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Bridal Guide 2015


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Megan Elyse Matthews marries Scott Thomas Cutler September 6, 2014

Ceremony Williamsburg United Methodist Church Flowers The Flower Cupboard • Bridal coordinator Cathy Nester, assisted by Shayna Walker Their rings Kingsmill Jewelers Bride’s jewelry Custom-made by Kingsmill Jewelers from bride’s late grandmother’s jewelry. Gown Style Inspiration Ellen of Williamsburg Bridal & Formal Bride’s gown and bridesmaids dresses The Inspired Bride Photographer Brad Howe Photography • Videographer Milestone Cinema Entertainment Liz Daley Events Favors Lottery tickets with a “united scratch off’ during reception, which was filled with love, dancing and laughter. Rehearsal dinner William and Mary Alumni House, given by parents of groom. Honeymoon Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay Jamaica All about them Both are from Williamsburg, having met as students at Jamestown High School; they dated through college and were engaged Oct. 15, 2013. Special day surprises Megan and Scott did a surprise dance the second half of their first dance together; no one knew about the surprise dance, which got the party started, they say. Best man, Travis Cutler, had a life-sized “clone” of Megan and Scott made so all 300 guests would have the opportunity to “speak” to them. Photos by Brad Howe Photography


You’re Engaged and Now What?.............................5 Wedding Checklist........ ..........................................6 Bridal Boutique.......................................................8 What’s in, What’s out: 2015 Wedding Trends................10 Your Budget..........................................................13 The Perfect Place..............................................….14 . Groom’s Guide.........................................................25 Cakes & Confections............................................28 Floral Finery..........................................................32 It’s All in the Details.................................................37

Wedding Profiles Megan Elyse Matthews marries Scott Thomas Cutler ......1,3 Amy Peterik marries Pete Collins..............................11 Ashley Cooke marries Travis Johnson.....................26 Caley Elizabeth Pinto marries Ronald Anthony Campana,Jr..20 Cherry Rose marries Toby West..............................24 Crystal Trace marries Drew Hayes….......................33 Elizabeth Leanne Jones marries Brooks Carl Potter...... 12 Erin Leigh Kelly marries Randall Dean Fryer…........….11 Janis L. Dixon marries Brian L. Pristera…..…....…..30 Kellie Jenkins marries Doug Ernst…………........... 24 Krystal Hobsen marries Damien Mackey……..........24 Lauren Alexis Konstant &Matthew Robert Caparrelli...36 Leyla Suzanne Akdogan marries Sean Hoffman……. 26 Lindsey Ann Chapman marries Jason Michael Chiasera....24 Milestone Cinemas Wedding Photos......................35 Rachel Marie Feliciano-Arce marries William Curtis Evans...26 Sarah Seashols marries Dennis Williams Jr.................26 Wedding Photos by Alexander’s Photography.............30 Cover photo of Scott & Megan Cutler by Brad Howe Photography

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Apparel & Accessories Blush Bridal Consignment Boutique..........................10 Bodacious Lady Boutique........................................8 The Inspired Bride..................................................11 Williamsburg Bridal & Formal....................................9 Bridal Planners Inspired Events by Kelly..........................................41 The Bridal Dish.....................................................42 Shanya Walker.....................................................33 Cakes and Cupcakes CakeAlicious.......................................................28 Cakes By Tawanda...............................................29 Extraordinary Cupcakes.........................................30 Wedding Cakes by Charlie...................................29 DJs/Entertainment Colonial DJs.......................................................37 Liz Daley Events...................................................39 Flowers The Flower Cupboard...........................................33 Jeff’s Flowers Of Course!.....................................33 Morrison’s Flowers & Gifts....................................32 Gifts Lenox...................................................................2 Invitations, etc. Parlett’s Paper Expressions......................................39 Jewelry Boyer’s Diamonds & Fine Jewelry...........................38 Kingsmill Jewelers................................................36 Master Craftsmen................................................42 The Precious Gem...............................................40

Pampering European Beauty Concepts...................................38 New Town Dental Arts........................................40 Shane’s Salon and Day Spa.....................................41 Photography & Videography Alexander’s Photography.......................................34 Brad Howe Photography.......................................35 Milestone Cinema................................................35 Transportation Marrow Transportation..........................................39 Venue Colonial Heritage................................................22 Cousiac Manor....................................................18 DoubleTree By Hilton Williamsburg........................27 Ford’s Colony.....................................................20 Great Wolf Lodge................................................15 Inn at Warner Hall................................................20 Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation............................18 Kingsmill Resort......................................................4 Legacy Hall..........................................................16 Mariners’ Museum................................................21 Opus 9..............................................................23 Saudé Creek Winery.............................................16 The Settlement at Powhatan Creek..........................48 The Trellis Restaurant..............................................14 The Vintager Inn...................................................15 William & Mary Alumni House...............................17 Williamsburg Hellenic Center.................................19 Williamsburg Winery & Wedmore Place...................15 Kathy Hogan Van Mullekom, Writer LouAnne M. Sexton, Layout Design Peter Dewey, Kathy Sturgeon, Sandy Xander, Design Support The Bridal Guide has been fully coordinated by Vickie Nurnberger.



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You’re engaged


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You’re engaged and officially a bride-to-be. It’s romantic. It’s a fairytale. It’s surreal.

Bask in that beautiful bride-to-be glow for a few days. Admire your ring and show it off. Grab all the bridal magazines you can find and immerse yourself in their pages, dreaming about your upcoming big day. Then, come down from the clouds, plant your feet on the ground and put your wedding plans to work.

Your to-do list Select a date. Discuss date options with everyone important to your big day – relatives and wedding party, for sure. Set a budget. You want your fairytale day to be everything you imagined, and it can be -- but a budget helps you keep things from whirling out of control. Set a realistic budget with some wiggle room so you can handle unexpected expenses and add unanticipated niceties. List your guests. Know in advance how many guests you plan to invite so your wedding venue and budget fit your needs before you go any further. Reserve a place. Popular wedding venues can book up months, even years, in advance, so keep your options open and quickly check those spots as soon as you confirm a date. Make sure the venue accommodates your guests list, with a few extra seats reserved in case you overlooked anyone. Ask about needs for your guests and wedding party -- restrooms, changing rooms, mobility access and parking, to name a few. Pick your wedding party. These are the people who will stand with you and your fiancé on your big day, so it’s nice to ask them early on. Also, keep them updated on plans so they can arrange their work and lifestyles to be there for you for pre-wedding and day-of festivities. Settle on a style. Choosing a theme whether it be an informal beach or a formal church wedding can help you make choices that reflect that style. Select a color scheme so it’s easier to narrow options as you choose a cake, flowers, favors, centerpieces, linens and wedding party attire. Find a wedding planner. Whether it’s a super-efficient cousin or a professional party planner, a calm, collected person can help keep you on track and help narrow down choices when you are overwhelmed. A journal, often called a “bride’s book,” also helps keep you organized and serves as a keepsake after the wedding.

a sit-down meal, keep your guests dietary needs in mind and include vegetarian or salad options.

Order the cake. Engage your fiancé to help choose the flavor or flavors you both like, whether it is a traditional multi-tiered wedding cake or cupcakes. Icing and embellishment colors matter, so keep your wedding style or theme in mind.

Make the announcement. Tell the world you’re engaged, using the newspaper, save-the-date invitations, Facebook and/or an interactive website that can be used for gift registrations, wedding updates, prenuptial photos and congratulatory notes from friends and family. Get the gown. It’s all about the dress, whether it satin and lace or chiffon and embroidery. Choose the dress that suits your style, and makes you instinctively feel and look good.

Dress the wedding party. After you’ve chosen your gown, talk to your fiancé, as well as the rest of the wedding party, about attire that complements your look.

Hire a photographer. A professional photographer will capture all the major and minor moments of your big day – your walk down the aisle, your sad but happy parents, your grinning groom and your admiring guests. Its memories you can revisit over and over again in photo and digital forms. Choose your flowers. Whether it’s a single-stem rose or a bouquet of daisies, let your wedding flowers accent the occasion, not overwhelm it. Book the music. After the solemn vows, it’s party time. Whether it’s a DJ or a live band, lively music entertains your guests and helps you relax and enjoy time with them. Mail the announcements. Printed wedding announcements are still the preferred way of inviting guests to a wedding, while emailed RSVPs are perfectly acceptable, especially if you have a website that can manage the responses. Register for gifts. Give guests several options for giving gifts that meet your lifestyle needs. Use store registries for things like kitchenware and linens; there are honeymoon and dream home registries online for monetary gifts. Some couples who need nothing often ask guests to benefit their favorite charities. Discuss the honeymoon. Decide whether you go away for a few days close to home or take the big honeymoon trip now rather than later. Either way, begin looking for travel deals and settle those as soon as something good surfaces. –Kathy Hogan Van Mullekom

Hire a caterer. Whether you feature heavy appetizers, a buffet or

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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

4–5 months 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

6–9 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

10–12 months before

— 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

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.

