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2017 trends .................................................... 6 Your budget worksheet ................................. 8 Wedding checklist.......................................... 9 Historic weddings ........................................ 16 2017 color trends ......................................... 32 Rehearsal dinners......................................... 36

Cakes and Sweet Treats CakeAlicious .............................................. 30 Extraordinary Cupcakes ............................ 31 Cakes by Charlie ....................................... 31

Wedding Profiles Amanda Hopkins & Darden Barrett ............ 44 Anna Cordle & Mitchell Harry ..................... 15 Audrey May & Kurt Dykstra ......................... 44 Brittany Oweis & Michael Pafunda .............. 29 Brittney Smith & Ryan Wilson ................... 46 Courtney Mills & Ryan Sutcliffe ................... 31 Ellyn Leighton-Herrmann & David Quinn..... 48 Katherine Parrish & Brandon Guglielmo ... 46 Katherine Patrick & Tyler Moore ................. 49 Kelly Finnigan & Andy Mechling ............... 47 Kendall Powers & Courtney Mitchell ........ 48 Kristin Krejmas & Jay McCarthy .................. 38 Martha Brickey & Tim Pandajis.................... 10 Michelle Hollcraft & Christian Nott .......... 46 Rachel Holroyd & Gregg Ziemke .............. 47

Advertisers Alterations Custom Sewing by Jeri .........................12 Bridal Planners Inspired Events by Kelly ........................11 Bridal gowns All the Rage/Studio I Do ........................... 13 Cover photo of Kelly Finnigan & Andy Mechling Photography by Heather Hughes Photography


Catering Catering by Farm Fresh ............................. 40 DJs & Photo Booths Colonial DJs .............................................. 45 Event Rentals Big Top Entertainment .............................. 45 Williamsburg Event Rentals ....................... 41 Financial Services Chesapeake Bank ...................................... 50 Flowers Floral by Farm Fresh .................................. 40 Jeff’s Flowers, Of Course .......................... 34 Morrison’s Flowers & Gifts ........................ 35 Williamsburg Floral.................................... 34 Invitations, Etc. Parlett’s Paper Expressions ....................... 42 Jewelers and Gifts Boyers Diamonds & Fine Jewelry.............. 43 Goodman & Sons Jewelers ....................... 47 The Precious Gem ..................................... 39 Photographers Heather Hughes Photography .................. 41

Real Estate Alison Sakimura ......................................... 50 Amber Spivey ............................................ 50 Carol Mann Team ...................................... 50 Lauren Duguay .......................................... 50 Susan Spellman ......................................... 50 Salons & Spas European Beauty Concepts ...................... 44 Posh Salon ................................................. 42 Venue American Revolution Museum at Yorktown...23 Colonial Heritage ........................................ 2 Colonial Williamsburg ................................. 5 Fort Magruder Hotel, Wedding & Event Center .......................... 51 Ford’s Colony Country Club ...................... 22 Jamestown Settlement.............................. 23 Kingsmill Resort........................................... 3 Kiskiack Golf Club ..................................... 19 Legacy Hall ................................................ 24 The Mariners’ Museum and Park .............. 20 Mt. Stirling Plantation ............................... 26 Opus 9 Steakhouse ................................... 18 Saudé Creek Vineyards ............................. 21 The Settlement at Powhatan Creek .......... 52 The Trellis Bar & Grill ................................. 19 Two Rivers Country Club ........................... 27 William & Mary Alumni House .................. 25 Weight Loss Planet Wellness ............................................ 14

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From food to flowers to favors to fun, what will be in style this wedding season? “Weddings are becoming more intimate, and our couples are inviting those guests that are very close to them currently, or have watched them grow up,” shares Kelly Coronel, an event and wedding planner with Inspired Events By Kelly. “They are not wanting the large wedding in regard to guest counts, but want to spend time with all their guests throughout the evening.” Arlene Aitken-Williams with Morrison Flowers & Gifts agrees. 6

“The new wedding tells the ‘story’ of the bride and groom,” she says. “They may choose to incorporate their favorite hobbies, cultural customs, ethnic food, or religious tradition into their ceremony and reception. Trends have an influence, but should be a small part of the story.” In terms of music, “We are seeing brides moving away from traditional wedding ceremony music and going with different arrangements of current popular music,” says Jeff Bristow, chief entertainment officer with Colonial DJs. “The Piano Guys arrangement of the Christina Perri song ‘A Thousand Years’ has become popular as the bride’s processional music. We also see requests for Vitamin String Quartet, a string quartet that plays everything from Cold Play to Guns N’ Roses to Lady Gaga.” williamsburg bride 2017

Regarding floral arrangements, “We have seen bouquets, floral crowns, and arrangements with a Bohemian theme, very natural, and with lots of silver greens, grow in popularity,” notes Aitken-Williams. “Arches continue to be a favorite with brides, as many ceremonies are not taking place in churches, but at a venue. The arches provide structure and beauty for the ceremony, a beautiful backdrop for pictures, and are decorated with flowers, and sometimes fabric.” At the reception, a farm-to-table concept with locally grown fruits, vegetables, and flowers, is popular. Family style or buffet style meals are preferred to a more formal sit-down reception.

wedding cakes and hello to mini desserts, a variety of small wedding cakes, and late night snacks such as sliders, chicken strips, and fries,” says Coronel.

And what about the favors as a way to honor and thank the guests in attendance? “Couples are providing favors, but those that their guests will appreciate,” says Coronel. “I have had a couple that created their own spice and bottled and labeled it for their guests. With our weddings, we see more that our couples are donating to a favorite charity on behalf of a family member or guests.”

“We are not seeing as many plated dinners,” points out Coronel. “Brides are still loving the long farm tables as well as creating the bistro atmosphere with high cocktail tables, which allows the guests to enjoy the bar, food stations, and dancing.” In addition, when it comes to food later in the evening, it’s “goodbye to candy bars and large

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Rings Marriage license Wedding gown Bride’s shoes, headpiece,etc. Alterations Grooming (hair, makeup) Groom’s attire Invitations Reception site rental Caterer Cake Ceremony expenses Honorarium Musicians Transportation Flowers Bride’s bouquet Attendants Corsages Boutonnieres Ceremony & Reception Photography Videography Gifts Parties Traveling expenses Accommodations Honeymoon 8

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1–2 months before 3–4 weeks before

— Finalize guest list and submit invitations to calligrapher. — Book makeup artist and hairstylist. — Order your wedding favors. — Purchase wedding accessories (candles, ring pillow, etc.). — Schedule your last tasting and finalize menu. — Find gifts for each other, your attendants and your parents. — Confirm tuxes have been ordered for groom/groomsmen. — Finalize wedding transportation. — Look into joint bank accounts and insurance. — Select your music and review with musicians, singers. — Update your registry. — Finalize rehearsal dinner plans. — Mail invitations eight weeks before your wedding day.

1–2 weeks before

— View wedding invitation styles & research proper wording. — Meet with bakers to sample cakes and look at styles. — Look for the groom’s tux & decide what groomsmen will wear. — Confirm your bridesmaids ordered their gowns and choose their accessories. — Compare pricing, place your wedding invitation order and book your calligrapher. — Purchase your wedding rings. — Choose your baker and finalize wedding cake. — Reserve rental equipment. — Research and book your rehearsal-dinner location. — Notify any family or friends whom you would like to give readings, sing solos, etc.

