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Today, color is steadily working it’s way back into the sight line of brides. It’s a refreshing departure as designers take familiar hues like pink, champagne, latte, and oyster; and take them into High Def mode. In this issue, “Hint of Tint” offers a pretty parade of soft colors that sidesteps the proverbial white. Paired with vibrant pink and cream bouquets, the effect is breathtaking.
We took the idea of creating an intimate wedding in a natural setting to the extreme for “Midsummer Dream.” It was all about glamping- camping with a little glam thrown in. Even cooking outdoors- dressed for a party- in a woodland setting made for the perfect nuptial shoot!
Most importantly, we’re thrilled to unveil the winners of our 2014 Image Issue Photo Contest as well as those earning an honorable mention. Our panel of distinctive judges: Grace Ormonde, the Editor in Chief of Grace Ormonde Wedding Style magazine; Elizabeth Messina, considered one of the finest wedding photographers in the world; and globally renown blogger Abby Larson, founder and Editor in Chief of Style Me Pretty; all took time and attention out of their busy lives to personally choose our winners.
Creating new and pretty content, issue after issue, doesn’t just happen. It takes the talent of so many to pull all of the details together to create visually exciting stories. We hope that, as you celebrate your love and plan your upcoming event, our pages will inspire and guide.
There’s no better time to be a bride than now.
Editor in Chief
Pinterest: Kim Wadsworth and Vow Bride
Photography by Harry Gerwien
Compiled by Kim Wadsworth
Rock Paper Scissors
Whether it’s stone, pulp or cut out crafting, these are designs worthy of gifting.
Custom 3-D CAD designed platinum ring with total diamond weight of 8.25 carats Madison Jewelers
Jade rock sculpture $750 Bishopsgate Design & Decor
Cabochon stone frame by Olivia Riegel $139.99 Bishopsgate Design & Decor
Slate decorative tags $15 The Globe
Marble frame $86 The Globe
Stone frame by Tizo $59 The Globe
Colored stones napkin ring by Kim Seybert $28 The Globe
“This is a Happy Life” cut out heart $40 The Creative Wedge
Cut out wine sign $18 The Creative Wedge
100 gathered thoughts notepads $14.50 + 150 love notes $16.50 Serendip
Crystal circular flower earrings $126 + 8214 Crystal Rococo earrings $102 Serendip
Cut out heart and key frame by Michael Aram $129 Serendip
Paper tape, notebook and sticky notes $10-15 The Globe
Tables Are Top
There’s nothing like a beautifully appointed table and knowing how to make it perfect.
German pressed glass cake stand $90 Bishopsgate Design & Decor
1930’s sterling silver salt & pepper shakers $79 Bishopsgate Design & Decor
Dinner plates of peony or dogwood by Caskata $100 each Bishopsgate Design & Decor
“Perfect Tables” by William Yeoward $29.95 The Globe
Scallop edge charger $300, teacup $170, dinner plate $75, salad plate $145. All by Herend The Globe
Glass salad bowl and server set $136 The Creative Wedge
French champagne bucket $85 Table 7 Antiques
“Elements of the Table: A Simple Guide for Hosts & Guests” by Lynn Rosen $16.95 Table 7 Antiques
Printed napkin set of 4 $38 and stone napkin ring set of 4 $74 Serendip
Platinum ruffle glass cake stand by Vietri $78 Serendip
Incanto teapot by Vietri $220 Serendip
Beach and nautical motifs take us to a relaxed place.
Ship and crab motif salad plates, set of 6 by Caskata, $120 Bishopsgate Design & Decor
Box note cards by Faux Designs $14 each The Globe
Shell & turtle linen hand towels by Anali $38 The Globe
Scallop shell & oyster motif dinner plates by Jersey Pottery $64 each The Globe
Lobster claw and whale pewter bottle openers $32 each The Globe
Shell frame $24 The Creative Wedge
Seaside-inspired ceramic dishes $12 each The Creative Wedge
Double strand pearl bracelet $699 Madison Jewelers
Multi-hued pearl necklace $299 Madison Jewelers
Lobster claw salt & pepper shakers $24 Table 7 Antiques
Whale pillow $55 Serendip
Metal coral bottle stopper by Michael Aram $49 Serendip
Photography by Andi Grant | Andi & Zoe Photographers
Fashion Coordination and Styling by Kim Wadsworth
Gowns in pretty hues make their presence known as designers pick petal pink, soft blush and opulent cham-pagne as the color palette of the moment for blushing brides.
Waiting for Love
Alluring in fitted strapless gown of ivory French alencon lace layered over latte silk satin $3,950 with floral sash $475. by Modern Trousseau. ‘Silvermist’ comb $145. ‘Belinda’ earrings by Justine M. Couture $150, Ava Clara Couture Bridal. Peony, eucalyptus, spray roses and hyacinth bouquet designed by Black Iris Floral Events.
18ct white gold diamond band $6,850, The Precious Gem. David Austin roses, hydrangea, peony and thistle pod bou-quet designed by Black Iris Floral Events.
Blush hued taffeta ball gown with crystal grosgrain ribbon sash and hand-beaded crystal bolero $1,930. by Essence of Australia, Maya Couture. Sterling silver baroque dangle earrings $400. 18ct white gold diamond band $6,850, The Precious Gem. David Austin roses, hydrangea, peony and thistle pod bouquet designed by Black Iris Floral Events.
