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Bridal Planner 2012

A product of The Virginia Gazette

Your Day, Your Way,

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Memories to Cherish..…………..….……………………….4 Venues and Accommodations......……………………….14 And the Bride Wore...……………………………………...25 Flower Power..………………………………………………..30 Time to Relax..……………………………………………….34 Wedding Day Countdown………………………………...36 Your Budget..………………………………………………….37 Honeymoon Information…………………......……………38

Wedding Profiles Tiffany Francis marries Jesse Reaves..……………….…12 Crystal Fairbanks marries Luke Queen.........……….22 Tiffany Whittaker marries Doug Anderson...……….28 Emily Lane-Roberts marries Robert Beale..…………32

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Accommodations Colonial Williamsburg…………………………….5 Great Wolf Lodge…………………………………..3 The Sanderling Resort and Spa……………….17 Apparel and Accessories Bella Fine Lingerie and Loungewear…………25 Blush Bridal..………………………………………25 Master Craftsmen…………………………………10 Ocean Palm…………………………………………26 Williamsburg Bridal and Formal……………..27 Bridal Show The Sanderling Resort and Spa……………….17 Two Rivers Country Club.………………………19 Cakes CakeAlicious…………………………………………7 Catering Buon Amici Ristorante.…………………………18 Green Leafe Catering.…………………………… 20 William & Mary Catering.……………………… 14 Dance Lessons 7 Cities Ballroom…………………………………..4 Flowers Morrison’s Flowers and Gifts………………… 30 Williamsburg Floral……………………………… 31 Jewelry and Gifts Drummonds Jewelers………………………………6 Master Craftsmen…………………………………10 The Precious Gem………………………………..27

Music and Entertainment Marian Harding, Harpist…………………………9 Rhythm Squadron Mobile Disc Jockeys……10 Uptown Music Professional Disc Jockeys…….6 Photography Helen’s Place Photography……………………..11 Kim Kiely Photography...…………………………9 Salon and Spa Illusions by Marcus…………………………………8 The Sanderling Resort and Spa……………….17 Travel Agent The Travel Corner………………………………..35 Warwick Travel…………………………………….35 Venue Buon Amici Ristorante.…………………………18 Colonial Heritage.…………………………………39 Colonial Williamsburg..……………………………5 Ford’s Colony Country Club..…………………18 Great Wolf Lodge..…………………………………3 Green Leafe Loft.…………………………………20 Historic Triangle Community Services Ctr…31 Jamestown Management/The Settlement at Powhatan Creek……………………………………40 The Mariners’ Museum.…………………………19 The Sanderling Resort and Spa.………………17 Two Rivers Country Club…………………………19 The William & Mary Alumni House…………16 The Yorktown Schooners.....……………………14


Memories to Cherish

The engagement ring has been presented. She said, “Yes!” The couple has shared the exciting news. Now what? For many brides, that is a very good question. What happens now? Where do you start? Creating beautiful wedding memories is all part of the wedding planning process. Today, this process encompasses all of the events that happen from the moment the ring is selected to the honeymoon and beyond. Much planning is required to ensure that the ceremony and celebration reflect the personalities of the bride and groom and their love for each other.

Time to Plan Though the planning process may seem overwhelming and intimidating at first, there are options available to help brides-to-be. One option is to hire a wedding planner. A wedding planner can help keep track of all of the arrangements that need to be made before the wedding. After meeting the couple and discussing ideas, budget, traditions, eti-

quette, and style, the planner can then focus on helping the bride and groom choose everything from a church, venue, theme, decorations, color scheme ideas, seating arrangements, flowers, centerpieces, cake, vows, invitations, bride and groom and wedding party attire, photographer, music, and even transportation. Once the ceremony begins, the planner acts as a supervisor, ensuring that all of the hired services, such as caterers, musicians and singers, and decorators, are doing their jobs efficiently. After the wedding, the planner must make certain that the favors have been distributed, the venue has been cleared at the allotted time, and all of the bills handled. In all, a wedding planner can be a huge help for brides on tight or busy schedules, for out-of-town brides, and for brides wanting or needing an extra hand. The more hands-on bride may opt to handle the decisions involved in the wedding planning herself, with the help of websites, books, magazines, and other resources. These

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resources can provide couples with an endless variety of options available, thus guaranteeing a truly personalized event. Regardless of the resources chosen, rules of etiquette will also need to be considered as the planning progresses. Websites like and provide valuable information encompassing etiquette and such planning basics as venues, photogra-

phers, and flowers and more intimate details such as bridal gifts, favors, and the honeymoon.

