Carole Keily

Dress You Up! Your First Bridal Appointment at Tang’s

Tang's Bridal

By Lisa Beth Miller Sponsored by Tang’s Bridal and Alterations Ready to shop for your perfect wedding gown? Of course you are! One of the most fabulous places to shop for your dream dress is Tang’s Bridal and Alterations in Manassas. We talked to Bella Land, the marketing and design specialist at Tang’s, and the boutique’s lead stylist, Sandi Driscoll about what brides should expect at their very first dress shopping appointment. We all know that shopping for your wedding gown can be stressful. It is different from any other type of retail challenge. Many brides turn the shopping day(s) into an event that involves lots of participants, and few truly know what to expect. “What makes dress shopping at Tang’s different/unique is our mission. We take great care to make the experience as stress-free and memorable as possible for …

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Venue with a View: The Ospreys at Belmont Bay

By Marianne Weaver Sponsored by The Ospreys at Belmont Bay What was once a scenic golf course along the Occoquan has been overhauled into a 100-acre picturesque event venue: The Ospreys at Belmont Bay. “It’s hard to describe the feeling my fiancé and I felt as we walked into the Osprey’s,” said Deveny Mendez. Mendez will be married there Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. “The second you pull into the driveway you see the beautiful lake with the beautiful pergola. We could see ourselves getting married there. It was so peaceful and calm and just spoke to my fiancé and me. When you walk into the venue it is so open and welcoming. We loved the open layout of the dance floor/bar area, as well as the separate area for dinner.” Hunter Wood, general manager, said that’s the exact review he …

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Love Loudoun Wedding Showcase on Oct. 31

Love Loudoun

Recently engaged? Planning your big day? We will be at Love Loudoun Wedding Showcase on Sunday, Oct. 31, and would LOVE to see you there. Whether you are newly engaged or just need to secure a few items on your wedding to-do list, there’s no doubt you will find what you are looking for at the showcase. When: Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021, 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. (VIP Hour starts at 11:00 a.m.) Where: West Belmont Place at the National Conference Center, 18980 Upper Belmont Place, Leesburg, Virginia Get your tickets or VIP Access now at loveloudounweddingshowcase.eventbrite.com/?aff=Online

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Tang’s New Bridal Studio is Now Open by Appointment Only!

Tang's Bridal

Provided by Tang’s Bridal Xiao-Yin (Tang) and her team are thrilled to announce that a special bridal destination has opened in Manassas: Tang’s Bridal Studio! After many months of designing and construction, Tang’s Studio is the new destination for brides to have an unforgettable experience and find the dress of their dreams! None of this would have become possible without the incredible support of Heltzel Architecture, WWBridalDisplays, and the Manassas community. Less than a mile from Tang’s primary location for alterations in Canterbury Village Shopping Center, the Tang’s Studio is nestled behind a beautiful residence at 9036 Sudley Rd. Parking is provided in the rear. Upon entry, brides and their entourage will be welcomed by a wonderful bridal stylist who will guide them for the duration of the appointment. The studio space has two fitting room stations, each with a …

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Wedding Experience Shows in 2022

Wedding Experience

Provided by Wedding Experience The Wedding Experience is thrilled to announce the return of in-person shows! Here’s the 2022 Wedding Experience show schedule: January 16 EagleBank Arena • Fairfax January 30 Greater Richmond Convention Center April 10 Dulles Expo Center • Chantilly April 24 Chesapeake Employers Insurance Arena (UMBC Event Center) • Baltimore August 28 Greater Richmond Convention Center September 18 EagleBank Arena • Fairfax November 13 Chesapeake Employers Insurance Arena (UMBC Event Center) • Baltimore weddingexperience.com/

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Employment Opportunities at Cakes by Happy Eatery

Cakes by Happy Eatery

Provided by Cakes by Happy Eatery Cakes by Happy Eatery is a retail storefront desserts bakery. Whether one needs a sweet treat for the day or a cake to celebrate a milestone, they are ready to bake and design a creation that will bring a smile. The bakery is always creating eye-popping designs or baking enticing aromas of sugar, spice, and everything nice. Cakes by Happy Eatery is looking for additional members for our A-team. Pastry Assistant The role of the Pastry Assistant is to facilitate the baking and production of the daily cakes and pastries plus coordinate with the sales team on what products are available. The ideal candidate is an organized and precise individual that enjoys baking and experimenting with new flavors and designs, in addition to the following: Worked in a kitchen producing and finishing final products. …

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Great Gifts Come in Small Packages: Manassas Olive Oil Company Wedding Favors

