Waterford Wednesday: Winter Wedding Styled Shoot

Happy Waterford Wednesday, friends!
Today we’ve got a beautiful styled shoot to share with you! This shoot was done back in February as part of Audrey Rose Photography’s Workshop and we’ve been itching to be able to share it since then! It was picked up to be featured on Wedding Chicks, so we had to wait for that to go live before posting ourselves! Audrey teamed up with Jamie Leigh Events (and a host of other top-notch vendors listed below!) to help her style the elegant winter wedding shoot she had in mind. The outcome was a gorgeous setup at the Womans Club Of Portsmouth filled with whites, greys, and ice blues! Check out some of our favorites below:
We absolutely adore the color palette used for this shoot! Since this styled shoot was back in February, the inspiration was “winter,” but the greenery from the floral arrangements and the ice blues/greys of the linens give off a spring vibe as well! We were thrilled to have our linens in this shoot including our Grey Velvet linen on the cocktail table (next to that amazing backdrop!), Ice Blue Matte Satin Napkins, and our Silver Majestic linen. Of course, we can’t forget our White Resin Chairs housed on-site at the Woman’s Club of Portsmouth!

Check out the Wedding Chicks feature here, and head to Audrey’s blog for more pictures from the shoot here!

Vendor Love:
Cakes & Catering: Rachel Bakes | Coordinators & Stylists: Jamie Leigh Events | Flowers: Blushing Floral Designs | Hair & Makeup: Dhalia Edwards Makeup
Salon Chroma | Co-Stylist: Jamie Patricia Photography | Paper Goods & Calligraphy: Over The Rainbow Artwork & Anchored Paper Co | Photographer: Audrey Rose Photography | Venues: Woman’s Club Of Portsmouth | Wedding Dress: Ava Clara Bridal Boutique WToo Waters

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A Crystal Clear Vision Linens 2018: Part 4

Happy Waterford Wednesday, friends!
Today is Part 4 (the finale!) of A Crystal Clear Vision linens and details! Check out the 5 tables that Macon Photography captured: Emily WeddingsGoodrich Gourmet CateringMad Hatter VintageThe Obici House, & The Posh Pair!

Sunset Marble
Beautiful Sunset Marble linen? Check! Amazing ethereal greenery wall? Check! Winner of Vendors Choice Award? Check! Emily Weddings nailed every single aspect of their table design, and all of the other vendors in attendance thought so too, as they walked away with one of our coveted awards!
Design: Emily Weddings | Lighting: Blue Steel Lighting | Florals & Greenery: Palette of Petals |  Signage: Jollity & Co.

Ivory Iridescent Crush | Copper Sequins
We love, loved how elegant Goodrich Gourmet’s table turned out! Our Ivory Iridescent Crush linen was used as the perfect faux runner on their sweetheart styled table and our Copper Sequins linen brought attention to the gorgeous food they had on display!
Design: Goodrich Gourmet Catering | Lighting: Blue Steel Lighting 

Aphrodite Runner
How gorgeous are the teal chairs that Mad Hatter Vintage used at A Crystal Clear Vision? We’re STILL thinking about them! We loved how Mad Hatter created a whole little “nook” as opposed to just a table design – it definitely gave our guests great ideas of different ways to setup their own wedding! The Aphrodite Runner was the perfect linen choice for their table too!
Design: Mad Hatter Vintage | Lighting: Blue Steel Lighting

Khaki Polyester
The Obici House brought love story vibes to their table design..literally! They kept their table design clean and simple with our Khaki Polyester linen and then had a showstopper piece behind the table in the form of a huge “storybook!” We absolutely loved the creativity and thought behind this element!
Design: The Obici House  | Lighting: Blue Steel Lighting

Nude SequinsThe Posh Pair was another vendor that created a complete “nook” instead of just one table, and  completely nailed it! Their design aesthetic really came to life and their use of many different signs and details was a huge draw for those that attended! Our Nude Sequins linens on each of their tables was the perfect compliment!
Design: The Posh Pair | Lighting: Blue Steel Lighting

