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Nautical Meets Chic Style for this Romantic Indoor Celebration

There’s no denying we see lots of gorgeous al fresco celebrations here at SMP and there’s also no denying that they’re amazing. But sometimes ya’ need a little change of pace because let’s get real – not every wedding can take place in the great outdoors. And when a venue is as stunning as this one, there’s no need to head outside. These two said “I do” surrounded by light and sparkle and Michael and Carina captured it all, giving us ideas and inspiration to fill our eager Pinterest pagessee it all this way!

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From Michael and Carina Photography… A crystal decorative sailboat, clear chairs, a sailcloth arbor and this bride’s dress are just so dreamy! An indoor wedding, like Alysha and Max’s, is a wonderful opportunity to create a bespoke ceremony and reception space. Our couple was inspired by the nearby ocean and included clear, blue and boat elements. The clear chairs and the large sail-inspired ceremony arch made the interior of the venue appear larger and almost created the illusion of being aboard a ship. Such a unique idea! Alysha’s bouquet of wild greenery added to the windswept feel and her long-sleeved lace gown made this wedding one of the most elegant celebrations of our season.

From the Bride… Six years ago, I entered college absolutely sure that I was not going to date anyone seriously while I worked towards my degree. Within the first month, some friends invited me to a birthday party for someone I did not know. As it turned out, the handsome, confident, and engaging guy teasing me about eating mints at a party was the guest of honor. He asked me out the next day, and very soon I realized he was someone special. He was the most understanding, protective, and interesting man I had ever dated, and I knew he was the one I was meant to marry.

Less than a year afterwards, he graduated and moved five hours away, and we transited into a long-distance relationship – only seeing each other once a month. Through this, we developed an incredibly strong sense of patience, trust, and appreciation. After about two and half years of long-distance dating, Max moved back north for us to be closer together and made the decision to propose! He organized the most amazing surprise. He took me to a phenomenal dinner and afterwards walked me to a hidden marina. He then led me onto a houseboat he had rented, which was decorated with candles and roses. He proposed inside and we danced on the deck to our song while fireworks burst above us. It was like a fairy tale, and we wanted our wedding to be just as special.

About our wedding: As our engagement was on the water with fireworks overhead, we hoped our wedding could imitate the same look. In Norfolk, Virginia, we found a neat cruise ship stop overlooking the Elizabeth River. The modern design, three-story glass wall, and glossy beige floor inspired us to feature neutral monochromatic tones and clean lines, balanced with classic black accents and pops of greenery. The SS Wisconsin was docked at the complex, so we knew we had to tastefully incorporate a nautical flair.

For our ceremony, we brought in a 20 foot high mast, and draped ivory tulle through to set the clean, modern, and nautical look we wanted. We also wanted to play on the reflective quality of the room and decorated it with candles, fairy lights, starry light projectors, and a gorgeous crystal ship chandelier. We hoped it would look like you were on a ship deck at night, where you can see the overhead stars and their light bouncing off the waves.

To coordinate with the rounded glass wall, we used glass vases and candle holders, clear Chiavari chairs, and glass mug favors. Mixed with the candles, the shimmery rose-gold bridesmaid dresses, and the layers of lighting, the room twinkled from floor to ceiling! The venue had a gorgeous glass-blown chandelier that made for our moon atop the dance floor. As the evening came to an end, Max and I shared a last dance alone in our sparkling room, while our song played overhead – just like our engagement night. We are so thankful for the friends, family, and vendors who helped put together such a beautiful and special evening.

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Photography: Michael and Carina Photography | Coordination: Cherry Blossom Planning Factory | Floral Design: Roost Flowers & Designs | Wedding Dress: Stella York | Invitations: Connie Taylor Krupp | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Badgley Mischka | Catering: Omar's Carriage House | Makeup: Rebecca Wood | Hair: Hair by Magan | Lighting: Stage Right Lighting | DJ: Colonial DJs | Groom's Attire: Indochino | Groomsmen's Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Venue: Half Moone Cruise And Celebration Center | Bridal Boutique: Posh Bridal | Rentals: Distinctive Event Rentals

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Classic Elegance in a Breathtaking Museum Setting

Traditional elegance has nothing on these two sweeties, because this pair? They know how to party, classic glam style. Think an awe-inspiring museum setting, personalized Coca-Cola bottles (so cool) and a stunning custom gown. Press play on the sweet film from Crystal Blue Productions to see sophistication in action, then see every beautiful moment captured by the talented Still55 Photography in THE VAULT.

