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Elegant Great Gatsby Wedding in Virginia Beach

The luxury and general aura of the roaring 20’s often serves as inspiration for many weddings, but this beaming couple Did. It Right. With an art-deco inspired invitation suite, ostrich feathers accenting the arrangements and Bride’s hair, and some seriously beautiful custom signage, the opulence of this affair was perfectly captured by Michael and Carina Photography in the full gallery right here!


From Michael and Carina Photography… This is inspiration galore—a Great Gatsby wedding at its most beautiful.

Guests in flapper dresses and head pieces, chandeliers, extravagant florals and a bride in a sparkly wedding dress. Everything was meticulously styled by Emily Weddings.

Red lips and a sophisticated updo were a must. And the feathers in the bridal bouquet and the table center pieces fit the theme perfectly. The guests were welcomed with cocktails and an art deco painting of the bride and groom. The Metropolitan Players entertained with a variety of hits that kept the mood swinging as if it were a party thrown by Gatsby himself.

Jessica and Jack celebrated with their friends and family at the Cavalier Golf and Yacht Club in Virginia Beach. Their last bride and groom portraits were taken with the green Gatsby light surprising them from behind across the lagoon. The stylish couple made their big exit in a 1920s car.

Photography: Michael And Carina Photography | Cinematography: A Vision Quest Production | Floral Design: Isha Foss | Wedding Dress: Sottero And Midgley | Wedding Cake: Patti Cakes | Ceremony Venue: St. Gregory The Great | Reception Venue: Cavalier Golf And Yacht Club | Makeup : Makeup By Kim Porter | Hair: Hair By Alice | Band: The Metropolitan Players | Event Coordination & Styling: Emily Weddings | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Lighting & Design: Blue Steel Lighting | Photo Booth: Boardwalk PhotoBooth Company

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Virginia Beach Anniversary Session With Fur Babies

You know what makes an anniversary session even better?  Fur babies.  Three crazy cool pups who know a thing or two about being adorable.  Add that brood of awesome to a couple of gorgeous sweethearts celebrating their first year of marriage and it’s what we call the perfect jump start to the weekend.  See it all captured beautifully by Michael And Carina Photography right here.

From Michael And Carina Photography… Ashley and Jeremy are a couple of extremely talented photographers/videographers themselves. To celebrate their first year of marriage, we met them in Virginia Beach for an anniversary session with their three pups! They were proudly wearing flower crowns and showing off their latest tricks. We loved watching them forget about the cameras and just enjoying their time together!

Photography: Michael And Carina Photography | Floral Design: Studio Posy | Makeup: Sarah Rillon Makeup Artist | Event Venue: Holly Ridge Manor | Film Lab: The Find Lab | Wardrobe: Lulu's

Virginia Beach Wedding at Bayville Golf Club

When modern styling meet a gorgeous traditional wedding like this one, I always take note. It’s perfectly fresh, yet filled with timeless touches that will never go out of style. With floral design from Isha Foss Events and images from Jen And Ashley Photography, it goes without saying this gallery is gorg.

Golf Club

From Antonia Christianson EventsKristin and Mark were awesome to work with. They were trusting of each vendor and truly wanted to make a memorable event for their loved ones. Guests traveled from as far as Turkey, and as close as the neighborhood that Kristin grew up in to celebrate with this fantastic couple. From the engagement, Kristin and her mom Karen, carefully chose their wedding vendors with those that they thought would best fit their wedding vibe. Due to Mark’s military orders, he was based nearly 3000 miles away from the planning, but he still made sure to stay involved with the details that mattered most.

It was an easy decision that the ceremony would take place in the sprawling home of Kristin’s family, and the reception at Bayville Golf Club, a local private country club, with a gorgeous clubhouse and back lawn. Each detail that was planned was diligently thought out and perfectly executed.
The overall aesthetic and flow were key discussion points throughout the planning of the wedding. Floral Designer, Isha Foss, was brought on board to create a gorgeous blue, white and silver masterpiece. The all-white ceremony, was stunning against blue water as the bride and grooms backdrop. Pop Culture Strings played a myriad of musical tunes for the guests to enjoy before Kristin walked out of her parents’ home to greet Mark at the altar. After the ceremony guests were shuttled over to the Bayville Golf club for a modern, sophisticated cocktail hour while waiting for the reception to begin. Once guests made their final move of the evening into the tented reception space they were sure to notice the stunning blue and white floral arrangements, custom draped tent, and the multitude of different silver and gray linens that dressed each guest table. Caterer, Cuisine and Company, created a menu that included options such as Filet Mignon, Grilled Rockfish, Ahi Tuna Bites, even garlic French fries and warm pretzel bites for a late night snack. Guests were also able to enjoy an attended cappuccino bar and a delicious (And swoon-worthy) cake creation by PattiCakes, Inc.

