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BY MARTHA STEWART Martha Stewart brings six new and exclusive weddings to Sandals Resorts Set in the island oasis of a Sandals Resort, your ceremony and reception will have all the stylish quality and thoughtful details you would expect from a Martha Stewart wedding. Choose from six beautiful themes that include everything from the beach ceremony décor to the lush tropical flowers of the bouquet. Plus, add à la carte options such as our sand unity ceremony to make your destination wedding an occasion to remember.

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Sandals® is a registered trademark of Sandals Resorts International LLC. Weddings by Martha Stewart™ is a trademark and ser vice mark of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc.© 2009, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. All rights reserved. Unique Vacations, Inc. is the worldwide representative for Sandals Resorts.






BE WED. BE WOWED. Be Generously Welcomed. You don’t have to be a member of Town Point Club to enjoy our exceptional private event and wedding facilities. Private club experience Award-winning cuisine Professional onsite wedding coordinator Exquisite view of the Elizabeth River Exceptional service Let us help you plan your wedding event. Call Abby Bailey today to schedule a personal club tour:


101 W. Main Street, Suite 300, Norfolk, VA 23510 *Some restrictions may apply. Call for details. Š2011 ClubCorp USA, Inc. All rights reserved. CLB12189 0611 BH

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express valet

Congratulations on your engagement, call Express Valet to handle all your parking needs on your special day!



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Casablanca Bridal

Company’s Coming and We’re Ready


Hampton Roads Favorite Wedding and Reception Venue with décor, service and cuisine designed to make your cherished moment perfect. Wedding packages designed to fit every budget.

Maggie Sottero Mori Lee

1600-D Crossways Blvd. Chesapeake, VA 23320-2895


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Notably different.

Madison Jewelers simple, elegant.

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Engage Yourself In

with Dr. Michael J. Denk

cosmetic procedures & treatments  Breast Enhancement  Body Sculpting  Eyelid Lifts  Arm Reduction

private bridal packages

 Fine Lines/Wrinkles

Let us host a private bridal party with customized treatments of your choice including Botox®, fillers, facials, microdermabrasion and laser hair removal.

 Excessive Sweating

Michael J. Denk, MD, FACS Associates in Plastic Surgery, Inc. 1037 First Colonial Road | Virginia Beach, Va 23454 757.491.3535 |

 Lip Enhancement  Microdermabrasion  Laser Hair Removal  Liposuction  Facial Rejuvenation  Tummy Tucks  Mommy Makeovers  Fat Grafting  Waxing  Latisse® 11

Distinctive Gifts


The diamond ring of a lifetime (or two) is here. Each stone selected, each ring handcrafted by premier designer Reggie Akdogan. Only here. Call for your complimentary consult with Reggie.

Featuring coastal gifts and decor 757-422-1285 • 737 First Colonial Road Suite 216 The Marketplace at Hilltop, Virginia Beach



Merchants Square, Williamsburg 757-220-1115 La Promenade, Virginia Beach 757-428-1117

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scene heard

By Kim Wadsworth

When it comes to Virginia weddings, look who’s stirring up something new in Hampton Roads. The bridal scene is bursting with talent so here’s the latest from some to the area’s leading vendors. KEEPSAKES CUSTOM MADE

Bridal jewelry should be as unique and special as your love. The professionals at Tidewater Keepsake Jewelers will help you choose that perfect ring from a wide selection of designers and then customize it to your specifications. If you wish to create your own, one of a kind ring, you can help design it with their computerized, Custom Design Studio. Using an innovation 3-D design system, you help create your own jewelry masterpiece and they will custom make it just for you. Jewelers and Gemologist since 1975. To learn more call 757-499-7555 or visit


Ava Clara Couture Bridal is bringing a little bit of New York to Virginia Beach! Come in and discover several new exclusive collections from some of the brightest stars in bridal. Sure to wow with their couture gowns are Victoria Nicole victorianicole. com who uses only the best silks and laces for a traditional look with a modern twist; and Tulle New York headed by the team that fashioned the Melissa Sweet Collection, offering a fresh hip feel with charming styles. New gowns arriving daily. Visit or for store information call 757.962.1466


