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Work | Release is an art exhibition space on the first floor of the historic and newly remodeled Texaco Building in the NEON District of Downtown Norfolk. The building’s exposed brick, large windows and open floor plan provides a raw, industrial look that can easily be transformed into an elegant space to suite your event. Our team can help you craft a unique and unforgettable experience in Norfolk’s newest venue. • EVENTS FOR 15 - 400 PEOPLE • DELICIOUS IN-HOUSE CATERING • FULL BAR • CHANGEABLE SPACE • ROTATING EXHIBITIONS • EVENT PLANNING ASSISTANCE • ON-SITE AUDIO/VISUAL




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Editor-in Chief Kim Wadsworth

Art Director Ashley Grove Mars

Contributing Photographers Editorial Dee Akright Ross Costanza Harry Gerwien Heather Hughes Dustin Lewis Brooke Mayo Marie Violet

White Album Grant and Deb Perry Leigh Skaggs

Contributing Writers Susan Smigielski Acker Kim Wadsworth

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Business Manager Michelle Norman

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on the cover: Photograph by Marie Violet Photography What better place for Cover Girl Kirsten Hauser to wear ‘Versailles’ than Norfolk Botanical Garden. This stunning V-neck tulle gown of tone on tone beading and sheer beaded back with delicate waist bow belt (price upon request) by Anne Barge at Pure English Couture Bridal; is paired with 18kt white gold diamond dangle earrings $7,400 and 18kt white gold diamond band $5,375. Both from The Precious Gem. Peony and rose head wreath and floral bouquet designed by Marissa DiGirolamo of Studio Posy. Fashion Styling by Kim Wadsworth. Set Design by Rodyan Quinonez. Hair Design by Yolanda Wright. Makeup by Kim Wadsworth for BridesMade. Location: Norfolk Botanical Garden.

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scene & heard

Everything’s coming up weddings and we’re sharing the buzz.


wedding image contest

The 3rd Annual 2015 Photography Contest winners are announced.


tale of two cities

What happens when Country Boy meets City Girl? This stylized shoot offers a mix of rustic glam at The Historic Obici House where the land of peanuts yields plenty of uptown surprises.

Bringing the pages of Vow Bride to life was a dream come true. See the highlights from the 2015 Vow Bridal Events at the Virginia Beach Convention Center and the Hampton Roads Convention Center.




It’s always a floral event at the Norfolk Botanical Garden as we showcase bridal collections of timeless beauty and signature style amidst iconic gardens.



Grooms have their own moment in the spotlight, requiring a polished look and attention to detail for their nuptials.



Reverting back to old school salon presentations of the past, breathtaking gowns made their debut in intimate ateliers and sotto voce ballrooms during NY Bridal Fashion Week.



With a hint of pioneer style; and a nod to organza and lace, the untamed look of romantic style finds a place on vineyards, fields and farms of the Outer Banks.

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Editor Kim Wadsworth chats it up with four regional tastemakers bringing culinary taste and style to the wedding table.

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Behind the Scenes I love surrounding myself with visionaries.

A substantial amount of imaginative work by so many is evident in this issue. Creating new and exciting content takes more then a magic wand. We went from vineyards and botanical gardens; to historic sites and downtown hotspots with gowns, tuxedos and carloads of props in tow. With the support of so much talent, our pages are packed with stunning fashion, inspiring ideas and classic images. Speaking of images, we’re thrilled to reveal the 2015 winners of our Third Annual Image Issue Photo Contest as well as those recognized with honorable mention. Our panel of distinctive judges included Jose Villa, considered one of the best


Brooke Mayo Photographers

Producing bridal editorials is really all about imagining the possibilities and making them happen. From conversations I’ve had with advertisers devoted to the world of nuptials, weddings can fall into the same category. Taking a blank canvas and composing a picture that is filled with beautiful flowers, memorable tablescapes, signature details and fabulous food is a definite form of magic, fueled by inspiration. Whether it’s for a magazine; or a real wedding, there’s an art to making it breathtaking and memorable.

wedding photographers in the world; Laura Kleinheinz, an awardwinning photojournalist published by some of the world’s leading news organizations; and Janie Medley, owner of the nationally acclaimed wedding blog The Bride’s Cafe. Considering their unbelievably booked schedules, we were honored and grateful to them for taking the time to personally choose our winners. We want your wedding to be a visionary experience. Be inspired by

what you see and enthused by the professionals guiding you along the way. There’s no better time to be a bride than now.

Kim Wadsworth Editor in Chief Pinterest: Kim Wadsworth Instagram: WadsworthStyle Twitter: WadsworthStyle

Photo by Andi & Zoe Photography

Candie’s Treats Get swept away by our lush gardens, unforgettable

waterfront views, and exquisite architecture. Celebrate your special day in a setting as enchanting as your love. 7637 North Shore Road, Norfolk, VA • 757-423-2052 •

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contributors SUSAN AcKER

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dustin lewis

Susan Smigielski Acker is a 10-year freelance journalist and editor who contributes frequently to many local and regional publications. She was raised in Norfolk and prior to launching her freelance career, was a newspaper reporter in South Georgia; a feature writer on the U.S. Army Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands; and worked at NASA Langley Research Center. Susan updates readers about wedding vendors around town in, “Scene & Heard.” A proud Old Dominion University alum, she resides in Newport New with her husband Scott and their two daughters.

