A beautiful wedding at The Hermitage


The As You Wish team had the honor of being a part of Meaghann and Fred’s August wedding day.  Both the ceremony and reception were held at the Hermitage Museum and Gardens in Norfolk, Virginia which is such a beautiful location!!  The ceremony was held in the East Garden, surrounded by tall trees and beautiful greenery with the water serving as a natural backdrop.  For any couple wanting to get married by the water, this is a wonderful option!

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The cocktail hour took place on the main lawn of the property where guests enjoyed playing cornhole, lounging on adirondack chairs by the water, and a musical mix of  blues and reggae played by their talented DJ, Roger Cruz of Astro Entertainment.

Sweetwater Cuisine catered the event and served their deliciously famous strawberry salad, and sweet potato biscuit bar with honey, jams, and jellies followed by the guest’s choice of entree of either an herb stuffed chicken pinwheel or shrimp and grits.  YUM!  For dessert Sweetwater provided red velvet cupcakes displayed on pie racks in lieu of a traditional wedding cake.

Palette of Petals did a wonderful job of bringing Meaghan’s floral vision to life!  Meaghan carried a natural just-picked style, hand tied bouquet of cream spray garden roses, cream stock, peach hypericum, fuchsia freesia, pinkish-peach snapdragons, white waxflower, and light blue delphinium.  Her reception tables had tablescapes of similar florals in mason jars.  Guests also had the option of sitting at cocktail tables with high chairs.  We love the idea of mixed seating, as it adds some fun into the mix!

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When we first started working with Meaghan she made it very clear that she wanted her wedding day to be unique and personalized to them as a couple, and fun!  We fully support the belief that every wedding should have the same foundation, and Meaghan and Fred’s wedding was  exactly that!


C.M.E. Design Services did an amazing job of creating a custom invitation suite for Meaghan and Fred.  They were printed on a shimmer paper, and made in the likeness of the event, showcasing the brick at the Hermitage and the stars and string bulb lights that lit the sky as guests danced the night away.


Here are some additional pictures from the day

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Special thanks to Kelly West for the beautiful images, and the As You Wish team for pictures of the tablescapes.

Best of wishes to you two lovebirds!

Courtney & Matt


Courtney and Matt were married on July 7, 2012 and the As You Wish team was so excited to be a part of it!  They held their wedding ceremony at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Norfolk, Virginia.  And what a beautiful catholic church it was!


Palette of Petals provided the floral arrangements for Courtney, and they really did an amazing job!  Courtney chose black bridesmaid dresses, with purple and green bouquets for the girls


The bridesmaid bouquets included an arrangement of purple freesia, purple stock, purple hydrangea, green roses, green hypericum berries, purple lisianthus, and green fugi mums. The stems were tied with lemongrass green ribbon and accented with a band of purple rosette ribbon


Courtney’s bridal bouquet included a robust arrangement of Picasso Calla Lilies, cream hypericum berries, cream roses, cream stock, and hydrangea, with delicate drops of rhinestones placed throughout the blooms.  The stems were tied with a deep purple ribbon and adorned with rhinestone accents as well


Courtney and Matt’s reception was held at Hilton 31st at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.  Guests enjoyed the ocean view from the ballroom as well as the musical talents of the local Hampton Roads band, Borderline Crazy

The tables were draped in black linens and accented with silver chiavari chairs and silver plate chargers.  Menu cards were delicately placed within a folded clover green napkin, and placed on top of each guests’ charger.  Favor boxes were then placed at each place setting



Palette of Petals created an assortment of beautiful centerpieces to adorn the tables.  We love the look of these floating gel candles in the cylinder vases


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Emily Patti of Patti Cakes created a beautiful wedding cake, and fun football themed groom’s cake for the couple



Here are a few more of the beautiful images captured by Courtney and Matt’s photographer, Eleise Theuer




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Check out Nyky and Lacrederick’s beautiful love story, and more images from their wedding day on Essence.  Be sure to view the gallery to see the entire article!


Special thanks to Keith Cephus for capturing and sharing these images with us!