December 2020 Newsletter
A Year in Review...And What a Year It's Been
David Schwartz Photography
What a year it's been. I think it goes without saying that 2020 brought some major changes to the wedding industry. Normally in December we spend the time celebrating the amazing weddings that have taken place over the past year and the incredible work our vendor friends have done. Despite the rocky year the industry has had, we don't plan on doing any different this December. We still want to celebrate the work these vendors did.

All year the incredibly talented vendors in Hampton Roads had to pivot and make new plans. We at Hampton Roads Wedding Guide are so very proud of the amazing vendors that are a part of our family for the ability to take the hardships of this year and flourish. After a long break from weddings, our vendors have creatively found ways to safely hold weddings and really help their couples have incredible celebrations.

Happy New Year to our brides, grooms and our vendors. We hope 2021 is full of celebration, joy, and fabulous weddings. Enjoy this look back at the year with some photos of things that stood out to us and made us swoon.

Planning: Emily Weddings + Events
Beauty: The Makeup School by Sarah Rillon & Wink Salon
Flowers: Palette of Petals
Venue: Virginia Zoo
Eleise Theuer Photography
We really saw some creative and gorgeous tablescapes this season. We loved the use of greenery and monochromatic color schemes with neutrals mixed in. Couples and designers embraced nature and interesting china for place settings. We also saw a shift towards banquet style seating for at least some of the reception spaces.

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Event design: Antonia Christianson Events

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Venue: O'Connor Brewing
Flowers: Lasting Impressions, LLC
EyeCaptures Photography
Wild Heart Films
This year proved that having a skilled wedding coordinator made all the difference. From rescheduling vendors to scaling back a large wedding to a more intimate guest list, planners were busy scrambling and adjusting for their couples. They proved again and again just how invaluable having a wedding planner is.

Planning: The Main Event by Emily
Venue: The Historic Post Office
Attire: Studio I Do Bridals
Echard Wheeler Photography
Venues rocked this wedding season like no other. Faced with the task of rescheduling events and coming up with new safety protocols, they pivoted and rocked the weddings that moved forward. Hilton Norfolk the Main shined as a chic, downtown venue and The Chrysler Museum of Art outdid themselves with the stunning weddings there. The Water Table provided stunning waterfront space for outdoor ceremonies.

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Venues: Hilton Norfolk the MAIN & Chrysler Museum of Art
Planning: Emily Weddings + Events
Flowers: Palette of Petals
Beauty: Flawless on Site & Blushtones
Gown Designer: Pronovia

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Venue: The Water Table
Ceremony: Star of the Sea Catholic Church
Event Coordinator: Astro DJ
Catering: East Beach Catering
Florist: Norfolk Florist
DJ: Astro DJ
Hair and Makeup: Honeycomb Salon
David Champagne Photography
Heather Hughes Photography, Chrysler Museum of Art
Photographers went above and beyond to make sure their clients still had incredible photos despite a paired down wedding guest list or an alternative date. They shifted and made alternative plans to help their clients. Some photographers did crazy cool Just Married sessions for their couples who chose to elope. Other photographers photographed micro weddings!

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Planning: Carolyn Celeste Weddings
Florals: Vivid Expressions LLC
Lighting: Stage Right Lighting
Venue: The Chrysler Museum of Art
Transportation: James River Transportation
Cake: Incredible Edibles Bakery
Catering: Cuisine & Company
Gown: Blush Bridal
Beauty: Hair by Emily Dami & Kristine Marie Artistry
Hilton Norfolk THE MAIN
Photo Booth: Boardwalk Photo Booth Company

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Planning: Antonia Christianson Events
Complete Weddings + Events VB
Andre Lamar Photography
Eleise Theuer Photography
David Champagne Photography
Catering this year has been a test for the professionals and they have really risen to the occasion. From incredible southern food that is local to Hampton Roads to classy sit down dinners, they have blown us away with amazing flavors and creativity.

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Catering: East Beach Catering
Mobile Pig-Nic Catering
Ashley Eagleson Photography
One of the things we noticed most about bridal and bridal party attire this year is that couples felt free to be themselves, to dare to be different if that was their style, and really embrace the theme and overall feel of their wedding. From soft pastels to gowns that stunned to suits that fit like a glove, wedding style was beyond beautiful this year.

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Gown: Studio I Do Bridals
Venue: Woodland Place
Flowers: Flowers by Gloriosa

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Gown: Milk & Honey Bride
Venue: The Bolling Haxall House
Planning: Emerald Events by Nilsa
Makeup: Lou Stevens

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Gown: Ava Clara Couture Bridal

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Groom's Tux: Miguel's Formal Wear
Flowers: Fleuressence
Hair: Hair by Danielle Foster
Makeup: Holly with Blush Tones
Second Shooter: Liz Osban Photography
Laura Hoyle Photography
Charlyn Photography
Kaytlin Lane Photography
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- Nimish Sharma