Ross Costanza is a Hampton Roads-based photographer providing both classic portraiture and candid images that will be cherished for a lifetime. Combining his passion for details and scenic landscapes, Ross and his team vibrantly capture the beauty of love of his clients’ wedding day. In “Southern Protocol,” Ross and his team worked tirelessly on the stylized shoot of rich locations and beautifullycurated details at the historic Obici House.To learn more about Ross, his packages and The Traveling Photobooth, visit

With an insatiable passion for people, adventure and photography, you’re bound to catch a blur of Harry Gerwien zipping around in his Mini Cooper to shoot the next assignment. His cameras have photographed Presidents, Queens and Rock Stars. He has visited 59 countries, including expeditions to both the North and South Poles. In this issue, Harry photographs our regular features “Adored” and “Table Trends.” To learn more about his work for Pilot Targeted Media, contact him at

With more than eight years of commercial and wedding photography experience, Dustin Lewis continues to be passionate about getting it right. He’s all about showing grooms how to expand their repertoire– and sartorial skills– which he addresses on his online men’s resource blog, “The Modern Groom.” Taking it one step further, Dustin joined forces with Vow Bride to shoot “Well-Groomed,” where men show their best looking side on the big day. Discover more about his outstanding work by visiting

ASHLEY GROVE MARS As the new Creative Director of Vow Bride, Ashley Grove Mars has more than 12 years experience in graphic design, brand identity, event planning and DIY arts and crafts. She is also the lead graphic designer at Virginia Zoo, where she will spearhead branding and communications initiatives.You’ve probably seen her work at the Norfolk Better Block events, Bastille Days, Town Center of Virginia Beach and the DNC’s Downtown 100. To see more of her work, check out 12

BROOKE MAYO PHOTOGRAPHERS Located in the Outer Banks, Brooke Mayo and Candace Owens are Brooke Mayo Photographers. They love nothing more than capturing love and happiness that a wedding offers.Vow Bride made a road trip to the Outer Banks so this dynamic team could shoot “Prairie Tales.” Brooke Mayo Photographers have recently been featured in international publications such as Grace Ormonde, Destination Weddings and Honeymoons, and Brides. To see more, visit

MALIE OSBORN Canadian native Malie Osborn is the creative mind and curator of Marie Violet Photography & Pillow Talk Boudoir. A romantic at heart who loves to capture images full of beauty and emotion, she aims to make every woman–and couple in front of her camera– feel and look breathtaking. In this issue, Malie showcases the beauty of Norfolk Botanical Garden and the latest in bridal couture in, “Blooms with a View.” To view more of Malie’s imagery, visit

rsvp! INTERESTED IN advertising? Act now to reserve your ad in the next issue of VOW Bride. If you’re a photographer and interested in advertising in our special photography section, please contact Katherine Byrd at 757.222.3945 or katherine.byrd@

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UNDER THE STARS. Magical, loving and accepting was the tone for David and Tim’s special day. After five years of dating, they decided to tie the knot at the Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center, overlooking the spot where they first met, five years prior - to the exact date. David and Tim wore matching Hugo Boss black tuxedos, which required watching several YouTube “tie-tying” tutorials. The couple wanted to feel like everyone was included in the celebration, so they kept the mood relaxed, but elegant. Guests enjoyed a cocktail hour on the veranda, then sat at tables surrounding the ceremony. All white towering centerpieces consisting of lilies, roses, carnations and cherry blossoms added a sophisticated touch to the breath-taking views of the grand rotunda. The magical feel they were going for was topped off by a spectacular sunset and dancing under the stars. 14

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05.10.15 half moone cruise terminal, norfolk photos by leigh skaggs photography

VENUE Half Moone Cruise & Celebration Center, Norfolk COORDINATOR Cherry Blossom Weddings, LLC PHOTOGRAPHER Leigh Skaggs Photography GROOMS ATTIRE Matching Boss Hugo Boss Tuxedos STATIONARY Paper Dolls Designs HAIR STYLIST Rachel Young, Changes Hairstyling FLOWERS The New Leaf CATERER Omar’s Carriage House CAKE & dessert table Chocollage LIGHTING Stage Right Lighting WEDDING BANDS & engraved cufflinks Tiffany & Co. DJ Astro Enterprises, Inc. RENTALS Distinctive Event Rentals OFFICIANT Christina Rodriguez 15

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john best kept secret Jackie and John couldn’t have planned a more romantic day, filled with personal details from the unity ceremony painting to the hand-written notes at each place setting. Westover Plantation was the idyllic site for their “secret garden� wedding, with the James River as the perfect backdrop for friends and family to witness the ceremony. The bride wore a Berta Bridal gown with dramatic details and feminine lines. Her bridesmaids wore striking champagnehued sequin dresses to compliment the picturesque surroundings. Blush roses and peonies, sprawling candle arrangements, antique lanterns and sequin table runners set the vintage chic tone to this already stunning venue. As a franchisee of Burger King, John convinced Jackie to try her first hamburger at their clever food truck before ending their unforgettable celebration with family and friends.


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05.02.15 westover plantation, richmond grant + deb photographers

VENUE Westover Plantation Coordinator Lindsay Kennedy, LK Events & Design Photographer Grant and Deb Photographers Videographer Handspun Cinema Gown Designer Berta Bridal Shoes Bagley Mischka Bridesmaid Dresses White Runway Makeup Artist Avenue 42 Hair Stylist Bride Jeffrey Mayo; Bridesmaids Avenue 42 Grooms Attire Vera Wang invitations Red Orange Design Rings Boutique in New York Floral Design Seasons of Williamsburg Caterer Mosaic Cake WPA Bakery Band/DJ DC Fusion Lighting & Draping Blue Steel Lighting Ceremony Music Ninja Strings Rentals Paisley and Jade 19

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Making memories. Capturing moments. Immortalizing emotions.

These are the words that drive photographers and videographers to go the extreme when documenting a wedding. Why is a great shooter so important? Think about who’s there until the “happily ever after” send off and you’ll know the answer. We tip our tiaras to all the Image Makers who are making the difference and capturing the moments that matter. – Kim Wadsworth, Editor in Chief | Vow Bride

Photo courtesy of Jose Villa


Photographers interested in submitting images for The White Album are always welcome. Contact editor Kim Wadsworth at for space availability and submission requirements. Weddings featured must be current and within six months of published date. 21 95


scene heard the bridal scene in virginia is ever-changing. We bring you up to speed with the latest from some of the area’s leading vendors

