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LAUREN AND JONATHAN'S WEDDING

July, 2008 in Alexandria

"We had a wonderful wedding with even the weather cooperating despite raining constantly for the two days previously (and even the morning of). Most of our vendors were amazing and we would do business with them again (although, we're hoping this is our only wedding) =)"

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Ceremony: Hollin Hall
Reception: Fort Belvoir Officer's Club

Vendors

Venues

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Band:

Horizon Entertainment

8094 Rolling Rd
Springfield, VA, United States

"Our DJ was Michael Cowles and he was great! I was worried that we would have a hard time getting people on the dance floor... But the dance floor was packed ALL night with guests of all ages. People were having so much fun that we added an hour on at the end (half of which the DJ played for free because he was having so much fun)"

Cakes/Candies Vendor:

Patisserie Lille French Bakery

Reston, VA, USA

"The cake TASTED amazing, but it also looked great. They had wonderful customer service and always treated me like a friend more than a customer."

Coordinator:

An Allure Event

Lorton, VA, United States

"Renee Jenkins was our day-of-coordinator, but she really served us in a greater capacity than that. She was wonderful and really I think SHE is the reason that 99% of the wedding day went by flawlessly."

Florist:

The Blossom Shop

7906 Fort Hunt Rd
Alexandria, VA, United States

"My flowers were gorgeous and they didn't "bust the budget". The owner worked with me to stay within my budget but get the look I wanted... and in the end she ended up throwing in 2 extra arrangements for my buffet tables that I didn't know about. Talk about a wonderful surprise once I got to the reception!"

Honeymoon Vendor:

American Airlines

Alexandria, VA, USA

"I decided to book our honeymoon ourselves, but I didn't want to go through orbitz or expedia (etc) because I didn't want to deal with last minute flight changes like I always do through them. So, I tried aavacations and had a wonderful experience. Nothing was changed on us, and when Manchebo went totally non-smoking, we received a call to make sure this was okay (if not AA would have made other arrangements for us). I have no complaints!"

Honeymoon Vendor:

Manchebo Resort and Spa

Alexandria, VA, USA

"We LOVED this hotel. It was on the best beach in Aruba, and by the end of the week (actually before them.. probably even the second day) the entire staff was like family. Everyone recognized us and treated us wonderfully. Unlike some hotels we didn't have to go out to the beach at 6am to grab lounge chairs under a cabana, they were available 24-7. The food was also amazing, we didn't feel the need to leave the hotel for very much at all, we were quite content there =)"

Limo Company:

American Eagle Limo

1000 Ohio Dr SW
Washington, DC, United States

"I can't even give this vendor one star... The experience was HORRIBLE. I had to hold back tears at the end of the night when a 25 min ride turned into a 3-hour ride. The driver was late picking us up from the ceremony, went in the wrong gate on base and therefore we had to deal w/ the MPs and my dad had to vouch for us, got lost on base after the reception for ONE HOUR while managing to run a curb and have to replace 2 tires... Also the entire time the guy was looking at a GPS on his phone and swerving in and out of our lane because he wasn't paying attention. In the end I had to sit up front and spoon-feed him directions back to my parents' house, and then dismiss him because I didn't want to wait another 4 hrs for him to take us to our hotel after we got our luggage."

Officiant:

Rev. Wesley Peyton

8355 Stahlway Ln
Annandale, VA, United States

"Wonderful officiant, everyone was impressed by the ceremony... I felt very comfortable with him and don't have enough good things to say!"

Photographer:

Ron Jones, Photographer

Houston, TX, USA

"Great guy to work with and the pictures were wonderful. The album was a bit expensive but in the end I had to have it, it was too beautiful not to have."

Registry Vendor:

Bed Bath and Beyond

Charleston, OR, USA

"Wonderful to work with. Returns were very easy and I could register for everything I wanted to online which was a huge convenience. MOST of my guests who bought off a registry, bought from this registry!"

Registry Vendor:

Macy's

1800 W Mercury Blvd
Hampton, VA, United States

"I didn't like that I couldn't register for everything I wanted at Macy's, through the Macy's website. Additionally, if an item isn't on sale, the price can be a little outrageous. That being said, buying from this registry was really convenient for a lot of my guests, and Macy's is always having Home sales. I think a lot of our items were on sale almost the entire time our registry was up. I also loved how I got 20% off the completion of my registry during one of their sales, and this does not include the 10% off credit I can use one time for an online purchase, and the 10% off credit I can use one time in the store. I also got a lot of bonus items by buying my pots & pans and knives"

Registry Vendor:

Amazon

Bradenton, FL, USA

"I loved that Amazon sent me a message everytime I had a purchase off of my registry. Many of the items offered free shipping if you went w/ the super saver shipping (it takes longer, but who cares!) and I could register for a huge selection of things (everything from games, to tents, to a wii). I love amazon and do most of my online shopping with them, and it was nice to allow my guests to have the option of buying from them as well (plus, I got to register for all my "fun" items)"

Tuxedo Vendor:

Men's Wearhouse

3825 Jefferson Davis Hwy # C
Alexandria, VA, United States

"We had a problem with the size of my husband's tux but they were able to resolve the issue and by the wedding day he had a tux that fit him how it was supposed to. The store manager had a bit of an attitude which wasn't a problem for me because I'm used to working with people like that, but may have been an issue for others."

Wedding Fashion Vendor:

Bobbie's Bridal

11258 James Swart Circle
Fairfax, VA, United States

"I know some people do not have a great experience at this bridal shop, however I certainly did. I always got undivided attention, and I found my dress there despite not being able to find it anywhere else."

Ceremony:

Hollin Hall

1909 Windmill Ln
Alexandria, VA 22307, US

Reception:

Fort Belvoir Officer's Club

5500 Schultz Circle
Fort Belvoir, VA 22060

Hotel:

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites - Alexandria Historic District

625 1st St
Alexandria, VA 22314, US

"The hotel had a wedding reception going on until 2am. My guests complained about the music being too loud for them to sleep and asked if they could turn it down, they said no and that the reception would be over at 2am. That's crazy that an event would keep up everyone in the whole hotel until such an hour!"

Hotel:

Marriott Residence Inn Alexandria Old Town

1456 Duke St
Alexandria, VA 22314, US

Restaurant:

Austin Grill

801 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314, US

"One of Lauren's FAVORITE restaurants!"

Restaurant:

Baja Fresh Mexican Grill

3231 Duke St
Alexandria, VA 22314, US

"Mexican food within a half mile or so from the Residence Inn."

Restaurant:

Bertucci's Brick Oven Pizzeria

725 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314, US

"Pizza, right on King Street!"

Restaurant:

COSI

700 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314, US

"Soups, sandwiches, pizza, breakfast, coffee and desserts. Try the s'mores you can make at your table! A high school favorite hangout of Lauren's."

Restaurant:

Five Guys

107 N Fayette St
Alexandria, VA 22314, US

"If you want an amazing burger in a low-key atmosphere (and aren't counting calories), head here."

Restaurant:

Wharf Restaurant

119 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314, US

"Supposed to be one of the best restaurants in Old Town (Haven't been yet though!)"

Coffee:

Starbucks

532 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314, US

Coffee:

Starbucks

683 N Washington St
Alexandria, VA 22314, US

Coffee:

Starbucks (in Hilton Lobby)

1767 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314, US

"Inside the Lobby of the Hilton Hotel"

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