Graceful in champagne toned ballgown with silver beaded lace accent cinched with champagne crystal sash $1,980. by Maggie Sottero, Maya Couture. 18ct South Sea pearl, diamond and ruby earrings $13,000. Platinum and diamond pave ring $24,000, The Precious Gem.
Sparkle and Shine
Joyful wearing embroidered gown with English net overlay by Casablanca $1,725. Crystal beaded bolero by Maggie Sottero $498. Hand-beaded champagne crystal sash by Maggie Sottero $425. Ivory pearl and crystal sash (shown as a headband) by Justin Alexander $225, all Maya Couture. 18ct South Sea pearl, diamond and ruby earrings $13,000. 18ct white gold diamond band $6,850, The Precious Gem. Anemone, asiatic lily and spray rose bouquet designed by Black Iris Floral Events.
Room with a Hue
Where all things rose reign supreme- including the champagne. Ivory and gold ombre lace sheath with gold grosgrain sash and crystal ring detail by Maggie Sottero $1,500, Maya Couture. 18ct white gold diamond necklace $16,000. 18ct white gold diamond band $6,850. Sterling silver 18ct diamond bangle $4,700, all The Precious Gem. Peony, mini spray roses, dusty miller and ranunculus bouquet designed by Black Iris Floral Events.
Deliciously rich champagne colored satin strapless mermaid ballgown ‘Siren’ offers folded flutter neckline and ruffle skirt detail by Austin Scarlett. Price upon request austinscarlett.com. Ava Spray hair pins (set of 2) $150, Ava Clara Cou-ture Bridal. 18ct sliced aquamarine earrings $7,000. Platinum and diamond pave ring $24,000.18 ct multicolored sap-phire and diamond bracelet $24,000, The Precious Gem.
Blush pink ‘Galla’ strapless draped silk duchess satin sheath gown with detachable origami-inspired train by Austin Scarlett. Price upon request austinscarlett.com. Pink baroque pearl necklace $3,800. Sterling silver baroque dangle earrings $400. Platinum pink sapphire diamond ring $29,000, The Precious Gem.
Ivory and rum pink satin ball gown with organza and tulle cutout by David Tutera for Mon Cheri $2,190. ‘Maggie’ head-band $150, both Ava Clara. Platinum and diamond pave ring $24,000, The Precious Gem. Stargazer lily, dusty miller and thistle bouquet by Black Iris Floral Events.
Fashion Styling and Coordination Kim Wadsworth for Wadsworth Style | BridesMade
Photography Andi Grant | Andi & Zoe Photographers
Hair Design Yolanda Wright | Gary Allen Hair and Skin Care Centre
Makeup Kim Wadsworth for Wadsworth Style | BridesMade
Floral Design Todd Wadsworth | Black Iris Floral Events
Style Assistant Mia Byrd
Models Colby Muhammad and Ellen Perry | Modelogic Wilhelmina Modelogicwilhelmina.com
Location Luxury has a new address and Vow Bride was there. Our stellar shoot at the elegant Oceanaire Resort Hotel was nothing less than magical. The newest hippest venue on the oceanfront features the uber cool Ultra Martini Lounge. With an air of sophistication and sotto voce ambience, this chic venue offered the perfect setting for our fashion editorial. To learn more about experiencing it yourself visit goldkeyvacations.com/virginia-beach-hotel/oceanaire
Where Image Meets Emotion
For the second year in a row, the Vow Bride Photography Contest has attracted entries from throughout Virginia. Open only to professional photographers, there were eight categories for submission.
Our Image Issue contest was open to all professional photographers. The categories this year were: Engagement, Getting Ready, Ceremony, Portrait, Kisses, Details, First Dance, Reception. The GRAND PRIZE winner receives a FULL PAGE ad in the 2015 Spring/Summer issue of Vow Bride and a $500. American Express Gift Card. FIRST PRIZE winner receives a HALF PAGE ad and a $250. Gift Card. SECOND PRIZE winner receives a QUARTER PAGE ad and a $150. Gift Card. All THREE WINNERS receive an autographed copy of a book from one of the three judges.
Abby Larson is Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Style Me Pretty, a wedding blog for the style-obsessed. Coined, “The Mother of all Blogs” by Metro World News, SMP is the mecca for the prettiest, most beautifully curated bridal content on the web. Abby is also the author of the newly released book, “Style Me Pretty Weddings” which has been written up in the NY Times Style section, The Boston Globe, Elle Magazine, and In Style, to name a few. Learn more about her vision and follow the Ultimate Wedding Blog @ Stylemepretty.com
Elizabeth Messina is an artist and happily married mother of three. Her photographs grace the covers and pages of countless magazines throughout the world. She has been named one of the best wedding photographers in the world by American Photo and one of the most influential photographers by Rangefinder Magazine. She is the author of a stunning and informative photography book,
“The Luminous Portrait.” When Elizabeth is not traveling around the globe capturing other people’s love stories, she is enjoying her own in her Southern Californian home. Keep up with her photography and life by following her beautifully curated Instagram feed @elizabethmessina.
