The Summer Social Fest 2020

Hey there! Happy JULY 1st!!!!! How crazy is it that we are already halfway through 2020??? This month is also a very special time in that we are hosting our first ever VIRTUAL bridal show with our main chick, Missy with Antonia Christianson Events. This is our second year hosting our super fun, laid back, Summer Social bridal event only with a twist! Instead of having our guests and vendors meet one another at The Woman’s Club of Portsmouth, we are going LIVE on Facebook.

We do love events, but we love our couples and vendor friends even more and we just didn’t think it was safe to risk having this event in person. But don’t be fooled, we have A LOT in store for our guests! Take a peek below to learn all about what’s going down the weekend of July 17-19 streamed exclusively through Facebook Live.

What bridal show could be complete without prizes? Yupp! None of them!! Of course we have rallied our closest vendor friends to bring you couples some prizes and much more! Note- you must be REGISTERED for the event in order to win. You can find the link on our Facebook page, Antonia Christianson Events Facebook, The Summer Social Facebook, AND our website. Not only do we have prizes but we have a FULL BLOWN FASHION SHOW. You will see none other than the hottest new trends from the ladies at Studio I Do Bridals. Another great bit is that we have some local venues giving some virtual tours for those struggling to find the perfect place to say I do!But how do you know who is going to a part of such a cool event? We gotcha covered there too! Below is the list of over 25 vendors ready and prepared to sign on and meet you VIRTUALLY. They will be telling you all about their business and the services they offer & will leave time to answer your questions at the end! Make sure to have some questions written down so you don’t forget.Let’s talk prizes! First we just have to take a second to thank our incredible vendors for being SO generous to donate to some lucky couples while COVID has really hit our industry hard. Here are just a few of the prizes we have to offer! Dragon Photo Studio offering a FREE engagement session with purchase of a wedding package, Studio I Do offering a FREE VIP dress fitting for one lucky bride and 8 GUESTS- that’s over a $200 value! Rusty Cottage Vintage Rentals offering 20% off a wedding rental package. The Posh Pair offering a free makeup trial- $150 value! The list just keeps growing!! We anticipate having tons of fun raffles for you that will make your time so worth it.

I know  I speak for all of us vendors when we say that we can’t wait to meet you! We know life has been crazy these last few months & events have come to a halt. But we are optimistic in the future of 2020 and beyond! Let’s plan some events!

HUGE SHOUTOUT TO Misty with Misty Saves the Day for all of her hard work keeping our social media up and running!!!!! Another HUGE shoutout for all of the incredible graphics goes to Kara with Kara Anne + Co.

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Crystal Clear Vision Recap Part 2

Well, what a crazy couple of weeks it’s been right?? This week for the blog we decided to shout out some of the incredible vendors that participated in A Crystal Clear Vision this year! Hoping to use these images to brighten your day & remind everyone we will get through this! Here is just a reminder of all the hard work these event specialists are capable of.Table Design: Carolyn Celeste Weddings | Photography: Kirstyn Marie PhotographyTable Design: East Beach Catering | Photography: Jessica Ryan PhotographyTable Design: Inspired Events by Kelly | Rentals: Big Top Entertainment | Photography: Leigh Skaggs PhotographyTable Design: Sweetwater Cuisine | Photography: Leigh Skaggs PhotographyTable Design: VB National | Photography: Jessica Ryan Photography

Hoping these photos brought you and our vendors some smiles! A Crystal Clear Vision was a total success at the Princess Anne Country Club! Hoping everyone stays safe & keeps on planning during this crazy time. Us vendors are here for you every step of the way. Looking forward to being happier and healthier when this is all over.

Summer Social is BACK August 7th at the Woman’s Club of Portsmouth!

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New Products Alert!!

Hope everyone is ready for the flood of pictures from A Crystal Clear Vision 2020! This week we are so excited to showcase some of our NEW products. Jessica Ryan photographed our table where we got to show everyone in attendance some of the incredible new products we’ll be offering in 2020.Ta-daaaaaa! Our 2020 Crystal Clear Table brought to you by some AMAZING vendors.

