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:
Photographer: 
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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Waterford Wednesday: What to Expect at A Crystal Clear Vision

Happy Waterford Wednesday!
We are just over a month away from the 2018 A Crystal Clear Vision event at the Woman’s Club of Portsmouth and things are moving fast with design meetings, last minute decisions, and overall planning and excitement for the event! If you haven’t purchased your ticket for the February 11th event yet, head on over to do so now…you’re not going to want to miss this! One of the coolest things about our annual Crystal Clear Vision Event is that it is always evolving – it truly is an event that can be attended year after year due to the ever-changing participants and trends within our industry. As we are coming up on this year’s event, we thought we’d give a little insight into what you can expect!
Top Notch Participants – The top designers, florists, caterers, and venues in Hampton Roads will have their fully set reception tables at the Woman’s Club of Portsmouth. Keep up with the A Crystal Clear Vision Facebook page to see the participants for this year.
unspecified-20Photo: Amanda Hedgepeth Photography // Design: Emily Weddings, Inc.

Top Notch Photographers – Some of the most sought-after photographers in Coastal Virginia will be on hand to capture the beauty and transformation of the whole event. Keep an eye on the blog and our Facebook page to get exclusive information on the photographers who will be on hand Feb. 11th!

New Linens/Products – New Waterford inventory will be on display at this event for the first time! You will be able to check out new linens and products that are on-trend for this upcoming wedding season, and see them set up for maximum inspiration!
Photo: Kirstyn Marie Photography

Amazing Sponsors – A Crystal Clear Vision 2018 would not be possible without our amazing lineup of sponsors!

INSPIRATION – The most important thing you can expect from attending A Crystal Clear Vision is to be inspired! You will leave this show with so many ideas and potential vendor connections for your big day. The ability to actually see fully set reception tables will get your mind spinning with all of the possibilities available!
unspecified-44Photo: Caitlin Gerres Photography

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Waterford Wednesday: 2017 Year In Review

It’s the last Waterford Wednesday of 2017, friends!
We can hardly believe that 2018 is almost here! These year in review posts are always one of our favorites to write because it gives us a chance to reflect on the past year and some of our favorite milestones and goals we achieved. 2017 was another amazing year for Waterford as we continued to grow and stay on trend with the ever-changing industry. We couldn’t have imagined all of the amazing accomplishments we would have achieved this past year. Take a look at some of our favorite and most exciting moments of the year!

Winter
Our 2017 started off on a high note when we announced that we had again received a 2017 Couples’ Choice Award from WeddingWire. This was our 5th year to be recognized and we were just as thrilled as when we got the award our first year! Winter also saw us putting the final touches on our A Crystal Clear Vision 2017 bridal show – our biggest one yet! We knew the spring and summer months were going to be crazy for Waterford, so we were on the hunt for some awesome interns and event staff, while also attending many bridal shows to meet new brides! Rebecca and Brigitte manned our Waterford booth at both the DIY Bridal Expo and the VOW Bridal Showcase – both shows we love to attend every year!

Spring
Photo: Dragon Studio 
Photo: Kirstyn Marie Photography Designer: Emily Weddings
Photo: Amanda Manupella Photography Designer: Antonia Christianson Events
Spring came this year, and so did all the styled shoots! This shoot for Coastal Virginia Bride Magazine with Misty Saves the Day (featuring our girl Hayley) was one of our favorites of the year! Of course, the biggest event this spring was our 2017 A Crystal Clear Vision Show! It was a magical day featuring the best of the best vendors in Coastal Virginia. To see all of our hardwork and planning come to fruition was an amazing feeling! If you missed our posts showing off all of the tablescapes at the show, you can view them here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

Summer
Photo: Audrey Rose Photography
Photo: Dragon Studio
Photo: Kirstyn Marie Photography
Summer is when the true Waterford hustle comes in to play! This summer saw our Waterford girls (and guys!) running from venue to venue doing setups and breakdowns, but that didn’t stop us from having fun in other areas too! We were thrilled to be a part of “The Creative’s Dinner” thrown by the Hampton Roads Chapter of the Rising Tide Society. The unique event, held at the Historic Post Office, was an actual dinner/gathering with a style shoot aspect taking place as well – how cool! Speaking of the Historic Post Office, we were also able to attend the 2017 ILEA Gala at this beautiful new venue as well! We were excited to provide the linens and chiavari chairs at the “A Night Under the Stars” themed event! This summer we also continued our tradition of taking updated staff photos, and Kirstyn Marie Photography knocked it out of the park with our individual and group shots!