Grace Ormonde is the brilliant Editor-in-Chief of Grace Ormonde Wedding Style magazine. Grace has built an enviable reputation in the wedding industry for creating platforms for wedding specialists while offering couples myriad choices for their wedding planning. She has made creativity and innovation hallmarks of her enterprises since 1998. Grace is the author of the coveted coffee table wedding book, “Being in Love Never Goes Out of Style,” which chronicles ten years of extraordinary weddings from around the world. Grace continues to travel the globe seeking out extraordinary wedding events. To view the amazing editorials that inspire brides, visit www.graceormonde.com
By Kim Wadsworth
Photography by Dustin Lewis
Coming soon to a wedding near you: A signature cocktail renaissance
With a continued fascination for thematic weddings and the many details that go along with them, it’s no surprise that signature cocktails are inspiring mixologists to shake things up. There’s an exciting array of colorfully embellished refreshments and themed elixirs being served as a prelude to the evenings’ festivities- and guests love it.
Not every bride and groom buys into the ‘cocktail culture’ generated by creative bartenders who love to fuse flavors and create memorable libations. But whether you’re in love with a specific liquor- or serve a “mocktail’ that still gets your guests in a festive spirit without the alcohol- it’s fun to drink up this delicious trend.
When it comes to the perfect potable, your focus can easily settle on one of many starting points. If color is important, a special beverage can be tinted in your wedding color, accented with bright fruit and served with a clever straw, umbrella or personalized napkin. Love the touch of an herb or floral garnish? Mint, rosemary, thyme, pansy or orchid provide an ‘edible’ festive touch. Glassware has it’s spotlight in this experience as well. From fancy stemmed martini glass to mason jar, it’s all in the presentation.
According to mixologist Jeremy Jones, a self-proclaimed “Spirits Professional” with a cult following at Thirty 7 North Restaurant and Bar in Virginia Beach, offering guests cocktail infusions are always a big hit and an immediate eye catcher. “ There’s a simple rule: stay seasonal by featuring light, crisp spirits in the summer; and darker heavier spirits towards the winter.” Jeremy loves using locally grown herbs, fruits and vegetables to garnish creative cocktails. Says Jeremy, “It supports local farms and makes for spirited conversation.”
If you’re willing to take a shot- at offering a wedding-centric cocktail that is- then collaborate with your caterer or venue coordinator as an ‘alcohol alchemist.’ Or stir up some fun with recipes created for Vow Bride by several creative bartenders around town for your many wedding-related events.
For a Bachelorette Party, nothing gets girls into bridal mode better than a festive drink to toast the bride. The "Something Blue" has a blue square ice cube as its focus. Jeremy suggests buying the molds and making these over-sized cubes ahead.
Makes 1 drink
2 oz Remy V
1/2 fresh lemon
Spun sugar garnish
In a cocktail shaker, squeeze in lemon juice, add thyme and muddle.
Add ice and Remy V, shake well and double strain in a martini glass, over blue ice cube*. Add soda water and garnish.
This recipe can also be made in large batches for parties:
In a large container, add one bottle Remy V, the zest of two lemons and 10 fresh thyme sprigs. Let container sit over night. Take two ounces of this mix, shake and strain into a martini glass, or over ice and top with soda.
[* To make blue ice cubes, add 1/4 part Blue curaçao and 3/4 parts water in a large container and stir until mixed. Pour in square molds and freeze. A large ice cube will slowly melt and makes a cool effect in the cocktail.]
The perfect concoction for a Bachelor Party has rum as its base:
Makes 1 drink
2 oz Mount Gay Rum
Muddle ginger and juice from 1/2 lime. Add ice and 2 oz rum. Stir (do not shake) and double strain over ice (add soda water for a lighter cocktail.) Cut a clever fruit garnish as a finishing touch.
Serve either drink with an array of unique cheeses and homemade crackers (made by Erica Weisflog, pastry chef at Thirty 7 North Restaurant and Bar )
Rehearsal dinners are a relaxed way for families and out-of-town guests to meet and celebrate casually together. An easy ‘ice-breaker’ is to offer an array of fresh appetizers and a signature drink. At Eurasia Cafe in Virginia Beach, mixologist David Edelen creates two delicious cocktails. The first is a special green-hued wedding drink for the bride and groom. In the second, the base is made ahead and can be offered to guests as a non-alcoholic or alcohol-infused cocktail:
“Honey I Dew”
Makes 1 drink
.5oz Simple Syrup
thin cucumber slices
1.5 oz Absolut Pear
.5 oz Midori
.5 oz Cointreau
splash of pineapple juice
Muddle a few cucumber slices in .5 oz simple syrup, mix with remaining ingredients. Shake well and serve in a martini glass.
Makes 1 drink
2 oz Southsie Mix
2 oz liquor
In a Collins glass filled with ice add Southside mix, Vodka, gin or bourbon. Top off with soda. Garnish with fruit of choice or mint sprig.
Makes 2.5 quarts
4 cups sugar
32 oz lemon juice
32 oz lime juice
8 oz orange juice
2 bunches mint
Blend on low until well-incorporate (don’t chop mint too much.) Strain through cheesecloth and refrigerate until event.
Big Eye tuna tataki with vegetable garnish and ponzu sauce
Pickled cherry tomato caprese with mozzarella and balsamic reduction
A wedding reception offers the perfect opportunity for a signature cocktail or party punch to be ready to serve arriving guests. At Town Point Club in Norfolk, color, flavor and a festively garnished glass are the key ingredients to “The Blushing Bride.” Blended with a favorite liquor or as a refreshing beverage on it’s own, a pre-made concoction works well when it comes to budget and ease. A medley of cheese, fruit and vegetables are colorful pick-up foods to serve during the cocktail hour.
