Weddings In Review

Looking For A Country Chic Wedding Venue.  Scents of Cedar B&B is a cedar log home located in South Prince George VA just 2 miles from Interstate 95S.  We are a member of the Bed & Breakfast Association of Virginia and inspected annually.  We are also members of the Hopewell – Prince George Chamber of Commerce.  We hope you enjoy the Weddings In Review as much as we have enjoyed each one of them!  (click on the picture to enlarge)

We took some down time in late 2015 and early 2016.  We had some extended guests that were our first priority.  Our son and his family stayed with us while they relocated to Prince George County and bought a home.  Our grandchildren loved staying here and we loved spoiling them!  That’s one of the wonderful benefits of owning and operating a B&B.  We are able to block time for family so that we can balance love of family with our love of entertaining and meeting new friends.

Also, in early 2016 we were busy completing the renovations of The Barn adding sliding barn doors to help keep the rain out.  We were immensely pleased with our contractors Brian and Robbie Mingloski.  We also renovated The Cabin with new laminated wood flooring, new paint and new furniture.  We added a new electric fireplace also.  Bill and I did this work ourselves – nothing like bonding over installation of laminated wood flooring, painting and moving furniture….

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Our Cabin renovations were completed in time to host guests Andrew and Shay from Northern Virginia in May 2016.  Andrew selected our Romance Package for the weekend for a surprise birthday present. (Some fellows just know that ladies looove special surprises!)  For their dinner, I prepared chicken cordon bleu, sweet apple and red cabbage, warm German potato salad, green beans and warm croissants with herbed butter.  Our guests selected New Kent Winery Meritage Fine Red Wine to accompany their dinner. This wine is made and bottled by the Drombroski Vineyards in New Kent, Virginia which is about an hour drive from Scents of Cedar B&B.  We also partner with New Kent Winery for all of our wine selections for weddings and receptions. Andrew and Shay selected a delectable Black Forest Cake for dessert.  This is one of our most popular dinner choices (and one of my husband’s favorites!) Our Romance Package includes a couple’s massage at a local spa.  We have chosen several different spas over the course of offering this package and we are most happy with Massage Envy in Colonial Heights which is about a 15 minute drive from Scents of Cedar B&B.  We have received wonderful reviews of our guests’ experiences.  Our Romance Package includes some specific amenities, but we are happy to customize it to make it personally appealing.

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In late May 2016 we were privileged to prepare a proposal for the Prince George School Board Retreat.  We enjoyed thinking a little out of the box for this proposal.  It gave us an opportunity to prepare an itinerary for a teachers and administrators retreat that would allow them to enjoy all of our amenities inside and out.  The agenda included working in small groups that rotated to six ‘meeting areas’ on the property (the main dining room, the back porch, the downstairs recreation room, the loft, the pool house and the barn).  Each meeting area was designated with a specific activity, e.g., brainstorming session, team building, networking, creative stress relief, etc.  Our proposal also included breakfast, an all-day beverage service, catered lunch and an ice cream social to wrap up the day.  We would love to talk with other small groups that would enjoy a Retreat for groups of 30-35 and customize our services.

On the weekend of 20 May 2016, we were delighted to host the wedding of Max Bornstein and Joanne Hammond.  After several attempts, we were able to find a distributor that would deliver champagne for this wedding.  It’s a challenge as a small, remote B&B to find distributors that will sell and deliver.  Max Bornstein is the former Director of Prince George Fire and EMS and has a long service to Prince George County and to local communities.  Max and Joanne chose to have a small, intimate wedding service with just immediate family and close friends. The Bride chose to get ready in The Cabin and have her procession from The Cabin to The Barn.  She wore a knee length, white lace eyelet dress with her favorite cowboy boots and a straw hat given to her by her favorite cowboy.   The Barn was set up with bales of hay and the family helped to decorate with sunflowers, white carnations and red roses. May also brought some cloudy skies for the couple but bright colored umbrellas kept the rain drops at bay.   The couple chose to include The Breaking Of The Glass in their wedding ceremony.  This is a wonderful Jewish Tradition that includes the groom breaking a glass, crushing it with his right foot, and then the guests shouting “Mazel tov!” (“Congratulations“).  The guests gave the new Mr. and Mrs. a sendoff with a serenade of bubbles and they departed the B&B in a classic black Corvette. Congratulations to this wonderful couple and their family!