As a planning firm, there were many details that stand out in the forefront of our mind, really, too many to name, but if we were guests at this wedding we definitely would have been astounded by the number of things that were created to make sure that the guests really savored each moment, and made new friends in the process. Our most favorite detail of the entire wedding weekend was the custom made lapel pins that Kristin and Mark had created with the help of, Atlanta Based, Sweet Peach Stationery. Each pin had a brief word or statement that evoked some sort of memory for each guest. It was an amazing way for guests to get to know each other, ask questions of new friends and really mingle. A few other details included, a gorgeous “S” neon lit monogram that sat behind a guest bar at dinner, beautiful stationery from RSVP Stationery and a ten foot long “Kristin and Mark” sign that hung above the cake table, from Pit Bulls and Posies.

Kristin and Mark were a joy to work with. Their families loved them as much as they love each other. No leaf was unturned when it came to celebrating their guests as much as they celebrated their love. It was an honor to help create this marvelous event.

Photography: Jen And Ashley Photography | Planner: Antonia Christianson Events | Floral Design: Isha Foss Events | Wedding Dress: Modern Trousseau | Cake: Patti Cakes, Inc. | Stationery: RSVP Stationery | Catering: Cuisine And Company | Hair And Makeup: Dupres | Calligraphy: Coastal Calligraphy | Lighting: Blue Steel Lighting Design | Entertainment: Andy Kushner Entertainment | Favors: Just Cupcakes | Transportation: Royal Coach | Transportation: James River Transportation | Acrylic Name Plate: Pitbulls And Posies | Aisle Runner: Original Runners | Cinema: Jeremy Mitchell Cinema | Club: Bayville Golf Club | Lapel Pins: Sweet Peach Stationery | Men's Pampering: Jake’s Place | Neon Sign: Signet Signs | Photo Booth: Boardwalk Photo Booth Company | Rentals: Distinctive Event Rentals | Wedding Dress Boutique: Ava Clara Couture Bridal

SMP Destination Welcomes Our Advertisers

You know how to make your Saturday infinitely more amazing?  Spend the day daydreaming about Virginia Beach, the dazzling East Coast destination that offers a plethora of fabulous (+ oh-so-beautiful) venues for your Big Day.  I’m talking everything from the traditional (here’s looking at you, Cavalier Hotel) to the contemporary (hello Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art) with 38 miles of waterfront property and 17 miles of pristine beaches, just in case you’ve always dreamt of that beautiful “toes in the sand” wedding.  Even better?  This magical destination is joining our SMP family, so you have an entire weekend to get to know them.  And, really, is there a better way to spend a Saturday and Sunday?

From Virginia BeachVirginia Beach offers brides and grooms a “Beach Wedding Permit” that creates a private setting by reserving a location along the sand, closed to the general public for up to three hours, for $200. Couples may also set up ceremony elements such as arches, temporary fencing or seating and may use amplified sound at a reasonable decibel level. The permit must be obtained by the City of Virginia Beach Special Events and Film Office. (Many other beach destinations do not offer this type of permit.)

Virginia Beach is the perfect destination for a wedding, receptions and honeymoon vacation. We are the only beach on the East Coast that allows you to pick the exact spot where you want to say vows, we offer reception venues that accommodate all types of brides and grooms… and for honeymooners we have beach activities designed for couples! From relaxing ocean-side to learning how to surf together, Virginia Beach is a well-rounded honeymoon destination.

For those brides who are more traditional, Virginia Beach offers many venues perfect for the traditional wedding ceremony and reception…

Virginia Beach Convention Center – Enjoy the elegance of the ballroom or amazing ocean view from the tower. The Virginia Beach Convention Center offers more than 500,000 gross square feet of space that can comfortably accommodate groups of any size. 

Cavalier Hotel – The Cavalier was opened in 1927 and reined throughout the Big Band era. Today, couples can choose to have a ceremony or reception at the stunning grand foyer of the original Cavalier on the Hill or plan a large, oceanfront wedding in the Beach Club at the more contemporary Cavalier Oceanfront. 

The Founders Inn – Exchange vows amid the elegance of grand Georgian architecture surrounded by the beautifully landscaped English Gardens. During the honeymoon, enjoy a variety of treatments including a couple’s massage at the Flowering Almond Spa, located on the property. 

Virginia Beach also offers many non-traditional venues for those looking for a different type of wedding…

Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) – Houses several galleries, a 268-seat auditorium and a grand atrium perfect for nuptial events. Its modern style and art creates a dramatic backdrop for a wedding. 

Military Aviation Museum – Enjoy a ceremony or reception with a little history at the home of one of the largest private collections of vintage military airplanes in the world. 

Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center – Enjoy an intimate sit-down dinner for 20 or an elegant reception for 2,000. Choose a menu based off the Sensible Seafood program. A portion of each rental-fee is tax-deductible and helps support the aquarium’s animal care and conservation programs. 

Sandler Center for the Performing Arts – Located at the Virginia Beach Town Center, the performing arts venue offers a Grand Lobby with two staircases and beautiful chandeliers in the center of the atrium as well as an outdoor plaza with amazing views of the city block. 

Virginia Beach boasts 38 miles of waterfront property, with a total of 17 miles of beach that are free and open to the public.

The Virginia Beach resort area offers a 3-mile long boardwalk that stretches from 1st Street to 40th Street. Be sure to stop by one of Virginia Beach’s most popular photo op spots – the King Neptune statue located on the boardwalk at 31st Street overlooking Neptune’s Park.

