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February 2018 Newsletter
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Bridal Fashion

Rowlands Photography, Milk & Honey Bride
Rowlands Photography, Milk & Honey Bride

Now that you're engaged and in the thick of wedding planning, it's time to find your dream wedding dress! We have some incredible bridal salons as preferred vendors that have been serving Hampton Roads brides for years. These salons offer everything from vintage to modern gowns, bridesmaid dresses and mother of the bride gowns, as well as tux rentals. Peruse their websites and social media and bring in images of dresses that catch your eye so your consultant has an idea of what you're looking for!

IYK Photography
Wedding Gown Styles

There are SO MANY different styles of wedding gowns. From the overall shape to the sleeves, there is a style gown for every bride and every body type. It comes down to how you feel and what makes you feel beautiful. So if your dream is a ballgown in Tahiti- then you go, girl!

This stunning gown featured is a high-low gown from Ava Clara Couture. The front of the gown is slightly higher than the back, allowing the bride's colorful shoes to shine. This is a FUN dress, while still having a classic feel. 

Take advantage of your bridal gown consultant. They can be your biggest advocate in finding the style you want. But also be open to their suggestions. It's amazing how many brides end up picking a gown that they never thought they would pick.
Studio I Do Bridal
Bridal Party Fashion Ideas

You can absolutely have your bridesmaids all wear the same gown. But some brides are choosing to do something a little different with their bridal party style. Here are just a few ideas. Remember, it's YOUR wedding day so whatever you decide, it will be beautiful!

*Same Color, Different Style
Let's face it, every single woman (or man) in your bridal party has a different body type. And different style dresses look best on different people. Your bridesmaids may feel comfortable if they can choose a style that fits them best. Some brides will provide their bridesmaids with the choice of a few different style gowns in the same color. This way the bridesmaids get to choose the dress they feel best in, while still maintaining the color scheme the bride wants. 

*Shades of Color
A growing trend is to have all your bridesmaids in the same gown, only in slightly different shades of the same color. The picture above of a bridal party in different shades of blue is a great example. You can narrow down the gowns and pick the shades while the bridesmaids make the final choice.

*Pick Your Own Gown
This option might not be for the Type A bride, but a lot more brides are allowing their bridesmaids to pick their own dress on their own, with maybe a few parameters. Some brides will give their ladies a color scheme or a length requirement. A word of advice would be to have the final approval on the dresses they choose so you don't have one bridesmaid in a more casual dress and everyone else in a black tie gown.

Featured Vendor
Here & Now Bridal

We Are the Mitchells
If you've always dreamed of a designer gown but can't make the price tag work with your wedding budget, there are salons like Here & Now Bridal where you can get an amazing gown at a fraction of the cost. 

Here & Now Bridal is a Sample Sale salon. That doesn't mean that you're digging through racks of gowns and elbowing people out of your way- they have gorgeous gowns up to 80% off their original price without sacrificing the experience of saying "Yes to the Dress". 

Because they have an off the rack sales policy, you get to take your dream dress home with you that day. Make an appointment and if you say yes to one of their beautiful gowns you will add your signature to their storefront gown!
David Schwartz Photography
Real Weddings
It's so convenient for a bride when she can get a gorgeous gown and her bridesmaid dresses all in the same bridal salon! Bride Julia looked stunning in her Modern Trousseau gown from Ava Clara Couture Bridal. Her bridesmaids all wore a strapless flowing dress that looked beautiful on every girl in her bridal party!

Planning: Emily Weddings 
Image: David Schwartz Photos 
Hair + Makeup: Kim Wadsworth
Florals: The Wandering Petal
Echard Wheeler Photography, The Chrysler Museum of Art
Upcoming Events

VOW Bride Couture Runway Show VOW Bride is having their VB show at the Virginia Beach Convention Center on February 25th from 11-4. 

Special Occassion Show Smithfield Center is hosting a great bridal event with tons of vendors! This event is March 4th from 2-4
. This is a free event.

The Wedding Party Bridal Show The Chrysler Museum of Art is the host of this bridal show where you can see the amazing venue and some awesome vendors. The event is 
March 9th from 7PM-10PM. Tickets are $5 and include a glass of champagne! Tickets available at R.S.V.P Central at reservations.chrysler.org or at the door

Photo_ Kirstyn Marie 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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