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Picture Perfect 24 Tying the Nautical Knot— There’s water, water ever where in this maritime romance. 26 Yuletide Union—A snow-capped, vintage Christmas wedding unites this couple in a holy night of matrimony. 28 Let Them Eat Cake These trending creative confections will sweeten your day. Photography by Jim Pile and Mike Mercker; Styling by Pamela Hopkins; Words by Angela Blue

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very bride has envisioned her wedding day from the moment she said “yes”. Every detail matters to truly bring your special day to life. At Roger Brown’s, we want to capture all of your dreams and turn them into a reality. Our newly-renovated reception venue features a beautiful wood dance floor, in-room bar facilities, full audio-visual equipment, and elegant decor. You can be confident that our dedicated staff will think of every detail from start to finish. We take pride in the quality and freshness of our food. We recommend our Angus Steaks, aged 28 days and prepared in our classic style to your taste. Our seafood is always top quality and carefully selected and prepared to your complete satisfaction. We can create the perfect menu for your wedding based on your needs and taste.

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Ever since little girls adorned their hair with flowers from the garden and pretended to tie the knot in backyard ceremonies, there has been an obsession with the color pink. So why forsake it now? Subtle, sentimental and positively romantic, the shade of blush is perfect for adding a touch of nostalgia and enchantment to your wedding. Here are some simple ways to accentuate the shade on your day.

Earrings Perhaps you’re looking for just a subtle hint of color. You can’t go wrong with these sophisticated studs that will draw attention to your lobes without taking away from your overall striking appearance. Blush stud earrings with diamond halo from Haute Bride, $96. Available at Pure English, La Promenade Shoppes,Virginia Beach. See Above

Clutch Bridesmaids are in charge of keeping up with some of the most essential items you may need during the day, including aspirin, extra bobby pins, safety pins and lipstick in case you need touchups when taking photos.This clutch will not only hold all the necessities of the day; the color perfectly complements their dresses. Flower clutch in blush pink by Sophia, $70. Available at esmé, Hilltop North,Virginia Beach. Top Right

Bridesmaid Dresses Just as you’ve dreamed of this day for many years, your bridesmaids have also envisioned walking down the aisle in a splendid shade. Delicate blush looks lovely on any skin tone, and with these two flirty styles, your ladies can actually wear these dresses again. Lace and marquis satin in almond rose by Jasmine, $165. Available at Maya Couture, Norfolk. Right Rose Chantilly lace sheath bridesmaid dress, one-shoulder neckline with ruffle detail and a natural waist by Jim Hjelm Occasions, $260. Available at Pure English, La Promenade Shoppes. Left

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Eye Shadow Who says blush is only for your cheeks? Enhance your eyelids with these soft, complementing shadows, expertly coordinated by François Nars. Worn together or alone, these shades are richly pigmented and can be applied sheer or built up for a more dramatic effect. Used wet, these shadows also double as eyeliners. Sugarland glimmering apricot/lavender pink with golden sheen duo eye shadow by NARS, $34. Available at Sephora. Top with Fairy Princess Glitter Eye Shadow, $8. Available at Ulta.

Bracelet Whether you choose to strut down the aisle in a full-on blush gown or you simply want to add a few pink accents to your look, it’s important to choose the right accessories. You’ll fall in love with this bracelet featuring delicate cushion cut Swarovski rhinestone brooches with white opal and golden shadow accent colors set on rose gold plating, $410. Available at Pure English, La Promenade Shoppes, Virginia Beach.

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Lingerie Take the blush trend beyond your wedding day and into your honeymoon with these feminine and ultra sexy undergarments. Eberjey Anouk Boythong in nude, $36. Eberjey Anouk underwire bra in nude, $54. All available at esmé, Hilltop North,Virginia Beach.

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From the initial twinkle in your eyes to the radiance of your first kiss to the illuminating ring he’s placed on your finger, there’s always been a certain sparkle to your relationship. Emulate this panache and make your wedding day truly glow with these five exquisite accessories.

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The shoe can be equally as important (and attention-grabbing) as the dress. You’re stepping into your new future with the man who completes your fairy tale, so why not steal Cinderella’s shoes? Whether you opt for all-over glitz or just a sprinkling of sparkle, you’ll demand full attention from head to toe. Bedazzle white satin platform pump with helix crystal heel platform by Pink, $129. “LuLu” crystal high heel pump by Benjamin Adams, $399. Both styles available at Maya Couture, Norfolk.

Twinkling Topper When choosing the perfect piece to adorn your head, veils are a great option, but they’re not the only option.You can achieve the same amount of glamour with a stunning headpiece, especially if it’s bedecked with dazzle like this one. Crystal tiara with large brooch center by Haute Bride, $595. Available at Pure English, La Promenade Shoppes,Virginia Beach.

Lustrous Lashes From the first time you batted your lashes, your guy hasn’t been able to take his eyes off of them. Adorn your peepers with a little extra glitz on the big day with diamondstudded falsies. Prices vary. Available at local beauty stores.

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Arm Candy In order to make a true statement, you’ll need a piece of statement jewelry, and we think you’ll agree that this incredibly brilliant diamond bracelet has a lot to say. Custom bracelet with rough cut white and yellow diamonds with black rhodium $64,275. Available at Long Jewelers,Virginia Beach.