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Waterford Wednesday: ILEA Knife and Fork Competition

Happy Waterford Wednesday, friends!
We’ve got a fun post for you today all about the ILEA Hampton Roads Knife & Fork Competition! ILEA, the International Live Events Association, is an amazing organization we are part of that brings together special event professionals for education and networking purposes. We absolutely love the monthly meetings and fun events (like this one!) that our ILEA Hampton Roads chapter hosts. The whole knife and fork tabletop competition was based around Hollywood, so each vendor chose a movie to design their table around. Check out how Rebecca and Brigitte brought our “Grease” inspired table to life below!
We love when we are able to be on the “other side of table” so to speak and come up with creative and unique design ideas! Rebecca and Brigitte chose Grease as their inspiration, and really brought the 1950’s diner feel to life with the help of our red and white striped polyester linen! Of course, we had a ton of “friendor” help: Stage Right Lighting made our dreams come true with the lighting above the table, Mad Hatter Vintage Rentals provided the flatware and soda crate that really tied the old school feel together, and Big Top Entertainment lent us the amazing booth seat that is quintessential 1950’s diner!

You have to check out more of the creative tables from this year’s competition! Head on over to the ILEA Facebook page to see more from the fun event!

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A Crystal Clear Vision Linens 2018: Part 3

Happy Waterford Wednesday, friends!
Today is Part 3 of A Crystal Clear Vision linens! We’ve got 5 more tablescapes to show you with all of the linen and decor details! Check out the tables that Kirstyn Marie Photography captured: A Lively AffairCarolyn Celeste WeddingsChef By DesignEast Beach Catering, & Soirees By Lauren.

Navy and White Stripe Polyester
We love a good nautical theme and A Lively Affair definitely delivered with their “coastal chic” table design! Our bold Navy and White Stripe Polyester linen was the perfect choice for this table and was a great base for all of the sailboat inspired decor on the table!
Design: A Lively Affair | Lighting: Blue Steel Lighting | Florals: Leslie Hartig Floral Design |  Glassware & Flatware:  Mad Hatter Vintage | Sailboat: Norfolk Yacht & Country Club | EmbroideryMonkey See Boutique

Slate Polyester
Can we just take moment to reflect on the fact that Carolyn Celeste Weddings had actual TURF and SOD as part of her table design? I mean, it does not get more innovative or creative than that! Since February isn’t exactly prime time for beautiful green grass, Carolyn found another way to include it in her design, and paired with our Slate Polyester linen, this table was giving us all the spring/summer feels!
Design: Carolyn Celeste Weddings | Lighting: Blue Steel Lighting | Florals: Studio Posy | Paper Products & Graphic Design: PaperDolls Design | Setee: Mad Hatter Vintage | Turf/Sod: United Turf, LLC.

Marine Velvet
We still can’t get over the gorgeous sign that Chef By Design had hanging above their table! We loved the fact that Chef By Design decided to design a beautiful table setting with our Marine Velvet linen, yet also have two food displays on the side! The whole look really worked well together, and just deepened our love for velvet linens!
Design: Chef By Design | Signage & Rotating Food Sign: Blue Steel Lighting | Floral: Palette of PetalsChairs, Chargers, & Plates: Mad Hatter Vintage | Glassware & Flatware: Big Top Entertainment 

Charcoal Natural | Macrame Runner
East Beach Catering completely knocked it out of the park in showcasing their catering options! They had a wide array of items on their tablescape, and we (along with the attendees!) loved the fact they could get unique ideas to use at their weddings – such as a Biscuit Bar, or Bloody Mary Bar! Our Charcoal Natural linen was the perfect neutral base for the table, and our Macrame Runner brought just the right amount of flare!
Design: East Beach Catering  | Lighting: Blue Steel Lighting

Mauve Floral
Soirees By Lauren completely nailed their table design at this year’s show! How amazing is our Mauve Floral linen that the ladies decided to use as their main table linen?! The mini pies and the cut out names on the place settings was a unique and personalized touch that we loved!
Design: Soirees By Lauren | Lighting: Blue Steel Lighting | Florals: Fluttering Flowers | Place Setting Names: Jollity & Co. | Vintage Rentals: Mad Hatter Vintage

Keep checking back as we show off all of the tables and behind the scenes shots from A Crystal Clear Vision 2018!