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Bridal Boutique Think pretty sleeves, lovely lace and interesting backs for 2015 bridal gowns. “For years, the trend for bridal gowns has been strapless, but designers filled the runway with long sleeves, lace jackets and boleros,” says Jamie McLean, owner of the Inspired Bride in Williamsburg, who recently returned from New York’s Bridal Fashion Week. “Lace is still holding strong although 2015 will not bring the lace from your mother’s gown. Expect bolder patterns on a classic silhouette.” “To ensure brides look their best from all angles, the detailed back shown bright on the runway again this season with low backs, lots of rhinestones/beading, and intricate patterns.” Color also plays a role in many bridal gowns, showing up in light gold, champagne and blush. Mothers in the wedding party will like the colors and lines that flatter any age woman – tea lengths in blues, taupes and pewters with V-necks

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that lengthen the body and waistlines that give a woman nice curves and slimmed shape, according to Donna Mellis, owner of the Bodacious Lady Boutique in Williamsburg. The shop also features wedding gowns, honeymoon attire and fashions for mothers of the bride and groom who want to look their best at engagement parties, rehearsal dinners and showers.

BLUSH BRIDAL CONSIGNMENT BOUTIQUE Christy Cinnamon and Carmen Harris, owners Specialty: Bridal and formal gowns on consignment Coming soon: New consignments arriving every week! Our inventory is always changing. Gotta have: Great selection of accessories at prices well below traditional bridal boutiques. 2015 trends: Lace has been a big trend this past year and I expect it will continue. Strapless has been the go-to neckline for many years, but girls are starting to ask for other options such as cap sleeves and v-neck gowns with straps. Low cut, key hole, illusion and intricate backs are very hot right now for brides who want guests to have something interesting to look at while at the altar! More fitted silhouettes have dominated for a while, but I’m seeing a return to the more traditional a-line and ball gown styles. We’re unique: We offer a wide selection of brand new, designer samples and once-worn gowns in a variety of sizes, styles and price points. You won’t find racks of the dresses that all look the same at Blush! 185 Herman Melville Ave., Newport News, VA 23606 757-595-7797 •

BODACIOUS LADY BOUTIQUE Donna Mellis, owner; Jennifer Mellis, manager Specialty: Creating a comfortable environment for the full-figure woman to shop and be personally assisted with finding clothing to flatter her individual shape and size. Casual, professional and evening wear including formal and cocktail attire. Fashions ideal for mothers-of-the bride & groom, bridal party and guests. A variety of designers and fashions to take them from engagement party to bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, wedding day and for the bride’s honeymoon. Coming soon: Additions to our evening wear. Gotta have: Accessories to include jewelry, handbags, wraps and body slimmers to enhance every outfit. 2015 trend: A return to the timeless classics; soft jewel and earth tones.

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We’re unique: Shop for flattering plus size clothing in a pleasant environment with personal service. Special orders available; alterations specialist can be recommended. Five Forks Shopping Center at 4498 John Tyler Hwy, Williamsburg 757-707-3653 •


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Jamie McLean, owner Specialty: Bridal gowns, bridesmaids dresses, formal wear, tux rental and accessories. Brad Howe Photography Coming soon: Badgely Mischka shoes…. What girl doesn’t love a pair of quality pumps? Gotta have: Shop expansion features classy, unique day dresses. 2015 trends: It’s all about color for bridal gowns, while bridesmaids will wear tulle in short, flirty styles. We’re unique: Our first-class service makes every bride feel special for her special day. 5560 Foundation St., Williamsburg 757-345-0008 •

WILLIAMSBURG BRIDAL AND FORMAL Ellen Evans, owner Specialty: We are known for excellent customer service, making sure each bride has a wonderful experience when she is in our store. We educate brides on various cuts, fabrications, necklines, etc. of bridal gowns while they are with us for their appointments. We pride ourselves on attention to detail and a personal bridal experience unique to each bride. Coming soon: Beautiful bridal, bridesmaids and moms gowns for 2015. 2015 trends: Current bridal gown trends feature a more dramatic shoulder and back neckline incorporating illusion, beading and lace. We are seeing less strapless for the bridesmaids and a bit more glitz for moms. Gotta have: Brides need our knowledge and experience. We have been Williamsburg’s premier bridal shop for 13 years and have had the pleasure to work with numerous brides! We’re unique: We can customize bridal gowns through the designers we carry and our talented in-house seamstresses. We can incorporate elements of a family members gown onto a bride’s gown or “redesign” elements of a new gown. We can ensure a truly unique, one-of-a-kind bridal gown. 1915 Pocahontas Trail, Suite E8, The Village Shops at Kingsmill Williamsburg 757-229-5004 • –Kathy Hogan Van Mullekom

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What’s in, what’s out 2015 wedding trends

Something borrowed something blue – it’s a wedding trend steeped in timeless tradition. Beyond that, wedding trends come and go. For 2015, the plain strapless dress is out while the romantic look of long sleeves, high necklines and plunging backs is in. Once the all-important gown is chosen, all else falls into place. The bride and groom can personalize their wedding anyway they want. Here are 5 suggestions from wedding trend forecasters on how to make your big day an event to remember:

Make everyone feel relaxed. Many couples choose to have the wedding and reception at the same venue, making it convenient for guests. Home, beach, garden and B&B weddings are relaxed sites for outdoor weddings; tents with seating for the ceremony and tables for dining afterward keep everyone comfortable. Strings of twinkling lights add to the ambiance, especially late evening and night. Personalize your event. Everyone loves a good story, and “how you met” or how you got engaged” could be one of those stories shared as part of your wedding. Or, maybe your childhoods were full of storytype events. Turn those moments into photos and small write-ups that can be used as centerpieces on each table or as a slideshow featured during the reception. Document the memories. At the reception, ask guests to take selfies and upload them to a website you created ahead of time; also, ask them to write notes about the wedding and reception to accompany their selfies. Later, turn the selfies and notes into a wedding album of its own. Your guest book can also be made special by asking guests to sign their names in the margins of a coffee table book you and your fiancé personally picked out; while you browse the book in your new home, you are also reminded of the special time with special people.

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Serve sweets, lots of them. A wedding reception is a big party and sweets make a party even sweeter. With personalized candy and candy wrappers so readily available, create a “candy bar” with different kinds of candy in pretty bowls. Guests can fill a personalized candy bag with their sweets to take home, or enjoy their sweets while working off the calories on the dance floor. The candy bar can complement or replace the traditional cake servings. Feature a signature drink. When it comes time to celebrate the bride and groom, a signature drink can be the toast of the town. That special drink can be a wine the happy couple likes, or a blend of fruit juices and vodka or bubbly champagne. Be sure to include a nonalcoholic version for kids and those who prefer it. –Kathy Hogan Van Mullekom

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Amy Peterik marries Pete Collins Date July 19, 2014 Venue Ford’s Colony Invitations Parlett’s Paper Expressions Cake CakeAlicious DJ Colonial DJs Favors Donations in honor of guests to ASPCA and Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Photos by Amanda Hedgepeth Photography

Erin Leigh Kelly marries

Randall Dean Fryer Date May 24, 2014 Bridal Shower Saudé Creek Vineyards Bridal Gown & Mother of the Bride Gown The Inspired Bride Videographer Milestone Cinema Erin & Randall were the 4th generation family members to be married at Bellamy United Methodist Church in Gloucester. Photos by Nichol Lancaster Photography

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Elizabeth Leanne Jones marries Brooks Carl Potter May 2, 2014

Ceremony: Williamsburg Community Chapel Reception: Williamsburg Winery Transportation: Marrow Transportation Wedding photographer: Brad Howe Photography Hair & makeup: Whitley Thompson of European Beauty Concepts Bridal Gown: Blush Bridal Consignment Boutique Tuxes – Groom & Groomsmen: The Inspired Bride Mother of the Bride Dress: The Inspired Bride Hair pieces: The Inspired Bride Groom’s gift: Monogrammed bracelet with bride’s new initials from Master Craftsmen Groom’s Cake: Cakes by Charlie Dating days: Even though they both grew up in Williamsburg, Liz and Brooks later met and became great friends while working at a local gym. After a couple months, they knew there was something more between them, and began serious dating. All about them: Liz graduated from Bruton High School in 2011and is currently finishing her Bachelors at Liberty University, in Interior Design. Brooks graduated from Jamestown High School in 2008, and is working for Liberty University and finishing his Masters in Business Finance. The proposal: They dated eight months before Brooks proposed. In the romantic traditional way, he got down on one knee and proposed in front of the Governors Palace in Colonial Williamsburg. Afterward, he had a dinner planned with both sets of parents at the Blue Talon Bistro to celebrate.

Photos by Brad Howe Photography


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Your Budget BUDGET:




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

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Maybe you’ve pictured yourself walking the aisle of a luxury lodge or strolling across the lawn of an elegant estate for your picture-perfect wedding day. Or, maybe your bridal vision is a vineyard or classic church. Whatever wedding venue is in your dreams, our area offers any and every wedding site any bride could ever want. To begin planning your dream wedding day, consider these special venues for ceremonies, receptions and dinners: Colonial Heritage Club, Cousiac Manor, Ford’s Colony Country Club, Great Wolf Lodge, Inn at Warner Hall, Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Kingsmill Resort, Legacy Hall, Mariners’ Museum, Opus 9 Steakhouse, The DoubleTree by Hilton Williamsburg, Saudé Creek Vineyards, The Settlement at Powhatan Creek, The Trellis Restaurant, William and Mary Alumni House, The Vintager Inn Bed & Breakfast, The Williamsburg Winery and Wedmore Place at Wessex Hundred and Williamsburg Hellenic Center.


Location: 6500 Arthur Hills Drive, Williamsburg. Setting: Public club with a luxurious countryclub and memorable historic feel. Nadere Photography View: Scenic 18-hole Arthur Hills golf course with 25,000-square-foot club house and gazebo with water features. Expansive, manicured lawn. Catering: All food and beverage are provided in-house; cake and vendors are provided by client. Amenities: Four different event locations that seat up to 300 guests. Wheelchair accessible, full bar, wedding party changing rooms, dance floor, outside vendors welcomed. Overnight accommodations: Discounted rates available with local hotels. Rental price includes: Grand ballroom, changing rooms and all food and beverages. Coming soon: New menus presented once a year. We’re unique: A generous and accommodating staff provides one-of-akind personal service that helps bride plan every wedding detail. Wedding coordinator: Victoria Dean at (757) 645-2011.