Ordinary… anything but! For 37 years, Heidi’s Flowers has specialized in original and oneof-a-kind creative floral designs using natural elements artfully arranged. Using twigs, vines, berries, shells and stones, they uniquely create whatever your heart desires, making your wedding flower dreams come true. For more information on custom bouquets, ceremony, reception and cake décor contact them at 757.460.2282 or visit


Looking for some guidance when it comes to planning your dream wedding? The Bridal Dish, a wedding planning studio newly located in the Maya Couture Bridal Salon in Norfolk, provides 1:1 guidance for D.I.Y. Brides looking for reliable resources, design tips, wedding etiquette, exceptional vendor referrals and more. To get “The Dish on Everything Wedding” visit or call 757.689.8082


DJ Bobby Reynolds knows how to get the party started. With over 1,300 weddings and parties performed in the last 10 years, DJ Bobby offers a personal connection from initial meeting to the last dance as your personal DJ. All bookings include a music planning form; wedding timeline of tunes from First Dance and Father Daughter to Last Dance. DJ Bobby offers a library of over 55,000 Suggested Play List Songs from every era and music genre. Let Hey DJ help make YOUR event a success. Call 757.604.3281 or



Have a destination experience close to home from two amazing sister properties in Hampton Roads. The Signature at West Neck is located in the heart of Virginia Beach, offering stunning scenery and extraordinary cuisine with Function Lawn, Verandah and Clubhouse; all with fabulous views of the exquisitely landscaped Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course. Contact sjelley@signatureatwestneck. com or call 757.721.2900 X 3. Bay Creek on Virginia’s Eastern Shore is only 45 minutes away, located in historic Cape Charles just across the Chesapeake Bay. Enjoy a private beach, state of the art Marina and the beautiful waterfront restaurant Aqua, as well as two Signature golf courses. For wedding information call Tiffany 757.331.8602 or email


There’s nothing more fun than having a photo booth at your reception. David Schwartz for The Traveling Photo Booth offers the latest souvenir of your wedding event. Preserve all those personal and crazy memories in one hip shot with Strip Art Wall Art. You’ll have a collage of all the funniest moments “behind the curtain” starting at $139. For more information call David at 757.639.5124 or visit



For over 12 years, worththewait has assisted brides, mothers and the bridal party with their accessories. With enough time, they will work with a bride to put together the most unique gift bags for their attendants. Items have included dancing slippers for “after the spikes come off and the real dancing begins,” flasks, jewelry, picture frames, tee shirts, briefs for ushers, wraps for a chilly night, matching sunglasses for everyone. Service is the name of the game – they’ve even shipped bridal party bags to the Bahamas! Call for store hours and location 757.498.9051 or visit

At Either Ore Jewelers Strawbridge, all the jewelry needs for your special day are easily fulfilled. With a full time jeweler on premise for all stone settings, sizing and repairs; your beautiful engagement and wedding rings need never leave the store. They offer wedding bands in platinum, white and yellow gold; and today’s contemporary metals, all with a lifetime warranty. Bridal party gifts are a specialty. The Pandora Shop within their store offers a vast selection of charms to celebrate unforgettable moments. For more information go to or call 757.430.8116

Offering personality, knowledge, and a reputation that spans over 25 years of ownership and expertise, Rick and Denise Porter are wedded to the world of formalwear. An Evening Out Formal has the finest in affordable yet elegant tuxedos and bridesmaids gowns in the area. Traveling extensively to meet designers, they hand pick every garment in the store. Selection, style and price have convinced customers that true elegance can be not only sophisticated, but affordable. Go to or call 757.549.8228.