— Finalize your jewelry. — Finalize your “must play” and “don’t play” music lists. — Design and order your wedding program. — Confirm honeymoon arrangements. — Call guests who haven’t RSVP’d. — Pick up your wedding rings. — Get your marriage license. — Research how to change your name. — Mail your rehearsal-dinner invitations. — Meet with your stylist to test your bridal makeup and hair. — Have your final gown fitting. — Finalize your wedding-day schedule and share with attendants, parents and vendors. — Confirm all of your beauty appointments. — Confirm pick-up times, schedules, and addresses with your wedding-day transportation. — Pick up your wedding dress and gather your accessories. — Pick up the groom’s outfit and gather his accessories. — Finalize your vows for the ceremony. — Give final attendance numbers to vendors and confirm final date/time for deliverables and pick-ups. — Pack for your wedding night and honeymoon. — Create separate “wedding boxes” to gather your wedding favors and ceremony and reception accessories, and assign people to transport. — Finalize your seating arrangements and submit to caterer. — Prepare place cards. — Confirm dates/times/locations with all vendors and for all photo and video sessions the day of the wedding.

day before

4–5 months before

— Alert out-of-town guests of wedding date. — Book a florist. — Sign a caterer. — Order your gown and veil. — Select bridesmaid dresses. — Book your honeymoon. — Book a wedding photographer/ videographer. — Book your DJ/band. — Purchase wedding-dress accessories. — Choose your officiant.

— Have your first bridal-gown fitting. — Finalize ceremony readings and songs. — Order liquor/beverages not handled by caterer. — Meet with your officiant to finalize ceremony. — Research where to get your marriage license. — Prepare a photo and video shot list, naming important family members and guests.

— Prepare a list of payment envelopes earmarking who is responsible for distributing to vendors. — Hand out ceremony, reception, and favor boxes to appropriate people. — Rehearse ceremony with officiant and wedding party.

big day

— Introduce both families and announce your engagement. — Begin a budget. — Create a guest list. — Select a tentative date. — Choose your wedding party. — Create a wedding Web site. — Send your engagement photo to the local paper. — Book your reception site, and arrange for parking. — Book your ceremony location, including rehearsal time.

2–3 months before

6–9 months before

10–12 months before

wedding checklist

— Try to eat breakfast and drink plenty of fluids. — Be sure to wear a button-down shirt for your hair and makeup appointments.


Martha Brickey & Tim Pandajis May 7, 2016 CEREMONY St. George Tucker House, Colonial Williamsburg and Ford’s Colony Country Club RECEPTION Ford’s Colony Country Club FLOWERS Morrison’s Flowers CATERING Colonial Williamsburg and Ford’s Colony Country Club CAKE/SWEETS CakeAlicious ACCOMMODATIONS The Marriott Manor Club at Ford’s Colony, The Williamsburg Inn THE PERFECT PLACE Martha says, “We are both HUGE history buffs, and Tim especially loves Revolutionary War history. Additionally, Colonial Williamsburg has been a special place for my family. We take yearly family vacations to Colonial Williamsburg and stay in the historic area. Since many of my family members have passed away, it was sentimental to get married in a place with so many wonderful memories.” Martha says, “We decided to do two ceremonies: the first in Colonial Williamsburg and the second at Ford’s Colony Country Club. In Colonial Williamsburg, we did a short ceremony where we exchanged vows that we had written to one another in front of our immediate families and wedding party. It was intimate, romantic, and simply perfect.” Photography by Katherine Sparks Photography


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planning AREA BRIDAL PLANNERS & BRIDAL PLANNING CONCIERGE SERVICES INSPIRED EVENTS BY KELLY Kelly Coronel, owner Specialty: Full-service event planner with 20+ years’ experience – especially planning, scheduling and coordinating all aspects of weddings to include event design. We also offer Partial Planning and Day of Coordination. Coming soon: Colors: Niagara (blue), Primrose Yellow, Lapis Blue, Flame, Island Paradise, Pale Dogwood, Greenery, Pink Yarrow, Kale, Hazelnut and yes we are still seeing the Rose Quartz and champagne Blush. Gold tones with champagne add elegance to any setting. Lush greens to create table runner with accents of flowers add color & pop. Gotta have: A Wedding planner! A planner helps reduce stress of overall planning and assists with negotiations to stay within your budget. We are with you from the moment we connect until the day after the wedding. Wedding Planners create the magic as your guests enjoy the evening with you. 2017 Trends: Venue Trends: Outdoor romantic weddings, lavished with a touch of modern and the Classic Elegant Wedding are all very trendy for 2017. Farm to Table Concept is popular both inside & outside. The focus is a wood farm table, building elegance around it, along with serving area farm to table foods as well as flowers. We’re unique: We build relationships of trust with our couples and their families; trust enables us to reduce their stress of planning a wedding. On each couple’s wedding day, we create magic with the décor and ensure the day goes smoothly. Our good relationship with all the vendors is how we make sure the bride does not have to worry about anything, so she can just enjoy her special day. 4819 Powner Court, Williamsburg 757-291-5369 Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter.

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wedding attire and more BRIDAL GOWNS AND MORE ALL THE RAGE Specialty: Studio I Do at All the Rage in Virginia Beach specializes in bringing the finest bridal fashions, in multiple, styles, sizes and price points to all Brides to Be searching for their perfect dress! Why we are unique: Here at Studio I Do, it’s all about the Bride. From the moment you walk in the door, our friendly team makes sure your Dress Shopping Experience is special and memorable. Studio I Do is known for continually bringing the latest trends and styles to its Brides. Coming Soon: In December 2016 we opened a second Studio I Do location in Roanoke, Virginia, which will operate with the same goals and standards our brand represents here in Coastal Virginia. This is only the beginning of what’s to come for the Studio I Do brand. 2017 Trends: One of our favorite upcoming and growing fashion trends, is the ability for brides to mix and match different gown elements that create a

custom look that is unique to each bride’s individual style. All the Rage/Studio I Do 1558 Laskin Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23451 757-491-1418, Studio I Do 128 Campbell Ave. SE, Roanoke, VA 24022 540-904-5088

McELLIS BRIDES Michelle Ellis, Owner Specialty: Custom Made Formal Wear What makes you unique: Unlike most bridal gowns, our gowns are made to your measurements. Saving you time and money on alterations. Coming soon: New line of Tuxedo Rents for 2017 Fantastic extras: We offer Tuxedo Rentals, Bridesmaid Dresses and Mother of the Bride Dresses. 2017 trends: We’ve been seeing the “Traditional” bridal look, fun and flirty Textures and high illusion necklines. 1932 Coliseum Drive, Hampton, VA 23666 757-504-0537 •


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CUSTOM SEWING BY JERI Specialty: Bridal alterations, historical clothing, costumes, repair and refurbishing vintage clothing, including bridal gowns, veils, accessories; embroidery and monogramming What makes you unique: I work with my customers to make their wedding day vision a reality. I have 40 years’ experience as a seamstress/tailor, yet I learn something new with every project. The basic construction methods for gowns are fairly consistent but sometimes designers work a little outside the box. The best fit for each gown is my priority. 2017 trends: New trends in custom sewing are making the gowns conform to the bride’s personal taste. This includes adding or removing straps and sleeves, modifying necklines, or making special accessories. Coordinating boleros and short jackets over the gown are also popular. There are creative ways to update an heirloom gown, veil or accessory for a new special wedding day. williamsburg bride 2017

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wedding attire and more New for 2017: We will continue to see strapless, closefitting styles. Bling and beading are still on trend, as are light bohemian dresses with lace and pale colors, blush pink or beige undertones. We may also see large formal ball gowns in lighter fabrics and architectural detail. Start early. Most gowns take several months to acquire, plus time to have any alterations done. (Alterations advice also provided.)

