Waterford Wednesday: Oyster Farm Wedding

Happy Waterford Wednesday, friends!
You’re in for a treat today with some gorgeous photos from a gold and blush wedding that was held at Oyster Farm and Eatery! This venue is definitely a favorite of ours and this wedding left no detail untouched – it was truly a beautiful day! Check out some of our favorite shots that Elizabeth Friske Photography captured, and head to her blog for more photos from the day!^^ LOVING these mismatched bridesmaid dresses!
First, we need to take a moment to talk about how beautiful those mismatched bridesmaid dresses are! We love the varying colors and of course the sparkle! And don’t event get us started on those two donut displays – love those so much! Kristine + David really knocked it out of the park with all of the detail that they put into their designs and had the best little touches throughout their whole wedding! We loved the use of our gold sequin table runners in contrast with the soft blush pink of the napkins that they had on top of gold chargers and gold beaded glass chargers! Blush + Gold + White really is such a beautiful and crisp color combination that we adore!

Vendor Love:
Venue: Oyster Farm and Eatery | Coordination: Just Dandy Events | Bouquets & Boutineers: Aleen Floral Design | Reception Florals: Missy Friske | Band: The Finns – Sam Hill Entertainment | Makeup: Dhalia Edwards | Hair: Wynter DePriest | Invitations and Paper Goods: Sarah Labadie | Gown: House of Maya | Linens: Waterford Event Rentals | Lighting: Blue Steel Lighting | Photography: Elizabeth Friske Photography

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Waterford Wednesday: Picking The Best Vendors For YOU!

Happy Waterford Wednesday, friends!
Today we decided to stray a little bit away from our normal linen focused posts and talk about something that will hopefully be very helpful to those of you planning an upcoming event! Planning any event can be super stressful with all of the decisions that need to be made, and choosing vendors is one that many people struggle with. You may have narrowed your choices down to a handful of great options, but biting the bullet and deciding can oftentimes be very difficult, so today we’ve gathered a few helpful tips and things to consider to help you find your perfect vendor matches!

Inventory
Photo: Caitlin Gerres Photography
This one seems easy, right? Just pick the vendor/company who has the stuff you need. Well, not so fast! Of course you want to choose the vendor that has the inventory you want/need, but in reality, many different vendors probably have what you need. So, since you have options, how do you pick the vendor with the right inventory for you? Find a vendor whose design aesthetic is similar to yours, that way when you decide to add on more items or change things up they will still have inventory that matches your design. Setting up a visit to their office or a sit down design meeting are musts when picking out inventory because not all inventory is created equal! You need to make sure you love what you’re paying for!

Personal Fit
Photo: Kirstyn Marie Photography Design: Emily Weddings
You probably know by now what your general design aesthetic is for your event and what kind of “planner” you are. You might be the type who has a bullet point list of pricing/tasks to complete, or perhaps you are more free form in your approach and aren’t sure of your whole vision yet. Knowing what kind of personality and attitude you have towards your event will help to inform what vendors would be a good fit for you. If you are the first type of person, you probably want a vendor who values efficiency and timeliness. The second type of person might need vendors who are able to offer a lot of different ideas and have time to brainstorm and dream.

Network
Photo: Tara Liebeck Photography
Coastal Virginia is such a collaborative area and many of the best vendors have the community over competition mindset, which is great news for you! Even vendors in the same industry work together often, offer advice, and refer other vendors when appropriate, and this is definitely something you should use to your advantage! Ask your current vendors if they have recommendations or if they have worked with particular vendors before. At Waterford, we love to sit down with our clients in design meetings and offer suggestions for you based on your personality type, style, and budget if requested!

There are a fantastic pool of vendors in Coastal Virginia, so who you choose will sure to make your event perfect!

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Waterford Wednesday: Show-Stopping Table Runners

It’s Waterford Wednesday!
Today’s post is all about how to add a fresh splash of fun to your table decor! Table runners are one of our absolute favorite ways to spruce up any table and truly are an inventive way to add color, texture, and visual interest to your table designs. They also create gorgeous backgrounds for any centerpieces/floral arrangements you are incorporating on your table as well! Here are some of our favorite, fun table runners:

Floral Lace
Photo: Caitlin Gerres Photography
We just absolutely adore these Floral Lace table runners! They are the perfect mix of unique, romantic, and classic which makes them such a versatile linen! The intricate floral detail on the runners is so visually appealing that they would look great as a standalone linen on your table, or create a table design with many different textures like the table above!