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Waterford Wednesday: Internship Program

Were excited to dive into today’s post because it’s all about an aspect of Waterford that is very important to all of us, our internship program! We believe that real working exposure and networking in the event world is an invaluable learning experience, and our internship program is tailored around this!

Our wedding and event internship positions are open to Sophomore, Junior, and Senior applicants at accredited colleges/universities each semester for class, practicum/internship, or college credit. Our intern will assist with both office work and on site execution of events and have the ability to gain hands-on experience by attending design meetings with clients, emailing clients, updating social media outlets, and setting up/breaking down events. Qualifications for the internship program include desire to work in the event industry (of course!), a 2.5 GPA or higher, and week-day availability.

Read about the experience of some of our past Waterford interns below, including how our program has helped our interns get jobs after their internship at top Hampton Roads vendors!
 Starting in the event industry as an intern at Waterford Event Rentals was truly the perfect path for me. Unknowingly, it was the start of a new journey which lead to the dedication, drive, and passion I have today. Throughout the course of my internship I learned a plethora of communication and hospitality skills; beyond more than I ever expected. As an intern, I expanded my horizons and before I even realized, I was attending networking events and mingling with other professionals in the industry; if you take anything away from your experience with Waterford Event Rentals, it should be to soak all of that up. My time there was nothing short of amazing. It was challenging and thrilling, but I would not change any of it. To this day they are some of my biggest supporters while I chase my industry dreams.
— Kaci Parker, 2015 Fall Intern — Photo: Caitlin Gerres Photography

Being an intern at Waterford Event Rentals has turned me into the person I am today! I had the most rewarding experience being the 2016 Summer intern. I was able to get my hands into learning the products in the warehouse, to shadowing Rebecca’s design meetings, to going to networking events and more. I even got to shadow an Event Planner and a Catering & Sales Manager to help me figure out what direction I wanted to go in with my career. Rebecca and Alyse really helped me learn all aspects of the event industry and they helped me figure out exactly where I wanted to be. I just couldn’t leave after my internship came to an end, and I was very fortunate that I was offered a full time job as Administrative Coordinator with Waterford Event Rentals!
— Brigitte Bradshaw, 2016 Summer Intern — Photo: Kirstyn Marie Photography
When I first started interning at Waterford Event Rentals, I thought it would just be something fun to do while getting college credits, but what it lead to was me finding what I was passionate about, the Event Industry. I had seen the other side of events when I worked at a Yacht Club as a server, but the preparation for events is something completely different. It takes so much time, hard work, and an open mind to make an event happen. Waterford really taught me so much about this amazing industry. They allowed me to attend networking events, help plan and execute Bridal Shows, make monthly newsletters, and even helped me find a job after college! Most young adults after college don’t have a job (in the field they want) and are looking for months, but with the help of the lovely ladies at Waterford, I landed a job right out of the gate. I am now a Catering Sales Manager at one of the nicest venues in the area, and I LOVE IT! This company is more than just that, it’s a family who are my forever friends!
Kiersten Sydnor, 2017 Spring Intern — Photo: Jessica Ryan Photography

Does our internship program sound like the perfect fit for you? If so, drop us a note at employment{at}waterfordeventrentals.com​!

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Waterford Wednesday: New Product Alert!

Happy Waterford Wednesday, friends!
While we still have a ton of A Crystal Clear Vision pictures and details to show you, we are taking a quick break from that this week to let you in on some exciting editions to our Waterford inventory! Check out the three gorgeous new products that are now available to rent!