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Anna Cordle & Mitchell Harry September 10, 2016 CHURCH Bruton Parish Episcopal Church RECEPTION (VENUE & FOOD) The Williamsburg Inn/Colonial Williamsburg FLOWERS Williamsburg Floral MUSIC Colonial DJ’s HAIR & MAKEUP The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg DRESS All the Rage, Virginia Beach location A COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG WEDDING FROM START TO FINISH The groom’s family rented Providence Hall House. This beautiful historic landmark was used, not only to house the groom’s family and friends, but also served as the venue for the rehearsal dinner. Our wedding ceremony was held at Bruton Parish Church. As we came out of the Church, we were driven in a horse-drawn carriage-- the Queen’s Carriage (which Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip rode in during their visit to CW in 2007). The carriage drove us to the Williamsburg Inn, where we held our reception in the East Lounge. We are graduates of the University of Virginia and had Colonial Williamsburg’s young Thomas Jefferson give our wedding toast! The groom’s cake was UVA-themed, and the favors were Thomas Jefferson’s favorite cookie, the Savoy, baked by the pastry chefs at The Williamsburg Inn (who also made our cakes).

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Bruton Parish Episcopal Church in Colonial Williamsburg

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Historic weddings The rich history of the Greater Williamsburg area provides a nice backdrop for wedding locales. There are plenty of options throughout Colonial Williamsburg to host your wedding event, whether it’s the rehearsal dinner, a bridesmaids’ luncheon, or the ceremony or reception itself. The Williamsburg Inn and The Williamsburg Woodlands are popular choices. Betrothed couples like “the Rockefeller Complex, which includes the Oval Garden and Fountain Garden and Terrace,” says Michele DeRosa, senior conference services manager for the Colonial 16

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Williamsburg hotels. “The complex is located between The Williamsburg Inn and The Williamsburg Lodge. The Regency Room in the Williamsburg Inn is also very popular. The room is beautifully appointed, has windows on all four sides; a built-in dance floor; and also includes a half circle terrace, which overlooks the grounds of The Williamsburg Inn.” The College of William &Mary is also steeped in history, and alumni or those affiliated with the college can book a wedding any day of the week at The Wren Chapel. After all, The Crim Dell Bridge is considered to be one of the most romantic spots on campus, a place where couples are known for getting engaged, so why not consider the college for your ceremony? williamsburg bride 2017

left: American Revolution Museum at Yorktown below: Jamestown Settlement Photos courtesy of Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation

The history museums at Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown can also host private events and special occasions, including weddings. According to the JamestownYorktown Foundation’s website (www.historyisfun. org), “the museums offer unique settings and experiences for a memorable and successful afterhours event, whether it entails an evening reception in Jamestown Settlement’s rotunda, dinner in the re-created 1610-14 fort, [or] cocktails on the ships’ pier overlooking the James River. At the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, evening events can be held in re-created Continental Army encampment or on a patio under the stars.” There is also the Williamsburg Winery and the Boxwood Inn in the Lee Hall area of Newport News. The Boxwood Inn is a beautiful, historic bed and breakfast known for accommodating special events such as weddings, anniversaries and other celebrations. Legacy Hall in New Town can also be rented out for weddings as well as the Williamsburg Community Building on N. Boundary Street. The Williamsburg williamsburg bride 2017

Garden at Colonial Williamsburg

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Community Building is a popular spot for weddings due in part to its proximity to downtown Williamsburg and the colonial area, and is even featured on the wedding website as a wedding venue option. When it comes to historic weddings “Couples are looking for beautiful details, whether it be a manicured garden, or architectural details as a backdrop to enhance their wedding vision,” says DeRosa. “Colonial Williamsburg provides those details and much more. We offer impeccable service, elegant accommodations, and a team of professionals who enjoy bringing a couple’s story to life.” 17

ceremony and reception venues COLONIAL HERITAGE CLUB Location: 6500 Arthur Hills Drive, Williamsburg What makes you unique? A generous, accommodating staff provides personal service to help brides plan every detail. Colonial Heritage Club is a public club with a memorable historic and luxurious country-club feel. Our clients put it best, “The main ballroom of the Colonial Heritage Club offers an inviting atmosphere for hosting up to 350 of your family and friends and the expansive lawn provides an ideal setting for an outdoor wedding ceremony surrounded by the lushly landscaped championship golf course.� The 18-hole Arthur Hills golf course has a 25,000-square-foot clubhouse and a gazebo with water features and an expansive, manicured lawn. Catering: Colonial Heritage is a full service venue offering food and beverage in-house. Outside vendors are welcomed for cake, photographer, DJ, etc. Amenities: Four different event locations that seat up to 300 guests. Wheelchair accessible, elevators, full bar, wedding party Bridal Suite, dance floor, outside vendors welcomed. Director of Sales: Stacy Krick, 757-645-2011 Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Wedding Wire, The Knot, My Wedding Planner, The Wedding Spot.

wedding or special occasion. Let our dedicated Special Events team curate your dream wedding, rehearsal dinner, bridesmaid luncheon, or anniversary celebration. From the elegant Regency Room at the Williamsburg Inn to the arboreal seclusion of the Williamsburg Woodlands, we offer a number of venue options to accommodate all budgets and visions for your special day. Views range from lush garden and fountains, elegantly appointed rooms, wooded areas with waterfalls and ponds Catering: Our award winning chefs will work to make a custom menu for your celebration. Amenities: Treat yourself and your wedding party to a day at our exclusive on-site spa. Overnight accommodations: We can provide special group rates at all five Colonial Williamsburg Hotels in order to accommodate a variety of locations and price points for your guests. Price includes: Facility Fees include tables, chairs, dance floor, standard white linen, glassware, dinner-

COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG Location: 101 Visitor Center Drive, Williamsburg, VA 23185 What makes you unique: We are a place filled with rich heritage, hopes, and dreams. What better setting to make your own history? Where else can you arrive in a horse drawn carriage? At Colonial Williamsburg we will put all our unique resources to use to make sure your dreams come true. Setting: With its unique and classic setting, Colonial Williamsburg is the ideal location for your 18

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ware, silverware, all set up and tear down dedicated venue coordinator and banquet captain. Coming soon: More Historic Area Sites, renovation of the grounds of The Williamsburg Inn which will provide more elegant settings for weddings and social occasions. Wedding Coordinator: Event planner/venue manager is included we recommend that a dedicated wedding planner be hired to work with event management staff. 1-800-204-4296

FORD’S COLONY COUNTRY CLUB Location: 240 Ford’s Colony Drive, Ford’s Colony, Williamsburg What makes you unique? Several rooms in an upscale country club setting with views of awardwinning gold courses. The gorgeous outdoor ceremony site is lakeside and adjacent to Marsh

Hawk Golf course. The largest venue, the Garden Pavilion, has floor to ceiling windows, elegant décor and chandeliers. The Williamsburg Dining Room is ideal for more intimate affairs, with luxury fabrics, a marble fireplace, walls lined with Windows framing scenic views, and French doors that open onto a brick terrace. Catering: A variety of menus, from backyard barbeque to five course meals for anything from a rehearsal dinner to a reception or wedding brunch. Amenities: capacity of 225 for an event, changing room for the wedding party, portable 21 x 21 foot dance floor, and wheelchair accessibility. The bride may choose outside vendors. Overnight accommodations: The Marriot Manor Club is within walking distance. Rental price includes: Room, mahogany chiavari chairs, tables, floor length linens in white or ivory, napkins in a choice of various colors, China, silverware, stoneware and portable dacen floor. Coming soon: Renovation in the Garden Pavilion space will include new chandeliers and carpet. Wedding coordinator: Brittany Rice