Rosette on Mesh
View More: http://leighskaggs.pass.us/jennabob-weddingPhoto: Leigh Skaggs Photography
Not only is our Rosette on Mesh gorgeous in a full length linen, but we adore it as a runner too! There are so many ways to utilize this runner, whether it be understated with a basic table linen as the base or more glamorous with a sequin linen as the base. Either way, the Rosette runner brings the perfect amount of texture to the table!

Black + White Stripe
We absolutely adore our Black + White Stripe runners! These particular table runners are so versatile and often serve as the “pop” or “wow” piece of the table setting due to the pattern. The gorgeous floral arrangements on the table as well as the pops of gold from our glass beaded chargers were the perfect pairing with the black + white stripes!
Did you know?: We also have these striped runners in Navy + White! Our clients planning a “nautical themed” event adore them! 

Sequins
Photo: Dragon Studio
There’s no way we could forget about our sequins table runners! We could go on and on about our love of all things sequins, but the linens speak for themselves! We love the way that our sequins runners can transform a basic white table linen into a glamorous table setting or amplify a specialty linen even more! If you’re looking for that little touch of sparkle, our sequins table runners provide just the right amount!

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Waterford Wednesday: ILEA Gala 2017

It’s Waterford Wednesday – and we’ve got a post full of pretty for you!
Last month, we had the opportunity to attend the 2017 ILEA (International Live Events Association) Gala held at The Historic Post Office! Our very own Alyse and Rebecca were part of the gala committee tasked with planning the beautiful “A Night Under the Stars” themed event. Not only were we excited to be attending, but also providing all of the linens and chiavari chairs for the Gala! With a top notch vendor list that included some of Hampton Roads best, this was an event that we will remember for a long time! Dragon Studio captured the most beautiful photos at the Gala – check out some of our favorite shots below, and check out his blog post for more!Amazing, right? It’s unbelievable how talented Hampton Roads event professionals are! To be able to transform an already beautiful venue into something so magical is no small feat, and it definitely took a village! Since the Gala was held at The Historic Post Office this year, our beautiful mahogany chiavari chairs that we store onsite at the venue were able to be utilized. In addition to our chairs, we made sure to bring some sparkle with our Black Tinsel linen, Black Petal linen, Champagne Sequin Runners, and Navy Polyester Napkins adorning the tables. The darker colors matched the theme perfectly and complimented the STUNNING dripping lights that Stage Right Lighting set up. Our Gold Beaded Glass Chargers were placed at each seat and surrounded by Chic Unique Vintage Rentals & Events vintage china, Sweetwater Cuisine meals, Candie’s Treats individual naked cakes, and  Isha Foss Events beautiful centerpieces!

We can’t wait for all of the amazing networking and educational opportunities ILEA Hampton Roads has planned over this next year!

Vendor Love!
Photography: Dragon Studio // Venue: The Historic Post Office // Linens & Chairs: Waterford Event Rentals // Vintage China: Chic Unique Vintage Rentals & Events // Dinner: Sweetwater Cuisine // Dessert: Candie’s Treats // Centerpieces: Isha Foss Events // Programs: Jollity // Photo Booth: AllStar Photobooth // Lighting: Stage Right Lighting // Vintage Furniture: Mad Hatter Vintage Rentals //  Invitations: River City Graphics // Valet: Express Valet // DJ: Astro Entertainment // Livestream: View It Do It

Gala Committe!
Misty Prewitt of Misty Saves the Day // Emily Miller from Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront // Rebecca Norfleet and Alyse Conyers of Waterford Event Rentals // Kelsey Leeper of The Historic Post Office // Jennifer Cregar of Sweetwater Cuisine // Courtney Pollard from Stage Right Lighting // Staci Jelley from Chef by Design.

