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Meet the Event Team: Laura Silva, Director of Events

We’re all about hospitality here, so we figured it’s high time to introduce ourselves! Over the course of the coming months, we’ll be doing a little series so you can get to know our event team better. We’re going to kick things off with Laura Silva, our Director of Events, who joined the HOUSEpitality Family 17 years ago in 2001.

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6 Reasons to Consider a Winter Wedding

For decades, the peak wedding season has always been considered spring. Winter is often overlooked and deemed the off-season for weddings, but in today’s blog we’ll discuss six reasons to consider hosting your own stunning winter wedding– after all, there’s a lot to be said for winter wedding bells!

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Tis the Season for Maple Roasted Local Heirloom Squash

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and that means it’s time to either make your reservation at The Boathouse or put on your chef apron and start cooking! We hope that you will be joining us for the holiday but even if you can't make it, you can have a taste of The Boathouse at home. We're sharing the recipe for our maple roasted local heirloom squash! It’s one of our big crowd pleasers at our annual Thanksgiving buffet and is sure to wow your guests at home. Give it a go and let us know what you think!

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Battle of the Virginia Spirits Month Cocktails: Which is Your Favorite?

All good things must come to an end and Virginia Spirits Month is no exception. We hope that you had a chance to stop in to try one of our three limited edition cocktails during September. But just in case you didn’t we decided to share the recipes with you. It’s time to bring out your inner bartender and let us know which one is your favorite!

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Making The Day Your Own: Laura's Thoughts on Adding Personality to Your Event

Your wedding day can be one of the happiest days of your life and it may also serve as a wonderful opportunity to include those that you love in this new lifelong journey that you are about to embark on. Your guest list might include distant relatives or significant others of close friends. Oftentimes these guests may not have had the pleasure of getting to know you and your fiancé as a couple. Life gets hectic and schedules pull people apart but that doesn’t mean that your guests have to be completely disconnected from your relationship during your wedding events.

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The Boathouse Takes on Stone Brewing: Our Story for September

To connect our guests to the local artisans who provide the ingredients we use at our restaurants, we created Our Story. During Our Story events our local vendors make their rounds to each Boathouse location and Casa del Barco to share their mission and provide you with a taste of their product. This month we have linked up with the masters of craft beer, Stone Brewing!

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Susan Ties The Knot XV: Our First Look

My husband (at the time, future husband), and I decided to do a first look and also exchange gifts before the wedding. He was getting ready at our house so I had the photographer drive me over so we could get some photos of the gift exchange and also see each other before the ceremony. I know it breaks tradition but I am SO happy I did this. It just made me feel so safe and happy and just reassured me not to “get all crazy” and that I could handle this.

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