Unique Venues

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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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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Historic Rosemont is Booking Brides and Taking Care of Clients

Brides & Weddings Publisher Rebecca Barnes speaks with Michael Haymaker, Historic Rosemont’s Director of Weddings and Design about how Rosemont is adapting and serving their clients as well as taking care of their staff. Wedding Package Questions or to Schedule a Tour weddings@rosemont1811.com http://rosemont1811.com/weddings/ https://www.facebook.com/RosemontManor/  www.womensweddingnetwork.com 

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Make Your Wedding a Weekend Event at Briar Patch Bed & Breakfast Inn

By Amy Taylor Sponsored by Briar Patch Bed & Breakfast Inn If you’re planning your wedding, you know there are a lot of moving parts to arrange. From finding a venue for the rehearsal dinner, a venue for the ceremony, a venue for the reception and shuttling everyone back and forth, everything needs to be coordinated perfectly so that the day goes smoothly and everyone can enjoy themselves. Why not take some of the stress away by holding everything in one venue and making a leisurely weekend of your wedding? Briar Patch Bed & Breakfast Inn is one of the few unique venues in the area that gives you the option to rent out their whole place for the weekend. “One of the things that makes us quite unique is the fact that we have 12 bedrooms so people can …

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Historic Rosemont Springs: New Rustic Barn Venue Offers Breathtaking Features in Private, Wooded Setting

Rosemont Manor, Rosemont Springs

By Erin Pittman Sponsored by Historic Rosemont Manor There’s a new wedding venue debuting in Northern Virginia in April 2019 — Historic Rosemont Springs. For years, couples have been enjoying the class and elegance of Historic Rosemont Manor, a 200-year-old mansion which faces out over the Shenandoah Valley toward the Blue Ridge Mountains. Rosemont Manor has a rich political history. It served as the home of Harry S. Byrd, Sr., governor of Virginia, and as a civil war battlefield site. Seven U.S. presidents have visited the property, as well as other world-renowned people like Albert Einstein and Charles Lindbergh. Now, there’s another elegant option on the grounds of the manor. Historic Rosemont Springs in Berryville, Virginia is a beautiful new Amish-built post and beam barn, featuring a breathtaking waterfall, garden terrace and large stone fireplace. Bridal parties and guests can …

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