Waterford Wednesday: The Summer Social

If you haven’t heard the exciting news, we are expanding our repertoire of events to more than just our annual A Crystal Clear Vision!  That’s right, this July, we will be hosting our second event of the year, The Summer Social at the Woman’s Club of Portsmouth!  On July 12th at 6PM the hottest social event of the summer will kick off with the most exhilarating way to plan your wedding in Coastal Virginia.

  For only $15.00 per person, you not only experience the amazing opportunity to interact and chat with this region’s top event professionals but also are served great food, signature drinks, cotton candy, and gelato while playing lawn games and dancing!  How great does this sound?!

Since starting A Crystal Clear Vision several years back, we always felt a need to add a second event with a unique flair.  So, we teamed up with Antonia Christianson Events, and did just that! Our Summer Social is exactly what this region has needed as a way to provide brides and grooms alike with the chance to “hang out” with the experts in a completely casual and fun way!

Some of our sponsors and key players for Summer Social 2019 are:

Big Top Entertainment

Boardwalk Photo Booth Company

Chef by Design Catering

Darling & Dapper Studio

Dragon Studio

Stage Right Lighting & Design

Studio I Do

Woman’s Club of Portsmouth

So, as you can see, this event is going to be quite spectacular, to say the least!  We are so excited for you to meet this area’s top event professionals and help be apart in making your wedding a reality without all of the stress!  Make sure you pick up your tickets today before we sell out!

 

Event Professionals: There’s only a few tables left. To register, click here.

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Waterford Wednesday: Trending Colors for 2019

Us Waterford gals have had this forever LOVE for all shades of blue!  It just so happens to be one of the most trending colors for 2019 and we are beyond excited to be featuring Slate and Ice Blue linens on the blog this week!

Breathtaking and quite sophisticated to say the least, both Slate and Ice Blue are a MUST for all events seeking to highlight a new trend that sets your design apart from the rest.  What’s unique about these two shades of blue is its universality.  Whether you are planning an event in the bleak, cold winter or in the heat of August, Slate and Ice Blue prove to be quite sensational focal points for your entire event.

We are certain you will agree with us, once you check out these favs from a previous wedding on the Eastern Shore at Mimosa Barn:

All Photography:  Kirstyn Marie

WOW!  I mean, come on!  Doesn’t this just take your breath away?  In combination with the natural greenery and browns, it is quite obvious this is going to be a lasting trend that continues over the next few years.  Classic and elegant with a touch of simplicity, this color palette adds vibrancy and a sense of “airiness” to the decor of the the entire event.  Sometimes, harsh hues with heavy decorative pieces leave the guests and the overall atmosphere feeling uncomfortable.  That’s exactly what you don’t want to happen!  With this design and these linens, you won’t have to worry about that at all!

If you are wondering what pops of metallic you could incorporate into this design, we suggest touches of gold.  This could be accomplished by renting chargers, silverware, candle holders, or making name cards.  Any of these are cost-effective solutions to dress-up your event while pairing with various greeneries as well as Slate and Ice Blue.

What do you think?  Would you change it up from the common blush or maroon for one of the newest trending colors of the year?

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Waterford Wednesday: Work for the Best Team

Here at Waterford Event Rentals, LLC we are one big, happy family!  Each of us gals and gents come from a unique background with various experiences but originally sought out this opportunity to work for WER as a way to make the event and wedding industry a better experience for all!  With so much stress that goes into planning an event or even getting married, we know that help is always needed but not always sought after properly.  The amount of rental companies out there can truly be daunting to someone simply looking for a reliable, efficient, and creative rental vendor to hire.  Well, for this week’s Waterford Wednesday, we’re here to share with you what WER is all about and even new employment positions that just opened up on our team!

First and foremost, let’s be real.  WER truly seeks to make each client’s experience completely stress-free and F-U-N!  Picking out rental items to highlight at your event is quite an enjoyable activity, if we say so ourselves!  Working with Alyse or Brigitte to coordinate what latest design trends go along with what’s on your vision board is one of the best parts about what we do.  We LOVE to be apart of bringing your dreams to life for your event or wedding!