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Location: New Kent County on the Pamunkey River. Setting: Venue is located on a 3,500-acre, plantation-style farm. Wood in the barn is refurbished wood from the plantation’s barns from the 1940s and 1950s. Manor house’s original foundation dates back to 1746. The Manor house was built by a Virginia state Sen. Augustine Claiborne. For a long time in the 1800s and early 1900s, the house was used as a ferry point for shipment from New Kent to King William. It’s a countryside, waterfront, shabby chic setting that is beautiful at every turn. View: River views surround several ceremony sites on the property, including a popular one under the 200-year-old magnolia tree with gorgeous river and barn views at every angle. The newly-built barn is just yards from the pristine river and Cousiac Marsh. Catering: Bride welcome to bring in vendors and caterers of her choice; rehearsal and dinner can also be held the day before wedding. Alcohol permitted with appropriate license. Amenities: Newly-built, 3,000-square-foot Rose Mallow Barn includes a climate-controlled bridal dressing room and catering kitchen. The barn also includes two guest restrooms and one private bridal restroom. The

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2,200-square-foot reception hall accommodates 250 guests seated and any amount for a cocktail-style event. The bride and groom have the wedding venue for the entire weekend, Friday to Sunday. Site is wheelchair accessible and features ample parking. Overnight accommodations: Currently, the Manor house is under renovation for accommodations for bridal party and family members. Once the house is completed, the Manor will accommodate 20 guests. The bridal party can then rent the house for the weekend. For now, hotel accommodations are available close to 25 minutes away for out-of-town guests. Rental price includes: Weekend wedding rental, 160 white resin, folding chairs, tables, bathrooms, parking, catering kitchen bridal dressing room, ceremony sites and reception hall. Coming soon: Manor house will be ready for rental in 2017. We’re unique: We offer that country-chic wedding environment for the bride, and provide waterfront beauty. We are a family-owned business – actually mother-daughter team – that prides itself on a pristine look and feel for all brides. 804-517-6991 • •


Location: Williamsburg. Setting: Upscale country club with several room options that each offer gorgeous Amanda Hedgepeth Photography views of the award-winning golf courses. View: Beautiful lakeside ceremony site is in a lovely outdoor setting

adjacent to our Marsh Hawk Golf Course. Formal dining room with luxury fabrics, marble fireplace and elegant colonial décor is ideal for more intimate affairs; walls are lined with large windows that afford scenic views and also French doors that lead to a lovely brick terrace. The Garden Pavilion is the largest venue with floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the always-green golf course; the décor is elegant with flowing white drapery and brass chandeliers that go with any color scheme. Catering: Variety of menus from casual backyard barbecue to a fivecourse plated meal for rehearsal dinner, reception and wedding brunch. Amenities: Event capacity 225, wheelchair accessible, bridal changing room, portable 21-by-21-foot dance floor; ability to use outside vendors of choice. Overnight accommodations: Marriott Manor Club hotel located within walking distance. Rental price includes: Room, gold chavari chairs, tables, floor-length white or ivory linens, variety of colored napkins, china, silverware, stemware and portable dance floor. Coming soon: Renovated clubhouse in 2014. Catering sales director: Brittany Lampe 757-258-4120 •


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ference center, you find yourself surrounded in the Northwood’s’ theme. Catering: Wedding package that can fit any bride’s needs -- plated menus, buffet, cocktail reception and farewell brunch. Amenities: Ballroom banquet rooms accommodate 50-300 guests, wheelchair accessible, bar available, bridal suite with wedding package available, private restrooms, extensive preferred vendor listing and ample parking. We also offer elegantly appointed tables with full china service, dance floor, wireless microphone and cake-cutting assistance. Resort’s beautiful stone terrace perfect for a wedding ceremony, as well as cocktail reception. Overnight accommodations: Plenty of room for everyone, and group discount for room blocks with functions. Most wedding packages include whirlpool suite for Bride and Groom on night of wedding. Rental price includes: Varies with wedding packages. We’re unique: Great Wolf Lodge, Williamsburg is one North America’s largest family indoor waterpark resorts. We can not only provide you a truly unique experience with your special day but we can offer a fabulous getaway experience for your guests as well. Wedding coordinator: Erin Boucher at 757-345-7143. • Facebook @ Great Wolf Lodge


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Location: 4750 Warner Hall Road, Gloucester. Setting: Historic waterfront estate created in 1642 by George Washington’s greatgreat grandfather. The Georgian Colonial

manor house is listed by both the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission. View: The 40-acre estate is located along the banks of the Northwest branch of the Severn River, with the Manor House set amidst centuries old trees and pastures. Catering: In-house chef offers classic and creative menu suggestions for both casual and formal reception buffets featuring fresh and local cuisine for up to 175 guests. Costs will vary depending upon the style of the menu and bar selections. Traditional wedding cakes are a particular art, and Warner Hall shares a list of recommended bakers with event hosts. Amenities: Romantic guestrooms are furnished with a combination of period antiques, modern amenities and sumptuous Schumacher fabrics and wall coverings. All 11 guestrooms have comfortable sitting areas, private bathrooms, 32-inch flat screen TV, telephone, individual climate control and IPOD docking stations with clock radio. Down comforters, pillows, spa robes, bottled water, home-made treats and Gilchrist & Soames bath products ensure a luxurious stay. Overnight accommodations: For weekend celebrations, occupancy for the inn’s 11 guestrooms must be guaranteed for both Friday and Saturday nights. Special-event lodging guests receive a discounted room rate. Staff can suggest nearby options for additional lodging needs. Rental price includes: Site fees guarantee exclusive use of Warner Hall for brides and guests from Friday afternoon check in until Sunday check out. Complimentary ceremony and reception planning sessions, as well as assistance with event coordination on the wedding day are included. There is weather-protected reception seating for 176 (April-

Legacy Hall...

Let us make your special day come true ...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 prefect 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 license required. Owned and operated by James City County. Legacy Hall, 4301 New Town Ave. in New Town For a full description including fees and hours, visit To schedule a tour, make reservations or for more information, call or email, 757-259-5410.


Beautiful wedding venue with multiple location choices Wedding Coordinator - Dina Tate (804) 966-5896 16230 Cooks Mill Rd, Lanexa, VA 23089

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November) in a gorgeous 60-x-60 white pavilion structure tent with removable side walls over an artisan blue stone and brick river garden patio. You also get the use of 300 white resin folding chairs and a variety of banquet tables and accompanying linens, as well as fresh flower arrangements for several rooms. We’re unique: Award-winning hospitality paired with fabulous food and a romantic, waterfront historic setting will make your day special forever. Wedding coordinator: Theresa Stavens, Innkeeper at or Amanda Jablonski, Assistant Innkeeper and Special Events Coordinator 804-695-9565 or 800-331-2720 •


Location: Jamestown Settlement, 2110 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg. Yorktown Victory Center, 200 Water Street, Yorktown. Setting: Living-history museums Description: Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center living-history museums tell the story of America’s beginnings – from the first permanent English settlement in 1607 through America’s decisive Revolutionary War victory in 1781. The Yorktown Victory Center is being transformed with a new facility and will be known as the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown when complete in late 2016.

View: River views, grassy lawns, historical ambiance and natural outdoor re-created settings. Indoor options available in Jamestown Settlement museum rotunda and Yorktown Victory Center lobby. Catering: Select your own. Amenities: Ample parking for motorcoaches and cars. Most museums areas are wheelchair accessible. Museum can be scaled to event size and scope up to 4,000. Overnight accommodations: Jamestown Settlement is conveniently located near a selection of hotel, bed and breakfast and timeshare accommodations in the Williamsburg and Yorktown area. Rental price includes Facility use packages vary with options. We’re unique: Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center 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. 757-252-4838 or toll-free (888) 593-4682 or


Location: 1010 Kingsmill Road, Williamsburg. Setting: Full-service resort with AAA FourDiamond rating; member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. View: Waterfront along the scenic banks of the James River. Catering: Complimentary meal consultations and tastings available with

College of William & Mary

Alumni House Wedding Receptions

Ceremonies Rehearsal Dinners Wedding Show Jan. 18, 2015, 1:00 - 3:30 PM

One Alumni Drive, Williamsburg, VA 23185 • 757.221.1176 For more information contact Cindy Gillman at

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culinary team; customized menu; pastry chef happy to create traditional wedding cake, as well as dessert buffets, truffle bars and cupcake stations, and provide complimentary dessert tastings. Amenities: Two award-winning golf courses; family-friendly suites with kitchens and living areas, as well as private rivers-edge cottages; four onsite restaurants; fitness center and spa; indoor and outdoor pools; tennis and full-service marina. Kingsmill’s audiovisual team can use event lighting to create the right mood for your special day; event professionals can arrange for the extras, such as a custom candy station, photo booth, live butterfly release, remote-controlled sparklers or even horse-and-carriage ride. Overnight accommodations: More than 400 villa-style guest rooms and one-, two- and three-bedroom suites provide luxury and comfort; three- and four-bedroom cottages are also available for rental. Rental price includes: Complimentary on-property shuttle (with limited off-property stops), fitness center, pools and resort fee. Coming soon: Spa opened December 2014. We’re unique: Riverside location and flexible, spacious suite and cottage properties. Wedding coordinator: Catering sales manager at 757 253-3996


Location: 4301 New Town Ave. in New Town, Williamsburg. Setting: Hall’s versatility allows it to be used for formal or informal celebrations.