French Floral Blush Napkins
First up are these beautiful French Floral Blush Napkins! These napkins are PERFECT for a spring or summer wedding, bridal shower, or even a dinner party. I mean, who doesn’t love a good floral print?! We’re really excited about these napkins and there are even matching linens to go with them! Picture these napkins folded nicely on all the guest tables, with a floor length floral for the sweetheart and cake table to accent…we LOVE!


Silver Marble Linen
We debuted these fun Silver Marble linens at our General Manager’s wedding this past November, but they have been so popular ever since! They’re cream with silver, charcoal, and slate blue marble detail throughout the entire linen. We love them and they even feel like velvet! Trendy and different, but still so beautiful and elegant!


Velvet Linens
Yes, yes and yes! We are loving the velvet trend this year! Not only did we find the most perfect mauve velvet linen…but we also got them in napkins and we’re obsessed! Our velvet selections are quickly growing, so stay tuned for more colors to be added!

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A Crystal Clear Vision Linens 2018: Part 2

Happy Waterford Wednesday, friends!
Today is Part 2 of A Crystal Clear Vision linens! We’ve got 4 more tablescapes to show you with all of the linen and decor details! Check out the tables that Jessica Ryan Photography captured: Chesapeake Bay CateringFluttering FlowersRusty Cottage, & Traditions Catering.

Champagne Leaf Petal | Gold Velvet
We absolutely adored Chesapeake Bay Catering’s table and their use of layered linens! Our Champagne Leaf Petal and Gold Velvet linens looked stunning mixed together with the bright pop of floral that they had over their table! 
Design: Chesapeake Bay Catering | Lighting & Draping: Blue Steel Lighting | Florals: Leslie Hartig Floral Design |  Signage: Jollity & Co.

Peach Wave | Rose Velvet
Fluttering Flowers was definitely a crowd favorite at this year’s event – they won the coveted People’s Choice Award! All of us Waterford gals were equally as smitten with their design as well – our Peach Wave & Rose Velvet linens paired beautiful with their other table decor, and don’t even get us started on that floral arch – love! 
Design: Fluttering Flowers | Lighting: Blue Steel Lighting | China: Mad Hatter Vintage | Stationary: River City Graphics

Wisteria Satin | Lilac Organza Overlay
The Rusty Cottage tablescape was giving us all of the purple heart eyes! The theme of their table was “elegant farmhouse” and they completely nailed the look! We adored all of the rustic touches mixed with our Wisteria Satin linen and Lilac Organza Overlay.
Design: Rusty Cottage | Lighting & Draping: Blue Steel Lighting 

Silver Marble | White Sequins
Traditions Catering was giving us all the winter vibes with their table design! Like we said last week, the catering companies really knocked it out of the park! We loved how much detail and thought Traditions put into their design and the way their food was showcased on our Silver Marble and White Sequins linens was perfection
Design: Traditions Catering | Lighting: Blue Steel Lighting | Florals: Palette of Petals | Pipe & Drape: Big Top Entertainment | Rug, Bar, & Shelving: Mad Hatter Vintage

Keep checking back as we show off all of the tables and behind the scenes shots from A Crystal Clear Vision 2018!

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A Crystal Clear Vision Linens 2018: Part 1

Happy Waterford Wednesday, friends!
Two weeks ago, we gave you a sneak peek at all of the amazing tables from this year’s A Crystal Clear Vision, and today we’re excited to dive deeper into ALL the details behind each table. Over the next couple of weeks we’ll be showing off the amazing photos and detailing the various linens and decor that were used on each of the different tablescapes. First up are the tables that Caitlin Gerres Photography, the lead photographer at the event, captured: Jeff’s Flowers Of CourseMontero’s CateringSweetwater CuisineThe Historic Post Office, and Waterford Event Rentals!

