Holiday Inn Virginia Beach Norfolk Hotel & Conference Center

An upscale stylish hotel in the center of it all!

Their beautifully renovated Virginia Beach hotel is located near the Virginia Beach Town Center between the Virginia Beach Oceanfront and Downtown Norfolk. After completing a 14+ million dollar makeover in 2010, we invite you to enjoy an upscale experience unlike any other Holiday Inn. Enter the unique ambiance of our beautiful lobby with a soaring 6 story atrium complete with a trickling waterfall, stone fireplace, and the chic BLU lobby bar. Relax in our beautiful guestrooms with upscale, modern decor. Hold banquets, weddings, corporate meetings, and events at our 22,000SF upscale conference center. Travelling for business or leisure? Here are some of the top reasons why guests choose us:

Upscale Hotel

- 14+ million dollar makeover that received the prestigious “2010 Renovation of the Year Award” from Holiday Inn
– A soaring 6 story lobby with trickling waterfalls, stone fireplace, and the chic BLU lobby bar
– Beautiful upscale guestrooms with contemporary style, 37″ flatscreen HDTVs, luxury pillow top beds, microwaves, and refrigerators
– King guestrooms feature contemporary work desks and bathroom showers with imported Italian tile (no tubs)

Complimentary Services

- Complimentary Shuttle to and from Norfolk Airport
– Complimentary onsite parking
– Kids eat free at Ashley’s Bistro
– Complimentary wired and wireless access in all guestrooms and meeting rooms
– Complimentary wireless access throughout the hotel
– Complimentary copying and faxing at the business center

Great Amenities

- Large seasonal outdoor pool
– Ashley’s Bistro featuring casual but upscale dining with fresh local and regional cuisine
– BLU lobby bar serving beer, wine, specialty drinks, martinis, and snacks
– Xpresso Cafe serving specialty coffees and cappuccinos
– Tiki Poolside bar (summer weekends) providing drinks and snacks
– High Tech business center featuring touch screen PCs and iMacs
– Fitness center with free weights, equipment with built-in TVs and iPod docks

For more information, visit


Show Bride and many vendors will be at the Holiday Inn Virginia Beach Norfolk Hotel & Conference Center on August 24th form 2pm-5pm for our Endless Summer Wedding Show.

Grand Prize for One Lucky Bride at Our August Bridal Show

The Grand Prize is a Florida Theme Park Adventure which includes two night’s accommodations, two 1-day passes to your choice of Sea World Orlando, Universal Studios Orlando, and Disney’s EPCOT, Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach.

Be in attendance for our August show for your chance to win.

For a list of our upcoming shows, please visit



Splash Model Management at the Two Rivers Country Club

Sunday, July 27, 2014 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Two Rivers Country Club, 1400 Two Rivers Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185.

 Thanks to:

Guscaptureslife Photography

(321) 536-1373

MUAH Elizabeth Solie Paschall + TEAM

MUA Cypress Gorres

P & P Video Productions

(757) 575-2358

Colonial DJ’s

(757) 865-0020


(804) 614-7799

Participating Stores:

Leila Noon Bridal Co.
196 Central Park Ave. Virginia Beach Town Center

Sadie Ray Swimwear

Janie’s Bridal 3120 Kiln Creek Parkway Ste E, Yorktown

Ames Tuxedos • 10 Towne Centre Way Hampton

Boyer’s Diamonds & Fine Jewelry • 6564 Richmond Rd. Williamsburg


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S&A Entertainment

Based in Williamsburg, VA, S&A Entertainment has provided top quality music and other entertainment services to customers across the Hampton Roads area. They will work with you to make your wedding reception, party, or other event successful and, more importantly, memorable.

  • Their music selections span 7 decades from the big band era of the forties to today’s top hits.
  • They offer a wide array of lighting and effects including uplighting, lasers, spots, strobes, fog, bubbles, and custom gobos.
  • Theme parties, especially Halloween parties and rock & roll oldies dances, are our specialty.
  • S&A also offers outdoor movie services on a variety of 12′ screens for your backyard or neighborhood parties and trivia games to add interest to your corporate party.
  • Only high end professional equipment is used and your satisfaction is guaranteed.

For more information, visit


Nicholas Woolsey Photography

Nicholas Woolsey Photography has been operating in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia for the past four years. While Tidewater is their primary central location, they often travel statewide as well as up and down the East Coast photographing weddings, engagement sessions, and senior portraits. Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., Maryland, and North Carolina are just a few of the locations where they have spent time documenting some of the most important days in folks lives.

Visit their website at and also their blog at



Trend: Edible wedding favors

Here are five fun and unique edible favors your guests will love!

Pic wedding favor

  1. Piece of cake
    Provide your guests with to go boxes and they can take a piece of wedding cake home. This is especially great since sometimes guests are too busy dancing or talking while the cake is served.