Design by: Waterford Event Rentals & Antonia Christianson Events | Chandelier: James Christianson |  Chandelier Rigging: Stage Right Lighting | Floral: Isha Foss Design | Calligraphy: Jessica Hanyok Calligraphy | Photography: Jessica Ryan Photography |

A picture is worth a thousand words….. So enjoy!New product: Florence Jacquard WhiteNew Product: Wooden ChargersNew Product: Sonoma Chair Natural WoodLike what you see here?? If you want to be the first to get your hands on these products, we are only a phone call away. We are soooo excited to offer these BEAUTIFUL new products starting May 2020!  We’re offering so many more new things for 2020, you just don’t want to miss out! From chiffon to velvet, we’ve got you covered across the board, or table 😉

We will see you at The Woman’s Club of Portsmouth on August 7th at The Summer Social for way more FUN and inspiration! Don’t forget to keep checking back for tickets.

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A Crystal Clear Vision 2020 Recap

Last Sunday we produced and executed our seventh annual A Crystal Clear Vision Wedding Expo! This year the event was held at the Princess Anne Country Club and could not have been possible without the help of the amazingly talented Stage Right Lighting AND our friends at Big Top Entertainment! These two knocked it out of the park giving our participants everything they needed to design some pretty amazing tablescapes. Of course we can’t forget our partner in crime, Antonia Christianson Events that takes care of the floor plan, itinerary, and all the planning in between!

For those of you that didn’t know, each year the venue of choice gets transformed into a reception themed bridal expo meant to give couples inspiration for their big day: from linens down to the place settings these event professionals think of everything. All the vendors that are a part of the design competition are fighting for a chance to win awards based on their table designs. Each year we have a People’s Choice Award, Waterford’s Best Choice Award, Vendor’s Choice Award, and a newly added Best Food Display Award. Listed below are our 1st, 2nd, 3rd, place winners!

People’s Choice Award:

1st Place: Everly After Events2nd Place: Fluttering Flowers3rd Place: Vivid Expressions

Waterford’s Best Choice Award:

Vivid Expressions

Vendor’s Choice Award:

THREE WAY TIE SAY WHATTTT.

Inspired Events by Kelly

Chef by Design

East Beach Catering

Best Food Display:

1st Place: The Twisted Fork

2nd Place: East Beach Catering

3rd Place: Incredible Edibles Bakery

Congratulations to these amazing vendors you guys ROCKED it! All the tables this year were stunning and had so much thought put into every detail by each and every participant.

This year at A Crystal Clear Vision, we were able to give one lucky person a wedding package giveaway!!!!! Congratulations to this year’s winner: Victoria Owens & fiancé Peter Sanders!!! We are so happy to play a role in your big day. THANK YOU to these vendors contributing their services for this lucky couple.

Venue: Festival on 8th

Day of Coordination: Everly After Events

Photography: Josh Boone Photography

Bridal Gown: Milk & Honey Bride

Linen & Event Rentals: Waterford Event Rentals

Vintage Rentals: Rusty Cottage Vintage Rentals

Bridesmaid and Groomsmen Tux Rentals: Studio I Do

Stationary: Kara Anne & Co.

DJ Package: Music Makes You Happy

Uplighting: Stage Right Lighting

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Waterford Wednesday: Join Us for Crystal Clear 2019

Happy Waterford Wednesday friends!

We are officially four days away from our biggest event of the year, A Crystal Clear Vision 2019 at the Woman’s Club of Portsmouth! From 12PM-4PM on Sunday, February 10th, the BEST wedding vendors for the Hampton Roads region will all come together to showcase the BEST of their BEST! You don’t want to miss out!