Your Nuptial History

by susan ackers

Make wedding history by saying “I do” at the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City, NC. Located along the beautiful Pasquotank River, the museum serves as an ideal location for a special garden ceremony and reception. Couples can also choose from one of three interior areas that vary from intimate setting; to full-blown reception complete with dancing and dining. A full catering kitchen is available and can be used from an outside approved vendor; or experience Nellie Maude Owens Catering Kitchen onsite. The museum is available for rehearsal dinners and other wedding events. Currently “I DO! Weddings in the Albemarle, 1831-2015” is on exhibit until December 2017. To make your own nuptial history call 252.335.1453 or visit

A crafted Venue Looking for an industrial chic venue to celebrate your union? O’Connor Brewing Company offers a unique approach to entertaining your guests for engagement party, rehearsal dinner, bachelor party, or intimate wedding events. There are several unique areas to choose from in this modern urban warehouse that also retains a romantic feel. The polished concrete floors are complimented by blond pine wood, cork walls and rustic touches. Guests can sip on seven O’Connor crafted beers as well as wine and liquor upon request. The brewery offers a list of trusted caterers; or a couple can use one of their choosing. Contact them at 757.623.2337 or

Sweet Ingredients

Tasteful Catering While Catering Concepts owners Susan Bryne and Eddie Bryne have been in business for more than 20 years, they do not rest on their laurels. To ensure a perfect wedding reception menu, they work closely with soon-towed couples to make certain the event is a reflection of their personalities and taste. Catering Concepts not only integrates the menu selected with the overall reception décor; they provide place settings and linens to compliment wedding themes and colors, giving the reception an easy flow. Catering Concepts travels far and wide in Coastal Virginia to cater your event. Plan an exciting menu with them by calling 757.425.5682 or visit 22

No wedding would be complete without cake; cupcakes; or other sweet treats. Candie’s Treats goes beyond the traditional white cake by offering wedding cakes in any flavor that their signature cupcakes are made of. There are more than 10 delicious flavors to choose from including Banana Split and Cookies and Cream. For autumn weddings, owner and trained pastry chef Carmen Curry says pumpkin spice is the perfect seasonal flavor. For couples looking for a different dessert twist for their wedding or other related celebrations, Candie’s Treats offers custom made cookies, pies, cheesecakes, candy apples, and cookie sandwiches. Cake tastings are encouraged prior to the store opening; and they deliver to various sized parties ranging from 40– 500 people. Visit or call 757.204.7567 for more information.

The Floral Touch Flowers always set the scene for a beautiful wedding. Having three generations of florists with 60 years of experience gives Virginia Beach Florist the edge to create any memorable event. Working with brides (and their budgets) to customize their dream day with originally-designed arrangements, this locally-owned florist keeps it fresh by using many regionally-grown flowers. General Manager Jordan Lee and his staff keep up with the most recent trends, including those for autumn wedding season including muted and rustic colors. So take time with caring experts to smell the flowers and set the stage for your big day. For more information call 757.428.1481 or visit


Nesting Instincts

Entertain With Style


After the wedding dust has settled, couples wishing to host their friends and family can do so in style with dinnerware and accessories from The 18th Century Merchant. Customer service of yesteryear is emphasized as a personal consultant takes time to determine couples’ entertaining style prior to showing them a vast array of options, from formal to casual; and everything in between in the latest lifestyle and entertaining trends. Every purchase comes with complimentary gift wrapping and delivery. To learn more about Bridal Registry and to make an appointment to define your style together, call 757.483.6171 or visit

You’ve shared the aisle together through one milestone – your wedding. Now it’s time to share another special moment – the purchase of your first home. Mortgage Banker Jessica Tallett of Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group knows a little something about newly-weds and their needs. Working in the wedding industry for over 10 years, she formed relationships with couples who were simultaneously planning a wedding and purchasing their first home. Knowing that this is one of the biggest investments young couples will make, Jessica is dedicated to providing personal service and guidance through this process. “My goal isn’t to just get your loan closed, it’s to walk you down the aisle to homeownership.” To learn more about mortgage possibilities, contact Jessica Tallett at or call 757.613.5883.

Have Kitchen, Will Travel Setting up your celebration in a unique location is easy when Karnage Asada caters it. With their ‘rolling kitchen,’ this savvy food truck caters weddings, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers and bachelor parties. They offer a chance to taste unique food creations, ensuring a menu that works with any reception or wedding-related theme. The Korean | Latino inspired menu is a mix of old and new recipes meshed together, which has earned them numerous awards since their inception just over a year ago. Crowd favorites include Brisket Tacos and Superkickin’ Quesadillas served family style. Karnage Asada prides themselves on continually serving food throughout the reception. Check out their schedule at area festivals and events. For more information visit or contact them 757.926.9796.

The Well-Suited Groom While all eyes are on the bride, her eyes will be fixed on her handsome groom wearing a well-fitted tuxedo or suit from Philip Michael Fashions for Men. Phil Scotti, president and CEO, has more than 45 years of formal menswear experience which should give grooms the peace of mind on their wedding day. The fitting process, available in four locations, begins with establishing what kind of wedding it will be; and how the groom and his wedding party would like their clothes to fit. This allows the staff to provide guidance on the best look for every happy occasion. Learn why they book 300 wedding parties each year. Call 757.226-.9836 for an appointment or visit philipmichaelfashion. com

The Royal Treatment When you think of royalty, you picture elegance. Imagine this visual when you consider The Royal Courtyard, a full-service wedding ceremony and reception venue located in Virginia Beach. Wedding ceremonies can take place in their outdoor gazebo, offering a beautiful garden effect. Whether a couple choses the Royal Ballroom or the Regency Room, they will celebrate in style with a variety of rich linens, decor and lighting options to choose from. Delicious menu offerings are varied and fit every budget. To get the royal treatment call 757.431.0045 and view their facilities at

The Proper Fit Being a beautiful princess bride starts on the inside– underneath the dress. Offering the finest lingerie for women of all sizes, The Full Cup owner Carla Mackey says that in order for brides to have that feeling of confidence, they need the correct underpinnings so the gown has that made-to-order fit. With accurate measurements taken by lingerie specialists, a proper fitting bustier or strapless bra will be chosen that perfectly defines a bride’s silhouette. Brides should shop early for underpinnings prior to searching for the perfect dress to ensure the success of their fittings and alterations. Consider a fun evening of a lingerie bridal shower for your trousseau where the bride and her wedding party can all be fitted in one evening! For more information and to make an appointment call 757.226.9441 or visit