View: Arrange for someone to bring in decorations, linens and tableware to establish and enhance your own theme and happy surroundings. Catering: Choose your favorite caterer for food and beverage service, or bring in food you have prepared and take advantage of the wellequipped 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: Many nearby hotels. Rental price includes: 20 round tables, 175-cloth-seated chairs and 100 stackable chairs that can be arranged many different ways. Hall staff will set up and break down tables and chairs. We’re unique: Flexible enough to be intimate for small parties, or large enough to be filled with lots of family and friends. 757-259-5410 •


Location: Newport News, VA Setting: Historical maritime museum and park Hampton Roads Photography View: Garden and Park views, waterfront views and elegant indoor spaces Catering: Venue has preferred caterers list but no onsite catering Amenities: An elegant courtyard, a lake-side and James River overlooks, a private banquet room and a beautiful hill on the beach. Capacity for weddings up to 200, Wheelchair accessible, bars, dance floor

Virginia’s Historical Riverfront Wedding & Event vent Venue

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Affordable weekend weddings, rentals begin on Friday The area’s only riverfront venue on the Pamunkey River Endless waterfront ceremony sites

Conveniently located in historic New Kent County, nestled between Richmond and Williamsburg 804.517.6991 • 18

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(additional fee), audio visual equipment, restrooms, and free parking. Overnight accommodations: Many nearby hotels Rental price include: Four hour event with additional setup and cleanup time as well as A/V and museum furniture for indoor rentals. Coming soon: NEW! Rental includes discounted admission to the Museum for guests the day before, of and after the rental. We’re unique: We are the perfect venue for any wedding. From elegant to causal, there is a unique space that will fit the theme of your wedding and that your guests will remember for years to come! 757-591-5124 •


Location: 5143 Main St. in trendy Newtown, Williamsburg. Setting: Restaurant with two private rooms for parties of 12-24 and 25-40; dine in casual elegance and relaxed sophistication. Views: Cozy rooms with fireplaces, ideal for rehearsal dinners and small receptions. Catering: Full-course meals -- from melt-in-your-mouth 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.

We’re unique: We offer a personal touch to fine dining, personalizing your menu and experience and exceeding your every expectation. Wedding coordinator: Jessica Smith at 757-645-4779.


Location: 50 Kingsmill Road, Williamsburg (before the Route 60 entrance of Kingsmill). Setting: Hotel/banquet hall located in the business area of Williamsburg. View: Set in a wooded area with our indoor/ outdoor pool and tennis/basketball courts in the back of the hotel. Catering: Full catering menu, including breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and hors d’oeuvre options. Cash and host bar options available with attendant. Can host all wedding events, from rehearsal dinner to postwedding brunch. Overnight accommodations: Up to 295 guest rooms available at discounted group rate, including suites. Packages include complimentary accommodations for bride and groom. Amenities: Conference center includes a 13,000-square-foot ballroom with chandeliers, dividable to suit weddings ranging up to 1,200 guests; wheelchair accessible, full catering and onsite banquet staff; ample parking. Rental price includes: Set up and tear down for event, white floorlength table linens and napkins, complimentary in-house centerpieces, white glove service by banquet team, private bridal party reception,

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757.258.4120 • 240 Ford’s Colony Drive, Williamsburg, VA 23188 20

dream... plan...experience... the wedding of a lifetime at this Virginia historic waterfront plantation. | | 800.331.2720

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champagne toast for guests and complimentary deluxe accommodations with breakfast for two and champagne amenity for bride and groom. Coming soon: New banquet and restaurant menus, including new and improved wedding packages. We’re unique: We are a “one-stop shop” – all of our space and rooms are under one roof. Plus, we are the closest hotel to Busch Gardens. Wedding coordinator: Debra Miller Lawhon, certified meeting professional. 757-259-5616 •


Location: 16230 Cooks Mill Road, Lanexa, 30 minutes from Williamsburg and Richmond. 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. View: Vineyard can be seen from our two decks, two patios, covered porch, fire pit, and wedding pergola. Catering: Bride uses any outside vendors of her choice. Amenities: Event capacity is up to 225, wheelchair accessible, bridal party changing room, dance floor and restrooms. Overnight accommodations: None on-site, but location is an easy commute from overnight accommodations in Williamsburg and Richmond. Rental price includes: Four-hour block of time, use of upstairs sitting

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area for the bridal party, staff to serve wine and cleanup fee. We’re unique: Vineyard features multiple sites for hosting a wedding. Wedding coordinator: Dina Tate at 804-966-5896 • Facebook Twitter Pinterest


Location: 4000 River Moor, Williamsburg; 4101 Monticello Ave. Lisa Cummings Photography Williamsburg, VA 23188 (mailing address). Setting: Award-winning, 15,000-square-foot clubhouse with indoor and outdoor spaces for the wedding, reception or rehearsal dinner of your dreams. Areas available include ballroom, catering kitchen, atrium and gallery, arts and crafts/meeting rooms, game room with stone fireplace and flat-screen TV and outdoor pool area with trellis and fireplace. View: Overlooks pond. Catering: Brides choose their own caterer, so they can customize their menu. Amenities: Wheelchair accessible, changing rooms available, covered porte-cochere for valet parking or drop-off. Gold, damask tablecloths and dance floor available for an additional fee. Overnight accommodations: We have a relationship with several local hotels that gives our brides reduced room rates. Rental price includes: Use of on-site tables, both round and rectangular; fabric-covered, padded indoor chairs; handsome wooden serving bar; and wireless microphone and podium. We’re unique: An on-site host is present to make sure your wedding,


Amanda Hedgepeth Photography

100 Museum Drive | Newport News, VA 23606 | (757) 591-5124 |

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reception or rehearsal dinner is the one of your dreams. All areas are beautifully decorated. Wedding coordinator: Nancy Bennett at 757-645-3000. Facebook @ The Settlement at Powhatan Creek Event Venue


Location: 403 W. Duke of Gloucester Street, Williamsburg. Setting: Private restaurant in historical downtown Williamsburg. We are a venue for private dining and special events, flexible enough to handle different-sized groups at various times of day and evening. Entertain guests on trellised outdoor patio while taking in the sights, or tuck yourself away in a private dining room with a gorgeous table that seats up to 14. View: Overlooking scenic Duke of Gloucester Street. Catering: Cakes, rehearsal dinner, wedding reception, wedding brunch, breakfast, lunch and buffet. Amenities: Event capacity 150, wheelchair accessible, bar, dance floor, restrooms, parking, live music. Overnight accommodations: Colonial Capital Bed and Breakfast. Wedding coordinator: Louise Wood at 757-229-8610

The Perfect Setting for Your Perfect Day Set amid the historical backdrop of Williamsburg, Virginia, Colonial Heritage Club offers an unparalleled site for hosting weddings. Please present this page during booking for

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Location: Campus of William and Mary, (next to Zable Staduim), 500 Richmond Road, Williamsburg. Setting: Historic charm, colonial style. The original section of the Alumni House was built in the mid- 1800s and features a mixture of antique and reproduction pieces, Oriental rugs, hardwood floors and a great variety of William and Mary memorabilia. View: Set among lush gardens and lawns, the Alumni House has a perfect mix of historic charm, natural feel and colonial elegance with views of the renowned College of William and Mary. 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. The newer section features Leadership Hall, a 1,800- square-foot room that accommodates up to 120 for a seated meal and up to 175 for a stand-up affair. Adjacent to Leadership Hall is Ukrop Terrace, a covered, second-story terrace. For larger or outdoor seated events, many choose to use a tent over the lower courtyard, Clarke Plaza, for up to 200 guests. For ceremonies, Family Circle can seat up to 150. Overnight accommodations: Numerous accommodations nearby. Rental price includes: Use of the entire facility including outdoor areas; one hour for 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 event staff help greets at the door, direct people and assist in setup and cleanup. Also includes a free, commemorative brick engraved with your names and wedding date and installed in Clarke Plaza after the wedding day. Bridal changing area, groom hangout space, and separate restrooms are also available. We’re unique: We provide colonial charm in an accessible and unique space that is centrally located to everything Williamsburg has to offer. Note, you do not have to be a W&M alum to rent the facility. (757) 221-1176 •


Location: 6800 New Kent Highway, New Kent. Setting: Private estate set on a 65-acre rolling hill with climate-controlled barns that accommodate any size country-chic and rustic weddings. View: Beautiful lush green pastures, working vineyard and expansive country views surround the historical estate. Catering: Choose from three full-service, all-inclusive wedding packages that feature award-winning vendors with more than 20 years of wedding experience. Amenities: Grande Barrel Hall seats 200 or 300 standing; Carriage House seats 60 or 100 standing; full bar, dance floors, changing rooms, bathrooms, climate controlled, wheelchair accessible and ample parking.

