure set by Rowallen $48. Simply Selma’s

Bow ties by Anykind $16. Kitsch

Striped tapers by Ana Candles $24. Table Seven

Leather address book $19.95 Papyrus MacArthur Center

Linen and silk king duvet $249. Pottery Barn MacArthur Center

Jewelry box with travel case $99. Pottery Barn MacArthur Center

Loaf dish by Le Creuset $40. William Sonoma MacArthur Center

Sea + Dune candle by Lafco $58. Simply Selma’s


This is not pulp fiction. Paper fills our world with wonderful things.

Journal agenda $29.95 Papyrus MacArthur Center

“Thank You” notes by Crane & Co. $19.95 Papyrus MacArthur Center

City Prints by Twittering Bird $15. each Kitsch

Straws (set of 25) $4.50 Table Seven

Favor bags $6.50 Table Seven

Pad of serving papers by Kitchen Papers $15. Table Seven

Sparklettes $16. Table Seven

Place cards (set of 12) by Kitchen Papers $4.50 Table Seven


Pewter, aluminum, silver and brass- shiny things to rock your world.

Hangers “Bride” and “Mrs” by T. Alyse $28-30. Kitsch

Oil and vinegar cruet set in pewter $165. Le Marche

Silver frame by Elias $96. Le Marche

Gold frame by Elias $125. Le Marche

Napkin holder by Mariposa $48. Simply Selma’s

“Pocket Watch” clock $49. Pottery Barn MacArthur Center

Fork + Spoon by Mudpie $29. Simply Selma’s

Pewter cheese markers $32. set Le Marche

Tuesday, 28 January 2014 16:56

Love Stories

Photography and Concept by Echard Wheeler

Fashion and Concept Coordination by Kim Wadsworth

We created an inspiration shoot that captured real couples in moments of celebratory love; where unique food truck fare, shared happiness and darling details truly make the day.


All the makings for a laid back beach wedding in Virginia Beach include beautifully nostalgic florals; elements of whimsy like surfboards, ukelele, and retro china; and delicious food from Panavoir Food Truck.

Ready for a beach reception, Justin wears shirt $24.95, pants $29.95, vest $29.95 and tie $20. All from H&M MacArthur Center. Sarah wears a sweetheart neckline tie back “Marilyn” gown in stretch Crepe de Chine textured silk $1,400. by Nicole Miller from Maya Couture. She wears ‘Lossa Bud’ 18k necklace with rainbow moonstone and diamonds $3,700. ‘Klara’ 14k vermeil earrings with rainbow moonstones and diamonds $450. Beaded 18k wedding band for her, vine cluster band for him (price upon request.) All jewelry from Lorak Fine Jewelry. Rustic floral head wreath designed by Studio Posy Floral.

Justin and Sarah share a joyful moment-and a taco from Panavoir- by the beach.

Weddings are a fun time to capture photos and serenade with lyrics of love.

Romance under the veil. Lace umbrella $99. bellaumbrellas.com

Panavoir serves fun fare by the sea.

Have a cozy reception by the beach. Rustic floral bouquet designed by Studio Posy Floral.

It’s all about a special meal and loving toasts shared. Tabletop china, stemware, vase, table linens and festive banner from Table Seven. Floral arrangement by Studio Posy.

A fresh menu by Panavoir served up on vintage china, flatware and stemware from Table Seven includes sausage and peppers, tomato and mozzarella, and tacos

Almond wedding cake for two from Whole Foods. Vintage cake topper from Table Seven.

