Carole Keily

Tying the Knot in Northern Virginia: Marriage License Information

The legal age for marriage is 18 years old. Couples under 18 must have parental consent. Blood tests are not required. There is no waiting period and licenses are valid for 60 days. Both bride and groom must be present to apply for and sign the marriage license. Identification (e.g.,  driver’s license or military ID) must include a photo and social security number. Divorce/death information regarding previous marriages must be provided under oath. Cost is $30 (cash); Prince William County is $32.50 cash. Call your location for office hours. ALEXANDRIA CITY Alexandria Circuit Court, Clerk’s Office Marriage License Division, 3rd Floor, Rm. 307 520 King St., Alexandria 703.746.4044 ARLINGTON COUNTY Arlington County Courthouse 6th Floor, Room 6700 1425 North Courthouse Road, Arlington 703.228.7010 FAIRFAX COUNTY Clerk of the Circuit Court Public Services Counter, 3rd Floor 4110 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax 703.691.7320 FAUQUIER COUNTY Fauquier …

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Engagement Ring Alternatives

Not every bride is the same, so why should their engagement rings be? In fact, you may even find that your hopeful bride-to-be doesn’t even like diamonds. Diamonds aren’t mandatory in engagement rings or wedding bands as the featured gem. There are so many stunning gemstones out there that limiting yourself to just the diamond could be a disservice to your one-of-a-kind partner. If you want something a little bit more unique for your ring, here are some options that are quite gorgeous for you to consider. Sapphires There are a lot of reasons why you may want to consider a sapphire instead of a diamond. First of all, it’s almost as hard as a diamond, ranking just behind this more popular gem on the Mohs scale. And there are so many different color variations that you can buy — sapphires may be most famous for being blue, but they can also come in green, yellow, pink …

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Your Guide to an Exceptional Event

By Michael Evans Putting together a great wedding doesn’t happen by accident. It takes careful planning and the enlistment of talented event professionals. Use the following tips to help plan your perfect day. Take some time and visualize your event: close your eyes and walk through it in as much detail as you can, from start to finish. This takes a little time, but you’ll find that it enhances creativity and helps you anticipate and avoid problems. Your site sets the tone for the experience: make sure your site fits the guest list — don’t try to squeeze too many people into the venue. And don’t pick a huge site that will make a small gathering feel uncomfortable. And remember, you’re not just choosing a site for an event — you’re also choosing a backdrop for your wedding photos. Be clear about your reception’s purpose: This helps you create the right setting, mood and format. For example, if …

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Farm Brew LIVE and 2 Silos Brewing Co

Provided by Villagio Hospitality Group Northern Virginia’s first destination brewery campus, Farm Brew LIVE, has opened to the public. Located in Manassas, Virginia, Farm Brew LIVE is an eight-acre campus that features craft beer, craft food and live, local music. Included in phase one of opening are 2 Silos Brewing Co. and tasting room, The YARD outdoor live music venue, The Pit BBQ and beer garden and La Gringa Food Truck. Farm Brew LIVE is part of Innovation Park in Prince William County on the site of the historic Thomasson Barn. 2 Silos Brewing Co. is a 30-barrel brew house, capable of producing 15,000-20,000 barrels per year. That equates to 4.5 million pints a year! “We are committed to promoting the craft beer culture by making our 2 Silos Brewing Co. beer selections the finest in Northern Virginia region,” says Head Brewmaster and Co-Founder of 2 Silos Brewing …

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Trick Trivia Night Question at Brew Republic Leads to Engagement

By Helena Tavares Kennedy Brew Republic has hosted Trivia Night for a while now, but an unexpected trivia question surprised most in attendance, but no one more than Elaina Simpson. At what seemed like a usual weekday trivia night, Evan Grant had his wedding proposal all planned out with the help of friends and Brew Republic staff. Grant went to Brew Republic the week before the proposal for radio bingo with a mutual friend who helped plan out what he was going to do to ask her for her hand in marriage. Grant talked to Scott, the manager/part owner who is often there and asked if they would be ok with him interrupting trivia night with a proposal. “I couldn’t have asked for a better or more enthusiastic person to host our proposal,” said Grant. “Scott immediately gave me his …

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Double Platinum Events Meticulously Brings Weddings to Life

  From the first wedding they coordinated, Sedika Franklin and Angela Williams of Double Platinum Events established their professional reputation as meticulous planners who never overlook a detail. They’d received a call in early November for the December nuptials of a wedding coordinator who was getting married herself. They set up the initial consultation and used their comprehensive checklist to make sure the bride had covered every aspect up to that point. “We quickly discovered there were many elements that needed attention,” Franklin said. The bride was relying on family and friends for many key aspects of the event, including having a friend as DJ for the reception. So when that friend refused to serve as master of ceremonies at the reception, Franklin and Williams swung into action and moderated for the rest of the night. Four years later, the lessons …