KISKIACK GOLF CLUB Located within minutes off of

I-64 at 8104 Club Drive 757-566-2200

The Secret of Kiskiack is too good to keep! When you book your Wedding at Kiskiack, you will find: • Panoramic Views • Private lake • Casual Elegance • Pristine Natural Splendor williamsburg bride 2017

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FORT MAGRUDER HOTEL AND CONFERENCE CENTER Location: 6945 Pocahontas Trail, Williamsburg What makes you unique? Nowhere else in Williamsburg is there a hotel with such exciting history on such a historic site, an authentic redoubt dating from the 1862 Battle of Williamsburg. The enchanting, romantic setting offers various outdoor venues in addition to the indoor variety of ballrooms. Catering: In-house options include three wedding packages tailored for every budget. Amenities: Business center, complimentary Wi-Fi, indoor saltwater pool and hot tub, outdoor pool, fitness center, game room, full service restaurant, lounge and complimentary guest parking. Overnight accommodations: 300 guest rooms,

most with a balcony or patio view. Rental price includes: Ballroom, including all setup needs; catering; and wedding coordinator. Coming soon: Experience the “new” Fort Magruder summer 2017. Wedding Coordinator: 757-220-2250, Follow us on Facebook

JAMESTOWN SETTLEMENT AMERICAN REVOLUTION MUSEUM AT YORKTOWN Jamestown Settlement Location: 2110 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Location: 200 Water Street, Yorktown Type of wedding venues: Living-history museums Description: Jamestown Settlement and American Revolution Museum at Yorktown living-history museums tell the story of America’s beginnings

Request a Tour today 20 100 Museum Drive • Newport News, VA • (757) 591-5124

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A Beautiful Setting to Tie the Knot!

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– from the first permanent English settlement in 1607 through America’s decisive Revolutionary War victory in 1781. Jamestown Settlement features a film, gallery exhibits and living history in outdoor re-created settings, 1607 ships, fort and Powhatan Indian village. The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown features new exhibition galleries and films, and a re-created Continental Army encampment and Revolutionary-era farm. View/setting: River views, grassy lawns, historical ambiance and natural outdoor re-created settings. Indoor options available in Jamestown Settlement museum rotunda and American Revolution Museum at Yorktown lobby. Catering: Select your own. Amenities: Ample parking for motor coaches and cars. Most museum areas are wheelchair accessible. Both museums can be scaled to event size and scope. Contact for information. Overnight accommodations: Both museums are conveniently located near a selection of hotel, bed and breakfast, and timeshare accommodations in the Williamsburg and Yorktown area.

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Rental price includes: Facility use packages vary with options. What makes you unique: Jamestown Settlement and American Revolution Museum at Yorktown offer unique settings and experiences for memorable and successful events. Historically re-created settings offer a different twist on a wedding experience for the bride and groom and guests. 757-253-4838, toll-free (888) 593-4682 weddings

KINGSMILL Location: 1010 Kingsmill Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185 What makes you unique: Location on the banks of the beautiful James River, and comfortable, spacious accommodations, including 1, 2 and 3 bedroom condos, and private vacation homes. Setting: Celebrate in an enchanting ballroom setting that features floor-to-ceiling views of the James River, or have an intimate gathering at our riverside grand Pettus House, attended by your closest family and friends. Kingsmill Resort offers a variety of outdoor spaces with a variety of views of the James River, golf courses, and historic sites to serve as the backdrop for your vows. Is there a view? The James River, offers both sunrise and sunset views. Catering: Our distinguished culinary team offers an exquisite and customizable selection of menu options and creative cuisine that will be savored – and not soon forgotten – by your guests. Complimentary meal consultations and tastings are available; some restrictions apply. Let our executive pastry chef design a sweet finish for you that reflects your style! Amenities: Dining options – Elements 1010, Eagle’s, James Landing Grille, and The Mill. Fullservice spa and salon, Two championship golf courses, Resort fitness center, Full-service marina with a beach, tennis courts, fitness trail, bike rental and so much more. Overnight accommodations: More than 400 21


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Host your wedding at Ford’s Colony Country Club, winner of the WeddingWire 2015 Couple’s Choice Award. Ford’s Colony offers the upscale charm of a private country club and will ensure that your big day is one you and your guests will never forget. • Elegant, colonial-style clubhouse with space for up to 250 guests • Seasoned private events staff to assist with all the details • Customizable packages to suit every style and budget • Delicious cuisine handcrafted by our expert culinary team

Schedule a site tour and meeting today! | 757.258.4120 240 Ford’s Colony Drive | Williamsburg, VA 23188 22

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villa-style guest rooms and one-, two-, and threebedroom suites, including full kitchens and living rooms with pullout queen sofas, Beautiful three- and four-bedroom Cottages on the James. Luxurious 5,000-square-foot Pettus House that features four bedrooms and a large terrace with a spectacular river view. Price includes: Complimentary parking, wi-fi, parking, shuttle to select area locations, and access to pools and fitness center Wedding Coordinator: At Kingsmill, it’s all about the details. Our wedding planners will serve as your wedding coordinator so just leave the details to us! 757-253-3996

KISKIACK GOLF CLUB Location: 8104 Club Drive, Williamsburg, VA 23188 What makes you unique: Kiskiack is special because we are able to offer such a well-equipped

facility surrounded by so much pristine natural beauty. It’s like getting married in a private park with the luxury of a full service Club House. Catering: We have an in-house C.I.A. trained Chef that can customize menus for our brides. We can do everything from southern favorites like house made smoked BBQ with Dijon mac and cheese to elegant hors d’oeuvres. We love to talk about food with our guests and make their ideas happen. Amenities: We offer “Swing Before the Ring” golf packages that are very popular. Our bar and restaurant features outdoor seating that offers panoramic views of the course and our private lake. The restrooms have changing areas with seating and showers. Rental Price includes: A five hour rental of our Pavilion and set up of table and chairs. We have a ceremony location that is also available for a small setup fee. New for 2017: Yes. Spring of 2017 we are featuring a completely new menu with some of the ingredients coming from our new vegetable garden. To enhance the natural beauty already present we have an ambitious landscaping plan in place to add lots of flowers and color to our grounds, providing ample locations for photos. Wedding Coordinator: We do not have an onsite wedding coordinator but we have worked with some very good ones and can provide suggestions if desired. 757-566-2200

LEGACY HALL Location: 4301 New Town Ave., New Town, Williamsburg What makes you unique? Flexible enough to be an intimate site for small parties or large enough to be filled with lots of family and friends. The Hall’s versatility allows it to be used for formal or informal celebrations. The bride or vendor can bring in decorations, linens and tableware to enhance the wedding party theme and happy surroundings. Catering: Choose your favorite caterer for food and beverage service, or bring in food you have williamsburg bride 2017


prepared and take advantage of the well-equipped kitchen that enables you to perform basic services and reheat food as needed. Amenities: Capacity for 299 guests, restrooms, wheelchair accessible, ample parking. Overnight accommodations: There are many nearby hotels. Rental price includes: 20 round tables, 175-clothseated chairs and 100 stackable chairs that can be arranged many different ways. Hall staff will set up and break down tables and chairs. 757-259-5410 under Facilities