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From Still55 Photography… Caiti and Jack are amazing people. They both attended Elon but didn’t start dating until they met in New York. Jack proposed in Dumbo on a bench that overlooked the Manhattan Skyline. Once engaged they decided to host their wedding at the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk VA. Caiti’s family has ties to the area and she absolutely fell in love with museum when she visited it. Mainly the architecture, she adored the stone archways, muted grays and neutral tones and the grandeur of the imperial columns that the museum showcased. She incorporated those elements into the overall design of her wedding. Blending both her style and the existing features of the space together to create a elegant cohesive space for her family and friends to enjoy.

Caiti was no stranger to blending things together, in fact she wound up taking pieces from three separate dresses to create her very own dream dress! With the help of talented ateliers and many fittings she wore a one-of-kind on her wedding day. Another one-of-kind item introduced itself at the cocktail hour, Jack’s father is a Coca-Cola Exec and had custom glass bottles created for their wedding. The outstanding team of vendors all helped bring to life the wedding of their dreams! All in all we couldn’t be happier for these two, they truly are great people and we wish them the very best in the life ahead.

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Photography: Still55 Photography | Cinematography: Crystal Blue Productions | Event Planning: Style Events | Floral Design: Palette Of Petals | Wedding Dress: L'Fay Bridal | Cake: Incredible Edibles | Invitations: Stephanie B Design | Ceremony Venue: Ghent United Methodist | Reception Venue: Chrysler Museum Of Art | Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Catering: Cuisine & Co. | Makeup: Rebecca Wood | Hair: Flawless on Site | Band: Atlanta Showstoppers | Groom's Attire: Brooks Brothers | Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux | Honeymoon: Giltedge | Photo Booth: Still55 Photography

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Virginia Hermitage Museum Wedding

There’s something so beautifully personal about a hometown wedding. It’s a sweet nod to family roots, and exactly what this Hermitage Museum & Gardens’ affair is all about. Echard Wheeler chronicled the day, and it’s all sitting pretty in the inspiration-packed gallery.

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From Echard Wheeler PhotographyMeredith and Brad met through mutual friends in the winter of 2012 while they were both living in Norfolk, VA. Their romance continued to grow quickly, and after a couple of months if dating they decided to move together to Pensacola, Florida, where Brad would be stationed for his next assignment in the Navy. Brad proposed to Meredith in the spring of 2013 in New Orleans’ French Quarter. Over the next year the couple began to plan the wedding of their dreams, and it was just that.

The Bride and Groom felt that their hometown of Norfolk, Virginia was the ideal location for their nuptials to take place. In particular, the Hermitage Museum and Gardens, located on the Lafayette River, had always held a special place in Meredith’s heart, as she had spent many days throughout her childhood exploring the riverbanks and gardens. The Bride’s Uncle Mark officiated the wedding under a large oak tree in the East Garden overlooking the river. Meredith walked down the aisle in an ivory Temperley London gown with an illusion neck line and appliqué flowers while Ambrosia Quartet played a rendition of “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles.

For the reception, the couple wanted to play on the arts and crafts style of the Hermitage using antique furniture and rustic decor provided by River Designs (Vintage Furniture Rentals) and Distinctive Event Rentals. The farm tables displayed beautiful arrangements from the talents of Bloom, the Art of Flowers, in vintage toolboxes along with white milk glass vases. The incandescent string lighting and candle-lit mercury glass contributed to an enchanting and intimate ambiance for the evening.

Catering was provided by Chef by Design, which designed a menu that brought their own unique flare to Southeast Virginia’s culinary tastes. Fried green tomatoes, bacon-wrapped scallops, and macaroni and cheese coquettes were passed to guests during cocktail hour, and dinner station highlights included beef tenderloin with asparagus and whipped potatoes, ahi tuna bites, cheeseburger sliders, chicken and vegetable dumplings, and Mai Tai shrimp. For dessert, Doumar’s Cones and BBQ, a local Norfolk institution since 1904, was on sight to serve chocolate and vanilla ice cream cones to guests using their original (and the world’s first) waffle cone maker. The red velvet wedding cake was baked by Chocollage. The couple ended up dancing the night away with their closest family and friends to the sounds of the very talented and entertaining local band, Rare Mixx.

Photography: Echard Wheeler Photography | Wedding Coordinator: Reva Stein | Flowers: Bloom The Art of Flowers | Wedding Gown: Kleinfeld Bridal | Cake: Chocollage | Catering: Chef By Design | Hair: Behind The Veil | Ceremony Music: Ambrosia Quartet | Venue: Hermitage Foundation Museum | Decor Rentals: River Design Vintage | Invitation Suite: Christina Egan | Make Up Artist: Holly Browne | Reception Band: Rare Mixx | Rentals: Distinctive Event Rentals