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Birdcages

Rustic and original, birdcages can create the perfect centerpieces for your wedding.You can paint the cages in accordance to your wedding colors, or you can customize them for each table. Filling the cages with flowers and other foliage creates a beautiful garden-like effect perfect for a nature-loving bride. You can also fill them with candles or other items to match your theme.

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Nothing says romance quite like a gorgeous, candlelit dinner. These floating candle centerpieces are incredibly easy to put together and, even better, they’re also inexpensive. All you need are glass vases (depending on the look you want, you can also use drinking glasses), water, your flowers of choice and floating candles.You can also add rocks, shells or marbles to the bottom of the vase for a more textured look. Purchase floating candles at Yankee Candle or online, but if you’re feeling very handy you can also make them yourself using inexpensive candles found at The Dollar Tree.

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This is a basic, beautiful idea that looks as elegant as you want it to. Wine glasses are classy, and they range from small and dainty to grand and elaborate. To create the candleholder, the wine glasses are placed upside down with the candles sitting atop the bases. Inside the glass cup of the upside down wine glass, you can personalize this centerpiece to match your theme. Flowers, seashells, special heirlooms and other items can be used as additional decoration in the wine glass candleholders.

There are plenty of options when it comes to using photographs to customize your centerpieces. Opt to put the photos in mason jars with olive oil to create sepia-toned photograph centerpieces.You can also choose three photos to frame, position the three in a triangular setup on the table and put a candle in the middle for a pretty, glowing effect.

Embroidery Hoops

Embroidery hoops bring a sweet, old-fashioned feel to your wedding, and they can be used a number of different ways. If you or someone you know is handy with a needle, you can actually embroider a pretty pattern or the table number to use as the centerpiece. If not, the hoops can be paired with flowers, ribbons or antique heirloom-style decorations to complete the vintage look. They can also be hung above the tables chandelier-style, with flowers and other décor attached to them.

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Let’s face it; weddings can be expensive, and the planning can be downright frustrating. Deciding on a venue, caterer, florist and other details is difficult enough without adding in the stress of shopping for the perfect centerpiece to meet your needs. Instead of one more thing to worry about (and pay for), take matters into your own hands. Getting crafty with your decorations can be a fun stress reliever, and the possibilities for creative projects are endless.You can even make designing your centerpieces a fun bonding activity to do with your bridesmaids and family. Here are a few easy DIY ideas for creating the perfect centerpieces for your wedding.

Candy

Sweeten up your guests’ tables with an adorable centerpiece made with candy. Sweet treats can be a great way to easily incorporate your wedding color into the centerpieces. Plus, everyone loves candy, and your guests will totally love you for having it on the table. Put your favorite candies in martini glasses, Mason jars or other fancy containers. Spruce up the design by incorporating your flowers or tying ribbons around the candy containers.

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Bridal Unveiled Top Your Wedding Day Ensemble With A Veil Suited To Your Style By Chelsea Sherman

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Like many wedding traditions, the bride’s veil is an accessory with origins dating back several centuries. The exact beginnings of the custom are a bit ambiguous. Some believe the tradition came about in ancient Rome and was intended to help the bride ward off evil spirits on her wedding day. Others hold that it was a result of arranged marriages—a precaution taken to ensure the groom wouldn’t back out of the wedding based on the bride’s looks.Whatever the true origin, veils have certainly come a long way as a bridal accessory. While some brides opt for lavish, floor-length lace veils, others embrace the subtle accent of a small headpiece. For the modern wedding, the veil can be as unique as the bride.

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knot notes Headband This veil is the compromise between the daredevil Bohemian bride and the sophisticated, chic birdcage bride. Whether it’s an intricately beaded headband that hints at regality or a simple, delicate band of tulle tied lackadaisically for a feminine touch, the headband veil is a lovely alternative to the traditional look. Dusty Veil ruched tulle bow headpiece veil with vintage lace, embellished with Swarovski diamante and crystals, $190. www.RubyAndDiva.com

from Vows Birdcage Long, lavish veils and traditional lacy headpieces are popular among many brides, but they’re not for everyone. The birdcage veil is for the bride that just wants to do things a little differently. She’s got a gorgeous gown and impeccable hair, and she doesn’t want a veil that drapes over her dress or covers up her picture-perfect updo. This veil accentuates your wedding hairstyle and serves as a delicate, yet eye-catching accessory. J-Picone soft netted blusher featuring two feather floral accents with jeweled centers, $60. From Pure English, La Promenade Shoppes,Virginia Beach.

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Personalized Posies Forgo The Flowers And Look To These Unique Arrangements You Can Keep Forever By Chelsea Sherman

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There’s nothing quite like taking a big, luxurious whiff of freshly-cut flowers, and perhaps you can’t wait to do that with the gorgeous arrangement that you’re planning for your wedding bouquet. But have you thought about what happens after you throw the bouquet? Well, some lucky lady catches it, and then maybe you try to save it for a while, but the problem is that the flowers will eventually wither away and you’ll be left with only pictures to remember your beautiful arrangement. As you plan for your big day, you might instead want to consider a non-floral bouquet. There are several creative ways you can do this to make your bouquet unique and, best of all, keep it as a souvenir for years to come.