THE MARINERS’ MUSEUM AND PARK Location: Newport News, VA What make you unique?: We are the perfect venue for any wedding. From elegant to casual, there is a unique space that will fit the theme of your wedding and that your guests will remember for years to come! Type of wedding venue: Historical maritime museum and Park Description: Beautiful indoor and outdoor settings for you to tie the knot! An elegant courtyard, lake-side overlook, a private banquet room, and a beautiful hill on the beach are only a small part of what our incredibly versatile site has to offer. Shake up your guests’ curiosities with access to our changing galleries or a tour through our awardwinning USS Monitor Center. Enjoy calm spring nights under the stars outside, or a steady snowfall through a wall of windows inside. Let us help you find the ideal environment for your event, for 20 to 500 guests, from sophisticated to whimsical; you’re sure to find the perfect space among our unique and striking settings. View/setting: Garden and Park views, waterfront and elegant indoor spaces. Catering: Venue has an approved caterers list but no onsite catering. Amenities: An elegant courtyard, lake-side and


James River overlooks, private banquet room and elegant lobby and grant entry hall. Capacity for indoor weddings up to 200, wheelchair accessible, bars, dance floor (additional fee), audio visual equipment, restrooms, and free parking. Overnight accommodations: Variety of hotels nearby Rental price includes: Four hour event with additional setup and cleanup time as well as A/V and museum furniture for indoor rentals. Rental also includes discounted admission to Museum for guests the day before, of and after rental. (757) 591-7731 Follow us on Facebook

MT. STIRLING PLANTATION Location: 5060 Mt. Stirling Farm Rd., Providence forge, VA 23140 What makes you unique? Imagine being in a beautiful green garden surrounded by breathtak-

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...the perfect place for your wedding and wedding parties! Located in New Town, Legacy Hall is the start to a great future and precious memories of a lifetime. Included in the rental fee are round and banquet tables, chairs, catering kitchen and a bamboo floor perfect for dancing! Personalize your event; no preferred vendor list. Legacy Hall is within walking distance of shops and restaurants plus there are a variety of nearby hotels. Maximum occupancy is 299. Very affordable rates. Non-smoking facility. State ABC licence required. Owned and operated by James City County. Legacy Hall, 4301 New Town Avenue in New Town For a full description including fees and hours, visit under “Facilities.”” To schedule a tour, make reservations or for more information, call or email, 757-259-5410.

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ing views, ancient trees, and captivating historic structures. You walk down an asile of ancient bricks looking around only to see the love of your life standing under a beautiful handmade white arbor. You can hear the birds chirping and smell the beautiful magnolias that are in bloom. Setting: There are scenic views everywhere you look at Mt Stirling. From the historic Mansion itself to the ancient trees that inhabit the grounds. Vast fields surround the rustic barn and make for great photos. There are historic brick structures that date back to the 1700s. Catering: We do not cater events but welcome all catering companies Overnight accomodations: No overnight accomodations but we are convienently located halfway between Richmond and Williamsburg for hotel accomodations. Price includes: Our price includes usage of the Plantation grounds for the entire day of your wedding as well as the night before for the wedding rehearsal and decorating. Our venue is designed for an outdoor ceremony and outdoor or semi-enclosed

reception. All wedding packages include his and hers changing cottages and restrooms, ample parking, a beautiful hand-made arbor, and aged brick isle. The Barn package includes a semi-enclosed rustic red barn with a dancefloor, stage, large catering table, wooden bar with refrigeration, standard lighting, and optional hayride for the wedding party grand entrance. Wedding Coordinator: We do not require a wedding coordinator or planner but we do recommend having one even if they are not a professional. (757) 846-6002 email:

OPUS 9 STEAKHOUSE Location: 5143 Main St. in trendy New Town, Williamsburg. What makes you unique? We offer a personal touch to fine dining, personalizing your menu and experience and exceeding your every expectation.

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Setting: Restaurant with two private rooms for parties of 12-24 and 25-50; dine in casual elegance and relaxed sophistication in cozy rooms with fireplaces that are ideal for rehearsal dinners and small receptions. Catering: Full course meals – from melt-in-yourmouth steaks to fresh seafood – for groups for lunch and dinner; Sunday brunch for private dining 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Amenities: Wheelchair accessible, full service bar and diverse wine list, restrooms. Rental price includes: Food and beverage minimums apply. Wedding coordinator: Jessica Smith 757-645-4779, Facebook, Twitter

SAUDÉ CREEK VINEYARDS Location: 16230 Cooks Mill Road, Lanexa in New Kent County, 30 minutes from Williamsburg and Richmond. What makes you unique? Vineyard features multiple sites for hosting a wedding, including a tent adjacent to the wedding pergola. Catering: Bride uses any licensed outside vendors of her choice. Setting: Vineyard and winery situated high on a hillside adjacent to the Pamunkey River, with breathtaking views and a rich history. The rolling landscape of the vineyards is accentuated by the grandeur of the tasting room. Our new garden area is perfect for ceremonies. View: Vineyard can be seen from our two decks, two patios, covered porch, fire pit, and wedding pergola. Amenities: Event capacity is up to 200, wheelchair accessible, bridal party changing room, dance floor rental option available and restrooms. Overnight accommodations: None on site, but location is an easy commute from overnight accommodations in Williamsburg and Richmond. Rental price includes: 4.5 hour block of time for ceremony and reception, use of upstairs sitting area for the bridal party for 2 hours prior to ceremony, staff to serve wine. 26

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THE SETTLEMENT AT POWHATAN CREEK Location: 4000 River Moor, Williamsburg (physical address) 4101 Monticello Avenue, Williamsburg, VA 23188 (mailing address) What makes you unique? An on-site host is present from setup through breakdown to make sure your rehearsal dinner, wedding or reception is the one of your dreams. Every room is beautifully decorated. The award-winning 15,000 square foot clubhouse offers indoor and outdoor spaces that overlook the pond. There is a ballroom, catering kitchen, atrium and gallery area (perfect for buffets, food stations and bars), outdoor pool area with trellis and fireplace, game room with fireplace and billiard table, and arts and crafts/meeting rooms. There

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is also a grassy area by the pond which is perfect for outdoor weddings. The Settlement at Powhatan Creek is a casually elegant venue at an affordable price. Catering: Brides may bring their own caterer. Amenities: Changing rooms, porte-cochere for valet parking or drop off, wheelchair accessible. Plenty of convenient parking. Dance floor and gold, damask tablecloths available for a fee. Overnight Accommodations: Several conveniently located hotels offer our clients reduced rates including Hilton Garden Inn, Homewood Suites, Holiday Inn and Country Inn and Suites. Rental price includes: On-site tables, round and rectangular; padded, fabric covered indoor ballroom chairs; handsome wood serving bar; and wireless microphone and podium. Wedding coordinator: Patee Ramsey 757-645-3000 Follow us on Facebook

THE TRELLIS BAR AND GRILL Location: Merchants Square, 403 West duke of Gloucester Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185 What makes you unique? A private restaurant in historical downtown Williamsburg’s Merchant Square, overlooking scenic Duke of Gloucester Street, we can accommodate different sizes of events at various times of the day or evening. There is a trellis covered outdoor patio and beautiful private indoor rooms. Catering: We can provide cakes, rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, wedding brunches, breakfasts, lunches and buffets. Overnight Accommodations: Colonial Capitol Bed and Breakfast. Rental price includes: There is no rental fee. Wedding coordinator: Louise Wood, 757-229-8610 Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest

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You’ve waited all of your life for this moment. We’ll make sure it’s all you’ve dreamed and more. Celebrate in style with a spectacular sunset across the scenic James River. “Wow” your guests with gourmet food and unmatched service. Experience the magic of Two Rivers Country Club. Contact Amanda Wade at (757) 258-4610 ext. 224 Photo: Images by Brad Howe