{Sarah and Justin Lovell’s love story began over a decade ago as high school sweethearts. After attending college together in Richmond, they moved back to Virginia Beach where continue to live today. They married in Portsmouth and in 2011, formed Lovell Productions, a cinematography company dedicated to producing hand-crafted, cinematic wedding films. In their free time, they’re planning their next big adventure together.}



Kim Wadsworth | Wadsworth Style


Echard Wheeler


Sarah + Justin Lovell


Christy Montoya for BridesMade


Kim Wadsworth for BridesMade


Suzanne Gooch

Leesa Wheeler


Table Seven




Marissa Digirolamo for Studio Posy Floral


Lorak Fine Jewelry


Maya Couture


Whole Foods


With acres of beautiful gardens and a historic venue for the reception, sweet times are celebrated at the Hermitage Museum and Gardens. Proper antique appointments are mixed with delightful fare from the Big Pink Diva van of Twisted Sisters. Sinfully frosted cupcakes and wedding cake are served up in elegant style.

Table for two, Garden Style. The sweetest ending to the celebration is a favorite flavor cupcake or slice of cake. Antique seating has vintage appeal while pink hues perk it up. Melinda wears ‘Clara Louise’ a fit-to-flare gown with illusion cap sleeve bodice with natural waist and chapel train. Garnished with sparkle lace appliqué in pure silk dupioni $3,515. Tulle skirt overlay with silk waistband $920. Both by Heidi Elnora, Heidielnora.com He wears a Boss Hugo Boss tuxedo.

Calligraphy window pane menu offers a clever way to let guests in on your wedding fare. Designed by Coastal Calligraphy and Design.

Modern and chic updo designed by Katherine Benton for Gary Allen. Silk floral hair clip $50. from Nordstrom. 14k 2.5 ctw diamond ‘Waterfall’ earrings $8,900. Baroque Pearl Necklace $4,650. Both from the Precious Gem.

Get him to the wedding on time. Antique pocket watch $1,100. The Precious Gem.

Cake time. The Big Pink Diva van from Twisted Sisters serves up sweet surprises for the happy couple. Floral arrangement and his boutonniere by Black Iris Floral Events.

With The Hermitage Museum in the background and acres of beautiful gardens, the setting couldn’t be more delicious.

Twisted Sisters cupcake served up on a plate by Juliska from The Globe.

Stunning tablescape accented with cake stands, linens and porcelain appointments, all from The Globe.

So the happy bride! Her floral bouquet of lisianthus, roses and ranunculus by Black Iris Floral Events is embellished with an 18k enameled dragonfly brooch $5,000. from The Precious Gem.

Fun signage announces the day from Coastal Calligraphy and Design. Melinda wears 14k 2.5 ctw diamond ‘Waterfall’ earrings $8,900. Baroque Pearl Necklace $4,650. Purple sapphire and diamond platinum engagement ring $33,000. Stackable diamond bracelets in 18k $3,500. each. Alexander wears 18k custom band (price on request.) All jewelry from The Precious Gem.

And they lived happily ever after.



Kim Wadsworth | Wadsworth Style


Echard Wheeler


Melinda + Alexander Fore


Katherine Benton | Gary Allen Hair and Skin Care Centre


Kim Wadsworth | BridesMade


Barbara Anderson | Style Events


The Globe


Black Iris Floral Events


Malaine Petersen | Coastal Calligraphy and Design


Twisted Sisters Cupcakes



The Precious Gem


Heidi Elnora, Heidielnora.com


Boss Hugo Boss


The Hermitage Museum and Gardens

{Alexander and Melinda met at a close friends’ wedding in Northern California. It was love at first sight. They began dating and continued their working lives in Southern California, commuting from Los Angeles to San Diego weekly. After their engagement, the couple uprooted to Norfolk for Alexander's Navy career. Their glamorous wedding was held in May 2013 in San Francisco. Melinda, a fitness instructor and Alexander, a Navy helicopter pilot, have grown to love their life in Hampton Roads and just celebrated their daughter's first birthday.}


Take the Light Rail to City Hall to tie the knot; have catered BBQ at Malbon’s “Flying Pig” food truck; and ride around the city in a rickshaw. The easy care-free Uptown way to say “I Do!”

