Khia & Troy - Portsmouth Renaissance Hotel

I'm so excited to get to share this stunning Portsmouth wedding! When I first met with Khia & Troy, I liked them immediately. They were so fun to talk to, they were obviously head over heels for each other, and they just wanted to have an incredible wedding to celebrate their love with their family & friends. Khia & Troy were both so incredibly kind and a total dream to work with throughout the entire process and I miss them so much already! I really do love when my couples end up feeling more like friends than clients. I can't believe I'm lucky enough to have this as a job!

From Khia's incredible dress {I mean COME ON with that blush!} to Troy's insane style {skull cuff links? I DIE!}, the details throughout the day had my heart so happy. Did I mention they also incorporated their sweet pug Harvey into their portrait hour? He was so dapper and just the sweetest thing! Add to all of that one of the most amazing bridal parties I've ever met, and it was like we had all hit the wedding day lottery. Seriously, this bridal party ya'll! I'll never forget, at the rehearsal the night before the big day, I kept getting pulled aside by members of the bridal party. A bridesmaid here, a couple of groomsmen there. And they each pretty much had the same thing to say: "Please make sure if you need anything at all tomorrow, you call one of us. We don't want Khia & Troy to worry about anything. This is their big day!" When your friends have your comfort and happiness on one of the most important days of your life at the forefront of their minds, you know you've struck gold.

Khia & Troy - Thank you so much for letting me and my team play a part in your incredible day! It was such an honor to help you down the aisle to each other and such a great night, getting to know your friends and families! So happy for the both of you! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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Venue: Portsmouth Renaissance Hotel // Photography: Miller Rose Photography // Planning/Coordination: Just Dandy Events // DJ: DJ Rayvon // Ceremony Music: Charlotte Dettwiler // Dessert: Incredible Edibles // Flowers: Isha Foss Design // Beauty: Shear Luxury Salon // Lighting/Backdrops: Bluesteel Lighting & Design

Janelle & Nathan - Elkington Plantation

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I'm so excited to finally share this gorgeous wedding with you! We've been dreaming up this day for so long and I have to say that the carefully planned details that Janelle and her mother poured their hearts into truly came together perfectly. Pair all the beauty with the absolute sweetest families, incredible friends, and the super in-love couple....and the whole day was a dream to be a part of! Not to mention, one of my favorite Eastern Shore wedding venues, Elkington Plantation was the backdrop for the festivities. If you're considering getting married on the Shore, you need to check out this incredible property!

Since they were planning an outdoor wedding, Janelle & Nathan took the necessary precautions and buried a bottle of bourbon a month before their big day. This Southern tradition never seems to fail and we had the most incredible weather for the party of the summer. It's always so much fun to watch the bride and groom dig up the bourbon bottle before the ceremony and this crowd certainly didn't disappoint!

Nate & Nellie {that's what their friends call them and I'm basically obsessed!} planned for a large after-party at the end of the night, so opted out of a grand exit after the reception. Instead, they provided each of their guests with a small packet of lavender seeds to toss as the couple walked back down the aisle at the end of the ceremony and it was the sweetest sight!

There were a million other heartfelt details throughout the day, but I'll let the stunning images taken by Alexis Jones Photography tell the rest of the story!

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Venue: Elkington Plantation // Photography: Alexis Jones Photography // Planning/Coordination: Just Dandy Events // Catering: Mallard's // Cocktail Hour Entertainment: Frank Sings Frank // Band: The Bachelor Boys // Officiant: Rev. Cory Newell // Dessert: Brown Dog Ice Cream // Flowers: Seagrass Floral // Beauty: 76 West Salon // Rentals: Eastern Shore Events & Rentals //Transportation: Fun Tours

Janelle & Nathan - Thank you so much for letting me and my team play a part in your gorgeous wedding and all the days leading up to it. I had the best time getting to know you both, as well as your families! I hope to see you around the Shore again soon!

Katie & Corey - Woman's Club of Portsmouth

One of the best feelings when leaving a wedding day is feeling like you've gained two new friends that you can't wait to make plans with. That's exactly what happened with Katie & Corey! Leading up to their wedding at the Woman's Club of Portsmouth, the weather was looking a little questionable and of course it rained buckets throughout the day. But Katie & Corey just did not care. All they wanted was to be married....and few things make me as happy as that! Thankfully the Woman's Club is absolutely stunning inside and out, so even the rain plan was breathtaking!