The Pampered Bride A bride preparing for her big day needs special treatment and that’s where Mystique Salon & Day Spa plays a vital role. In the business of beauty for more than eight years, this full service salon and spa offers massage, body treatments and facials. As a Bioelements World Class Spa, their experienced master esthetician holds a special designation, providing clinical services such microdermabrasion, chemical peels, laser hair removal and skin tightening services. When the big day arrives, brides can enjoy getting ready time with family members and the bridal party, with hair and make up done by licensed stylists and artists with ten years of experience. For more information visit or 757.421.2196 for bridal packages and pricing. 23


White sails above the entrance to the Hampton Roads Convention Center provide a visual reminder of the first settlers to arrive here by sea over 400 years ago. Today, visitors travel to this impressive facility to celebrate in surroundings as inspirational as they are functional. Settings for social events don’t come any more impressive than the Hampton Roads Convention Center. And even though the structure is big—really big— we take extra care to mind all of the little details for you. Whether you’re inviting a few dozen people or a few hundred, we can create a customized event that suits your style and your budget. So when you begin planning your special day, choose the Hampton Roads Convention Center for a truly memorable experience.


• Flexible space accommodates social events of all sizes • Dedicated catering manager provides personal attention to every aspect of your event • Custom catering menus created specifically for you • Serene reflecting pools and 20’ colorful LED light display at the main entrance • Outdoor terrace overlooking fountains for receptions • Frequently voted Hampton Roads Magazine’s “Best Banquet Facility” For additional information contact: Shannon Perry Assistant General Manager/Director of Sales 757-315-1622 Hampton Roads Convention Center 1610 Coliseum Drive Hampton, VA 23666 25



Moments Matter

Serving Up Style Registry decisions can be daunting when it comes to choosing what goes on your table and what tucks into your bed. Relying on the basics–white plates, white sheets– and building up a color palate of plates, serving pieces, linens and throws offers gratifying results that never look old. Text and Styling by Kim

Wadsworth //

Photography by Harry



A seasonal approach to tabletop is always fun. Serve this look for breakfast or lunch, indoors or outdoors, for a refreshing pop of summer. From top: Linen tablecloth $58. Sea Turtle wooden tray $66. Carved blue whale $27. Mug $12. Starfish glass $15. Cloth napkin $9. Fish napkin ring $8. Casafina dinner plate $18.Vietri starfish plate $28. Salad plate $14. Reed & Barton “Gloucester Shell” 5-pc flatware $60. All available at 18th Century Merchant Chesapeake. 27

ADORED Tending Bar It’s the rage– a curated bar as the entertainment center for newlyweds who love to mix it up.Vintage serving tray $44. “Cocktails on Tap” $24.95. Ana candle $28. Mint julep bourbon balls $11.Vintage shaker $28. Jack Ruby Tonic $19. BitterMilk No2 $20. BitterMilk No4 $20. Wine/bottle opener (monograming available)$60. Bourbon cherries $18. Plate $10. Absinthe sugar $10. Absinthe spoon $10. Pitcher $36. Anchor stirrers $6. Sommelier wine tasting cup $16. O’Connor IPA + Sourdough Brew bread mix $12. All available at Table Seven, Norfolk.

DREAM TIME Let the lure of pretty sheets, comfy pillows and cozy covers make your bedroom the place to luxuriate. Bone zigzag frame $36. Mongolian lamb pillow $90. Queen cotton duvet $169. Queen organic cotton bed sheets $119. Channel stitch coverlet $149. All available at West Elm,Town Center.

Breakfast in Bed Pamper him with pretty and delicious. Rattan tray $44. Linen napkin $9. Cup $8. White plate $10. Red accent plate $10. White bowl $8. Small red accent bowl $6. Egg cup $6. Gold flatware (priced by the set). All available at West Elm,Town Center.



Wined and Dined

Please and Thank You Tea

Formal dinnerware and crystal choices represent one of the first times your tastes will merge. Make your choice timeless and elegant. Thiebaut runner $84. Simon Pierce bowl $130. Brass candlestick $44. Candle $6. Kate Spade “Abingdon” 5-pc flatware $70. Lacquer charger $6.50. Raynaud “Verdures” dinner plate $159. Hosta bowl 9” $70. + 5” $35. Napkin $8. Napkin ring $6.Vietri gold wine $24. + water $24. All available at 18th Century Merchant, Chesapeake.

What’s old feels new serving afternoon tea. Silver plate serving tray $96. Glass cake stand $135. “Entertaining” from Lauduree $39.95. Antique two-tiered server $225.Vintage linen cocktail napkins/4 $48. Paragon china tea set $325. Demi-tasse sterling spoons/6 $98. Sugar cup $3. Table Seven, Norfolk.

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Let us be your something new. Say “I do” to the newest grand oceanfront ballroom. With 5,000 square feet of flexible function space, expert culinary selections and comprehensive planning services, the newest hotel at the oceanfront is perfect for all wedding celebrations, from bridal showers to elegant weddings. Call 757.305.9001 to arrange a tour. 30




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Stepping out in style, she wears Allure Couture $3,598. Maya Couture on Main. “Lost Horizon Vine� hair accent $250. Paris by Debra Moreland from Pure English Couture Bridal. He wears Michael Kors from Maya Couture on Main. All locations are House of Maya Bridal Salons. Rolls Royce from Royal Coach Limousine Company.