“The Blushing Bride”
Makes 1 drink
1 oz simple syrup
2 oz vodka
1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
Grenadine (for color)
strawberries and lemon slices (for muddling and garnish)
Muddle two strawberries in glass with simple syrup. Add vodka, lemon juice, splash of champagne and grenadine. Add ice, and strawberry and lemon slice for garnish.
Punch Bowl Serving:
1 cup simple syrup
1.5 vodka, chilled
2 bottles champagne
Grenadine for color
Strawberry and lemon slices for garnish
Add everything into punch bowl except champagne. Pour in just before guests arrive.
A balanced cheese and fruit plate that compliments your special cocktail makes a nicely paired introduction to an evening of delicious foods and memorable moments.
By Joan Bertucci
Photography by Carl Anderson | Hampton Roads Photography
The Hampton Roads Chapter of International Special Events Society (ISES) proved once again why brides need to look no further than Hampton Roads for the latest event trends and the finest talent. ISES recently held its annual competition hosted by Bill Cabell of Distinctive Event Rentals, in their new 9,300 square foot warehouse addition. It was organized by event planner Pearl Taylor of Uniquely Yours.
The Table Top Design event is not your ordinary, “See who can create the most outrageous table” competition. Instead, competing vendors were asked to use their imagination to create a seated table for at least six guests; design it to fit in a 10‘x10’ space; complete set up within one hour from start to finish; and realistically reproduce the table for 200 guests. To further prove the presentations’ “do-ability,” the competition tables would then become the actual event seating tables for the evening!
With no theme guidelines, tables ranged from elegant and classy, to hip and funky; but all were styled with amazing details. No doubt the judges had a difficult time choosing only one favorite. There were charming paper doily lanterns suspended over the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront’s burlap and lace table; and bright red apples that lured you into The Founders Inn and Spa’s black and silver Snow White Table. Story Book Events combined forces with A Signature Event and showed how to layer gold on gold with their Midas Touch display; and Classy Event Rentals featured a Champagne Bridal Shower with a full sized bust sculpture of white flowers attached to a tulle skirt with silk ribbon belt.
At Chesapeake Bay Catering, food was the decorative element. The pre-set seafood picnic was served in metal pastel pails on a painted wood tabletop, finished with sunny cascading daffodils. Inspired Events by Kelly created a vintage kitchen, complete with food and accents, that could have hosted Julia Child herself. Vintage china and cola bottle beverage glasses were just a few of the details. Stage Right Lighting Weddings and Events brought the comfort of your front porch swing to an elegant table setting. Distinctive Event Rentals and Black Iris Floral Events provided equipment and flowers for many of the competing tables.
The Knife and Fork Competition was also left to the contestant’s imagination. The only criteria was to be able to reproduce the food samplings for an event of 200. Culinary delights included Chesapeake Bay Catering’s signature “No Filler” open face Crab Cake sandwich; Chef by Design’s clever Veal Saltimbocca with Creamy Polenta on an edible spoon with a Tomato Basil Soup shot; Grand Affairs’ rustic Bruschetta and Salad Tapas Bar; Butternut Squash Ravioli with Chicken Confit from the Signature at West Neck; Montero’s Tuna Poke; hand painted cakes from Gateaux Bakery; and Victorian Desserts from Incredible Edibles. It was enough to put everyone, including our judges, into sensory overload!
And the Winners were:
Judges Choice - Chesapeake Bay Catering
People’s Choice – Hilton Virginia Beach Ocean Front Hotel
Knife & Fork
Judges Choice – Chesapeake Bay Catering
People’s Choice – Incredible Edibles
(Joan Bertucci is the Director of Catering at Chesapeake Bay Catering. To learn more about becoming a member of ISES, visit Ises.com)
Part of the wedding planning process may include protecting your event from unforeseen disasters and the details associated with it.
By Amy Waters Yarsinske
Just about everyone has a story about something that went wrong close to or on their wedding day. Perhaps it was small like a little tear to the bottom of your dress caused by a nervous dad who stepped on the hem walking you down the aisle. No one sees it; it’s not a big deal and the only person who knows it’s there is you. But let’s consider the obvious and most costly wedding day disasters, many of them associated directly with Mother Nature in a bad mood.
Weddings are not cheap and the prospect of your big day being quashed by a hurricane, tornado, nor’easter or some other act of nature isn’t something you want to think about when you’re in the middle of planning the perfect day. Many don’t consider the affect of a sudden illness, family death or a vendor gone bankrupt either. But you should. According to the website TheKnot.com, the average cost of a wedding in America last year was roughly the price of a new car, or about $30,000, excluding the honeymoon. Here in Hampton Roads, that cost can exceed $45,000. Whatever your wedding budget, there are a number of options to protect your investment, from wedding insurance, which can add several hundred dollars to your event cost, to better planning.
