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Bridal Planner 2013

A product of The Virginia Gazette

Leah Kraus Photography


Congratulations! ..................................4 Receptions, Accommodations, Catering/ Rental Opportunities...........................14 Bridal and Wedding Party Attire.........24 Pinterest: the New Way to Plan a Wedding..............................................27 The Power of the Flower....................30 Great Honeymoon Getaways.............38 Wedding Profiles Alex Wilson marries Mark Chuckney...12 Linsey Joyner marries Greg Carter.......22 Randa Showah marries Rob Symuleski...28 Michelle Simmons marries Sam Wallace..34 A Bridal Pictorial....................................32

Cover photography by Mike Cunneen Helen’s Place Photography

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Advertisers Accommodations Great Wolf Lodge.....................................2 Kingsmill Resort....................................36 Williamsburg Hospitality House............15 Apparel & Accessories Blush Bridal............................................26 The Inspired Bride.................................20 Ocean Palm............................................11 Williamsburg Bridal and Formal............25 Cakes CakeAlicious............................................7 Wedding Cakes by Charlie.....................10 Catering Doraldo Ristorante Italiano...................36 Opus 9 Steakhouse.................................17 William & Mary Catering...................... 19 Williamsburg Hospitality House............15 Flowers 1-800flowers Colonial.............................31 The Flower Cupboard..............................8 Williamsburg Floral...............................30 Invitations, etc. Parlett’s Paper Expressions......................8 Jewelry & Gifts Johnstown Jewelers................................4 Master Craftsmen....................................6 The Precious Gem.................................10

Music Marian Harding, Harpist.........................9 Pampering Illusions by Marcus................................11 Posh Salon...............................................6 Williamsburg Smiles................................5 Photography Helen’s Place...........................................9 Leah Kraus Photography.......................26 Rental Grand Rental Station................................5 Travel AAA Travel.............................................37 Venue Colonial Heritage Clubhouse.................39 Doraldo Ristorante Italiano...................36 Great Wolf Lodge.....................................2 Historic Jamestowne.............................37 Jamestown Settlement..........................18 Kingsmill Resort....................................36 Legacy Hall............................................36 Mariner’s Museum.................................17 Opus 9 Steakhouse.................................17 Williamsburg Hospitality House............15 The Settlement at Powhatan Creek.......40 Two Rivers Country Club.......................27 The William & Mary Alumni House.....14 Williamsburg Hospitality House............15 Yorktown Victory Center.......................18 The Yorktown Schooners.......................16 3

Congratulations! He proposed. You accepted. You’re getting married! Now comes the exciting, but sometimes daunting, experience of planning the wedding. It can seem overwhelming – all of the decisions and details involved. Don’t panic. There are many valuable resources available to make the entire process a very organized and enjoyable one. Hiring a wedding planner is another option to consider.

How Organized and Creative Are You? Some brides know exactly what they want when it comes to their wedding, or they know where to go to find it. Are you the super organized, creative bride? Or maybe you describe yourself as super creative, but not very organized. Maybe you want someone else to help you plan your dream day, even if you’re not exactly sure what your vision is. For brides not wanting to face the task of planning alone, hiring a wedding planner might just be the perfect solution. According to The Knot (a must-use resource for the bride –, a wedding planner is well worth the money. In addition to coordinating everything from the ceremony location and reception venue to flowers and invitations, a professional wedding planner helps clients save money by preventing costly mistakes. They match clients with professionals and services that best meet their individual needs and

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that can provide the services they value most on their wedding day.They help ensure that the bride’s big day is stress-free and fabulous. The Flower Cupboard, Williamsburg’s Premier Source for Event Décor, Wedding Planning, and Gifts, is home to Shayna Walker, one of the area’s most trusted wedding specialists. This experienced, trained, professional wedding planner and her talented group of coordination experts offer complete wedding planning services from Wedding Day Management to fullscale event production. Bride Alexandra Chuckney raved about Shayna’s help the day Brad Howe Photography of her wedding, “She took care for The Flower Cupboard of everything from reception room layout and setup, flowers, band set-up, and food management. She also had a great way of making sure everyone was where they needed to be at the right time. She was wonderful!” A huge part of Shayna’s success is her belief that a wedding day is sacred. “We attend to every detail in our planning. We want to ensure that a bride’s day is as perfect and magical as possible,” says Shayna. With so many fabulous options for engaged couples, Shayna has full experience planning receptions, both large and more intimate, in banquet halls, outside, on historic properties, at a winery, at country clubs, and at the many other options available in Williamsburg and beyond. Regardless of the type of reception you are dreaming about, you can put your trust in Shayna to help you realize your dream. To reach Shayna Walker, visit, email at or call (757) 220.0057. Regardless of whether you hire a planner or do the planning yourself, there is one vitally important aspect that will guide every decision you make – the budget.

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The average couple today takes about eight to twelve months planning their big day. A lot can be done during that time, but there are definite starting points to help you get the ball rolling. The first suggestion is to determine a budget. It is on this that every decision will be based. Next, finalize your guest list. By accomplishing these two steps, you will be able to narrow down your choices for the reception venue. Each location is different, and the number of guests that can be accommodated at each will vary as well.

The Venue Many couples today choose a particular theme or style of wedding, which also helps determine their choice of venues. Beach, country, vintage, modern, and classic are just a few of

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the many options available. In article entitled “Receptions, Accommodations, Catering/Rental Opportunities” on page 14, there are resources listed to help you determine the ceremony and the reception locations. Also to be included in the budget are catering costs, the bar tab, cost of wedding favors, and much more. You will quickly appreciate the expenses incurred for your upcoming marriage. Once the reception location has been decided upon, now is a good time to begin researching invitations and other wedding stationery, florists, cake designers, photographers, musicians, wedding rings, and wedding attire.

Invitations and Wedding Stationery Since the invitation is your guests’ first peek at your wedding, make sure they accurately represent your chosen theme/style. Parlett’s Paper Expressions in New Town is the ultimate place to go when ordering invitations and other stationery items. Owner Jackie Sunderland and her sister, Sue Hill, both Williamsburg natives, have over 15 years of experiParlett’s ence in creating and designing beautiful invitations and stationery. Their unique designs have won over 20 awards and accolades from industry leaders and international shows.