Whether you need full production services; or an original design for a fabulous special event cake; The Magic Cupboard Inc. creates a magical, memorable experience for our clients and their guests. The “Magic Touch” is our concept for full event design and production services, which includes matching clients with event pros based upon style and budget for the event; and the creation of a “Dream Team” that meets and communicates information throughout the planning process. Visit or call 757.826.2160


Vinyl Headlights is the perfect fit for today’s wedding reception. The band believes that quality musicianship, a high energy performance and crowd interaction are the keys to a great live experience. Vinyl Headlights will fulfill your entertainment needs with the unique ability to DJ and Emcee your event, as well as perform live with their own sound and lighting production. The group specializes in a wide variety of popular rock and dance music that encompasses all eras from the 1960’s through today. Let Vinyl Headlights navigate your special day toward a memorable evening. See more at or call 757-696-3002. 29


The ideal setting for weddings, corporate events and parties. Waterfront Location Catering Choices Spacious Dance Floor Fabulous Fireplace Outdoor Lawn Area

Renew Your Belief In Love Virginia’s in Virg ginia’s a s Premiere Prremiere Encore Bride Destination. What’s W h an Encore Bride? Brides in their second + weddings looking for a relaxed, intimate setting we exactly what charming, historic Smithfield offers exa with wit our unique selection of wedding and reception venues. Of course, we love our Ingenue Brides too! ven H iistoricSmithfieldWeddings.cco om (7 ((757) 757) 5 357 8084 357-8084 Historic St. Luke’s by Lee Poe

Helping Brides and Bridal Parties accessorize for over 12 years...


Shockley’s Sweet Shoppe “Where everyday is a piece of cake!”

with the largest selection

of Special Occasion Jewelry... anywhere! Earrings, Necklaces, Bracelets & Hair Pieces at prices that can’t be beat. If we don’t have what you want, we’ll find it for you!

worththewait wait 3157 Va. Beach Blvd. 498.9051

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Jennifer Shockley Owner

757.284.9817 Visit us at Chambord Commons in Virginia Beach! *2010 Brides choice award by 31



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save your dough.

If yours is not a cookie cutter romance why settle for a cookie cutter ring? affordable custom design.

Hardys Jewellers

be distinctive.

600 22nd St at the Beach • 757.486.0469 33

We do!

Brides. Bridal Parties. Grooms. The perfect place to get ready for the big event. Hair. Nails. Makeup. We do it all!







The perfect wedding. On a shimmering beach. A gala bridal party around a moonlit pool twenty-one stories in the sky. A grand reception in the region’s most elegant oceanview ballroom. Creative wedding events for two people or one thousand. Just imagine the possibilities. We’ll take care of the rest. To arrange a personal tour of our oceanfront ballroom, please call our wedding specialists at 757.213.3455.

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Swimwear For Misses & Juniors in Sizes 4-24 Large Selection of Coverups, Shoes and Sportswear Jewelry, Accessories and Fine Gifts

307 Laskin Rd. (31st Street) Oceanfront Virginia Beach


Where the Union of Beauty and Elegance Begins • Advance Certified Eyelash Artist • Private Studios (Va Beach And Newport News) • Xtremelashes Semi-Permanent Extensions • Crybaby Mascara Semi-Permanent Mascara • Wear From The Wedding Thru The Honeymoon

(757) 742-3389 328 Office Square Ln, Suite 101B VA Beach 23462


1 1 Glass serving plate with lobster detail $52 Le Marche 2 Shell ice bucket by Julia Knight $150 The Globe


3 Nautical bottle stoppers $36 Le Marche 4 Porcelain shell and seahorse frame $24.99 Shore Gallery 5 Blue glass crab dish $48 Simply Selma’s

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Add a relaxing element to your wedding.