Teal Crush
Jeff’s Flowers Of Course brought the tropical vibes to A Crystal Clear Vision, and we were all for it! There was no detail forgotten on this beautiful table, from the Teal Crush linen that they chose, down to the mermaid figurine and pink lemonade served! The cool teal color of the base linen mixed with the bright green napkins was the perfect mix!
Design: Jeff’s Flowers Of Course | Lighting: Blue Steel Lighting | China & Flatware: Big Top Entertainment

Lilac Majestic Overlay | Coral Majestic Overlay
Montero’s really brought the creativity in their display! Instead of just focusing on a table design, the catering company decided to utilize different pieces of vintage furniture to show off their delicious food! Our Lilac Majestic Overlay and Coral Majestic Overlay were the perfect linens to accentuate their design!
Design: Montero’s Catering | Lighting: Blue Steel Lighting | Vintage Furniture: Mad Hatter Vintage | Florals: Pansy & Ivy

Wedgewood Velvet
The caterers at this year’s A Crystal Clear Vision really knocked it out of the park on their table designs. We absolutely ADORED Sweetwater Cuisines choice to go with our Wedgewood Velvet linen in blue on their two side cocktail tables. The real showstopper here was the beautiful, hanging food display they had! What a unique, fun idea that they could showcase for potential clients!
Design: Sweetwater Cuisine | Lighting & Food Display: Blue Steel Lighting 

Charcoal Majestic | Silver Natural Runner
We’ve got two words to say about The Historic Post Office table: Fixer. Upper. The sweet ladies at the HPO decided to go with the “Fixer Upper” theme for their table in honor of their venue (which was re-purposed last year). We think they absolutely nailed it and our Charcoal Majestic and Silver Natural Runner brought the whole table together beautifully!
Design: The Historic Post Office | Lighting: Blue Steel Lighting | Florals: Fluttering Flowers | Vintage Rentals & Place Settings: Mad Hatter Vintage | Calligraphy & Signage: Lauren Nicholson Calligraphy

Blue & White Vintage Damask
Along with planning the whole A Crystal Clear Vision event, Waterford always loves the fact that we get to show off our design skills during the show too! This year, we decided to go with some bright colors in the form of peach and our Blue & White Vintage Damask table linen! Of course, the star of the table was the amazing crystals that Blue Steel Lighting hung above our table that draped down perfectly over our florals. Seriously, they made our dreams come true with this one!
Design: Waterford Event Rentals | Lighting: Blue Steel Lighting | Florals: Botanique Events | Menu Cards: Paperdolls Design

For even more pictures, check out the post Caitlin did on her blog!

Keep checking back as we show off all of the tables and behind the scenes shots from A Crystal Clear Vision 2018!

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Waterford Wednesday: Rebecca + Cody’s Wedding

Friends, today is the day!
This Waterford Wednesday is extra special because it’s all about our dear Rebecca’s wedding! Rebecca + Cody got married late last year (11.11.17!), and we’re thrilled to finally be able to share the pictures that Kirstyn Marie Photography captured, along with some inside scoop from the bride herself! Check out the mini interview we did with Rebecca below and some of our favorite shots from the big day! Make sure to read all the way to bottom to check out the epic vendor list who made this wedding one for the books!
What was your vision for your wedding?
“I really wanted something that was going to feel classic and elegant, but at the same time, a fun party! Stage Right Lighting made all my dreams come true with the draping and lighting. The lighting changed colors throughout the night and really gave the atmosphere the “fun” vibe I wanted!”
After working in the linen industry, there was obviously a lot of interest in what linens you would choose! Was there one linen you absolutely had to have?
“Silver Marble! It simply didn’t exist in our area, so we got them custom made. Fun and trendy, but beautiful at the same time!”
What linens did you use?
“Silver Marble, Grey Natural, Grey Velvet, Champagne Sequins, Silver Petal, Ivory Aphrodite, Ivory Crinkle and Khaki Polyester. All the things! There’s no such thing as too many linens as long as they all flow!”
Did you plan every aspect of your wedding, or have help?
HECK NO! I would be nothing without my best gal, Missy, owner of Antonia Christianson Events! It was her vision to make the ceremony space completely draped and creating a “tunnel” for guests to walk through. EVERYONE loved it! She’s seriously a design queen! She was right by my side throughout the whole entire process, went to every meeting with me and guided me along the way. I promise I let Cody (my hubby) pick out 2 things: food and alcohol! 🙂
Any last minute thoughts on your wedding?
BEST DAY EVER. Hands down!

