May  2017

Jonas Gustavsson Photography
Bridal Fashion Trends
What wedding gown trends to follow 

Spring Fashion Week 2018 revealed the top trends to watch for in wedding gowns. The Knot traveled to NY for the show and wrote a great article about some of the trends they saw on the runway. Here are some of the trends they saw:

Black Accents
Cascading Ruffles 
Sheer Corsets 
Pearl Embellishments
Shades of Blue
Classic Silhouettes 
Bridal Gloves 
Allover Beading 
Statement Bows 

The Knot
The Knot
Featured Designer: 
Jenny Packham
All Over Beading & Modest Gowns

Designer Jenny Packham had some gorgeous gowns on the runway of Fashion Week! We absolutely love this gown featuring all over beading, a high neckline, and cap sleeves. This gown would be perfect for a bride looking for a more modest gown. We also think this gown would look perfect on so many different body types! Her entire 2018 collection features many modest gowns of different silhouettes. 

Jenny Packham Bridal

Eleise Theuer Photography
Eleise Theuer Photography
Featured Vendor
Ava Clara Couture Bridal

We love   Ava Clara Couture Bridal's mission to make wedding gown shopping a fun and memorable experience! Too often some bridal salons feel stuffy and serious, when shopping for your wedding gown should be a memory you cherish forever. 

Ava Clara features 10 different designers, ranging in price from $800-$6,000, which means that your dreams of a couture wedding gown doesn't have to come with a high price tag. 

Wedding Gown Shopping With Your Mom
Lauren Simmons Photography
Lauren Simmons Photography

For some brides, the thought of shopping for a wedding gown with their mom sounds a little stressful. After all, as much as we love our moms, we don't always agree when it comes to style. Maybe you've always dreamed of a strapless, tea length dress and your mother can't imagine you in anything other than a princess ball gown. Lauren Simmons Photography captured these beautiful moments between a bride and her mom on her wedding day. Bride Ashton is wearing a beautiful dress from preferred vendor  Blush Bridal.

We love these tips from The Knot for how to make your appointment a bonding experience between you and your mom. They also have a great article about whether or not you should bring your future mother-in-law along to your appointment.


Angie McPherson Photography
Angie McPherson Photography
Real Weddings

Jesse & Victoria got married at the gorgeous Hermitage Museum and Gardens and Victoria wore a stunning, tiered gown from Ava Clara Couture Bridal. The beautiful, strapless, lace gown was accented with a champagne colored sash that added an extra touch to a classic silhouette. Victoria's bridesmaids also got their vibrant red, floor length gowns from Ava Clara. We love the one shoulder and how flattering the dresses were on each of her bridesmaids.

Angie McPherson Photography photographed the wedding and took stunning photos and has the entire wedding on her blog.

Other Vendors Include:
Groom/Groomsmen Attire:  Jos. A Bank   Hair:   Edward Johnson Salon 
Florist:   The Wandering Petal  
Cake:  Incredible Edibles  
Stationery:  Minted
Rentals:  Distinctive Event Rentals   
Wedding Favors:  Coastal Candle of Virginia Beach 
Second Photographer: Crystal Belcher Photography