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Overnight accommodations: Available for up to 12 guests at additional costs to each package. B&B features four beautiful suites furnished with French Country antiques; golf bed & breakfast packages, romantic getaways. Rental price includes: Flowers, linens, DJ, food, cake, photography, chiavari chairs, tables, ceremony and reception time for 100 people -additional pricing available for parties over 100. Coming soon: Now booking 2016. We’re unique: One of the finest rustic wedding, country-chic properties in Central Virginia -- all located on a historical property with working vineyard. Wedding coordinator: Required from select vendors Contact: Sales manager Tracy Gilland at 804-938-5528. •


Location: 5800 Wessex Hundred, Williamsburg. Setting: Vineyard, winery, two restaurants and boutique hotel on a historic 300-acre farm. View: Vineyards, green space, formal raised lawn, cobblestone courtyard, old world architecture in banquet hall and hotel and wine barrel cellar. Catering: Two on-site restaurants that can accommodate more intimate wedding receptions, as well as rehearsal dinners and engagement parties. Larger wedding receptions require outside catering. Amenities: Banquet hall with capacity up to 200 guests, two restaurants with capacity up to 50 guests, private tours of winery available, 28-room boutique hotel on site, several private rooms available for bridal party prior to/during wedding, wheelchair accessibility, preferred vendor list. Overnight accommodations: Boutique hotel, Wedmore Place, offers 28 rooms, including three suites. Rental price includes: All Wessex Hundred ceremony locations include the use of arbor, wine barrels, and seating for up to 160, depending on location, as well as an indoor rain plan. Wessex Hall reception hall rental includes a 12-by-16-foot dance floor; 5-foot round tables and chairs for up to 160 guests; cake, gift, and sweetheart tables; mirrors and candles for the fireplaces; and candle lit lanterns. Both restaurants include all tables and chairs and offer specialized menus for groups. Coming soon: Wessex Hall will be renovated with a new floor and lighting for 2015. We’re unique: Wessex Hundred offers the convenience of location to Williamsburg while still being secluded in a quiet corner of town away from the rush of everyday life. The breathtaking vineyards and the charming winery give the venues a truly European feel not found elsewhere in Virginia. Venue managers work with each bride. 757-229-0999, Ext. 120 •

that provides the perfect setting for a wedding ceremony and reception. From marble flooring to crystal chandlers, the church hall has everything for a fairy tale wedding. View: Beautiful landscape of flowers and trees. Catering: Our chefs can prepare intimate to extravagant formal dinners, each beautifully and artfully presented. Cocktail hour, reception, rehearsal dinners, brunch – all catering done on site. Amenities: 400 guest capacity, wheelchair accessible, bridal room, groom’s room, restrooms, preferred vendors, outside vendors, onsite coordinator. Rental price includes: Wedding venue for two days, tables, chairs, white table clothes with white overlays, white, black or burgundy napkins and all tableware, as well as set up and cleanup. Coming soon: Offsite catering. We’re unique: In addition to having the venue of your dreams for your special day, you have the venue for two days. No more stressing day of the wedding to make sure everything is ready. You can come in the day before and relax while you transform your dream into that magical fairytale you’ve always dreamed about. Also on the day of, an experienced team of coordinators meets all vendors for set up while you relax and enjoy every magical moment of your special day. Wedding coordinator: Evelyn Jones at 757-220-4284 –Kathy Hogan Van Mullekom


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Cherry Rose marries Toby West June 20, 2014

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Lindsey Ann Chapman marries Jason Michael Chiasera Date September 14, 2013 Veil The Inspired Bride • Groom’s Gift Master Craftsmen Bridal Coordinator Shayna Walker, The Flower Cupboard Flowers The Flower Cupboard

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Groom’s Guide One of the most important roles for a groom is serving as the liaison for his family during the wedding planning process.

Get some help. If your fiancée hits a wall, suggest hiring a wedding planner.

“The groom needs to communicate their requests, coordinate their responsibilities and listen to their complaints, if they have any,” says expert Sarah Zlotnick.

Avoid adding insult. If she starts complaining about her family’s wedding demands and needs, don’t join in on the family bashing. Hear her out, agree with her, but don’t take this opportunity to tell her the things about her family that annoys you. Her bad mood will pass, but your careless comments can stick.

“Even if your fiancée is doing most of the planning, this is an essential role the groom must play. “The engaged couple also needs to be on the same page about three important things – budget, guest list and venue – early on.”

10 best groom tips Here’s more on how to be an involved and supportive groom, courtesy The Knot at Have an opinion. It’s your wedding, so get involved with the planning, possibly picking a few categories that especially interest you and maybe you can research and help set into motion. Enjoy your wedding registry. Think behind the household department and consider items that you may want to receive as gifts – home electronics, power tools and hobby stuff. Assert dislikes and likes. If she wants to register for a frilly comforter for the master bedroom and you can’t handle it, tell her so and help find one that suits both of you. Cut her some slack. Gently remind her about wedding overload when you know she needs a break, and cook her dinner or take her out for a romantic evening.

Arrange the attire. Send out detailed emails to all your groomsmen filling them in on the relevant info for the formalwear -- let them know when and where to get fitted for their tuxes, and remind them to return the suits the day after the wedding to avoid annoying late fees. Loop your fiancé in on the emails to prove that you’ve got everything under control. The more info you can share, the better. Got directions to the tux place? Include them. Don’t assume they’ll know anything about this stuff. Manage your men. Know your friend who loses his car keys at least once a week? Probably better not to make him responsible for bringing your ring to the ceremony. And your buddy who tends to drink too much? Make sure one of your more reliable (or sober) groomsmen keeps him from flirting with your fiancee’s mom at the rehearsal dinner. Your guys don’t have to be saints, but they will have responsibilities, and it’s your job to make sure they know what they are. Get sentimental. The day of your wedding, send her a gift, flowers or a sweet note to read while she’s getting ready. Or, at the reception, pull the videographer aside and tape a special message to her. She’ll see it later and she’ll love you all the more. –Kathy Hogan Van Mullekom

Be a buffer. Take responsibility for communicating with your family so that you can filter out petty worries from legitimate concerns.

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Family Designs Leyla Suzanne Akdogan marries Sean Hoffman Date July 26, 2014 in Santa Barbara, CA

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Leyla’s parents, Reggie & Lisa Akdogan, own The Precious Gem. Reggie designed very special rings for both his daughter and new son-in-law.

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Travis Johnson Date August 23, 2014 Ashley’s mother, Alice Cooke, owns CakeAlicious and she created the couple’s beautiful wedding cake.

Rachel Marie Feliciano-Arce marries William Curtis Evans Date July 12, 2014 at The Vintager Inn Bill is the son of Ellen Evans, owner of Williamsburg Bridal & Formal, and she styled the entire bridal party. Photo by Cori Tobler

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Sarah Seashols marries Dennis Williams, Jr. Date August 30, 2014

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Sarah is the daughter of Arlene Aitken-Williams. Arlene owns Morrison’s Flowers & Gifts and she and her team created all of the gorgeous floral arrangements for the wedding.

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W ddi cakes Wedding k are trending di bbackk to softer f ddesigns i andd pastell colors, l according to Charlie Little of Cakes by Charlie. “Lots of cakes now incorporate more than one pattern, as well as different heights in tiers such as a rose vine and dotted Swiss patterns,” he says. “The use of live florals on a cake is having resurgence, too. Cupcakes are still as popular with my business as they have ever been. Lots of times, cupcakes are added to a reception when there are a number of children. This gives an alternative.”

CAKEALICIOUS Alice Cooke, owner Speciality: Wedding cakes Coming soon: Gelato 2015 trend: Lace, textures, metallics We’re unique: We personalize our cakes to reflect

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CAKES BY CHARLIE Charlie Little, owner Specialty: Wedding cakes, as well as birthday and special occasion cakes. Coming soon: Selections of Sweet Bites for your events, or little two-bite desserts and sweets. Brad Howe Photography 2015 trend: Cakes are trending back to softer designs and pastel colors. 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

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to the end to insure 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; mailing address Charlie Little, P.O.Box 763, West Point, Va. 23181 804-785-2217 or 757-784-1743 • Facebook @ Wedding Cakes by Charlie

special cake for your special day to match your style, made from the finest ingredients. Professionally Baking for the Greater Williamsburg Area for Over 31 Years.

CAKES BY TAWANDA Tawanda Hammond, owner Specialty: Unique custom designer cakes Coming soon: Bride-to-be complementary wedding cake seminar Jan. 11 (snow date Jan. 25). Gotta have: 3-D sculpted cakes. 2015 trend: “Naked wedding cakes” that bring a touch of nature to your event with their natural look, as well as refreshing sugared fruits. We’re unique: We work within every bride’s budget because our philosophy is: Every bride should have a beautiful wedding cakes no matter what her budget may be. 1408 Richmond Rd. Suite B (beside IHOP), Williamsburg 757-345-2440 •

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Creating unique designer wedding cakes for over 25 years

EXTRAORDINARY CUPCAKES Dyana Steely, owner Specialty: Cupcakes and cakes, cake truffles. Coming soon: Cheesecakes. Gotta have: Cupcakes that are more than pretty, because they are rich, moist and “Extraordinary!” Brad Howe Photography 2015 trend: People are more than ever interested in all-natural and local products. We use all highest quality ingredients and all local, organic fruit in all of our cupcakes (with the one exception of the “red” in our “Remarkable Red Velvet Cupcakes”). We’re unique: We provide our customers with the freshest quality cupcake available in three sizes. Our customer service is the best in town. We offer a variety of display choices. 1220 Richmond Road, Williamsburg 757-645-2122 •

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Professionally Licensed & Insured since 1995 Williamsburg’s 1st custom cake shop

Cakes By Tawanda 1408 Richmond Rd (Beside IHOP), Williamsburg, VA 757-345-2440 • Tues.-Fri. 11-6 • Sat. 11-2 • Sat. & Sun. By appointment Photography by Ken Thompson