Let’s start with a nod to good planning. Taking the time to lay out your event months in advance can save thousands of dollars if you end up with a stormy wedding day. For an outdoor wedding, make sure that Plan A - the ideal weather plan – includes Plan B, the one that covers Mother Nature’s monsoon mood swing. Joann Daughtery, owner of Affordable and Luxury Event Rentals in Virginia Beach, makes certain her brides are completely prepared. “When planning for inclement weather, there are lots of things to consider when it comes to your guests.” She encourages clients to get a policy and read it fully, including the exclusion pages for each covered item; and asking questions to make sure they understand what is covered. “Remember that most policies only cover weather if it is a ‘named storm.’ If a tropical storm comes and equipment can’t be set up, the policy may not cover your losses,” says Daughtery. Keeping your fingers crossed and investing in wishful thinking for your wedding day is a risk you shouldn’t take.
What about wedding insurance? There are a number of insurance companies that offer policies to cover expenses in the event of accidents and acts of nature but none of them will cover what is most often the cause of a wedding cancellation or postponement: a change of heart. In truth, this occurs much closer to the actual wedding day, from just a few months to the day before, and even day of the big event. A special event insurance policy issued by Travelers (www.travelers.com/personal-insurance/wedding-insurance) does not provide coverage in the event that either the bride or groom changes their mind and does not want to proceed with the wedding. At that point, all deposits – and often the balances due – to vendors and the overall expense paid out for the big day, are completely non-recoverable.
While a carrier like WedSure (www.wedsure.com) bills itself as the only insurer to offer ‘change of heart’ protection, it is important to read the policy provision carefully. WedSure makes it clear that the expectation of a change of heart must come one year or more before the actual wedding. WedSure’s coverage will repay expenses incurred by an innocent party financier, other than the bride or groom, if the wedding is canceled due to a change of heart by the bride or the groom 365 days or more from the date of that first covered event. While having a wedding insurance policy can bring you peace of mind, there are circumstances that these policies do not cover because, like a change of heart, they are completely out of the bride’s control.
So what does wedding insurance cover? Most policies will cover cancellation or postponement of the wedding due to sudden illness, accident or the death of someone in the wedding party; cancellation or postponement due to a vendor who is no longer available or gone bankrupt; damage to any member of the wedding party’s attire, including your gown; lost wedding rings (it does happen); damage to your wedding flowers or cake; the wedding photographs that get lost or damaged; and the biggest reason: personal liability. Be aware that the average policy will not cover theft, or the bride who overspent her budget and went “wedding” bankrupt.
Many venues require that you carry liability insurance if it is not already included in the rental contract, which provides coverage for bodily injury, property damage, and personal injuries to third parties at the location of your event. You also have the option to include liquor liability coverage, which protects you from alcohol-related suits brought as the result of an intoxicated guest who was served alcohol at a wedding you hosted. Venues that do not include a liability clause will insist the bride provide a certificate of insurance from a purchased policy. Check your homeowner’s insurance policy because some carriers include a wedding event. If not, you may need to purchase a special rider.
“We do recommend insurance to brides,” said Emily Petersen, owner of Emily Weddings (www.emilyweddings.com), a premier wedding planning company based in Virginia Beach. “There are a few companies that we recommend, but we always tell brides to ask important questions and read the fine print to find the best insurance ‘fit’ for their event.” Travelers, for example, will assist the bride in recouping non-recoverable expenses due to a catastrophic storm, and the insurer will help cover non-recoverable expenses if the bride or groom is called to deploy or there is a withdrawal of leave associated with the military. With that said, Petersen recommends hiring an event planner or coordinator to assist in the planning and execution of your event, insurance aside. In the event of dreaded inclement weather, a planner like Petersen and her crew make all the required changes to the event before the bride even realizes how big the storm is. “It’s all done so flawlessly that guests never know it was the backup plan.” Everyone loves a happy ending.
Photography Glenn Bashaw | Images in Light
Fashion Styling and Concept Coordination by Kim Wadsworth
What happens when love and the great outdoors come together?
A magical woodland wedding and fancy honeymoon, Glamping Style!
She wears an English net cross drape bodice empire waist gown with cascading overskirt. Swarovski crystal hand beaded alencon lace detail at neckline and hem with sweep train by WTOO $1,500. Ava Clara Couture Bridal. Crystal vine drop earrings and necklace $50. My Secret Garden. Vine wreath and floral bouquet of peony and orchids. Isha Foss Events. He wears a cotton navy blue and chalk pinstripe blazer by Murano Coastal Collection $250. Graphic print dress shirt by Visconti Black $45. White linen trousers by Baird McNutt $80. All from Dillard’s MacArthur Center. Succulent and fern boutonnière Isha Foss Events.
Floral lace shift dress by Modern Trousseau $1,500.00. Ava Clara Couture Bridal. Silver D’Orsay pump with ankle strap $125. White House Black Market, MacArthur Center . Pearl and gold drop earrings $20. My Secret Garden.
Morning Has Broken
She wears an ivory and tan lace jumpsuit by Chelsea & Violet $108. Dillard’s MacArthur Center. Gold disc drop
earrings with rose strands $30, matching mutli-strand rose necklace (shown as a belt) $45. Both from My Secret Gar-den. He wears pajama pants by Polo Ralph Lauren $42 and tank top by PX $18. Both from Dillard’s MacArthur Cen-ter. “Summer House” sign $69, driftwood garland $29.50, 12-piece faux bamboo flatware $29.50,
classic linen dinner napkin (set of 4) $36, natural wool jute rug (3x5) $179, woven round tray $69, Americana banners (3) $29.50 each, canvas outdoor dining cushions $30 each, “Flower Patch” outdoor pillow $39.50. All from Pottery Barn MacArthur Center. ‘Cantine’ mugs $22.95 each, salad plates $26.95 each, filter drip coffeemaker by Chemex $36.95, placemat $14.95, white ceramic strawberry crate $24.95. All from Williams-Sonoma MacArthur Center.