In Virginia Beach at Hilltop & Town Center 757/425.1010

757.436.1141 717 EdEn Way n., #612 chEsapEakE, Va 23320 37


Virginia Brides

30 years

for over

4224 Virginia Beach Blvd. Just 1 mile east of Town Center


DISCOVER A HOTEL WHERE HISTORY MEETS HEART. Welcome to a hotel in the heart of this vibrant, historic Norfolk district which provides the ultimate backdrop for the perfect wedding experience. Offering over 68,000 square feet of space and a certiďŹ ed wedding planner on staff to assist you in making your wedding dreams come true. To p it all off with a stunning waterfront view, great deals on guest room blocks and opportunities galore, and you have a wedding celebration that guests will be raving about for years to come. 235 East Main Street Norfolk, Virginia 23510 757-627-4200

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epochal essentials

scent of a woman

The flicker of a candle; soothing lotion on your skin. All the pleasures that fragrance evokes come in myriad guises to scent and energize the room. 1 Clementine Candle by MOR $20 The Globe



2 Candles in Red Current and Champaca by Votiva $26 Simply Selma’s 3 Basil & Grape Hand Crème by MOR $16 The Globe 4 Bridal Drawer Sachet by Irene Hirose $34 Le Marche 5 Smell of Spring room spray $10 Le Marche 6 Tiger Lily Body Lotion by MOR $20 The Globe

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Celebrating 25 Years of Providing Magic Moments.

Call Jennifer Coradi, Private Events Director

757.321.2111 1301 Volvo Parkway Chesapeake, VA 23320




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“I Do� at the beach!

Let Sandbridge Realty find that perfect place to hold your seaside wedding. Privately owned upscale homes on the beach 581 Sandbridge Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23456

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THE MAGIC CUPBOARD INC The Magic Cupboard is your one stop shopping center for creating magical events and stunning gourmet event cakes. We make the most special days of your life truly memorable • 826-2160 12891 Jefferson Ave. Newport News, VA 23608

Custom Handmade Hair Accessories & Headpieces 757.617.6826 •

Providing a modern twist on traditional design We love creating something that is just for you!

Wedding Registry At Its Finest the

Event s c a ping & Flor al D e sig n


an international collection

757.422.3313 221 Laskin Road, Virginia Beach

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Wedding Photographer & Videographer Family & Cosmetic Dentistry (for a picture perfect smile)

Bridal Consignment Shoppe Wedding Reception Venue Wedding Event Florist Hair Salons & Spas Wedding Cakes Jewelry At the Corner of Great Neck Road & VA Beach Blvd.

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exclusive bridal, bridesmaid and accessory collections for every bride.

401 North Great Neck road • VirGiNia Beach • 757.962.1466 • 45

centrally located in virginia beach, virginia

the signature grille the verandah the function lawn the dome at indian river plantation 757-721-2900 ext. 3 • images provided by hayne photographers by adina and scott hayne

2965 Virginia Beach Blvd. Virginia Beach, VA 23452 757-498-1186 |

on the chesapeake bay in cape charles, virginia

aqua • the main pier private beach • garden gazebo the coach house golf & accommodations on site • 757.331.8602 • 46 47


A Special Place To Be... You’ve found each other, now let Two Rivers Country Club in Williamsburg, Virginia assist you in planning the wedding of your dreams.

Annual Bridal Showcase Sunday, March 4, 2012 from Noon – 4:00pm Showcasing our Facilities, Services and Gourmet Foods Williamsburg’s Best Wedding Professionals will be on Site. Free Admission - RSVP to 757-258-4610

1400 Two Rivers Rd. • Williamsburg, VA 23185 Contact Jennifer Walton at (757)258-4610 ext. 224 49


“something blue”...