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Jackie has one important suggestion for brides. She says to be sure you get to physically hold and see your invitation before ordering. On many occasions, Jackie has had to help brides “fix” invitations they bought online or at a different store. Either the card stock is not heavy enough, the ink not bright enough, the type not large enough, and the list continues. Jackie points out that by the time she is able to help the bride salvage her invitation, the bride often ends up paying more than if she had come to Parlett’s in the first place. Parlett’s personal service and attention and their invitation creations are what keep their clients coming back. So take the simple path and let Jackie and Sue take care of the stress involved with your wedding invitations and stationery. (www. phone: 757. 561.0231)

Wedding Jewelry Of much symbolism in a wedding is the wedding ring and bands. The Precious Gem in Merchants Square offers a brilliant display of fine, high-end jewelry created by designer and master jeweler, Reggie Akdogan. With over 30 years in business, Akdogan has been creating beautiful pieces for people all across the country and abroad. If you don’t see exactly what you are looking for, Akdogan will create it for you. He can ensure that you and your groom have precisely the stunning jewelry you desire for your wedding. (www.thepreciousgems. com phone: 757.220.1115) With over 30 years’ experience, John Showah is undoubtedly a recognized expert in Jewelry design and creation at

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The Photographer Another important part of your wedding will be the photographer. Chances are you will be photographed more on this one day than any other day in your life. So picking the right photographer is a big deal. Be sure to check on package deals, the different types of photo sessions offered, film v. digital, online galleries, and references. Helen’s Place is a popular choice of photographers for many brides. Helen and her professional, attentive staff capture both the beautiful, ceremonious moments of a wedding as well as the spontaneous ones, thus producing a gallery of photos to help the couple relive every second of their special Helen’s Place

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day. It is the customer service combined with a stunning finished product that keeps Helen’s Place in high demand. (www. phone: 757.229.1702) Leah Kraus Photography is another popular choice for brides. Leah’s passion for capturing beauty, dimension, and the overall feeling and atmosphere of each bride’s special day is obvious in her work. For Leah, “Nothing can replace portraying life’s precious moments, especially a woman’s wedding day.” Leah looks at each event as a modern art that tells a story. “I enjoy recording the uniqueness of each couple’s story and their personal style,” says Leah. Kraus takes pride in adding an authentic dimension to her work in order to portray a fresh perspective. “I love my work and experience with each couple. I strive to give them what they want and a whole lot more.” ( phone 804.475.8136)

Wedding Attire One of the most anticipated features of a wedding is obviously, the wedding gown. Brides across the Hampton Roads and Richmond areas are lucky to have such bridal salons available to them to help them fulfill their dreams of the perfect wedding gown and designer. Some of the most renowned are Blush Bridal, Williamsburg Bridal and Formal, and The Inspired Bride. For more information on dressing the bride, bridesmaids, mothers, and flower girls, see the article, “Bridal and Wedding Party Attire” on page 24. For the groom, groomsmen, ushers, and fathers, tuxedos seem to be a constant on the wedding scene. Williamsburg

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Bridal and Formal has a large selection of stylish tuxedos and a large list of options that are sure to please the bride and groom. ( Phone: 757.229.5004) The Inspired Bride in New Town also features a fabulous selection of tuxedos and accessories and includes the rental of the latest wedding trend – men’s suits. (www.theinspiredbride. com phone: 757.345.0008)

The Cake(s) Wedding cakes today are creative and can represent the personalities of the bride and groom. With endless possibilities, how do you decide what you want? The first step is to figure out your style. If your wedding is beach-themed, see if your baker can create a cake decorated with sugar shells. Or if your wedding has a vintage feel to it, something with lace and roses might be a good choice. Grooms’ cakes have become very popular as well. Many brides like to surprise their new husbands with his favorite flavor of cake or a special style of cake that is completely different than the larger wedding cake. One bride had her baker design a cowboy boot cake for her new husband. If you have not yet researched cakes, don’t let the sticker price shock you. A slice of cake usually starts at $1.50 a slice and can go up to $25.00 or more. Obviously, the more complicated the cake, the more you’ll pay. When looking for the perfect cake, be certain that it will taste as good as it looks. Ask your baker to let you sample the

flavors and types of cakes you are interested in. There are so many delicious combinations available today, don’t hesitate to try it them all. And above all else, don’t forget to eat a piece at your wedding. Just because brides in our area voted Charlie The Knot Best of Weddings 2011 Pick doesn’t mean he has recently become known as an incredible cake designer and baker. Charlie, of Wedding Cakes by Charlie, has been delighting his clients with delicious, wonderfully creative, beautiful cakes for over 30 years. One glimpse of his masterpieces on his website ( will have you intrigued. And each of Charlie’s customers faces the same tough decisions: which flavor of cake – chocolate, vanilla, lemon, coconut-pecan crème cake, and more – should I choose? Next, the filling flavors must be decided upon. Again, how can you choose between chocolate, mint, vanilla, hazelnut, mocha, raspberry, browned butter, and others? ( phone: 804.785.2217) Alice Cooke of CakeAlicious has been in high demand by brides all over the area for many years. She began baking cakes in 1988, and over the years, she has learned from famous master bakers, always incorporating new techniques into her creations. Alice’s clients rave about her beautifully designed and wonderfully delicious works of art (to see them, visit Recently opened is Cooke’s “CakeAlicious Design Studio”. Here customers will find a tempting display of cupcakes and other sweet treats available on a daily basis. Also for sale are cake toppers, sugar flowers, 5906 George Washington Mem. Hwy, Ste. I Yorktown,VA • 757-234-4300

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The Wedding License In the city of Williamsburg, marriage licenses are issued by the Clerk of the Circuit Court, located in the Courthouse, First Floor, 5201 Monticello Avenue, Suite 6. There is a fee of $30.00 cash. Both parties must appear before the Clerk to obtain a license. The bride and groom must each be 18 or older and proof of age is required with either a valid driver’s license with a picture, passport, or military identification. If the bride or groom is between 16 and 18, a parent must appear with identification and sign a special affidavit. If one parent has legal custody, you will need a certified copy of the court order and a certified copy of the applicant’s birth certificate that includes both parents’ names. For more information, go to,, or

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Music plays a very important role in a wedding. It’s the thing that people most often remember. Music makes a definitive statement about the couple’s style and their relationship with each other and with special friends and family members. So be sure to put adequate thought into this component of your wedding. Ceremony music is generally soft, sweet, and often spiritual. These songs are most often accompanied by some type of instrumentalist. Musicians playing an organ, piano, harp, trumpet, and guitar are popular for the vows portion of the wedding. Marian Hardingis a beautiful choice when a couple chooses a harpist. One of the founders of the Williamsburg Symphonia in 1984, Harding is a highly regarded musician in the Hampton Roads area. (Marian Harding: 757.229.4439) Reception music is totally different, in most cases, than the music for the actual ceremony. Are you a bit of a rocker? Do you and your new husband love country songs? Are you more interested in the big band type of music? Or do you want all popular hits to keep everyone’s feet moving? Once you have decided on the type of music, you must decide whether a band or DJ will best accommodate your music desires. Often, budget will play a big role in the decisionmaking process. Another key factor is seeing and listening to your choices of DJs or bands. Notice their dress, the crowd’s

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problem. Many brides choose to have their teeth whitened so lip color can be the last thing on their mind. Dr. Monica Contract, D.M.D., of Williamsburg Smiles, , offers her clients a vast array of dental services, one of which is teeth whitening. She believes that this service gives patients a reason to smile. As a bride, you want to look your very best, both up close and in the many photographs that will be taken of you. Many grooms also take advantage of this service. After a thorough examination, Dr. Contract will be able to inform you about which whitening service is best for you – inoffice whitening or at-home whitening. Whichever you choose, you are sure to be confident and smiling on your special day. ( phone: 757.220.6727) Who doesn’t love a great massage or facial? The Spa at Kingsmill offers not only these services but also special wedding packages for the bride, bridesmaids, and anyone needing services from a professional, full-service salon. From hair and nails to massages and body wraps, The Spa can help relax, revitalize, and refresh any bride and her bridal party. A great massage is always a welcome gift for the groom, as well. ( phone: 757. 253.1703) Illusions Salon and Day Spa by Marcus is sure to be another bridal favorite. This popular salon offers wedding-day packages designed to bring entire wedding parties together. Hair and makeup done by their expert stylists will melt away any pre-wedding jitters. A bridal buffet is also included. For the bride wanting a little extra pampering, Illusions can provide hair and nail care, body treatments, facials, waxing, massage therapy, and other services. The salon is designed to take care of men’s, women’s, and children’s salon needs. ( phone: 757.253.7790) The mission of Posh Salon on Monticello Avenue is to give their clients an over-the-top hairstyling experience in a relaxing and friendly environment. Salon owner, Frieda Charron, has been in the cosmetic industry for over 40 years and is a Master Hair Designer and Colorist. It is no wonder that she and her staff have been a largely popular choice of brides since opening in 2009. (phone: 757.253.7674)

