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Stonewall Golf Club: Micro-Weddings and Waterfront Views

Stonewall Golf Club

By Gianna Jirak Sponsored by Stonewall Golf Club Although COVID-19 has transformed weddings and the wedding industry as we know it, Stonewall Golf Club in Gainesville is working to make your big day feel as normal as possible. With its waterfront views and fashionable ballroom, as well as their top-notch accommodations, you’ll feel as though you’re having a wedding in early 2020 – with certain health precautions in place, of course. The Magnolia Room Your reception will be held in the club’s Magnolia Room, a ballroom that features floor-to-ceiling windows and “panoramic views of Lake Manassas, shimmering water fountains and the golf course’s eighteenth green.” At night, the ballroom is gently lit by wrought-iron crystal-accented chandeliers, which will undoubtedly add more romance to the occasion. If you hold your ceremony at Stonewall as well, it can be held just outside …

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Catering by Uptown’s Bayfront Club: A Destination Wedding

Catering by Uptown, Bayfront cClub

By Amy Falkofske Sponsored by Catering by Uptown’s Bayfront Club If you dream of a destination wedding, you may be surprised to learn that you can have one right here in the DMV at Catering by Uptown’s Bayfront Club in Edgemere, Maryland. Beautiful Destination Wedding Bayfront Club sits right on the Chesapeake Bay with beautiful water views. You can have your wedding right on the waterfront, then your reception in the 30,000 square foot ballroom. The ballroom features large picture windows where you get the same water views. Bayfront is close to Baltimore but very removed from all the hustle and bustle of the city, so you feel like you’ve traveled to a faraway countryside location. This picturesque wedding venue is very spacious with a beautiful manicured lawn. It’s perfect for wedding photos! Many couples choose to have their ceremony …

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It’s Time to Bloom with Sonesta

Sonesta ES Suites Fairfax Fair Lakes

By Kate Anderson Sponsored by Sonesta ES Suites Fairfax, Fair Lakes Spring is coming and with it, wonderful changes. Birds returning, warmer temperatures rising, and little flower buds turning into amazing blooms. Such is the case with Sonesta ES Suites Fairfax, Fair Lakes, a popular wedding venue for intimate weddings and events. Sonesta is blooming after a winter of change. What was formerly known as a Marriott Residence Inn is now a Sonesta ES Suites blooming with possibilities for your event. Sonesta’s mission is to WOW every guest, team member, partner and community in which they operate by delivering quality, value, and amazing hospitality. From start to finish, you will have the personalized service of an on-property sales team dedicated to your event. These seasoned team members have continued on through the property change of hands to be happy members …

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Country Elegance Nestled in Loudoun County

Briar Patch B&B

By Katrina Wilson Sponsored by Briar Patch Bed and Breakfast Inn The serene, plush and green landscape is the backdrop to your wedding as you view your guests. This is the moment you have been waiting for as you smile and make eye contact with your significant other. As you both stand there together, the Blue Ridge Mountains are the final touch to your charming wedding day. That is what a wedding may look like at Briar Patch Bed and Breakfast Inn in Middleburg, Virginia. This bed and breakfast is a wedding venue in Loudoun County with a history that dates back to the early 1800s. Ellen Goldberg, owner of the establishment, describes what makes Briar Patch unique. A View Like No Other Goldberg said the 47 acres of land and 12 bedrooms in three buildings allow brides and grooms …

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Weddings Stories By Tania: 2020 Weddy Award Winner

By Amy Falkofske Sponsored by Wedding Stories by Tania The spark that started Tania Hossain’s wedding photography business happened in 2011 when she took photos of the preparations for a friend’s Ethiopian wedding. She also took photos of the ceremony at her friend’s request although she wasn’t the official photographer. Her friend ended up liking her photos better, which got her referrals in the Ethiopian, Sudanese and Somalian communities in Northern Virginia. Tania launched her business officially in 2013, specializing in wedding photography. In 2017, she started building a team that now includes five photographers and videographers. She incorporated video into their services in 2019. The Story Behind the Name Tania loves wedding stories and is especially enamored with the “Wedding Storyteller” series by Roberto Valenzuela, which she refers to as her wedding bible. Valenzuela says that, “as the photographer, …

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Be Seated Has You Covered

By Dominique McIndoe Sponsored by Be Seated Just as important as the venue, the catering, the décor, the DJ, and an impeccable dress code, is the overall wedding experience and ambience. Be Seated, a premier chair cover, linen, and specialty chair rental company, ensures that their clients receive that elegant touch for wedding, wedding-related, and special-event needs. About Be Seated Be Seated is a Black-woman owned and operated business in Centreville, Virginia dedicated to implementing their clients’ visions by providing rental chair covers, table linens, Chiavari chairs, folding chairs, chair sashes, and royalty throne chairs for wedding ceremonies, receptions, and bridal showers. The variety in table and chair cover styles, as well as linen and chair ties, show great detail, style, and sophistication. “We take the ordinary and make it amazing,” says Janeen Parrott, creator and owner of the Wedding …