One with Nature
He wears a tank top by PX $18 from Dillard’s MacArthur Center. Van der Hagen shaving set (with soap, boar brush, stand and bowl) $29.95. From Target. Americana Banners (3) $29.50 each from Pottery Barn MacArthur Center.
“Floral Barcelona” & “Emerson Stripe” canvas outdoor dining cushions $30 each, “Flower Patch” outdoor pillow $39.50, Chunky Natural Wool Jute Rug (3x5) $179, Chunky Woven Round Tray $69. All from Pottery Barn MacArthur Center. White ceramic strawberry crate $24.95, ‘Cantine’ yellow mugs $22.95 each, yellow salad plates $26.95 each, filter drip coffeemaker by Chemex $36.95, Botanical Citrus Placemat $14.95. All from Williams & Sonoma MacArthur Center.
Barcelona dinner plates (set of 4) $34, Barcelona condiment set $34.50, classic linen dinner napkin (set of 4) $36, chunky woven round tray $69, Outdoor clear goblets $5.50 each. All from Pottery Barn MacArthur Center. Cabana striped cloth $75. From Serendip. ‘Crabby Mary’ Bloody Mary mixes (10oz. & 25 oz.) $6-$9, ‘Bucking Willy’s Sassy BBQ’- $6. All by Ashburn Sauce from Taste Unlimited.
Mrs. Cooks for Mr.
She wears a bead embroidered cotton shift dress $280, neutral silver straw floral wedge $125. Both from White House Black Market MacArthur Center. Pearl rhinestone earrings $20. My Secret Garden. He wears a turquoise polo shirt $40, multi-color plaid shorts $49.50 and navy blue woven belt by Roundtree & Yorke. Woven straw baseball hat by Cremieux $30. Sunglasses by Ray Ban $185. All from Dillard’s MacArthur Center. Le Creuset frying pan $99.95 and oven mitts $12.95 each. All from Williams & Sonoma MacArthur Center
Ivory and gold jacquard shorts $68, floral watercolor blouse $120, snakeskin gladiator heels $70. All from White House Black Market MacArthur Center. Coral and gold necklace $30. My Secret Garden. “Portsmouth Wood Lantern” $69, Indoor/Outdoor flameless pillar candle $22.50. Both from Pottery Barn MacArthur Center.
She wears a white ruched swimsuit by La Blanca $105, white chiffon Perrero by Rapz $20, woven straw sunhat by Sun N Sand $20, white sunglasses $22.50, pearl wedge slide by Onex $94. All from Meg’s Swimwear. Coral and gold disc ring $15, turquoise bracelet $30, multihued shell bracelet $28, blue coral earrings $15. All from My Secret Garden. He wears orange tank top by PX $18, board shorts by Hurley Phantom $56, turquoise wayfarer sunglasses by Ray Ban $185. All from Dillard’s MacArthur Center.
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First Landing State Park, located on Shore Drive in Virginia Beach, is Virginia’s most-visited state park and is a National Natural and Historic Landmark. The park is the site of the first landing of the Jamestown colonists in 1607 and was built in part, by an all African American Civilian Conservation Corps during 1933-1940. According to local legend, Blackbeard hid in the Narrows area of the park, and interior waterways served as landing sites for Union and Confederate patrols and blockade-runners during the Civil War. In addition to the history, First Landing State Park is a natural oasis, with 20 miles of trails, 1.5 miles of Chesapeake Bay beach frontage, bald cypress trees, lagoons and rare plants and wildlife. Recreational and educational activities are offered including picnic areas, boat ramps, bike rentals, and museum-like exhibits. It offers an idyllic venue for weddings and special events. Reserve our venue facility, cabin or campsite and make First Landing State Park a destination for your wedding or next getaway. www.virginiastateparks.gov For more information call 757.412.2300
By Ann Wright
For many brides, having a wedding in their hometown is considered a “destination wedding” for those attending from elsewhere. Guests should feel welcome and comfortable; and most importantly, the venue chosen should offer signature elements that reflect the taste of the bride and groom.
With so many details to consider, from parking and accessibility; staff and service; to a gracious space for dining and dancing; today’s venue choice is all about personalized possibilities with affordable options.
Because so many golf and country clubs, museums, gardens, restaurants, and dedicated reception sites are opening their doors and relaxing their rules about rental space for weddings, today’s bride can broaden her search for potential venue candidates.
A number of Hampton Roads’ favorite wedding spaces have recently treated themselves to a major makeover. In its survey of currently renovated venues, we visited a premier art museum, three private clubs, a marina, an Outer Banks resort, an Eastern Shore barn and a handful of hotels; plus several new spots for nuptials that we couldn’t resist including. All have recently invested heavily into updating and beautifying their environments in hopes of attracting event opportunities.
