Take Me To The Ballet

An eruption of tulle skirts bursting from the hangers at Coastal Virginia’s bridal shops meant one thing on our minds: a day at the ballet. We chose the most ethereal selection of gowns for our dancers to spend a morning pliéing, pointing and pirouetting at Norfolk’s Ballet Virginia International. Then we scurried downtown to Todd Rosenlieb Dance to put our prima ballerina on display for her final act and to catch the most magnificent sunset from a Norfolk rooftop. The entire day was a quite a production. Whether you’ve touted a tutu in your day or simply want to dance the night away, these gowns are fit for the performance of a lifetime.

Photography by Keith Cephus

Coastal Virginia Bride Casa Blanca wedding gown from Williamsburg Bridal & Formal

Swan Princess

Casa Blanca gown featuring an empire waist with exquisite beadwork and embroidery. The beadwork utilizes Swarovski Crystals, rhinestones, pearls and seed beads. Layers of soft tulle make up the sheath-like skirt. Detachable beaded spaghetti straps can be worn to add another touch of sparkle to the sweetheart neckline, $1,398. Headpiece: Dramatic alencon lace comb with pear and rhinestone center by Bel Aire Bridal, $125. Both from Williamsburg Bridal & Formal.


Coastal Virginia Bride Williamsburg Bridal & Formal

Open Barre

Feminine and thoughtfully designed, this tulle, A-line gown has beaded and embroidered accents on the front and back bodice. The gown features a complementary front and back v-neck line, illusion detail and double faced satin ribbon at the waistline with a sweep train, $1,398. Sparkling rhinestone hair vine that wraps in to create unique styles, $157. Both from Williamsburg Bridal & Formal.


Coastal Virginia Bride Paris Chiffon 1920s glam dress from Studio I Do Bridals at All the Rage, Hilltop Virginia beach

Grace and Glam

For the bride seeking 1920s glam with an updated twist, this sheath gown is the one. Inventive Swarovski crystal beading drapes the neckline, creating a dramatic back in this otherwise demure gown of flowing Paris Chiffon while a dainty crystal belt accentuates the natural waist. Finished with zipper back closure. “Saige,” $1,189.99. Earrings $20.  Rhinestone comb tiara by Giselle Bridals, $119.99. All from Studio I Do Bridals at All The Rage, Hilltop, Virginia Beach.


Coastal Virginia Bride Blush by Hayley Paige Dahlia from Pure English La Promenade Shoppes, Virginia Beach

Stealing the Show

Blush by Hayley Paige “Dahlia” ivory natural waist A-line Swiss dot net bridal gown with spaghetti straps and lace detailing at bust, plunging back and chapel train. $1,800. From Pure English, La Promenade Shoppes, Virginia Beach.


Coastal Virginia Bride Allure a-line gown from Studio I Do Bridals at All the Rage Hilltop Virginia Beach

Divine Dancer

A flutter of tulle softens any silhouette, as can be seen on this timeless A-line gown by Allure, $899.99. Earrings, 149.99. All from Studio I Do Bridals at All The Rage, Hilltop, Virginia Beach.


Coastal Virginia Bride Tara Keely Alexis alencon lace sheath bridal gown from pure english la promenade shoppes virginia beach

Twirling in Tulle

Tara Keely “ Alexis” ivory Alencon lace sheath bridal gown with tulle godets, sweetheart neckline with Venise lace accent, open back and chapel train, $2,190 from Pure English, La Promenade Shoppes, Virginia Beach.


coastal virginia bride June grecian sheath gown from studio I do bridals all the rage hilltop virginia beach

Leaps of Love

“June” Grecian sheath gown of Arlo chiffon, accented with sweetheart neckline and draped cold shoulder sleeves. Twinkling Swarovski crystals adorn the waistband and trail a zipper and inner elastic back closure, $879.99. A-Symmetrical crystal & rhinestone floral headband by Giselle $159.99. All from Studio I Do Bridals at All The Rage, Hilltop, Virginia Beach.


Coastal Virginia Bride Rivini Paulette wedding dress from privee bride of ghent norfolk

Prima Ballerina

Rivini “Paulette” A-line French tulle and silk organza gown with sprinkled crystal confetti, $7,735. From Privée Bride of Ghent, Norfolk.



Intro Words: Angela Blue

Styling: Pamela Hopkins, Angela Blue, Holly Watters, David Uhrin

Hair: Maria Dubois, 757-927-3069

Makeup: Kim Nguyen Makeup Artistry, 757-672-1256.



A huge theatrical thank you to Ballet Virginia International, Norfolk for allowing us to spend the day in your beautiful, sunlit studio, and to Todd Rosenlieb Dance, Norfolk for providing the scenes for our final performance.

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