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Janis L. Dixon marries Brian A. Pristera Date May 17, 2014 Photographer Alexander Kravets of Alexander’s Photography Makeup European Beauty Concepts Cake Extraordinary Cupcakes Accommodations The DoubleTree by Hilton, Williamsburg

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Stevie Stephenson and Bret Ballard from Virginia Beach, VA

Cassandra Morgan and Justin Helbig from Mathews, VA


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Caley Elizabeth Pinto marries Ronald Anthony Campana, Jr. June 14, 2014 Ceremony & reception: Inn at Warner Hall Rehearsal Dinner: Inn at Warner Hall Bridal Luncheon: Opus 9 Steakhouse Photographer: Brad Howe Photography Music: Terry Bonilla from Colonial DJs Bride’s gown: Stella York from The Inspired Bride Bridesmaids dresses: Bill Levkoff from The Inspired Bride Groom & Groomsmen Tuxes: The Inspired Bride Cupcakes for Guests: Extraordinary Cupcake Honeymoon: Costa Rica at Arenal Nayara Hotel and Gardens and The Westin Golf Resort and Spa at Playa Conchal. Dating days: The Pinto and Campana families met almost 25 years ago when the Pintos moved from Iowa to Williamsburg to start their chiropractic business. Caley’s dad, Bob, joined Kiwanis where he met Ron’s grandfather, Vince, and the families instantly hit it off after the Pintos started going to the famous Campana family Sunday dinners. Over the years, the families stayed in touch but businesses and families made time together difficult. All about them: Caley graduated from Lafayette High School and then Clemson University with a B.S. in marketing; she’s director of marketing for Pinto Chiropractic & Rehabilitation. Ron graduated from Lafayette High School and then Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.S. in criminal justice; he’s an associate broker at Campana Waltz Real Estate LLC. The proposal: A dream that woke Ron in the wee hours of the morning told him how to propose to Caley – re-create their first date. But that wasn’t going to be exactly easy since the Green Leafe was no longer in business. Having already done the proper thing by asking for Caley’s parents for their daughter’s hand in marriage, Ron was determined to do the proposal the way he dreamed it. He got permission to use the Green Leafe for the proposal, and then suggested he and Caley visit the restaurant for old time’s sake. When they walked in, their table was set with a bottle of wine her parents had given him for Christmas and her favorite song playing – Michael Buble’s “Everything.” Popping the question was the easy part. Photos by Brad Howe Photography

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Floral Finery What are the most romantic flowers for your wedding? They are the ones grown locally and freshly harvested by flower farmers and available to your florist, according to local flower farmer Lisa Ziegler, who supplies area florists with thousands of cut stems. “Sweet peas, peonies, hydrangeas and ranunculus to name just a few,” she says. “Locally grown flowers are not only fresher, more fragrant and last longer-- they come with the story of being grown on a nearby farm.” When working with your florist, give them as much information as possible, such as colors, visuals, themes, and budget, advises Arlene Aitken-Williams of Morrison’s Flowers & Gifts in Williamsburg. “A good florist will use their expertise to suggest ways to create your vision while maximizing your budget.

“For large pieces, a prototype should be prepared ahead of time so that there are no surprises. Merging their experience with your vision provides the best of both worlds and, hopefully, results in your dream wedding.”

MORRISON’S FLOWERS & GIFTS Arlene Aitken-Williams, owner Specialty: Fresh flowers for events and all seasons. Coming soon: An event specialist to help coordinate full range of services. Gotta have: Our advice for making the most out of flower dollars, and upcoming trends for the Southern traditional home. Lauren Simmons Photography 2015 trend: Return to luxury in fresh flowers, with hues in the “rose gold” -- rings, containers, wedding colors, and jewelry accessories. We’re unique: We provide not only fresh flowers for all occasions, but an extensive gift line of candles, wreaths, bags, jewelry and more. 1303 Jamestown Road, Suite 129, Williamsburg (757) 220-1242 •

THE FLOWER CUPBOARD Cathy Nester, owner Specialty: Custom-design weddings. Coming soon: Vintage rental items for weddings. 2015 trends: Personalized weddings, glamorous weddings, themed weddings, fun colors. We’re unique: We provide flowers, rental Brad Howe Photography items, plants and planning. 205 N. Boundary St., Williamsburg 757-220-0057 •


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all because two people fell in love…

Jeff and Page Kremp, owners Specialty: Creatively designed floral arrangements. Coming soon: Always adding helpful items to our inventory – linens, containers, etc. Gotta have: Breathtakingly beautiful floral arrangements, gift baskets and plants. 2015 trends: Muted, calming tones and lots of SPARKLES We’re unique: Our creativity speaks for itself -- and is immediately recognizable. 300 Ed Wright Lane, Suite E, Newport News 757-827-JEFF (5333) –Kathy Hogan Van Mullekom

Williamsburg’s Premier Source of Wedding Floral Design and Full Service Wedding Planning. Our staff of designers and planners represent the most experienced wedding and events team in the greater Williamsburg region.

The Flower Cupboard 205 North Boundary • 757-220-0057 email • Photos by Brad Howe Photography

Photos by Audrey Rose Photography

Crystal Trace Drew Hayes marries

Date August 2, 2014 • Venue The Vintager Inn Flowers Jeff’s Flowers Of Course

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Capture the moments You can never start too early looking for a photographer who can capture special moment of your dream wedding day.

because the regulations are constantly changing – and realize that option is weather dependent.

If possible, start one year ahead from the wedding date for booking your photographer, advises Daily Press photographer Joe Fudge.

“The best money you can spend is to see if you can get two shooters who work together to capture your wedding – very little is missed that way,” he says.

At the wedding, put one person in charge who knows the families to help your photographer find the important loved ones for pictures during the event, he says.

“The photos last forever – the dress, one day.”

Also, guests at weddings love photo booths and those images can be posted on Facebook for everyone to see. If you consider a drone to shoot aerials of your wedding, check the latest FAA rules and laws

ALEXANDER’S PHOTOGRAPHY Alexander Kravets, owner Specialty: Photographer. Coming soon: New style wedding album Gotta have: Custom wedding package 2015 trend: Contemporary style wedding book/album. We’re unique: For more than 20 years, we have provided joyful memories to couples in Williamsburg, Yorktown and the Greater Hampton Roads area. Let us help commemorate your special day in a unique way. 323 A-4 Water Street, Yorktown 757-898-0632 •

BRAD HOWE PHOTOGRAPHY Brad Howe, owner Specialty: Timeless wedding photography. Gotta have: After the wedding is over, the photographs are all you have left. 2015 trends: Authentic wedding photographs that are genuine, real and spontaneous. We’re unique: We are everywhere and nowhere at the same time. Williamsburg, Va. 757-373-1373 •


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–Kathy Hogan Van Mullekom

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We used Milestone Cinema!

MILESTONE CINEMA Eric Pesola, owner Specialty: Wedding movies Gotta have: Our expertise in listening and finding out anything and everything from a couple excited to talk about their plans for their day. 2015 trends: More video. Video used to be the last thing a bride would think of and only if she had extra money to pay for a professional, but as equipment has improved and cinematic techniques have become more prominent, the wedding “movie” is becoming a must-have for a wedding. If a single picture is worth a thousand words, there are 29 “pictures” that go into one second of a wedding film. Those are a lot of words! We’re unique: We understand what makes each wedding special. From the Wren Chapel to venues from Charlottesville to Virginia Beach, we have been creating cinematic tributes to weddings since 2004. PO Box 5, Lanexa VA 23089 757-968-1942 •

Kaci and Gerrard married in Richmond

Erin and Randall, married in Gloucester

Ashley and Du, married in Virginia Beach


Photos by Jeremiah Skinner Creative

Photos by April Griffin

Nola Miller Michael Strosnider marries

Date June 14, 2014 • Venue Colonial Heritage Event Coordinator Victoria Dean, Colonial Heritage Groom’s Tux & Shoes The Inspired Bride Groomsmen Tuxes The Inspired Bride Rings The Precious Gem

Lauren Alexis Konstant marries Matthew Robert Caparrelli Date May 17, 2014 • Ceremony St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church Reception Williamsburg Hellenic Center Wedding Night Accommodations Williamsburg Winery Wedmore Place

Happily Ever After Photos by Laura Gordon Photography

Kingsmill Jewelers your destination for custom & handmade bridal and engagement jewelry 5223 Monticello Avenue, Suite A, Williamsburg

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Janine Lacerda Vanzetta marries Dr. Christopher John Burke Date August 3, 2014 • Flowers The Flower Cupboard Mother of the Bride dress Williamsburg Bridal & Formal Jewelry Kingsmill Jeweler Favors Donations to the Alzheimer’s Association & MS Society

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It’s all in the details

You’ve got the guy, got the gown and got the place and date.

Now, you’ve got to nail down some of the details that make the day even more special -- and here are some local businesses that can do just that.