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TWO RIVERS COUNTRY CLUB Location: 1400 Two Rivers Road, Williamsburg What makes you unique: Two Rivers Country Club is Williamsburg’s premier reception venue right on the water. Experience a beautiful sunset over the magnificent James River. Although Two Rivers is a private country club, arrangements can be made for non-members to host their wedding in this magical setting. Catering: Two Rivers Executive Chef Tony Rizzo and his professional staff artfully present your menu selections. You may choose a buffet or there are several plated dinner options to match your desires. Amenities: A gazebo on the lawn overlooking the 18th fairway and the James River is the preferred wedding ceremony location. The River Room accommodates 190 in an elegant dining room with a wall of windows facing the James River. The Cypress Room with a full bar adjoins and is perfect for cocktails before dinner. It can also be set up for a more intimate wedding up to 48 people. The Governor’s Room is graciously appointed and the right size for bridal luncheons or a small rehearsal dinner. Our championship Tom Fazio 18 hole golf course allows you to include golf as part of your wedding weekend activities. Overnight accommodations: Wedding guests have many fine hotel choices right in Williamsburg. You can easily arrange a bus service to Two Rivers Country Club. Rental package includes: To make it easy to plan your wedding, our wedding packages include everything from venue to linens, bartenders and beverages, dining packages and dance floor! We can also recommend florists, photographers and entertainers. Call us for an estimate based on the size of your wedding party and your desires. Wedding coordinator: Amanda Wade 757-258-4610, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest


WILLIAM & MARY ALUMNI HOUSE Location: Campus of William & Mary – 500 Richmond Road, Williamsburg What makes you unique: Historic charm and colonial style in an open, well-appointed space that is only steps away from all Williamsburg has to offer. The original section was built in the mid-1800s and features a mixture of antique and reproduction pieces, Oriental rugs and hardwood floors. Views of the renowned college are showcased from the lush gardens and lawns. The Alumni House welcomes all and offers special pricing to William & Mary alumni and families. Catering: All catering is provided by local vendors – see a preferred catering list at Amenities: A wedding at the Alumni House features use of the entire facility including all outdoor areas. Leadership Hall, a 1,800-square-foot ballroom accommodates up to 120 for a seated meal and 175 for a cocktail affair. Adjacent to Leadership Hall is the Ukrop Terrace, a covered, second-story terrace. For larger or outdoor seated events, many choose to tent the lower courtyard, Clarke Plaza. Clarke Plaza can easily accommodate up to 200 guests. Family Circle is a lovely spot for wedding ceremonies and can accommodate up to 150 guests. The Alumni House is also the perfect location for rehearsal dinners. Overnight accommodations: None on site by many options nearby including bed and breakfasts, hotels and inns. Rental price includes: Use of the entire Alumni House including outdoor areas; one hour for wedding ceremony; four hours for reception, three hours of setup time and two hours for cleanup. All tables and chairs are included, as well as setup and cleanup. On-site special event staff helps greet and direct guests, as well as assisting in setup and cleanup. Private areas for both bride and groom and wedding parties are available for your convenience. Contact: Cindy Gillman, 757-221-1168 williamsburg bride 2017

Brittany Oweis & Michael Pafunda April 9, 2016 CEREMONY The Wren Chapel RECEPTION Governor’s Land - Two Rivers Country Club WEDDING PLANNER Amanda Wade FLOWERS Farm Fresh Bridal CAKES CakeAlicious DJ Colonial DJs CATERER Governor’s Land REHEARSAL DINNER Opus 9 A FAIRY TALE WEDDING Growing up in Williamsburg, surrounded by history and the beauty Virginia offers, I knew this would be where I would get married one day and raise my own family as well. And so, on this special day in April at the historic Wren Chapel on the campus of the College of William & Mary, Michael and I welcomed our family and friends to join us as we exchanged our weddings vows. Following the ceremony, the wedding celebration continued as we danced the night away at the beautiful Two Rivers County Club in Governor’s Land.

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cakes and sweet treats CAKEALICIOUS Alice Cooke, owner Specialty: Wedding cakes. What makes you unique: We design cakes that reflect the personality and style of the couple. With over 30 years’ experience in cake decorating, I can incorporate a wide variety of techniques onto your cake canvas. I also stay in touch with current trends to bring in even more design elements. Our cakes are baked fresh and never frozen. We are also proud of our latest accomplishment.....Food Network Cake Wars Champions!! I personally consult with every bride to discuss her dream cake. Then make that vision come to life as I create each wedding confection. Coming soon: Unique tasting concept 2017 trend: Metallics, greenery, handpainting, lace 4268 Casey Blvd., Williamsburg 757-234-4300 • Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

CAKES BY CHARLIE Charlie Little, owner Specialty: Wedding cakes, as well as birthday and special occasion cakes. Selections of Sweet Bites for your events, or little two-bite desserts and sweets. 2017 Trend: Textures are still the hot trend as we head into 2017! We’re unique: I work with brides to incorporate individual details from their wedding in their cake design. I find it important to follow through the end to ensure that theirs is more than just another wedding cake. I personally make and deliver all of my cakes with the same attention that each bride deserves. Williamsburg office available for appointments; mailing address Charlie Little, P.O. Box 763, West Point 804-785-2217 or 757-784-1743 Follow us on Facebook

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EXTRAORDINARY CUPCAKES Williamsburg’s Original Cupcakery Dyana Steely, owner Specialty: Cupcakes, special occasion cakes, cake truffles, cheesecake and Walnut Mousse bars. What makes you unique: Brides (and grooms!) are discovering that we can provide the highest quality cake they have ever tried and offer more flavors and combinations than anyone can include in one large cake. Our cupcakes are more than pretty, because they are rich, moist … and “Extraordinary!” Plus, cupcakes are fun! We can provide beautiful displays, cupcake stands – the most popular combination is small cake for the wedding couple to cut and their own unique assortment of cupcake flavors for the guests. Coming soon: Pies 1200 Richmond Road, Williamsburg 757-645-2122 Follow us on Facebook

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The color scheme of any wedding is important: from flowers to dresses to table linens, whatever hue you choose makes the event. Pantone’s colors for 2016 were Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue, and you can expect more of the same this year. “Many brides chose the rose quartz and mixed it with golds, silver, or pearls,” says Arlene AitkenWilliams with Morrison Flowers & Gifts on Jamestown Road. “Mercury silver and gold, or rose quartz 32

containers were chosen to accent this palette. Light pastels were also popular, as were succulents and silver greens.” Among the trends for Pantone wedding colors for 2017 are Niagara Blue, Primrose Yellow, Lapis Blue, Flame, Island Paradise, Pale Dogwood, Greenery, Pink Yarrow, Kale, and Hazelnut. “The colors for 2017 are staying in the hues of the 2016 colors of Serenity Blue and Rose Quartz,” shares Kelly Coronel, an event and wedding planner with Inspired Events By Kelly. “The colors for 2017 evoke emotions of comfort with the blues and pinks to feelings of nature with the yellows, reds, and greens.” williamsburg bride 2017

Adds Aitken-Williams: “An organic look in pale peach, pink, ivory and silver greens is a classic choice.” Nearly every aspect of a wedding is accented by color: the invitations; the bridal bouquets, corsages, and boutonnieres; wedding attire; the bride’s makeup; lighting; reception décor; wedding favors; the cake; and a grand exit.



