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East Meets West
Duck, North Carolina | May 26, 2012
Native New Yorkers Alison and Justin lived practically parallel lives, never meeting. They were born in the same hospital, grew up a town apart, and vacationed with their families at the Outer Banks of North Carolina regularly. Finally, a mutual friend introduced then on what began as an uneventful evening in New York City, and turned into a passionate love affair between self-described polar opposites. The couple now lives in Los Angeles, giving inspiration for their bicoastal theme. As a celebrity stylist, Ali had no problem combining modern California style with the laid-back elegance of the east coast. Orchids, Vindela roses, stephanotis and other airy flowers made for a soft and romantic atmosphere. Ivory, pale pink, light purple and pops of pale yellow brought out the natural beauty of the beach at the ceremony, while hanging crystals and chandeliers made of branches and seashells brought the outdoors in for the reception. An all-white cocktail party was nestled in between. Ali dazzled in her Amalia Carrera gown, and wowed everyone with the after party dress that she designed herself. Her maids and maidens were glowing in iridescent pale pink and smoky amethyst as they gathered with the other guests to witness the couple's choreographed dance moves to "Just A Kiss" by Lady Antebellum. A New York full-plate dinner of steak and lobster with classic country sides was served before friends and family were treated to dance music performed by A-Town. As the reception wound down, there was a big send-off with bubbles and flowers, but these party animals were having none of that. The people most important to them had traveled far and wide to this destination wedding, and they didn't want the fun to end. The festivities continued all night with DJ Michael Imperato at the helm, and it looks like they will for years to come!
Vendor Love List
The Sanderling Resort
Amy Warkentien of
Life Stage Films
After Party Dress
Designed by bride,
Ali Levine of Ali Levine Design
Created by Corina Lezu on Wilshire Dr, Los Angeles, CA
Crystallized heels by
Andre 1 Shoes
Priscilla of Boston
Maid of Honor Dress
Margie Viola & Arta Balaj of
My Style Salon
Mary Perez of
Best Little Hair House
Lauren Gurski of
All Eyes On The Bride
Laura Hooper of
Laura Hooper Calligraphy
Wes & Kim Stetson of
Holiday House Weddings
Melinda Gregory of
Hers: Ester Jewelry
His: Jewelers Work Bench
The Perfect Vintage
Norfolk, VA | June 30, 2013
Emily and Mike presented their vows to each other in a setting that was calm and scenic, a far cry from the punk rock venues in and around Virginia Beach that served as their courting ground. Statuary Vista at Norfolk Botanical Garden was the perfect backdrop for the vintage rustic garden feel that they wanted for their ceremony, and flowed beautifully along the path to Rose Garden Hall for the reception. Sea foam green was the color of the day with lots of peach accents, while an eclectic mix of handmade and vintage embellishments topped everything off. Family and friends contributed antique vases and jars that contained an exquisite combination of flowers including hydrangea, daisies, roses, ranunculus, veronica, speedwell, billy balls, dahlias and more. Emily's love for classic style was evident in her Alfred Angelo gown, which was hemmed to a perfect tea length, while a collection of vintage brooches wrapped in burlap and lace from her mother's wedding gown served as her bouquet. The bridesmaids wore a simple knee-length dress that flattered each and every one. At the reception, the bride and groom were "Swept Away" as they danced their first dance to the tune by the Avett Brothers. Guests enjoyed seafood, vegetarian and vegan dishes, and took home heart-shaped favors made of recycled paper containing wildflower seeds. The couple followed their own advice to go with the flow and enjoy the day by making their escape in personalized t-shirts — a surprise from the bride's brother and a friend.