BOYER’S DIAMONDS & FINE JEWELRY David Cohen, owner Specialty: Large selection of diamonds and bridal jewelry, as well as custom work. Coming soon: Sylvie bridal pieces ( and Nina Nguyen designs. Gotta have: Diamonds, Pandora and exceptional repair work. 2015 trends: Natural cut gemstones, pearls and yellow and rose gold. We’re unique: Owner David Cohen travels to Israel, his native country, several times a year to hand select diamonds for Boyer’s. 6564 Richmond Road, Williamsburg • 757-565-0747 •

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Kelly Coronel, owner Specialty: Designed for the Do-It-Yourself Bride. A wedding planning service with a wealth of information on area preferred vendors. A onehour consultation with Kelly Coronel, also owner of Inspired Events by Kelly, is available complimentary to all brides. Coming soon: The Bridal Dish Williamsburg, Richmond & Charlottesville will be available to meet at upcoming area wedding shows throughout 2015, in Williamsburg, Richmond & Charlottesville. Check our website for details. Gotta have: An up-to-date understanding of what is available to all area brides from the preferred area vendors of The Bridal Dish Williamsburg, Richmond & Charlottesville. 2015 trend: Some of the 2015 Pantene Colors “Marsala”, Aquamarine, Lucite Green, Toasted Almond, Lavender Herb and Strawberry Ice are a few of the colors. Trends for venues: Vintage, Woodland, Museum & Day weddings. We’re unique: Kelly is LBGT certified through the Gay Wedding Institute. She has years of experience and a wealth of information to share from the area’s preferred vendors. Where else can you get an hour of free Bridal


Consultation for Free! 5560 Foundation St., Williamsburg (inside The Inspired Bride) 757-291-5369 • • Facebook @ The Bridal Dish Williamsburg

COLONIAL DJs Jeff Bristow, owner Specialty: Event entertainment, décor lighting and photo booth. Gotta have: 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. 2015 trend: Unique venues. We’re 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. 312 C Old York Hampton Hwy., Yorktown • 757-865-0020 Facebook @ Colonial DJs


Brad Howe Photography

Annette Ritzmann, Bar Palmer and Evelyn Summers, owners Specialty: Wedding parties, precision haircuts, coloring, body treatments Coming soon: Kerasilk straightening system

Gotta have: Our salon’s warm, inviting and professional atmosphere. 2015 trends: Vintage, various soft braids, bohemian headbands, romantic “lived in hair” styles. We’re unique: Voted among Top 20 salons in United States by Salon Today. 5590 Foundation Street, Williamsburg, VA 23188 757-229-2440 •

INSPIRED EVENTS BY KELLY Kelly Coronel, owner Specialty: Full-service event planner for 20+ years – especially planning, scheduling and coordinating all aspects of weddings to include event design. Coming soon: Pastels, nature neutrals allow our couples to drawback for daydreams of similar and calmer times. Memories of retro delights as well as magical landscapes of tropical create fun and warmth for all your wedding guests. Gotta have: A Wedding planner! A planner helps reduce stress of overall planning and assists with negotiations to stay within your budget. LBGT certified through the Gay Wedding Institute. 2015 trends: Some of the 2015 Pantene Colors “Marsala”, Aquamarine, Lucite Green, Toasted Almond, Lavender Herb and Strawberry Ice are a few of the colors. Trends for venues: Vintage, Woodland, Museum & Day weddings. 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

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Pamper & Prepare You for Your Special Day 2014 Top 20 Salon in the U.S. HAIR NAILS HAIR REMOVAL FACIALS MAKE-UP MASSAGES WRAPS SPA PACKAGES

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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 @ inspired-events-by-kelly

KINGSMILL JEWELERS Nick and Joanne Korkmaz, owners Specialty: Custom fine jewelry. Gotta have: Wedding rings, including custom designs. 5223 Monticello Ave., Suite A, Williamsburg • 757-220-1781

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LENOX OUTLET STORE Lenox Corporation, owner Specialty: Tabletop and gifts. New now: Bridal registry. Gotta have: China, crystal, flatware, cookware, collectables and gifts – all under one roof. 2015 trends: Casualization -- brides are choosing casual patterns like French Perle, Westmore and Darius Gold. Gold and blues are big. We’re unique: We carry a large assortment of Lenox, Dansk and Gorham, plus designer brands like Kathy Ireland Home for Gorham, DKNY, Marchesa, plus others. At the Lenox Outlet, you save up to 75 percent off suggested retail price -- and most items are in stock and ready to take home today.

Serving Greater Williamsburg & the Peninsula since 2006

We are pleased to offer a range of wedding transportation services Our vehicles range from luxury sedans, SUV’s, vans, shuttles and mini buses Experienced professional chauffeurs

Our Mission is Simple

Safety ◆ Service ◆ Satisfaction 479 McLaws Cir. Suite 5, Williamsburg, VA 23185 757.564.5466 •

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Patriot Plaza, 3032-2 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, VA 757-565-0800 •

LIZ DALEY EVENTS Liz Daley, owner Specialty: Wedding entertainment. Coming soon: Lighting design. Gotta have: A wedding reception that is entertaining and fun and very uniquely representative of the couple. 2015 trend: More color. More fun. Less tradition. Less formal. I’m unique: I’m different because I truly work with my couples to make their day amazing on multiple levels: from planning and brainstorming unique ideas, to making sure that life-long memories are made and that everyone has a fantastic time! Weddings are expensive, and it is my belief that every family, every bride and groom, and every guest deserves to enjoy every moment of the experience. Weddings are my passion -- I love what I do and love sharing my time and talent with amazing couples and their families. 9077 Marmont Lane, Williamsburg 757-566-4530 •

MARROW TRANSPORTATION Cecil Marrow, owner Specialty: Since 2006, Marrow Transportation has been the wedding specialist of choice in the Greater Williamsburg area. Offering services that range from wine tours,

rehearsal dinners, airport transfers, guest shuttles, and wedding day transportation, our staff is trained to anticipate your every need and assist you with your planning process. Gotta have: We are proud to offer late model luxury sedans, SUV’s, vans, shuttles, and mini buses to all of our clients. We’re unique: As transportation specialists in the Greater Williamsburg area our experienced professional chauffeurs provide exemplary service to all of our brides on their very special day. Multi vehicle itineraries are our specialty. 479 McLaws Circle, Suite 5, Williamsburg 757-564-5466 •

MASTER CRAFTSMEN SHOP Holly Shields, owner Specialty: Traditional-designed silver jewelry and pewter ware. Coming soon: Always adding new items. Gotta have: An engraved pendant or bracelet – the perfect classic “stand by” in a jewelry box. 2015 trend: Not trendy -- traditional since 1982. We’re unique: We make our own silver bracelets in the shop and have our own line of pewter ware and ornaments. We engrave both with machine and by hand. 221 North Boundary St., Williamsburg 757-253-2993 • Facebook@Master Craftsmen Shop

Circles of Love.

Celebrate your marriage with a Precious Gem diamond ring. Reggie selects each and every extraordinary stone. Call for your complimentary consult.

Merchants Square, Williamsburg • 757-220-1115 La Promenade, Virginia Beach • 757-428-1117 • Like us on Facebook


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NEW TOWN DENTAL ARTS Dr. Sebastiana G. Springmann, owner; DDS (doctor in dental surgery); FAGD (Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry, an organization of peers that recognizes dentists for continuing dental education). Specialty: General dentistry. Coming soon: Gentle, affordable, contemporary dental care. Gotta have: Zoom Whitening, Invisalign braces and cosmetics. We’re unique: We personalize our care to your needs. 4939 Courthouse St., Williamsburg • 757-259-0741


Shane’s Salon & Day Spa

Photos by David Schwartz Photography

Melissa and Aaron Jones, Jackie Sunderland, owners Specialty: Invitations, personalized stationery, save-thedates, place cards and programs, etc. Coming soon: New Vera Wang Wedding Album and hope to add a couple new exciting lines soon. Gotta have: An invitation that sets the tone for the big day and fits your style and budget. 2015 trends: Letterpress, foil, engraving -- shop local, shop small. We’re unique: Our expertise and customer service meets all your expectations. 4309 New Town Avenue, Williamsburg • 757-561-0231 •

• Salon Services • Full Service Spa • Special Packages for your Wedding Day

101 York Crossing Road • Yorktown, VA 23692 Phone: (757) 898-1299 •

Spa/Salon Hours: Monday: By Appointment Tuesday thru Friday: 9:00am - 7:00pm Saturday: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Events by Kelly provides event design, Idaynspired event & wedding planning, management and of coordination for all your special occasions. Whether your event is a fun theme party, corporate award gala to an elegant wedding reception, we will design and produce the magical moment for you and your guests. We believe that successful events are built on relationships. Relationships begin with the initial consultation and from there we provide a detail proposal of your event. Custom proposals are what we believe is the perfect fit for our clients, therefore, all proposals are based on individual clients needs and dreams. We turn dreams into reality and then reality into magical moments that become lasting memories.

