Believing in Waterford


Have you ever experienced something so amazing that you swear it couldn’t be real?! Something so great that you are certain if someone pinched you, you would wake up?  That’s Waterford to me. 

Let me give you a little background…a brutally  honest background on Waterford.

Waterford Event Rentals started as a hobby. I mean we wanted to make a few dollars considering I was going to be having a baby and Hollie just graduated from school, but that really wasn’t on the forefront of our minds (haha crazy, I know). It was two friends that wanted to venture into something fun and new together. We were just going to offer chair covers and sashes. In fact, that’s exactly what we did for the first year (well- around that amount of time). Seems easy right? NOT! We did EVERYTHING… researched manufacturers, went around to venues trying on our covers, washed the linens, ironed the sashes, stayed up all hours of the night to complete orders, and so on. I literally remember being up all night preparing for an event, then after we actually set up the event I came home and took a “nap” before going back to breakdown the event. Hollie and I laugh that Waterford has added 7 more years to our lives! haha Well anyway… it didn’t take long before we added table linens, napkins, plate chargers and more to our inventory. And no more linen cleaning…having a laundering company is more than a treat! ha

Getting to this point wasn’t easy! There are MANY people to thank, but this particular blog is focused on 2 people…Missy with Antonia Christianson Events and David with David Schwartz Photography. Just recently I discovered a picture of our work posted on What an honor! And to thank—Missy for believing in us before we even proved ourselves to her, and David for the awesome impromptu photos he took of us working. Having vendor friends that truly care and believe in Waterford is greatly appreciated.

Check out the article:

25+ Gorgeous Ways to Decorate Your Chairs





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Delish– East Beach Catering Virginia

East Beach Catering Virginia

East Beach Catering and Event Planning is a full service caterer, whose staff always goes the extra mile to ensure your event is exactly what you imagined.  Founded in 2004 by Cathy Carter,  East Beach Catering, Virginia takes pride in the quality of their food and service.

Their attention to detail and their amazing customer service ensures your event is impeccable. To make your wedding unique, East Beach Catering offers specialized menus. East Beach Catering not only provides amazing catering services but also service equipment, venue selection, décor, and more!

Waterford Events Rentals had a wonderful experience working with East Beach Catering at the Seldan Arcade.  We look forward to working with them again this weekend at the Museum of Contemporary Arts.  The time, dedication, and quality that comes with East Beach Catering has placed them on many venues preferred vendor list.

To contact East Beach Catering and Event Planning, you can call 757.480.3003 or email

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Rob Korb Photography

The Waterford Event Rentals staff was recently lucky enough to have a photo shoot with Rob Korb Photography! We are so excited to share the photos on our new website.

Rob has over seven years of experience as a photographer.  Though based in Salisbury, Maryland, he frequently travels throughout the Mid-Atlantic for engagements and weddings.  He offers amazing service for reasonable prices.  He even limits the number of weddings he shoots so he can give each couple a unique and focused experience.

For more of his work or to contact Rob Korb Photography visit his website.

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Traditions Chesapeake VA

Traditions Chesapeake VA

Traditions Grill provides not only incredible food and service but also a beautiful venue for all types of events and occasions. Their facilities offer a choice of two different banquet rooms to accommodate groups of any size. Their elegant options include two ballrooms and the lovely outdoor Gazebo Garden area.

Traditions proudly serves Cajun, casual American, and Regional cuisine, all made from scratch using fresh ingredients. They offer both onsite and offsite catering.

For more information or to book an event visit their website.

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Cake Delights- Yummy!

Cake Delights- Yummy!

Cake Delights just won Wedding Wire’s Bride Choice Award for the third year in a row!

Founded in 2007 by Jessica Steadman, Cake Delights specializes in custom cakes made from scratch from the freshest ingredients. Delicous flavors range from simple vanilla to the more bold cosmopolitan.

Every cake is designed to match each unique client and event.  Using the cake as a blank canvas, the artistry that is put into each one is extraordinary.

For more information visit Cake Delights’ website or their facebook.

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The photo booth has gotten a facelift! Snapqube, a locally owned and operated photo booth rental company, provides amazing booths that add fun to any event!