Brooches For the bride who can’t get enough shine and glam, this is the perfect bouquet idea. Elegant brooches, with their sparkle and delicate beading, make a beautiful alternative to a traditional arrangement.You can even choose brooches that will match your wedding jewelry, to complete the perfect down-the-aisle look. Or, if you want to be more sentimental about it, you can ask all your bridesmaids to pick up a brooch at a boutique or antique shop and make a bouquet out of the pieces they found for you. Image courtesy of Kimberly Potterf Photography, LLC

Shells If you’re having a beach wedding or you’re incorporating shells into your wedding décor, a shell bouquet makes a gorgeous addition to your theme. Shells are available in various colors and shapes, and they can be coordinated to match your colors and your personal style. However, you might want to use someone else’s bouquet for the toss—you probably don’t want to chuck a bouquet of shells at any of your guests! Image from WeddingWire.com

Personal Treasures The bouquet probably isn’t the first place you’d think to incorporate a sentimental personal touch, but you can arrange your bouquet with heirlooms and special items from your childhood. These items can be anything from special jewelry to a craft you made in kindergarten—whatever brings out the best memories for you. Personalizing your bouquet with treasures from your own life is the perfect way to preserve your bouquet forever and bring a lifetime of memories down the aisle with you. Photo by Nov Wedding Photography 24

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Feathers Feathers can add a sophisticated look to your wedding. They come in all colors, shapes and sizes, and they can make for a fun, classy alternative to a traditional floral arrangement. Peacock feathers are especially beautiful, and they can be paired with several different colors to arrange the perfect bouquet. Mix them in with some other assorted colored feathers, tie an elegant bow around the stems, and you have yourself a whimsical bouquet perfect for a fun-loving bride. Image from Wedding Bells

Ornaments Remember those beautiful ornaments you picked out for the tree this Christmas? Don’t put them in storage! Instead, put them to good use as the main component of your bouquet. The ornaments can be selected in your wedding colors and arranged with other pretty décor, like holly or faux leaves. Whether you’re having a holiday wedding or you just love shiny, colorful decorations, an ornament bouquet is a beautiful and inexpensive alternative to a floral bouquet. Image from Etsy Wedding Blog

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Yuletide Union A Snow-Capped, Vintage Christmas Wedding Unites This Couple In A Holy Night Of Matrimony Compiled by Ashley Schaefer Photography by Keith Cephus Photography www.KeithCephus.com Who: Jessie Thompson, physical therapist, and JD Tippit, explosive ordnance disposal tech. When: December 21, 2013. Where: The ceremony took place at the Oak Grove Baptist Church. The reception followed at the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach. Guest List: Approximately 100 guests attended the wedding. Guests traveled from Texas, Washington, Delaware and North Carolina. Where They Met: Jessie and JD met on a blind date set up by friends Katy and Ross in Greenville, N.C., in March 2012. At the time, Jessie was working on her doctorate in physical therapy and JD was stationed at Fort Bragg. The Engagement: Jessie visited JD in Florida, where he was in school for nine months, to celebrate her 25th birthday. “He planned a whole day of events including breakfast, lunch and shopping—he even had an itinerary. After a dinner of crab legs eaten by the water, he took me to Fort Walton Beach to catch the sunset. We were walking through Gulf Islands National Seashore with the sun setting behind us when we came upon two TIKI torches on an empty beach. There was a shovel there and he had me dig for the ‘treasure box,’” Jessie recounts. While Jessie thought all the planning was for her birthday, it turned out that the treasure was actually an engagement ring! Wedding Wishes: “I wanted a vintage Christmas vibe. The reception venue, centerpieces and airplane postcards people signed and left in a Christmas hat box were chosen to meet this goal,” says Jessie. What’s Next: The couple now resides in Raeford, N.C., where they plan on living for the next two and a half years while JD finishes his army contract. After his contract is up, the couple may move to JD’s home state of Texas.

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Bride Jessie traded in her pumps for a while and matched her comfy flip-flops to the bridesmaids’ blue dresses from David’s Bridal.

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The bride and groom opted for open seating and “each table had a centerpiece of green berries and greenery to complement the vintage Christmas theme,” says Jessie.

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Airplanes, like this cargo plane from the Military Aviation Museum, tied in with JD’s military background and added a unique aspect to the wedding. “Jonathan [Lichtenstein from the Military Aviation Museum] was amazing at coordinating the wedding!” says Jessie.

Rings:

Jessie’s white gold engagement ring and diamond band were purchased as a set from Helzberg Diamonds. Her rings fit perfectly inside JD’s tungsten ring with exotic Hawaiian Koa wood.

Lighting and Decor:

Stage Right Lighting in Virginia Beach set the scene at the reception, where the bride and groom made their big entrance as husband and wife.

Send-Off:

The pair exited the reception through a blissful winter wonderland. “We had a snow machine from Stage Right Lighting. It was 65 degrees in December when we left, which is not cold enough for natural snow. However, I think we fooled a few tipsy guests,” says Jessie.

Bouquet:

The bride’s bouquet bloomed with Christmas spirit thanks to Pungo Florist’s creation of white roses, red berries and greenery.

FLOWERS:

Floral Events in Pungo provided the bridal flowers.