Nataliah and Justin share a special secret. She wears ‘Orba’ tulle gown with bodice embroidered with silver thread, crystals and pearls and tulle princess skirt $1,850. by Pronovias and oyster grey satin belt with crystal and pearl beading $198. by Justin Alexander. Both from Maya Couture. He wears a oyster grey tuxedo by Jim’s Formalwear from Maya Couture. Her bridal bouquet and his boutonniere designed by Eufloria Flowers and Gift Boutique.

Stunning bouquet of hydrangea, roses, gerbera daisies and orchids with dragon fly pin designed by Eufloria Flowers and Gift Boutique. Her 14k yellow and white diamond lattice band by Veneti $4,899. 14k diamond fancy link bracelet by Limpid $3,749. from Madison Jewelers.

All in the details, Nataliah wears 14k dangle diamond circle post earrings $2,985. from Madison Jewelers.

Ready to celebrate

Delicious BBQ on plates from Serendip.

Time to toast.

Chilling O’Connor’s beer in olive branch stainless bowl $349. by Michael Aram from Serendip

This embroidered pillow says it all from Serendip. Wedding day jewelry includes her diamond lattice band $4,499. Diamond fancy link bracelet $3,749. He wears platinum/18k milgrain wedding band $1,299. Citizen eco-drive black face watch $175. All jewelry from Madison Jewelers.

Rickshaw riding through downtown by Seven Cities Richshaws.

Floral swag designed by Eufloria Flowers and Gift Boutique. Just married!



Kim Wadsworth | Wadsworth Style


Echard Wheeler


Nataliah + Justin Jarnagin


Amanda Jackson | Salon Fringe


Vania O’Shea for BridesMade




Malbon’s BBQ “The Flying Pig”



Eufloria Flowers and Gift Boutique


Madison Jewelers


Maya Couture


Maya Couture


Seven Cities Rickshaws

{Virginia Beach natives, Nataliah and Justin were introduced through a mutual friend who insisted that they were perfect for each other. It took six months until they finally felt ready to meet. They kept running into each other everywhere, as if fate kept pushing them together. They became gym buddies and got to know each other over a Tropical Smoothie. One day they spent the whole day talking and laughing non-stop by the pool. Since then, they’ve been inseparable and recently married in October 2013.}

Tuesday, 28 January 2014 16:54

Posh Paper

It’s all about falling in love…with paper

by Lillian Stevens

Today’s couples are putting their personal stamp on every element of their wedding day – and they’re doing it with paper, creative signage and everything in between. Paper trends are ever emerging – from stylish and personalized save-the-dates and wedding invitations; to creative and whimsical signage and decorations.

Are you a fan of totally timeless black and white, or do your tastes run more toward rustic treasures or vintage lace? No matter what your personal style, thumb through bridal magazines, do a ‘paper’ search on Pinterest.com and visit websites like Etsy.com for inspiration – then visit local vendors and artisans to help you shape your vision.

Invitations and such

Even in a fast-paced digital world, the printed invitation is one of the few wedding traditions that stands up to the test of time. Most couples are still opting to mail a signed, sealed and delivered type of invitation. When you send a wedding invitation to your guests, you are not only providing them with logistical information about the day but offering a peek into what sort of wedding event they will be attending.

Paper usually initiates the wedding planning process and for Janel Keen, Lead Consultant for Vivid Expressions in Norfolk, it all begins with a design session in the form of a watercolor drawing of either the tablescapes for the reception; or perhaps the arrangements and bouquets. This provides a vivid and artistic interpretation of what a bride can expect and becomes a treasured keepsake of the planning process.

Another novel paper idea taking off during the cocktail hour or reception is caricature drawings of guests. “ Now look right at my noise and smile,” says Janel as her marker flies across the page. Three minutes later this engaging activity becomes a whimsical souvenir of the event.

