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What You Should Really Ask Your Photographer

Rob Jinks Photography

By Rob Jinks Finding the right photographer isn’t always the easiest part of your wedding planning. Having photographed over 100+ weddings over the past six years, I can confidently say that I have been asked every question in the book. Today I want to share with you questions to ask your photographer to help you find out if they are the perfect choice to capture your day. Questions Before You Start #1: Find out what photo style you like best before you contact a photographer Take a few minutes to Google photographers in your area, or use wedding repositories like Wedding Wire or The Knot to get a quick view of the different types of photo styles that exist. Some photographers edit their photos to be very warm, others very bright, and others colorful and contrasty. Some photographers shoot in a very posed manner, others in a …

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Catoctin Creek Celebrates Their 10-year Anniversary All Year Long

Catoctin Creek Distilling Co

By Amy Taylor Sponsored by Catoctin Creek Distilling Company The first distillery to open in Loudoun County since prohibition, Catoctin Creek Distilling Company is celebrating their 10-year anniversary in style. They are holding celebrations throughout the entire year and you won’t want to miss them! A Year of Celebration To kick off a year of celebration, they will hold a big anniversary party in March. Join them for an upscale southern-style cocktail party complete with signature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and live music. Celebrations will continue throughout the year with quarterly distillery dinners, special events and branded glassware. “Throughout the year we will be hosting many different events to celebrate our anniversary, from distillery dinners to interactive cocktail classes. These are great events for engaged couples to experience together and with their friends and family to get a feel for everything …

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Wedding Day First Look

Provided by Rob Jinks It used to be that the first time a couple would see each other was at the start of their wedding ceremony, as the bride walked down the aisle with her father. However, today many couples are opting to see each other before the ceremony, taking advantage of what is called a “first look.” As a wedding photographer, I encourage my couples to consider doing a first look, as there can be some advantages, but how should you choose which is right for you? Here are a few reasons to say yes to a first look and a few reasons to stick with tradition. Reasons to say yes to a first look: 1. Get out the jitters. Enjoy a private moment together before being in front of your family and friends. If you feel that seeing each other for the first …

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Historic Rosemont Springs: New Rustic Barn Venue Offers Breathtaking Features in Private, Wooded Setting

Rosemont Manor, Rosemont Springs

By Erin Pittman Sponsored by Historic Rosemont Manor There’s a new wedding venue debuting in Northern Virginia in April 2019 — Historic Rosemont Springs. For years, couples have been enjoying the class and elegance of Historic Rosemont Manor, a 200-year-old mansion which faces out over the Shenandoah Valley toward the Blue Ridge Mountains. Rosemont Manor has a rich political history. It served as the home of Harry S. Byrd, Sr., governor of Virginia, and as a civil war battlefield site. Seven U.S. presidents have visited the property, as well as other world-renowned people like Albert Einstein and Charles Lindbergh. Now, there’s another elegant option on the grounds of the manor. Historic Rosemont Springs in Berryville, Virginia is a beautiful new Amish-built post and beam barn, featuring a breathtaking waterfall, garden terrace and large stone fireplace. Bridal parties and guests can …

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Should I Buy a Wedding Album?

By Rob Jinks A few years ago around Christmastime, my grandmother brought out the album of photos from her wedding in 1958. This album had rounded corners, gold page decoration, and thick pages inlaid with photos. It wasn’t your typical modern wedding album. Today’s albums offer a huge range of options, namely full page printing without a gutter between pages, and clean flat spreads no matter where you open the book. I love being able to see a crisp client album, sometimes up to 24 inches wide, and see a beautiful image in a way that no computer monitor or tiny phone screen can display. But what I loved about my grandmother’s wedding album and what I love about the albums I am able to provide to my clients are the stories. My grandmother didn’t just show me photos – she used them as an opportunity …

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Your Wedding Photography Timeline

By Rob Jinks There is nothing better than looking back on photos full of stories, emotion, and memories from your wedding day. However, without a proper understanding of how photography interacts with your wedding timeline, you risk running behind in your schedule, leaving your guests unattended, and missing out on the photos you want most. Today I want to give you tips for planning your wedding timeline in a way that will maximize your photography and help get you the images you want most. Plan more time than you think you need. Many weddings have some aspect of their day take longer than expected. Plan extra time in your schedule and know that things might take a little longer than you thought. Plan extra time for travel, for hair and makeup, for extra portraits with the best light of the day. Give yourself buffers throughout the day to …

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Chef Delgado Infuses American Dishes with Unique Latin and Asian Twists