Vendor Love List
Botanical Gardens, Norfolk, VA
Meghan Streit of
Alterations by Stacey's Tailoring
Tori Glenn of Wink Salon
Nan Butler of Wink Salon
Wedding Paper Divas
Bridal bouquet from
The Ritzy Rose
Virginia Beach, VA | September 7, 2012
As somewhat of a celebrity on the local wedding scene, Maya Wharburton had to make her wedding to Navy pilot, Bobby Holihan a showstopper. The laid back atmosphere of their first meeting at a Jimmy Buffet show was captured and kicked up a few notches as one would only expect from the owner of one of Hampton Roads' leading bridal shops. The Water Table served as the location for the ceremony as well as the reception, and offered the perfect vignette for the country-meets-contemporary style they were going for. Hues of blush, champagne, olive and chocolate were set off by the natural beauty of pink blush and vendela cream roses, white stock, white veronica, seeded eucalyptus and Queen Ann's lace. Maya was a vision in a diamond white ruched, body-contouring chiffon gown while the pair exchanged personal vows and special affirmations with each of their children. The newly created family was commemorated as each member filled a jar with five main ingredients to the "world's best cookie" recipe. It was sealed with a promise to be baked together on their one year wedding anniversary. As a surprise, Bobby organized a breathtaking military sword arch for them to transition through from the ceremony to the festivities. A steel drum band played as Maya entered on Bobby's arm in a short halter style dress with a bodice of French lace and a full box-pleated skirt made of alternating bands of silk Mikado in cream and blush. Cocktails, locally crafted beer and some friendly games of cornhole kept the guests entertained until a family style dinner was served. Seasonal vegetables, four-cheese mashed potatoes, asparagus with hollandaise sauce, prime rib with horseradish cream, stuffed tilapia and French bread were passed around and then topped off with a seemingly endless dessert and candy bar. After they danced the night and their dinner away, guests were treated to a late night snack of pulled pork and chicken sliders with a side of fries! The event was beautifully documented by local photographer Keith Cephus, but the photo booth was a hot spot for guests looking for a little creative control. At the end of the night the party-goers headed out with mug shots and bags of Virginia peanuts to witness the happy couple (Maya in an ivory ruched silk charmuse plunging halter neckline romper with a flowing chiffon pant overlay) scooting off in a vintage VW bus – yet another of what looks like a lifetime of pleasant surprises.
Vendor Love List
The Water Table
Ceremony & Timeline:
The Bridal Dish
Decor & Design:
Simply Perfect Events
Char's Floral Designs
Keith Cephus Photography
Dalmacia by Pronovias
First Reception Dress
Custom by Maya Couture
Second Reception Outfit
Custom by Maya Couture
Custom designed "foot jewelry by Christina's Crystals
"Kate" by Benjamin Adams
Custom by Maya Couture
Flower Girl Dress
Custom by Maya Couture
Al Kelly of Changes
Kim Wadsworth of BridesMade
Monique Lihuillier Stationery from Something New
Char's Floral Designs
Hers: Custom made by Rinehardt Jewelers
His: Koa Wood Set in vitalium metal Rinehardt Jewelers
Roger Cruz of
By Kim Wadsworth
Photography by Harry Gerwien
There's an ever-growing list when it comes to wedding needs.
From A to Z brides and their grooms discover all the necessary must-haves before, during and after the big day. Here are some favorites to get you started.
A Line: Gown by Emerald Bridal $1295. Blushgown.com
Armband: IPod or IPhone armband $14. WorththeWait / ipod armband
Bathing Suit: One-piece $115. Meg's Swimwear / blue one piece
Bow Tie: Black or white $19.99 each Men's Wearhouse MacArthur Center / black and white bow ties
Cake Stand: Metal stand by Mariposa $132. Simply Selma's / silver cake plate
Cufflinks: Sculpted cable $525 and Pietersite inlay $600. Both by David Yurman Fink's MacArthur Center
Clutch: Ruffle handbag $59. WorththeWait / clutch
Diamond: Easily distracted by sparkly things, every bride has their eye on the perfect engagement ring. This one designed by Hardy's Jewellers. Hardysjewellers.com
Drink: Let a "Lemon Zazzle" or any signature drink be the pretty toasting statement to your reception. Eastbeachcateringandeventplanning.com
Earrings: Pearl drops $75. Pandora MacArthur Center / pearl earrings
Emergency Kit: For Her $13.95 WorththeWait./ sent
For him $14.95 Francesca's Collections MacArthur Center / emergency kit for him
Flask: Mustache motif $20. Francesca's Collections MacArthur Center / mustache flask
Flutes: Pair of "Amalia" glasses by Juliska $115. The Globe / flutes
Frame: Crystal and chrome by William Yeoward $195. The Globe / silver and crystal frame
Garter: Satin and lace $55-60 each Pure English / garter 2 and 3