Southern Protocol Photography by Ross

Fashion Styling and Concept Coordination by Misty

Costanza Photography Prewitt | House of Maya Bridal Salons

What happens when Country Boy meets City Girl? This stylized shoot offers a brilliant mix of rustic glam at The Historic Obici House where the land of Planters peanuts yields plenty of chic uptown girl surprises. 32

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TOP: A bevy of beauties–and their handsome escorts grace the steps of The Obici House in style. Bridesmaids dresses by Donna Morgan from Pure English Couture Bridal, a House of Maya Bridal Salon. Men’s Fashions Michael Kors from Maya Couture on Main, a House of Maya Bridal Salon. Jewelry from Either Ore Jewelers Strawbridge. All bridal bouquets, boutonnieres and floral accents from Black Iris Floral Events. Bottom Left: Bridal, bridesmaid and menswear fashions from House of Maya Bridal Salons. Bottom Right: Beautifully appointed tablescape includes china, linens, table, chairs, table accents all from Classy Event Rentals and Chic Unique Vintage Rentals and floral design from Black Iris Floral Events. 33

CREDITS Photography: Jessica + Ross Costanza | Ross Costanza Photography Styling and Concept Coordination: Misty Prewitt of House of Maya Bridal Salons Photo Shoot Styling: Staci Jelley of The Bridal Dish™by House of Maya Hair Design: Owen Simmons + Juan Tirado | Changes City Spa Makeup: Breanna Gumke | Changes City Spa Model: Kate Speer, Brooke Baxter, Sarah Goodwyn, Kristin Smith, Lily Walsh, Nick Hodges, Nick Rasch and Jourdan Rice Jewelry: Either Ore Jewelers Strawbridge Floral Design: Black Iris Floral Events Rentals: Classy Event Rentals Vintage Rentals: Chic Unique Vintage Rentals Catering: Montero’s Restaurant Bar & Catering Photo Booth: Ruby Costanza | The Traveling Photo Booth Cake: Incredible Edibles Bakery Wine & Education: Crystal Palate Cookie Favors: Warm Wishes Welcome Bags Paper: Aurora Graphic Studio Transportation: Royal Coach Limousine Company Officiant: Reverend Cory Newell Location: The Obici House LLC Details: From top left (clockwise:) Tablescape accents from Classy Event Rentals and Chic Unique Vintage Rentals, invitations and menu from Aurora Graphic Studio; floral bouquet from Black Iris Floral Events, rings and watch from Either Ore Jewelers Strawbridge; vintage cart from Chic Unique Vintage Rentals, champagne and wines from Crystal Palate; tiered wedding cake from Incredible Edibles Bakery; Photo Booth from The Traveling Photo Booth; Rolls Royce from Royal Coach Limousine Company


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Lavish tablescape welcomes guests, accented with linens, table, chairs, plates and flatware from Distinctive Event Rentals; floral arrangements by Studio Posy; and crystal chandelier from Stage Right Lighting.


Fit-to-flare Simone Carvalli gown with dramatic lace bodice and alluring back is accented with tulle and lace sleeves $2,495. Crystal chandelier earrings with floral design $205. and silver crystal filagree comb $328. Both by Ti Adoro. All available at Privee Bride of Ghent, a House of Maya Bridal Salon.

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Beautifully featured details make this Justin Alexander gown with tulle overlay and lace applique unforgettable. Sweetheart neckline and fitted bodice has waist accent of beaded belt of pearls, sequins and crystal beading $1,870. Silver floral headband with organdy ribbon tie $298. by Bel Aire Bridal. Both from Maya Couture, a House of Maya Bridal Salon. 14kt white gold akoya pearl necklace with diamond clasp $9,000. 18kt white gold diamond band $5,375. Both from The Precious Gem Virginia Beach. Flower Cart from Glass Gardens.


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Details from top left: Invitation Suite from Paper Dolls; Rose arrangement by Studio Posy, calligraphy signage by Megan Leigh, strawberries by Sweetwater Cuisine; Flower Cart from Glass Gardens, flower arrangements by Studio Posy; Macaron cookies by Incredible Edibles; floral arrangements by Studio Posy. 41


romantic and dramatic moment of a wedding– the heart-stopper and tear-starter– is, of course, the first glimpse of the bride.” Martha Stewart

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Dreamy and etherial, this vintage-inspired Claire Pettibone ‘Gardenia’ floral lace sheath reveals sheer back, satin lining and re-embroidered lace appliques (price upon request.) 18kt gold byzantine diamond band $4,900. 18kt gold pink sapphire and tourmaline necklace $3,650. 14kt rhodite garnet earrings $800. Crystal and gold stem glass (price upon request.) All jewelry from The Precious Gem Virginia Beach. Peony and rose floral wreath by Studio Posy.

OPPOSITE PAGE: The luxe look of Martina Liana has fit-to-flare gown of embroidered ivory lace over cameo matte satin with lace sleeves, dramatic open back and covered buttons $2,199. ‘Midsummer Nights Dream Wreath’ of enamel hand-painted ceramic flower and crystal headpiece with brooch design $480. Paris by Debra Moreland. All from Pure English Couture Bridal, a House of Maya Bridal Salon. 18kt white gold diamond band $3,520. and pearl earrings $280. from The Precious Gem Virginia Beach.

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court, and celebrate over food and drink, combining romance with the sensuous pleasures of eating– surely one reason that weddings in nearly all cultures are commemorated with feasts.” Martha Stewart 45

The beauty of hand draped tulle and French lace Rivini ball gown ‘Sabina’ has tiered organza skirt with horsehair hem and cathedral train $8,695. Pearl and crystal comb $165. by Sara Gabriel. All from Privee Bride of Ghent, a House of Maya Bridal Salon. 18kt white gold aquamarine and diamond dangle earrings $7,000. 18kt white gold aquamarine and diamond pendant $5,500 and 18kt yellow gold byzantine diamond band $4,900. All from The Precious Gem Virginia Beach. Lush bouquet of peonies, dahlias and roses from Studio Posy.