Wedding Favors A wedding favor is a great way to confirm to your family and friends that you appreciate their support on your wedding day. Whether crafty, artsy, edible, or traditional, there is a favor to fit your style. Choose everything from flip-flop bottle openers, personalized wine glasses, topiary photo holders, and luggage tags to hot sauce, cotton candy, and personalized chocolates. There is a wedding favor to fit every budget and style.

Arrive in Style Many newlywed couples often choose to stay with their wedding party on the way to the reception. This gives the group a little time to celebrate with the new bride and groom. One way to achieve this is to rent a long limousine, party bus, trolley, or other type of group transportation. No one can doubt there’s a party going on with a decked out limo or trolley. For more traditional couples wanting to celebrate their

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vows more privately, smaller vehicles are often an option. Riding to the reception in a stretch limo, carriage, vintage car, or on horseback can add extra meaning for the newlyweds.

Where Can I Rent…? Ever wonder where people find all of the items needed for a wedding? If you find yourself needing to rent something for your big day, call Grand Rental Station. Their professional staff has been helping brides with rental needs for thousands of events. They have everything you need to create an incredible, stress-free ceremony and reception. With one location in Williamsburg and another in Newport News, you won’t believe all of the interesting and necessary items you can rent - linens, china, dance floors, glassware, serving pieces, vases, candelabras, wedding arches, waiter trays, aisle runners, tents, cake stands, chandeliers, punch fountain, chocolate fountain, grills, chafing dishes, tents, canopies, fans, and even frozen drink mixes. Anything you might need or want and more can be found at Grand Rental Station. ( phone: 757.220.0003 Williamsburg; 757.595.8850 Newport News) Williamsburg Floral and The Flower Cupboard (see article entitled, “The Power of the Flower”) also have many wonderful items that can be rented as well. ( and ( ). --Kathy Zaun

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Alex Wilson marries

Mark Chuckney Date March 24, 2012 The Ceremony Williamsburg Community Chapel The Cake Wedding Cakes by Charlie The Florist The Flower Cupboard The Wedding Planner/Specialist Shayna Walker of The Flower Cupboard The Pampering The Spa at Kingsmill The Honeymoon Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

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Fun Facts Mark and Alex have known each other since they were three. They went to the same middle school, but separated in high school when Mark went to Lafayette and Alex went to Jamestown. They separated even further in college while Alex was at the University of Alabama and Mark attended rival Auburn. However, they did see each other on holidays and on occasional college visits with friends. While accompanying Mark on a mission trip to Nicaragua, the two developed a deeper relationship. After pursuing their own interests for about a year and keeping in touch through emails, the two were finally together in Williamsburg. After dating for three months, Mark proposed to Alex on a beautiful spot overlooking the James River. It was Christmas Eve. Mark gave his groomsmen monogrammed shirts to wear in the wedding. They also bought suits instead of renting tuxes, as the cost was about the same. Shayna Walker from the Flower Cupboard helped make Alex’s special day even more brilliant. Alex wore cowboy boots for the reception. Mark and Alex share a deep faith in God. Before their wedding they wanted to pray together but not see each other. So they held hands separated by a wall so that they would not see each other.

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Receptions, Accommodations, Catering/Rental Opportunities Regardless of where you say your vows and where the celebration is held after, location plays a very significant role in your wedding. You will make your selections based upon your religious affiliation or on your chosen theme/style or a combination of both. Couples in and around Williamsburg have the opportunity to take advantage of many unique ceremony and reception venues and accommodations. In addition to many churches, temples, clubs, banquet facilities, resorts, and restaurants, there are also many historic plantations, picturesque farm and water locations, bed and breakfast inns, museums, and even a schooner. So regardless of your theme/style, the Williamsburg area is sure to have the perfect location for your wedding. To help in your decision, go to and Here you will find a long list of churches in our area and other sites that can be used for entertaining venues and accommodations, such as The Hospitality House, The Country Club at Two Rivers, Kingsmill Resort, the William & Mary Alumni House, Colonial Heritage Clubhouse, Legacy Hall, Historic JamestownePreservation Virginia, The Jamestown Settlement, Yorktown Victory Center, The Settlement at Powhatan Creek,

Mariner’s Museum, The Schooner Alliance, Great Wolf Lodge, Doraldo Ristorante Italiano, and Opus 9.

Reception Venues The William & Mary Alumni House Located in the heart of historic Williamsburg, on the campus of the College of William & Mary, this historic house dates from 1871. The original portion of the house was home to several generations of the William and Mary family, and later housed a fraternity, WW II veterans, and college faculty. The house is comprised of interesting architectural features and offers rooms and outdoor areas that lend themselves to all kinds of wedding venues. Its’ unique structure make it a perfect spot for a bride and groom and their guests, regardless of the number. To see their list of preferred vendors for caterers, cakes, music, florists, photographers, and more, visit www. William & Mary Catering, Cakes By Charlie, The Flower Cupboard, and Williamsburg Floral are just a few of the many listed. The Settlement at Powhatan Creek This 15,000 square-foot luxury residents’ club, overlooking water, features an elegant ballroom, a spacious catering

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kitchen, a game room with stone fireplace and flat screen TV, two activity rooms, and an outdoor pool area with trellis and fireplace. The possibilities for a bride and groom and their guests are limitless. Choose your own caterer and bring in any rental items you may need (see Grand Rental Station), but take advantage of the tables, gorgeous fabric padded chairs, beautiful wooden bar, and a wireless microphone and podium that are available at no cost. Picture perfect scenarios are a guarantee at this lovely clubhouse. ( phone: 866.779.9976) Colonial Heritage Clubhouse Colonial Heritage is an active-adult, gated golf course community. The striking 25,000 square-foot ballroom provides an inviting atmosphere for a bride and groom and up to 350 guests. If an outdoor wedding ceremony suits your style, the beautifully landscaped golf course and expansive lawn provide an enchanting setting. A professional team of Coordinating Specialists is available to help you attend to every aspect of reception planning. These services include but are not limited to menu customization, theme and décor conception, and rental packages consisting of tables, tableware, linens, and more. ( phone: 757.645.2011) Williamsburg Hospitality House Williamsburg Hospitality House is the perfect choice for any style of wedding, especially for the romantic at heart. With three exquisite, graciously appointed ballrooms and a charming courtyard with an adjoining, elegant European-Bistro-Designed banquet room to choose from, it’s no wonder that this venue has long been a favorite for brides. Whether you choose a more intimate wedding or a larger one with up to 400 guests, Williamsburg Hospitality House caters to all tastes and budgets. Various wedding packages are available, or let their wedding coordinators help you achieve the wedding of your dreams. The planners and executive chef will create an elegant, customized menu that is perfect for you and your guests. Other unique specialty services available include printed personalized menus, specialty centerpieces, ice carvings, and entertainment options. In addition to fabulous wedding opportunities, Williamsburg Hospitality House offers 296 elegantly appointed guestrooms and two full-service restaurants. (www.williamsburghosphouse. com phone: 800.932.9192) Two Rivers Country Club Located on the James and the Chickahominy rivers, Two Rivers Country Club is abounding with spectacular views and stunning photo opportunities for the bride and groom. Whether enjoying the panoramic views from the window-lined dining room or from the open terrace overlooking the 18th fairway and the waterfront, you and your guests are sure to have a very memorable occasion. For couple’s wanting to be married outside, the sprawling, lush lawn overlooking the water can be transformed into an elegant, tented setting for up to 1,200 people. The beautiful gazebo and gorgeous sunsets over the James River will be imprinted on your guests’ minds forever. The club’s event planner and full-service wedding specialist