Gown, Makeup and Jewelry:

The bride’s best friend and bridesmaid gifted the bride with a three-strand pearl necklace and acted as her makeup artist on the big day. Jessie wore an ivory lace gown with a V back and cap sleeve from David’s Bridal.

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The groomsmen donned black Vera Wang tuxes with ivory silk handkerchiefs and ivory shirts from David’s Bridal. The groom stood out with his sharp, black bowtie.

VIP Family: The blushing bride with her

family, from left to right: mother-of-the-bride Laurie Thompson, brother-of-the-bride and groomsman Tyler Thompson, bride Jessie, father-of-the-bride and Coastal Virginia Bride Publisher Randy Thompson and sister-of-the-bride and bridesmaid Haley Thompson.

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A Whimsical Outdoor Wedding Sets The Tone For These High School Sweethearts Compiled by Angela Blue Photography by Gian Valdivia, www.GianValdivia.com Who: Anne Carey, assistant kindergarten teacher, and Cody Leonard, front desk clerk at a doctor’s office. When: July 20, 2013. Where: Berkeley Plantation, Charles City. Guest List: Approximately 125 guests traveled from Arkansas, California, Colorado, Kansas, Kentucky, Iowa, Maryland, Montana and New Jersey. Where They Met: 10th grade PE class; Anne says she was swooned by Cody’s basketball skills. Engagement: Anne was in the office at school with her boss Betsy—who is also Cody’s mother—discussing her first year as a kindergarten assistant. After the brief meeting, Anne went back to her classroom to find Cody, her mother and Cody’s father waiting for her. The students held up a sign that read: Anne will you marry me? Cody, cloudy-eyed and giddy, put one knee down and opened a black, velvet box revealing a stunning rose gold ring. After Anne said yes, she and Cody kissed, and the group of kindergarteners resounded in a simultaneous, “Ewww!” Wedding Wishes: When planning their wedding, Anne and Cody wanted to accentuate their surroundings and not take away from Berkeley Plantation’s already stunning beauty. “I wanted our decorations to look effortless and laid-back,” Anne explains. “While everything was DIY, I didn’t want it to look too crafty.” The couple incorporated special touches to reflect their personalities, including having guests fill out a Mad Libs-style “guestbook” and serving their favorite beer at the reception along with a mac ‘n cheese bar. What’s Next: Cody is anticipating the acceptance of a medical school in Virginia, so depending on where he gets accepted, the couple may stay in Virginia Beach or move as far as Charlottesville. Anne hopes to stay in the school system and plans to focus on her writing. Communion

Because the couple has firm beliefs about marriage and its sanctity, they chose to take communion during their ceremony. “We wanted to express this to our family and friends by centering our ceremony on God and why we’ve been able to remain together through the hard times,” Anne says.

Finishing Touches

Cody’s brother, Joe, straightens Cody’s bowtie before he walks down the aisle.

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Anne and Cody ordered flowers from Norfolk Wholesale Floral and incorporated them everywhere—on tables, aisle decorations, bouquets and on the cake.

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The couple’s wedding party consisted of family and friends from college, church and other walks of life.

Sparklers

Anne describes their sparkler exit as “magical.” “How often do you get the opportunity to run through an aisle of all the people you love most? It was climactic; a whirlwind of emotions.”

Musicians

Grisha Kramer and girlfriend JessicaRoxanne Atienza, a high school and college friend of Anne’s, performed music during the reception. “After reconnecting and hearing their sweet, folksy style, Cody and I knew we wanted their live music playing our favorite tunes,” Anne says.

Seating

The couple didn’t want guests to feel like they needed to sit on either the bride’s or the groom’s side, so they created a sign that says: Sit wherever you like. “We didn’t like the idea of our families being divided and felt that from that day on, we were one big family,” Anne says.

Chaise Lounge

Anne borrowed the chair from a friend to add to the vintage, whimsical, “Gatsby” vibe of the day.

S’mores Bar

Since Anne and Cody love s’mores, their caterer, Sweetwater Cuisine, came up with the idea of a s’mores bar with gourmet marshmallows in flavors of mocha and coconut.

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There are many fads circling the dessert table of today’s weddings. Should you go with a cupcake buffet or a candy station? A gelato bar or perhaps an assortment of homemade pies? With all these fabulous options, the idea of a traditional three-tired cake can seem bland—but it doesn’t have to be. Sweeten the pot at your reception with one of these stylish trends that most certainly take the cake.

Baked and Naked It’s ok to go completely nude on your wedding day—when it comes to the cake, that is. Forget the fancy frosting designs, and let the baked pastry take center stage with this trend. Naked cake from Silverspoon Bakery, Portsmouth.

Dare to Be Square There’s no rule that says your layers must be round—or that their patterns must match. Mix things up by opting for a square cake with each layer having a different design. This cake with damask stencil and hand-painted scripted font can be created in any color and can include the bride and groom’s name or initials. The variations are endless! Square three-tiered fondant cake from Bella Cakes, Newport News.

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Back to Basics There are plenty of reasons that today’s brides are opting for the basic buttercream icing for their cake. It’s often less expensive, the frosting technique options are endless, and—most importantly—it tastes amazing! Alternating, clustered, pearlized rose petals complement a two-tone smooth layer with piped buttercream scrollwork on this masterpiece from Bella Cakes, Newport News.