We were gifted with some breaks in the weather so that my girl Angie was able to take them outside for some beautiful portraits and we even got a rainbow! And, shocker, one of my favorite parts of the entire day was when Katie & Corey's dog Franklin showed up in a bow tie ready for pictures with his parents. Yes he was absolutely perfect and yes I cried. I am not ashamed.

A few of my other favorite things about their wedding day: Neither of them stopped smiling the entire day. Katie's super sweet mom and aunt were in charge of the cake and flowers and they knocked them both out of the park! Everything was stunning! And the dance floor was packed with Katie & Corey's friends and family all night. Best day ever!

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Congratulations Katie & Corey! Your wedding will forever be one of my favorite days ever! Thank you for your constant kindness and letting my team & I play a part in your big day. We love you!!!

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I absolutely LOVE when our couples invest in both a talented photographer and videographer to fully document their perfect day! Check out Katie & Corey's wedding video from One Story Films below!

Venue: Woman's Club of Portsmouth // Photography: Angie McPherson Photography // Videography: One Story Films // Planning/Coordination: Just Dandy Events // Catering: Montero's // Band: The Janitors // Cake: Mother of the Bride // Flowers: Aunt of the Bride // Dress: Ava Clara Couture Bridal Boutique // Hair: Stephanie Michelle Hair // Makeup: Dhalia Edwards // Chairs: Waterford Event Rentals // Lighting: Big Top Entertainment // Transportation: Fun Tours

Jamie & Kevin - Founders Inn

Jamie & Kevin were married at the Founders Inn, one of my favorites venues in Virginia Beach! This couple was THE sweetest ever, and it was so obvious how in love they were with each other. They're wedding day was focused on having fun and celebrating their life together. I don't think either of them stopped smiling the entire day! And just wait till you see Kevin's reaction to seeing Jamie in her dress for the first time. He must have said ten times throughout the evening how perfect she looked. The sweetest ever!

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Congratulations Jamie & Kevin! Thank you so much for letting us play a part in your gorgeous day! We had the best time getting to know you both and your friends and families!

Also a huge thank you to our awesome vendor team!

Venue: Founders Inn // Photography: Zack Chavis Photography // Coordination: Just Dandy Events // DJ: Colonial DJs // Violinist: And I Love Her Violins // Beauty: Darling & Dapper // Uplighting: Illuminations Innovations Inc

 

DeJohnna & Michael - NOAHs Event Venue

It's time to share another gorgeous 2018 wedding!!! Michael & DeJohnna were married back in April at a brand new venue in Chesapeake, NOAHS Event Venue. NOAHS is a national brand, with locations all over and I was so pumped when DeJohnna told me they were booking the newest location for their big day. It definitely did not disappoint! The venue is absolutely gorgeous and has the most incredible staff. I can't wait for my next wedding there!!

Michael & DeJohnna had a two-year long engagement and I had the best time really getting to know them while we planned their dream wedding. It's always a blast when you feel like you gain a friend throughout planning and that was certainly true in this case! This couple is so fun to be around....they literally light up a room when they're together...and their friends and family were a great time too! I just love these two to pieces and I'm so excited to share their wedding day with you!

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HUGE highlight of the wedding day....Michael & DeJohnna seemed to be trying to out-do each other for the award of best wedding gift. And to be honest, I can't even decide who I think won! DeJohnna gifted Michael with a pair of Enchroma glasses. He is color blind and she wanted to make sure that he fully experienced all the beauty of Jamaica on their honeymoon. When he put those glasses on and looked over at the balloons she was holding....well I couldn't help but cry! It was the sweetest thing ever!

And then Michael really hit a home run with....drum roll please....BEYONCE TICKETS!! Her face says it all....but the scream that accompanied it was pretty epic too.

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One of my favorite parts of the wedding day was Michael & DeJohnna's unity ceremony. They decided to do a Tasting of the Four Elements ceremony. They tasted something that was sour, bitter, hot, and sweet and their officiant talked about how each one pertained to a life experience they will eventually go through together. It was the first time I'd seen that and it was so cool!

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And as usual, HUGE thank you to our amazing vendor team! You were all such a pleasure to work with! 

Venue: NOAH'S Event Venue // Photographer: Michael & Jasmine Photography // Wedding Planner: Just Dandy Events // Videographer: VizInk Weddings // DJ: Astro Entertainment // Caterer: Goodrich Gourmet Catering // Cake: Incredible Edibles // Bride's Bouquet: C&J Floral Design // Rentals: Distinctive Event Rentals // Hair Stylist: Sarah Slade Beauty // Makeup: Bella Vita Artistry // Officiant: I Do Weddings 757