Guest Book: Silver, gold or white $34.95. Papyrus MacArthur Center / guest book
Headband: "Bonny Swans" leather and metal by Paris $200. Pure English /headband
Handkerchiefs: Lilien's Hankicards $10 each Simply Selma's / hankies
Honeymoon Hat: Straw $29. Meg's Swimwear / hat
Ice Bucket: Chrome $69. Pottery Barn MacArthur Center / ice bucket
Invitations: Custom to order Papyrus MacArthur Center / invitations
Ipad: Case: $45. WorththeWait / ipad case
Jewelry Box: Leather $118.99. Pottery Barn MacArthur Center / jewelry box
Just Married: "Mr & Mrs" Frame $16.95. Becky's Hallmark MacArthur Center / mr and mrs frame
Keepsakes: Crystal Couple $165. Silver Box $110. Swarovski MacArthur Center /crystal bears
Kitchen: Cookbooks $34.95 each. Measuring Cups $14.95 Williams-Sonoma MacArthur Center / cookbooks
Lashes: $16. M-A-C Nordstrom MacArthur Center / eyelashes
Linens: Damask tablecloths by Le Jacquard Francais $450. each The Globe / linens
Locket: "Gate" necklace 18k gold and diamond by Monica Rich Kosann $5,750. Simply Selma's / photo pendant
Memories: USB memory stick $60. Swarovski MacArthur Center / usb
Manicure: Spa and French. oneononecaresalon.com / bottle of polish sent
Napkins: Crushed silk by Ann Gish $212.| set of four. Rings by L'Object $185.| set of four. Both from The Globe / blue silk hankie
Night: Bra $45. Garter Belt $35. by Betsy Johnson Nordstrom MacArthur Center / lingerie
Organza: Jeweled wrap belt by Marisa $590. Pure English / headband 2
Ornament: Painted glass ball $18. WorththeWait / ornament
Pen: Stacked beads $30. WorththeWait / pen
Picnic: Wine and cheese knapsack $34. The Globe / picnic bag
Perfume: 'Valentia' by Valentino $80. Nordstrom MacArthur Center / perfume
Quartz:18k gold and champagne necklace by Monica Rich Kosann $2,950. Simply Selma's / quartz pendant
Quilted Bag: Shoulder Pouch$30. Wallet $32. Both by LUG WorththeWait / quilted bag
Robe:Faux fur trim by Betsy Johnson $89. Nordstrom MacArthur Center / pink robe front
Ring: "Today. Tomorrow. Forever" set $2,290. by Heather B. Moore. Either Or Jewelers Strawbridge / sent
Sandals: Floral $98. by Bruno Menegatti. Bow $24. by Avanti. Meg's Swimwear / sandals 2 sandals
Scent: Wedding Day Candle $27.99. (with custom photo additional $2.) Seashell Mosaic shade $24.99 and tray $12.99. Yankee Candle MacArthur Center / yankee candle lamp
Signage: "Head Over Heels" $28. Simply Selma's / head over heels sign
Toaster: Breville four-slice $79.95. Williams-Sonoma MacArthur Center / toaster
Tux: Rental or purchase. Men's Warehouse MacArthur Center /tuxedo
Umbrella: Travel size $18. WorththeWait / umbrella
Undergarments : 'I Do' low-rise thong $31. 'Bride' lace hipster $39. by Hanky Panky. Nordstrom MacArthur Center / underwear
Vows: "Wedding Words: Vows" by Jennifer Cegielski Barnes & Noble MacArthur Center / vows book
Vase: Peacock motif $42. by Fringe Studios Simply Selma's / peacock glass
Watch: "Facets" white ceramic $360. Pandora MacArthur Center / white pandora
Waterproof: Hypnose Drama Waterproof Full Body Mascara $26. Nordstrom MacArthur Center
Xtras: Luggage tag $8. "Pack This" pad $9 Francesca's Collections MacArthur Center / luggage tags
Yoga Mat: Portable $21.98 Barnes & Noble MacArthur Center / yoga mat
Yum: Assorted chocolate truffles $19.95. Harry & David MacArthur Center / chocolates
Zig Zag: Bikini $68. Meg's Swimwear / chevron bikini
Frame $34. Simply Selma's / chevron frame
ZZZZZ's: "Dream" eye mask ensures bridal beauty sleep / mask
Photography by Malie Osborne I
Marie Violet Photography
Fashion Coordination by Kim Wadsworth
There's a hint of "Gatsby Glamour" in the air as playful vintage elements merge with thoroughly modern style.
Nostalgia makes a comeback. "Valentine" Chantilly lace and pleated netting tiered gown $3,700. Cloche hat with floral accent (price upon request.) Both by Amy Kuschel at amykuschel.com Beaded vintage purse $58. Gloves with embroidered edge $4.99. Both from B Original. 18K white gold pearl and diamond lariat necklace $4,520. Art Deco-inspired 18K white gold cultured pearl and diamond earrings $3,800. Both by Mikimoto from Long Jewelers.
Glamorous satin one-shoulder "Datsun" gown with ruffle detail and crystal accents $1,375 by Pronovias. Silk flower and feather headpiece $135 by Edward Berger. Both from Maya Couture. 18K white gold open circle pave diamond chandelier earrings $18,000 by Judith Ripka from Long Jewelers.
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Sexy "Margaret Ann" sheath gown of four-ply silk crepe features cowl neckline with beaded French lace applique $2,300 by Amy Kuschel at Amykuschelcom. Three flower crystal hair piece $300 by Siman Tu at Simontu.com Wide diamond band $10,575 by House of Baguettes from Long Jewelers. Dangling pearl marchasite tulip earrings $165. from Artful Designs. Vintage gold sling-backs with rhinestone dress clips $68. from B Original. Bouquet of pink stock by Norfolk Wholesale Floral.
