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River Mill Park in Occoquan: A Scenic, Open-Air Option for Weddings

Love sign at Occoquan

By Erin Pittman Sponsored by Town of Occoquan Every couple looks for that perfect venue for their ceremony and reception — one that provides beautiful backdrops and memorable photos. And nowadays, many couples are searching for beauty paired with fresh air and enough room for safe social distancing. River Mill Park in Occoquan fits all of those criteria. Rent River Mill Park River Mill Park in Occoquan is a gorgeous 1.1-acre riverfront park on the west end of Occoquan. Reservations include reserved access to the LOVEwork sign and landscaped terrace, event pavilion, private event signage and crowd-containment stanchions. Couples will also have access to a stunning river view, power hookup for portable Wi-Fi and sound systems, the historic footbridge and waterwall, hand-cut stone walls, brick pathways and restrooms. Seat up to 100 guests, comfortably and safely outdoors. Exchange vows on …

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A Haitian-Albanian Muslim-Christian Wedding

Story by Platinum Label Weddings LLC Photos by Palmetto Duo Tatiana a beautiful Haitian-American rich in both her Haitian and American culture and Christian faith weds Indrit an Albanian immigrant whose family is strong in their Muslim beliefs. It was beautiful to watch these two families blend their cultures together at their children’s wedding, proving LOVE WIN’S  every time.

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Backyard Star Wars Themed Pandemic Wedding

Story by 9 Lives Designs Photos by Stephanie Lagares Photography LLC This couple decided to get married in the Spring of 2020 despite all the chaos in the world. In these times we have to get creative and that’s exactly what this couple did. Not only did Radiance and Anthony show how strong their love is by getting married during a global pandemic, they did it with stormtroopers and a Mandalorian! Baby Yoda even made an appearance! It was an intimate ceremony and family members and friends that couldn’t be there logged in on Zoom and were able to watch the whole wedding and even celebrate after. It was truly a unique wedding that proved love has no limits. Photography: Stephanie Lagares, Stephanie Lagares Photography LLC Wedding Design + Decor: Megan Morrison, 9 Lives Designs Food Displays + Table Floral …

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Discover Arbonne

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Why Learn to Dance?

Provided by The Wedding Dance Specialists Deborah Joy Block is a national expert on wedding dance and a certified event planner. Her company, The Wedding Dance Specialists, is located in the Washington, D.C. area. Their award-winning services are renowned as the most recommended wedding dance company specializing in helping couples sparkle in the spotlight during their fairytale dance! Compared to traditional studios, they offer many unique services customized to the special needs of engaged couples. Certified in life coaching and having taught over 10,000 couples, Block also provides premarital coaching, which parlays beautifully with the dance lessons  – which are all about teamwork! So Why Learn to Dance? You’ve made a big investment in many aspects of the wedding day that will only last one day. Learning to dance is a small investment in your relationship creating lifetime memories — …

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Country Charm Meets City Convenience at Sweeney Barn

sweeney Barn

By Erin Pittman Sponsored by Sweeney Barn When most people picture a barn, they don’t imagine gorgeous interiors, climate control, an elevator and the perfect place for elegant weddings and receptions. But at Sweeney Barn, that’s exactly what guests find. The History Sweeney Barn was built in 1939 as a dairy barn. The life of a farmer was rough, eventually leaving the barn abandoned and Prince William County took over ownership. “The county was trying to find someone to renovate the barn, but keep the unique architecture, and turn it into something that would bring economic development to Prince William,” said Andrea Van Wambeke, general manager of Sweeney Barn. In came owners Noel and Alannah Sweeney, an Irish couple with a love for bringing new life to historic buildings. The couple kept the true flavor of the barn, minus the …

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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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3 Micro Wedding Details You Can’t Overlook

By Rebecca Jones Yes, you can have a beautiful and meaningful wedding this year! 2020 cannot take away your celebration of love. In fact, 2020 couples have embraced the new concept of the micro wedding.  For those couples who decide to get married this year, micro weddings have become increasingly popular. Micro weddings are smaller in size, usually with a guest count that’s in line with local guidelines. Although your wedding has shrunk in the number of guests, it doesn’t mean you have to skimp on the opulence or details. In fact, a micro wedding can be your dream wedding. Go for Fine Dining A large majority of the wedding budget is traditionally spent on catering. But with a smaller wedding and a smaller guest list, your budget has opened up considerably. With that freedom, consider offering more of a …

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Elegant and enchanted night for two: Javetta & Troy

Story by Couture Events, LLC Photos by Creative Images Photography Reunited and it feels so good! These two can say that fate and destiny have been bringing them together for the past 20 years.  Troy and Javetta met through a mutual friend 20 years ago through passing and never thought they would ever meet again until 6 months later they would cross each other paths.  Being young the two dated for 1 year and then they decided to go their separate ways but remained friends for over 10 years.  Through a difficult for Javetta with the passing of her great aunt, Troy contacted Javetta to give his condolences and the two have been together ever since. Javetta & Troy have maintained a friendship for the past 20 years that make their union more of a blessing to be with the …

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