Photography:  Rob Korb Photography

Along with working together to bring your vision to life, we simply LOVE bettering our community as a whole.  Small businesses, like us, in the Hampton Roads prosper because of our clients.  Building lasting relationships and connections set us apart from our major competitors due to our mindset.  We are here for YOU, not simply the transaction.  We can’t wait to be apart of your special day and are there to make sure it’s unforgettable!

Additionally, we pride ourselves in having some of the best staff around!  Each of these lovely ladies here is instrumental in ensuring each set-up, breakdown, pick-up, or delivery is fulfilled to perfection!  Here are some of our fav memories from our past year:

A Crystal Clear Vision Pre-Game Pic 

Staff Photoshoot Prep

Rebecca’s Baby Shower

Wedding Industry Conference in Cali

With all of the happenings here at WER, we sure keep busy and are in the need of some extra hands!  Right now, we’re currently looking for hard-working and responsible gals and gents to join our growing team!  These positions are currently open and provide a basic description of what each job entails:

Event Staff:  Part-time position; sets-up and removes rentals, such as chair covers, sashes, table linens, chargers, etc.

Delivery Staff:  Part-time position; delivers and picks-up rentals such as tables and chairs (heavy lifting is involved).

Wedding and Event Intern:  Part-time/full-time position; shadows design meetings, develops newsletters, attends networking events, updates our blog, experiences on-site events, and more.

For more information or to apply for any of these positions, please email us at employment@waterfordeventrentals.com.

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Waterford Wednesday: March’s Employee Spotlight

Our Waterford gals ALWAYS give 110% in all that they do.  Whether it’s steaming our linens, setting up chairs, or ensuring our clients are pleased with their rentals, our Event Staff are diligent and enthusiastic in getting any job done.  One gal, in particular, who leads many of our weekend set-ups is Megan Thompson, our March’s Employee of the Month!  Because of her relentless desire to do everything with excellence as well as build strong rapport with our clients week after week, WER has unanimously decided to nominate her for this employee spotlight.  Honestly, what would we do without her?

Photography:  Sandra Leigh

Serving as one of our two Lead Event Staff, she knows all of the “in’s and out’s” of our weekend set-ups and breakdowns.  Since beginning with us a little over two years ago, she has radically grown in her understanding and knowledge of this industry, leading and guiding many newcomers to share in her passion to do everything to perfection.

In case you haven’t had an opportunity to meet Megan during one of our set-ups or breakdowns, here she is, front and center, for y’all to get to know:

What drew you to WER originally?

“I’ve always had a love for event planning, being in the “hands-on” part of the process for putting on an event.  Every nitty-gritty detail is essential in making an idea become a reality!”

What is your fav part about working for WER?

“The best part about working for WER is getting to spend the weekends with my amazing coworkers!  I wouldn’t want to spend my Saturdays and Sundays with anyone else because they’ve become part of my FAMILY!”

How has WER changed since you started working there?

“Being with WER for over two years now, I’ve seen fellow coworkers finish college and start new careers, constant growth in wedding trends as well as in our inventory.  But, most importantly, I’ve seen WER really take off to truly become a leader in the Hampton Roads’ Event Planning Industry!  It’s such a honor to work for Alyse, who inspires and mentors us gals to be the best versions of ourselves and to work wholeheartedly in all that we do.”

What is your fav product and/or linen at WER?

“My fav linen is the Vintage Floral Lace!”  Take a look for yourself below and see why it’s Megan’s fav:

Photography:  Audrey Rose

What are three words to describe WER?

“Detail-oriented, lots of bows, and F-U-N!”  WER seeks to build connections within our community as well as with our staff.  “The #waterfordbabes (as Megan likes to call us gals) seek to distinguish themselves from the pact, by fostering relationships with the clients at each set-up or breakdown while all the while rocking it in our teal blue Converse.”

Photography:  Dragon Studio

What advice do you have for prospective candidates who want to work for WER?