Luscious Lace Pay homage to the vintage era with an elegant Venetian lace design. White on ivory makes for a crisp, classic look, although color combinations can be whatever suits your fancy. You can even match the lace on your wedding gown to the lace design on the cake. Four-tiered white fondant cake with Venetian lace scrollwork from Bella Cakes, Newport News.

Rustic Refreshment Having a rustic wedding? Incorporate your cake into the theme! This rustic pearlized buttercream finish is trimmed with raffia ribbon and a large pink peony that gives a delightful nod to nature. Three-tiered rustic cake from Bella Cakes, Newport News.

A Colorful Confection One of the latest hair trends has now taken to the bakery, shown in this ombre effect. Start light to dark (or dark to light) to show your wedding color in many different playful hues. Ombre cake from Silverspoon Bakery, Portsmouth.

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Blushing Bride Step out in this sweet shade to add a fanciful feel to your day By Angela Blue

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Gown: “Marieanne” by Maggie Sottero. Beautifully embellished lace adorns this dramatic fit and flare with a sweetheart neckline and subtle sparkle. Finished with signature corset back closure, $1,896. Available at Maya Couture, Norfolk. Necklace: Pink pave necklace with round silver chain in rhodium plated sterling silver with pave cubic zirconia encircling a faceted pink cat’s eye stone, $181. Earrings: Rhodium plated sterling and AAA grade pave cubic zirconia earrings with pink cat’s eye dangle charm, $164. Ring: Rhodium plated sterling silver ring with pave cubic zirconia surrounding a pink faceted cat’s eye stone, $180. All from the Ti Sento Champagne Collection available at hi-ho Silver, Hilltop West,Virginia Beach.

Gown: “Allison” by Martina Liana silk fit and flare with a lovely sweetheart neckline and a whimsical tulle skirt. Hand-sewn Diamante jewels and sequins create a romantic floral pattern on the bodice and skirt, $3,520. Available at Pure English, La Promenade Shoppes, Virginia Beach. Earrings: Jenny Perl rose quartz and diamond butterfly earrings, $4,690. Bracelet: Jenny Perl rose quartz bracelet, $7,375. Both available at Long Jewelers, Virginia Beach.

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A Fantastic Fairytale

Gown: “Shelly� by Tara Keely sherbet tulle ball gown with sweetheart neckline, Alencon lace off the shoulder overlay with three-quarter sleeves, horsehair belt at natural waist (optional), horsehair hem detail and chapel train, $2,250. Available at Pure English, La Promenade Shoppes,Virginia Beach. Necklace: White pearls, $2,880. Earrings: Jenny Perl white and blush pearl and diamond earrings, $3,750. Both available at Long Jewelers,Virginia Beach.

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Tickled Pink

Gown: Stella York A-line gown made from tulle and soft organza and features delectable Diamante-adorned lace piping throughout. The skirt flows full into a chapel train for added elegance, $1,799. Available at Maya Couture, Norfolk. Necklace: Marianna hand-cut gemstones and white Swarovski crystal necklace, $159. Earrings: Matching Marianna earrings, $51. Both available at hi-ho Silver, Hilltop West,Virginia Beach.

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A Passion for Pastel

Gown: Pronovias “Octavia� drop waist tulle blush ball gown with lace accents, $2,125. Available at Maya Couture, Norfolk. Pendant: Bergio enamel pendant, $6,515. Earrings: Bergio enamel earrings, $8,340. Both available at Long Jewelers, Virginia Beach.

Credits Styling: Pamela Hopkins Photography: David Uhrin Words: Angela Blue Model: Rachel Owens with Evie Mansfield Modeling & Talent Agency Hair and Makeup: Emily Flood with Spa Phoenix and Pamela Hopkins with Coastal Virginia Bride.

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Aqua’s unforgettable ambiance, savory dishes and attentive staff delivers an experience that will keep you coming back Kings CreeK MArinA 900 Marina Village Circle | Cape Charles,VA 23310 757-331-8660

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SHOW YOUR GUESTS YOU LOVE, HONOR AND CHERISH THEM AS WELL. At the Norfolk Waterside Marriott, you can be confident your wedding will be just the way you imagined it. Make your day picture perfect in one of our ballrooms or overlooking the Elizabeth River.

Be downtown where award-winning service is first and foremost. Contact our certified wedding specialist at 757-628-6440 to reserve your special day!

NORFOLK WATERSIDE MARRIOTT

Norfolk, VA

Norfolk Florist has ten locations in the Hampton Roads area with professional, experienced and award winning designers ready to ensure that your wedding flowers will add beauty and elegance to your wedding day. Creating Wedding Day Memories In The Hampton Roads Area For Over 40 years! We Guarantee Your Satisfaction!

www.norfolkflorist.com

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Please call Tommy Venters at (757) 464-2000 to schedule a free consultation at our Bridal Design Center.

Schedule an appointment with one of our designers and mention Coastal Virginia Bride and code 143650 to receive a 10% discount on your wedding flowers.

