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The Conche Adds Chocolate Panache for On-site or Catered Wedding Events

By Jane Fullerton Lemons For couples looking to add a special flair to their wedding festivities, The Conche in Leesburg will add a sumptuous layer of chocolate to any event. Couples can hold events at the region’s premier chocolate-themed restaurant, or catering services are available, said General Manager Samet Yuksekgonul. “We put a lot of love and passion into our offerings, and we don’t cut any corners,” he said. “We use the highest quality ingredients and don’t pinch pennies when it comes to creating something memorable and meaningful.” The restaurant — which is located at 1605 Village Market Blvd S.E., in the Village at Leesburg — can seat 68 guests and hold a standing reception for up to 150 guests. In addition, the outdoor patio seats 18 guests. All of those spaces can be used for wedding ceremonies or receptions, rehearsal dinners, …

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Manassas Park Community Center: A Hidden Gem

By Jennifer Lazzo Surrounded by homes and community parks, the Manassas Park Community Center is a welcome and unexpected surprise. This hidden gem boasts a 3,480-square-foot banquet hall with neutral décor – perfect for showcasing any event’s theme. “When people think of a community center, they don’t think of the functionality of what we have,” said Amelia Powell, customer service supervisor for the Center. “We have the large banquet hall and the pre-function area, or cocktail area, which gives flexibility to the event.” The banquet hall can be divided into two smaller spaces, each seating 115; the full hall can seat up to 230 guests. While many clients use the pre-function space to host cocktail hour, some have added tables to the space to accommodate larger events. Redesigned and rebuilt just seven years ago, the Center also has a spacious …

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Farm Brew Live: A One-Stop Destination for Barns, Brews and Bashes

By Jennifer Lazzo Farm Brew Live is the place to go for locally-crafted beer, craft food, and live entertainment. With spaces both big and small – and everything in between – it’s the perfect destination to host a special occasion. The eight-acre campus is the home of the historic Thomasson Barn, built in 1929 on a former dairy farm, as well as new buildings that have been completed in phases. The first phase included 2 Silos Brewery, the Pour House and the Yard. The Living Room at the Pour House, located on the mezzanine level overlooking the 2 Silos tasting room; the brewery’s processing area, when available due to the production schedule; and the VIP area of the Yard, with seating for 50, are smaller spaces perfect for bachelor parties, bridal showers or rehearsal dinners. Next came the Great Hall, …

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Heritage Hunt Combines Tradition and Convenience for a Personalized Wedding Experience

For couples who want the feel of a picturesque hunt country wedding in a convenient setting with personalized service, Heritage Hunt Golf & Country Club provides the best of both worlds. Located just off I-66 in Gainesville, Heritage Hunt offers two wedding venues on property that was once a horse farm. With indoor and outdoor wedding options, couples can choose based on their style and guest count, said Cary Muirhead, director of sales. The Great Oak Ballroom is located in the 28,000 square-foot Heritage Hunt Clubhouse, which was designed to emulate the grand Colonial-style of a Virginia plantation. The classically appointed space can accommodate up to 330 guests. It features a built-in wood dance floor, a raised stage with lighting and an integrated sound system. The Marsh Mansion offers a more intimate venue, about a mile and half past the …

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Laurel Hill Golf Club Provides Service with Scenery and a Dash of Culinary Creativity

Laurel Hill Golf Club offers couples personalized service in a picturesque setting for their wedding, with the added bonus of an engaging chef who can fulfill their culinary vision. Not far from I-95 in southern Fairfax County, Laurel Hill Golf Club’s 9,400 square foot clubhouse is situated in the gently rolling hills of a beautifully landscaped 18-hole championship golf course. The spacious banquet room and adjoining Tower Room Grill can accommodate up to 150 people comfortably. Guests will be mesmerized by the panoramic views of the golf course, said Matt Loewenstein, events and membership director. “Planning is key to any event, especially a wedding,” he said. “We focus on attention to detail, making sure every aspect of the wedding goes exactly as planned.” The refined and elegant clubhouse offers full in-house catering services, a banquet room and executive dining facilities …

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Seven Things to Consider When Selecting a Wedding Venue

If you close your eyes right now and picture your wedding, you probably see your fiance beaming at you, the ring slipping onto your finger and your loved ones happily gathering together. But where is all this merriment taking place? After the decision to get married, a location is usually the next big choice that newly engaged couples make. But even though selecting the venue is an early and important decision, that doesn’t mean it’s an easy one! Here is a list of things that you should consider when choosing a venue for your wedding. Capacity Space is a crucial consideration when selecting a wedding venue. Before you begin your search for the perfect venue, it’s a good idea to have an estimate of how many guests you plan to invite. This often means creating a rough draft of your guest list. If your guest list is …

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Marriott Ranch: A Great Place for Western-Style Weddings

Located in Hume, Virginia, in western Fauquier County, the Marriott Ranch offers brides and grooms a unique wedding site with three different event venues available on their 4,200-acre working cattle ranch. With 25 full-time employees and a pool of seasonal workers, the Marriott Ranch averages about 24 weddings each year as well as scores of other events like company picnics, executive retreats and other social events.

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Chantilly National Golf and Country Club – For a Truly Dedicated Wedding Day

Northern Virginia brides have a plethora of beautiful wedding locations to choose from, but if you love to golf, the Chantilly National Golf and Country Club is a perfect choice. Located in Centreville, it features a gorgeous Ed Ault-designed golf course with a traditional par-72 layout as well as a fun practice facility which includes a chipping green, putting green, bunker area, and even a 275-yard driving range.

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Hidden Creek Country Club: A Hidden Gem for Brides

Less than a mile from the Reston Town Center is a hidden gem many brides may not be aware of: Hidden Creek Country Club. Hidden Creek offers what you’d expect from a country club, like an Ed Ault-designed golf course, but you may not expect the year-round possibilities it offers for brides and grooms to host their weddings.

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