Chrysler Museum of Art
One Memorial Way, Norfolk VA 23510
No redo has garnered more media attention than the Chrysler Museum’s 16-month renovation. Brides will be delighted with the result. The beautiful Huber Court looks much the same, only better. The awkward opening between the pair of curved stairways has been closed. At the grand re-opening, the space was a jaw-dropping wall of orchids. The Chrysler also has a new catering kitchen for special events and an expanded café, renamed Wisteria for the Tiffany windows adorning it. Ideal for rehearsal dinners and smaller wedding events, Louise Nagourney of Cuisine & Company, the museum’s exclusive caterer, is celebrating a kitchen that can create many more signature menus.www.chrysler.org
Mary Collins, Special Events Manager: 757.333.6233
Norfolk Waterside Marriott Hotel & Convention Center
235 East Main Street, Norfolk, VA 23510
By fall 2014, the Norfolk Waterside Marriott’s makeover will be complete. The lobby, piano lounge and all 405 guest rooms have been renovated within the past year. Now it’s the ballrooms’ turn for newly designed carpet, wallpaper and drapes. The updated color scheme continues the hotel’s nautical theme with a mix of blue, cream and burgundy- a palette that Marriott’s interior designers think will play well with wedding flowers and party decorations. The first floor ballroom accommodates about 1,100 guests. Overall, the hotel has 60,000 square feet of meeting space that’s easy to reconfigure for special events of any size.
Town Point Club
101 West Main Street, Norfolk, VA 23510
The Town Point Club recently completed a $1.5 million renovation. The ballroom, which holds 150 guests, has been redecorated in shades of silvery blue grays that echo the reflections from the Elizabeth River. The ballroom opens to a wrap-around terrace with an unbeatable view overlooking the Norfolk waterfront and Town Point Park. New sofas invite guests to linger and celebrate. This private club, located on the third floor of the World Trade Building, welcomes non-member events and can accommodate up to 250 guests who can to spill into several intimate dining spaces.
Abby Bailey, Private Event Director: 757.625.6606x:125
Sheraton Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel
3501 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA, 23451
The Sheraton recently finished a multi-million dollar revamp of the entire hotel. The Grand Ocean Ballroom and Foyer can host up to 400 guests. The view, framed by the foyer’s floor-to-ceiling palladium windows, makes it one of the Oceanfront’s most dramatic spaces. An experienced wedding consultant of 10 years as a local wedding planner, is on staff and available for personal tours and event guidance. www.sheratonvirginiabeach.com
Nancy Rosen, Wedding Consultant: 757.431.7586
Holiday Inn & Suites North Beach
3900 Atlantic Ave., Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Completely renovated within the past two years, Holiday Inn & Suites North Beach has beautiful spaces for weddings. The sky-lit, ground-floor atrium is popular for ceremonies that flow into the adjoining Grand Ballroom for receptions. The ballroom can handle up to 280 guests. A more intimate space is the sixth floor Vista Del Mare with a capacity of 120 guests and stunning views of the oceanfront. In addition to the hotel’s customized wedding packages, chef/owner Pascal Arcese of the popular Isle of Capri restaurant now offers fine dining catering options. www.vboceanfrontnorth.com
Emily Miller, Catering Sales Manager: 757.419.3668
Double Tree by Hilton Norfolk Airport
1500 N. Military Highway, Norfolk, VA 23502
The Double Tree by Hilton near the Norfolk Airport recently completed a major redo of its lobby, meeting spaces and guest rooms. The look is nothing less than sleek and contemporary. Travertine marble and wood establish the color scheme of cream and earth tones. The rebranded hotel, formerly the Hilton Norfolk Airport, has an expansive first floor ballroom that can seat 350 for dinner or, with the adjoining Foyer and Garden, can accommodate 1,000 guests for a flow-through reception. The ballroom is easily divisible into more intimate spaces. An on-staff wedding coordinator advises brides on menus prepared in an on-site catering kitchen. www.norfolkairportdoubletree.com
Tricia Hauser, Director of Catering: 757.457.8903
Cypress Point Country Club
5340 Club Head Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23455
The semi-private Cypress Point Country Club feels miles removed from the Virginia Beach bustle, but it is located less than five miles north of Town Center. The brick clubhouse has been completely redecorated with new hardwood floors, carpet and furniture. The reception area, which can accommodate 200 guests, now has special lighting that changes color to work with the bride’s palette. Banquet and Events Coordinator Anne Goessling explains, “We’ve listened to what brides want and that guided our renovations.” Non-member events are welcome. www.cypresspointgolf.com
Anne Goessling, Banquet & Event Coordinator: 757.490.6300
Fords Colony Country Club
240 Fords Colony Drive, Williamsburg, VA 23188
The recent redecorating in rich neutrals adds a fresh, sophisticated look to Fords Colony Country Club’s traditional interiors. The dining room, which holds 80 guests, and the banquet room, which accommodates 80, have been redone with nicely-appointed style. The outside terrace, a favorite spot for pre-dinner cocktails, has new plants, furniture and fans. The garden pavilion, a heated and air-conditioned tent-like structure that easily hosts 275, has also been refurbished, all part of an ongoing redo of the entire club. Non-member events are welcomed at this updated venue.
Brittany Lampe, Director of Catering: 757.258.4120
Aqua at Kings Creek Marina
900 Marina Village Circle, Cape Charles, VA 23310
Sunsets on the Chesapeake Bay are splendid and the little town of Cape Charles is charming. Aqua at King’s Creek Marina offers those amenities plus a brand new event space. Two former retail businesses at the marina have been reconfigured into a two-level space that can accommodate 250 guests for a seated dinner or 300 for a cocktail reception. Yachts are welcome and there are accommodations for those who motored to Virginia’s Eastern Shore.