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Twin Lakes Golf Course

By Alyssa Souvignier Brides looking for an affordable venue option for their wedding reception may be interested in Twin Lakes Golf Course. Located at 6201 Union Mill Road in Clifton, Virginia, this newly renovated ballroom seats 175-200 people comfortably for a wedding reception and at a price that may be surprising. The venue, which is located within a picturesque golf course setting, bases pricing on a flat fee of $400 per hour for the first five hours (five-hour minimum required) and just an additional $200 per hour after that. Set-up is included. Additionally, costs are constant regardless of the day of week chosen for the reception. According to Twin Lakes Events Manager Kara Martinez, most venues base pricing on a per person cost and require brides to use a preferred catering vendor. Twin Lakes does not work with preferred vendors …

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Holiday Inn Dulles – Easy Airport Access for your Honeymoon

By Helena Tavares Kennedy Imagine jumping on a plane to venture off on your honeymoon with your new spouse just minutes after your wedding ends! That can be a reality if you host your wedding at the Holiday Inn Dulles located at 45425 Holiday Drive in Sterling, Virginia, and they even have a free shuttle to and from the Washington – Dulles International Airport. With a recent $7 million renovation to the entire hotel including event spaces and guest rooms, there is even more reason than ever to host your wedding at Holiday Inn Dulles. With over 100 full time and 20 part time staff to assist you at the hotel, you will be well served for all your wedding needs, from the actual wedding event itself to hosting family members overnight in the hotel rooms. With an average of …

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Cassie and Nathan’s Chic Rustic Wedding

How many guests? 120 The Team Photographer: Holly Prins Photography www.hollyprins.com.au/ Stationery: Adorn Invitations www.adorninvitations.co.uk Dress: Beautiful Brides Makeup: Tamee Rene Hair: Nicole Hamilton Shoes: Sheplers Accessories: Carati Jeweler Bridesmaids Dresses: Seduce Grooms Suit: Roger David On The Day Stationery: Bwedding Invitations bweddinginvitations.com/ Cake: All Things Sweet By Carissa allthingssweetbycarissa.com.au/ Food: Belgenny Farm Flowers: Shaynee Lou Ceremony Venue: Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses Reception Venue: Belgenny Farm www.belgennyfarm.com.au/ Photo Booth: Mace Photo Booth http://www.macephotobooths.com/ The Details How did you and your partner meet? We met at a mutual friend’s bonfire in Cowra on the June long weekend 2013. There were so many people we didn’t meet until the end of the night when everyone was leaving so it was a quick conversation but instant connection. He was searching for me on Facebook but I didn’t have it anymore and it …

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One-Stop Shop for Brides – Tang’s Alterations Offers More than Alterations

By Helena Tavares Kennedy   While Tang’s Alterations can handle your everyday alteration needs like hemming, sizing up or down, buttons, rips, and other issues with any type of garment and fabrics including draperies and outerwear, what brides might not expect from this alteration shop is the high level of customer service. Not only does Tang’s work come with a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee, their workmanship is totally guaranteed for the life of the garment and the fit is guaranteed for two weeks. It’s no wonder that they see an average of seven brides each day and have over 100 gowns in the shop for alterations right now. Whether your gown needs restyling, bustling, hemming, taking in or letting out, Tang’s can handle it all. Tang’s also offers a wide selection of veils, accessories and jewelry by Bling and Va …

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Paige & Todd’s Gorgeous Wedding

Provided by Adorn Invitations Wedding Date: 28th April 2017 How many guests? 80 The Team Photographer: Lucas Kraus Photography lucaskrausphotography.com/ Invitations: Adorn Invitations dorninvitations.co.uk/ Dress:  Sophia Tolli Makeup: My Addiction Makeup Hair: Oakville Hair Studio – Tanya Ogden Accessories: Love On Jewellery loveonjewellery.com.au/ On The Day Stationery: BWedding Invitations bweddinginvitations.com/ Cake: The groom’s mum made the cake Food: The Chef and I Catering Flowers: Flower Me Pretty Ceremony Venue: Burnham Grove Estate Reception Venue: Burnham Grove Estate burnhamgroveestate.com.au/ The Details How did you and your partner meet? We started dating at school when we were 17. How did he propose? We organised a holiday to Kingscliff in Northern NSW at Santai Retreat. On the first night, we went out for dinner and when we got back to our room there was candles and petals everywhere. Todd got down on one …

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Laura & Liam’s Breathtakingly Picturesque Wedding

Provided by Adorn Invitations The Team Dress: Devine Bridal Makeup: Tropical Beauty tropicalbeauty.com.au/ Hair: Tropical Beauty Accessories: Lovisa Bridesmaids Dresses: After 5 Bridal and Formal Grooms Suit: Roger David Invitations: Adorn Invitations adorninvitations.co.uk/ Photographer: Adawphotography Food: The Pacific Hotel On The Day Stationery: BWedding Invitations bweddinginvitations.com/ Flowers: Perfect Moments Ceremony Venue: Kingdom Hall Of Jehovah’s Witnesses Reception Venue: The Pacific Hotel pacifichotelcairns.com/ The Details How did you and your partner meet? We met at a friend’s wedding! How did he propose? He proposed with a bunch of candles at his grandparents’ house, it was super romantic and intimate which is what I’ve always wanted. What’s your most important piece of advice for creating and maintaining a strong relationship? Honesty, trust and love Tell us about your wedding gown and how you chose it: My gown was the fourth dress I tried …

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