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September 2018 Newsletter
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A Chic Downtown Wedding

Heather Hughes Photography

Living in Hampton Roads, rustic and beach themed weddings seem to take center stage. When you have amazing local farms and the beach at your fingertips, these weddings tend to be more common- and they are all so beautiful! But there's another type of wedding you can have here in Hampton Roads- and that's the downtown, city wedding! 

If you're a modern, chic bride that's looking for an elegant, timeless wedding, a downtown venue with a glam twist might just be the wedding for you. Embrace who you are as a couple, what you love to do, and your journey to this day to plan the perfect downtown wedding. 

Downtown Wedding Themes
Eleise Theuer Photography

Almost any theme will work when you put it in a downtown setting, but here are some of our favorites:

Back and White
Jonnie & Garrett Photography, via Junebug Weddings

Old Hollywood
Peyton Curry Photography, via Tidewater and Tulle

Downtown Engagement Session

Will Hawkins Photography

Whether you're planning a downtown wedding or not, a fun engagement session at your favorite spot in your city is a great way of incorporating the chic theme. We love the idea of a photo shoot at an arcade or a favorite hot spot like a bar you love. 

Walking the streets of any of our downtown locations always make for gorgeous photos. Your photographer can capture the city you love, buildings that mean a lot to you as a couple, or maybe where you had your first date! Coffee shops and restaurants are great locations for a photo or two.

Heather Hughes Photography

Finding a Downtown Venue
Chelsea Anderson Photography

Featured Vendor
Westin Virginia Beach Town Center

Vinluan Photography

Did you know that the Westin Virginia Beach Town Center is located in Virginia's tallest building?They are truly "above it all"! Not only does this Westin location have ample space for your event (11 event rooms, an  8,300 sq. ft. ballroom which can accommodate up to 550 guests, and a 6,060 sq. ft foyer perfect for large receptions), but they also have seasoned professionals to help you plan your big day! Learn more and see their room set-ups when you visit their website.

David Schwartz Photography

Keith Cephus Photography

Real Weddings

Will Hawkins always does an amazing job with downtown chic weddings! The Chrysler Museum of Art is an amazing venue for your modern, glam event. We love the opulent grand room for your ceremony and the numerous options for photos. The bride looked stunning in her gown with just the right amount of bling and the table centerpieces were perfect for this glamorous event. To see more from this day visit his blog!

Will Hawkins Photography

Will Hawkins Photography

Design+Floral |  Vivid Expressions
Makeup |  Makeup by Candice
Cinematography |  Intellect Media
Catering |  Chef by Design
Entertainment | Touch Basis 
Virginia Wedding Photographer |  Will Hawkins

Upcoming Events

We're very excited about the Vow Bride's  Brides and Brews event on September 30th. Tickets are $45 and include access to l ocal wedding vendors, music, beverages, a groom's room and a live fashion show.

The Autumn Elegance Bridal Expo with Showbride is going to be here before we know it! November seems so far away but don't get caught up in Halloween fun and forget to buy your tickets to this beautiful event at The Founders Inn and Spa. November 4th, tickets are just $10.

Eleise Theuer 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!

"The best thing to hold onto in life is each other." -Audrey Hepburn