When it comes to invitations, April Foster brings a passion for custom designs and paper goods to her award-winning Virginia Beach company, PaperDolls Design located at The Bride’s Corner. “The most common request from my brides is to create an invitation that is special and unique to them,” April says. “To do that, we go to the most recent design trends such as glitter, chevron, plaids, confetti, gold foil, letterpress, glitz and glam to reflect their wedding style and decor.” Helping a bride convey her personal style is what April loves most about her job. “I want everything I do for a bride, including their place cards and table numbers, to be a little piece of them.”

There are brides and grooms that still enjoy the process of selecting a design physically from a big book of invitations – and that’s fine. Many others, however, are taking advantage of internet resources and the vast array of possibilities that exist for designing and selecting their wedding invitation. “Our favorite request comes from the brides who are open to creativity,” says Debbie Fisher of PS Paperie, which is located in Newport News’ popular Port Warwick area. “They will often use a logo or theme throughout their stationery designs.”

The invitation will normally set the tone for your wedding and Debbie says it should be utterly unforgettable. “Most of our brides are looking for that unique way to invite wedding guests to their very special day. With the talents of two graphic designers and in-house printing, we aim to please by creating any vision a bride may have. Their vision comes alive when a logo or theme is viewed on everything from invitations to seating charts and napkins.”

Calligraphy is an element that has been around for as long as we can remember – and it will never go out of style. While it isn't typically used on the entire invitation, “spot” calligraphy, which highlights important items like your names, is an increasingly popular option.

Malaine McMath, owner of Coastal Calligraphy and Design in Virginia Beach, says that addressing invitations is among her most popular requests. “No one wants to spend all that time doing it themselves!” she exclaims. Other favorite requests include the popularity of using chalkboards. “I love doing chalkboard seating charts” she says. “They are so much fun and I can add art along with the lettering to make them unique and individualized.” According to Malaine, even the ‘vintage look’ using window panes works beautifully for seating charts.

Another local entrepreneur whose passion lies in the design and creation of clever signage is Mary Anne Price. Her company, Tidal Bay Collections, is also located in The Bride’s Corner in Virginia Beach. She branched out into the wedding market after a personalized wedding sign she created as a gift for her niece skyrocketed into many other similarly themed requests. “I do a lot of props for newly engaged couples,” she says. “And I love how they incorporate their interests. I’ve made signs that include the couples’ dogs (“All you need is love…and a dog”), lots of nautical designs for beach weddings – and even a “House Divided” sign because the couple liked different sports teams.”

Budget-friendly flowers and decor

If you just plain love color but want to try a less expensive approach to fresh flowers, consider decorating with paper. Paper flowers are uber trendy right now and there are so many ways to incorporate them into your wedding. From bouquets, centerpieces and boutonnieres to wedding arches and chuppahs – open your mind to paper (and maybe a little tulle) inspiration. Why not incorporate your hobbies into the theme? For instance, the bibliophile or musician might carry a bouquet made from book pages or sheet music. If it’s difficult to visualize a bridal bouquet made out of 100-year-old sheet music, feathers, lace, tulle, floral wire, and floral tape, then a quick visit to websites like Pinterest.com will open your eyes.

In addition to faux florals, Japanese paper lanterns, pinwheels, paper banners, scrolls and crepe paper ribbons are fun and whimsical. For an outdoor wedding, consider suspending paper lanterns from a canopy and hanging multi-colored streamers all along an entrance trellis. Use banners over gift tables and candy bars for photo-op whimsy. “Weddings today are so much fun and a real feast for the eyes with pops of color everywhere,” says Leigh Greer, owner of Table 7 Antiques in Norfolk. “Paper products are often the base for signature wedding colors with other colors woven into the festivities.” Table 7 offers paper straws of all colors and design as well as striped bags for the dessert bar or party favors, decorative paper placemats, chevron runners and more.

