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Candace and Jason were married at The Yacht Club at Marina Shores in Virginia Beach, Va. on April 19. “Honestly, everything about the venue was gorgeous!” Candace said. “It had me at hello, but if I had to pick one thing about it, it would have been the water.” The bride wore a satin mermaid wedding gown with crystal beading on the front and back, accessorized with a drop dangling earrings and a fingertip-length veil, while the groom wore a dark gray three-piece suit, accessorized with a white tie and pocket square. Bridesmaids looked oh-so lovely in their blush long crinkle chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, and peonies wrapped in teal fabric around the stems. The ceremony was set up like a half moon so each and every guest could see. Notice at the end of the aisle the wooden “This is how our story begins” sign? The way Jason’s face looked when I walked down the aisle was all I needed,” she said. “I felt like, in those two moments, there wasn’t anyone else around, and it was just him and I in our own little world.” Following the nuptials, the newlyweds released doves. “It was very important to me to remember our loved ones who couldn’t be there,” Candace said. Inside the ballroom, reception tables were decorated with chevron runners, lanterns, candles, and of course, starfish picture frames. Plus, just look at the cake! A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.

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Photography: Amanda Hedgepeth Photography | Venue: The Yacht Club at Marina Shores | Dress Designer: Jasmine Couture from Maya Couture | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaid Dresses: White by Vera Wang from David’s Bridal | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Floral Designer: Black Iris Floral Events | Cake: Incredible Edibles | Officiant: Get Me To I Do | Rentals: Classy Covers | Event Planner: Jennifer Ireland | DJ: Ty Street | Hair Stylist: Gratitude Hair Lounge