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Beaded tulle and lace fishtail "Ducal" gown with illusion neckline and gemstone embroidered belt $3,125 by Pronovias from Maya Couture. Crystal feather headpiece $1,200 by SimanTu at Simontu.com Pearl and diamond earrings $3,800 by Mikimoto from Long Jewelers. Ruched elbow gloves $4.99 from B Original. Bouquet of lamb's ear, freesia, pink roses, delphinium, and hydrangea designed by Norfolk Wholesale Floral.
Shirred strapless "Lyric" gown with full bias organza ruffle skirt and grosgrain ribbon accent $2,390 by Blue Willow Bride from Anne Barge at Annebarge.com Silk floral headpiece $300. by Twigs & Honey. 18K gold pink Barolo drop earrings $5,500. 18K gold bracelet with multi-precious stones $28,000. Both by Judith Ripka from Long Jewelers. Purple and white spray rose bouquet designed by Norfolk Wholesale Floral.
Lace makes a welcome return. "Betula" gown with free hanging bodice and eyelash detail brings vintage details into modern day style $990 by Myra Callan Bridal. Pearl bracelet with two crystal flowers $235. Art Deco freshwater pearl necklace with crystal tassel $1,350. Freshwater pearl necklace with crystal tassel $1,000. All by Siman Tu at Simantu.com Whimsical halo with silk flowers $160 by Twigs & Honey. Bouquet of Esperance roses and chartreuse hydrangea by Norfolk Wholesale Floral.
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So ethereal in "Magnificent Flirt" sheath gown of silk satin chiffon with soft draping and cowl neckline $2,400. by Amy Kuschel at amykuschel.com Wide diamond band $10,575 by House of Baguettes. 18K yellow gold rose quartz earrings $2,900 by Judith Ripka. Both from Long Jewelers.
"Ursino" one shoulder fit and flare gown of lace appliques and matching coat $2,625 by Pronovias from Maya Couture. Vintage gold sling-backs with faux pearl clips $58. from B Original. 18K white gold estate-inspired pave diamond open circle chandelier earrings $18,000 by Judith Ripka. Diamond pendant $5,990 shown on 36" chain $4,830. Both by Penny Preville. All jewelry from Long Jewelers.
Angel cameo $125. Boat cameo $325. Large pin $78. All from B Original. Headpiece and blush silk floral comb by Twigs and Honey.
White beaded convertible clutch $58. Vendome Paris opera glasses $345. Embroidered gloves $4.99. All from B Original. Pearl and diamond necklace $4,520 by Mikimoto. Wide diamond band of swirls with pear diamonds $10,575 by House of Baguettes. Both from Long Jewelers.
Flower and leaf rhinestone pin $300 by Siman Tu. Vintage Royal Traveler blue suitcase $68 from B Original. Bouquet of freesia, rose, and hydrangea stock by Norfolk Wholesale Floral.
Cameo pin $1,275 from Long Jewelers. Bouquet of purple and white spray roses designed by Norfolk Wholesale Floral.
Keshi pearl flower broach $190 by Siman Tu. Bouquet of lamb's ear, freesia, pink roses, delphinium, and hydrangea designed by Norfolk Wholesale Floral.
Fashion Coordination and Location Styling
Malie Osborne | Marie Violet Photography
Monica Bass Corwith
Holly Rae Johnson
Alysa Danilova – Splash Model Management
Sarah Rillon | MAC Macy's Lynnhaven Mall
Kechelle Hadley | MAC Macy's Lynnhaven Mall
Al Kelly | Changes City Spa
Dawn McFadden and Karen Murray for Norfolk Wholesale Floral
The Historic Obici House
Lynnette Willis – Assistant Director
Anita Sparks – Grill Manager
Chalice Rowe – Assistant Grill Manager
The Historic Obici House is located on the grounds of the Sleepy Hole Golf Course in Suffolk. The house, built in 1924, was the home of Amedeo Obici, founder of Planter's Peanuts, and his beloved wife Louise. The Obici's were well known in Suffolk for both their philanthropy and gracious hospitality Mr. Obici installed magnificent stained glass windows, parquet floors, ornate chandeliers and imported Italian tile. It was at their home the Obici's earned a reputation for hosting elaborate parties for their families, friends, and employees. Recent renovations have added modern conveniences and have restored much of the homes original grandeur. Couples will find the Historic Obici House offers a truly unique setting for any wedding. For more information visit http://www.thehistoricobicihouse.com or call 757.538.0336.