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Making An Entrance By Angela Blue

Bedecked And Bedazzled Brides Soak Up The Limelight In The Seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dramatic Dresses

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Make a Scene

Gown: Imbad ivory embellished lace fitted bodice with keyhole back detail and softly layered net skirt by La Sposa, $2,200. Available at Pure English, La Promenade Shoppes, Virginia Beach. Earrings: Judith Ripka 18k white diamond dangle hoop earrings, $18,000. Available at Long Jewelers, Virginia Beach.

Being a bride is similar to performing on stage. You rehearse your part to make sure it’s perfect, you spend hours in hair and makeup, and when it’s time to make your grand entrance, every single eye in that audience is on you.You already know you’re going to stand out on your wedding day, but to ensure show-stopping effects, you’ll need a dress that’s full of drama. The chosen selections of gowns demand full attention, so we headed to The American Theatre in Hampton and took center stage. Thank you to The American Theatre for setting the stage for our dramatic shoot. The American Theatre is located at 125 E. Mellen St., Hampton. Visit www.HamptonArts.net for more information.

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Gown: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Idoiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ivory fit and flare embellished lace gown with an illusion lace back by La Sposa, $2,100. Available at Pure English, La Promenade Shoppes, Virginia Beach. Necklace: Fana 14k white gold diamond teardrop necklace, $4,845. Earrings: Fana 14k white gold diamond ribbon earrings, $9,300. Bracelet: Fana 14k white gold diamond ribbon bracelet, $19,500. All available at Long Jewelers, Virginia Beach.

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Gown: Essence of Australia vintage-inspired gown in lux taffeta features waterfall of pearls and jewels on the back and hundreds of diamante crystals hand-sewn on a fitted bodice with jewel-adorned court train, $1,930. Available at Maya Couture, Norfolk. Earrings: Barry Kronen diamond and aquamarine chandelier earrings, $2,925. Ring: Martin Flyer diamond mounting ring, $13,975. Both available at Long Jewelers, Virginia Beach.

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Broadway Bound

Gown: Pronovias Dreams collection fantasy wedding dress with removable inner bodice, lace-up bodice in rebrode lace with silver, crystal and pearl gemstone embroidery. Sweetheart neckline and semi-sheer bodice with satin boning. Skirt with tulle and organza frills finished with nylon ribbon, $2,125. Available at Maya Couture, Norfolk. Earrings: Mikimoto chandelier pearl earrings, $4,200. Bracelet: Mikimoto pearl and diamond bracelet, $4,690. Both available at Long Jewelers, Virginia Beach.

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Passionate Performance

Gown: Ellis ivory English net gown with fitted cummerbund waistband, illusion bateau neck and open keyhole back. Soft beading throughout provides an elegant shimmer, $2,240. Available at Pure English, La Promenade Shoppes, Virginia Beach. Ring: Michael B. split shank princess platinum ring, $9,075. Earrings: Sasha Primak diamond earrings, $12,925. All available at Long Jewelers, Virginia Beach.

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Gown: Maggie Sottero Cosette ivory and black ball gown highlighting sequined lace motifs over tulle. Detachable grosgrain belt with embellished handmade flowers finished with strapless sweetheart neckline and signature corset back closure, $1,373. Available at Maya Couture, Norfolk. Bracelet: Custom bracelet with rough-cut white and yellow diamonds with black rhodium $64,275. Ring: House of Baguettes diamond butterfly ring, $22,575. Earrings: PavĂŠ diamond in and out hoop earrings, $14,125. All available at Long Jewelers, Virginia Beach.

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Taking the Stage

Gown: Justin Alexander beaded 3D lace and tulle fitted mermaid gown with sweetheart neckline featuring a detachable beaded halter racerback. Crystal and satin buttons down to the dropped waist and chapel length train, $2,125. Available at Maya Couture, Norfolk. Ring: One-of-a-kind pave diamond 18k white gold mounting ring, $10,250. Earrings: Norman Covan circle earrings 18k white gold, $6,675. Necklace: Slane double strand pearl necklace with sapphire toggle, $750. Pendant: Slane silver and diamond pendant, $2,050. All available at Long Jewelers, Virginia Beach.

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Gown: Inaya ivory embellished drop waist gown with ruffled organza and horsehair skirt by La Sposa, $2,860. Available at Pure English, La Promenade Shoppes, Virginia Beach. Earrings: Judith Ripka crystal briolette 18k diamond earrings, $5,700. Ring: House of Baguettes ribbon wide band, $10,575. Bracelet: Chad Allison diamond heart cuff bracelet, $16,440. All available at Long Jewelers, Virginia Beach.

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Williamsburg

Bridal & Formal

Williamsburgâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Premier Full-Service Bridal Salon

We pride ourselves on exceptional customer service and attention to detail.