Photography Marie Violet Photography | Fashion Styling + Concept Coordination Kim Wadsworth for Wadsworth Style | BridesMade Style Assistant Mia Byrd of Prowess Consulting & Design Fashion + Accessories Assistant Annie Adsit Set Design + Location Coordination Rodyan Quinonez Set Dressing + Coordination Assistant Kristina Avera Set Assistants Liz Le | Crystal Almodovar | David Powers Hair Design Yolanda Wright Makeup Artistry Kim Wadsworth for BridesMade | Floral Design + Bouquets Studio Posy Model Kirsten Hauser | Modelogic Wilhelmena Location Caterer Sweetwater Cuisine Chandelier + Lighting Stage Right Lighting Catered Crew Lunch Dear Dandelions, Flower Cart Glass Gardens Wedding Cake and Sweets Incredible Edibles Table, chairs, lounge furnishings, flatware, linens, glassware, barware Distinctive Event Rentals | Videography Vision Quest Bookcases and Props Table Seven Table Silverware The Globe Invitation Suite and Menu Paper Dolls Calligraphy Paper Goods/Megan Leigh Instagram:@meganleigh52 Tea lights, pillows, accents West Elm Location From Renaissance Court, with its classic 16th century Italian-inspired vistas, terraces and statuary; to the Rose, Herb and Perennial Gardens; to The Enchanted Forest and Mirror Lake; Norfolk Botanical Garden offers millions of blooms and seasonal themes as stunning backdrop to weddings and events any time of year. Beautiful indoor options; gazebos; intimate cafe; and outstanding catering by in-house caterer Dear Dandelions, makes this location in the heart of Norfolk one of the most desirable and favored venues in Hampton Roads. To schedule your wedding event at the NBG, call Kristina Avera and Liz Le at 757.441.5830 ext.320 or visit

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THIS PAGE: At the relaxed and modern Work | Release venue, Rohan wears a blue and white print shirt $49. Steven Land, paisley silk handkerchief $20. and paisley bow tie $49.50 by Bruno Piatelli Roma. All from Philip Michael Fashion. Slate chambray blazer $295. by Ralph Lauren, white cotton trouser $30. Murano Dillard’s MacArthur Center. Stainless steel watch by Citizen (price upon request) from Madison Jewelers. Shell and floral boutonniere from Virginia Beach Florist.  OPPOSITE PAGE: Al wears a navy blue suit $149. by Andrew Fezza, pink dress shirt $39.99 by Modena, paisley tie $29.99 by Setazone. All from Philip Michael Fashion. Blue enamel cufflinks $40. by Murano. Dillard’s MacArthur Center.


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There’s an art to being a gentleman and behaving like one. What better time to start than as a groom. You have far more wedding responsibilities than merely showing up. Your involvement in the planning process; the food and music selection; and what you and your groomsmen wear are all important decisions that will make the difference. Once the time and location have been determined, you can define your wedding style accordingly. Whether you get married in a tuxedo, suit, or linen shirt and khakis, one thing is for certain: you will share the spotlight and be continually photographed so taking the extra time to attend to your appearance should be a welcome priority. 65











Where to start? Step up your workout routine; be mindful of what you are eating and drinking leading up to the big day; get plenty of rest; and plan to get groomed the week of the wedding. This includes a haircut, a professionally trimmed beard or shave, a facial, and a manicure (yes, people will ask to look at your ring as well.) Consider scheduling your dental cleaning close to the wedding day. If you’re into outdoor sports, wear sunscreen and be mindful of sunburns – there’s nothing worse than a overly flushed face, complete with hat and sunglass markings that even photoshop won’t correct.

Clockwise from top left: Striped socks $7.99 by Tallia Orange from Philip Michael Fashion; ’Hannigan’ brown calfskin double strap slip-on $279. from Johnston & Murphy MacArthur Center; Hair styling and manicure from Jake’s Place Ghent; Pattern socks $7.99-$12.99 from Philip Michael Fashion;The Lexington Shave Set $150. from The Art of Shaving MacArthur Center; Silk bow ties $29.-59. Dillard’s MacArthur Center.

Work | Release offers a hip background to Rohan’s greige colored suit $795. by Hugo Boss, blue pima cotton dress shirt $79.50 by Cremieux, graphic orange silk tie $85. and paisley pocket square $35. by Ted Baker London, hammered silver tie clip $34. by Kenneth Cole. All from Dillard’s MacArthur Center. Black woven leather bracelet with sterling silver detail $139. Silver and diamond wedding band $2,002. Both from Madison Jewelers. Rose boutonnière from Virginia Beach Florist. 








Your sartorial skills don’t have to be extreme– use common sense when organizing your checklist of what you’ll need for the big day. As silly as it sounds, make certain everything you wear is new, right down to your underwear and socks– your partner certainly is! Whether you are renting or buying a tuxedo or suit, make certain you try on your tailored garments before you leave the store to be certain your measurements were correctly executed. Nothing is more frustrating than an ill-fitting jacket or trousers discovered hours before a wedding. Create a checklist of items you’ll be wearing and keep it with your wedding day attire so you don’t forget anything (like cufflinks from your parents, a new watch to mark the day, or lucky striped socks.) Loving eyes will be on you at the end of the aisle so look just as unforgettable. 67


The Slover Library in Norfolk offers an architecturally modern and hip reception venue. Looking like a composed groom, Rohan wears a grey tuxedo with vest, shown with white dress shirt and silver tie by Jim’s Formal Wear $139.99.Tuxedo rental from Philip Michael Fashion. Antique silver deer lapel pin (shown as tie tack) $25. from Diamond checkerboard cufflinks $1,099. Sterling band with engraved wave detail $716. Silver engraved link bracelet $595. All from Madison Jewelers.


Enjoying Slover Library’s expansive terrace with stunning views of downtown Norfolk, Al wears a navy blue tuxedo with vest, shown with white dress shirt, salmon tie and pocket square by Jim’s Formal Wear $139.99 Tuxedo rental from Philip Michael Fashion. Vintage tie. Rose boutonnière  from Virginia Beach Florist. 