1. Bouquet of pink stock by Norfolk Wholesale Floral.
2. Bouquet of Esperance rose and chartreuse hydrangea by Norfolk Wholesale Floral.
3. Bouquet of purple and white spray roses by Norfolk Wholesale Floral.
4. Bouquet of lamb's ear, freesia, pink roses, delphinium, and hydrangea by Norfolk Wholesale Floral.
5. Bouquet of freesia rose and hydrangea stock by Norfolk Wholesale Floral.
By Kim Wadsworth
How will he pop the question? With color, shape or design in mind? If you're the marrying kind waiting for the moment, here's what you might dream about as the perfect proposal piece. New interpretations continue to dazzle with modern and vintage inspired designs vying for the favored finger. The stunning solitaire gets flanked with pave diamonds nestled in custom settings. The love interest for colored stones includes yellow, champagne and brown diamonds as well as the continued 'royal nod' to sapphires.
Some of the areas finest jewelers weigh in on the subject.
[Photos courtesy of Long Jewelers]
" The 'Halo' look in bridal remains strong with an emphasis on intricate hand-detailing, finish and polish. Additionally, cushion cuts have become the preeminent fancy shaped diamond of choice for many designers shown here at Long Jewelers. Brides are seeking 'super ideal' cuts with unmatched brilliance in round shapes. Vibrant fancy yellow diamonds are a very popular trend attributed to celebrity engagements of recent."
~ Jon Walp, General Manager | Long Jewelers
[Photos courtesy of Hardy's Jewellers]
"There's a noticeable return to a 'vintage' look. The sentiment of a ring created with diamonds from a beloved family member is not uncommon so here at Hardy's Jewellers we are custom designing rings that 'look old' and can be passed down to the next generation. The intricate detail and cutout work of an Edwardian-inspired ring seems to be the most popular. With european-trained jewelers in France, we are hand-crafting a number of these rings the traditional way. "
~Betsy Hardy, Owner | Hardy's Jewellers
[Photos courtesy of The Precious Gem]
"At The Precious Gem, hot requests include vintage-inspired design with a Downton Abbey appeal. Rose gold is increasingly requested for fine jewelry but platinum continues to be the number one metal of choice for bridal. Larger center stones (more than 1.5 carats) are requested for custom design and more are looking for colored stones as accents. Sapphires are particularly popular, possibly due to the royal influence of Kate Middleton. Canary diamonds are also requested with a white diamond as center stone."
~Reggie and Lisa Akdogan, Owners | The Precious Gem
Photography by Echard Wheeler
Styling by Kim Wadsworth
All the world's a stage when the spotlight's on you.
Strapless ball gown with a sweetheart neckline made of organza and English net with asymmetrical ruched bodice accented with beading and floral detail $1,158. by Allure Romance from All the Rage Hilltop. "Secret Window" Swarovski crystal and leaf floral headpiece $395. by Paris from Pure English Couture Bridal. 18K white gold cultured pearl and diamond pendant $2,250. on cultured pearl strand $1,400. 18K white gold pearl drop earrings $700. 14K white gold and diamond (4.07ctw) watch $14,750. by Austern & Paul. All jewelry from Tidewater Keepsake Jewelers.
Ivory tulle V-neck ball gown with illusion straps and pearl and rhinestone embellishment at waist $1,220. by Ellis Bridals. "Bonney Swan" hand cut leather floral headband with Swarovski crystal center $200. "Prosperity" silver leaf and pearl cluster on a multi strand pearl and crystal bracelet $380. both by Paris. All from Pure English Couture Bridal.14K white gold diamond earrings $1,299. Diamond pendant (1.43ctw) $4,599. by Kallati. Natural Color Diamond ring in18K rose gold (1.02ctw) $4,299. All jewelry from Madison Jewelers.
Dropped waist embellished lace gown with full ivory silk organza skirt $2,890. by Martina Liana. "Golden Bed Vine" Swarovski crystal and leaf floral headpiece $395. by Paris. All from Pure English Couture Bridal. Sterling Silver pearl lace earrings $149. by Imperial Pearl. From Either Ore Jewelers Strawbridge.
Fitted Swiss dot net and Alencon lace gown with illusion bateau neckline and sheer back $1,870. by Blue by Enzoani. Pearl and crystal bridal belt (shown as headband) $470. by Marisa. All from Pure English Couture Bridal. "XXOO" necklace $6,370. "I love you more" necklace. $6,585. Set of three "Today" "Tomorrow" "Forever" rings $2,290. All by Heather B. Moore. All jewelry from Either Ore Jewelers Strawbridge. Hand-tied bouquet of two-toned phalaenopsis orchids, fiorella gerbera daisies, hot pink Israeli peonies, succulents, seeded eucalyptus, bear grass, tied in fuchsia ribbon from Black Iris Floral Events.