Last week, we highlighted the ultimate Crystal Clear prize for purchasing VIP tickets (aka a COMPLETE wedding giveaway) to Sunday’s event. So for this week on Waterford Wednesday, we want to showcase just how awesome this Sunday is going to be! The vendors, the prizes, the ideas…the list simply goes on and on. Let’s first acknowledge the fact that this event is literally like a “Pinterester’s” dream come true! All of the latest trends with linen, food, lighting, planning, and design will be brought to life for Sunday’s biggest event of the year!

Visually-speaking, 2018’s A Crystal Clear Vision was one of our favs to date! Check out some of our decor options below:

A Crystal Clear Vision allures the crowds, inviting future brides and/or grooms a limitless opportunity to explore all styles, tastes, and vendors.  For example, if you are looking for a professional photographer/videographer but don’t know where to begin, CC 2019 is highlighting these FANTASTIC ones:

Simply Southern Photography, Leigh Skaggs Photography, Katie Nesbitt Photography, Jessica Ryan Photography, Dragon Photo Studio, Kirstyn Marie Photography, Caitlin Gerres Photography, Will Hawkins Photography, Cenzalli Captured Photography, Intellect Media, View It Do It, and Eyecaptures Photography.

Say, you are in need of a caterer but have no idea what you even want to serve to your guests.  Talk with these TASTY professional chefs who serve a wide variety of options for your cocktail and reception hours:

Traditions Catering and Events, Chef by Design Catering Company, Catering Concepts, Cuisine and Company, The Twisted Fork, East Beach Catering, Sweetwater Cuisine, Montero’s Restaurant (Bar and Catering), and Hummingbird Macarons and Desserts.

What if you are at a loss for those final touches that can bring your fairy tale wedding to life?  Make sure you buy a ticket and meet with these lighting, event rentals, beauty, services, and florists that definitely have a KEEN EYE for all things trendy:

Mad Hatter Vintage Rentals, Rusty Cottage Vintage Rentals & Styling, Paper Dolls Design, Blue Steel Lighting and Design, Express Valet, Big Top Entertainment, Music Makes You Happy, Snapqube, AllStar Photobooth LLC, Kara Anne & Co., A Lively Affair, Touche’ Weddings & Events LLC, Vivid Expressions LLC, Fluttering Flowers, Isha Foss Design, Astro Entertainment, And I Love Her Violins, Silk Bridal Studio, Blushtones, Mystique Salon and Skin Spa, Darling & Dapper, and Milk & Honey Bride.

Maybe you just got engaged and haven’t even booked a venue yet.  Don’t worry because we’ve got you covered with these AMAZING locations that will be sure to make your special day a dream come true:

The Cavalier Hotel, The Signature at West Neck, The Historic Post Office, Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront, Woman’s Club of Portsmouth, Portsmouth Service League, and The Oyster Farm.

Lastly, but certainly not least, you could be in the need of an event planner who will definitely make your 2019 wedding LESS STRESSFUL!  Check out these gals when at CC on Sunday:

Carolyn Celeste Weddings, Inspired Events by Kelly, Soirees By Lauren, and Antonia Christianson Events.

So, as you can see, this Sunday 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 VIP tickets today before we sell out and use this special discount code CRYSTALCLEAR for a $5 off now!

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Waterford Wednesday: Bridal Show Tips

We’re back for another Waterford Wednesday!
Remember a couple weeks ago when we blogged about “Bridal Show Season” and answered a few frequently asked questions? Well, our post was such a hit that we’ve compiled a few more tips and tricks that will really come in handy for all you brides (and grooms!) to be! We are fresh off participating in the Uniquely Yours Bridal Showcase and we can’t wait to be a part of many more of the awesome bridal shows Hampton Roads puts on each year, especially our very own A Crystal Clear Vision at Mayapalooza!
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Now for some helpful little tips & tricks. . .

Ask Questions!
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Don’t be afraid to ask questions…and a lot of them! Oftentimes, people will rush by every booth and not get solid information about services that they still need. Don’t let that be you! Vendors participate in these shows specifically to help YOU and answer any questions you may have…utilize that! Each vendor wants to impress YOU with their knowledge of their particular specialty, which is something you definitely want to take advantage of!