{ credits } Fashion Styling and Concept Coordination: Kim Wadsworth | Wadsworth Style Fashion + Style Assistant: Mia Byrd | Prowess Consulting & Design Style + Accessories Assistant: Natalie Orlando Photography: Dustin Lewis | Dustin Lewis Photography Photography Assistant: Bryan Brough | Eyecaptures Photography Hair Design + Barbering: Jake’s Place Men’s Barbering Lounge and Spa in Historic Ghent. Our thanks to Lauren Lesley, Barber and Michelle Myers, Barber Floral Design:Virginia Beach Florist Models: Rohan Shetty and Al Ungerman Locations: Jake’s Place Ghent is Hampton Roads’ Men’s Barbering Lounge and Spa catering exclusively to gentlemen. A private setting for complete men’s salon and spa services including barbering and grooming, hand and foot detailing, skin treatments, and massage. Call 757.627.5253 or visit Work | Release is an arts venue, exhibition and events space located in the historic Texaco building in the NEON District in Downtown Norfolk.Their in-house kitchen and bar allow guests to grab a bite to eat and a cocktail while experiencing contemporary art exhibitions, live music and other creative programming. In addition to weekend exhibits and private events,Work | Release offers its venue and catering services for event rentals including engagement parties, rehearsal dinners and intimate wedding receptions. For more information about hosting a private event email or visit Slover Library is a spectacular architectural jewel that merges three spaces: the renovated historic Seaboard building, a retrofitted Selden Arcade, and a new modern six-story addition that connects the Seaboard and the Selden with a three-story glass atrium and tower featuring custom ornamentation by sculptor Kent Bloomer. To learn more about their innovative venue opportunities for rehearsal dinners and wedding receptions including outdoor terraces with fantastic views of downtown Norfolk call 757.664.7323 or visit 70

top: Al wears blue chambray blazer with ivory trim $149. by Tallia Orange from Philip Michael Fashion. Dress shirt $49.50 by Ralph Lauren, plaid bow tie $49.50 by Ted Baker London, navy trousers (not solid separately from suit). Dillard’s MacArthur Center. LEFT: Fruit and cheese board, curry chicken salad sandwiches and ham sliders catered by Work | Release.

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he element of surprise is one of the most exciting parts of attending the Bridal Collections in New York twice a year. Big reveals of fresh interpretations by renown designers is a much-anticipated part of being a fashion editor. But even a front row seat at a massive runway show provides just so much detail as gowns sashay by. To my delight, collections this Spring were presented in a new light at a number of intimate settings including niche hotel ballrooms; designer showrooms and ateliers; photo studios; and roomy lofts. Claire Pettibone offered an Old West mise en scene that was all about Romantique, with a nod to pioneer style, vintage lace, and untamed romance. Models sat on bails of hay or walked amongst guests wearing cowboy hats while striking relaxed poses at a photo studio. At the Rockefeller Plaza penthouse atelier of Romona Keveza, gowns were presented one by one as the

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designer herself described each gown, allowing editors to touch and admire favorites up close, while listening to personal commentary about her iconic fabrications. Anne Barge went chic and intimate in a tucked away ballroom at the Baccarat Hotel where models mixed with Proseccodrinking guests for up-close look-see peeks of her stunning beaded details. Anne moved from guest to guest to field questions and chat up her inspirational style. Austin Scarlett opened up his airy Greenwich Village apartment on Fifth Avenue where he shared his inspirations and parlayed with guests, making them all feel like the best of friends. At the Villard Mansion in the Palace Hotel, Israeli designer Galia Lahav presented her “Les Reves Bohemiens� collection featuring fairytale elements, revealing fabrics, and extravagantly sexy styling, inviting gasps and non-stop photo ops. Kelly Faetanini was inspired by beauty and intelligence of the modern muse, presenting in the EZ Film Studio a collection that was flirty, charming and inventive, with blush feathered gowns a crowd favorite. 75

Prairie Tales With a hint of pioneer style and a nod to tulle and lace; the untamed look of romantic style finds a place on vineyards, fields and farms at the Outer Banks.

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Vintage-inspired Ellis Bridals tulle gown with hand-finished sequin details, soft Sabrina neckline and flutter sleeves $2,099. Marquee shaped crystal chandelier earrings by Malis Henderson $79. Both from All the Rage VB / Studio I Do Bridals. Sweetheart rose and baby’s breath vine on swing designed by Lasting Impressions Florist. 77

Strapless Anne Barge ‘Penelope’ ball gown has draped bodice and triple tier point d’esprit skirt edged in horsehair over full tulle skirt $2,630. ‘Little Foxes’ Wreath of orange and yellow Swarovski crystals $560. Paris by Debra Moreland. Three strand bracelet of bronze crystals and beads with fresh water pearl details $255. by Haute Bride. All from Pure English Couture Bridal, a House of Maya Bridal Salon.Vibrant peony, wild rose and hypericum berry bouquet from Lasting Impressions Florist.


Tulle and lace Simone Carvalli gown with beaded illusion neckline and dramatic back with crystal button closure $4,295. Bronze crystal teardrop earrings by Ti Adoro $115. All from Privee Bride of Ghent, a House of Maya Bridal Salon. Garden and wild rose, peony, silver leaf and succulent bouquet by Lasting Impressions Florist. 79

Silk satin fit-to-flare Simone Carvalli gown with hand beaded illusion back and shoulder detail with embellished English net cathedral train $6,795. Hand-beaded crystal and pearl headband with satin ribbon by Sara Gabriel $280. Chrystal drop earrings with pearl detail $180. by Ti Adoro. All from Privee Bride of Ghent, a House of Maya Bridal Salon. Sweetheart rose and baby’s breath wreath on horse by Lasting Impressions Florist.


Austin Scarlett tulle ball gown with silk duchess satin hand-rolled bias appliqué on skirt (price upon request) from Pure English Couture Bridal, a House of Maya Bridal Salon. ‘Secret Window’ headpiece $420 and earrings $185. of Swarovski crystals, gold leaves, and ivory blooms of rhodium and 14k gold plated brass Paris by Debra Moreland. All available at Pure English Couture Bridal, a House of Maya Bridal Salon. Garden rose, wild rose, peony, silver leaf and succulent bouquet by Lasting Impressions Florist. 81

Hand-beaded Justin Alexander tulle ball gown with pearl and crystal detail, illusion neckline and dramatic open back $2,250. Fresh water pearl and white opal Swarovzki crystal drop earrings $180. Three strand bracelet of bronze crystals and beads with fresh water pearl details $255. Both by Haute Bride. All from Pure English Couture Bridal, a House of Maya Bridal Salon.