Of course, some brides know exactly what they want for their wedding style and are able to execute on just about any wedding concept, while others will want to seek out the advice of a design visionary. No matter what kind of bride you are, it has never been easier or more fun to express yourself with amazingly creative paper elements.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014 16:52

Randy Fenoli Says "Yes!" to Hampton Roads

This Fall, Vow Bride had the pleasure of bringing Randy Fenoli of “Say Yes to the Dress” and “Randy to the Rescue” notoriety to Hampton Roads at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott for the “Hello Beautiful” tour.

It was a magical evening with Randy as he shared his fascinating history in the fashion industry and his philosophy of ‘Educate, Elevate and Empower’ directed at women of all ages. His humor and enthusiasm were warmly received by his many fans.

Wedding fashions for all body types were presented on the illuminated stage by bridal sponsor Maya Couture and worn by lovely models from Stevenson Modeling Agency. Waterside Marriott and Vow Bride hosted a VIP Cocktail Party and Book Signing prior to Randy’s appearance to a sold-out capacity crowd. Many lucky brides-to-be, wedding luminaries and industry professionals got a chance to get up-close and personal with Randy to ask coveted advice.

Enjoy video highlights of this exciting Randy Fenoli presentation on Sunday February 23, 2014 at the Vow Bridal Event.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014 16:50

Scene and Heard

By Cole Weaver

Tasting All Things Local

If you’re looking for a lively way to entertain out of town guests while giving them a sampling of great eats and drinks, look no further than Taste Tidewater Tours. As life-long Virginia locals, owners Rex and Lisa Hamaker have made it their mission to scout out the best food, brews and vines from this historically rich region while creating an unforgettable outing. The Tidewater Taste Coach allows twelve guests to stand up and walk to their seats, play their own music and enjoy a movie while experiencing some of the best foodsheds in the country. Each tour is fully customizable, allowing guests to personalize their tasty adventure. Ask about their bachelor or bachelorette party tours and discounts. To tour the best of all things local, contact Rex or Lisa at 757-340-TOUR (8687) or visit tastetidewater.com

Regional. American. Fresh

Local hotspot Eurasia Café and Wine Bar is famous for serving up some of the most creative cuisine in the area. Now they’re spreading the love even further as a full-service caterer for wedding events. Catering parties for up to 200 people, Eurasia takes pride in using products from regional and local purveyors, resulting in distinctive dishes that are sure to impress your guests. Event specialist Madeline Pittenger and her staff offer guidance for everything from customized menu planning to floral design. Highlights from their to-die-for catering menu include: lamb lollipops, old bay shrimp and grits, truffled mac & cheese, and crab cakes. Eurasia’s private dining room can accommodate up to 28 people for rehearsal dinner celebrations. Discover more online at eurasiavb.com or contact Madeline at 757.422.0814.

Dream Your Day

Every little girl dreams of her wedding day and luckily for you, dreams 2 REALITY specializes in breathing life into each bride’s personal vision. Coupled with expert planning and flawless execution, Cynthia Roseman and her “dream team” understand that planning a wedding is a full-time job. Offering design packages to fit personal needs and budget, dreams 2 REALITY works closely with brides and their grooms to create a wedding that will be the beautiful expression of who they are. No matter the dream, Cynthia and her team will do all the pre-nuptial planning necessary to create the perfect day. For more information and a free consultation contact Cynthia at 757.839.3461 or visit dreamstworeality.com

Vintage Niche

Tucked away in Norfolk’s historic Ghent neighborhood, Table Seven Antiques is known for some of the best and most exclusive tabletop accents in the area. Dedicated owner Leigh Greer takes great consideration in selecting her vintage finds and nostalgic accents. What’s more, she offers rentals of antique tableware, plates and flatware for wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners and other wedding-related celebrations. Table Seven carries charming accessories including heart sparklers, vintage wedding cake toppers, and cloth and paper table runners. This unique shop is ideal for one-of-a-kind bridal registry. To learn more contact Leigh at 757.651.6772 or visit Table7antiques.com