Voted one of The Best Bridal Salons in Virginia by The Knot, Hampton Roads Magazine and Best of Readerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Choice

Village Shops at Kingsmill 1915 Pocaontas Trail, E-8 Williamsburg, VA 23185 757-229-5004 www.williamsburgbridalandformal.com

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MeghanFreckleton &Tony Hopkins HOLIDAY INN & SUITES NORTH BEACH We had a romantic, perfect, superb wedding. It was more beautiful than we could have imagined. The Holiday Inn North Beach staff made sure our day ran perfectly. All of the staff was amazing. We held our ceremony in the Atrium, with the glass ceiling which was lovely. We wanted a beach wedding, without being on the beach and it was the pictureperfect venue and ambience! We then held our reception in the Vista del Mare ballroom with dinner and dancing. The food was magnificent, I am a foodie so I am picky about the food and it was remarkable. All of the guests were raving about the Caribbean Jerk Salmon! The head Chef Charles was so nice, he helped us adjust the menu until we were 100% happy about it and even brought us breakfast the next morning! I would have my wedding again at Holiday Inn & Suites North Beach in a heartbeat. Our guests loved the atmosphere of the hotel and could not believe how friendly and helpful the entire staff was. The staff was amazing during the entire wedding process and our big day; I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t rave enough about the unbelievable service my husband and I got, and all of the wedding guests, and would recommend the Holiday Inn to anyone looking for a beautiful hotel with friendly, accommodating service for their wedding day. The North Beach Staff did everything they could to make sure everything was perfect! I sent many, many, many, MANY emails/phone calls and they answered each one right away happily! They even left a surprise for us in our suite to find after the wedding. We had a wonderful honeymoon suite the night of the wedding, courtesy of the hotel, and they made is so easy for us to extend our stay. If you want a romantic and fun-filled wedding with top notch service, I would recommend the Holiday Inn & Suites North Beach above all others!

{ details } date: September 7, 2013 Reception Venue: Holiday Inn & Suites North Beach Catering: Holiday Inn & Suites North Beach Flowers: Norfolk Wholesale Floral dJ: Jason Marshall with Sound Waves DJ Entertainment

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Life. Well Played.

Bella Cakes, Inc. When you need unique and beautiful Specializing in custom cakes, cookies, pies and pastries for any occasion. Let us help you design something unique. Call us today!

Cedar Point Country Club Offering a beautiful riverfront setting for weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, luncheons, bridal showers, golf outings and more! 8056 Clubhouse Dr., Suffolk, VA 23433 757.238.2275 â&#x20AC;˘ www.cedarpointcountryclub.com

Visit our new bakery located at 1405 Kiln Creek Parkway, Ste. I, Newport News, VA 23602 Open Tues.-Sat. 8:30am-6:00pm info@bellacakes1.com Call now! 757.369.5525 www.bellacakes1.com

757-430-2169 kcephus@cox.net www.keithcephus.com

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An Ocean of Beautiful Memories The stunning sunsets, the majestic Chesapeake and the natural beauty of the Eastern Shore provide and extraordinary backdrop for your affair. With multiple indoor and outdoor venues for you to choose from, first class food and our experienced service staff to take care of you, we provide all the makings of the perfect day. http://kingscreekmarina.com/dining/catering.asp For Weddings & Events, please contact the Kings Creek Events Manager, Tiffany Mohr, at 757-331-8663

BeachWeddings Virginia! Specializing in small weddings and elopement packages

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Specializing in affordable, fabulous wedding receptions! • Beachfront Wedding Ceremonies • Receptions for up to 140 Guests • Full Service Bridal Consultant on Staff • Customized Catering & Menu Planning • Complementary Overnight Room for Bride & Groom • Discounted Accommodations

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Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Nansemond River while you say I do. CEdaR PoINt CouNtRy Club 8056 Clubhouse drive, Suffolk,Va 23433 (757) 238-2275 | www.cedarpointcountryclub.com

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Our exceptional culinary staff will make a memorable impression on your guests Chesapeake COnferenCe Center 900 Greenbrier Circle Chesapeake,Va 23320 757.382.2500 | www.chesapeakeconference.com

The Chrysler Museum is bigger and better than ever. Celebrate in style. Chrysler MuseuM of ArT 745 Duke street, Norfolk,Virginia 23510 757-664-6200 | www.chrysler.org

Charm of Historic Williamsburg and the pristine clubhouse craftsmanship creates a perfect destination for celebrating your special day. Colonial Heritage Club 757-645-2011 | www.colonialheritageclub.com C o a s ta l V i r g i n i a B r i d e

Enjoy your rehearsal dinner or reception in our private “Portside Room”. Fin SEaFood 3150 William Styron Square, newport news,Va 23606 757-599-5800 | www.finseafood.com

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Have the wedding of your dreams. Unforgettable in every way. Cypress point CoUntry ClUb 5340 Club Head road Virginia beach 757-490-6300 | www.cypresspointgolf.com

Our expert, professional staff can handle your every need from award-winning cuisine to accommodations. FOunder’s Inn and spa 5641 Indian river rd,Virginia Beach,Va 23464 757-366-5716 | www.foundersinn.com

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Celebrating 25 years of elegant dinning in a formal church. Ideal for rehearsal dinners and bridal showers. Freemason abbey restaurant & tavern 209 West Freemason street, norfolk,va 23510 757-622-3966 | www.freemasonabbey.com

VENUE Begin your lives together at Historic St. Luke’s Church. HiStoriC St. LukeS CHurCH 14477 Benns Church Blvd, Smithfield,VA 23430 757-357-3367 | www.historicstlukes.org

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A true hidden gem in central Newport News, we proudly host a collection of venues for any taste. The MAriNers’ MuseuM ANd PArk 100 Museum dr., Newport News,VA 23606 757-591-5124 | MarinersMuseum.org/event-rentals

VENUE Plan your perfect day in Olde Towne. ROgeR BROwn’s ResTauRanT & sPORTs BaR 316 High street | Portsmouth,Va 23704 757-399-5377