We’ll Make Your Wedding... and for generations to come. Bracelet by

MONICA RICH KOSANN Available exclusively at


c atering • event planning

1860 Laskin Road, #119 Virginia Beach, VA 23454

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Silhouette-enhancing slip gown in latte with lace and bead embroidered tulle overlay, illusion straps and pleated tulle hem $1,550 by San Patrick by Pronovios. Enamel floral earrings $290 by Debra Mooreland for Paris. Both at Pure English. White topaz diamond ring $7,150 by Suzy Landa at Simply Selma’s. 57

Strapless draped satin gown with pleated drop waist, floral gathers, lace up back and detachable floral keyhole back $1,250 by Maggie Sottero at Maya Couture. Oval white gold and diamond drop earrings $1,400 and white topaz diamond ring $7,150. Both by Suzy Landa at Simply Selma’s. Two-button notched collar tuxedo with bow tie by Calvin Klein at Men’s Wearhouse. Eucalyptus, Billy Ball, freesia, Star of Bethlehem, sweetheart roses and stock bouquet; and rose, Billy Ball and eucalyptus boutonniere from Norfolk Wholesale Floral.


Kim Wadsworth


For over 20 years, Kim and her team of artists have brought customized makeup and hair design on location for portrait, rehearsal dinner and wedding day requests. We Bring Beauty to You / / 757 617 3587 59

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2165 General Booth Blvd. • Virginia Beach, VA 23454 757.430.8116 • M–F 10–6pm • Sat 10–4pm • Sun 12–4pm

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From brides to bridesmaids...

Madison Jewelers

Let us be the first stop in your wedding planning journey...

simple, elegant.

Located inside Maya Couture Bridal Salon

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Cool Wedding Hey DJ Bobby has what it takes to do your event up right! He has over 10 years experience DJ-ing for 1,300+ weddings, parties & corporate events throughout the Hampton Roads area!

Hey DJ Bobby looks forward to bringing his beat to your next big event! For an event you’ll never forget... Contact Hey DJ today!

757.604.3281 a division of Jennifer La Londe Events 12 Best Square Norfolk, VA 23502 757.689.8082

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TALS N E R X IR TU E H T n our i o ON j y s he t rd when Fit® rewa ct Perfe program!

Plus, get a FREE SUIT or FREE TUX RENTAL for your groom with five paid rental packages. Special bonus: Get another FREE TUX RENTAL with 10 paid rental packages!

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Weddings aren't just about the ladies.






• Barbering & Grooming • Hand & Foot Detailing • Skin & Body Shop • Massage


Offering the best SELECTION STYLE and PRICE

Services Exclusively Catered to Men in a Private Setting:

In-Stock Tuxedo Rentals!

701 N. Battlefield Blvd., Chesapeake (Across from Chesapeake General Hospital)

From Hot Lather Shaves & Haircuts to Massages, We’ve got the Groom’s Party Covered! (757) 627-5253 (JAKE) 222 W. 21st St, Norfolk VA

For the love of the game. Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum

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757.621.9155 12 Best square, Norfolk, Va 23502

Unique, custom floral designs for your special day... bridal bouquet, wedding party, ceremony and reception.

Floral Events

We work hard to ensure that your wedding matches your dreams . . .

Ordinary.. Anything But!

Heidi’s Flowers specializes in offering you custom, original and one of a kind creative floral designs. Using nature’s twig, vines, berries, shells and stones we uniquely and artfully create what ever your heart desires! 37 years in the floral industry we strive for customer satisfaction, and perfecting your thoughts and wishes.

757.301.7812 FLORAL EVENTS

Princess Anne Retail Store 1776 Princess Anne Road, Suite N Virginia Beach, VA 23456

757-460-2282 Chambord Commons | 332 N. Great Neck Road 83


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Coming of Age Wedding Day Beauty at Every Age

Keith Cephus Fashion Coordination and Styling by Kim Wadsworth Photography by

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Ladylike Looks: Feminine, flirty and full of charm.

