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December 2019 Newsletter
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For the Glam Bride

Will Hawkins Photography

Brides tend to fall in different categories: rustic, modern, classic, and GLAM! A glam bride wants a wedding full of sparkle and grand design. From decor to accessories, there are so many ways you can have a glamorous affair. First, wow your guests with your wedding venue! A barn isn't the best scenery for a glam wedding. You're more likely to gravitate towards a downtown hotel or warehouse that will add an ambiance of luxury. Here are some of our favorite venues for a glam wedding:

One of the easiest ways to bring a little pizzazz to your wedding day is in your gown. The gown featured above is from our frie nds at Studio I Do and is great for a bride that wants to shine and WOW their guests. The jewels on the bodice and ethereal skirt were dramatic and fit the glamorous wedding style perfectly. Check out some of these other bridal gown salons in Hampton Roads to find a glam gown for your big day:

A simple or understated space can be a great canvas for your glam rentals. You can really transofrm a space with the right rentals. A glamorous wedding isn't the time for understated linens or simple floral arrangements. Now is the time to really go overboard. Lots of glitter! Lots of sparkle! Here are some ways you can incorporate glitz & glam into your wedding with amazing rentals:

Sami Roy Photography, Classy Event Rentals

Glitter linens
Hampton Roads Event Rentals

The Lighting & Sound Company

Complete Weddings + Events

Blushwood Studios, Vivid Expressions LLC, Virginia Beach Convention Center

Sparkle with Accessories

Konzelmann Photography

A glam bridal look doesn't have to mean an over-the-top gown. It can be a simple, satin gown accessorized with sparkly details. Or both! Shoes adorned with glitter or jewels, a veil with diamonds, and/or jewelry that is big and sparkly can really bring the glitz to your bridal look. Ask your bridal salon what accessories they have. 

Avenir Bridal Boutique

Centerpieces that WOW

Graceful Designs, LLC

When your guests walk into your reception space, you want them to be WOWED and the best way to do that is with lighting and over the top centerpieces. Tall vases, mirrors, roses in deep colors or bright whites, and everything sparkly will really create a beautiful space. Your florist can add hanging jewels to your floral arrangements. Candles also add a romantic feel to the space. In the photo above, the mirrored tables, tall gold centerpieces, and candles truly create a glamorous and romantic vibe. 

David Champagne Photography

An Engagement Session Full of Glam
Will Hawkins Photography

If you're looking for a more understated wedding day, you can bring glam to your engagement session! A beautiful gown for the bride to be, a tux or sharp suit for your groom, and the perfect venue will really bring the glitz to your session. Ask your photographer about some interesting downtown or chic venues where you can take photos. 

A glamorous engagement session is also the perfect way to set the stage for your glitzy wedding day. You can practice your hair and makeup for the day, get a feel for your makeup artist's style and see if they're a good match for you. And decide how you want to wear your hair. Maybe for your engagement session you want big curls and smokey eye makeup, but for your wedding day you want an updo and more subtle makeup. This is the perfect time to experiment with styles to see what you like.

HIlton Norfolk the MAIN, Ross Costanza Photography

Will Hawkins Photography

Upcoming Bridal Shows

Uniquely Yours Bridal Showcase
Date: January 12th
Location:  Norfolk Scope Arena & Exhibition Hall
Time: 11-4
Meet over 140 wedding vendors who can help make your big day as special as you are! Enjoy a free-flowing fashion show featuring the latest styles courtesy of the area's most premier wedding boutiques.

Dragon Studio

Winter Engagement Bridal Expo
Date: January 19th
Location:  Chesapeake Conference Center 
Time: 2-5
Tickets:  $10 each or purchase a party pass that allows up to 5 people including the bride for just $25. 

Check Out Our Latest Issue!

The latest issue of Hampton Roads Wedding Guide is available in  over 50 locations throughout  Hampton Roads as well as digitally on our website. For a complete list of where you can find a copy check out our website! 

In our latest issue you can learn more about all of the incredible vendors we have featured, from venues to photographers to delicious catering options. Plus, you can learn some great tips for your big day!

"Walking with your hands in mine and mine in yours, that's exactly where I want to be always."
- Fawn Weaver