Fall/End Of Year
Photo: Kirstyn Marie Photography
Photo: Dragon Studio — get tickets to A Crystal Clear Vision 2018 here!
Wrapping up our year, the biggest event was of course Rebecca’s wedding! It was a highly anticipated event and it was the most beautiful wedding – we can’t wait to share more pictures with you all! After announcing earlier in the year that A Crystal Clear Vision 2018 would be held at the Woman’s Club of Portsmouth, we’ve had fun over the past couple of months teasing the participants for the show this year! Another exciting moment was announcing that we had retired the sparkle Waterford shoe, and moved on to something a little more Waterford blue! And of course, we couldn’t let the holidays pass without our annual Christmas party as well! 

We can’t WAIT to see what amazing things 2018 brings, see you next year!

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Waterford Wednesday: 2018 Pantone Color of the Year

Happy Waterford Wednesday, friends!
The Pantone Color of the Year announcement is always one of our favorites, and they just recently announced their pick for 2018! Last week, the team at Pantone made the big reveal that the color of the year is…Ultra Violet!
There is a lot of time and thought that goes into choosing the color of the year, and one of the specifications for the color is that it is supposed to serve as a representation for the whole year. Well, the symbolic meaning of Ultra Violet is “inventive and imaginative” and we think that is just perfect – especially from a wedding industry standpoint! Inventive + imaginative are two words we love to hear when referencing a wedding! We think that Ultra Violet really is a shade that can be super versatile in the event industry – this would be a GREAT linen color, could create a beautiful backlight color, and purple florals would be amazing as well! Ultra Violet, described as a “blue-based purple” is a color that can be paired with many other color combinations, and we can’t wait to see how this beautiful shade is used throughout 2018!

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Waterford Wednesday: The “Waterford Way”

Happy Waterford Wednesday, friends!
2018 is sneaking up on us fast, and with that, so many exciting things for Waterford! We have our annual A Crystal Clear Vision show Sunday, February 11th at the Woman’s Club of Portsmouth, and we just recently released our first ever Waterford Catalog – a labor of love that we know will be such a huge resource for our vendor friends and clients in the new year! One thing that both our bridal show and catalog have in common is that they are both amazing resources for people to understand what we refer to as the “Waterford Way.” If you can’t attend A Crystal Clear Vision this year or haven’t had an opportunity to snag a catalog, you’re in luck! Today w’re going to dive into what the “Waterford Way” really means.

We Have Linens AND Products
Photo: Ashley Errington Photography
While we pride ourselves on specializing in providing high quality linens to our clients, we do have a few key products in our inventory as well! Our most popular products are our plate chargers (gold, silver & even beaded glass!) and our gorgeous gold chiavari chairs! We also have our white resin chairs on-site at the Women’s Club of Portsmouth, and our beautiful mahogany chiavari chairs on-site at the Historic Post Office.

We Ship Linens!
Although we are located in Hampton Roads and do most of our events in the surrounding area, we ship linens all over the United States for our clients! We absolutely love seeing our table linens, runners, overlays, and more transform events from the east coast to the west…our linens have traveled all over!

No Event Is Too Big Or Small!
Photo: Chelsea Anderson Photography 

Whether you are hosting a 300 person wedding, a more intimate event such as a bridal shower, or even an industry party, no event is too big or small for Waterford! We’ve done gorgeous setups for both large and small events and love the way that linens can add something extra to any event!

We Steam!
Next to providing great quality linens, steaming is one aspect that is very important to our company! We pride ourselves on making sure that every table linen and chair cover looks it’s very best during a setup and that there are no wrinkles in sight!

Stress Free!
Photo:  Audrey Rose Photography
Although your wedding day is one of the most exciting days of your life, it can definitely become one of the most stressful! One of our top priorities at Waterford is making sure that you are as stress free as possible when it comes to your linen rentals! For this reason we offer setup & breakdown services where our amazing staff handles all of the linen and product placement, ensuring it looks completely fabulous, so you can focus on the most important part of the day…getting married!

On Trend Linens
Photo: Caitlin Gerres Photography
At Waterford we are committed to staying up to date on all of the new and innovative trends that circulate through the industry. Make sure you attend A Crystal Clear Vision 2018, to see all of the gorgeous new linens and patterns we’ve added to our inventory!

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