PRIMROSE YELLOW “Color is incorporated into weddings from gift registries, bridesmaid dresses, and themed color palettes,” says Coronel. “All colors can be incorporated into either the linens, stationary, and flowers as well as the bridesmaids’ dresses, and ties or socks for the groomsmen.” When it comes to choosing the colors for your wedding, consider your wedding location, as well as which color combinations best suit your personality and tastes, the theme or mood of your wedding, and the time of year. Avoid overdoing it with too many colors or patterns. Just keep it simple. Guests should also avoid wearing white, cream, or similar shades. “I do not recommend using either yellow or green lighting as guests do not photograph well in these colors,” Coronel adds.








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flowers FLORAL BY FARM FRESH What makes you unique? We are very price competitive and do not skimp on quality. We love to tailor each wedding to all your floral needs without selling your items you do not want. (757) 531-9432

JEFF’S FLOWERS, OF COURSE! Jeff and Page Kremp, owners Specialty: Creatively designed floral arrangements. Breathtakingly beautiful floral arrangements, gift baskets and plants. What makes you unique? Our creativity speaks for itself…and is immediately recognizable. Coming soon: Always adding helpful items to our inventory – linens, containers, etc. 2017 trends: Muted, calming tones and lots of SPARKLES 300 Ed Wright Lane, Suite E, Newport News


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MORRISON’S FLOWERS & GIFTS Arlene Aitken-Williams, owner Specialty: Our mission is to uniquely understand the bride’s inspiration and signature style. We take great pride in serving the greater Williamsburg area with quality flowers for all occasions. What makes you unique: We bring over a 100 years, combined experience of professionals, to each event. Our approach is a commitment to the bride and groom’s personal story, unique tastes, and budgetary needs. Be assured that our team brings a level of confidence that your event will be remembered for years to come. Gotta have: Our advice for making the most out of flower dollars, and upcoming trends for the Southern traditional home. 2017 Trends: Bohemian or “Boho” look, lots of

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greenery and mixed garlands, suspended centerpieces, continued use of metallics, unusual arch decorations, to include fabric and flowers, Garden roses, peonies and a “just picked from the garden” look. 1303 Jamestown Rd., Suite 129, Williamsburg 757-220-1242 Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest

WILLIAMSBURG FLORAL Elgin Morris, owner Location: 170-P Merrimac Trail, James-York Plaza, Williamsburg What makes you unique? Williamsburg Floral makes a bride’s fairy tale wedding bloom. “You dream it, and we can do it! Consider us Cinderella’s mice.” Every fairy tale deserves to be realized, including wedding chandeliers, arches, swags, plantscaping, pomanders, flower girl halos or even your own Russian Winter Wonderland. And your bouquet…oooh la la! Anything is possible, from wrapping a bridal bouquet with your grandmother’s lace to an all-bling bouquet. Bring your own ideas, your own color palette, or design your wedding around one flower. You dream it, we can do it. Our designers can make all your floral dreams comes true. Call us as soon as our 2016 calendar is already filling up! With more than 150 years combined experience, you should trust the experts to help make your dream day match your vision. James-York Plaza, 170-P Merrimac Trail, Williamsburg 757-229-9844 Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram

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Floral tip: Be sure to coordinate delivery of the flowers with the arrival of the photographer to ensure they can use them immediately in different types of wedding photos. Flowers by Morrison’s Flowers & Gifts Photography by Heather Hughes Photography


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Rehearsal dinners The prelude to a couple’s big day is the rehearsal dinner, a chance for friends and family to come together, mingle, and share in the joy of what’s in store for the bride and groom. Traditionally, the rehearsal dinner is planned by the groom and his parents, though the bride and groom or someone else close to them may also choose to host the event. “Rehearsal dinners are about the groom, and what he likes and enjoys,” says Kelly Coronel, an event and wedding planner with Inspired Events By Kelly. 36

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“This is his and his parents’ night to entertain for the wedding. Restaurants are a good location for the dinner, and typically the food is a favorite of the groom.” Most rehearsal dinners are held at restaurants or in banquet halls, usually for a smaller group than the wedding. Guests include the bride and groom’s immediate family, the bridal party, close friends and relatives, and, perhaps, the wedding officiant and other ceremony participants. While foodie types might choose a more elegant, multi-course dinner for their guests or prefer to serve traditional or cultural foods of their families, others are opting for a more casual meal. williamsburg bride 2017

“We are seeing less formal approaches to rehearsal dinners these days, and guests are less often requesting to have seat cards with table assignments,” says Jessica Smith, director of sales and marketing for Opus 9 Steakhouse in Williamsburg and Schlesinger’s Steakhouse in Newport News. “If this is the case for you, consider at least assigning the bride and groom seats with cards or flowers so your guests know where not to sit. Guests like direction and feel more at ease if they know where they can sit or not sit without asking.” Other rehearsal dinner options are dining al fresco on a private patio, or having a barbeque. Additional trends include incorporating signature drinks and desserts. “We still see guests personalizing menus and offering champagne toasts, though the traditional groom’s cake is not as common as it once was,” says Smith. The event might also include lots of toasts, particularly from the parents of the bride and groom as well as the bride and groom themselves. A short presentation or video of the couple’s courtship is also something to consider. And, of course, so is the budget. “When calling a prospective venue, know the maximum number that your party could be, as well as the number of guests in the bridal party,” says Smith. “Expect venues to have room rental fees or food and beverage minimums with regard to reserving private space. Know your per person budget inclusive of tax and gratuity before calling so the venue will know how they can best assist you.”

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Kristin Krejmas & Jay McCarthy July 16, 2016 CEREMONY The Wren Chapel, Williamsburg RECEPTION William & Mary Alumni House DJ Colonial DJs HAIR & MAKEUP The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg

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Planning a special event? Let us take care of every detail, so you can enjoy your special occasion with your guests. Because it’s Farm Fresh, you can trust the food to be exceptional and the servicessimply outstanding. Call or email and let’s start planning together! What makes you Unique: Farm Fresh has a full service catering department that will make your next event effortless. Let us take care of every detail. Wedding coordinator: Fresh Events by Farm Fresh (757) 531-9432

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Jeff Bristow, owner Specialty: Event entertainment, décor lighting and photo booth. What makes you unique? We try to get to know the bride and groom, their friends and their families. We want our clients to feel like they have a good friend providing the entertainment for their wedding, not just an entertainment company. Our Custom Voice Over Dance. We record a candid conversation with the bride and groom and put clips of the conversation into a specially-selected song. Also, we offer a custom “Love Story” that we present in three chapters throughout the reception. 2017 trend: Using Social Media. 312 C Old York Hampton Hwy., Yorktown 757-865-0020 Follow us on Facebook


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Owner: Julianne and David Kiedinger Specialty: Customized touch to create YOUR Dream Wedding What makes you unique: “Yeah... We can do that!” Coming soon: Beautiful Bride and Groom thrones. New items coming in weekly. please visit our website for new arrivals. 2017 Trend: Clear top tents, golds, what was old is new again and TOTAL PERSONALIZATION! 757-875-0505


WILLIAMSBURG EVENT RENTALS What makes you unique: Our staff is made up of event professionals with backgrounds in event planning, catering and event design. We take the time to consult with customers to help them determine the needs of each unique event. What Rentals do you have? We offer an array of tent styles and sizes. We have linens from basic polyester to finer fabrics, in lots of sizes, textures, patterns and colors. Our china ranges from plain white, to gold banded to square, and each piece is the same price so you don’t have to compromise your look to save on the cost. We also have flatware, glassware, chafing dishes and service pieces to help round out your look and meet your food service needs. Rental Price includes: The cost of our tents, stages, and dance floors include installation, and a site visit if needed. 2017 Trend: In the wedding industry, we are seeing designs based upon fashions from the turn of the 20th century and Art Deco periods. 4403 Ironbound Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23188 757-565-0982