Manassas Olive Oil Co., wedding favors

By Dominique McIndoe Manassas Olive Oil Company has been a family-owned business and a staple in the Manassas community since 2015. They serve some of the finest, freshest and tastiest extra virgin olive oils and aged balsamic vinegars that could touch human taste buds. The company’s olive oils and vinegars come as far as Spain, Italy and Chile. Their helpful staff is always ready and on hand to educate customers on different olive oils and vinegars, provide recipes for use on salads and meats, and share their passion of the origin and production practices for these soft commodities. In addition to being every health-conscious grocery shopper’s dream, Manassas Olive Oil Company also has their hand in the wedding industry. Brides and Weddings is here to give brides (and grooms) to be the inside scoop on how to spice up your …

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Brentsville Hall Breaking Ground in September

Provided by Villagio Hospitality Group Villagio Hospitality Group, the team behind Farm Brew Live and other innovative concepts, is in the pre-construction process for the most ideal venue for weddings and joyous celebrations. Brentsville Hall will be the latest addition to the eight-acre Farm Brew Live Campus next to 2Silos and The Black Sheep restaurant. Construction will begin on Sept. 7 and will book for events starting from March 2022. Construction tours will begin in January 2022. Brentsville Hall will offer both outdoor and indoor options with unique amenities for weddings along with full-service catering from The Black Sheep. The two story building will offer endless opportunities and versatility for couples to bring their dream wedding to life. The maximum capacity will be set at 200 guests seated and more standing for a fun cocktail reception. Other services will be …

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From Cows to Catered Events

Sweeney Barn

By Rachel Nohe Sponsored by Sweeney Barn In the 1930s, Sweeney Barn was a place for milking cows owned by the Birkett family. However, in 2018, the barn was bought by Noel and Alannah Sweeney and transformed into an event center with rustic elegance.  During the renovation process, it was crucial to the Sweeneys that they utilize as much of the original materials as possible while simultaneously modernizing the architecture.  The barn holds historical importance to the area, so its preservation was as important as bringing in modern touches. Andrea Van Wambeke, General Manager at Sweeney Barn, said, “Renovated in 2018, Sweeney Barn has state-of-the-art amenities that will ensure every guest is comfortable on their wedding day.” Location, Location, Location  One of the benefits of the venue is that while the barn itself is rustic, it is located in the …

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A Dream Leesburg Wedding with River Creek Club

River Creek Club

By Gianna Jirak Sponsored by River Creek Club Imagine walking down the aisle in your flowing white gown to your beloved. It is the happiest day of your life. You’re surrounded by love and by the scenic views of the Potomac River and elegant decoration. This may sound like a fantasy, but at River Creek Club, it’s a reality! With their amazing team and top-notch venue space, you will have a dream Leesburg wedding. The Ceremony With the weather warming up, your ceremony will likely be hosted on the club’s gorgeous outdoor veranda. You will have experienced wedding planners at your disposal as well as the luxurious view of the Potomac River to add natural decor. “We’re right on the water which is beautiful, and it overlooks the golf course as well,” said Amanda Gervais, the Private Events Director of …

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Weddings at the Hylton Performing Arts Center

By Ashley Simpson Sponsored by Hylton Performing Arts Center Many would say that you’re the star of your own show on your wedding day. And, the Hylton Performing Arts Center – an opera house and theater venue in Manassas – gives this idea a whole new meaning for local brides. The Hylton Center opened in 2010, and the first wedding took place the very next year. “We’ve been doing weddings almost since the beginning,” said Susan Landess, Sales and Community Relations Manager of the Hylton Performing Arts Center. “The Hylton Center began reaching out to the wedding market as a way to enhance our community outreach when not being used for performances.” Hylton Center performers include the Northern Virginia Ballet, Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers Band, the Manassas Ballet Theater, the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, and even the National Symphony …

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Casual Elegance and Natural Beauty at the Piedmont Club

Piedmont Club

By Dominique McIndoe Sponsored by Piedmont Club Setting the Scene Romantic French doors, wrought iron chandeliers, floor-to-ceiling windows, a spiraling indoor staircase, a beautiful ballroom, expansive patio space, a natural wood bridge and views of green hills, fairways, and the Bull Run Mountains hunt country. What could be a better backdrop to exchange vows and begin the beautiful, lifelong journey that is marriage? Individually-Crafted Weddings As the recipient of the WeddingWire’s Couples Choice Award for seven years in a row (2010-2016), it’s no wonder that Piedmont Club is such a favorite wedding venue in Haymarket and all of Northern Virginia. For over 20 years, Piedmont Club has prided itself in being a sophisticated, stylish and charming choice for brides- and grooms-to-be; their lavish space has been home to many wedding showers, engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, wedding ceremonies and receptions. Piedmont …

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