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Also in May, Scents of Cedar hosted a girl’s night out Paint Party for the nursing and administrative staff of a local family medicine practice.  Local artist Kerry Rosier from A Southern Brush in Prince George guided the guests through the meticulous steps of painting a beach scene.  We had a lot of fun enjoying each other’s company, good food and wine and surprised ourselves with our own talent!  We welcome other parties to experience the fun of a customized paint session.   Book a private event for your friends, your kids, or your bridal party to celebrate any occasion, customized theme or just a night out catered with food and wine.

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We enjoyed the company of the Muchoney Family on the weekend of 10 June 2016.  Dr. Dave Machoney is a high school and college physics teacher from just east of Pittsburgh, PA. His wife Joyce is a high school biology and environmental science teacher.  He and his family were enroute to the Outer Banks in North Carolina.  They selected Veal Marsala, Roasted Pork Tenderloin, and Beef Burgundy from our dinner menu and then enjoyed a swim in the pool afterwards. June is a wonderful time to enjoy our illuminated pool in the summer evenings.  Dave’s parents were also traveling with them and we had a wonderful visit after dinner sharing our travel adventures.  Breakfast was an early start as their end destination was the Outer Banks of North Carolina for the week.  I prepared Smoked Ham with Apples and Cinnamon Rolls, Fruit and Cheese Platter, and Hash brown Quiche with Ham and Cheese before they departed.  We had a great visit getting to know these guests.  We enjoyed their company and conversation!

Mr. & Mrs. Parsley, We just wanted to say “thank you” again for a wonderful stay on our way to the Outer Banks.  🙂  Dinner and breakfast were wonderful…your house/patio/pool/property were gorgeous…your hospitality was warm…and we all had a great time!  My parents were especially impressed at their first real time at a B&B!   

Thanks again and enjoy your summer.  We’re trying to sort of emulate your style of seeing different places and experiencing the country in a travel trailer starting next summer, so I don’t know if the Outer Banks will be a “yearly” thing for us…but we’d surely like to stay with you again if our schedules align in the future.    I’d gladly speak glowingly about the two of you and your amenities.  🙂  Thanks again!  Sincerely, Dave Muchoney and family

In early June we departed on an extended vacation in our motor home.  We have been so blessed to have had many opportunities to travel throughout all 50 states and internationally.  I always tell folks that my husband and I attempt to find a balance between our love to travel and our love for operating a bed and breakfast.  Our vacation extended over 37 days or so and our end destination this time was Seattle, Washington.   This was our Big Trip #4 across the United States.  People often ask us, “How can you stay in such close quarters with one another for such a long time?”  We’re fortunate that we get along well 99% of the time, and the other 1% of the time we spend on separate ends of the 34’ motor home.  This is such a beautiful, bountiful country and there are so many things to see and experience.  We visited Mt Rushmore, SD again this trip and my husband, a US Army Vietnam Veteran, was able to participate in Taking Down the Colors at the evening Mt Rushmore illumination – WHAT AN HONOR FOR HIM!  This was also our first trip to Glacier National Park in Montana.  Those views on Going To The Sun Road were certainly one of the highlights of our trip.  We enjoyed a wonderful Bavarian themed town in Leavenworth, WA and Seattle has some great seafood and wonderful wines.  Park City, Utah was breathtaking even though traveling upward on some of the mountains to get there was a challenge for the motor home.  I treated my husband to a date night at the Blue Gate Theater in Shipshewana, Indiana to enjoy a wonderful Amish dinner and to see the Bellamy Brothers.  Great hosts, and music and a superb dinner!  I so enjoy all of the charming farmer’s markets across the many farm lands and people are so happy to share their stories and treasures of their home.  We see so much scenery that just puts us in awe, but one of the best pictures after being away from home that long is to see the Welcome to Virginia sign as we cross back into our home state and the open arms of our grandchildren!

