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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

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

Virginia Beach, Virginia Outdoor Wedding

I hope you aren’t on wedding overload quite yet because we are only halfway through today’s lineup and it just keeps getting better and better. Take for instance this cute couple from Virginia who had a lovely outdoor soiree packed to the gills with vibrant color and fun details and get this, the bride designed EVERYTHING. She is an aspiring wedding planner and I think she may have found her niche. Check out the gallery for more from this color-packed day straight from the camera of Catie’s Photography.

see more of the festivities here!

We really wanted our wedding to be creative, unique, modern, yet charming with a slightly laid back approach. As a designer, I thought about every little detail and knew much of the event would be DIY. My love of brightly colored patterns is what lead me to find a few Kaffe Fasset fabrics. These inspired the design and details for the day. Our color palette was predominantly black and white, with pops of red, purple, magenta and chartreuse green. A wedding coordinator was not in our budget, so I knew I would be wearing the bride and planner “hat”! Finding the right outdoor location for the ceremony and reception was so important to us. Dave and I first met on the beach in our neighborhood, a small community located on the Chesapeake Bay. We spent so much time together here -enjoying the beach, the quaint restaurants, building friendships with our neighbors, sharing bike rides. Knowing we didn’t want a beach wedding, we noticed our neighbor’s home more and more as a venue option. Once we had the approval, we knew it was the perfect location!

Many of our guests had not met before, and I wanted everyone to feel like they were part of one huge family. We created a table, which included framed photos of Dave and I as children, our families, and bridal party members. Guests wrote messages, and attached strips of photos in a custom guest book I found from Kolo. The black and white classic photo booth was our splurge, as it had to be driven from New Jersey for the event. The homeowner had lots of lush outdoor plants that I incorporated into the lounge and reception area. Decorative ceramic lanterns and candle holders were scattered throughout. I spray-painted old containers, and borrowed some vintage milk glass for potted plants. I also used my grandparents’ vintage chairs to create a smaller lounge area. Our guests were greeted at the reception with fresh purple mojitos, Purple Mojo’s, (we named them)! I made the purple simple syrup and our friends helped pre-mix and muddle the limes and mint beforehand. Towards the end of the evening, the servers passed around Slice ‘o Lime Shooters, which were lime slices filled with vodka and lime jell-o. My mother and friends helped to make these a couple nights before the wedding! We must have cleaned out 100 limes!

The day was so special to Dave and I because we were able to share it with our families, and friends in the neighborhood we called home. We utilized so many resources available to help with our budget and customize our day! It was truly memorable!

Photography: Catie’s Photography /  Caterer: East Beach Catering / Cake and cupcakes: Carrie’s Cakes in Virginia Beach, VA / Florist: Leslie Hartig Floral Design / Photo booth: Photo Illusion / DJ: Dr. DJ Entertainment / Dress: Cymbeline / Hair: Shannon Fortin of Gary Allen Hair, Virginia Beach, VA / Makeup: Michael Eason of Bobbi Brown, Norfolk, VA / Flower Girl Dress and Ring Pillow: Jesse Curtis / Paper Goods:  thegirltyler