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Waterford Wednesday: The Creative’s Dinner

Happy Waterford Wednesday, friends!
We’re very excited about the pretty you’re going to see in this blog post today! A couple weeks ago, the Hampton Roads chapter of the Rising Tide Society hosted a beautiful, intimate, social gathering with some of their members. The event was a chance for the local creatives in the chapter to get together for a fun, styled dinner complete with great food, a photo booth, and DJ! One of the local leaders of the chapter happens to be Audrey from Audrey Rose Photography, and she captured some gorgeous shots! Check out some of our favorite shots of our linens + mahogany chiavari chairs that were used at the event!How beautiful, right?! We loved the whole concept of an actual dinner/gathering taking place, yet there was a styled shoot aspect of the event as well – so creative! Waterford’s mahogany chiavari chairs, that we house on-site at the Historic Post Office, were used as well as our linens. The varying shades of blue from our Slate Blue Polyester Napkins and Navy Blue Polyester Table Linens were a perfect compliment to the blue drink ware on the table and other blue accents throughout the space! And could you just die at the GORGEOUS backdrop that Katherine Hallberg Design created for the event? Talk about a showstopping piece! We loved the whole concept of this creative dinner and hope to be involved/see more of these types of events in the future!

Check out more photos from the event here.

Vendor Love:
Photography: Audrey Rose Photography // Venue: The Historic Post Office // Styling: Kelsey Leeper // Florals: Courtney Inghram Events // Catering: The Catering Place // Macarons: Kadi Bakes // Backdrops: Katherine Hallberg Design // Linens: Waterford Event Rentals // Rentals: Mad Hatter Vintage // Menus and Welcome Sign: Lane Love Studio // DJ and Photobooth: Astro Entertainment

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Waterford Wednesday: 5 Ways to Incorporate Gold

 Happy Waterford Wednesday, friends!
We’ve got a great post for you today filled with some great ideas on how to incorporate one of our favorite color schemes into your event! Using gold in your wedding design, whether it be the main color or not, is such an easy way to make your event look elegant and luxurious without breaking the bank! Check out 5 of our favorite ways to incorporate gold into your decor/design below!

Ivory/Gold Mermaid Sequins LinenPhoto: Kirstyn Marie Photography Designer: Emily Weddings
We absolutely adore this specialty linen of ours, and wouldn’t it just be the perfect way to add a touch of gold to your table?! We love how you can play around with this gorgeous linen to get just the right amount of gold that you’re looking for. This linen would definitely be the talk of your event!

Gold Beaded Glass ChargerPhoto: David Champagne Photography
Wedding decor is all about the details, and no formal, sit-down dinner is complete without a little additional decor! To add a little something extra (in gold!) our gold beaded chargers are the way to go! The glass adds a modern approach to the charger, while the gold beading provides that perfect hint of color that could take your table design to the next level!

Gold Pintuck NapkinsPhoto: Justin Hankins Photography
There’s just something so elegant about pintuck fabric, especially in napkin form. Your guests would be pleasantly surprised to see these beauties hanging or folded at their seat, trust us! They’re the perfect way to complete a table design for an unbelievably low price!

Gold  Chiavari Chairs
Photo: Crystal Belcher Photography
For a complete look at a ceremony or reception, our gold chiavari chairs are the way to go! We love how uniformed and elegant they can make rows of seating look at a ceremony, and they bring just the right pop of gold most people are looking for at a reception!

Gold Sequins Linen Backdrop
Photo: Ross Costanza Photography with Cindy Cerda Photography
 If you’ve followed Waterford for awhile, you know we love us some gold sequins linens! We love them on guest tables, sweetheart tables, cake tables, but how amazing would a sequins linen be as a gold backdrop at your event? We loved creating a sequin teepee at our VOW bridal booth this year. We’ve also seen our sequins linens used as an amazing shimmery photo booth backdrop. The ideas are endless with this beauty!

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Waterford Wednesday: Lesner Inn Wedding

We’re back for another Waterford Wednesday!
Today we’ve got a seriously dreamy Lesner Inn wedding to show you! Lesner Inn is one of our favorite venues in Hampton Roads, due to all of the different areas in the venue where events can be held. There’s a beautiful upstairs area for large receptions/events, and a stunning outdoor section overlooking the water that is the perfect location for ceremonies or cocktail hours. Hannah Hildebrandt Events recently coordinated a beautiful wedding at the Lesner Inn and we rounded up some of our favorite photos that Kirstyn Marie Photography captured of our linens that were used!
Are you in neutral color palette heaven just like us? There’s just something so crisp, classy, and elegant about white/neutral colors – don’t you agree? We absolutely adored how our gold beaded glass chargers looked placed on top of our Ivory Vintage Lace Overlays! It gave off such a light and airy feel to the room. The mix of family style tables vs. round tables is always a favorite design element we like to see at events as well! Of course, we can’t forget how gorgeous our chiffon sashes look weaved through the back of these chiavari chairs. Chiavari chairs are beautiful on their own, but are really taken to the next level when paired with a chiffon sash this way!

