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Piedmont Club – A Picture-Perfect Place

Piedmont Club

If you are looking for a beautiful golf club to host your wedding in Northern Virginia, look no further than Piedmont Club, located in Haymarket. With an 18-hole championship golf course designed by renowned architect Tom Fazio, Piedmont has a perfect atmosphere for golf fans to celebrate their special day. But if you aren’t one, don’t let the golf setting distract you from the impressive landscape and ballroom.

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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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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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Brentsville Hall Breaking Ground in September

Provided by Villagio Hospitality Group Villagio Hospitality Group, the team behind Farm Brew Live and other innovative concepts, is in the pre-construction process for the most ideal venue for weddings and joyous celebrations. Brentsville Hall will be the latest addition to the eight-acre Farm Brew Live Campus next to 2Silos and The Black Sheep restaurant. Construction will begin on Sept. 7 and will book for events starting from March 2022. Construction tours will begin in January 2022. Brentsville Hall will offer both outdoor and indoor options with unique amenities for weddings along with full-service catering from The Black Sheep. The two story building will offer endless opportunities and versatility for couples to bring their dream wedding to life. The maximum capacity will be set at 200 guests seated and more standing for a fun cocktail reception. Other services will be …

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From Cows to Catered Events

Sweeney Barn

By Rachel Nohe Sponsored by Sweeney Barn In the 1930s, Sweeney Barn was a place for milking cows owned by the Birkett family. However, in 2018, the barn was bought by Noel and Alannah Sweeney and transformed into an event center with rustic elegance.  During the renovation process, it was crucial to the Sweeneys that they utilize as much of the original materials as possible while simultaneously modernizing the architecture.  The barn holds historical importance to the area, so its preservation was as important as bringing in modern touches. Andrea Van Wambeke, General Manager at Sweeney Barn, said, “Renovated in 2018, Sweeney Barn has state-of-the-art amenities that will ensure every guest is comfortable on their wedding day.” Location, Location, Location  One of the benefits of the venue is that while the barn itself is rustic, it is located in the …

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A Dream Leesburg Wedding with River Creek Club

River Creek Club

By Gianna Jirak Sponsored by River Creek Club Imagine walking down the aisle in your flowing white gown to your beloved. It is the happiest day of your life. You’re surrounded by love and by the scenic views of the Potomac River and elegant decoration. This may sound like a fantasy, but at River Creek Club, it’s a reality! With their amazing team and top-notch venue space, you will have a dream Leesburg wedding. The Ceremony With the weather warming up, your ceremony will likely be hosted on the club’s gorgeous outdoor veranda. You will have experienced wedding planners at your disposal as well as the luxurious view of the Potomac River to add natural decor. “We’re right on the water which is beautiful, and it overlooks the golf course as well,” said Amanda Gervais, the Private Events Director of …

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