Credits Fashion Styling and Concept Coordination: Kim Wadsworth | Wadsworth Style Style and Fashion Assistant: Mia Byrd | Prowess Consulting & Design Fashion and Accessories Assistant: Annie Adsit Photography: Brooke Mayo Photographers Assistant: Candace Owens Hair Design: Viviana Saenz and Ashley Eatmon | Sanderling Resort and Spa Floral Design: Lasting Impressions Florist Model: Ashley Libretto Wiscott Location: Sanctuary Vineyards is a special part of an exciting Outer Banks destination experience for your wedding. Richly landscaped vineyards are greeted by brilliant sunrises and kissed by ocean breezes. Each year life begins anew on this rustic estate as seven generations of the Wright Family call coastal Currituck County home. Sanctuary Vineyards is the product of centuries of farming experience and a dedication to a dream - producing world-class wines in Currituck County while sharing a stunning venue for weddings and receptions for those who love the OBX vibe. Visit or call 252.491.2387.

BELOW: Chantilly lace Ellis Bridals gown with hand-embellished lace sleeves and empire waist $2,099. Vintage-inspired crystal brooch headband with satin ribbon $109. by Giselle. Both from All the Rage VB / Studio I Do Bridals. 83

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Feeding those near and dear to you on your wedding day is a big responsibility and can consume a large part of your budget. Finding a caterer that will create and execute a reception menu that reflects your taste and price range can be challenging. Asking the right questions long before the tastings begin is a great place to start. Editor Kim Wadsworth invited three of Tidewater’s premiere caterers– Louise Nagourney of Cuisine & Company; Cathy Carter of East Beach Catering; and Susan Byrne of Catering Concepts; along with ice sculpting expert Andrea Latham of Ice Art; to share their knowledge and experience in serving up some of the finest fare and culinary spreads in the area. Sharing breakfast– and inside tips– became the starter course of the day.

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Kim Wadsworth

Where should a couple start when approaching a caterer? I like to start with a budget– it’s the biggest frustration. We customize all of our proposals and it helps to know their limits. Then we can create a menu for them. Louise Nagourney:

It’s nice to make it their wedding. Customizing it to make it theirs happens once we have a budget in place. Cathy Carter:

Yes, a catering budget has to be at the top of the list. We have to handle it all and need to know that there’s money enough to take care of it.

Susan Byrne:

Giving us a budget is essential before we can say how much an ice sculpture will cost.

Andrea Latham:

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Once we have a budget, I like to guide couples about what foods to choose. They need to know that, for example, heavy hors d’oeuvres are not cheaper than serving a meal. They also need to know that, if they want great food, they have to lower the guest count in order to stay within their budget.


Arrange to make monthly payments. It’s so much easier than paying one big bill at the end.


KW: How involved should a caterer get in

the overall planning and execution of a reception beyond the food? AL:

Caterers know how to run the show.

We do it all. If something goes wrong at the reception, we have to have a plan to take care of it.


SB: We

just had a cake literally implode because the bride wanted it displayed outdoors when it was too hot and refused to listen. It became our problem and it’s something that could have been avoided if we were allowed to be more involved.

AL: An

ice pedestal cake stand would have helped!

The caterer is the last person standing. If anything goes wrong at a reception or is off kilter, it’s always our fault.


KW: Couples wants to “cut to the chase” and

sample their menu. When should a tasting be scheduled and who is included? They can schedule it once they settle on a menu and it is normally the couple and their parents- or whoever is paying for it.


CC: We

like to keep it to four people and charge for tastings. If they book us for the wedding, then we apply it to their catering fee. We suggest getting the proposal and menu set first before scheduling.

KW: What was one of the hardest lessons

you learned about working with food and serving others? SB: Trying to be everything to everybody– and killing ourselves in the process. We are all bleeding hearts with great ideas for our couples and then we “eat it.”

everything based on what’s in the contract. LN: Everything

has to be in writing and listed. We like to keep our client on the same page in terms of what we’re providing and detailed out.

We have to do 15-20 sculptures in a week so we’ve learned that there’s always room to add one more. We have a freezer. We’re good. AL:

KW: At the end of the day, everyone wants a

dazzling display and a memorable meal. How do you achieve that? LN: People need to remember what the event is about and

what the day represents. They also need to consider the facts of the day and the location they choose. If it’s an outdoor wedding and 95 degrees outside, things are going to happen. Keep in mind that items like ice sculptures look pretty but they really function to keep cold foods cold– especially outside in warm weather. AL:

SB: Timing is everything. We all have worked with coordinators that have no sense of time. When a schedule is set and food is involved, there’s not much wiggle room. If the planner forgets to tell you that four people are going to make a toast before dinner, that’s a problem. We’re serving food fresh out of the oven. It’s not like a hotel. AL: Offsite caterers have a totally different situation. They are setting up, hauling food, serving, packing everything back up, taking it away and returning it. It’s a really hard job.

People have no idea what it takes to make it incredible. You’re talking two days just to prepare for a wedding; a day doing the event; and then another day or more to get it all back in place.


We’re like a one-act play: we hit the road, then set the whole scene, do the play, then break it down– all in one night. SB:


I don’t do that any more. I deal with the facts and price


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what’s trending?

Anything served in a special dish. People love the Pommes Frites bar of hot fries served with special sauces and five different signature salts. A beverage favorite is the “make it yourself” juice bar where pureed fruit juices are paired with liquors, bubbly waters or sodas. Cathy Carter, East Beach Catering

We’re featuring anything that is presented with fresh eye appeal. We love using lots of fresh herbs, flavored oils and vinegars. Brides are definitely leaning towards Southern Virginia selections for a portion of their menus that reflect the location of their day. Louise Nagourney, Cuisine & Company

Plain and simple, ice carvings at weddings make people happy. Andrea Latham, Ice Art

Food truck-themed foods presented in mini dishes have been a fun food. Comfort food that refers to childhood favorites of our couples continues to offer a hint of yesteryear warmth, whimsy, and charm that everyone loves to include in their reception menu. Susan Byrne, Catering Concepts 93

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