By Helena Tavares Kennedy At the Holiday Inn Washington-Dulles International Airport, new Executive Chef Shannon Delgado is bringing cuisine to a whole new level, especially for brides and grooms seeking a unique culinary experience for their special day, a rehearsal dinner, or celebration. Chef Delgado’s culinary career began at a five-star hotel in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and he completed his training at The Art Institute in Washington, D.C. Prior to his new role in Dulles, he worked at multiple Hen Quarter locations in the Washington, D. C. area with world-renowned Master Chef Fred Raynaud, one of only forty master chefs in the United States. “In February of this year, I was excited to take on the Executive Chef Position at O’Malley’s Pub Sterling and the Holiday Inn Dulles,” said Delgado. “My family is so important to me, and this …

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It’s Chocolate Season at The Conche

Provided by The Conche Okay, to be fair – it’s always chocolate season at The Conche. But the time has come for festive cocktails, tantalizing treats, and a delicious fall menu you won’t want to miss! Check out all our upcoming events and don’t forget to stop by soon for all the chocolate-y fun we have coming up! Let’s Do Brunch! If you haven’t had your Sunday Brunch at The Conche, you’re missing out! And don’t forget to try one of our amazing brunch cocktails like a Bloody Mary or Mimosa! View our menu » Register for Cocktail Class! The holidays are just around the corner and if you want to be the star behind the bar, then we are here to help! Join us for our Cocktail Making Class and learn how to mix, muddle and shake like a pro! Register Today »

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The Conche Adds Chocolate Panache for On-site or Catered Wedding Events

By Jane Fullerton Lemons For couples looking to add a special flair to their wedding festivities, The Conche in Leesburg will add a sumptuous layer of chocolate to any event. Couples can hold events at the region’s premier chocolate-themed restaurant, or catering services are available, said General Manager Samet Yuksekgonul. “We put a lot of love and passion into our offerings, and we don’t cut any corners,” he said. “We use the highest quality ingredients and don’t pinch pennies when it comes to creating something memorable and meaningful.” The restaurant — which is located at 1605 Village Market Blvd S.E., in the Village at Leesburg — can seat 68 guests and hold a standing reception for up to 150 guests. In addition, the outdoor patio seats 18 guests. All of those spaces can be used for wedding ceremonies or receptions, rehearsal dinners, …

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Wedding Cakes by Simply Desserts

Simply Desserts wedding cake

By Ashley Claire Simpson The first wedding cake that Kimberly McDonald ever made was for her very own nephew — just a few months after launching Simply Desserts, her Gainesville-based full-service bakery. She was of course known for making delicious cakes that looked more like works of art than baked goods, but, she hadn’t yet stepped into the world of weddings. And, though it has often been said that it is a risk to mix family and business, McDonald’s first venture into wedding desserts went simply swimmingly. “That first wedding cake was within three months of starting my business,” McDonald recalled. “I was determined to execute a tier cake, and I did just that. I’m self-taught, so, I had to scour the internet and pour over books. From that point on, it’s been a learning curve, and I’ve gotten really …

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Manassas Park Community Center: A Hidden Gem

By Jennifer Lazzo Surrounded by homes and community parks, the Manassas Park Community Center is a welcome and unexpected surprise. This hidden gem boasts a 3,480-square-foot banquet hall with neutral décor – perfect for showcasing any event’s theme. “When people think of a community center, they don’t think of the functionality of what we have,” said Amelia Powell, customer service supervisor for the Center. “We have the large banquet hall and the pre-function area, or cocktail area, which gives flexibility to the event.” The banquet hall can be divided into two smaller spaces, each seating 115; the full hall can seat up to 230 guests. While many clients use the pre-function space to host cocktail hour, some have added tables to the space to accommodate larger events. Redesigned and rebuilt just seven years ago, the Center also has a spacious …

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Farm Brew Live: A One-Stop Destination for Barns, Brews and Bashes

By Jennifer Lazzo Farm Brew Live is the place to go for locally-crafted beer, craft food, and live entertainment. With spaces both big and small – and everything in between – it’s the perfect destination to host a special occasion. The eight-acre campus is the home of the historic Thomasson Barn, built in 1929 on a former dairy farm, as well as new buildings that have been completed in phases. The first phase included 2 Silos Brewery, the Pour House and the Yard. The Living Room at the Pour House, located on the mezzanine level overlooking the 2 Silos tasting room; the brewery’s processing area, when available due to the production schedule; and the VIP area of the Yard, with seating for 50, are smaller spaces perfect for bachelor parties, bridal showers or rehearsal dinners. Next came the Great Hall, …

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