“Be ready to work and move fast to ensure each job is done right!  Beyond bringing your “A-game” each day, it’s truly important to just have FUN when coming to work.  With the staff being like family to me, it’s so easy to enjoy each set-up and breakdown.  Trust me, you’re gonna LOVE it here at WER!”

Let’s all send a special shout-out to Megan for being such a hard-working and faithful employee since she joined our team over two years ago!  Congrats Megan on a job well done and for being WER’s Employee of the Month for March!

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Waterford Wednesday: Lesner Inn Stylized Shoot

Any beach lovers out there?  Us gals at Waterford Event Rentals sure are and absolutely cannot get enough of the ocean’s beauty!  Spring and summer are obviously the more popular seasons to host your event near the water; however, what about those of you out there who want to host a late fall or mid-winter event but yet still want to be close to the water?  Well, this blog is specifically designed for you!

Yes, we know that some of you out there are already planning your winter 2019-2020 events and need a little inspiration.  Don’t fret, because we’re here to make sure you stay “in-the-know” about what trends can be beautifully designed in the cold, bleak temps and still give off that subtle inviting nautical look.

Featured this week on Waterford Wednesday is our January’s stylized shoot at the breathtaking Lesner Inn in Virginia Beach, VA.  See what you think by checking out some of our favs below:

Velvet, the trendsetter for 2019, is an absolute MUST in creating your tablescape.  Pairing the gold tableware with Mauve Velvet Napkins and Navy Polyester Table Linens truly promotes a more welcoming environment to the guests!  Additionally, the warmth evoked from this specific mauve linen proves that this an excellent choice for events in the winter months.

The Eggplant Polyester Napkins truly add a unique touch against the Navy Table Linen and tableware.  Complimentary to the floral design highlighted throughout the shoot, these Eggplant Napkins provide depth and dimension, shying away from the typical nautical flair and going bold!

All Photography : Luke & Ashley

WOW!  What a breathtaking shoot this was!  The pops of purples, greens, blues, and pinks really just highlight all the best features about the the Lesner Inn and the WATER right behind the venue!

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Waterford Wednesday: Pottery Print Linen

Spring is right around the corner and, with that, comes the blooming of flowers.  For this week’s Linen Spotlight, we chose to feature a more unique, traditional piece from our collection.  By highlighting many floral patterns and soft shades of blue, the Pottery Print proves to be a solid choice for your focal point of your event.  Whether your goal is to draw your guests’ attention to your Sweetheart table, Cake table, or even the VIP guest’s table, this linen is truly the way to go.

One of our fav pics of this linen actually is a throwback to A Crystal Clear 2017, where A Lively Affair collaborated with us to make this gorgeous display:

Photography: Caitlin Gerres

Afraid to use patterned material at your wedding?  Brides magazine encourages brides and party hosts alike to add the right touch of color and pattern to your event (“How to Use Linens to Take Your Weddings to the Next Level“).  By doing just this, you enhance your guests’ as well as yourself’s overall experience.  Specifically, “Just like in fashion, mixing linen patterns and textures can really enhance your wedding’s design. Think in threes: dominant, subdominant and neutral.  Start with a bold (dominant) pattern to define your palette. From there, choose a smaller-scale (subdominant) pattern with the same colors. Finally, pull in a neutral solid to allow for a visual rest.”  In this particular design, the dominant color can be royal blue found in this Pottery Print, with the subdominant being a darker shade of blue, and the neutral being white/gold.

If you are leaning towards a more subtle design for your special day but still want to add a bit of flair, look no further than renting the Pottery Print linen in napkins, runners, sashes, or overlays.