If you’re seeking a quieter, more relaxed atmosphere, try Chicks Beach on Virginia Beach’s north end, or Sandbridge, located on Virginia Beach’s southern shore, boasting beautiful rental homes, cottages and a serene atmosphere. Both of these areas are popular for nuptial exchanges.

Virginia Beach offers more than 18,600 acres of state parks and wildlife refuges to give visitors a variety of landscapes for exploring the great outdoors.

For the military Bride & Groom, Virginia Beach has options for active, retired, Reservist, National Guard or Department of Defense civilians.

The Cape Henry Inn and Beach Club boasts spectacular beachfront property that creates the perfect backdrop for your wedding, with the dual Cape Henry Lighthouses nearby.  

The Chapel by the Sea (Dam Neck Annex ) was built in 1989. This contemporary lakeside chapel is nestled among pines and joins lakeside trails, serving as a safe haven and scenic refuge for sailors and families alike.

Shifting Sands Beach Club & Seabreeze Beach Club are both located on Dam Neck Annex and have professional staff on hand to provide for your special catering needs, weddings, dinner parties, hail and farewells, dining in/dining outs and cookouts.

For more information please visit the Virginia Beach website.

Welcome to the family, Virginia Beach!  We are so happy to have you! xo


Virginia Beach Wedding by Cat Thrasher Photography

I’m just going to begin by telling you that I am full-on OBSESSED with this stunning Virginia Beach wedding, so you can prepare yourselves for some major gushing – starting NOW.  Yep, this darling duo seriously set the bar with their crazy talented DIY skills, oh-so-chic style sense and downright cuteness – and I’m promoting myself to #1 fan.  All captured brilliantly by Cat Thrasher Photography, there’s not a single glorious second that isn’t pure L.O.V.E.  Click here for all of the pretty.

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From the Bride… We wanted to have a gathering of our friends and family in a very intimate, whimsical and relaxed place. We just wanted everyone to have a good time, not worry about what they were wearing and just eat, dance and play! It was very important that our guests feel the freedom that Fair Winds Farm was so generous to share with us. It’s a horse farm on Knotts Island, where chickens and horses run free. The horses are let out of their pens so that they can run, explore and be horses! It was about being natural and care-free. The horses, un-coaxed, made our bride and groom portraits look like a Disney movie. One of them came up between us and rested its head on our clasped hands! Then it proceeded to try to eat Cappy’s boutonniere. The venue couldn’t have been more perfect for all of this to happen, and to top it all off, there was a meteor shower the whole night, so there was a plethora of shooting stars. I think that’s why Cat was such the perfect choice to document our wedding. She used film as well as digital. She really understood what our aesthetic was, and the film came out wonderful. Everything was magical and glowing.

A lot of our cakes and desserts were made by friends and family, with the exception of the pies and cookies. Even our wedding cake was made by our good friend. We wanted a large table devoted to desserts — all types to satisfy anybody! Almost everything was DIY, with the exception of the caterers and rentals — even the wedding planner was my father. The bridesmaids found all their dresses on Etsy themselves, and we did each others’ hair and makeup. They also did all the centerpieces for the tables. All of the paper pom-poms were made by my bridesmaids and my mother’s friends. They worked so hard we actually had a ton left over! Our photo booth was also done by our good friend Greg Bethmann. Our party favors were pint glasses with a design printed on them and were made by one of the groomsmen, Mickael Broth. He made a “family crest,” which showcased our Frenchie Napoleon, a toothbrush and paintbrush since Cappy’s a dentist and I’m an artist. My ceremony and reception dress were made by a long-time friend, Jane Henry. She now works at Brochu Walker, but she made the time and performed miracles to make me stunning. The dresses were designed and made by her. She was so patient during fittings, and it was incredible to bounce ideas back and forth between us.

Our wedding could not have happened without the help and support of our families and friends. The same with our marriage — it’s the strong support and love from them that gives us our strength in our own relationship. It only made sense that the whole day be about all of us, not just the bride and groom, but as much about friends and family as it was about us.

Wedding Photography Cat Thrasher Photography / Wedding Venue: Fair Winds Farm on Knotts Island in Virginia Beach, Virginia / Floral Design: Greenbrier Florist / Wedding Planning: The Bride’s Father / Catering: Creative Catering of Virginia / Pies: Flour Child Bakery / Cookies: Lenora Belle Cookies and Cakes / Wedding Cake: A Friend of the Couple / Cake Toppers: RoyalMint / Tent: Distinctive Event Rentals / Party Favor Glasses: Mickael Broth (A Friend of the Couple) via Arton Products / Photo Booth: Greg Bethmann (A Friend of the Couple) / Table Centerpieces + Pom-Poms: DIY / Wedding Dress: Jane Henry (A Friend of the Bride) / Bride’s Headpiece: LaCocoRouge / Bride’s Jewelry: tundradear / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Various Etsy Vendors / Bridesmaids’ Boots: Tretorn / Hair + Makeup: DIY / Groom’s Suit: John Varvatos / Groomsmen’s Suits: J.Crew