A Club with a View

You won’t believe your eyes when you visit the newly renovated Town Point Club in downtown Norfolk. This exclusive venue boasts a gorgeous view of the Elizabeth River, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows and outdoor terrace. Beautifully appointed with updated modern decor, this club features room after room of exciting possibilities. A professional onsite event coordinator will guide you every step of the way and assist in selecting from a variety of menu packages customized by their award winning Executive Chef with your taste, style and budget in mind. To learn more about touring and booking this exciting Norfolk wedding venue, contact Abby at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit facebook.com/townpointclub

Wedding Papers

Every bride knows that a beautiful wedding begins with an unforgettable invitation. For brides who want their stationery and wedding-related paper goods to uniquely represent them, PS Paperie in Port Warwick is the source for custom design and premier materials. Not only do they provide invitations for all wedding events and bridal occasions, but offer unique seating charts, place cards, programs, bottle labels, favor bags, and paper goods designed to match any wedding theme and color palette. The store offers a vast array of wedding gifts and accessories by top name brands including Cartier. Discover the paper and gift source at thepspaperie.com or call 757.595.5111

Catering to Excellence

For a catered affair your family and friends will remember forever, let The Chesapeake Bay Catering Company serve you. Specializing in everything from intimate gatherings to lavish weddings, this full service, off-premise company is comprised of an extended family of event professionals dedicated to bringing each event first class service. Renowned for their imaginative cuisine and cutting edge ingredients, Chesapeake Bay Catering uses only locally grown and hand-picked produce from local farms. Their mission is to assist you in entertaining with grace and ease, creating innovative buffet and tabletop design. With over 35 years of combined experience, let Catering Director Joan Bertucci and Chef Brian Bland bring excellence to your table. For more information, contact Joan at 757.213.5021 or visit ChesapeakeBayCatering.com

Blooms Galore

Wake up and smell the roses with Eufloria Flowers and Gift Boutique - the only florist in town who puts together three fresh bridal bouquets, boutonnieres, and centerpieces to help each bride visualize the floral designs of her special day. The team at Eufloria offers a free consultation to discover your theme and color scheme before customizing samples, allowing the bride to see, smell, feel, and even hold the flowers. In addition to outstanding arrangements, they keeps an engraver on staff to personalize special mementos with heartfelt messages on glass, metal, leather, or wood; as well as an expert jewelry designer to customize wedding party keepsakes. To book a free consultation, contact Kelly at 757.301.7534 or go to eufloriaboutique.com

Relaxed Elegance

Looking for a unique Williamsburg setting for both your wedding ceremony and reception? Go no further than Ford’s Colony Country Club, an expansive Georgian-style clubhouse that features a picturesque setting accented with beautiful paintings and woodwork, where several package options are available for weddings of any size. Their event coordinator will help you create the memorable celebration from beginning to end and you do not have to be a member to host an event. To see what brides are talking about, tour the event facilities by contacting Brittany Lampe, Director of Catering at 757.258.4120 or visit Fordscolonycc.com

Maya on Main

It’s no secret that stylish brides flock to Maya Couture, Hampton Roads' premier bridal salon located in Norfolk, to select the inspirational dress of their dreams. The team at Maya Couture offers a personalized bridal experience, providing enjoyable and informative consultations to help you choose the perfect gown, bridal party attire, and all the finishing touches to your look. The Norfolk salon boasts a bridal gown show room of over 400 gowns in stock, as well as mother of the bride, bridesmaid and tuxedo salon; an alterations studio; and many wedding services. Now Maya Couture on Main, a second location in the heart of downtown Suffolk is open, offering equally exciting gown options and service. Visit Mayacouture.com for store hours and locations or call 757.461.1690 to schedule an appointment.