Register Online
Registering online is a great way to not only save some time at the door, but it can also save you a couple dollars! Nearly all bridal shows offer a cheaper price if you register beforehand. Additionally, by registering online, you are able to browse through the event website and you’ll likely be able to see a full list of all of the participating vendors…bonus

Wedding Email
This little tip goes along with our “should I bring anything” frequently asked question. We mentioned that bringing pre-printed labels with your contact information would be so helpful and save you a lot of time. Setting up an email address through a free service such as gmail or yahoo that is specifically for your wedding needs is a great idea as well! It’ll keep you super organized and all of your bridal show information will be sent to one central location!

Look Around!
12507088_955587777811813_2766985313346533345_nYou might be a bit confused on what “look around” means, but just hear us out! Bridal shows can prove to be a little overwhelming and sometimes you might find yourself stopping at different booths, but not actually looking at them. Don’t do this! An important tidbit to remember is that each vendor booth is a direct reflection on the product or service that they offer. For this reason alone, it is important to really look and see how they represent themselves and if it’s consistent with what you want for your big day!

Have A Plan
Finally, like any good wedding coordinator would tell you…have a plan of attack! This one is a pretty simple tip and one that could end up saving you a lot of time! Going into a bridal show you should start navigating towards the vendors that you still need to book for your day. Additionally, you don’t want to spend too much time at a vendor that you’ve either already booked or have no interest in booking. Free samples aren’t worth your precious time ladies!

We hope these few extra bridal show tips were helpful! Check back in with us this Feature Friday for a full list of our current A Crystal Clear Vision sponsors and participants!
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Waterford Wednesday: Bridal Show Tips

Happy Waterford Wednesday friends!
A few weeks ago we talked about late fall/wintertime being our busy booking season, and today we’re going to give some tips on a large aspect of booking season: bridal shows! Not only are bridal shows beneficial for brides/grooms, but they are a great opportunity for us, event companies, to give out information and ideas! We’ve been a part of A TON of bridal shows, and even hosted our own, so today is all about just a few tips that we think will be useful the next time you attend a show!
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Be Prepared
Preparation is key! Attending bridal shows isn’t supposed to be stressful, but it can certainly become overwhelming with the amount of information/vendors present. Many businesses will have information sign up sheets that require you to fill out some basic information, so doing something as simple as printing out labels with your name, wedding date/venue, & email address will save you the stress of having to fill out that information multiple times by hand!

Check It All Out
The whole idea of a bridal show is to give you ideas for your big day, so scoping out all of the vendors is an absolute must! During these shows, many vendors will offer awesome promotional opportunities specifically for the bridal show attendees, so you don’t want to miss out on that!

Ask Questions
Don’t be afraid to ask questions! Oftentimes, people will rush by every booth and not get solid information about services that they still need. Don’t let that be you! Vendors participate in these shows specifically to help you and answer any questions you may have, utilize that!

Enjoy!
Last but not least, ENJOY! A bridal show is just another step in the fun planning process, so soak it all up!

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Vow Bridal Show

Join us at another bridal show!!

The VOW Breakfast & Bridal Show

February 24, 2013

Breakfast at 8:30am

Show at 11am

VB Convention Center

visit www.vowbride.com for more info!

Vow Bridal Show

Bridal Show This Sunday

Don’t miss out on one of the BEST Bridal Expo’s of the season!!

When:  THIS Sunday…November 18th

Time:  2pm-5pm

Where:  Founders Inn and Spa

There will be two fashion shows. The first is scheduled to begin at 3:00pm by French Touch Formals and the second is scheduled to begin at 4:00pm by David’s Bridal. Grand Prizes will be award during and after both fashions shows.

Grooms are FREE and advance tickets for brides are only $5! Visit www.showbride.com for tickets and more information!

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experience the Waterford Way!