 Check out Hannah Hildebrandt Events blog post on this beautiful wedding for even more pictures!

Vendor Love:
Wedding Planner : Hannah Hildebrandt Events // Venue: Lesner Inn // Florist: Kelly Gish // Photography: Kirstyn Marie Photography // Cake: Incredible Edibles // Paper goods: Paper Dolls Design

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Waterford Wednesday: Hermitage Museum Wedding

Happy Waterford Wednesday, friends!
We’ve got some beautiful Hermitage Museum and Gardens wedding photos to share with you today! It’s always so special when one of our vendor friends gets married and chooses Waterford for their linen needs, and we were thrilled to be a part of Jessica Ryan Photography’s day! Check out some of our favorite shots that Erika Mills Photography captured.
Gosh, could you just swoon at all of the thoughtful details included in this whole design? The lighting, the hanging greenery, and don’t even get us started on the amazing mix of linens! It can often be intimidating to mix and match linens, but when done correctly, the results are nothing short of amazing! Not only did Jessica choose to mix linen colors, but also fabrics and textures which made for such a visually stunning overall design. This outdoor design also included one of our favorite trends: layering! We could stare at that beautiful sweetheart table all day with our champagne sequins linen on the bottom and vintage lace overlay on top! What a treat it was to be a part of your day, Jessica!

Check out Erika Mills Photography blog post here for more pictures from this gorgeous day!

Vendor Love:
Coordinator – Jamie Leigh Events // Catering – Montero’s // Donuts – Amazingly Glazed Donuts //Cake- Rachel Bakes //Make up – Dhalia Edwards //Hair – Stephanie B. //Florist – Roost //Photography – Erika Mills Photography // Lighting- Stage Right Lighting //Wedding Attire – Studio I Do // Stationary – Paper Dolls Design //Venue – Hermitage Museum and Gardens // Linens – Waterford Event Rentals  // Rentals – Distinctive Event Rentals 

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Waterford Wednesday: Reception Space Hacks

Happy Waterford Wednesday, friends!
We’re excited for today’s post where we’re going to share some helpful reception space hacks. We’ve been to hundreds of different venue spaces over the years and we’ve gathered some tips for fixing any reception space issue!

Crazy Carpet
David Champagne Photography
Crazy, patterned carpet is one of the top issues that most people have with their venue space. Oftentimes venues will have colorful carpet that doesn’t match your event theme and can be very distracting when combined with your decor. An easy way to keep your guests’ eyes off the carpet is by directing their gaze up! Intricate draping, interesting light arrangements, or beautiful floral are all easy ways to do this!

Old & Dated Chairs

Dressing up chairs with chair covers is a quick and easy fix for old and dated venue chairs. Adding a nice satin or organza sash will dress the chairs up even further! If you want to nix the venue provided chairs completely, renting beautiful chiavari chairs is another option if you have a little extra money in your budget!

The Space is Too Big
Audrey Rose Photography
While it’s better to have too much space than not enough, large, open ballrooms can make a venue seem cold. If you’re looking for a more intimate feel, you can divide the room with drapery, additional furniture, or low-hanging chandeliers and centerpieces!

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Waterford Wednesday: A Modern Twist

Happy Waterford Wednesday, friends!
We’ve got a fun little post for you all today! With blogs and Pinterest taking the wedding and event industry by storm over the past couple of years, the “traditional” wedding look has definitely evolved. Couples are focused on incorporating personal style and creative ideas into their wedding day as opposed to just sticking to traditional norms. We’ve rounded up some of our recent favorite ways to add a modern approach to your wedding!

Velvet
Design: Palette of Petals // Photographer: Caitlin Gerres Photography
We are absolutely smitten over velvet linens! The silky and smooth fabric gives off a timeless look, yet is a modern approach to wedding table designs. The versatile fabric can be dressed up or down depending on the look you’re searching for and is definitely a more modern fabric approach.

Vintage
Photography: Diana Gordon Photography
There’s nothing quiet like the wow factor a vintage piece can bring to a table design. Whether it be an extravagant love seat or small decor items, these elements provide the perfect marriage of vintage and modern.

Shapes/Patterns
Photographer: Elizabeth Friske Photography
Interesting shapes and patterns are a modern trend that we’ve seen pop up in the industry. While the traditional shades of white and ivory are still wedding staples to a certain degree, many couples are choosing to go bold with different colors and designs in their linens.

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