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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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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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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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