Brides like bling. From the sparkling solitaire on their left ring finger to the heirloom gems found on their bridal bouquets and hair pieces, brides want to shine on their wedding day. But there are more gems found in weddings–the cadre of people who assist the bride, her groom and often their parents to ensure a successful special day. Northern Virginia is blessed with many of these gems–stationers, caterers, florists and musicians, as well as wedding Briar Patch’s Fox Den planners and more. I asked a few of my favorite gems to suggest their favorite wedding gems, specifically venues for your consideration:
Looking for an environmentally friendly venue with a picturesque setting? Consider the Airlie Center in Warrenton. “Airlie Center is beautiful,” states Julie Daniel, a wedding planner with A Splash of Elegance in Reston. “It’s one of my favorite places at the moment. They have a gorgeous brand new pavilion.”
Looking for a venue with country ambiance? Consider the Briar Patch Bed & Breakfast in Middleburg. Another one of Julie’s favorite venues, the Briar Patch is a lovely historic inn on 47 acres with majestic mountain views. Many couples are attracted to the Briar Patch’s Fox Den both small intimate gatherings and large formal receptions.
Want your guests to feel at home? Consider the Historic Rosemont Manor in Berryville. A new favorite venue of Carol Beales of Galleria Florist in Falls Church, she thinks it’s a gorgeous property (which is a great endorsement from a decorator)! Formerly the home of late Virginia Governor and U.S. Senator Harry F. Byrd, Sr., Rosemont is a grand estate with the amenities of a fine restaurant, making it an ideal wedding venue for couples that want their guests to feel home away from home.
Fancy wine? Uncork the wedding possibilities at Sunset Hills Winery in Purceville. Recommended by local caterer Blaise Th ompson of Fusions Cuisine in Ashburn, Sunset Hills Winery off ers an attractive yet versatile space, as well as a gorgeous backdrop for stunning photos (especially at sunset). “I just love the look and feel of the space, including the huge built-in bar, and the friendly staff ,” states Blaise.
Have an eye for art? Consider the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Old Town Alexandria. One of my all-time local favorites, the Torpedo Factory, is a distinctive venue with an industrial interior that easily transforms into a warm and intimate space with great lighting, rental furniture and linens – and, of course, your guests.
Want a rural setting closer to D.C.? You’ll find it and more at Trummer’s on Main Restaurant in Clift on. Formerly the Hermitage Inn, this awardwinning fi ne dining restaurant has been appealing to couples for over two years. In particular, the Winter Garden is a lovely open space and tastefully decorated. I wish that it had been available when I married at the previous venue ten years ago. Wherever you decide to marry, may it be special, and if planning becomes challenging, remember the real gem is the one you are marrying!
Bringing the bling back into focus will allow you to enjoy the process.