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attends to every detail to ensure that the bride’s special day is exactly how she wants it. From the receiving line and the first dance to the cuisine and bouquet toss, the bride and groom will be able to enjoy the celebration, knowing that every element is taken care of. Able to accommodate up to 200 guests inside, the club’s executive chef works with the bride to design the menu. Whether you choose a buffet, plated dinner, or heavy hors d’oeuvres, Chef Rizzo is sure to delight your guests. (www.governorsland. com phone: 757.258.4610) Kingsmill Resort At Kingsmill Resort, it goes without saying that your special day deserves a special place. Nestled along the James River on over 2,900 gently rolling acres of woodlands, the resort boasts spectacular views that delight every bride and groom and their guests. When it comes to planning the perfect wedding, Kingsmill offers professional wedding planners to help the bride create the wedding of her dreams. Services include planning timelines; menu design; food and cake tastings; linen and lighting samplings; activity arrangements; ceremony coordination; event design; set up and décor; transportation; lodging arrangements; customized wedding favors, menus, table numbers, and amenities; and billing and coordination with all outside vendors. Whether it’s preparing for 300 guests or a much smaller group, couples can choose between two ballrooms and the resort’s riverfront luxury guest house. Regardless of which

is selected, you can rest assured that all details will be attended to so that your day can be exactly as you planned. Guests will be delighted with the accommodation offerings at Kingsmill. There are 425 guest rooms and suites, many with a river, pond, golf course, or tennis center view. (www. phone: 800.832.5665 or 757.253.1703) Mariners’ Museum For a truly personalized event, look no further than the Mariners’ Museum. Home to some of the region’s most spectacular events, brides can take advantage of both indoor and outdoor spaces. Whether your celebration is for 25 or 1,000, formal or casual, the museum offers their Front Lawn (on the border of Lake Maury), the Concourse & Patio, The Lobby, The Monitor Replica, The Virginia Courtyard, The Great Hall of Steam, The Huntington & Anna rooms, and the South Courtyard. Each more fascinating than the other, these sites deserve a bride’s thoughtful consideration. To help you further customize your special day, the museum has a list of vendors specializing in everything from beautifully-presented hors d’oeuvres to the down-home goodness of mouthwatering barbeque. With so many options available here, you are sure to create a memorable, joyous reception. ( phone: 757.591.5124) Schooner Alliance Can you think of anything more romantic and memorable than celebrating your wedding aboard a traditional schooner? Famous for their sunset sails, the 105-foot-tall Schooner Alliance is the perfect reception venue for couples wanting a more intimate and serene setting. The exquisite ship sails from charming Yorktown’s Riverwalk Landing Pier along the banks of the York River. Able to accommodate up to 49 guests, the professionals at Schooner Alliance will help you customize your reception with a variety of food and beverages available to fit your budget. This is the perfect way to “sail” into your future together. ( phone: 757.639.1233) Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center. Would you like a wonderfully dramatic venue for your wedding ceremony and reception? If so, then you should go take a tour of the facilities at the Settlement and Victory Center. Each location provides a fabulous variety of options for outdoor and/or indoor celebrations. There is a venue appropriate for every style/theme of wedding, regardless of the number of guests who will be attending. This selection allows the bride to create the dream she envisioned for her wedding day. You can hire your own caterers and rent any items you may need or want (visit www.trygrs. com , Grand Rental Station for rental options) to help you execute your vision and create your very unique wedding reception. (For more information, visit At the bottom of the column entitled “Book Your Vacation”, click on unique venues in the last box. Or call 757.253.4838) Historic Jamestowne The Jamestowne Memorial Church at Historic Jamestowne on Jamestown Island, Virginia, is a very historic and unforgettable location for a wedding ceremony. On this site, early settlers established the first permanent English colony in


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America in 1607. The brick church was built in 1907 and was a gift to Preservation Virginia from the National Society of Colonial Dames of America. It stands behind a brick tower that was erected in 1690. It is the only surviving 17th century structure at Jamestown. Preservation Virginia allows such an important ceremony as a wedding to take place in the Memorial Church. Your ceremony will linger forever in your minds at this National Historic Landmark. ( phone: 757.229.4997, ext 100) Legacy Hall Legacy Hall in Newtown is the perfect venue for a wedding reception. Its flexibility allows it to be as formal or as informal as you want. With capacity at 299 guests, your celebration can be intimate or filled with lots of friends and family. With twenty round tables, 175 cloth-seated chairs, and 100 stackable chairs available, there are many different ways to set up this hall to accommodate your style or theme. Both rooms are also set up for audiovisual presentations. Any other items needed can be rented and brought in (see Grand Rental Station). The well-equipped kitchen is sufficient to provide clients with basic services, and food can be reheated if necessary. This site is perfect for bringing in your favorite caterer, too. Large or small, this venue is the perfect place to execute your wedding day celebration. ( legacyhall phone: 757.259.5410)

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Great Wolf Lodge A wedding at Great Wolf Lodge is truly a unique experience for all. Though rustic in nature, the new and modern professional facilities are the perfect backdrop for a fabulous party. Let their wedding coordinator assist you in all of the planning details for your dream day. From planning to decorations, catering, entertainment, technical support, and guest accommodations, Great Wolf Lodge can handle it all. The ballroom banquet rooms at this one-of-a-kind venue can accommodate up to 500 guests. You are offered elegantly appointed tables with full china service, dance floor, wireless microphone, and cake-cutting. The variety of cuisine options offered within the banquet menus allows the bride to create her own custom menu. Beautifully presented, you and your family and friends will appreciate not only the colorful creations the chef and staff create but also their expertise at preparing fabulous cuisine. Whether you desire a simple meal or a more elegant formal dinner, the chef will ensure that everything is exactly as you want. ( phone: 757.229.9700) Doraldo Ristorante Italiano Southern Italian dining at its finest is what you will find at Doraldo. Even the ambiance is typical of an establishment that can be found in an Italian village. After opening in 1997 and quickly becoming an area favorite, Doraldo was moved to accommodate more of its loyal customers. Whether you are interested in hosting your reception or

rehearsal dinner at Doraldo, their catering services, or renting out the entire restaurant, you can be assured that you will be served by only the most gracious of servers. The chef will personally help you plan a tantalizing variety of Italian favorites that are sure to please even the most discerning guest. (www. phone: 757.220.2795) Opus 9 Steakhouse Perfect for a rehearsal dinner or an intimate reception dinner with close friends, Opus 9 Steakhouse will not disappoint. Its casually-elegant atmosphere combined with clublike lounge sophistication, private dining accommodations, and first-class service make it the perfect choice for groups of 10 to 50. In addition to their perfectly-aged, succulent beef selections or their award-winning seafood creations, the chef is more than delighted to help you create a menu to suit you and your guests. There is also a seasonal patio you and your guests can enjoy for a special touch of casual sophistication for your dining experience. When only the best will do, try Opus. ( phone: 757.645.4779)