Fitted A-line ball gown featuring lace applique, embroidery, and Swarovski crystals on English net $2,090. by Allure Couture. From All the Rage Hilltop. 18K white gold three circle drop diamond earrings (1 ¾ ctw) $4,900. 14K white gold green tourmaline (21ct) and diamond (2.50ctw) pendant $7,000. on 14K white gold diamond (.60ctw) chain $900. All jewelry from Tidewater Keepsake Jewelers. On bouquet: Sterling Silver square locket $134. by Journey Lockets. From Either Ore Jewelers Strawbridge. Hand-tied bouquet of French pink garden roses, white Israeli peonies, paradise roses, Israeli ruscus, tied in sage French satin ribbon. By Black Iris Floral Events
Ivory silk organza ruffled skirt ball gown with strapless French Alencon lace sweetheart bodice $2,590. by Paloma Blanca. "Irene" hand formed enamel floral and crystal brooch $350. by Paris. Both from Pure English Couture Bridal. 14K white gold pearl and diamond earrings $579. White Keshi pearl necklace with 14K yellow gold clasp $529. Strawberry gold and Chocolate Diamond (4.49 carat) Gladiator ring by LeVian. $8,959. All jewelry from Madison Jewelers.
Ivory silk duchess satin ball gown with embellished sweetheart bodice and covered buttons $3,490. "Gigi" sash $95. Beaded bolero $599. by Martina Liana. All from Pure English Couture Bridal. Sterling Silver blue quartz earrings $69. 14K blue topaz necklace (shown as bracelet) $1,629. Both from Either Ore Jewelers Strawbridge.
14K white gold fresh water pearl and diamond earrings $350. 18" Pearl necklace with diamond clasp $399. Sterling silver pearl cuff $399. all by Imperial Pearl. From Either Ore Jewelers Strawbridge.
Sterling Silver square locket $134. by Journey Lockets. From Either Ore Jewelers Strawbridge. Bouquet of hand-tied bouquet of French pink garden roses, white Israeli peonies, paradise roses, Israeli ruscus, tied in sage French satin ribbon.
Fashion Coordination and Styling
Kayleigh Channing and Katelyn Winkler | Modelogic Wilhelmina
Echard Wheeler | Echard Wheeler Photography
Katherine Benton | Gary Allen Hair and Skin Care Centre
Todd Wadsworth | Black Iris Floral Events
Our thanks to The National Theater in Richmond, a historic venue located along Broad Street, that was once known as Theatre Row, for the use of their uniquely beautiful locationAQ!. Designed and built by architect Claude Howel in 1923 as a old-style vaudeville performance house., the building is adorned by an array of nymphs installed by famed marble and plaster sculptor Ferruccio Legnaioli. Plasterwork includes urns, floral vines and motifs and beaded swags. Restored and reopened in 2008, The National has a capacity of 1,500 including 300 stadium seats in the balcony, a state of the art sound system, a huge stage and several video screens and monitors throughout the venue. Today it is Richmond's premiere event and music venue. For more information call 804.612.1900 or visit http://thenationalva.com
Hand-tied bouquet of French pink garden roses, white Israeli peonies, paradise roses, Israeli ruscus, tied in sage French satin ribbon and braided with a sheer *description ends here.
Hand-tied bouquet of porcelana sweetheart roses, amnesia roses, succulents, bear grass, tied with French ivory ribbon braided with champagne ribbon.
Bouquet of hand-tied bouquet of two-toned phalaenopsis orchids, fiorella gerbera daisies, hot pink Israeli peonies, succulents, seeded eucalyptus, bear grass, tied in fuchsia pink hipnautle ribbon from Black Iris Floral Events
By Kim Wadsworth
Evoking the Icon
Each season editors sit on the runways and witness the latest "bridal interpretation" according to a designer's inspiration. At the end of the day, the newest designs reflect many of the traditional trappings that brides ultimately fall back on. Brides always confuse those around them while attempting to define their style. Today's bride longs to feel modern; to wear a gown that goes where no gown has gone before. But for the majority of those engaged, it's just a matter of time before they realize that what they end up falling in love with is something that embodies a traditional gown. It is up to the designer to play on that template and add the flourishes that garner the intrigue. They do this by translating traditional themes into a modern vision that brides can embrace. It can be the addition of color; the type of lace used; the layers of texture that add the interest; the accents (feathers, bows, jewels, buttons;) or just the surprise of seeing old favorites again like the return of the sleeve, the strap, or the train. Timeless elements that return reinvented and seen as new again.