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Waterford Wednesday: Spring 2019 Trends

Happy March, our Waterford friends!  Spring is right around the corner, with only 14 days until it’s official start on the calendar.  With warmer weather and flowers beginning to bloom over the next few months, new trends for dinner parties and weddings are beginning to come forth as well.  This week on Waterford Wednesday we want to share with you the top “looks” for all Spring 2019 social events, whether it be a small, intimate get-together or a large wedding celebration.  Uniquely-enough, all of these designs and vendors on the blog today are from our 2019’s A Crystal Clear Vision!  That’s right, folks.  In case you missed our one-of-a-kind wedding show, here’s your first look at some of our beautiful creations and collaborations:

Black Accents

Any bride or party host shooting for a “chic” look, may want to consider adding touches of black to their tablescape.  Simply said, the contrast and depth that this specific color adds to the decor can in many ways create a higher level of elegance and debonair to the overall atmosphere of the event.

Table Design:  Fluttering Flowers & Photography: Kirstyn Marie

Table Design:  Touche Weddings & Photography: Jessica Ryan

Velvet Linen

If you are seeking to create a warm, cozy atmosphere for your special day, velvet linen is the way to go.  With this particular linen being complimentary to almost any palette of colors, your options are essentially endless.  In general, thicker fabrics that are stark (like velvet) in comparison to the light, airy linens that we have seen in the past will encourage much richness and texture to your tablescape as a whole.

Table Design: Astro Entertainment & Photography: Kirstyn Marie

Table Design:  The Twisted Fork & Photography:  Katie Nesbitt

Greenery

As in 2018, greenery is continuing in its trend to be an organic choice for centerpieces at weddings and dinner parties alike.  The authenticity of this day and age parallels this natural “look”.  Similarly, as indoor venues continue to be an option that many brides and hosts lean towards, this greenery foliage is a great and cost-effective way to bring the outdoors in.

Table Design:  Waterford Event RentalsAntonia Christianson Events, & Woman’s Club of Portsmouth

Photography:  Katie Nesbitt

Table Design:  Cuisine & Company & Photography:  Jessica Ryan

Pastels

Soft touches of blush, celadon green, lavendar, beige, and sky blue will definitely make its returned debut in Spring of 2019.  In combination with lots of greenery and metallic, the earthy, marbled “look” you are going for will ultimately be brought to life.  As in the past, pastels are a safe choice for wedding decor; however, in 2019, these colors will be paired with bold accents of organic and metallic, adding unique dimension to your traditional design.

Table Design: The Signature at West Neck & Photography: Caitlin Gerres

Table Design:  Isha Foss & Photography:  Caitlin Gerres

Vibrant and Bold

Wanting to make a statement at your 2019 Spring event?  Well, this trend is for you!  This bold and the vibrant “look” is new as an option for a sophisticated client, seeking to create that “wow” factor that so many brides and hosts are desiring now-a-days.  Ditching the rigid color palette for a variety of complementary shades alongside velvet proves to be a contender for the Spring’s best weddings.

Table Design:  Chef by Design & Photography:  Leigh Skaggs

Spring 2019 is going to be one for the books, proving to be a mixture of the past and present.  What design from our collection was your fav?  Let us know in the comments section below!

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Waterford Wednesday: 3 Stunning Napkin Folds

Here at Waterford, we are all about helping your Pinterest dreams become a reality!  Whether you are hosting a small dinner party or a large wedding reception, your table decor should be your focal point.  There are so many elements that can add dimension and flair to make your tablescape breathtaking.  However, we Waterford gals feel the most influential piece on your table is the napkin.

An already necessity for guests, the napkin is a classic choice in sprucing up your table without blowing your budget.  Beautifully folded napkins are a small detail that can ultimately transform a table from “drab to fab”.  Nevertheless, with the endless amounts of napkin folds out there, we know you might be a little overwhelmed at where to begin.  So don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!  We’ve narrowed down our top three fav napkin folds and want to share them with you!

The Tri-Fold

This might arguably be our most common choice for our clients who are serving their dinner in the form of “buffet-style”.  Draping a napkin under a glass, acrylic, or melamine charger creates a romantic look that will ultimately enhance your event’s level of sophistication.  Depending on your overall theme, The Tri-Fold can either compliment a farm table to finish off that rustic look with polyester napkins or even finalize your glamorous, ornate look with satin napkins.