Accommodations Kingsmill Resort A wonderful place for the bride and groom and any out-oftown guests to stay is Kingsmill Resort. Their villa-inspired style has all of the comforts of home and then some. Opt for a room with two double beds or a king-size bed, or stay in one of the 1- 2- or 3-bedroom suites. Guests can take advantage of a host of activities, including golf, a sports club, a pool complex, segway tours, tennis, kids activities, and more. Be sure to book any necessary rooms as early as possible, perhaps even getting a block of them together. ( phone: 800. 832.5665 or 757.253.1703) Williamsburg Hospitality House Located just three blocks from Colonial Williamsburg, the location of this hotel is unbeatable. Guests can choose any of the 296 beautifully decorated guest room accommodations, including suites and junior suites with city and courtyard views. This romantic setting enables the bride and groom to spend quality time with their family and friends. With great attention to customer service, it’s easy to see why this destination is so popular for weddings. (Go to and click on “Meetings and Events” phone: 800.932.9192) Great Wolf Lodge Let your wedding become a vacation for your family and friends at Great Wolf Lodge. The suites alone are something to see. Choose from one of their standard suites, or choose a themed suite, such as the Wolf Den Suite complete with cave, a KidKamp suite with a cozy tent inside, or a KidCabin Suite equipped with its own miniature log cabin. Or upgrade to one of their premium suites, like the Whirlpool Fireplace Suite with your own private whirlpool. Guests will not want to miss the infamous indoor water park. With rides and slides for parents and kids of all ages, it will be hard to pull them away from the fun. Other amusements include MagiQuest®, Scooops®, Cub Club®, an arcade room, mini golf, bowling alley, and a theater. What a fantastic place to enjoy some great fun with your family and friends. ( phone: 757.229.9700)


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Catering and Rental Options Because food is such an integral part of every wedding, you must be very careful when selecting your caterer. Look for one who is highly recommended, has great reviews, and offers delicious food and quality service for a fair price. William & Mary Catering Winner of the Critics Choice Award at the Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance’s “Taste of Williamsburg” in 2009, 2010, and 2012, William & Mary Catering will assist you in planning a delicious meal for your wedding reception. Brides and grooms can choose from a list of suggested menus featuring foods that are perfect for your choice of venue, everything from Happy Hour foods and American Tea foods to Dim Sum and Mediterranean style cuisine. The professional staff provides careful attention to detail, ensuring that everything you chose is beautifully presented and incredibly delicious. Because no two weddings are alike, choose foods that are perfect for you and your guests. ( phone: 757.221.3702)

Grand Rental Station Grand Rental Station offers a full line of specialty event items that are perfect to complete a Bride’s Ceremony and Wedding celebration. For more details, see the article entitled “Congratulations!“, on page 4. ( Phone: 220.0003) --Kathy Zaun

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Williamsburg Hospitality House With over 40 years of experience, you can be assured that Williamsburg Hospitality House Caterers know how to please a bride and groom and their guests. Their dedicated professional chefs will assist you in planning the perfect menu and will deliver delectable breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack selections for your celebration. They work with the theme/style of your wedding and your budget to create a menu that will fully meet your needs. You can count on these chefs providing you with the best. (Go to and click on “Meetings and Events”. phone: 800.932.9192)

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Doraldo’s Ristorante Italiano For any bride and groom wanting fine southern Italian fare at their reception, go sample everything at Doraldo’s. Your guests will be talking about the food long after your wedding is over. Doraldo’s master chef, Charlie Messina, and his assistants will work with your budget and help you create a fabulous menu. Choose from such appetizers as eggplant rollatini, baked clams, and insalata caprese. Their dinner selections are too numerous to list. With so many delectable options, your reception food will be the hit of the party. ( phone: 757.220.0795) Opus 9 Steakhouse For fine dining options, be sure to contact Opus 9. They offer a superb selection of hors d’oeuvres, beautifully prepared platters of fruits, vegetables, and cheese, gorgeous carvingstyle meats, and more. Their premier chef will help you customize a menu that is perfect for your reception. With attention to detail and first-class service, you will be able to enjoy your celebration knowing Opus 9 has the cuisine all taken care of. ( phone: 757.645.4779)

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Your Dream for a Lifetime. Be Inspired. Brides all over the Hampton Roads area and Richmond are about to change the way they shop for a wedding gown. Located in Williamsburg, in the heart of New Town, The Inspired Bride offers a refreshing departure from big box bridal shops and over-priced boutiques. Brides can indulge in the premier bridal salon experience but still have the satisfaction of taking home a beautiful gown at a great price. Just one peek in the window and brides know they have found a true gem filled with breathtaking gowns by some of today’s most admired designers that are not available at other salons in the region. “We carry gowns fashioned by such extraordinary designers as Sottero and Midgely, La Sposa by Pronovias, Kathy Ireland Bridal, Ella by Essence of Australia, and Stella York,” says salon owner Jamie McLean. “Regardless of whether our brides are 25 or 55, first wedding or not, our beautiful selection ensures that each bride will find the gown of her dreams.” Though just stepping into The Inspired Bride is an exhilarating experience on its own, it is just the beginning for the bride. “Shopping for and purchasing a gown is a special experience

that we want each of our brides to remember fondly,” says Susan Sander, salon manager and bridal consultant specialist. “Our brides deserve and receive our full attention. We are here to help them choose a gorgeous gown, keeping in mind their budget and style. Our brides are princesses, and we treat them accordingly.” Within this intimate and elegant bridal salon, Jamie and Susan begin creating one of the most memorable events for a new bride – selecting the perfect gown. “While each bride often has several gowns in mind she wants to try on, we also like to suggest several other gowns for her to consider,” says Jamie. “Because of our familiarity with each gown, we feel it is important to give each bride an idea of what other styles might look beautiful on her. It’s always fun to watch a bride fall in love with a style that she had never thought to consider. Our brides can try on as many gowns as they want until they find the perfect gown.” Selecting the perfect gown, however, is just the first of many milestones worth celebrating.

That’s why once a gown has been chosen, Jamie and Susan offer the bride and her guests the opportunity to celebrate with a glass of champagne or other beverage. “It’s the perfect way to celebrate finding the perfect dress!” It is at this point that the bride can also experiment with veils, headbands, earrings, necklaces, and any number of other accessories that fill the store and capture the imagination. A bride’s experience with The Inspired Bride doesn’t stop with selecting the perfect gown. Jamie and Susan are experts at creating the perfect mix of bridal attire for any occasion. It is generally at the next appointment that the bride chooses the bridesmaid dresses, flower girl dresses, and possibly the tuxedos or suits for the men. The mothers can set an appointment any time to see the beautiful selection of dresses available to them as well. It’s no wonder The Inspired Bride is regarded as one of the premier bridal salons in the region. It is the perfect destination for the bride wanting to savor every moment of her very special experience. --Kathy Zaun The Inspired Bride carries a gorgeous selection of christening attire, First Communion dresses, ball gowns, and other special occasion attire.