Style/Theme Once the engagement has been announced, there are a number of basic, but very important, issues that need to be addressed. The first might be the style, or theme, of the wedding. Many brides opt for theme-based weddings since a particular theme can serve as a very valuable tool in the planning process. Some themes chosen today include classic, modern, outdoor, vintage, beach, and eco-friendly. Gone are the days of a typical “traditional� wedding. With so many options available to brides today, if she can dream it, she can have it. Whatever is meaningful to the couple and represents their tastes and interests can be incorporated into virtually all facets of the wedding plans. A fun way for brides-to-be to visualize different styles and themes of weddings is through the use of inspiration boards. Found on many wedding websites, these boards allow brides to see how others have executed a particular theme or style. They provide wonderful ideas for coordinating such components as the bride and groom’s wedding attire and that of their wedding party, the ceremony and reception locations, food, colors, and gifts.


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they will choose a different venue. Venues today can involve anything from churches, country clubs, beaches, and barns to fields, museums, and back yards. The location often plays a very meaningful role in showcasing the couple’s theme, so this aspect is usually a big consideration for couples.

Budget Another important decision-making component is a budget. A wedding budget is absolutely essential when planning a wedding. Paired with a particular theme or style, a budget will aid in determining the wedding date, the locations available to the couple for the ceremony and reception, the number of guests invited, and many other significant aspects deemed an integral part of the wedding. In general, some average percentages for wedding expenses are as follows: ceremony 3%, reception (site, food, drinks, rentals, cake, favors) 48%, attire for bride and groom 10%, rings 3%, flowers 8%, music 8%, photography 12%, transportation 2%, stationery 3%, gifts (bridesmaids and groomsmen, parents, welcome baskets for out-of-town guests) 3%. A bride will want to either purchase a budget planning workbook or copy one off of a wedding website.



Ceremony Site When it is time to choose the ceremony site, the couple needs to decide if they want to be married in a church or if

When it comes to save-the-dates, a bride is given the perfect opportunity to debut the chosen style or theme to anticipated guests. In the case of a rustic style wedding, perhaps a picture of the couple in casual clothing with a beautiful old barn in the background would be appropriate. If a romantic theme has been chosen, the couple could be pictured in white with roses incorporated. Invitations, programs, thank-you notes, and other stationery can also reflect the couple’s style. Many brides are now turning to the internet to handle their stationery needs. Some popular websites include,,, and 5906 George Washington Memorial Hwy, Yorktown, VA • 757-234-4300

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Wedding Jewelry Though the engagement ring may have already been purchased, there are still other pieces of jewelry that need to be considered. The groom’s wedding ring, cufflinks, a gift of jewelry for the new bride, and bridesmaid and groomsmen gifts are just some of the items that can be taken care of at a jewelry store. The Precious Gem in Merchants Square Illusions by Marcus is a wonderful place for a groom to find a stunning engagement ring for his intended and for a bride to find a beautiful wedding band for her husband. Owner Reggie Akdogan creates unique pieces of art and also showcases spectacular collections that are sure to please the bride and groom, attendants, mothers, fathers, and anyone else involved in the wedding. Established in 1980, The Precious Gem can help provide the perfect ring, bracelet, brooch, necklace, or earrings for the special occasion. Drummonds Fine Jewelers in Hampton specializes in custom design pieces that are sure to please

any bride or groom. Any piece of jewelry that can be imagined or drawn can be recreated here. They also focus their expertise on remounting and redesigning old jewelry.

