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Beach Weddings Virginia / Tips & Advice

Previously, we at Beach Weddings Virginia have had a policy of doing weddings only in locations in Virginia Beach or Norfolk, Va. However, we recently did a wedding on the waterfront in Yorktown, Virginia and found it to be a great wedding venue. As photographers, officiant and videographer, we are very much open to exploring new ideas for wedding venues. There are many scenic and historic locations we would consider on the Virginia Peninsula cities of  Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown, Hampton and Newport News. Anyone interested in exploring such opportunities should...

Yes, it is possible that it will rain on your wedding day. We often hear a bride say "I will just think positive and it won't rain" Positive thinking is indeed a good thing. And a good dose of positive thinking will be helpful to you in many situations. But weather is one of those situations not influenced by positive thinking. So, we recommend that if you have any guests coming to your wedding, have a confirmed backup rain location arranged. If it turns out to be bright and sunny...

Couples are planning their beach weddings now! We can help. We are available for free consultations (generally on Sunday afternoons). Call for an appointment and be prepared with your questions, samples and ideas. We can show you pictures of what the different beaches look like at any particular time of day. And we have information on various reception sites in the Virginia Beach area. With 19 years of experience, we've seen it all! Call us soon before our calendar fills up. 757-321-0348 or text 757-679-1184...

If you are having a beach wedding, be sure to give some thought to what kind of shoes you will be wearing. Pretty shoes with high heels will look great at your reception. But during your beach wedding ceremony, they will sink down in the sand and become flats. You might want to have one pair of shoes for your reception and a different pair for the beach ceremony. Many brides wear simple shoes such as decorative flip-flops for the ceremony. Better yet, look for a dazzling foot-wrap such as...

One of the first things couples will ask me about is whether or not there will be other people at the beach. My answer is that the amount of "privacy" you will have at your beach wedding depends to a large extent on the time of year, day of the week and time of day you choose. For instance, if you want your wedding to be on a Saturday in June at 4 o'clock in the afternoon, you will not have privacy. But at the opposite extreme, if you choose...

Many couples ask me about “decorating the beach” for their wedding. I would like to give my opinion about decorating the beach, but this is only my opinion (based on 19 years in the wedding business) YOUR opinion is the only one that counts when it comes to your wedding.   Keep it simple. The beach is naturally very pretty, just as it is and requires very little to dress it up. A simple arch would provide a nice framework for your pictures and helps to define the wedding area. If at...

You may be planning to do some special act or rituals during your wedding ceremony or after. The Hawaiian sand ceremony, “wish to the sea”, “jumping the broom” and walking through a gauntlet of swords, bubbles or sparklers are all popular. These are great ways to personalize your ceremony; and they offer excellent photo opportunities. Just be sure to talk to your photographer in advance so he/she can be ready and in place to get the best shots. Also the photographer can recommend the timing of such acts. For instance,...

Is this the one? Have you found your perfect mate? Take this compatibility test and see for yourself. This is not a simple yes-or-no questionnaire. Please take the time to discuss your answers together. You want to be sure that you are entering this marriage with confidence that it will truly last “for as long as you both shall live” and will bring you fulfillment. 1. When you’re upset or angry about something your partner does or fails to do, do you find it easy to tell her/him about it? 2. Can you...