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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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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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