Coastal Simplicity Styled Shoot - Heidi Calma Photography

Do you have any idea how hard it is to not just let the pictures speak for themselves with this shoot?  AHH!

Ok let me start at the beginning.  Heidi of Heidi Calma Photography asked if I would be interested in helping her set up a shoot that really represented her brand.  I jumped at the chance because I adore Heidi so much and love any opportunity I get to work with her.  If you haven't met her yet, you need to get on that.  Because she's awesome.  Seriously.  This was her first styled shoot on her own and, ya'll, she totally knocked it out of the park!

If you take a look at Heidi's website, you'll see this girl is all about the beach!  And I love it.  So we decided to host a very beachy feeling shoot, but we really wanted to keep it as simple and organic as possible.  We chose The Water Table at Rudee Inlet as our venue and, folks, we could not have chosen better.  The bridal suite, the natural light, the was all just perfect!

We also chose our contributing vendors very carefully and they were all so exceptional.  Thanks to everyone's efforts, the Coastal Simplicity Shoot, as we've been calling it, has been published on Artfully Wed!!!  We're so excited!

Oh, I have to be a bit biased here and admit that my very favorite aspect of this entire shoot was the models.  The "groom" Sean has been one of my very best friends since the second grade.  And his girlfriend Emma is, hands down, one of my most favorite people in the whole world {you've likely seen her mentioned in some of my other posts....she is a stylist on many of the shoots I've coordinated}.  To see these two all polished up did my heart a whole lot of good.  Somehow I managed to keep from bawling my eyes out through the whole thing.  It's a miracle.  Love you guys!

Check out some of my very favorite images from the shoot and be sure to leave some lovin' for all the awesome vendors while you're at it! 

Photographer: Heidi Calma Photography  //  Venue: The Water Table  //  Dress: Maya Couture  //  Cake: La Dolce Vita Cakery  //  Florals: Marlene Events Floral Design  //  Hair & Makeup: Salon Mosaic  //  Jewelry: All Washed Up Jewelry  //  Invitations: Ro & Co Designs  //  Tie: HoBoTies  //  Sweetheart Table: Mimi's Front Porch Swing  //  Cake Table: Water's Edge Designs  //  Models: Emma Hering & Sean Tosloskie

Indoor Wedding Venues

Last week, I posted an entry showcasing a few of my favorite outdoor wedding venues.  So I though it'd only be fair if I also showcased a few indoor wedding venues for you to check out.  The Hampton Roads area has plenty of amazing spots to hold your wedding.  Check them out!
Lesner Inn

The Lesner Inn is one of my favorite venues in Virginia Beach. It's an amazing indoor venue with a breathtaking view that makes you feel like you're right on the beach.  Located on Shore Drive at the intersection of the Lynnhaven River and the Chesapeake Bay, it's the perfect location for the couple that wants the beach "feel" to their big day, without being in the sand.  They host both receptions and ceremonies, as well as many other events such as company parties, reunions, etc.  The Lesner Inn showcases both indoor and outdoor areas for your special events.

Virgina Aquarium & Marine Science Center

The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center features both indoor and outdoor spots for your wedding.  However, the indoor ones are definitely unique.  Can you imagine being married with a shark tank behind you?  The pictures you and your guests would have from hosting your wedding in a venue like this one would be incredible.  And best of all, a portion of your rental fee is tax deductible and helps support the animals!

Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art

Another unique venue in the area is the Museum of Contemporary Art in Virginia Beach.  When you reserve one of the unique spaces at the museum, your guests are granted access to the galleries during your event.  There are multiple spaces for you to choose from depending on the feel and size of your event.  The museum is located on eight acres of beautifully maintained gardens close to the Virginia Beach oceanfront.
The Water Table

One of my other favorite venues at the oceanfront would have to be The Water Table.  Not only does it have beautiful views of the marinas at Rudee Inlet, it also showcases a gorgeous fireplace that's the perfect backdrop for a sweetheart table.