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Beware of the Online “Bargain” Wedding Gown Have you been lured to websites offering you the “perfect” gown at an unbeatable price? If so, be careful. You could end up spending a lot more once the dress arrives. Do you remember the old adage, “You get what you pay for”? The myth of the $99 wedding gown is just that. The costs you save up front will typically find their way back into your purse, one way or another. For example, most online gowns arrive wrinkled, having saved the cost of dry cleaning, steaming, and ironing. The cost of having the dry cleaners or a bridal salon take care of this problem for you can cost anywhere from $60.00 to $80.00 or more. Using a regular iron and ironing board on your wedding dress is not recommended. Bridal salons have specially designed equipment costing thousands of dollars that will iron your dress without damaging any of the delicate lace or beadwork. Loose or missing beads and spots or stains from careless handling of the box and gown are common when purchasing your dress at a discounted price online. Sometimes these things cannot be repaired without damaging the delicate fabric and beadwork on the dress, adding additional out-ofpocket repair costs. If the dress arrives in the wrong size, you may not be able to alter it to fit your figure. Many times, a very disappointed bride receives the dress she ordered online, only to find that it looks nothing like the picture. Perhaps the lace is different, the seams loose and crooked, there is no boning or support, or there are unsightly bulges. If repairs can be made, they are very costly. Wedding Gown Survival Tip: For a fabulous and stress-free gown experience, take advantage of a full-service bridal salon. Your lovely gown will certainly be free of all stains, loose beading, and unattractive bulges. Your gown will be just as you dreamed it - beautiful and perfectly-fitted. By The Inspired Bride

Linsey Joyner

Greg Carter marries

Date June 23, 2012 The Ceremony Colonial Heritage (outside) The Reception Colonial Heritage Ballroom The Florist Williamsburg Floral The Tux Williamsburg Bridal and Floral Invitations, programs, thank-you notes/stationery Parlett’s Paper Expressions The Honeymoon Naples and St. Lucia

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Fun Facts Greg Carter asked Linsey Joyner to marry him in August of 2011 - exactly three years after their first date at the very same restaurant. Linsey’s wedding featured peacock feathers. Williamsburg Floral incorporated them beautifully in her flowers, centerpieces, and bouquets. She also included them in a stunning green-peacock feather hairpiece. Linsey even had peacock-feather flip flops made for her and her bridesmaids to wear once the night set in. Each groomsman was gifted a backpack cooler with his initials on it and a favorite drink inside. Linsey had a cookie cake delivered to Greg the day of the wedding that read, ”See you at the altar.” Linsey honored her grandmother’s memory with beautiful lockets adorned with flowers in a heart shape. She carried one in her bouquet and presented one to each of her family members from Louisiana. The couple set up a “Candy Bar” with all of their favorite candies and treats to share with their guests.

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Bridal and Wedding Party Attire Shopping for “The Gown” Did you know that it can take a couple of months to find “the” gown? Then it may be four more months for it to be custom made. Be sure to begin the exciting process of gown shopping as early as possible. When it is time to shop for your dream dress, consider several tips before heading to a salon. For example, do you have a budget in mind? If you don’t try on gowns outside of you price range, you won’t fall in love with them. Consider your venue and the time frame of your wedding. If your wedding is outdoors in October, chances are, the weather could be chilly. A strapless dress certainly wouldn’t keep you very warm. If you are getting married on the beach, an elaborate gown might look out of place. However, it would be perfect for a country club wedding. Know your style. Are you interested in an elegant, roman-

tic, classic, or more casual look? If you can convey the look you are searching for, the sales person will have a much better idea of which dresses you may be interested in. If there is a particular designer and dress you have in mind, call ahead to make sure the store has what you are looking for. If so, be sure to set up an appointment. Most places will only see brides on an appointment basis. Once in the store, don’t rule out any dress at first glance. It is always helpful to try on a variety of styles to help you decide which is best for you. When you believe you have found the gown of your dreams, sleep on it. That is, go to other stores to reaffirm your selection. Think about it for awhile to make sure it is the one you want. Before ordering, double-check the contract you must sign. Make sure that they have the correct date, size, designer name, style, price, and anything else you can think of.

Where Should I Look? Brides in the Hampton Roads area and Richmond are fortunate to have such valuable resources for gowns and wedding party attire in Williamsburg. Williamsburg Bridal and Formal is a long-time favorite of brides and grooms in the area. It is their personal service and wedding attire selection that keeps customers coming back. They offer a beautiful selection of bridal gowns in an array of styles. Brides can relax while the knowledgeable staff assists with not only the gowns but also with beautiful headpieces, shoes, handbags, jewelry, and other accessories to complement their choice of gowns. Finding a bridesmaid and flower girl dress is easy at Williamsburg Bridal and Formal. The hard part is choosing one from their huge selection. With the wide array of colors, styles, and affordable prices, there is a dress to fit every body type and personality. Mothers are also given special care when choosing a dress. Every woman needs to feel elegant in her ideal gown and color that flatters her body, complexion, and style. Grooms and their attendants are taken care of handsomely at Williamsburg Bridal and Formal as well. With all of the latest styles in coats, vests, and ties, the process of choosing just the right look is easily achieved. ( The Inspired Bride just made its debut in New Town in December, delighting all who have entered and made purchases here. Owner Jamie McLean and Salon Manager Susan Sander decided it was time to fulfill their long-awaited goal of opening a full-service bridal salon. Both bridal consultant specialists agree that purchasing a wedding gown should be one of the most enjoyable experiences for a bride. Featuring an extensive selection of designer gowns, some not available elsewhere in the area, The Inspired 24

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Bride helps brides of all ages find the perfect gown to complement their body type, style, and budget. After a bride has made her selection, she and her guests are offered the opportunity to make a toast while she experiments with veils, headpieces, jewelry, bridal shoes and other accessories. With so many collections to choose from for bridesmaid dresses, flower girl dresses, mothers’ dresses, The Inspired Bride makes it easy to help everyone feel fabulous in their wedding finery on the big day. A full line of tuxes and suits are also available, and everyone in the bridal party is fully attended to until everything is ready for the bride’s special day. ( Blush is a Bridal Consignment Boutique that offers brides the opportunity to consign their beautiful gowns and bridesto-be the chance to find an exquisite gown at a fraction of the original cost. At Blush, brides can relax as they search for their perfect dress. They enjoy one-on-one personal service in an inviting boutique atmosphere. This is their chance to take advantage of unbelievable savings on designer gowns fashioned by Anjolique, Carmela Sutera, MonCheri, Maggie Sottero, Casablanca, and a host of others. In addition to gowns, Blush offers veils, crinolines, headpieces, bridal jewelry, handbags, and other accessories, as well as bridal shoes, flower girl dresses, mother of the bride gowns, bridesmaid gowns, and special occasion gowns. All gowns must be less than 3 years old, clean, and in great condition. Blush is the perfect way for a savvy bride to acquire a stunning gown. (