If you are you looking for a detailed and organized event designer and or planner, call us today. ✥ 757.291.5369

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TTHE PRECIOUS GEM Reggie and Lisa Akdogan, owners Specialty: One-of-a-kind handcrafted jewelry Coming soon: Men’s wedding bands in titanium and tungsten Gotta have: Custom design diamond wedding rings by Reggie 2015 trend: Sapphire or ruby accents on your engagement ring We’re unique: Our selection of fine diamonds and colored gemstones Is renowned, as are Reggie’s custom designs. Call for your complimentary consultation. We want to be your jeweler for life. 423 West Duke of Gloucester St., Merchants Square, Williamsburg, Also in Virginia Beach • 757-220-1115 • Like us on Facebook

SHANE’S SALON & DAY SPA • Bride & Bridesmaids Gifts • • Groom & Groomsmen Gifts • • Wedding Gifts • Engravable • • Locally Crafted • 221 N. Boundary Street ,Williamsburg MON – SAT • 10AM–5:30PM 757.253.2993 toll free 800.866.7458

Shirlane Hogge, owner Specialty: Winner of Coastal Virginia Magazine best haircare for women, color placement, up-dos, braiding -- full-service salon/spa. Coming soon: Younique Cosmetics Nature Based. Gotta have: Professional make-up artist on/off site. 2015 trend: Eyelashes. We’re unique: We can accommodate a large bridal party with eight professional bridal specialists on or off site. 101 York Crossing Road, Yorktown • 757-898-1299 –Kathy Hogan Van Mullekom


Let us be your first stop to inspire you on your wedding journey! Photo courtesy of Kelly J. Mihalcoe Photographer LLC

Located inside The Inspired Bride 5560 Foundation Street, Williamsburg,VA 23188

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Alison Elizabe th Jacobs marries Evan Moog June 28, 2014 Ceremony Williamsburg Community Chapel Reception Fords Colony Country Club’s Garden Pavilion Music Liz Daley Special jewelry Classic monogrammed bracelet from the Master Craftsman in Colonial Williamsburg –a gift from Evan in high school. Mothers’ gowns The Inspired Bride Flowers Morrison’s Flowers Beauty treatments European Beauty Concepts Honeymoon Grand Mayan in Playa Del Carmen Mexico Dating days Alison and Evan were high school sweethearts after meeting on their first day, in their first class, at Jamestown High School. All about them Alison was born and raised in Williamsburg, while Evan was born in St. Louis but moved to Williamsburg in elementary school. Evan received a degree in finance with a minor in leadership from Christopher Newport University, where he also played football. He works for Davenport and Co. in Richmond. Alison studied nursing at James Madison University, and soon finishes a nursing internship at St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond. The proposal They were engaged their junior years of college. Alison’s roommate told her they were going to take her out to a nice dinner for getting accepted to JMU’s very competitive nursing school. They blindfolded her and then drove about 30 minutes away. Still blindfolded, she was walked down the street and left there. When she removed the blindfold, Evan was standing there. On a Skyline Drive overlook with the sun setting, he proposed and she said yes. Pre-wedding festivities Pampered Chef party, honeymoon-themed shower at Bluestone Winery and mother/daughter shower at home of a family friend. Special day touches Centerpieces and décor incorporated buttons because Alison has collected buttons since she was 5 years old. She also made 20 table centerpieces, using blue Mason jars, raffia, lace and burlap. Instead of a traditional cake, they served their favorite desserts -- strawberry shortcake, mini pecan pies and chocolate torte.

Photos by Lauren Simmons Photography

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Second time around:

Ideas for remarrying Remarrying and wondering how to do it right? Go by what feels best and comfortable to you. Announcing the engagement. If either of you have children, they should be the first to know, because your remarriage will affect their lives the most. Then, tell your parents and immediate family. Ex-spouses should hear the news if you have children together. Then fill in your friends and other relatives. If you are recently widowed or divorced, you may not want to do a newspaper announcement right now -instead, wait and announce the marriage yourself. Are engagement parties appropriate? Definitely, although this time the couple might throw a laid-back cocktail party or dinner in their home or in a bar or restaurant, as opposed to the bride’s and/or groom’s parents hosting a soiree. Registering for gifts. It’s okay to register for gifts – or not register. If you have enough traditional stuff, you can sign on at alternative registries for wine, books, trips or even a mortgage. Having showers. Again, you may not need all the home stuff that many first-time brides receive at showers but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a get-together with your closest female friends and relatives -- or a couples shower for both of you. Showers with a special theme – cookbooks, travel or gourmet foods are fun. Wearing white. Wear what you want – pure white or an off-shade like ivory, ecru or cream, or something with a hint of color. It’s your wedding and your big day. Donning a veil. Unlike the dress, the bridal veil still does symbolize purity and being “untouched” -- probably because brides used to wear veiling so that the groom would not see them at all before the wedding. Generally, it’s still only appropriate for first-time brides to wear them. But if you really want to wear one -- perhaps you didn’t have one the first time -- it won’t be a travesty. Choosing attendants. You each need a witness to sign your marriage license -- generally that’s the maid of honor and best man -- but any two adults can do that for you. Remarrying couples usually don’t have as many attendants as some first-timers do (the line of 8 identical maids in a row may be out of place here), but that doesn’t mean you can’t have your closest friends, children, siblings or even your parents at your side.

decide to walk alone down the aisle, symbolizing the fact that she’s walking into this marriage as an independent woman. Some remarrying couples decide to walk down the aisle together, which can be a nice touch. Sizing the wedding. You may find that a more low-key, intimate affair better fits your personality these days. If you didn’t have a huge first wedding -- or you eloped or did the city-hall thing -- don’t be afraid to have a huge bash now. If you both want a big, formal wedding, go for it. Wording invitations. Your parents may have paid for much of your first wedding, or even if they didn’t, they may have served as the hosts of the party, and their names may have been listed on the invitations in the traditional way. Second-time invites can be worded traditionally as well, but this time, you and your spouse-to-be may want to host your own wedding, especially if you’re paying for it. Certainly, you can include a line on your invites to honor your parents If the bride still goes by her first married name, it’s appropriate to use that name on this invitation, especially because some (or many) guests may know her by that name. Including kids. A remarrying bride might have her son escort her down the aisle or ask her daughter to be her honor attendant; a second-time groom might choose his son as best man. Or, consider having a special family moment right after you exchange your vows. Gather your children around you and have your officiant offer a blessing. Some couples even have family vows -- new stepparents promise to love and take care of their new stepchildren. You might choose to give your kids a special wedding gift, as well, during the ceremony or at some other time on wedding day. The idea is to make them feel a part of this important event. Be sure the kids are comfortable with their role. Talk to your kids and try to gauge their feelings -- and respect exactly how much they want to be included. –Kathy Hogan Van Mullekom Source: The Knot at

Escorting the bride. If the bride’s father escorted her in her first wedding, one or both of them may feel uncomfortable reprising it. But it’s not inappropriate for Dad to walk her once again. Or, the bride may 44

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Wedding registry 101 Guests love the ease and simplicity of a gift registry. Here are some helpful pointers to help you get started on creating a good wedding registry: Meet with a consultant. These trained professionals are on site to assist and discuss everything you want and need. Look for special programs. Some stores offer special funds that allow guests to contribute any amount to the ultimate gift card, so the bride and groom can later choose exactly what they want. Others offer free gift wrap for gift-givers, and allow you to purchase remaining items at a discount after your wedding. Start early. Most couples like to register four to six months before their wedding date, which allows more time for choosing items, planning for showers and meeting other deadlines. Register together. Whether it’s in-store, online or both – make a day of it and have fun selecting all the things that will be part of your new life together. Choose different price points. Guests appreciate a varied list that has many gift options to fit their personal budget.

Create a registry that reflects you. If you’re a laid-back, easygoing couple, consider registering for a more casual dinnerware pattern that you can use every day, then mix in some fancy pieces to use for those special occasions. Select your settings. A five-piece setting serves one person and includes a dinner plate, salad plate, bread and butter plate, tea cup and saucer. If you want to serve eight guests, register for eight five-piece settings. Factor in some extras. When registering for drink ware, register for a few extras in each glass size in case some break down the road. Cash is OK. If you are a couple with all the household items you already need, consider requesting monetary gifts toward a honeymoon, new home or favorite charity. Learn more about these options at www. and –Kathy Hogan Van Mullekom Sources: Macy’s at and Dillard’s at www.dillards. com/registry

Maria Ziglar marries Philip Brewer Date June 6, 2014 Venue Mariners’ Museum Bridal Gown & Bridesmaids Dresses The Inspired Bride

Photos by Dragon Studio

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Jessica Dawn Moo re marries Tristan Scott Aiken November 1, 2014

Ceremony & Reception Colonial Heritage Custom Modified Bridal Gown, Veil & Bridesmaids Dresses Williamsburg Bridal & Formal Grooms & Groomsmen Tuxes Williamsburg Bridal & Formal Mother of the Bride Dress Williamsburg Bridal & Formal Photographer Brad Howe Photography Cupcakes and Wedding Cake Extraordinary Cupcakes Dating days Tristan and Jess met during high school and even though she talked his ear off on their first date, they dated throughout high school and college. There was a short break, but quickly got back together and after nine years of dating a web-site inquiry arrived with a proposal. All about them Tristan is from Williamsburg and went to Bruton then James Madison. Jess is from Toano, went to Lafayette and also James Madison. Jess works at the College of William & Mary, in University Events, as an Assistant Director of University Events. Tristan is a Senior Fire Fighter with the Williamsburg Fire Department. He is also an Assistant Chief with the James City Bruton Volunteer Fire Department. Together they co-own Wedding Co. of Williamsburg, LLC. Special day touches Jess’ dress was a combination of a newly purchased dress redesigned to incorporate portions of her mother’s bridal dress.

Photos by Brad Howe Photography


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For a

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Don’t simply limit yourself to a ballroom when you can have your fantasy wedding in the space of your dreams.

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From grand and elaborate to casual and comfortable, The Settlement at Powhatan Creek’s spacious clubhouse has both indoor and outdoor spaces for the wedding, reception or rehearsal dinner of your dreams. Why be confined to one area when there are many beautiful, fully decorated areas available for rent including a ballroom, catering kitchen, atrium and gallery, arts and crafts/meeting rooms, a game room with a stone fireplace and an outdoor pool area? Our award winning clubhouse is both elegant and affordable. Onsite tables and chairs are included at no extra cost. Get the exact type of food you want by bringing in your own caterer. An onsite host is present to make sure your event is the one of your dreams. Make your first memory together an unforgettable one at The Settlement.

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Bridal Guide 2015, Virginia Gazette  
Bridal Guide 2015, Virginia Gazette