Wedding Attire for the Groom and Groomsmen

While much emphasis is placed on the bride’s wedding attire, there are also many decisions to be made when it comes to the groom’s attire. Most people think tuxedo or suit, but there are many options available. One of the most important factors in determining what will be worn is the style of the wedding. Will it be formal or informal? For a very formal wedding, the groom should probably go all out and wear a tuxedo, tie or bowtie, vest, and cufflinks. Many brides choose to have the vest and tie color complement the bridesmaid dresses. Williamsburg Bridal and Formal is a great place for the groom to find the perfect attire for any formal wedding. For a themed wedding, the groom has many more options available. For instance, white linen pants and shirt could be worn at a beach wedding. Or a handsome velvet jacket could be worn for a

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Capturing Those Special Moments There is much to consider when choosing a photographer for the “Big Day”. As each photographer has their own style, couples need to do some research before making their selection. First, the couple should determine their overall style. Do Kim Kiely Photography they like more posed shots or classic portraits? Or is it candids they find the most interesting? Black and white photos or color? Angled shots or more leveled ones? Couples need to check out websites and read reviews. Appointments need to be set up to meet with each photographer.

Kim Kiely of Kim Kiely Photography is a modern wedding and portrait photographer in Williamsburg. “I love capturing the moment not just the picture,” says Kiely. “The moment the groom sees his bride walking down the aisle, it becomes a great memory everyone wants to remember!” Another gifted photographer is Helen Oderisi. Helen’s Place Photography is a talented, energetic team of photographers and designers with a single goal: to provide the ultimate portrait and wedding experience, and the most stunning photographs imagined.

Decadent Desserts One of the sweetest parts of a wedding is undoubtedly the dessert. Who doesn’t look forward to seeing a beautifully decorated wedding cake? And grooms cakes today consist of the groom’s favorite flavors and the option to have any kind of design imaginable. Alice Cooke , owner of CakeAlicious (previously known as Creations From the Heart) prepares beautiful and unique cakes using only the finest ingredients. . After seeing her work, it is obvious that she is a master at what she does. If you can imagine it, Alice can create it. Also popular today are a wider range of desserts. Some couples may decide to offer their favorite desserts instead. These can range from cupcakes and cookies to pies and pastries.

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Setting the Mood Nothing quite sets the mood for an event like music. There are so many choices the bride and groom may choose from. Ceremony music is generally a softer kind of music. Soloists, pianists, fife and drums, bagpipes, and harpists are just some of the ways to create a beautiful and meaningful ambiance at both the ceremony and the reception. Local harpist Marian Harding is often asked to play at both. Regionally cited as “Top Harp in Hampton Roads”, her expertise adds a bold touch of elegance to any special event. DJs and bands definitely liven up a reception. Rhythm Squadron Mobile DJ Service of Williamsburg makes the event’s success their top priority and gets guests up and moving on the dance floor. They work with the bride and groom to make sure they know exactly how to help them create an unforgettable experience. Another local favorite known for its energetic disc jockeys and memorable events is

Uptown Music Professional Disc Jockeys of Toano. They tailor each and every event specifically for their clients and adapt quickly to the mood of the crowd. For couples wanting to learn specific dances for their reception, Steve Kirvan of 7 Cities Ballroom in Williamsburg is one of the best instructors in the region. Having taught for over 15 years, Kirvan can help couples become proficient in all kinds of dances – from the waltz, tango, rumba, en raftsm C and salsa to the Cha r te Mas Cha, Foxtrot, Hustle, and Quickstep.

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ror and says she loves it, I know I’ve done my job well” says Marcus. This salon and day spa also provides such services as nails, facials, and massages. This is a wonderful way to start off the special day.