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Introducing Sonesta ES Suites, Fairfax Fair Lakes (Formerly Residence Inn by Marriott Fair Lakes, Fairfax)

Provided by Sonesta Sonesta ES Suites Fairfax, Fair Lakes is proud to join the the Sonesta International Hotels Corporation U.S. portfolio, becoming one of the first-ever Sonesta Select properties in the country and one of the first in Virginia.  Sonesta Select is an upscale, focused-service brand centered on delivering the authentic hospitality Sonesta is known for, while helping guests make meaningful connections in each of our hotels and their local communities. Sonesta is excited to begin to welcome guests so they can see first-hand how the spirit and warmth of our team members shine through day in and day out. The launch of the Sonesta Select helps to expand Sonesta’s footprint in key markets, growing their U.S. presence to to five brands in total and over 200 hotels. From airports to office parks, suburban neighborhoods to busy downtowns, Sonesta Select …

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Wedding Stories By Tania

Wedding Stories by Tania

By Amy Falkofske Sponsored by Wedding Stories by Tania The spark that started Tania Hossain’s wedding photography business happened in 2011 when she took photos of the preparations for a friend’s Ethiopian wedding. She also took photos of the ceremony at her friend’s request although she wasn’t the official photographer. Her friend ended up liking her photos better, which got her referrals in the Ethiopian, Sudanese and Somalian communities in Northern Virginia. Hossain launched her business officially in 2013, specializing in wedding photography. In 2017, she started building a team that now includes five photographers and videographers. She incorporated video into her services in 2019. The Story Behind the Name Hossain loves to tell stories, so she is especially enamored with the “Wedding Storyteller” series by Roberto Valenzuela, which she refers to as her wedding bible. Valenzuela says that “as …

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What’s New at Tang’s

Tang's, face masks

Provided by Tang’s Bridal A Christmas Carol from Tang’s Vice President Kenny: ‘Tis the season to mask for Safety fa la la la la la la la Mask yourself and mask your neighbor fa la la la la la la la la Wear the mask with HEPA filters fa la la la la la la la la Mask up for the holidays with some festive facemasks at Tang’s Alterations! Starting at $12.50, you can protect yourself and spread spirit, not germs. Each mask comes with a HEPA filter that lasts for three weeks if worn daily. Silicone ear adjusters can be put on the elastic straps for better fit. Tang’s has a variety of patterns and designs for kids and adults (you can also bring your own fabric!) Come visit to see their full offerings. Follow Tang’s on Instagram @tangs_alterations. …

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Tang’s Sample Sweep Sale

Maggie Sottero Wedding Dress

Provided by Tang’s Bridal Tang’s Bridal is hosting our first everSample Sweep Sale on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021! We are sweeping out select styles at this pop-up event as we are preparing for even more newness in 2021 (including a new studio!), THE LOGISTICS: The dresses will be displayed two doors down from us in Canterbury Village (formerly the Experimac Computer Store). Try-Ons and Purchasing will take place in our main location (8675 Sudley Rd., Manassas VA 20110). We will have 45-minute time slots from 10:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Call 703-393-8458 to reserve your spot! We want to serve everyone in the safest manner possible and provide the best experience. Each bride may bring one guest maximum and face masks are mandatory. DRESSES! There will be nearly 50 dresses at the sale ranging in price from $175-$1,600. If you’d …

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Catering by Uptown: Ready to Help You Plan the Perfect Wedding

By Amy Falkofske Sponsored by Catering by Uptown Catering by Uptown is not only a caterer, but a full-service wedding planning business. You’ll be in good hands with Catering by Uptown’s team of five wedding planners, whether you’re looking for a small casual wedding or a large elegant wedding. With Catering by Uptown, you also have seven different venues to choose from in Maryland, D.C. and Virginia. Before the Big Day You’ll first meet with a member of the sales team, who will set up a virtual tour at the venue of your choice. They will assist you in writing up a proposal and coming up with a package that meets your needs and your vision for your special day. Once that’s all set, you’ll start to work with the planning team. Catering by Uptown’s planning team is like a …

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Design and Decor with Compassion

Amoda Decor

By Dominique McIndoe Sponsored by Amoda Decor What sets Amoda Decor apart from the average decorating business is their motivation of compassion. This Wedding Wire award-winning, luxury event and floral design company specializes in creating beautiful settings for weddings. They also have a knack for making a lasting impression. A Dream Turns Into Reality Amoda Decor was founded by Pooja Mittra in 2017 with the help of her sister Gitanjali Bhagia. The company is based in Ashburn, Virginia and they service clients within a three-hour radius. For three years, Mittra’s premier decorating service has provided décor and floral arrangements for weddings including corsages, bridal bouquets, centerpieces, floral arches and other components to make a wedding charming. With that, Mittra says, comes a special and personal duty to their patrons. “We want to be able to connect with our clients and …

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