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It occurred to me that there may be readers of this blog that are contemplating building or purchasing a bed and breakfast business.  Balancing family and business for a small B&B is a challenge.  We have been in business since late 1999.   There are many tradeoffs you make and many rewards.  We would be happy to share our experiences.  You may contact us at scentsofcedar@comcast.net or better yet, come visit.

In early September we were honored to host guests from the British Embassy and Australian Embassy in Washington, DC.  It was delightful to share our southern hospitality and to recommend things to see here in the United States.  Thank you for your gracious review:   “We stopped off here on our drive from DC to Charleston.  The house was really beautifully constructed and immaculately clean.   As we were staying in two of the guest rooms in the house, it felt like the owners – Kathy and Bill – had really welcomed us into their house. They were both very accommodating; made us feel very welcome and cooked us a delicious breakfast. We also made use of their swimming pool for an early morning swim. I would definitely recommend!”

For our Downingtown, PA guests visiting us on Labor Day, we joined them on a tour of Shirley Plantation and lunch at Upper Shirley Vineyards.  The winery and restaurant sitting right on the banks of the James River is certainly worth the trip down Route 5.   We enjoyed a fabulous lunch on their large veranda and sampled some of their white wines.  This was our first visit to Upper Shirley Vineyards and we look forward to being able to purchase their wines once they are online for distribution.  This was a wonderful discovery for us and we will recommend our future guests venture to the property.  It’s located about 30 minutes from Scents of Cedar.

The fall season in Virginia is so spectacular and the 1st of October was a beautiful day to celebrate the wedding of Megan Booth and Kenny Shultz.  It was such a pleasure to prepare and plan with them both over the course of the last several months!  Megan and Kenny chose a small, intimate wedding with just close friends and family.  Their wonderful family includes twins and triplets.  I believe I might have made a couple of mistaken identities, but all was forgiven!  Kenny is an Engineer and Megan is the Executive Chef at the Lake Chesdin Golf Club and they are the owners of The Seasoned Chief, Inc.  There was about a 3.5” downpour of rain just minutes after the rehearsal the night before, but the wedding day was blessed with bright sunshine and happy hearts!  The bride wore an elegant, fitted lace wedding gown with a button down back and accented with a stunning jewel hanging down the open back.  Her hair piece was meticulously styled with yellow daisies. The groom was dressed very handsomely in a navy suit accented with a yellow bow tie.  The family enjoyed each other’s company as they decorated the seating area next to the pond with bales of hay and hanging mason jars full of yellow daises.  They dressed up the barn with mums of all colors, daisies and pumpkins.  The food was prepared by the bride, aka chef, and her family.  In lieu of a wedding cake, there was a beautiful and lovingly prepared assortment of pies.  This was such a touching gift of love to the bride and groom.  After exchanging their vows, the bride and groom skipped across the yard in a delightful celebration of marriage!  Love has been in the air for this couple since the fourth grade – congratulations to you both!

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We are proud to donate one night’s stay at Scents of Cedar in support of Angels at Play Childcare Center in Dinwiddie, Virginia.  Their Silent Auction and Fall Festival Fundraiser to benefit St Judes and Alzheimer Association is scheduled for November 5th at 8:00 am at 5810 Boyton Plank Road.  Thanks for letting us be a part of this special event!

Smyrna Baptist Church on Carson Road in Dinwiddie, VA will be celebrating their annual Ladies Retreat again January 13th – 15th 2017.  The Woman of Grace committee will be hosting the event and Scents of Cedar is honored to be invited to participate in this ministry by donating one night’s stay at the B&B.  We continue to pray that God will give us opportunities to share all of the blessings that he has given to us.

On December 17, 2016 Scents of Cedar B&B was excited to host our first outdoor winter wedding. On the evening before the wedding, a rehearsal dinner for 35 was also prepared to include a selection of Italian dishes beginning with an appetizer of mozzarella cheese sticks with marinara sauce served in shot glasses.  A main course of homemade spaghetti sauce with meatballs over thin spaghetti noodles and a meaty lasagna, accompanied with garlic parmesan cheese bread with herbed dipping oil and a mixed greens salad with Italian dressing.  For dessert Italian Cream Cake and Tiramisu Cupcakes accompanied by hazelnut flavored coffee.  Guests were seated at the main dining area and also in the upstairs loft.