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INVITATIONS, SAVE-THE-DATES, PLACE CARDS, PROGRAMS & STATIONARY PARLETT’S PAPER EXPRESSIONS Melissa and Aaron Jones, Jackie Sunderland, owners Specialty: Invitations, personalized stationary, save-the-dates, place cards and programs, etc. We’re unique: Our expertise and customer service exceeds your expectations. Coming soon: We can now send most custom art designs, for invitations, to print. Gotta have: An invitation that sets the tone for the big day and fits our style and budget. 2017 trends: Letterpress, foil, engraving – shop local, shop small. 4309 New Town Avenue, Williamsburg 757-561-0231, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter 40

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JEWELERS & GIFTS BOYERS DIAMONDS & FINE JEWELRY David Cohen, owner Specialty: A large selection of loose diamonds and beautiful semi-mounts. What makes you unique? BOYER’S 3D CounterSketch Studio creates fast and affordable designs as our customers watch. Excellent customer service from Diamond Council of American certified sales associates, in-house repairs and appraisals. New Lines: Wedding bands by MALO, includes lifetime warranty and new contemporary jewelry by INOX 2017 trend: Yellow & Rose Gold Bridal and Fine Jewelry 6564 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, 23188 757-565-0747

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GOODMAN & SONS Specialty: Our specialty is bridal where we offer a wide variety of branded rings and branded diamonds such as Hearts on Fire, Forevermark, Forevermark Black Label, and Fire & Ice. We hand pick all of our loose diamonds to ensure we get the best diamonds for our customers to choose from. We also specialize in in-house repairs and appraisals. What makes you unique: Goodman & Sons is unique in that we are a local, 3rd generation Hampton Roads business. Our vision is based around our family tradition: “We aspire to be every family’s most trusted jeweler for generations to come.” Today, we have our 3rd generation helping some of our customers’ 3rd generation. We started back in 1947 as a engraving shop making name tags for the local servicemen at Fort Eustis and Langley Air Force base. We evolved over the years to become the full service jewelry shop that we are today, 68 years later. We currently employ four graduate gemologists and two classically trained watchmakers, although we don’t practice much

watchmaking anymore. All of our sales team goes through Diamontology training to ensure we provide you knowledgeable service. Coming in 2017: Newly expanded bridal collections from Forevermark. Forevermark is launching their new collection, Black Label, which we are very proud to carry. We’ve also expended our fashion with new, trendy brands such as; Gabriel & Co., Doves, Shy Creations & Chimento. Trends: Yellow and rose gold are coming back into style, along with fancy shaped diamonds. We also see layering is a huge trend right now with jewelry. We have many lines in store that offer great layering looks for necklaces, bracelets and rings! 4640-11A Monticello Ave., Williamsburg 757-229-5388 2018 Coliseum Drive, Hampton 757-838-2328 Facebook, Instagram

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PRECIOUS GEM Reggie and Lisa Akdogan, owners Specialty: One-of-a-kind, handcrafted fine jewelry Why we’re unique: Our stellar selection of fine diamonds and colored gemstones is personally selected by designer Reggie Akdogan. Custom design remains our hallmark for over 35 years. Trending: Rose gold for the bride Coming soon: South Sea pearl pendants as bridal accents 423 West Duke of Gloucester Street, Williamsburg Also in Virginia Beach. 757-220-1115, Facebook & The Knot

PHOTOGRAPHERS HEATHER HUGHES PHOTOGRAPHY Heather Hughes, owner Specialty: Creative and candid photography. Everyone loves my bamboo album and books! What makes you unique? Our degrees in photo-

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SALONS & SPAS EUROPEAN BEAUTY CONCEPTS Annette Ritzmann, Bar Palmer and Evelyn Summers, owners Specialty: Bridal parties of all sizes, in house or onsite. Out staff makes bridal hair and makeup trends come to life. What makes you unique? European Beauty Concepts combines a European atmosphere with true Southern hospitality. Our highly trained staff is here to provide you with VIP treatment! Coming soon: Hair extensions infused with Swarovski crystals and permanent eyelash extensions. 2017 trend: 1900s comeback! Vintage waves, undone ponytails, Clintons, intricate hair accessories, hombre lips, winged eyeliner and rosy cheeks. 5590 Foundation Street, Williamsburg VA 23188 757-229-2440, Follow us on Facebook

POSH SALON Nadia Duncan, owner Specialty: Bridal & Bridal Party Updo’s & Makeup What makes you unique? We are an Aveda Concept Salon Coming Soon: Xtreme Eyelash Extensions and Volmor Hair Extensions Trends for 2017: Top knots, braids and loose waves and curls; natural looks 4680 Monticello Ave 18c Williamsburg, VA 23188 757-253-7674, Facebook, Instagram williamsburg bride 2017


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Amanda Hopkins & Darden Barrett June 4, 2016 FLOWERS Jeff’s Flowers, Of Course Photography by Kate Supa Photography


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Katherine Parrish & Brandon Guglielmo

Michelle Hollcraft & Christian Nott

April 16, 2016

May 16, 2016

INVITATIONS Parlett’s Paper Expressions

FLOWERS Morrison’s Flowers & Gifts

Photography by Kelly J. Mihalcoe, Photographer

PHOTOGRAPHY Heather Hughes Photography

Brittney Smith & Ryan Wilson August 20, 2016 CEREMONY AND RECEPTION Mt. Stirling Plantation FLOWERS Trellis and Bloom, Norge Farm Fresh Photography by Sara Tiffany Photography


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Kelly Finnigan & Andy Mechling

Rachel Holroyd & Gregg Ziemke

March 5, 2016

April 2, 2016

EVENT RENTALS Big Top Entertainment

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PHOTOGRAPHY Heather Hughes Photography Photography by Sarah Mariel Photography


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Kendall Powers & Courtney Mitchell September 19, 2015 RECEPTION James River Grand Ballroom at The Kingsmill Resort FLOWERS Williamsburg Floral INVITATIONS Parlett’s Paper Expressions Photography by

Ellyn Leighton-Herrmann & David Quinn September 10, 2016 VENUE Colonial Heritage Club HAIR AND MAKEUP European Beauty Concepts Photography by Julie Martin Photography


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Katherine Patrick & Tyler Moore August 20, 2016 CEREMONY AND RECEPTION VENUE Kiskiack Golf Club DJ Colonial DJs FLOWERS Morrison’s Flowers & Gifts ENGAGEMENT RING Boyer’s A HIDDEN GEM Tyler and I met in the employee lunch line at Great Wolf Lodge in 2009 and instantly knew we had an unbreakable connection ever since. I was a first time Lifeguard and he had been working as a Retail (Arcade) Lead. After 6 (long) years of dating Tyler finally popped the question on my birthday in October of 2015! Our photographer captured the beauty Kiskiack has to offer and the love that filled our day! This venue has to be a hidden gem within the Williamsburg area! They’re able to accommodate both the ceremony and reception (even rehearsal and rehearsal dinner) all while offering amazing staff, facility, and views! On top of that, Morrison’s Flowers & Gifts brought our pastel wedding vision to life with their beautiful arrangements!

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Bridal Guide January 2017, Virginia Gazette  
Bridal Guide January 2017, Virginia Gazette