Author: Chelsea Sherman

A Hero and His Mutt

Spirit starts her day like any other high-energy yellow lab—running, playing, begging for attention from her owner. But once her service vest goes on, she’s all business. She sticks close to retired Navy Senior Chief Keith Dow as he makes…

Do Viruses Discriminate?

Our country ended the first quarter of 2020 entering lockdown over COVID-19—a disease to which no one was seemingly immune, but which claims Black and Latino lives at nearly twice the rate of white lives in the U.S. As the…

Bucket List Boat Trip

When you think of bucket list adventures, your mind might gravitate to experiences like summiting Mount Everest, or maybe hiking the Appalachian Trail. But there’s a rarer quest, completed by only about 150 people per year—and for Coastal Virginians, you…

Top Doc of Urology: Dr. Eric Darby

Dr. Eric Darby always knew he wanted to be a surgeon. He found the operating room exciting, and he loved the idea of being able to help patients almost immediately. During his medical school rotations, he became intrigued with urology.…

Preventative Medicine: Healing and Wellness with Alternative Treatments

Dr. Marion Constantinides, Applied Health Professional Applied Kinesiology AppliedHealthVa.com 757-965-2476 Marion Constantinides was in her final term of her pre-med program at the University of Colorado when she realized something that would change her career path and the course of her…

Are Coastal Virginia Home Values Sinking from Sea Level Rise?

Flooded street in Ghent after Hurricane Florence, September 2018. Photos by Andrew Cooper Jeannie Monaghan doesn’t live in a flood zone. She and her husband Keith had been in their home, situated in the Kings Grant neighborhood of Virginia Beach,…

7 Healthy Meal Prepping Services

We all know the importance of eating healthy. Nutrition affects not only our physical appearance, but also our overall wellbeing. Unfortunately, it isn’t easy for everyone to eat healthy throughout the week. Packed schedules, odd working shifts and busy lifestyles…

Unique Ways to Display Decadent Desserts at Your Wedding

Gone are the days where the only wedding dessert was the cake. While the wedding cake is certainly still a popular fixture in today’s weddings, couples are increasingly opting to supplement the traditional cake with other sweet options. Adding a…

Childhood Sweethearts Tie the Knot at Chrysler Museum

Photography by Michael and Carina Photography Who: Brittany Pilkington, marketing director for Universal Pest and Termite, and Tanner Baine, sales representative for Beach Ford. When: Aug. 5, 2017. Where: Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk. Guest List: Roughly 100 guests attended…

Mom Hacks to Help You Simplify and Streamline Your Routine

Whether you are a working, stay-at-home or work-from-home mom, your days are filled to the brim with tasks and commitments. The seemingly endless to-do list can be overwhelming, and striving to get it all done can take away precious time…

Adventure-Loving Couple’s Romantic Winery Wedding

Photography by Cynthia Tenney Photography   Who: Courtney Whitlow, media sales representative, and Douglas Bode, IT specialist. When: Nov. 11, 2017. Where: New Kent Winery, New Kent. Guest List: 120 guests traveled from Northern Virginia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New York,…

Tipsy Terrariums at Hinterland Trading

As someone who has never kept a plant alive for more than a few days, the idea of spending an evening carefully crafting a decorative plant terrarium and taking it home to be responsible for it was a bit daunting.…

Top Spots for Epic After-Parties

Your sparkler sendoff might have signified the end of the formal wedding festivities, but that doesn’t mean the party has to end. Many couples are now choosing to continue the celebration with an after-party. Because you are generally pretty busy…

SUP Guide: Stand-Up Paddleboarding in Coastal Virginia

Coastal Virginians have access to dozens of incredible waterways. From the Chickahominy River to the Chesapeake Bay, there are so many beautiful creeks, inlets and marshes to explore. What better way to experience them than on a paddleboard? Paddleboarding has…

Filipino Tradition Meets Southern Style in a Gorgeous Garden Wedding

Bride's Gown: Kleinfeld Bridal, New York; Groom's Tuxedo: Army Officer Uniform;  Photography by Andrew & Tianna Photography Who: Jessica Gonzales, Army Engineer Officer, and Travis Coffey, Army Armor Officer. When: May 28, 2017. Where: Norfolk Botanical Garden. Guest List: 180…

5 Coastal Virginia Spots Perfect for a Local Honeymoon

After couples have spent a significant chunk of change on their wedding day, an immediate subsequent expense arises: the honeymoon. Traditionally, this is at least a week-long vacation to some exotic destination. Times have changed, though, and couples are increasingly…

An Outdoor Wedding in Suffolk with Homemade Touches Galore

Photography by Elizabeth Henson Photography; Bride's Gown: Martina Liana; Groom's Tuxedo: Pure English   Who: Brandee Patrell, 3rd grade teacher at Alanton Elementary School in Virginia Beach, and Dylan Turner, HVAC Technician at One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning. When:…

Top Tips for Wedding Videography

Wedding videography has certainly evolved significantly from the days of camcorders and cassette tapes. Amazingly, though, the technology changes so rapidly that even in the past few years there have been huge advancements in the wedding video industry. Your video…

A Gloucester Wedding With Southern Sophistication

Photography by Jessica Ryan Photography Who: Kelly Purcell, patient care advocate at NowCare Urgent Care, and Stephen Best, inspector for the City of Chesapeake. When: June 3, 2017. Where: The Inn at Warner Hall, Gloucester. Guest List: 175 guests traveled…

Disney Inspired This Fairytale Virginia Beach Wedding

Photography by Angie McPherson Photography Who: Chelsea Laurens, doctor of physical therapy student at Old Dominion University, and Jaine Lindo, tax administrative assistant at Cherry Bekaert. When: June 11, 2016. Where: The Founders Inn and Spa, Virginia Beach. Guest List: Roughly 160 guests traveled…