You can never go wrong with classic. Or a traditional red and white colour palette for that matter. It always looks striking at a wedding. It’s like the red carpet for VIPs. It makes a great opening statement – looks sophisticated – and will always be in style. Which is why I love this Norfolk Virginia wedding, sent our way by Keith Cephus. It’s a beautiful event without any particular ‘theme’ which withstand the test of time.
Bride Virginia shares: From the moment Mark got down on one knee and proposed to me during vacation at Niagara on the Lake in Canada, my mind was flooded with different ideas for our wedding. I’d always envisioned an elegant and romantic style wedding and knew it was the direction I wanted to take things. We chose the River Oak Church in Chesapeake, Virginia for our ceremony, where Mark and I are both members and after visiting several reception venues and chose the Norfolk Marriott Hotel as our reception venue due to its timeless classic beauty and large ballroom with dome ceiling and elegant mirrored walls.We stressed for months trying to decide what our wedding “theme” would be, when one day a vendor asked us, and Mark and I simply said “love”. We felt we didn’t need to have a themed wedding – simply a wedding showcasing our love for one another. We kept things simple and chose garnet and ivory for our wedding colors. My 5 bridesmaids wore garnet colored gowns with garnet rose bouquets and the groomsmen wore black suits with garnet vests and garnet boutonnieres. Mark wore a black suit with an ivory vest and ivory boutonniere. My gown, by Casablanca had beautiful Swarovski crystal embellishments and I carried an bouquet of ivory roses bound in an ivory satin wrap.. Our florist provided a beautiful assortment of ivory and garnet roses for the ceremony and reception. We kept the ceremony décor simple, decorating the altar area with 3 lighted candelabras, ivory columns with flower arrangements and an unity candle. Each reception table had satin ivory tablecloths with garnet satin napkins, and the chairs had ivory satin covers with garnet satin chair ties. To give the reception a more romantic feel, we put tea-light candles and rose petals on each table surrounding the tall floral centerpieces and hired a lighting vendor who created ivory lighting designs on the walls. As the dancing began, the lighting changed with the music (blue, pink, green, etc). Mark and I wanted to “wow” our guests with our first dance, so we took private dance lessons and learned a personalized choreographed dance to our song “Marry Me” by Train. Our cake (made by Patti Cakes in North Carolina) was a lovely ivory 3-tiered round white cake with our initials written in garnet on the middle layer, garnet ribbon on each lower layer and garnet rose petals on top. Our wedding favors were tiny bottles of bubbles with garnet and ivory ribbon tied around them. As we made our exit from the reception our guests lined up outside and blew the bubbles as we walked by. My biggest challenge planning wedding while living out of town. I must say, I would have been a total wreck if not for the help of our wedding coordinator: Missy of Antonia Christianson Events. My favorite moments included seeing our families, friends and loved ones gathered together to celebrate our special day with us, and having our first dance together as husband and wife. Everything came together so perfect, and we could not be happier!
Congratulations and thank you Virginia for sharing with us your beautiful day!
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Photography: Keith Cephus Photography / Event Designer: Antonia Christianson Events / DJ: Astro Entertainment / Lighting: Blue Steel Lighting Design / Linens and Coverings: Waterford Event Rentals / Makeup Artist: Candice Rauch / Cake: Patti Cakes, Inc, / Reception: Norfolk Marriott Hotel /Submitted via Two Bright Lights