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Gifts When it comes to a wedding, an immediate thought is gifts - gifts the couple will receive and gifts the couples will give. Bridal registries, bridal party gifts, bride and groom’s gifts to each other, and wedding favors must all be taken into consideration. Registering for gifts is usually fun for the bride and groom. The couple can imagine themselves using together the gifts they would like to receive. Some gifts will tend to be more basic, like kitchen gadgets, while others may be coveted wine or champagne glasses. Couples need to carefully consider their lifestyle and take the opportunity to register for items that will enable them to live the life they envision for themselves. Most couples will register at several types of stores. Department stores, kitchen and bath stores, and specialty gift stores are all popular choices today. There are so many choices when it comes to bridal party and groomsmen gifts. Some couples choose gifts that correspond with the style of the wedding, some give their attendants something to wear in the wedding, and others choose gifts that are completely unrelated to any part of the wedding. In essence, the possibilities are endless. Master Craftsmen in Williamsburg has a wonderful selection of items that make great keepsakes from the bride and groom. Well-known for their variety of styles of handmade bracelets, the store also offers necklaces, earrings, charms, frames, plates, key rings, money clips, cufflinks, tie bars, jewel boxes, luggage tags, and more. Many items are available for engraving as well. This is also a perfect place for the bride and groom to find special gifts for each other. Favors for all guests have increased in popularity as well. Couples are giving such personalized items as candy bars, match books, hot sauce, and coffee packets. Coasters, manicure sets, soaps, parasols, bottle stoppers, and bags are just a few more of the things available for giving. Many wedding sites, like, feature a huge variety of ideas.

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Transportation One important factor that must be considered is transportation. How will the wedding party get to the church? How will the bride and groom get to the reception? Some couples rent RVs, party buses, or fancy cars to get them where they need to be. When a particular theme is involved, couples may look for a horse-drawn carriage for a special



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Fun Facts Tiffany and Jesse, well-known Bruton High School sweethearts were married on the cusp of Hurricane Irene on the interesting date of 9/10/11. After giving her new husband an acoustic guitar right before the ceremony, he was absolutely stunned when he saw that his groom’s cake was an exact replica of the guitar she had given him. It was life-size and sat on a custom built guitar cake stand. Another surprise for the groom and guests surrounded Tiffany’s mermaid-fit, satin and crystal-encrusted gown. It was actually made of two pieces. Right before the removal of the garter, Tiffany secretly told Jesse to rip the bottom of the dress off. So he reached up and unfastened the clasps and pulled. The guests were shocked and delighted. Tiffany and Jesse also wanted their Bridal Party’s personalities to shine on their special day. Each bridesmaid selected their preferred style of dress from the same designer, with same fabric and color. Then each of the seven girls wore their favorite color shoes. Tiffany’s shoes qualified for her "something blue." The pictures were fabulous! To keep the groomsmen happy and involved, they all chose to wear aviator sunglasses. A photo booth seemed to be one of the biggest hits at the wedding. Guests received a strip for themselves and a strip for the wedding scrapbook.



Venues and Accommodations

Reception location is a huge factor when planning a wedding. Following a style or theme and keeping in mind the budget will help the bride narrow down her choices. Ballrooms, hotels, restaurants, halls, country clubs, beaches, and barns have all been the site of many receptions. Regardless of the site chosen, be sure to consider where outof-town guests will stay. If a hotel is needed, check on group rates and availability. Making sure everyone is comfortThe Sanderling Resort and Spa Photo by Island Photography able is a wonderful

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way to help guests feel welcome. Brides have many wonderful venues to choose from in Williamsburg. Some of them are listed here. Jamestown Management/The Settlement at Powhatan Creek – There are a number of beautiful spaces for couples to choose from when hosting a wedding reception at The Settlement. Available for use is the ballroom, the Atrium Gallery, a gor-

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geous grassy area with a fountain, an outdoor pool with a fountain and outdoor fireplace, a billiards and game room with a flat screen TV, and various other rooms. A fullservice catering kitchen is on-site as well. Colonial Heritage – Selected as one of the 2011 winners of The Knot Best of Weddings (with being the number one wedding resource most trusted by brides), Colonial Heritage offers a 25,000 square-foot clubhouse in beautiful surroundings that can accommodate up to 350 guests. Their team of coordinating specialists can help brides with all of the necessary preparations for the wedding. Also available outside is an expansive lawn which provides a beautiful setting for an outdoor wedding. Great Wolf Lodge – For a truly unique wedding experience, brides may want to look at Great Wolf Lodge. Their ballroom and banquet facilities can handle up to 300 people. They have wedding planners to help brides plan and masterful chefs to create ple meal to an elegant and formal affair. The cabin inspired suite accommodations and extraordinary amenities make wedding events convenient and quite enjoyable for out of town guests. Ford’s Colony Country Club – This beautiful setting provides opportunities for outdoor ceremonies and receptions in the Formal Dining Room, the Colonial Banquet