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The bride and groom dreamed of having an intimate outdoor wedding with The Barn adorned with blue and silver Christmas decorations, a Christmas tree decorated with treasured personalized ornaments and sparkling snowflakes.  There was high hope for just a sprinkle of real snowflakes, but they were blessed with clear skies and a brisk winter breeze.  There were many personalized touches handmade by the bride and her family and friends such as hand painted Christmas ornaments for each guest and mason jars wrapped in blue, white and silver ribbon.

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Guests kept warm during the reception by enjoying a Hot Chocolate and Coffee Bar prepared by the Bed and Breakfast.

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The couple chose Cinematography and Photography By Drop To Design Studios to capture their special day.  The bride was stunning in a full length white wedding gown and accentuated with her beautiful auburn hair.  She was proudly escorted by her grandfather. The groom was equally handsome in a fitted suit and tie.

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The reception was catered by Nanny’s BBQ of Prince George, VA. The wedding cake was a one-of-a-kind themed wedding cake prepared by Sugar Cain Bakery.  Vogue Flowers prepared bouquets of white roses and carnations and blue hydrangeas and delphinium flowers which accented each of the guest tables. DJ Goddess of Midlothian, VA kept the reception hopping to a wonderful selection of music and entertainment.  Just in case of snow, a 20×20 tent was set up adjacent to the back of The Barn to cover a dance floor and the Bride and Groom’s Christmas tree.

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—–2015 weddings follow—-

March of 2015 was a cold, snowy month here in South Prince George County. The back yard was a picturesque post card with 6 inches of snow covering the pond and a blanket of snow across the yard.

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We were delighted when the snow melted in time for our first wedding event on March 7th. We hosted a Bridal Shower for 50 guests in the Barn. It was a beautiful, brisk early spring day. The cool weather gave us an opportunity to try space heaters in the Barn for the first time. Our guests stayed toasty with the three heaters and lots of delicious food prepared by friends and family.

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Love is in the air at Scents of Cedar B&B. We are excited to share that Saurav proposed to Nicole on March 14, 2015 and SHE SAID YES!! Good thing she said yes – he invested in quite a LARGE sparkling diamond! They enjoyed our Romance Package and he proposed on the porch of the Cabin by the pond on a rainy March day. They made their own sunshine! Congratulations to both of them!

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March 21st brought our next event. We were delighted to host the wedding and reception for Shannon and Sean Mercier. Surrounded by their friends and loving family, Shannon & Sean exchanged vows in the Barn on a beautiful spring day. The daffodils bloomed especially to honor their union and to celebrate the start of a new season in their lives. We were so happy to be part of such a wonderful family celebration! Shannon and Sean write “We want to thank you for opening your home to use for our special day! It was everything I dreamed of and we are so glad you both were able to enjoy the evening with us…”

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Our next 2015 event was the 50th Birthday Celebration for Pashion Curry in April. Fifty and Fabulous! All the ladies were red hot in their western bandanas! Pashion writes, “My birthday celebration was great thanks to Kathy and Bill Parsley!!! Scents of Cedar is a perfect location for any special occasion!!!”

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Scents of Cedar B&B hosted a Wedding Shower for Danielle Lawson and Josh Walker on May 2, 2015. The parents have been planning this day for months and they were blessed with a beautiful spring day. Congratulations to the couple on their June wedding!

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On May 23, 2015, we had the pleasure of hosting the Wedding and Picnic Reception for David and Dayne. The landscape was decorated with a combination of hay bales and fruitwood chairs for dinner seating. Dayne selected coral and teal accents. The reception picnic dinner was catered by Love For Food Catering of Colonial Heights. Dayne and David write, This venue was absolutely amazing! I first saw this venue on a google search in the fall of 2014 when I was searching for a wedding venue. I fell in love with it before I even saw it in person. Mr. Bill & Mrs. Kathy were very kind. The property was beautiful and clean and you can tell they take much pride in what they do. The next morning breakfast was delicious …”

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On June 3, 2015, Scents of Cedar B&B hosted a breakfast for the Prince George Business Roundtable. Our invited guest speaker was Anne Moss Rogers, Partner, Impression Marketing. Marketing was the primary subject for the meeting. Breakfast for the 20 guests included Smithfield Sugar Cured Ham, Breakfast Potatoes, Fresh Fruit and an Assortment of Homemade Breads. Mrs. Donna Traylor from the Prince George Economic Development Department wrote, Mr. Ashcraft (County Administrator) thought yesterday’s breakfast was one of the best he’s had at a meeting in a long time.” Scents of Cedar B&B is a proud member of the 2015 Prince George Business Round Table!