On the More Casual Side Increasing in popularity today are more casual weddings. Beaches, parks, meadows, ranches, and barns all lend themselves to a more informal wedding style. The perfect store to help a bride achieve a fun, casual, yet classy wedding is Ocean Palm in Williamsburg and Virginia Beach. A Lilly Pulitzer Via Store, the shop also sells Vineyard Vines and Lifeguard Press lines of apparel. The casual bride has a fantastic selection of ladies dresses, sweaters, capris, shorts, skirts, shoes, and other items to choose from at Ocean Palm. Bright shades of pink, green, blue, yellow, and orange are abundant in the store’s clothing lines and other products. What bridesmaid wouldn’t be thrilled to wear a bright strapless dress on a beach somewhere? A colorful knee-length dress with a coordinating sweater is perfect for a park or meadow wedding. Or why not put the bridesmaids and groomsmen all in brilliantly colored shorts with matching sandals for the bridesmaids? Don’t leave out the flower girl. Let her choose a coordinating sundress and sandals available in girls’ sizes. Regardless of what is chosen, the happy, colorful prints are sure to put every wedding party in a great, fun mood. (www.

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Accessories Aplenty and Gifts Galore It can be very overwhelming for a bride and groom to cover all of the accessories and gifts involved in a wedding. Luckily, Williamsburg has some great resources that can handle everything in this category. Ocean Palm is loaded with fabulous gift ideas for the bride and her attendants. Earrings, bracelets, necklaces, belts, sandals, jewelry boxes, scarves, wristlets, makeup bags, totes, and even iPhone covers will keep the bride deciding for days. For the guys, bright-colored ties and swim shorts with fabulously fun prints and polo shirts will be a great way for them to enjoy the big day and beyond. ( Master Craftsmen Shop near Merchants Square is a perfect place to buy a special gift for the bride or groom and for bridesmaid and groomsmen gifts. Since opening its doors in 1982, this shop has become a favorite for locals and visitors from all over. Their bracelets and the items crafted for their own jewelry line are made on premises in an upstairs bedroom. What bride and her attendants wouldn’t love a matching silver bracelet? With child sizes available, even the flower girl will feel included. (

For the groom and his attendants, there is a variety of key rings, cufflinks, tie bars, luggage tags, and money clips that will make memorable keepsake gifts. The Precious Gem is a special place for the bride or groom wanting to gift the other half with an exquisite piece of jewelry. Handcrafted by owner and jewelry designer, Reggie Akdogan, his high-end pieces are truly works of art. Whether a bracelet, pin, ring, earrings, necklace, or pendant is the desired gift, Akdogan will ensure that his design becomes the perfect keepsake. ( Johnstown Jewelers has an extensive selection of exquisite pieces of jewelry. Choose from designs available in store, or let owner and master jeweler, John Showah, custom design a piece for you. He can rework an existing heirloom or create a piece you have been dreaming of. Brides and grooms will be delighted with one of Showah’s works of art. Choose from bangles, bracelets, earrings, necklaces, pendants, rings, and more. --Kathy Zaun Necklace and earrings by Johnstown Jewelers

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Over 400 current style bridal gowns in stock including brand new, designer samples and once-worn gowns at incredible prices. New! Now carrying bridesmaid gowns by Jordan. View samples in the store or online at Plus a large selection of new and consigned veils, headpieces, custom jewelry, special occasion gowns and accessories.

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Modern Photography capturing the natural moments of your wedding. Destination & Local Photographer working from Williamsburg, VA. (804) 475-8136

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Pinterest: the New Way to Plan a Wedding Today, one website can provide you with a plethora of creative and unique ideas to make your special day extra special. Pinterest is an online, virtual pinboard. It allows you to organize and share your favorite things on the web. You can use boards created by other people to help inspire you. Each image you pin connects directly to a website or blog and can be shared with others. Fabulous cakes, gorgeous gowns, and breathtaking flowers are just a sampling of what a bride can find using Pinterest. If you love the thought of your wedding featuring some creatively unique features, you want to check out this great website. Whether it’s a Mad Libs RSVP card, a garter on a football for the groom to toss, or a puzzle piece guest book, Pinterest is the ultimate source to help you personalize the day of your dreams. Happy pinning! ( --Abby Nurnberger

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

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Randa Showah marries

Rob Symuleski

Date June 9, 2012 The Ring, Bridesmaids’ & Groomsmen’s’ Gifts Johnstown Jewelers Rehearsal Dinner Doraldo Ristorante Italiano The Ceremony and Reception Two Rivers Country Club The Tuxes and Bridesmaids’ Dresses Williamsburg Bridal and Formal The Honeymoon The Bahamas Photos courtesy Hoyt Davenport/DAVENPORT Photography and Video 28

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Fun Facts Though born in Connecticut, Randa was part of the first graduating class from Jamestown High School. She is now a Special Ed teacher in Houston. Rob attended Great Bridge High School in Chesapeake and is currently employed as the Captain/Executive Officer of the USMC Recruiting Station in Houston. Rob and Randa’s relationship started through emails after a mutual friend encouraged their correspondence. As Rob was deployed out of the country for long periods of time, the emails turned into long phone calls. Then they met each other at Virginia Beach and fell in love. It was also here that Rob proposed to Randa a year or so later. As favors to the guests and on their behalf, the couple made a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project. Randa presented Rob with a signed University of Texas football by Colt McCoy. Randa surprised her father during the Father/Daughter dance when the DJ played a combination an Arabic song she used to sing with her father and the song, “My Girl” (the Temptations). Her father was thrilled.

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The Power of the Flower Fresh flowers bring new life and energy to any space. This makes them such an intricate part of any wedding. The kinds and colors chosen are a perfect way for the bride to showcase her personality and style. Today, many brides go to Pinterest. com to find floral ideas. If you have an idea of what you want, your florist can try to match what you want. The Flower Cupboard The Flower Cupboard in Williamsburg does it all… and more. Beautiful bridal bouquets, bridesmaids’ flowers, flowers for the groom, groomsmen, ushers, and fathers, mothers’ flowers, altar flowers, table centerpieces, and anything else you believe needs adorning with flowers is done with impeccable professionalism and care by the experts at The Flower Cupboard. Brad Howe Photography for The Flower Cupboard

Not your everyday wedding florist, the shop’s full-service wedding designers and event planners represent the most experienced wedding and events team in the greater Williamsburg area. They see every wedding as a unique opportunity to help the bride realize her wedding day dream. The experienced staff is available for full-service planning and design from start to finish or just wedding-day management services. Every step is conducted to ensure that the bride’s day is as stress-free and enjoyable as it should be. Another convenient aspect of The Flower Cupboard is their ability to offer such rental items as arches, pedestals, canopies, props, and linens. ( Williamsburg Floral With over 150 years of combined floral experience among the seven designers at Williamsburg Floral, there should be no doubt in your mind that their work is outstanding. These professional designers are some of the best in the area, and they love what they do. Let the experts at Williamsburg Floral sit and listen to your ideas. You can relax, knowing that they can ensure that your vision becomes a reality. Their Wedding Team can provide you with a fabulous selection of elegant floral classics or special