  2. Cookies with initials
    Personalized cookies with you and your spouse’s initials on it make a delicious and unique wedding favor.
  3. Mints
    Your guests will a enjoy cute box full of personalized mints. You can get creative here and have  the wedding date, your names or little hearts printed on the mints.
  4. Homemade jam
    Anything homemade is meaningful. Giving your guests a glass of you or your love’s favorite jam is a sweet and unique gesture.
  5. Your favorite spice or sauce
    Edible wedding favors don’t always have to be sweet. Are you a couple who loves a good BBQ? That is great and you can share that with your guests. Your favorite steak rub or BBQ sauce will be a great wedding favor.

Hampton Roads Wedding Guide

Their service directory offers a variety of ceremony sites and reception sites from beach weddings to unique wedding venues. The local wedding professionals featured on this site offer wedding photography, bridal portraiture, wedding videography, wedding and bridal flowers from bouquets to bridal tablescapes and wedding decorations to include chair covers and rentals, wedding cakes, groom cakes, catering to please any palette, wedding music from DJ’s to Bands to ceremony music, wedding invitations, and of course limousine services from vintage to horse drawn carriages to stretch limousines for the entire bridal party. Wedding planning made easy with the help of professional event planners and wedding coordinators. The bridal stores listed on this site are reputable bridal stores that will help you select the perfect wedding gown, bridal veil, and bridesmaid dresses for the entire bridal party. Many stores also carry tuxedo rentals for the groom and his groomsmen.

Their newest magazine will be available at the Two Rivers Country Club, Governor’s Land Wedding Show, July 27th from 2pm-5pm.

For more information about Hampton Roads Wedding Guide, visit


Splendid Seating

Splendid Seating is owned and operated by Sharon and Gary Swisher. The Swishers have lived in Newport News for many years. They were intersted in finding a business that would allow them to work together and bring happiness to others. They quickly discovered the signficant difference that chair covers can make in a room. Both Sharon and Gary are committed to helping brides in the Tidewater area have the most beautiful and memorable wedding ceremonies and receptions possible by providing exceptional service and affordable prices.

Chair covers aren’t just for weddings though! Chair covers add that extra bit of elegance to any special occasion – banquets, galas, awards dinners, anniversaries, birthdays, holiday parties, etc. Let Splendid Seating help you make all of your special events as beautiful as they can be.

Visit them at


Wedding etiquette: The gift registry

Congratulations on your engagement!
Before you start your wedding registry read these helpful tips on how to do it right.

Wedding gift

  1. Register early
    Keep in mind that bridal showers can take place month before your wedding. If you register early guests can take advantage of your registry up until your wedding.

  2. Register with a store that is convenient 
    If possible register with a company that has a brick and mortal store and is convenient for your friends and family to reach. Not everyone likes to shop online. You can even register at more than one location. 

  3. Register for gifts in every price range
    Give your guests the option to choose from a variety of gifts. As a rule of thumb: one third of your gifts should be under $50, one third between $50 and $150 and one third of the gifts can be over $150.

  4. Mix it up
    Register for some traditional items, like china, as well as non-traditonal items. Think about what gifts you would like to receive as a couple. This can include a wine registry or a honeymoon registry.

  5. Do not refer to your registry on the wedding invitation
    Avoid to mention your registry on your wedding invitation. It is acceptable though to include the registry on your wedding website or on shower invitations.

  6. Write thank you notes
    Thank your guests properly. Sending a handwritten thank you note within six weeks of receiving the gift is still the best way to do this. Mention the gift and how you will use it.


Today’s Deal: $5 Admits TWO To The Governor’s Land Wedding Show on July 27th

Visit GetMyPerks for tickets for this Sunday’s Wedding Show at Two Rivers Country Club.


As you plan for your wedding, attending a bridal show is very helpful. Have your questions ready as you meet & greet many of Hampton Roads finest wedding professionals all in one area during one afternoon! Gather information, compare services, register for prizes, see the latest fashions, get great new ideas and just have fun!

The Governor’s Land Wedding Show will be held Sunday, July 27th, from 2-5pm at the Two Rivers Country Club in Williamsburg.

After the fashion show, The Grand Prize will be awarded as an All Inclusive Viva 2 Night Resort Vacation! This entitles you and your companion to enjoy 2 nights of accommodations in Mexico, Bahamas, or Dominion Republic!

Play Bridal BINGO with Ellasin’s Events in the Gazebo area. The word BINGO will be replaced with the word BRIDE, simply fill out the card with your information and play for a chance to win a trip to Las Vegas. Ellasins Events transforms your experience into memorable ones! Five (5) lucky brides playing Bridal BINGO will win a Las Vegas getaway for two nights in a luxury tower of the Riviera Hotel Casino from, with over $500 in discounts from, plus a $100 gift card from

Two Rivers Country Club1400 Two Rivers Road Williamsburg, VA 23185


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