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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Tara & Jimmy

We had the opportunity to work with this beautiful bride on her April 2nd wedding at The Cavalier Hotel near the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. It's historically known as The Cavalier on the Hill and Tara's wedding was one for the record books as well. Tara was an out-of-town bride who trusted her mother and the As You Wish team with the majority of the wedding planning. And boy did we plan! We helped her put together a stellar team of professional vendors who worked together to make Tara's day nothing short of perfect.

The guests arrived to a beautiful display of roses, and organza bags of petals were given out for the guests to toss during the recessional. The aroma of fresh cut roses swirled through the air and the musical notes from a string quartet filled the room. The ceremony was a heavenly vision of white with ballroom chairs and hanging rose pomanders lining the aisle.

Colorful rose pomanders hung from the wall and romantic rose trees were created on site for the ceremony.

Guests enjoyed cocktails and Hors d'Ĺ“uvres while the the bridal party took pictures on the hill in front of The Cavalier Hotel with photographer Keith Cephus.

The reception decor included rich eggplant purple linens accented with taupe damask napkins which were gathered with strands of pearls. The centerpieces alternated from tall baroque candlesticks with white feather flumes to short floral arrangements with soft feather accents.

The wedding cake, provided by Shockley's Sweet Shoppe was a 3 layer square cake embellished with a satin ribbon trim and beautiful scrollwork. The florist provided a delicate rose cake topper, and the front of the cake was adorned with the bride's late aunt's brooches. All of the floral arrangements had brooches mixed within the flowers, which beautifully tied into the bride's authentic, hand made brooch bouquet. Shockley's Sweet Shoppe also made a guitar cake for the groom.

The guests danced the night away on the enclosed patio and also enjoyed some fun extras like a chocolate fountain and a photo booth.

Here are a few more detail shots from the wedding day and bridal shoot:

Tara and Jimmy, (and mother of bride Kathi!!) we had a wonderful time planning your wedding and absolutely LOVED every second and detail of the big day. We wish you nothing but love and happiness! -As You Wish team

*photo credit and creative design elements courtesy of Keith Cephus Photography and Palette of Petals floral design