Room, or the Garden Pavilion. With the help of the events coordinator and the talented staff, weddings are sure to be memorable in these surroundings. Two Rivers Country Club – Overlooking two the James and the Chickahominy Rivers, it’s easy to see why a bride might choose this gorgeous site. Perfect for an outdoor ceremony if desired, Two Rivers can provide a bride and groom everything they need for a lasting memory. William and Mary Alumni Colonial Heritage House – This Photo by Brad Howe structure, originally built in 1871, offers charming rooms and outdoor areas filled with character and interesting architectural features. The house’s many spaces make it a distinctive location for all kinds of wedding receptions, from formal to very informal. Green Leafe Loft and Catering The Settlement at Powhatan Creek – The Loft is Photo by Jill Powers/Jillian Michelle Photography Green Leafe’s private dining facility in New Town. It is the perfect spot for a wedding reception and all food is prepared by the chefs at Green Leafe. The chefs work with couples to determine what types of cuisine are wanted and they have a very attentive staff designed to ensure a beautiful event. If an alternate location has been selected, Green Leafe Catering can still provide clients with extraordinary faire and unparalleled service. Buon Amici Ristorante – If good food is the main goal 15

for a bride and groom, Buon Amici will not disappoint. Known for their authentic Italian cuisine, the chef will create the perfect combination of Italian flavors that are sure to delight every guest in attendance. They are happy to help design menus that enhance the special event. Buon Amici is the perfect place for any rehearsal dinner, engagement party, shower, or any celebration. Colonial Williamsburg – The beautifully manicured gardens and historical surroundings make Colonial Williamsburg a unique destination for a wedding. Couples

have the option to have both their ceremony and reception outside, or they can choose one of the indoor rooms at the English-inspired Williamsburg Inn or Williamsburg Lodge. Regardless of which venue is chosen, guests can be assured of exceptional service and elegant accommodations. The Mariners’ Museum – Located in Newport News, the museum is host to some of the region’s most elegant events each year. It is the perfect spot for any kind of wedding – formal or informal, large or small, cocktail party or blacktie dinner. The bride, groom, and guests can enjoy beauty, elegance and history at The Mariners’ Museum.

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Several locations are available, each offering a truly unique atmosphere and experience. What a wonderful place to create a lifetime of memories. The Sanderling (Duck, N.C.) – Situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Currituck Sound, The Sanderling Resort and Spa is a perfect spot for a gorgeous wedding. They offer a wonderful variety of ceremony and reception locations and fabulous accommodations for guests. The resort’s wedding coordinator can assist couples with location selection, menu planning, and event design. The Schooners Alliance and Serenity – For water lovers, scheduling a private-charter sail either on the Schooner Alliance or the Schooner Serenity is the perfect start to a new life together. Located in Yorktown, the schooners take guests on cruises up and down the York River. Historic Triangle Community Services Center – Located conveniently to area hotels, the Historic Triangle Community Services Center has a

banquet hall, available for any event, daytime or evenings, weekdays or weekends. The facility has 3,500 square feet of hall space, seating for 250, a caterer’s kitchen, and ample parking. -Kathy Zaun

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Fun Facts Crystal’s husband’s name is Luke. So to add a fun element to their reception, when the couple made their very first entrance as Mr. & Mrs. Into their cocktail hour the DJ played the theme song from “Star Wars”. Because Crystal has worked for the developer of The Settlement for many years, she had fallen in love with the location. She had witnessed so many memorable events outside on the grounds and inside the clubhouse; she knew exactly the venue she wanted. Crystal was willing to settle for any date in September and October so that she and Luke could take advantage of the beautiful weather. Crystal’s family and friends surrounded her with much love and support during the wedding process. Her cake, hair, makeup, and accessory jewelry are just some of the aspects that were taken care of personally.