Opposite: Strapless pleated bodice and full tulle ball gown skirt with crystal detail and buttons down the back $1,399 Allure. Pearl floral comb $239 by Ellen Henderson. Both from All the Rage Hilltop. Imperial sparkle earrings $169 from Either Ore Jewelers Strawbridge. Polka Dot Pinwheel $6. Msapple.etsy Above: “Wendy� strapless silk organza ball gown with laser cut floral skirt, pearl and bead embellished waist $3,675 Alyne. Jeweled art deco hair pins $30 each. Both from Ava Clara. 18K white gold earrings with 1.56 ctw diamonds $5,990; SmartPearl lariat necklace $249. Both from Either Ore Jewelers Strawbridge. Purple bouquet of stock, statice, dianthus, alium, lisianthus, mums, Madame Pompadour orchids, heather, liatrice tied with Love Knots ribbon from Palette of Petals. 87

Strapless sweetheart neckline gown embellished with pearl and crystal waistband; satin finish with pockets $1,999 by ACE from All the Rage. Cathedral length tear drop veil $225 by Bianca from All the Rage. 48’ multi strand pearl necklace $439 and Imperial pearl “off the cuff” bangle $89. Both from Either Ore Jewelers. Pink and coral roses, green hydrangea, kale, Hypericum berries, Berzelia and rosemary from Palette of Petals.


Grown Up Chic: Spice it up with gowns that dazzle.


Thai silk one-shoulder fit and flare accented with silk organza flowers on skirt and shoulder $3,490 by Modern Trousseau; wrapped fascinator with silk organza flower $250 by Sara Gabriel. Both from Ava Clara. 14K white gold south sea pearl and diamond pendant on cable chain $2395. 18K white gold 1.56 carat diamond post earrings $5,990. Both from Either Ore Jewelers Strawbridge. Sleek hand-tied bouquet of Calla Lilies from Palette of Petals. 89


Luxe Be a Lady Tonight: Sophisticated to perfection

Bridal beauty wearing asymmetrical fitted drop waist, with crystal embellished halter, pickup skirting with crystal accents $1925 by Pronovias with tulle wrap from Maya Couture. Two carat diamond hoops earrings $3,749 from Either Ore Jewelers Strawbridge.


Mother of the Bride is stunning with one shoulder icy blue chiffon gown, pleated sash and brooch detail $209 by Bari Jay from Maya Couture. Blister gray pearl earrings $289 and Imperial pearl bangles $89 each. All from Either Ore Jewelers Strawbridge. 91

fifties Forever Elegant: Classic silhouettes with timeless appeal.

Bridal elegance wearing hand cut floral lace gown in latte $1,499 by Allure. Maribou feather stole $149 from Alfred Angelo. Both from All the Rage Hilltop. Pearl bracelets $89 each; Imperial sparkle dangle earrings $169. Both from Either Ore Jewelers Strawbridge. 92

credits: Fashion Coordination and Styling Kim Wadsworth| Assistant Fashion Coordinator and Stylist Mia Byrd Photographer Keith Cephus| Hair Design Chelsea Jordan|Chelsea Styles for BridesMade| Makeup Artistry Vania O’Shea and Kim Wadsworth|BridesMade| Nails Manicures from The Flowering Almond Spa at Founders Inn and Spa| Models Ashley Brickner Cookie Dabney, Diana Ramos and Pyper Ribble| Splash Models| Location

Mother of the bride radiates joy wearing plum chiffon V-neck with satin bodice a floral waist detail $190 by Bill Levkoff from Maya Couture. South sea and diamond earrings $3,495. Either Ore Jewelers Strawbridge.

In the heart of historic Southeastern Virginia,The Founders Inn and Spa embraces both traditional and cosmopolitan luxury, providing a tranquil urban oasis with the Virginia Beach resort destination.The hotel features captivating Grand Georgian and period antique furnishings. A well-manicured English garden centered among 26 landscaped acres surrounds the buildings; the spacious interior- 240 generous guest rooms, wide hallways, high ceilings, a natural light atrium- imbues a sense of space and efficiency.The peaceful Flowering Almond Spa offers signature treatments including massage, facials, manicures, pedicures, and wraps.This beautiful venue welcomes weddings, offering facilities and amenities to fit the needs of every bride and groom. Our thanks to Jean Vinson and the staff of The Founders Inn for extending their gracious hospitality and professional service to us during our photo shoot. 93

Your wedding is our next masterpiece.

