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Making a Marriage at The Osprey’s

Sponsored by The Osprey’s at Belmont Bay By Marianne Weaver The staff at The Osprey’s at Belmont Bay take each wedding personally. Not only do they prepare for the actual day of the wedding, but they’ve added some new options that let the couple incorporate a bit of their wedding day into their everyday married lives. Day Of Event The indoor venue can accommodate 146 guests for a seated dinner with a dance floor. Weather permitting, ceremonies are held outside. The wedding party follows a flagstone aisle to a pergola framed by an unobstructed waterfront view of Belmont Bay and the Occoquan River. While guests are making their way to the ceremony space, both the bride and groom and their parties are relaxing and getting ready in their own spacious—and separate–suites. Their dedicated event director is out and about making …

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For Arbonne Clients

Provided by Cheryl Fischer, Arbonne Independent Consultant Hello Preferred Clients! EVERY Preferred Client – yes EVERY ONE – can select a free item this month with a $150 order! And of course, all orders of $150+ receive FREE shipping as well (and that’s always true)! Not shopping at a discount yet?  Ask me about what this is.  No minimums, 20% discounts or more, special offers, healthy mind/body/skin. #brilliant Drop me a note or order online!

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Bayfront Club Provides Couples, Guests Backdrop of Chesapeake Bay

The Bayfront Club

Sponsored by Catering by Uptown By Katrina Wilson Overlook the Bay Catering by Uptown is more than a catering service. They have a choice of venues for couples to choose from. One of their Maryland venues, The Bayfront Club, is their newest option for those looking for a waterfront wedding experience. Instead of traveling out of the country for a wedding by the water, this venue allows couples to stay in the DMV area.  Located near Baltimore, this location is adorned with a green lawn, plush shrubbery and trees that are like the frame to the quintessential day. The venue’s brick road leads the bride to the long dock that extends the couple into the breathtaking aura of the bay. The inside of The Bayfront Club is a ballroom that holds up to 300 guests for a seated dinner. The …

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Host Your Celebration at the Bay

Celebrations at the Bay

Sponsored by Catering by Uptown By Katrina Wilson   Celebrations at the Bay’s Attributes Catering by Uptown is more than a catering service. They have a selection of upscale venues for couples to choose from. One of their Maryland venues, Celebrations at the Bay, is an amazing option for couples who desire a waterfront wedding venue not only for breathtaking views but also for countless settings for romantic photographs. Celebrations at the Bay is the ultimate wedding destination in the DMV. Couples do not have to go far to experience that “getaway” feel for a wedding experience. The venue overlooks the Chesapeake Bay and contains two elongated piers, great for unique photography. There is also a gazebo and green, manicured grass and flower gardens to add to your once-in-a-lifetime experience. The venue offers three unique ballrooms for your event, depending …

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Monroe Bay Winery: A Destination Venue

Monroe Bay Winery, straw bale barn

By Amy Falkofske Sponsored by Monroe Bay Winery Monroe Bay Winery is a destination wedding venue situated on around 10 acres of private land on Monroe Bay in Colonial Beach, Virginia. It features a 3,000 square foot authentic, straw bale barn that seats up to 200 people. There’s also plenty of outdoor space with amazing water views for your special day. Inspired by the South of France Kiki Apple, owner of Monroe Bay Winery, got her inspiration for the winery from her time in France. “… The first house I ever bought when I was 28 was an old stone watermill in the south of France, and that’s where I fell in love with wine … I [also] fell in love with the architecture and became interested in historic preservation,” said Kiki. A Beautiful Location and a Historic Landmark Monroe …

