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

River Mill Park, 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 …

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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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Bayfront Club Provides Couples, Guests Backdrop of Chesapeake Bay

The Bayfront Club

Sponsored by Catering by Uptown By Katrina Wilson Overlook the Bay Catering by Uptown is more than a catering service. They have a choice of venues for couples to choose from. One of their Maryland venues, The Bayfront Club, is their newest option for those looking for a waterfront wedding experience. Instead of traveling out of the country for a wedding by the water, this venue allows couples to stay in the DMV area.  Located near Baltimore, this location is adorned with a green lawn, plush shrubbery and trees that are like the frame to the quintessential day. The venue’s brick road leads the bride to the long dock that extends the couple into the breathtaking aura of the bay. The inside of The Bayfront Club is a ballroom that holds up to 300 guests for a seated dinner. The …

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Host Your Celebration at the Bay

Celebrations at the Bay

Sponsored by Catering by Uptown By Katrina Wilson   Celebrations at the Bay’s Attributes Catering by Uptown is more than a catering service. They have a selection of upscale venues for couples to choose from. One of their Maryland venues, Celebrations at the Bay, is an amazing option for couples who desire a waterfront wedding venue not only for breathtaking views but also for countless settings for romantic photographs. Celebrations at the Bay is the ultimate wedding destination in the DMV. Couples do not have to go far to experience that “getaway” feel for a wedding experience. The venue overlooks the Chesapeake Bay and contains two elongated piers, great for unique photography. There is also a gazebo and green, manicured grass and flower gardens to add to your once-in-a-lifetime experience. The venue offers three unique ballrooms for your event, depending …

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Monroe Bay Winery: A Destination Venue

Monroe Bay Winery, straw bale barn

By Amy Falkofske Sponsored by Monroe Bay Winery Monroe Bay Winery is a destination wedding venue situated on around 10 acres of private land on Monroe Bay in Colonial Beach, Virginia. It features a 3,000 square foot authentic, straw bale barn that seats up to 200 people. There’s also plenty of outdoor space with amazing water views for your special day. Inspired by the South of France Kiki Apple, owner of Monroe Bay Winery, got her inspiration for the winery from her time in France. “… The first house I ever bought when I was 28 was an old stone watermill in the south of France, and that’s where I fell in love with wine … I [also] fell in love with the architecture and became interested in historic preservation,” said Kiki. A Beautiful Location and a Historic Landmark Monroe …

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The Garden at Fair Lakes

Residence Inn at Marriott Fair Lakes Fairfax

Provided by The Residence Inn by Marriott Fair Lakes, Fairfax | Photos by Butterfly Photography Nestled in a quiet, residential area between I-66 and U.S. 50, The Inn by Marriott Fair Lakes, Fairfax comes as a delightful surprise to all who stumble upon it. If you live or travel in Northern Virginia, it is possible you have driven by this hotel countless times and did not even know it was there! This all-suite property built in 1997 has been a favorite for travelers for many years. After recently undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation, it has a new secret to share! Two years ago, the hotel owners and management company approached General Manager Hannah Adlam seeking an alternative option to the high cost, rarely used outdoor pool that occupied a focal point at the center of the property. With her British …

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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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Event Venue Sweeney Barn: Where City and Country Mix for Modern Charm

sweeney Barn

By Katrina Wilson Sponsored by SweeneyBarn Sweeney Barn was once a barn for cows to live in to produce milk. Now it is a modern event venue in Prince William County where modern city and country meets. The History In the late 1930s and early 1940s, the one-story dairy barn was a home for cows. Current owners Noel and Alannah Sweeney found the barn about 2017. Prince William County owned it at the time. The county wanted someone to renovate the place and would bring economic development to the county. The Sweeneys fell in love with the barn. They started the renovations March 2018 and finished around December 2018. The wedding and events venue have a rustic look with the rich barn history, but a modern aura for clients to enjoy. Andrea Van Wambeke, general manager at Sweeney Barn, oversees …

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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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Big Savings for Winter Brides at The Piedmont Club

By Erin Pittman Sponsored by The Piedmont Club Have you dreamed of a winter wedding with family and friends gathers around cozy fires warding off the winter chill? How about in a grand ballroom with floor-to-ceiling windows and an attached patio with soft seating, firepits and toasty space heaters? If it’s a winter wedding you’re planning, you may want to check out all the Piedmont Club in Haymarket has to offer through their winter promotion. “For winter, we’re waiving the room rental fee,” said Kimberly McNamara, Events Director for The Piedmont Club. “Our couples will only be paying for their food and beverages, which is an exceptional value.” The room rental fee typically covers tables, chairs, linens in your color choice, glassware, table décor, use of the sound system and A/V equipment, and much more. There is even a beautiful …

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