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February 2019 Newsletter
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A Perfectly Spring Garden Wedding 

Kaydee Kelly Photography

Spring is almost here and it's making us see all things floral! We're so looking forward to the thick of wedding season when we see all of the amazing things our vendors are doing and the beautiful choices our brides make for their weddings. One style of wedding couples choose for a spring wedding is a Garden theme. Garden themed weddings are classic and timeless, and if you pick the right venue (you can see some below), you don't have to add a lot of decor because nature is providing it for you! 

Martha Stewart Weddings has some beautiful garden wedding ideas that we just can't get enough of. From keeping a garden fresh menu to choosing light and airy materials for your bridal party, we love these ideas for you to incorporate into your wedding day.

Acres of Hope Photography

The Perfect Green Space
Luke & Ashley Photography

Hampton Roads is full of amazing venues for your garden wedding. It's all about the outdoor space when planning the perfect day surrounded by flowers. Keep in mind that even if your venue isn't technically a garden or doesn't have a beautiful array of flowers, you can bring the garden to any space. Even if you have an indoor wedding, there are still plenty of ways to incorporate flowers into your decor to transform it into a beautiful garden. 

Here are some of our favorite outdoor spaces for garden weddings:

It's All About the Flowers

Black Iris Florist & Incredible Edibles Bakery

When planning a garden wedding, it's all about the flowers! There are so many ways to incorporate beautiful florals into your wedding. Here are just a few ideas:

The cake: When choosing a cake design, think about how you can incorporate your favorite florals into the design. You can opt to have your baker make edible flowers for your cake or have your florist provide some extra flowers that you can have your baker add to your cake. It's a great way to not only add the flowers you love, but also the colors you love. If the flowers you love aren't in season, you can easily add them to your decor by having your baker create them for you.

Ceremony space: Not only can you have beautiful bouquets, but you can also have an insanely stunning floral arch for your ceremony space. You can also line the aisle with flower petals (just ask your florist!).

Centerpieces: Centerpieces are the most obvious way to incorporate flowers into your decor. Whether you opt for low vases or tall, elaborate centerpieces, this is a great way to go all out with flowers. When in doubt, just add more flowers! A garden weddings is the perfect excuse.

Bridal Party Style: Patterned dresses, especially a floral design, is a growing trend that we love! Have your bridesmaids (or maybe just your maid of honor to let her stand out) wear a beautiful floral print in the colors you love. Another option is a floral crown or even floral shoes! 

Black Iris Florist

Here is a list of some of our favorite florists in Hampton Roads. If you're looking to cut costs, talk to your florist about what flowers are in season. For example, tulips, peonies, azaleas, and daffodils are typically in season in the spring while  anemones, cornflowers, and sunflowers tend to be in season later in the year.

Featured Vendor
Norfolk Botanical Garden

Norfolk Botanical Garden is one of our favorite wedding venues for an outdoor, garden wedding. With thirteen outdoor locations to choose from, this venue offers wedding packages with both indoor and outdoor options for every budget. They can host a wedding as small and intimate as 20 guests up to a lavish affair for 400. 

There's a reason why this venue is incredibly popular for both weddings and styled shoots and it has everything to do with its stunning landscapes!

Andrew & Tianna Photography

Erika Mills Photography

Norfolk Botanical Gardens also offers an elopement package! 

Real Weddings

Kirstyn Marie Photography

This is still one of our favorite weddings at the beautiful Signature at West Neck! Kirstyn Marie Photography took these stunning photos. We absolutely love the blues incorporated into the decor and the amazing florals and greenery played up the garden theme so perfectly. The Signature at West Neck is an ideal location for your outdoor garden wedding. 

Kirstyn Marie Photography

Kirstyn Marie Photography
Kirstyn Marie Photography
Kirstyn Marie Photography

Upcoming Bridal Shows

VOW Bridal Event
02/24/2019 @ 11:00 am - 4 :00 pm
Virginia Beach Convention Center

S pecial Occassion Show
03/3/2019 @  2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Smithfield Center

Dustin Lewis Images

David Schwartz Photography
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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!

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