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January 2018 Newsletter
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A New Year's Resolution

Carolyn Celeste Weddings, Photo by Dragon Photo Studio

Happy New Year! We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and new year celebration. As we head into 2018 we are feeling very excited for what's to come. There are some amazing bridal shows happening as we speak and even more to come! Head down to the bottom of this newsletter to see what's up ahead. 

2017 was such a great year for the wedding world. We added some amazing vendors to our HRWG family. They are incredibly talented in their field and have been a part of some truly beautiful weddings. We can't wait to see the work they do this year! The wedding industry also flourished so much in 2017. Brides were able to embrace who they are and their personal style with the growing number of professionals willing to offer them just what they were looking for. From the edgy bride to the rustic bride, there was a planner or photographer or caterer for each!

Heading into 2018, we are making a resolution to continue to show our support to our brides and our vendors. We hope to be a presence at bridal shows, offer beautiful spreads in our magazine for our vendors, and live up to the name we have created for ourselves. We will strive to support brides so that we can bring out the FUN in wedding planning and ease some stress.

Here's to an incredible 2018!
Baxter's Creative Events, Photo by The Girl Tyler
Let's Get Planning!

Did you get engaged over the holidays? We have everything you need to get the planning started with our Planning Tools! Start getting your budget under control and develop a perfect timeline for your day with our worksheets. 

We also know some pretty amazing event planners! Whether you're looking for full service planning or month of coordination, these vendors are some of the best in Hampton Roads!

Baxter's Creative Events
Carolyn Celeste Weddings 
Ellasin's Events
Graceful Designs, LLC
Inspired Events by Kelly
Vivid Expressions, LLC
Black Iris Floral Events Co., Photo by Keith Cephus Photography
Finding the Perfect Color Combination

For so many brides, they've dreamed about the colors for their wedding for years! What you'd be so surprised by is how many brides, when faced with choosing the details, don't go with the colors they thought they would. There are a couple of things to consider when picking wedding colors.

It's important when choosing wedding colors to try to imagine the fashion you want in your bridal party. If the colors you love are yellow and gray, do you want yellow bridesmaid dresses? If you've always dreamed of a blush pink, will all your bridesmaids look good in that color? Do some searching on the internet and see that color on various models. Do you still love it? If that color just isn't going to work for the fashion, maybe there's another color you can bring in to the mix. If you love blush, think about a gold dress for your bridesmaids!

If you choose hot pink and black for your wedding color, it might be challenging to find flowers that will go with that scheme. An alternative is to have more neutral flowers. Remember that flowers are seasonal! Your beautiful yellow sunflowers won't be available year round.

*Season & Destination
Speaking of seasons, try to keep that in mind when picking your colors. Just because you're having a fall wedding doesn't mean you HAVE to use fall colors. And the same goes for every other season. It often helps in the planning process because it does give you a direction, but remember that this is your day.
Featured Vendor
Kirstyn Marie Photography

Kirstyn Marie Photography
We're very excited to welcome photographer Kirstyn Marie to the Hampton Roads Wedding Guide family! Not only is Kirstyn a well loved and respected photographer in the Hampton Roads community, but she also took the photo that is featured on our latest issue! 

Kirstyn not only photographs beautiful weddings here in Virginia, but she has also traveled all over the world. Kirstyn hopes to provide her brides with memories that will help them relive their wedding day. Head over to her website to see even more from her work, as well as her engagement photo sessions!
Kirstyn Marie Photography
Real Weddings
Several of our preferred vendors teamed up for this incredible wedding full of gorgeous blues and greens at the Signature at West Neck. Photographer Kirstyn Marie took incredible photographs that are all available on her blog

Other Preferred Vendors:
Ava Clara Couture Bridal
Fluttering Flowers

Other Awesome Vendors:
Sunkissed Events
Cake Delights
Show Me Your Mumu
The Makeup School By Sarah Rillon

Dustin Lewis Images
Upcoming Events

Peninsula Winter Bridal Expo: The next Showbride bridal event is here! Come out to the Crowne Plaza Hampton Marina on January 21st from 2-4. Tickets are $10

A Bridal Affair: Grand Affairs Catering is hosting their bridal show on January 21st from 2-5. Tickets are $5. 

VOW Bride Hampton Show; VOW Bride is having their incredible Hampton show at the Hampton Roads Convention Center on January 28th from 11-4. 

Ford's Colony Sip & SeeFord's Colony Winery is having a date night style event where you get to be the wedding guests! This event is 
February 3rd from 58 at Ford's Colony. Tickets are limited to 75 guests.

Vivid Expressions Design Studio Open House: Vivid Expressions is hosting an open house where you get to learn about florals, how to think beyond the Pinterest board, and how to plan a beautiful wedding on a budget. The event is 
February 10th from 11-4 and space is limited.

Photo_ Kirstyn Marie Photography
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!

"He was my North, my South, my East and West, My working week and my Sunday rest." 
- W.H. Auden, Stop All the Clocks