Their sophisticated camera takes pictures of a superior quality.  A 19″ inch touch screen inside the booth gives an interactive experience to party guests.  An exterior screen displays a slideshow of pictures taken throughout the night.  Party goers can even post their pictures directly to Facebook or Twitter!

The bride and groom receive a an album of all the photobooth strips!

Winner of the Wedding Wire’s Bride’s Choice Award for Photobooths in Hampton Roads! Snapqube’s excellent service, and attention to detail have made them at favorite at any event.

For more information or to contact this awesome company, visit their website,, or their facebook page!

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Morlina Events

If you are looking for a wedding coordinator that is truly going to eliminate all worries…Morlina Events is your answer!

Michele with Morlina Events goes above and beyond to ease stress before and on the big day. She even drives her clients to their meetings…now that’s service!! Michele has a lot of experience in the industry and is sure to execute a fabulous event. No event is too big our too small…in fact, Michele’s average size wedding is about 250/300 people!

To learn more about Michele, her team, and Morlina Events…visit


Phone:  757.724.3274


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Baxter’s Creative Events

* What sets your service apart from other planners?

Not only do I offer Full Service Wedding Coordination, I also offer Day of Coordination, and I customize packages to meet my clients needs.  I also offer various other decorative items to assist my brides and grooms in their decoration needs.  I have a love for people and planning weddings and when I am hired by a bride; it’s as if that bride is one of my children.  I want to make sure that they have the best wedding they can possibly have and will go above and beyond to bring their dreams to fruition.

* How did you get started in the wedding industry?

The first wedding that I planned and assisted with, was my sons wedding.  What really got me going was when I was employed at Navy Federal Credit Union; I had a co-worker recommend me to another co-worker of whom was getting married.  The employee that recommended me sang my praises to our fellow co-worker and she decided to give me a try.  I’m so very glad that she did give me a chance because I can’t imagine not planning weddings.

* What experience do you have outside of wedding planning?

I planned various types of events while employed at Navy Federal Credit Union; whether it was a going away function for an employee, a manager’s birthday breakfast, local branch Christmas Events and  Halloween Party at the local branch, baby showers and numerous fundraiser’s for Relay For Life.  I have planned a few bridal showers, anniversary party, baby showers, graduation party, military retirement party and several birthday parties.

* Words of advice.

Always remember that this is your special day and that you will have moments of anxiety and stress leading up to your special day.  Try to stay calm and take some moments to unwind and de-stress.  You and the groom need to set time aside for just the two of you to enjoy each others company.  Wedding planning is a major task and can cause some stress and frustration for the two of you but it’s important to remember that it’s your special day and that you will need some alone time to just simply reflect on the two of you and nothing else.  Take a long hike, walk on the beach, a nice bike ride together or have a couples massage and simply reconnect with one another and enjoy your day without any distractions.  Planning will keep you so very busy and will sometimes drive you crazy but if you have a wedding coordinator; they will take so much of that stress off of the two of you so that you can enjoy each others company and the wedding planning process all the way through to the final exit from the reception.

* Why is having a planner a must?

We have some of the best contacts in the area with vendors and venues.  We will make sure that your wedding day will be so relaxing and stress free so that the bride, groom and their family can enjoy every single moment of the special day.  We will keep the bride and groom on track with their budget and offer assistance with creative ideas and colors to help the bride and groom plan and stay organized.

* Add any additional information you would like.

This is not a job for me; this is the best career I could have ever asked for and it’s a way of life that gives me so much pleasure.  I really enjoy meeting new and interesting people and I have worked with so many different brides and grooms and even after the wedding I am still in contact with the majority of them.  Out of all of this wedding planning I have one regret, and that regret is that I didn’t start planning weddings sooner!  I Received WeddingWire’s Brides Choice Award 2012, WeddingWire Rated 2012 & 2011.  I was also a Wedding Industry Experts 2012 Awards Finalist “Best Wedding Planner” and was Ranked 2nd in Virginia and 39 out of 100 in the United States.