Tiffany Mohr, Events Director: 757.331.8602
Beautifully situated on Eyre Hall Creek on the Eastern Shore, Mimosa Farm is surrounded by fields and woodlands, offering more than 1,500 feet of waterfront access. The newly renovated 4,900 square-foot barn displays solid mid-18th century construction, yet is modernized as a large gathering space featuring two restrooms, catering kitchen and guest suite. It accommodates 75 seated guests; 125 for stand up receptions; and 250 with additional tent. This one-of-a-kind venue has neighboring locations for event rentals for rehearsal dinners and celebrations.
Chuck Little 800.421.1481
1461 Duck Rd., Duck, NC 27949
Ocean or sound; sunrise or sunset; casual or formal. These are all personal choices a bride experiences when considering the Sanderling Inn. The resort closed for several months last year to construct and refurbish indoor/outdoor spaces overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the Currituck Sound. There are various venues to accommodate parties of 15 to 200. Three on-staff wedding coordinators will handle all the details for this popular destination wedding site. www.sanderling-resort.com
NEW and EXCITING
3421 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Oceanaire is a new 4-star oceanfront hotel but its tenth floor lounge and sundeck is a must to know about. The 4,000 square foot area is a stellar spot to gaze upon a moonlit ocean and dance under the stars. With a firepit and bar, it’s a great party space for up to 130 guests. No need to worry about rain – an oceanfront banquet room is automatically reserved as a backup when you book the sundeck.
Dawn Roberson, Catering and Special Event Sales Manager: 757.648.1832
The Woman’s Club of Portsmouth
304 Sycamore Road, Portsmouth, VA 23707
Offering southern elegance in the heart of Hampton Roads, this premiere wedding destination, which was completely redone a year ago, is the host to wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners and parties. It can accommodate 250 seated or 350 standing guests and offers special bridal amenities.
The First Lady of Suffolk
447 W. Washington Street, Suffolk, VA 23434
The First Lady in historic Downtown Suffolk is a Queen Anne style home built in 1907. With an extensive and beautiful renovation completed last year, this jewel of a venue can accommodate up to 175 seated and offers everything from bridal suite to parking for 200.
By Ginna Wilbanks
Get ready to receive red carpet-worthy treatment when visiting Privée Bride of Ghent. Featuring ten-foot tall mirrors and relaxing, open-air ambiance, this intimate salon setting provides the perfect space to find the dress of your dreams. Choose from an impressive array of gowns by couture designers Rivini, Simone Carvalli and Victor Harper. A selection of beautiful bridal accessories includes Sara Gabriel, Ti Adoro Jewelry, and Veil Trends. Salon owner Reamie Tabin tops off the special treatment with a Privée Bridal Box filled with personally selected goodies. With expert service and style, Privée Bride of Ghent is truly a step above the rest. To book your appointment, visit priveebridal.com or call 757.337.2087.
Sea View Spectacular
Tidewater’s Hidden Jewel
Visit Tidewater’s best-kept secret, My Secret Garden Va, for one-of-a-kind bridal and fashion jewelry for all your wedding needs. Owner Beth Vinson guides each bride in picking the perfect accessories to compliment her gorgeous gown as well as her bridesmaids, with discerning taste. Add the shining touch to your wedding ensemble with a bejeweled necklace, bracelet, earrings or cameo crystal brooch. My Secret Garden Va makes it possible to look stunning on your special day without breaking your budget. Visit mysecretgardenva.com or call Beth Vinson at 757.403.1219.
Say “I do” in modern beach style at the brand new Hilton Garden Inn Virginia Beach Oceanfront. For your wedding day celebration, this 5,000 square foot oceanfront event space offers a panoramic ocean view sun deck, in-house catering, and expert planning services. From outstanding service at the rehearsal dinner to the delicious menu created for a farewell brunch, no detail goes unattended. With a dedicated event planner appointed to assist you with every detail, your event will be unforgettable. To book your wedding, visit hiltongardeninnvirginiabeach.com/weddings or call 757.995.1407.
The Tasteful Art of Cooking
Brides can expect timeless moments captured from Sean Holder Photography. A member of the Professional Photographers of America and a rising talent in his field, Sean Holder offers a high level of personal customer service to ensure that the beauty of all of your wedding activities, from engagement photos to the wedding day ceremony and reception are beautifully documented. Brides receive 800+ wedding images that she is able to share with family and friends at no extra cost. Understanding that every bride deserves to look picture-perfect on her special day, Sean works with each client to accommodate their budget. Make your appointment to visit his boutique photography studio at 757.553.1810 or visit seanholderphotography.com to view his wedding work.
An Artful Setting
Dish & Dash
Ride in style between three of Hampton Road’s most sought after wedding venues on The Reception Line. The bus will embark on its third voyage on November 16th from The Bridal Dish, located in Maya Couture. Dash between Chrysler Hall, the Harrison Opera House and the Virginia Beach Convention Center to dine on delectable dishes provided by catering vendors and dish on the fabulously decked out mock reception designs created at each venue. Enjoy an entire day of priceless pampering for only $20. To book a ticket for this one-of-a-kind event, visit receptionline.com or call Jennifer La Londe at The Bridal Dish 757.689.8082.
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