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Let us assist in making your special day more than an elegant affair, but a truly once-in-a-lifetime moment. Ruth’s ChRis steak house 205 Central Park ave.,Virginia Beach,Va 23462 757-213-0747 | www.sizzlingsteak.com

VENUE Celebrate in the heart of Historic Downtown Williamsburg. The Trellis | 403 West Duke of Gloucester St Williamsburg,VA 23185 | 757-229-8610 www.thetrellis.com

VENUE Hold your Hall of Fame Moment in one of our spacious reception rooms. Virginia SportS Hall oF FaMe & MuSeuM 206 High Street, portsmouth,Va 23704 757-393-8031 | www.shfm.com

WEDDING DECOR

DESTINATION WEDDINGS “Savor our Small Town Southern Charm” SmiThfield & iSle of WighT CVB 319 main Street, Smithfield,VA www.visitsmithfield.com

VENUE If you have a larger guest list, our space will work for you too! SmIthfIeld ConferenCe Center 220 n Church St., Smithfield,VA 23430 757-356-9939 | www.smithfieldcenter.com

venue Say ‘I Do’ to Suffolk,Your perfect wedding spot. Suffolk DIvISIon of TourISm 524 n main Street, Suffolk, vA 23434 757-514-4130 | suffolk-fun.com

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Featuring the most unique spaces and special touches that make your wedding day unforgettable. Virginia aquarium & marine Science center 717 general Booth Blvd.,Virginia Beach,Va 23451 757-385-0306 | www.Virginiaaquarium.com

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From tables, tents and chairs to decorations, sashes and linens, we have everything you need for your special day. ABZ PArty rentAls / HAmPton roAds events 757-890-4700 | www.Hamptonroadseventrentals.com

VENUE Our Vow is to Make Your Wedding Day Perfect. VIRGINIA BEACH CONVENTION CENTER 1000 19th Street,Virginia Beach,VA 23451 757-385-2000 www.visitvirginiabeach.com/conventioncenter

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Enjoy your ceremony and reception surrounded by our new Conservation Garden that includes a scenic amphitheater and beautiful waterfall. VIRGINIA LIVING MUSEUM 757-534-7402 | www.thevlm.org

ICE Let us turn ice into art for your special day or reception with hand-carved ice sculpture. Ice Art 2984 S, Lynnhaven rd.,Virginia Beach,VA 23452 757-498-4777 | www.iceartva.com

LIGHTING Let us set the stage by visually enhancing the atmosphere of your special day. Stage Right Lighting 2401 Bowland Parkway,Virginia Beach,Va 23454 US 757-431-4501 | www.srlweddings.com Spring/SummER 2014

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By Patrick Evans-Hylton

Mint Julep Bourbon Balls Ingredients

1 (12-ounce) box vanilla wafers, crushed fine (2 1⁄2 cups) 1 3⁄4 cup confectioners’ sugar 1 cup chopped, toasted pecans 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder 2 1⁄2 tablespoons light corn syrup 2 tablespoons mint simple syrup 1⁄3 cup bourbon

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Method Stir the vanilla wafer crumbs, 1 cup of the sugar, the pecans, and the cocoa powder together in a large bowl. Whisk the corn syrup, bourbon and mint simple syrup together in a small bowl. Pour the mixture over the vanilla wafer mixture, then stir well to completely incorporate. Refrigerate the mixture for 5 minutes. Place the remaining 3⁄4 cup sugar in a large bowl. Scoop the vanilla wafer–bourbon mixture into 1-inch balls (the larger end of a melon scoop is just the right size) or form into squares, and roll in the confectioners’ sugar. Transfer the balls to an airtight container and refrigerate for at least 1 day or up to 3 weeks before serving to allow the flavors to meld. Roll in additional confectioners’ sugar before serving. Yields about 4 dozen. This recipe is an adaptation of my classic Bourbon Balls in my cookbook, Dishing Up Virginia.

Photo by Edwin Remsberg, from Dishing Up Virginia

One of the most refreshing treats of spring is a mint julep; a heady cocktail of mint, sugar, bourbon and ice. The classic cocktail has historic origins in Virginia, where it was written about as early as 1803, and perfected early- to mid-19th century at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, when West Virginia was still part of the Old Dominion. We honor those traditions in another favorite Southern treat: bourbon balls. Colloquially referred to as southern truffles, these confections are found across Virginia and the South, especially during celebratory times. Just a hint of mint makes these sweet treats sing. These Mint Julep Bourbon Balls make wonderful favors at spring-time affairs; place in small aluminum candy foils, place a few in a small box and tie with a green ribbon for a take-away folks will remember.

Mint simple syrup is easy to make: combine 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water with 1-1/2 cup mint leaves that have been chopped in a heavy saucepan and bring to a boil; stir until sugar is dissolved. Reduce to a simmer for 2-3 minutes and strain to remove the mint. The syrup will keep for several weeks refrigerated in a closed container. We also love Richmond-based Keep It Simple Syrup, an all-natural spearmint-infused simple syrup made with real mint and cane syrup. It is available for sale at gourmet shops, select ABC stores, and directly from the company. For more information, visit www.KeepItSimpleSyrup.com.

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