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And the Bride Wore… How will you finish that sentence? It certainly calls for a big ending. With so many options available for brides today, it is absolutely essential to cut down the selections. Designer, style, and price range are three factors that will help narrow a bride’s focus. When selections are made and pictures are ready, the bride must then determine if local bridal stores carry what she is looking for. Once the bride has tried on dresses and selected a few possibilities, she may decide to ask her mother or friend to help her make the final decision. Williamsburg Bridal and Formal carries a vast array of beautiful wedding gowns, thus giving brides the opportunity to try on the styles they are interested in. The store also carries an elegant selection of veils, headpieces, shoes, handbags, and jewelry. Once the gown has been

selected, attire for the bridesmaids, mothers, fathers, and the groom and groomsmen can all be taken care of at Williamsburg Bridal and Formal as well. Blush, a Bridal Consignment Boutique in Newport News, is another option for brides-to-be. The boutique offers recent brides the chance to consign their gowns and brides-to-be the opportunity to find a stunning gown at a fraction of the cost. Also available are bridal accessories and wedding party dresses and gowns. Located in Merchants Square, Ocean Palm offers the bride wonderful ways in which to share her creativity. The ever-vibrant fabrics so characteristic of the Lilly Pulitzer collections featured in the store can become the basis for many a casual or traditional wedding. The style says fun, the fabric says Lilly. Whether looking for

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dresses, outfits, shoes, beach wear, flip flops, jewelry and accessories; from Bridal Party to Honeymoon attire, Ocean Palm has it all. To enhance the bride and groom’s attire and to complement the attire of the wedding party, brides should consider Master Craftsmen and The Precious Gem. Both offer such items as cufflinks and tie bars for men, and earrings and other jewelry accessories for women. For fine lingerie and loungewear that will be perfect when all of the guests are gone, a special visit to a store like Bella is a must. Located in Merchants Square, Bella offers the bride and groom a wonderful selection of fine quality European and American designed lingerie and loungewear. Bella is the place for beautiful things. -Kathy Zaun

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Doug Anderson

Reception/Flowers/ Event Coordinator Williamsburg Inn Photographer Amanda Caldwell Photography Theme Distance/Travel Honeymoon Las Ventanas, Cabo San Lucas



Fun Facts Though living in Chicago, Doug and Tiffany agreed to marry in her home town of Williamsburg. Doug proposed to Tiffany while she was living and working in Hong Kong. She decided she wanted to incorporate Asian influences in the wedding and her invitations reflected this desire. Tiffany let her attendants choose their own dresses for the wedding as long as they were the same color. All were black but were different in styles. Doug’s groom’s cake was created based on his passion for Facebook. A surprise to Doug, a screen shot of his Facebook home page was on the cake, and his status was changed from “engaged” to “married”. The distance/travel theme was integrated into the reception. The tables were named after places the two had traveled together during their courtship. Individual place cards were housed inside silver plated luggage tags, which were given as wedding favors. The ceremony was officiated by Fr. Michael Joly. Fr. Joly is blind but inspired the guests with his musical magnificence on the piano and his self-composed song that he sang. Then completely and unexpectedly he asked to join the band onstage at the reception and the crowd went wild!



Flower Power

Flowers are one of the most photographed details of a wedding so it is important to choose centerpieces and bouquets that will complement the chosen style or theme. In determining flower selection, color, style, and availability all play a large role. Brides-to-be should search through pictures of centerpieces and flowers that range in style from casual and rustic to formal and glamorous. To ensure that centerpieces and bouquets match the wedding color palette, it is often necessary to search by color. Once the bride has an idea of what she wants, she should arrange to meet with several florists. Showing pictures of the desired flowers and centerpieces will help the florists determine if they can provide what is wanted or if they can enhance the bride’s ideas. Morrison’s Flowers and Gifts in Williamsburg has a wedding gallery

brides can use to get ideas and see the beautiful bouquets that can be created. Owner Arlene Aitken Williams takes the time to understand every bride’s vision; she researches and oversees every single detail to ensure perfection. They, like Williamsburg Floral, take care of corsages, boutonnieres, and any other flower needs. Its seven designers, with over 150 years of combined experience, love what they do! They help brides enjoy the process of choosing flowers and are conscious to keep budget in mind. Owner Elgin Morris grows herbs seasonally to use in arrangements, adding unique texture and design. -Kathy Zaun

Morrison’s Flowers and Gifts

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Emily Lane-Roberts marries

Robert Beale

Date 5/14/11 Destination Wedding Location The Sanderling Resort and Spa in Duck, N.C.

