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Winter Open House at River View at Occoquan

Provided by River View at Occoquan Head to the Winter Open House at River View at Occoquan to learn more about this premier venue. Open House is Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the River View at Occoquan, 9751 Ox Road, Lorton, Virginia. The River View events venue is located in Occoquan Regional Park. The venue boasts a large wedding and events area that can accommodate 425 seated guests, as well as ample outdoor space. Wedding parties will have access to a private Hospitality Suite and historic Scale House Cottage to prepare for their special day.

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Monroe Bay Winery Offers Flexibility to Brides and Grooms

By Amy Falkofske Sponsored by Monroe Bay Winery Monroe Bay Winery is a newer wedding venue located in Colonial Beach, Virginia. With its convenient location and Caribbean vibes, it’s a hidden gem that you may not have heard about yet. “Colonial Beach is a really unique place to have a wedding,” said Kiki Apple, owner of Monroe Bay Winery. “You can have the beach and the water, but it’s still only an hour from DC. Our venue in particular is also located on the water with about 10 acres. We hope that will be a draw for people.” Destination Weddings at Colonial Beach According to Kiki, Colonial Beach is a “cute, quaint, Mayberry” type of town and a golf cart community. It’s the second longest beach in Virginia after Virginia Beach. It sits on the Potomac River and is seven …

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The Ride of a Lifetime

limo, rolls royce

Wedding day transportation is a practical and necessary consideration. On this special day, everyone deserves a fabulous ride to the ceremony and reception. But the couple of the day may decide to take their personal transport to a whole new level of luxury and class. A classic Rolls Royce is the perfect choice. Rolls Wedding Limos, LLC is a local business servicing the DC Metro area. They maintain an elegant British classic Rolls Royce Silver Spur. Their chauffeurs are formally attired and arrive on time. “We are the only limousine company in the world where you can get the President’s driver and a Rolls Royce limousine for your wedding or special occasion,” says owner John G. Bays. “Our Rolls Royce Silver Spur cost $118,500.00 in 1985, over a third of a century ago. To make the car reliable and beautiful for …

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Home Sweet Home: An Engaged Couple’s Guide to Finding Their Happy Place

By Lisa Beth Miller Sponsored by Long and Foster Real Estate Although planning a wedding is very time-consuming, engaged couples actually do have other important life tasks to tackle. For many, finding the right home is at the top of the list! We talked to Peggy Burke, an Associate Broker with Long and Foster Real Estate about how couples should navigate through this exciting process. “Wow. Where do I start? Like you don’t have enough things on your plate to think about; now you have to think about what kind of place each of you would like to call home. There are so many choices, with the first being whether to rent or buy.  I suggest talking to a Realtor and to a loan officer recommended by your Realtor.  Then you can see what you can actually afford. Another factor in …

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A Versatile, Upscale Venue Close to Home

By Lisa Beth Miller Sponsored by Hylton Performing Arts Center Looking for the perfect venue to host your upcoming wedding or event? Look no further than the fabulous Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas, Virginia. We chatted with Susan Landess, the Sales & Community Relations Manager at Hylton, about this incredible venue and its many possibilities. “The Hylton Performing Arts Center is a stunning, architecturally designed building containing multiple venues for events and performances.  Event spaces include everything from the Didlake Grand Foyer, our main lobby with two story window wall and art gallery on the second floor, to the intimate Lovey Hammell Lounge with private service kitchen and restroom. In between, we have a variety of different styled and sized spaces.  In the new Education and Rehearsal Wing that just opened before COVID, we have two more stunning spaces – …

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A Fresh Take On a Sweet Tradition

By Lisa Beth Miller Sponsored by Cakes by Happy Eatery The wedding cake is an incredibly important part of a couple’s celebration. In addition to providing a sweet finish to the reception meal, it also adds a beautiful visual display for guests to admire. Traditionally, the delicious treat is not only enjoyed at the wedding, but the top tier is often saved and frozen for the couple to enjoy on their first anniversary. We talked to Victoria Wu, general manager of Cakes by Happy Eatery, about the evolution of this tradition. “Many of the modern wedding traditions are attributed from the Victorian era, the period when Queen Victoria reigned. When Queen Victoria married Prince Albert, she wore a non-traditional color for a wedding dress – white – and had an extremely tall and oversized, tiered wedding cake.  The gigantic cake had …

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Swap Sale Bargains on Nov. 7 at Colonial Beach Bridal Show

Monroe Bay Winery

By Amy Falkofske Sponsored by Monroe Bay Winery Monroe Bay Winery is hosting the very first bridal show to take place in Colonial Beach, a favorite spot for destination weddings. The Colonial Beach Bridal Show at Monroe Bay Winery will take place on Sunday, Nov. 7 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. “We’re excited to showcase Colonial Beach as both a destination spot and an opportunity to showcase some of the vendors in the area, and our swap sale will allow past weddings to resell items they no longer need like dresses, signs and centerpieces,” said Kiki Apple, Owner of Monroe Bay Winery. An Impressive List of Vendors Monroe Bay is still adding to its list of vendors, but it has an impressive lineup already. Riverview Inn, a Colonial Beach hotel with 1950s flair, will be in attendance. If you’re looking …

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Simplified Soirees: Creating an elegant reception without a traditional dinner

Cakes by Happy Eatery

By Lisa Beth Miller Serving a full dinner meal at a wedding reception is a traditional choice, but honestly, it isn’t for every couple! Some want to simplify the reception, or even host it at a time of day when a huge formal meal wouldn’t seem appropriate. For these couples, there are so many fabulous options! Here are some ideas. For the sophisticated couple who wants to mingle all night, consider a cocktail reception. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails can create a perfect party. Have your caterer include tray passed hors d’oeuvres in addition to a few mini-stations (try sushi or an olive bar). Create a bar area that features some signature cocktails in addition to the standard fare. This format allows guests to try lots of different morsels, plus makes socializing all night a breeze. For the romantic couple …

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Prepping the Perfect Dressing Room

By Lisa Beth Miller Some of the most amazing girl-bonding memories (and pictures) are created while getting ready on the day of the wedding. Many brides arrange to have their hair and makeup done with the bridesmaids in a common location. If this is your plan, be sure the room is prepped properly so that this fabulous beauty-fest is everything you’ve dreamed. Hairstylists and makeup artists will do their best work if they are in a room with good lighting- preferably natural light. There should be an abundance of mirrors, including full length, magnifying, and standard makeup mirrors. If the beautifying is taking place in a hotel or at a venue, request bar stools for your girls to perch upon while they are being made over. Also, be sure there is ample table space for your beauty squad members to …

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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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