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MELINDA AND JASON'S WEDDING

January, 2010 in Norfolk

"We really enjoyed our wedding day. Getting married in Norfolk in the winter was a bit chilly, though it could have just as easily been 60 and pleasant. I enjoyed creating our wedding mapper and a few guests used it to plan day activities prior to the wedding."

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Ceremony: Trinity Presbyterian Church
Reception: Harrison Opera House

Band:

Gentlemen and Their Lady

Lakemont, GA, USA

"Dancing to the band was the highlight of the reception. The dance floor was packed all night long. Everyone from our grandparents to our friends commented on how much they loved this band. They even brought me (the bride) on stage for an awesome lip synched version of "I Will Survive"!"

Ceremony:

Trinity Presbyterian Church - Ceremony - 1600 Colonial Ave, Norfolk, VA, 23517

Trinity Presbyterian Church

1600 Colonial Ave
Norfolk, VA 23517

"Trinity is a beautiful church situated in Ghent and very convenient to many downtown reception venues. The church does rent to non-members for a modest fee and includes a coordinator that will help with your rehearsal and day of needs."

Reception:

Harrison Opera House - Reception - 160 E Virginia Beach Blvd, Norfolk, VA, 23510

Harrison Opera House

160 E Virginia Beach Blvd
Norfolk, VA 23510

"I loved this space. The large windows made the room feel so large and the layout was perfect for the long tables I was really hoping for. The points of contact were also very helpful and we enjoyed working with them."

Hotel:

Courtyard by Marriott - Hotel - 520 E Plume St, Norfolk, VA, 23510

Courtyard Norfolk Downtown

520 Plume Street
Norfolk, VA, United States

"The hotel is currently going through some renovations and it was a little inconvenient at times. However, the rooms are nice and the location is very convenient near the mall."

Hotel:

Navy Lodge Norfolk - Hotel - 7811 Hampton Blvd, Norfolk, VA, 23505

Navy Lodge Norfolk

7811 Hampton Blvd
Norfolk, VA 23505

Hotel:

Norfolk Waterside Marriott - Hotel - 235 E Main Street, Norfolk, Virginia, 23510, United States

Norfolk Marriott Waterside

235 E Main Street
Norfolk, VA, United States

"In addition to block rates for guests, we also had the rehearsal dinner in the piano lounge. It turned out beautifully and everyone raved about the delicious tapas style stations."

Restaurant:

Aldo's Ristorante

1860 Laskin Rd
Virginia Beach, VA 23454

"One of Jason's favorite Italian restaurants in the area. Well done calamari and great house wine!"

Restaurant:

Baker's Crust

704 Hilltop North Shopping Center
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

"A favorite after church brunch spot for Melinda and Jason. Try one of Jason's favorites, Baker's Chicken and Cheddar or the Roasted Chicken Grinder. Or skip straight to Melinda's favorite, any one of their made to order crepes!"

Restaurant:

Baker's Crust

330 W 21st St
Norfolk, VA 23517

"A small, local chain, known for their excellent bread and desserts. Melinda and Jason enjoy their brunches after church - try a crepe to finish off your meal!"

Restaurant:

Chick's Oyster Bar - Restaurant - 2143 Vista Circle, Virginia Beach, VA, United States

Chick's Oyster Bar

2143 Vista Cir
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

"Chick's Oyster Bar is a local favorite. Melinda and Jason often headed here for Happy Hours by the tiki bar, long dinners with out of town guests, and the delicious steamed platters. Sit on the back deck and check out Pharrell's digs across the waterway."

Restaurant:

Colley Cantina - Restaurant - 1316 Colley Ave, Norfolk, VA, United States

Colley Cantina

1316 Colley Ave
Norfolk, VA, United States

"Melinda's favorite dish here is the grilled veggie quesadilla - huge and delicious! Wash it down with a marguerita!"

Restaurant:

Freemason Abbey Restaurant - Restaurant - 209 West Freemason Street, Norfolk, VA, United States

Freemason Abbey

209 W Freemason St
Norfolk, VA 23510

"Lovely brunch - also delicious she crab soup!"

Restaurant:

Mahi Mah's - Restaurant - 615 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA, United States

Mahi Mah's

615 Atlantic Ave
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

"Great ocean view and great seafood - a favorite of Melinda's. Try the tuna burrito and valet the car at the Ramada."

Restaurant:

Omar's Carriage House - Restaurant - 313 W Bute St, Norfolk, VA, 23510

Omar's Carriage House

313 W Bute St
Norfolk, VA 23510

"Another favorite brunch spot of Jason and Melinda's. One of Melinda's favorite menu items is the sweet potato rolls and ham gravy. They also serve slices of warm coffee cake while you wait!"

Restaurant:

Omar's Carriage House - Restaurant - 313 W Bute St, Norfolk, VA, 23510

Omar's Carriage House

313 W Bute St
Norfolk, VA 23510

"Excellent and affordable brunch - also an eclectic decorating scheme."