The Inspired Collection emerged as a celebration of the women who have influenced this recognized designer. From his grandmother, neighbor and seamstress; to the mentors that were the driving force behind his designs, Matthew Christopher acknowledged the guides who steered him to his place in bridal design today. With dual personalities, Matty was playful and adorable, while Matthew Christopher paid serious attention to dramatic details, exquisite embroidery and impeccable fit to embody the classic glamour that defines his brand.
For a debut collection, Austin Scarlett came out of the gate at a full gallop. Petal pushing from the beginning, he showcased his signature petal detail, with layers of cut satin creating floral layers. Even the bodice got sculpted petal touches with full ball gown contrast. Hand-painted fabrics felt unique and intriguing but the pink organza and horsehair ball gown with ruffle skirt was a refreshing pop that left us wanting more.
For Amsale Aberra, the Christos bride is all about inspiring femininity and effortless optimism while maintaining an earthy connection. A new vision of romance merges exquisite delicacy with sophisticated chic. Soft and fluid silhouettes move beautifully with the body; airy tulle layered with French Alençon lace creates enchanting texture and a weightless, dream-like look. Sheer tops adorned with petal appliqués transform the strapless gown into a cap-sleeve proposition; a bride gives the illusion of wearing white flowers scattered across her skin. Asymmetric shoulders offer a twist of unexpected chic and skirts tiered at the base of the gown, add delightful charm.
The Annual Collection of Amy Kuschel was all about Garden Party-Meets-Great Gatsby. Expressing the organic nature of life and the essence of love gave her inspired designs a fresh look, embracing new lace fabrications including Primrose Lace and 100% Heritage Cotton. Silhouettes offered fluid drape with straps and sleeves playing a prominent part of her design. Vintage inspirations combined with modernity while maintaining the true Amy Kuschel aesthetic.
This season, innovative bridal designer Reem Acra used new fabrications like stretch fabrics, embroidered illusions and her own personal signature on lace to create stunning timeless ball gowns that embodied fascinating texture and novel style. Scalloped necklines with signature embroideries added to a collection rich with alluring silhouettes and bursts of tulle that filled a space with awe. Veiling made a memorable effect, using pleated lace, organza and tulle that cascaded with intricate ruffling, shrouding each figure in mysterious beauty.
By Janel Keen
Photography by Harry Gerwein
From the love and laughter, to the vows and celebration; brides and grooms savor each beautiful breath-taking moment of their wedding. Who wouldn't want to experience just a little of that magic every day? Color accents and design elements featured can be translated into home entertaining style with your personal taste in mind.
Vintage Treasures Engage with Modern Style
Anything old can look new again on your newlywed tabletop. By combining gifts from your bridal registry with pieces you already have including family treasures, there are clever ways to translate that special beauty, style, and feeling to your "every day" or "home entertaining" table. The classic charm of cherished family heirlooms like silver trays and candy dishes can fall madly in love with fresh new additions and modern-style china. When selecting a pattern, look for design elements that represent your style. Is your wedding a romantic, Parisian-garden inspiration? Consider combining colors, fabrics, accents, and embellishments that remind you of that look when choosing china, crystal and flatware.
Shown: China | Haviland "Louvreciennes;" Crystal | Versailles; Flatware | Antique Baltimore Silver "Stieffrose;" Linens | Sferra Bothers "Classico." Cakes and desserts: Incredible Edibles
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"We are seeing three types of brides: The Practical Bride, who prefers a more casual table, selects the all-white, oven to table, "Louvre'" by Bernardaud, which easily moves from kitchen to dining room. The Eclectic Bride selects Haviland's "Symphony," offering a simple gold band that can be mixed with family china or vintage dessert plates collected over the years. The third is the Traditional Bride, normally guided by her mother, who selects a classic Limoges pattern in anticipation of inheriting family silver and heirloom accents, favoring the more formal table from her childhood."
~ Donna Marie Murphy, Co-Owner of Le Marche, Norfolk
Tabletop Illustration: Janel Keen
Two Styles Marry as One
Does your fiancé have a different style than you? Not sure how two distinct looks can come together? Use different elements with a common color scheme (perhaps your wedding colors;) or use neutral tones that work well with anything. A table-scape featuring a "Modern-Rustic" feel combines metallic tones with neutral pleasing colors. Mix china patterns with crisp lines and shapes with more nature-inspired silhouettes and textures. The marriage of styles will please both palettes.
Shown: China | Vietri "Incanto;" Crystal | Vietri "Optical Glass Smoke;" Flatware | Bugatti for Vietri "Aladdin." Cupcakes: Just Cupcakes
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"Choose classic solids that can be mixed throughout the years as a couple grows together. Consider mixing cool dessert plates the two of you found on a trip to Paris, with your existing china. One of our favorite lines, Vietri, is the perfect tableware choice that mixes well with so many other pieces. Don't forget about glasses and stemware! There is nothing more relaxing or mood-boosting than drinking a velvety red from a truly gorgeous wine glass at the end of a long day."