The amazing vendors who helped make it happen:
Kirstyn Marie Photography // Venue: Woman’s Club of Portsmouth // Planner: Antonia Christianson Events // Invites: PaperDolls Design // Catering: Montero’s Restaurant // Lighting and Draping: Stage Right Lighting // Linens and Chairs: Waterford Event Rentals // Florals: Fluttering Flowers // DJ: Roger with Astro // Cocktail Hour Entertainment: More Music Group (Juju Drums – Steel Drum Band) // Dress: Hayley Paige // Cake: Cake Delights // Dance Floor and Ghost Chairs: Big Top Entertainment // Makeup: BlushTones // Hair: Darling and Dapper // Photobooth: Snapqube // Valet: Express Valet


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Waterford Wednesday: A Crystal Clear Vision 2018

We are SO excited about today’s Waterford Wednesday post, friends!
A Crystal Clear Vision 2018 was just a couple of weeks ago and we already have the images back from each of the photographers who were on site! We have been bursting at the seams waiting to show you all these AMAZING photos, and today is finally the day – well, for a sneak peek at least! This years event was one for the books…our guests enjoyed champagne, food samples from the best caterers in Hampton Roads, free valet, ice cream from Lolly’s, inspiration from our area’s top vendors, amazing lighting options, awesome floral, music from Astro Entertainment, linens galore and, we even gave away a complete wedding package! Today we are thrilled to show you pictures of the 20 fully set reception style tables designed by the top wedding professionals in Hampton Roads. We will let the pictures of each of the tables do the talking!

We have MANY MORE more pictures and posts to come, so please be on the lookout! We can’t wait to show you all of our amazing sponsors, details on linen/decor from each table design, and even some behind the scenes scoop! 

Design: A Lively Affair //  Photographer: Kirstyn Marie Photography

Design: Carolyn Celeste Weddings // Photographer: Kirstyn Marie Photography

Design: Chesapeake Bay Catering // Photographer: Jessica Ryan Photography

Design: Chef By Design // Photographer: Kirstyn Marie Photography

Design: East Beach Catering // Photographer: Kirstyn Marie Photography

Design: Emily Weddings // Photographer: Macon Photography

Design: Fluttering Flowers // Photographer: Jessica Ryan Photography

Design: Goodrich Gourmet Catering // Photographer: Macon Photography

Design: Jeff’s Flowers // Photographer: Caitlin Gerres Photography

Design: Mad Hatter Vintage // Photographer: Macon Photography

Design: Montero’s Catering // Photographer: Caitlin Gerres Photography

Design: Rusty Cottage // Photographer: Jessica Ryan Photography

Design: Soirees By Lauren // Photographer: Kirstyn Marie Photography

Design: Sweetwater Cuisine // Photographer: Caitlin Gerres Photography

Design: The Historic Post Office // Photographer: Caitlin Gerres Photography

Design: The Obici House // Photographer: Macon Photography

Design: The Posh Pair // Photographer: Macon Photography

Design: Traditions Catering // Photographer: Jessica Ryan Photography

Design: Waterford Event Rentals // Photographer: Caitlin Gerres Photography

Design: Woman’s Club of Portsmouth // Photographer: Caitlin Gerres Photography

Don’t forget to check back in with us for the next couple of weeks as we share even more A Crystal Clear Vision 2018 pictures!

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