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The Garden at Fair Lakes

Residence Inn at Marriott Fair Lakes Fairfax

Provided by The Residence Inn by Marriott Fair Lakes, Fairfax | Photos by Butterfly Photography Nestled in a quiet, residential area between I-66 and U.S. 50, The Inn by Marriott Fair Lakes, Fairfax comes as a delightful surprise to all who stumble upon it. If you live or travel in Northern Virginia, it is possible you have driven by this hotel countless times and did not even know it was there! This all-suite property built in 1997 has been a favorite for travelers for many years. After recently undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation, it has a new secret to share! Two years ago, the hotel owners and management company approached General Manager Hannah Adlam seeking an alternative option to the high cost, rarely used outdoor pool that occupied a focal point at the center of the property. With her British …

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To First Look or Not…

By Amanda Baity To first look or not to first look, THAT is the question. “First look” is a term that has developed in the modern age of wedding photography to  their ceremony. Whether or not to have a first look is a decision that many couples struggle with. In the past, the groom waited to see his bride on the wedding day until she walked down the aisle. This tradition originated with arranged marriages. When a couple was chosen for one another they were not allowed to see each other until the ceremony so that they wouldn’t have the chance to back out once they saw what each other looked like. Eek! Not the most romantic origin! Even though couples marry for love today, some still like to uphold this tradition. But more and more couples are deciding to …

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Real Brides & Weddings: Elegant, Unique, Charming

When a lady of Alpha Kappa Alpha fell in love with a brother of Alpha Phi Alpha, Amaya and Theo Woodley wrote a love story that was worth sharing. Like many true loves, Amaya and Theo had been right under each other noses all along, after meeting briefly on campus and reconnecting two years later. From college sweethearts to lifetime lovers, this couple begin their new life together with a daytime brunch wedding that exudes class and glamour, captured by Temilola Ajibulu Photo + Cinema. Q: How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal. A: Theo and I actually met my first day on campus at college as he was my assigned freshman orientation leader. We didn’t start actually dating until my junior year of college after we reconnected during the summer prior and we never looked back. Theo …

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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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Event Venue Sweeney Barn: Where City and Country Mix for Modern Charm

sweeney Barn

By Katrina Wilson Sponsored by SweeneyBarn Sweeney Barn was once a barn for cows to live in to produce milk. Now it is a modern event venue in Prince William County where modern city and country meets. The History In the late 1930s and early 1940s, the one-story dairy barn was a home for cows. Current owners Noel and Alannah Sweeney found the barn about 2017. Prince William County owned it at the time. The county wanted someone to renovate the place and would bring economic development to the county. The Sweeneys fell in love with the barn. They started the renovations March 2018 and finished around December 2018. The wedding and events venue have a rustic look with the rich barn history, but a modern aura for clients to enjoy. Andrea Van Wambeke, general manager at Sweeney Barn, oversees …

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Helping Wedding Businesses Recover

Provided by Brides & Weddings The last few months have brought the wedding industry to a standstill. The wedding season we were all looking so forward to has vanished. Brides & Weddings wants to help you recover some of that lost business. For new businesses that sign a one-year contract, Brides & Weddings is offering an additional six months of service, free of charge. That means six additional months of:       Print advertising in Brides & Weddings magazine       Comprehensive vendor listing with Google Map and SEO       Content marketing       Social media promotion       Email marketing       Access to our Brides list of more than 9,000 engaged couples       Preferred benefits at Women’s Wedding Network events To take advantage of this special offer with Brides & Weddings, email Rebecca ASAP. Billing options are also available during this time.

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Charitable Gifts for your Wedding

By Lisa Beth Miller Couples who want to incorporate giving into their wedding celebrations have several options on how to do so. Here are a few ideas on how to be philanthropic for one of your first acts as a married couple. Incorporate specific charities into your registry: Allow guests to donate in your honor to a cause that is meaningful to you both. This is especially common for couples who have already established their home. Charities that have a local impact will resonate with guests. Here are a few of our favorites: Semper K9 Assistance Dogs – semperk9.org ACTS – actspwc.org Community Foundation of Northern Virginia – cfnova.org Give Back Prince William – givebackpw.org Habitat for Humanity Prince William County – habitatpwc.org Donate instead of giving favors: A charitable registry shows that a couple is philanthropically-minded, but a donation …

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