Photo: Audrey Rose Photography

Photo: Jessica Ryan Photography

The Knot

In the world of napkins, The Knot is one of our go-to’s when trying to dress-it-up or dress-it-down, just like your fav pair of jeans.  Coupled with an overall more simplistic look for your reception, The Knot can give off a sense of organic feeling to the table as a whole.  The beauty of this fold is its imperfect perfection, easily created with either a patterned or solid napkin of many different materials.

Photo: Angie McPherson Photography

The Banded Fold

Going back to our dynamic-duo of chargers and napkins for our last most popular fold, The Banded Napkin Fold is our most requested by our clients.  When trying to showcase your final touches on your table, this option essentially serves to “seal-the-deal”, wrapping around your choice of chargers and maybe even your menus for your event.

Photo: Lindsay Collette Photography

Photo: Luke and Ashley Photography

Elegant and classic are the characteristics that most fundamentally describe these three napkin folds.  Each unique in its own way, these particular folds can quite frankly be added to ANY look! Which one is your fav?  Let us know in the comments section below!

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Waterford Wednesday: Jess & Joey Williamsburg Wedding

Since we are still on “cloud 9” from our Valentine’s Day adventures, we want to share with you this week a wedding that truly displayed L-O-V-E to the max!  Every small detail and candid photo from Jess and Joey’s wedding in November at the Williamsburg Inn in Colonial Williamsburg proved to be nothing less than lovely.  Their choice of natural greenery along with touches of blush and bursts of rustic decor made this an unforgettable day for their guests AND the bride and groom without-a-doubt!  Take a look at some of our absolute favorites from Jess and Joey’s Williamsburg wedding:

 

All PhotographyRebekah J. Murray Photography

Wow!  What a spectacular wedding this was from start to finish!  By choosing to use our Blush Table Napkins with touches of greenery and wood throughout, Jess and Joey completed their rustic “Tribe” look.  The pops of gold and green from their table decor along with their choice to stick with a neutralized palette truly added a certain level of sophistication that the Williamsburg’s area requires.

Let us know what you think about their one-of-a-kind wedding by commenting below!

Great job to all vendors involved:
Planner: Wedding Co of Williamsburg // Photography: Rebekah J. Murray Photography // Venue, Cake, & Catering: Williamsburg Inn, Oval Garden // Florals:  Aleen Floral Design // Linens: Waterford Event Rentals // Tent, Dance Floor, Bars, Tables, & Chairs: Rent-E-Quip // Lighting: Blue Steel Professional Lighting // Photo Booth: DreamClip Films // DJ: Rodney with Astro Entertainment // Bridal Hair: Flawless on Site // Bridal Makeup: Blush Tones

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Waterford Wednesday: Champagne Sequins Linen

Happy Waterford Wednesday friends!

A Crystal Clear 2019 (CC 2019) made it’s annual debut on Sunday and we couldn’t have been more thrilled with how the entire event went!  From the choice of linens used by each vendor to even the small touches of personality that were present throughout, it was one for the books to say the least!  We hope you were there for our biggest show of the year.

If you unfortunately didn’t have the opportunity to join us for CC 2019, we want to share with you this week on our Linen Spotlight one of our most used linens, which also happened to be featured on Sunday.  Our Champagne Sequins linen truly is a breathtaking yet classic choice for a necessary “wow” factor to be added to your event.  Check it out for yourself below:

All Photography : Erika Mills Photography

From table runners, to floor length table linens and even napkins, we can definitely fulfill your sequin needs with this special linen!  Specifically, this bright, metallic linen can be featured year-round, highlighting any special table at your event (i.e. your Sweetheart Table) or better yet, every table!  The options and combinations are almost limitless with our Champagne Sequins.  If you might be questioning such a bold choice of linen, think no further than pairing it with a soft overlay and greenery, as pictured above.  This will dial down the radiance but yet still add some uniqueness to your chosen tables.

Where would you use our Champagne Sequin linen at:  Wedding?  Birthday extravaganza? Gala event?

Share with us your ideas in our comments section below!

 

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