Cuisine & Company offers full-service catering and event planning services designed to execute fabulous events, parties and memories throughout Hampton Roads.

757-664-6200 • •

2648 Quality Court • Virginia Beach VA 23454 | 757.428.6700

Photo by Hayne Photographers


November 3, 2012 Virginia Beach Convention Center


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At The Virginia Beach Convention Center Ballroom | Sunday, February 19, 2012 | 11am - 4pm

runway show schedule Antonia Christianson Events Arch Entertainment Artistry Skincare Associates in Plastic Surgery, Dr. Michael Denk Astro Entertainment B-Original Bay Creek Resort & Club & The Signature at West Neck Blow, A Salon Blush Hair and Make Up Salon Bobbi Parker Photography CI Travel Chef By Design Catering Company Chesapeake Conference Center Church Point Manor Bed & Breakfast Creative Catering of Virginia Currituck BBQ Company Currituck County OBX Tourism Custom Photography Cypress Point County Club David Schwartz Photography Dillard’s Lynnhaven Distinctive Gourmet DJ Bruce Silver Doubletree by Hilton Virginia Beach Dustin Lewis Images East Beach Catering Elizabella Weddings Emily Weddings Inc Esteem Fitness Eye Deux Farm Fresh Floral Events by Kathy Fluttering Flowers

NOON 1:00 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 3:50 p.m.

Children’s Show “Petit Wedding Cortege” American Heart Association’s “Little Red Dress Event” Dance Ensemble “Portals of Love” Couture Runway Show Drawings

mix and mingle

with Hampon Roads’ finest bridal professionals Fort Monroe Authority Get in Shape for Women Hermitage Museum Hey DJ Bobby Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel Holiday Inn & Suites North Beach Hot Tuna Ice Art Icon Limousines & Event Team Images In Light Incredible Edibles Bakery Jamie’s Bake Shop Jenelle Sewelle Lifestyle Photography JKC Photography Just Cupcakes Kellogg House Kings Creek Inn Long Jewelers Marie Violet Photography Mary Kay Cosmetics Maya Couture Bridal Fashions Men’s Wearhouse Music Man DJ Services Natural Elements Spa & Salon Norfolk Waterside Marriott

Old Dominion Photo Booths Palette of Petals Pure English Couture Bridal Ramada on the Beach & Mahi Mah’s Ramone Photography Silpada Designs Simplicity Gourmet Smithfield & Isle Of Wight Convention and Visitors Bureau Smooth Skin & Waxing Boutique Stanley Adams Stationary Style Events Sweetwater Cuisine The Boardwalk Photo Booth Company The Bridal Dish The Chamberlain The Sanderling Resort & Spa The Sheraton Virginia Beach Ocean Front Hotel The Shops at Wayside Village The Sterling Sparrow The Virginia Beach Doubletree Hotel The Water Table The Yacht Club at Marina Shores Tidewater Keepsakes Jewelers Travel Leaders Travel Pros Two Rivers Country Club Virginia Sports Hall of Fame Virginia Beach Convention Center Virginia Surgical Arts Viva L’Event Whitlock Womble Photography

*Vendors subject to change.

Admission & Registration:

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• Special Retail Merchants available in the lobby beginning at 10am • Free Valet Parking for Brides by Express Valet • Free VOW Bride Bag to the first 1,000 Brides

pros in the know breakfast workshop Join VOW Bride Editor, Kim Wadsworth, and Hampton Roads’ Bridal Experts for invaluable wedding planning tips! Doors open at 8:15am. Workshop is from 8:30am - 11:00am. Register for this exclusive event and tickets at Hurry, seating is limited! Single admission is $25 or two for $40. Admission includes:VIP entry into the Bridal Show;VIP seating for the 3:00pm Couture Runway Show; Bridal Breakfast; special Vow bag and “Tips From the Top” book and special drawing for workshop attendees only!