Restaurant:

Yorgo's Bageldashery - Restaurant - 2123 Colonial Ave, Norfolk, VA, 23517

Yorgo's Bageldashery

2123 Colonial Ave
Norfolk, VA 23517

"It may not be New York City, but Norfolk has a flourishing Jewish community. These delicious (and kosher!) bagels are a little taste of New York!"

Entertainment:

Chrysler Hall - Entertainment - 215 St Pauls Blvd, Norfolk, VA, 23510

Chrysler Hall

215 St Pauls Blvd
Norfolk, VA 23510

"The broadway musical "Legally Blonde" will be playing at Chrysler Hall from Dec. 28-Jan. 2. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster.com or through the box office."

Entertainment:

MacArthur Center - Entertainment - Ste 300, 300 Monticello Ave, Norfolk, VA, United States

MacArthur Center Mall

300 Monticello Ave
Norfolk, VA 23510

"Convenient mall, within walking distance of the hotels - also a large movie theater on the third floor."

Attraction:

The Chrysler Museum of Art - Attraction - 245 W Olney Rd, Norfolk, VA, 23510, US

Chrysler Museum

245 W Olney Rd
Norfolk, VA 23510

"Special Exhibition: To Live Forever: Egyptian Treasures from the Brooklyn Museum October 14, 2009–January 3, 2010 More than 120 items from one of the world’s greatest collections of Egyptian antiquities will help guests explore the universal theme of life after death. Mummies, sarcophagi, jewelry, statuary, papyri, and other age-old pieces illustrate the strategies that ancient Egyptians used to evade death and, ultimately, live forever. The Chrysler, which also is renovating its own Egyptian gallery, is the only mid-Atlantic venue for this popular traveling exhibition. Open 10 am to 5 pm Friday and Saturday, 1 pm to 5 pm on Sunday $7.00 for adults $5.00 for teachers, seniors and military FREE to all visitors ages 18 and under and all students with a valid college ID."

Attraction:

Naval Station Norfolk Tour

9079 Hampton Blvd
Norfolk, VA 23505

"Visit the largest naval base in the world! The 45-minute tour departs from the Naval Tour and Information Center located at 9079 Hampton Blvd. Bus tours conducted by Navy personnel ride past aircraft carriers, destroyers, submarines, frigates, and amphibious assault ships. The tour also drives by historic homes from the 1907 Jamestown Exposition. Cameras are allowed. Tour schedules are subject to change so we strongly suggest that you call the tour office at 757-444-7955 before going."

Attraction:

Norfolk Botanical Garden - Garden of Lights - Attraction - 6700 Azalea Garden Rd, Norfolk, VA, 23518

Norfolk Botanical Garden - Garden of Lights

6700 Azalea Garden Rd
Norfolk, VA 23518

"Whether it’s your first visit or a family tradition, make memories you’ll treasure forever on our two-mile driving tour through a million twinkling lights. Approximate wait times to get into the lights: Mon.-Thurs. 5-15 minutes Fri.-Sun. (& Dec. 24th) 30-45 minutes. $10 per car."

Attraction:

Nauticus Museum and Battleship Wisconsin - Attraction - 1 Waterside Dr, Norfolk, VA, 23510

The Battleship Wisconsin

1 Waterside Dr
Norfolk, VA 23510

"Berthed at Nauticus, the Battleship Wisconsin is one of the largest and last battleships ever built by the U.S. Navy. Explore its deck through a self-guided or audio tour that will take you back in time to experience this majestic ship that earned five battle stars during World War II."

Attraction:

Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center - Attraction - 717 General Booth Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA, United States

Virginia Aquarium

717 General Booth Blvd
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

"Complete with an IMAX theater."

Coffee Shop:

Fair Grounds - Coffee Shop - 806 Baldwin Ave # 2, Norfolk, VA, United States

Fair Grounds

806 Baldwin Ave # 2
Norfolk, VA, United States

"This an independent coffee shop with a lot of eclectic furniture and an equally eclectic clientele. Melinda spent a lot of time reading there when she was finishing her graduate work."

Coffee Shop:

Prince Books (The Lizard Cafe) - Coffee Shop - 109 E Main St, Norfolk, VA, 23510

Prince Books (The Lizard Cafe)

109 E Main St
Norfolk, VA 23510

"Prince Books is an independent book store with a cute cafe serving coffee, sandwiches, salads, and soups."

Coffee Shop:

Starbucks

1318 Colley Ave
Norfolk, VA, United States

"If you don't want the eclectic experience of Fairgrounds Coffee across the street, the tried and true Starbucks experience is also available."

Walking Trails:

Boardwalk - Walking Trails -

Boardwalk

"If walking on trails in nature isn't your thing, walking along the 3 miles of cement boardwalk at the ocean front is a way to enjoy nature without the dirt. In the off season, the boardwalk is particularly peaceful and parking downtown in Virginia Beach is free."

Walking Trails:

First Landing State Park - Walking Trails - 2500 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach, VA, United States

First Landing State Park

2500 Shore Drive
Virginia Beach, VA, United States

"Melinda runs these trails for her half marathon training, but you don't have to pick up the pace to enjoy the natural beauty in this State Park."

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