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groupings coordinated to fill all of your floral needs, all the while keeping in mind your wedding budget. If more customized arrangements are desired, the designers will create arrangements to help you express your individuality and style. In addition to flowers, Williamsburg Floral has for rent such items as archways, fountains, unity candle stands, candelabras, silver cake plate, gazebos, columns, and more. (www.williamsburg Williamsburg Floral

1-800Flowers-Colonial 1-800Flowers-Colonial and Simon Li recently opened a new location in Williamsburg that serves our area and the Hampton Roads area as well. President of the company, Chris McCann, has been helping deliver smiles day after day for over 35 years. The company’s floral arrangements and gifts provide customers with a unique way to express their true personalities in every type of situation. In addition to same-day deliveries, 1-800Flowers-Colonial can make any special occasion one to remember. Catering to brides is a service that 1-800Flowers-Colonial has perfected over the years. Their bridal flower packages are designed to complement and embellish a bride’s wedding event. Brides can choose by flower color or by flower type. Bridal bouquets, bridesmaid bouquets, petite bouquets, corsages, flower girl baskets, boutonnieres, and centerpieces are all expertly crafted and coordinated to the bride’s specifications. In addition to floral requests are gift requests. 1-800-FlowersColonial has an abundance of gift ideas that are perfect for a wedding. Baskets filled with sweet treats, lovely toasting flutes, beautiful dessert sets, elegant candies, and stylish picture frames are just some of the gift possibilities available. --Kathy Zaun

Your wedding is but a magical dream. Let us make your day truly perfect. Our experts have designed the most exceptional wedding floral and gift collection that embraces more than you ever imagined.


High Street, Williamsburg 757-259-1999

Flowers are just the beginning.....

Bridal flower packages and more...

Brad Howe Photography for The Flower Cupboard

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Michelle Simmons

Sam Wallace marries

Date September 15, 2012

The Ceremony Wren Chapel (W&M campus) The Florist Williamsburg Floral The Invitations/Programs/ Thank-you Notes/Stationery Parlett’s Paper Expressions The Photographer Helen’s Place Rental Items Grand Rental Station The Music at the Wedding Harpist Marian Harding

Photos courtesy of Helen Oderisi/Helen’s Place


The Honeymoon Tour of 6 western states

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Fun Facts Sam, co-owner of Williamsburg Merchants Inc, and Michelle, a sales rep in the gift industry, first met at the Atlanta Gift Show. One of Sam’s sales reps at the show wanted to set Sam up with someone he had in mind. Just as he spoke those words, Michelle was passing by. Sam looked up and said, “What about her?” The sales rep, only cordially knowing Michelle, implied she was not available. Later that night when Sam was already in bed, he got a text saying he better get downstairs. Sam got up, got dressed, and went down to the bar. You can guess who was there, and the rest is history. Sam and Michelle carried on a long-distance relationship between Williamsburg and North Carolina for three years. In April 2011, while vacationing on the beautiful island of Kauai in Hawaii, Sam proposed to Michelle. Michelle was thrilled. It was then that the two decided that Kauai would be the perfect place to celebrate their anniversaries as well. Between the two, Sam and Michelle share six wonderful children. They were an integral part of their wedding celebrations, as Sam and Michelle wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.

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Showers • Engagement Parties Rehearsal Dinners • Weddings

The rest of your life begins Where you say,“I do.” From intimate outdoor ceremonies to grand ballroom celebrations, Kingsmill’s setting along the James River will give you the wedding of your dreams. Let’s create your perfect day together.

1915 Pocahontas Trail, Suite F-1 Williamsburg, VA 23185


Legacy Hall...

...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.

Call 757.253.3996 or visit ©Xantera Kingsmill, LLC. All rights reserved.


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.

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AAA Travel Now Specializes in Romantic Occasions

Where will love take you? Let a AAA Travel expert help you discover the vacation destination that’s right for you – from intimate and secluded, to cosmopolitan and chic. Whatever romantic escape you choose, trust us to take care of the details, leaving nothing to chance and letting you focus on what’s really important each other. To book your romantic occasion, visit, call 757-965-2229 or visit your local AAA Travel agent today!

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Great Honeymoon Getaways There are so many choices when it comes to deciding where you want to go on your honeymoon. Do you want something adventurous, romantic, private, green, sporty, cuisine inspired, cultural, or personal service oriented? These types of honeymoons are what is trending today.

to dining and entertainment. The local phone numbers for AAA’s peninsula locations are: Williamsburg – 800-501-4222, Hampton – 757-826-1061, Newport News – 757-246-4746. You can also call Tidewater’s main location in Virginia Beach-757.965.2229.

An Awesome Travel Agency If you are not a member of AAA (American Automobile Association), you and your future husband might want to consider joining. For a very fair price, you can take advantage of limitless discounts and services that expand far beyond the excellent services for autos. Once people come to realize the benefits of being a member and using them, they join whether they own a car or not. AAA provides members with discounts at over 160,000 locations worldwide. You can enjoy discounts for restaurants, from service providers, at entertainment venues, travel venues, and for just about every other type of place where you can spend money. As members, honeymooners have access to one of the nation’s leading travel agencies. Whether you know where you want to go or are still contemplating your destination, stop in the Williamsburg AAA location or others in the Hampton Roads area, and let one of the travel experts help you plan your dream vacation. From cruises to European travel, AAA agents can assist you with airline tickets, Eurail passes, passport photos, travel money, international driving permits, and more. You will also save on everything from travel and lodging

Some Favorite Honeymoon Spots Ten Great Beach Honeymoons: Bora Bora, French Polynesia; Koh Phangan, Thailand; Riviera Maya, Mexico; Providenciales, Turks and Caicos; Kennebunkport, Maine; Vomo Island, Fiji; The Exumas, Bahamas; Maui, Hawaii; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; Rosemary Beach, Florida Ten Most Exotic Honeymoons: Oaxaca, Mexico; Marrakech, Morocco; Miami, Florida; The Maldives; Bangkok, Thailand; Machu Picchu, Peru; Istanbul, Turkey; Bali, Indonesia; Beijing, China; Bahia, Brazil Ten Most Adventurous Honeymoons: Queenstown, New Zealand; Juneau, Alaska; Puerto Rico; Perthshire, Scotland; Jackson Hole, Wyoming; Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica; Catalonia, Spain; Grand Canyon, Arizona; Botswana, Africa Ten Most Romantic Honeymoons: Paris, France; Venice, Italy; Rome and Florence, Italy; New York City; Honolulu, Hawaii; Barcelona, Spain; San Francisco, California; Vienna, Austria; London, England; Prague.


--Kathy Zaun

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Your Dreams Can Come True… 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. Areas available include a ballroom, catering kitchen, atrium and gallery, arts and crafts/meeting rooms, a game room and outdoor pool area. Katelyn James Photography

Our award winning clubhouse is both elegant and affordable. Onsite tables and chairs are included at no extra cost. Outside caterers are welcome. An on-site host is present to make sure your wedding, reception or rehearsal dinner is the one of your dreams. Make your first memory together an unforgettable one at The Settlement. Image One Photography

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The Settlement at Powhatan Creek 4101 Monticello Avenue, Williamsburg 757-645-3000

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The Virginia Gazette bridal planner for 2013.

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