Guest Speakers: Barbara Anderson | CEO & Creative Director, Style Events Tom Johnson | Director of Catering & Conventions, Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront Bill Cabel | Owner Distinctive Event Rentals Cathy Carter | Owner East Beach Catering Madeline Smith | Events Coordinator, Farm Fresh Maya Wharburton | Owner Maya Couture David Schwartz | Owner David Schwartz Photography Jennifer La Londe | The Bridal Dish Workshop Sponsored By: Distinctive Gourmet | Whitloc | Astro DJ




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Seasonal Sips By Ailsa

von Dobeneck and Kim Wadsworth

Celebrate your special day with a seasonally inspired libation! Go beyond the signature cocktail and offer a festive drink idea that reflects the time of year, marked with a clever presentation. Let unique garnishes and unusual flavors give updated taste options to old favorites. Catering experts share their ideas for taking beverage offerings on a seasonal journey for every time of year.

• Mint Juleps make a racy cocktail in silver cups served in metal or plastic “Julep” cups. Wedding day receptions around “Derby Time” make this the perfect themed cocktail. • Spring’s sweet breezes create a magical mood for champagne bliss. Try a Kir Royale- a raspberry and champagne cocktail- as a festive option for your toasts. Prosecco provides a more cost-effective and delicious alternative. • For a refreshing non-alcoholic drink, Dina Taylor of Cuisine & Company suggests hydrating guests with varieties of agua fresca. These flavored waters include everything from rejuvenating mint and cucumber, to a complete selection of pureed fresh fruits. Decorative jars and jugs create a colorful water-bar spread with floating garnishes added. • Signature drinks still rule. A spring specialty hit created by a recent Cuisine & Company bride was a cucumber and basil margarita with basil-infused simple syrup, Patron Silver tequila and fresh lemon juice. The color, taste and look made it a hit!

Summer • Some love it icy cold. To serve spiked drinks, offer it from a thematice Ice Luge. Andrea Latham of Ice Art Inc. has couples pick a favorite design, then carve it into a masterpiece! Visually fun, it lessens beverage traffic and ensures that no one is without a glass. Serve in mason jars with fresh garnish and striped straws set at the bottom of the slide. • Blast guests with snow cone cocktails! Shaved ice served in glasses or paper cones with flavored syrup options for little ones; or alcohol elixirs for adults; keeps every one cool and refreshed. Line up colorful choices for a festive visual and let everyone mix and match as they choose.


• Grooms return to their old favorites, offering preferred beers, according to Dina Taylor. Make an “I Do Brew” bar with a variety of beers poured in pilsner glasses. Pair with a Snack Bar complete with homemade pretzels brushed with butter and sea salt; and spicy nuts. • Revive a summertime classic at the end of the evening: Ice Cream Float Bars. Use soda mainstays like Dr. Pepper, Dr. Brown and Coke poured in tall glasses topped with scoops of vanilla bean ice cream, long spoons and stripped straws.

Fall The harvest hues of fall provide an unparalleled beverage color scheme. Cathy Carter of East Beach Catering loves the idea of warming hearts with a toasty mulled cider bar complete with cinnamon sticks for swirling. For a seasonal treat, she suggests an apple ginger martini with vodka and homemade garnishes. Twists of apple peel, candied ginger, and gold flake edge liven up the glass, giving guests an autumn feel.

Winter Winter weddings are the perfect opportunity for warm drinks. An authentic favorite is mulled wine with cloves and cinnamon. A traditional Southern alternative is the hot bourbon toddy. Dina Taylor also recommends a cozy favorite: warm baked cookies resting on shot glasses of fresh milk. Children at your celebration will squeal with joy; and adults will savor this adorable late night snack. Give it a night cap buzz with a shot of Irish Cream. For a winter night cap to remember, Cathy Carter suggests a rich hot cocoa bar. Top your chocolate bliss with piles of shaved dark chocolate, homemade marshmallows and flavored whipped cream. After this decadent treat, departing guests will have no problem braving the cold.

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