5 Wedding Traditions You Can Skip

We’ve all been to hundreds of weddings, or at least seen that many in movies, and the order of things is usually pretty consistent. Father walks bride down the aisle. Bride wears an Ivory dress. Bride and Groom share first dance. Cake is cut. So many things happen at weddings that we are just accustomed [...]

By | October 1st, 2016|Blog, HRWeddings, Wedding, Wedding Gown|0 Comments

Jena and Brandan’s Wedding at The Woman’s Club of Portsmouth – Maya Couture on Main Bride

I first met Jena in the summer of 2015 at Maya Couture on Main. I had only been with the company for about 2 months and she was my very first bride! She arrived for her Bridal appointment with her mother, father and maid of honor and it couldn't have been a better day! Jena [...]

By | September 25th, 2016|Accessories, Behind The Scenes, Blog, Bridesmaids, HRWeddings, Wedding, Wedding Gown|1 Comment

Cultural Heritage: Incorporating Traditions Into Your Special Day

Photo Captured by Keith Cephus Something exceptionally beautiful happens when couples choose to incorporate their heritage, religion, and/or culture into their wedding day.  Highlighting one's traditions and beliefs adds individuality that family and guests will be sure to admire and appreciate. It is most common for couples to pay homage to their heritage, [...]

By | September 22nd, 2016|Blog, Design, HRWeddings, Wedding, Wedding Gown|0 Comments

Designer Spotlight: Maggie Sottero & Sottero and Midgley

Today we turn the spotlight on Maggie Sottero, a gorgeous designer whose house encompasses two romantic, detailed wedding gown labels carried at our flagship store Maya Couture Bridal Salon in Norfolk: Maggie Sottero and Sottero and Midgley. "Arlyn" by Maggie Sottero Established in 1997, Maggie Sottero is a favorite among romantic brides, as [...]

By | September 20th, 2016|Blog, Design, Designer, HRWeddings, Wedding, Wedding Gown|0 Comments

Be YOU on Your Wedding Day: 5 Tips for Looking and Feeling Your Best

There are many "do's and dont's" to follow when in search of your perfect wedding look, but more than anything, be sure to be YOU! Your wedding day will be one of the most celebrated times of your life. All eyes will be on you and of course you want to look and feel amazing. Here [...]

By | September 18th, 2016|Accessories, Behind The Scenes, Blog, HRWeddings, Wedding, Wedding Gown|0 Comments

10 Ways to Cut Wedding Costs

Weddings are expensive and if you're anything like me you like to cut costs and save money whenever possible. Here's a list of 10 ways to reduce the amount you spend on your BIG day! 1. Keep your guest list small. Keep it intimate, the more people you invite the more money that you will [...]

By | September 13th, 2016|Blog, Consignment, Creative, Design, HRWeddings, Wedding, Wedding Gown|1 Comment

Bridesmaids Gowns: The Ultimate Checklist

You have your gown and now it is time to dress your girls! The best advice I can give is to set deadlines. Start researching as soon as possible. If you're like me or any other girl, you probably already have a wedding board on Pinterest.  Start pinning dress colors and styles you like. If you [...]

By | September 10th, 2016|Blog, Bridesmaids, HRWeddings, Wedding|0 Comments

Ally and Gabe: Wedding at Seabreeze Officers Club

Ally and Gabe tied the knot on July 9, 2016 at The Seabreeze Officers Club in Virginia Beach. It truly was a PERFECT day for the couple as they said I do and celebrated with family and friends. Ally looked absolutely stunning in her gown from Maya Couture and we are so thankful we were able [...]

By | September 8th, 2016|Blog, HRWeddings, Wedding, Wedding Gown|0 Comments

Happily Ever After……..Again

In the enclosed 4ft by 4ft dressing room at Maya Couture I often find my name "Abby" to be fitting.  I truly have "Dear Abby" moments with nervous brides, but this is the part of being a bridal stylist that I love.  As my bride is standing there, literally exposed, changing from dress to dress, [...]

By | September 6th, 2016|Blog, HRWeddings, Virginia is for Lovers, Wedding, Wedding Gown|0 Comments

Wedding Planners: Industry Heroes

In my own lifetime, I have traveled the world, served six years in the US Navy, spent three years of military service in Japan, worked 14 hour shifts on an aircraft carrier flight deck and I am currently raising two toddlers simultaneously — please hold your applause. The most difficult challenge I have faced is [...]