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Weddings at the Hylton Performing Arts Center

By Ashley Simpson Sponsored by Hylton Performing Arts Center Many would say that you’re the star of your own show on your wedding day. And, the Hylton Performing Arts Center – an opera house and theater venue in Manassas – gives this idea a whole new meaning for local brides. The Hylton Center opened in 2010, and the first wedding took place the very next year. “We’ve been doing weddings almost since the beginning,” said Susan Landess, Sales and Community Relations Manager of the Hylton Performing Arts Center. “The Hylton Center began reaching out to the wedding market as a way to enhance our community outreach when not being used for performances.” Hylton Center performers include the Northern Virginia Ballet, Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers Band, the Manassas Ballet Theater, the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, and even the National Symphony …

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Casual Elegance and Natural Beauty at the Piedmont Club

Piedmont Club

By Dominique McIndoe Sponsored by Piedmont Club Setting the Scene Romantic French doors, wrought iron chandeliers, floor-to-ceiling windows, a spiraling indoor staircase, a beautiful ballroom, expansive patio space, a natural wood bridge and views of green hills, fairways, and the Bull Run Mountains hunt country. What could be a better backdrop to exchange vows and begin the beautiful, lifelong journey that is marriage? Individually-Crafted Weddings As the recipient of the WeddingWire’s Couples Choice Award for seven years in a row (2010-2016), it’s no wonder that Piedmont Club is such a favorite wedding venue in Haymarket and all of Northern Virginia. For over 20 years, Piedmont Club has prided itself in being a sophisticated, stylish and charming choice for brides- and grooms-to-be; their lavish space has been home to many wedding showers, engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, wedding ceremonies and receptions. Piedmont …

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New Sites at Briar Patch Bed and Breakfast Inn

Briar Patch B&B

Sponsored by Briar Patch Bed and Breakfast Inn Located in Middleburg, Virginia, Briar Patch Bed and Breakfast Inn has two “newer” sites on the 47 acres of land that allow brides and their families to experience the historic charm of the area. The Main House, Cottage, Chicken Coop and Fox Den are the different buildings at Briar Patch. The Main House and Cottage were mentioned in a previous article. This article focuses on the Chicken Coop, the Fox Den, and the grounds. Chicken Coop Built a few years ago, the Chicken Coop is the “newest” construction on site. It may seem obvious — this was perhaps a chicken coop but not usable for accommodations for people. The owner, Ellen Goldberg, rebuilt the building, salvaged the wood and used it to decorate some of the three bedrooms and a kitchen. If …

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Celebrate Your Fairytale Wedding at Chantilly National Golf and Country Club

Chantilly National Country Club

By Dominique McIndoe Sponsored by Chantilly National Golf and Country Club In the Centreville area of Fairfax County lies a 214-acre oasis so close to the hustle and bustle of Washington, D.C., yet so comfortably and conveniently tucked away. As one of Northern Virginia’s premier private country clubs, Chantilly National Golf and Country Club has been a haven in the Centreville community since its founding in 1959. Their standard of excellence and charm have made them the perfect place for couples to host their dream weddings. Vintage Barn to Country Club Prior to becoming Chantilly National, the country club’s structure operated as a functioning dairy farm. The current barn-like features help add to the aesthetic—rustic, romantic barn weddings have been all the rage these past few years—with potential members and spouses-to-be, says Natalie Eisenberg, private events director for Chantilly National. …

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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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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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Catering By Uptown Offers Flexibility for Newly Engaged Couples

Catering by Uptown, Bayfront Club

By Amy Falksofske Sponsored by Catering by Uptown You’re engaged! Congratulations! You might be overwhelmed with all the planning that lies ahead, but you don’t need to be. Catering By Uptown is here to take care of all the details for you. They have all-inclusive packages that they can tailor to your budget and your desires for your perfect day. Whether you want to get married in Maryland, Virginia or DC, Catering by Uptown has a venue to suit your tastes and budget. All-Inclusive Package Catering By Uptown’s all-inclusive package has everything. They take care of brides and grooms from the beginning of the planning stage until the last guest leaves the reception. Once you book, you get your own wedding planner that will walk you through the steps to plan your wedding. They will also set you up with …

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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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