Engagement and Wedding Rings The Precious Gem, Williamsburg

Theme White

Hair/Makeup/Nails The Sanderling Spa

Bridesmaid Dresses, Shoes, Gifts Ocean Palm, Williamsburg

Guest Accommodations The Sanderling and nearby rental homes

Photographer Chris Bickford

Honeymoon Sandals Resort in St. Lucia



Fun Facts Emily’s ring from Precious Gem features a stunning sapphire. Originally from England, Emily had fallen in love with Princess Diana’s sapphire wedding ring and had always dreamed of having one. The bridesmaids wore ivory Lilly Pulitzer dresses with a navy and coral fish design from Ocean Palm in Williamsburg. Emily’s gift to them was a navy blue clutch adorned with a gold turtle and matching navy patent sandals. The groom wore a custom suit, and groomsmen wore navy blazers and linen trousers to complement the bridesmaids’ attire. The bride wore silver sparkle flip flops. The couple was married on the lawn overlooking the sound. Just as they were saying their vows, seven pelicans (matching the same number of attendants) flew overhead. A delicious barbeque dinner was served at the Sanderling for the rehearsal dinner. The casual atmosphere promoted immediate interaction among the guests. Gifts to guests were bottles of wine and Lilly Pulitzer wine glasses. The label on each featured a picture of Rob and Emily and the wedding date. We were lucky enough to have so much support from our family and friends, I wish we could relive our Wedding Day a few more times!



Time to Relax

For many couples, the favorite part of the entire wedding process is the honeymoon. The hard part is choosing one of the many incredible places to go. Warwick Travel in Williamsburg and Newport News and the Travel Corner in Williamsburg are two wonderful resources couples can use in the honeymoon process. Warwick Travel has been serving Hampton Roads and points beyond since 1975 providing personal service at its

best. The trusted personal travel advisors at Warwick Travel can turn your honeymoon dreams into unforgettable memories. The Travel Corner, Inc. has been serving the Williamsburg community for 25 years and voted the Best Travel Agency in Williamsburg for 11 out of the last 14 years by the readers of the Virginia Gazette. From Island getaways to a castle in the sky, their imagination can transform your honeymoon fantasy into a glorious reality as you set off on your journey through life together. Whether looking for sun, snow, adventure, or relaxation, couples will find everything they need. After choosing the destination, couples need to consider travel insurance. There are many plans available that will cover everything from cancellations to travel delays, lost luggage, and more.

Honeymoon Registry Contact your Travel Agent and ask them if they offer a Honeymoon Registry. It is quite simply a wedding registry for your honeymoon or destination wedding. A flyer can be created or you can offer a link on your wedding website to the travel agency. Your guests simply contact the travel agent and can pay directly toward the honeymoon. Alternately, you can pick specific experiences that you would like to do and stock photo



those can be “gifted” to you via your honeymoon registry. Consider a horseback ride on the beach at sunset, a romantic private dinner on the beach, a shore excursion or even a champagne breakfast in bed. These are all experiences that can be booked and paid for in advance via your honeymoon registry. Create honeymoon memories to last a lifetime and allow your family and friends to be part of providing those memories to you! -Kathy Zaun

Certified Sandals Specialist 149 Monticello Ave., Williamsburg 757.220.1920 Voted Williamsburg’s #1 Travel Agency for 11 years

Photos courtesy Warwick Travel

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• 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 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.




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.


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• 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.






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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.

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


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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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The Williamsburg Magazine, January 2012  

The January 2012 edition of The Williamsburg Magazine. A supplement to The Virginia Gazette