~ Laura Klemt Slaymaker, Owner of Serendip, Norfolk
Orchestrating Your Tabletop Elements
Live a little of the glamour of your special day every day by choosing tableware that is subtly inspired by your wedding's design. For a unique and personal touch on your big day, Barbara Anderson, Creative Director of Style Events suggests setting your Sweetheart Table with your actual registered china and crystal. This is a great way to begin carrying your wedding day table over to your home entertaining theme. If there was an element that stood out in your wedding décor, find a simpler version of it to carry into your decorative tableware. Perhaps an embellishment from your gown, your bouquet, or even a decorative accent on your cake might find its way onto a place setting in the form of a napkin ring or a motif on a plate.
Shown: China | Herend "Golden Edge" ; Crystal | Waterford "Lismore Essence;
Flatware | Juliska "Berry & Thread;" Cakestand | Juliska "Isabella;" Champagne Coupe | William Yeoward "Vita" tall coupe; Napkin Rings | L'Objet
Tiered wedding cake: Shockley's Sweet Shoppe
Signage: Coastal Calligraphy& Design
Chiavari Chair:Affordable & Luxury Event Rental
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"Many couples are creating an individual look that reflects their own style rather than a cookie- cutter look of all pieces being identical. It is not unusual to mix manufacturers such as Herend and Royal Crown Derby. Look for a base color that is compatible or complimentary when you are mixing companies. Couples are encouraged, when they come in to register, to take pieces off the shelf and "set the table" by experimenting with different patterns and looks. I always love that moment when they've put together something that really speaks to who they are and the home they are creating together. It's very satisfying to help them get to that point."
~Ann Pavilack, Owner The Globe
"Let your registry china, crystal and silverware selections help you to determine your wedding style. The pieces you select will be a reflection of personal style for generations to come, much like your wedding photos. It is the patterns, colors and details that reflect your personality."
~ Barbara Anderson, Creative Director and Owner of Style Events
Cake/ Dessert Design:
Coastal Calligraphy& Design
Affordable & Luxury Event Rental
Sarah Kohart is a Virginia Beach-born graduate from Virginia Tech where she studied fashion and business. She is currently exploring her passion for writing and styling and is excitedly anticipating a move to New York in the fall to pursue her career in the fashion industry. When she's not working or blogging, she's traveling to concerts, visiting friends, and enjoying life after college.
JENNIFER LA LONDE
Specializing in event planning, coordination and design, Jennifer La Londe is the owner of The Bridal Dish, a wedding planning studio designed to assist the DIY Bride connect with the best vendors in the industry. Located inside Maya Couture Bridal Salon in Norfolk, she dishes on everything wedding in Hampton Roads. In her article, "From This Debt Forward," Jennifer guides couples facing the ultimate challenge-budgeting a wedding. Learn more about her @ Thebridaldish.com
Brenda Mihalko is a freelance artist and graphic designer for Vow Bride since its inception in 2000. As part of a military family and now stationed in Pennsylvania, she is grateful for technology that allows her to stay involved and at least virtually close to home. When not behind the computer, you can find her fashioning left-of-center jewelry and home accessories for her local shop Side Show or on Etsy scarletcircus.etsy.com
Brigid Nastasia is an art director, stylist and writer who splits her time living in Boston and on the internet. In "Nail Envy," she guides brides on the art of beautiful wedding day nails. After several years as a Brand Manager in the beauty industry, Brigid is producing editorial work for London's SuperSuper!, Boston Magazine and the Improper Bostonian, styling music videos for the likes of Diplo and Todd Edwards, and consulting for emerging designers in Boston and NYC. Brigid is also the editor of FashionVerbatim.com.
With the Eastern Shore as our exciting editorial destination, David Schwartz captured the beauty and allure of the latest bridal fashion in "Something in the Way." When not shooting weddings, David is a mentor, teaching alongside nationally recognized leaders in photography. View more of his award-winning work @ davidschwartzphotography.com
A portrait, wedding and commercial photographer based in Norfolk, Eleise Theuer is a seasoned contributor to Vow Bride. In this issue, Eleise shows the playful side of newlyweds on their honeymoon in, "Jet Set." Photographing wedding celebrations all over the world for over fifteen years, she has been featured in Town and Country Weddings, Modern Bride, Bride's Magazine, and The Knot. A serious crafter, when not documenting lovely brides and grooms, Eleise is most likely sprinkling things with glitter. Experience her @eleisetheuerphotography.com