Eye Do

With convenient locations in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake and Portsmouth, Tidewater Eye Centers are the superior choice among comprehensive care and ocular operation practices in Hampton Roads. Expert doctors utilize the most advanced technology and innovative surgical procedures to treat patients, often attracting patients from all over the country. Offering procedures for all types of eye care patients, the Tidewater Eye Center specialists have combined decades of experience in performing laser vision correction procedures. This year, they are offering LASIK specials for brides and grooms getting married in 2014 with $1,000 off a bilateral procedure, allowing you to see the love of your life with perfect vision. For more information, visit tidewatereye.com or call 757-436-6000 to set up a free LASIK eye surgery consultation.

Sacred Setting

With a magnificent view overlooking the Nansemond River, Hilton Garden Inn Suffolk Riverfront is quite the picturesque wedding location. Complete with a charming veranda for the ceremony and cocktail hour, the event space easily holds 20-500 guests, who will undoubtedly enjoy the convenience of having comfortable accommodations at the venue. Set on a six-acre park on the banks of the river, the Hilton Garden Inn Suffolk offers a neutral color scheme that compliments any wedding style or theme. Accommodating staff will coordinate all the details of the day, from flexible catering menus to recommendations of local special event vendors. To learn more about their weekday wedding promotions, contact Courtney Thompson at 757-774-9078 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

World” inspired wine list as well as an excellent selection of microbrews. We also have a p 28 people for rehearsal dinners, meetings, and intimate dinners.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014 16:49


By Kim Wadsworth

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Memories and scents go hand-in-hand so choose a fragrance that embodies the essence of your wedding day. Discover the perfect signature scent using these five tips:

1. Choose a new fragrance when olfactory senses are at their peak, usually in the afternoon; and test only two at a time.

2. Identify you. Do you love citrus and sweet (summer); spicy musk (fall /winter); or floral (spring)?

3. Everyone’s body chemistry is different. Before you buy a fragrance you’ve smelled on a friend and loved, try it first to be certain it mixes with you.

4. Aim for the pulse- those points matter. Include the wrist, neck, decolletage and behind the knees.

5. Perfume takes 30 minutes to dry. Spritz on your scent once your dress is on to smell all the notes of the fragrance.

Elizabeth Arden “Untold” 1.7oz $79. Dillards

Valentino “ Valentina” 1.7oz $82. Nordstrom

Miss Dior 3.4oz $73. Sephora

Tory Burch 3.4oz $110. Sephora

D&G “18 La Lune” 3.4oz $45. Sephora

Jo Malone “Peony and Blush Suede” 3.3 oz $115. Nordstrom

Marni 2.2oz $105. Nordstrom

Viktor + Rolf “Flowerbomb” 1.7oz $115. Dillards

Note: Going for something completely personal? Companies like Original Scent create signature fragrances and unity candles with your favorite elements. From $99. Originalscent.com

Tuesday, 28 January 2014 16:43

Somewhere in Time

Photography and Concept by Malie Osborne | Marie Violet Photography

Fashion Coordination by Shay Rybin | Pinch of Charm Weddings

Set in an Italianate villa, this fantasyscape takes place in an era that is classical, romantic and opulent. It portrays a love story that is rich in history yet modern and beautiful.

Bridal gown:

Tulle and Dolce satin ball gown offers sweetheart neckline and beaded belt by Stella York. Double layered veil by BelAire. Both from The Inspired Bride.

Bridesmaid Gown:

Blush chiffon gown with BelAire diamante sash by Bill Levkoff from The Inspired Bride.



Malie Osborned | Marie Violet Photography

Fashion Coordination and Styling

Shay Rybin | Pinch of Charm Weddings

Fashion Assistant

Yana Sleigher

Gown Resource

The Inspired Bride

Makeup Artistry

Theresa Little | Cypress Gorres

Hair Design

Elizabeth Alfier | Behind the Veil Studio

Floral Design

Palette of Petals


Elyse Sierra

Brittany Marshall

Alan Squires


Francesca’s | MacArthur Center


Cindy’s Cakery, LLC

Tablescape Source

Distinctive Event Rentals


Swannanoa Palace, an Italianate villa built in 1912, located in Afton, Virginia

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