Contact Information:

Sandra Baxter, Owner
Baxter’s Creative Events
(757) 470-1735
**Check us out on:, Wedding Wire & Facebook**
Received WeddingWire’s Brides Choice Award 2012
WeddingWire Rated 2012 & 2011
ISES Member, 757 Wedding Professionals Member
Wedding Industry Experts 2012 Awards Finalist “Best Wedding Planner”
Ranked 2nd in Virginia and 39 out of 100 in the United States

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Antonia Christianson Events

* What sets your service apart from other planners?

I was born and raised a Virginia Beach gal and I take great pride in making my clients feel at home in my hometown. About 70% of my clients no longer live in Hampton Roads, so when they are away I take it upon myself to make sure everything they need is done, as if they are here. I really take pride in helping each client make their wedding a unique event for their guests. I take great care and work diligently to make sure that every bride and groom have their own personalized experience and to make their day exceptionally special.

* How did you get started in the wedding industry?

A big factor that influenced my decision to move into the wedding industry had to do with being raised in the social events industry. My grandparents owned a large food distribution plant that allowed them to travel up and down the east coast to attend banquets and conferences. I was often allowed to travel with them and see these events that helped create my inspiration to become an event planner. Also, my mom was very involved in event planning and owned her own catering business. Since I grew up in this environment, I have always loved the little details of the events that make them so unique and extraordinary. So when I graduated college and went into the corporate event world, I immediately felt like this was my calling. My company has continued to evolve and grow along with our clients

* What experience do you have outside of wedding planning?

I have experience in various areas outside of wedding planning ranging from non-profit organizations such as Susan G. Komen to P.R. Marketing and Brand Launch Events as well as radio promotions and corporate planning. I’m very grateful for these opportunities and for the ability to expand my experiences. I work to apply what I have learned from these experiences to my company and staff to help my business grow and develop. I enjoy putting my time and effort into helping these other organizations or companies because of the positive effect they have on society. Also, I believe my staff, which consists of a wide variety of women, provide a tailored experience to my clients and enable them to interact on a personal level.
* Words of advice.

I have a few words of advice. Don’t let your friends’ opinions take control of your decisions for your wedding. They can give great suggestions, but what it boils down to is what you want for your special day. Take the time to remember why you’re getting married. Next, make sure you spend as much time planning yourmarriage as you do your wedding. Last but not least, finding inspiration online is always great but making it your own is what will make the wedding a unique and fun experience.

* Why is having a planner a must? 

There are so many aspects to an event planner that people have no general knowledge of. We are responsible for many big and little pieces of the overall puzzle that help it come into place at the end. All of the wedding details are equally important and make a difference. I help bring all those choices to light with each client so they know what to expect and what they want for their wedding. Between the arrangements of seating to the confirmation of vendors the week before, we help the bride and groom out with as much as we can. Planners help greatly with the client’s piece of mind but we also make sure each client has a unique experience catered to their preferences.

***Here’s some information to check out for Antonia Christianson Events! ***

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Emily Weddings

Meet Emily Peterson with Emily Weddings!

* What sets your service apart from other planners?

Our service is personal. You’re not just hiring a planner – you’re hiring a group of professionals that will cater to every detail of your day.  We not only care about your wedding, we care about you, and we want every bride to feel that from the first meeting.

* How did you get started in the wedding industry?

Since we are not just one planner, we all started differently.  Emily Petersen began singing at wedding ceremonies, and quickly realized her love of the industry.  She progressed to a mistress of ceremonies, and is now a Professional Wedding Consultant with twelve years of experience.  She then built her team of professionals that all share a love for weddings and each bring something amazingly different to the group.

* What experience do you have outside of wedding planning?

You can find a little bit of everything inside our company – mothers, sales reps, dance instructors, we have it all.

* Words of advice.

Never settle.  You have one day that is all about you, and it should be exactly what you want.  We are here to make sure that happens.

* Why is having a planner a must?

We are there on your big day to represent you.  The caterer will represent their food, the photographer their pictures, etc.  We are the only vendor that is entirely and completely there to represent you.

Waterford Event Rentals, LLC is proud to work with Emily Weddings!! Check out some of her work below and on Emily Weddings Facebook page. 

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