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On June 6, 2015 we were delighted to host Amanda Mulllins with her friends and family for a Bridal Shower in the Barn. The guests enjoyed homemade goodies prepared by friends and hay couches set up in the Barn.

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June 27, 2015 was a rainy day, but it didn’t dampen the excitement for Chris and Kristen as they were married by the pond and had their reception in the Barn. There were eight 8’ farm tables set up in the Barn and the tablescape included white china, vintage vases full of fresh herbs and wild flowers. The reception was catered by Foodies Comfort and Classic Cuisine by Lori Dotson of Midlothian. The wedding cake was prepared by Kristen Beane and served from atop a wine barrel draped with a canopy.

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Scents of Cedar B&B hosted a rehearsal dinner for Nicole and Robby and their family on the evening of July 10th. It was served in the Barn followed by an Ice Cream Sundae Bar. July 11th was a rainy day, but the clouds parted and the couple exchanged their wedding vows at the arbor next to the pond. It was a beautiful service to include a first communion as husband and wife. There were lots of sweet secrets kept for the Bride and Groom at their July 11, 2015 wedding and reception. Nicole had a special groom’s cake made for Robby – an alligator – representing the official mascot of University of Florida – Robby’s Alma Mater.  Robby had his own secrets – a surprise stretch limo and a honeymoon in Richmond’s grandest hotel – The Jefferson Hotel. The reception dinner was catered by Nanny’s Restaurant of Prince George. Mother of the Bride, Donna Andrews wrote, “My daughter was recently married at Scents of Cedar and I cannot say enough good things about this venue. The innkeepers, Kathy and Bill, are wonderful people and were so good to our family–from being there onsite and available for questions, to helping us move furniture, whiskey barrels, etc., to helping us pack and unpack decorations–we could not have asked for a better experience. Again, we are extremely happy that we chose Scents of Cedar. Kathy and Bill are particular about what happens at their venue and that is to be expected with any well-run and well-maintained venue. I would want nothing less. They were nothing but helpful and accommodating to us and our guests at all times. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!”

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On July 18, 2015 Scents of Cedar B&B was honored to host a Celebration of Life Service for the family of Mr. Roy Stephens Thomas, Jr.   Approximately 35 family members gathered in the Barn to share memories, prayers and praises.

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Fall will bring several more weddings to Scents of Cedar B&B!  We will post pictures from those also!

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The Fall Wedding Season began at Scents of Cedar B&B on September 5, 2015! We had the pleasure of hosting the wedding and reception for Michelle and Brandon Allen. They were surrounded by lots of friends and family who all enjoyed decorating the property. They were meticulous in every detail with rustic farm tables dressed with burlap and lace runners and faux lace dinnerware on golden chargers. The tablescape was accented with beautiful centerpieces of layered clay pots filled with white daisys, baby’s breath, white hydrangeas and a candle under a hurricane globe. The guests enjoyed their pool side dinner catered by Big Tim’s Grill, a Lemonade Stand prepared by the B&B and accompanied with music selected by Tat-Tunes.

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Michelle’s father escorted her through a tulle lined bridal path, accented with sheppards hooks and hanging mason jars spilling over with flowers.

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Brandon and Michelle exchanged their vows at the arbor next to the pond.

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Katherine’s Confections of Chester, VA designed the couple’s elegant wedding cake. The cake was served in the Barn along with cupcakes which delighted the children!

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The evening brought lots of dancing in the Barn and a fun hay couch for the perfect picture spot.

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The best entertainment of the evening was the Mother and Son Dance. It was a wonderful mix of country, hip hop, oldies but goodies songs that the couple showed off their best dance moves to – WOW THAT WAS FUN TO WATCH ! And, I might add, very emotional – It was so obvious how much sacrifice this mom has made for this son and how much this son loves his mom.

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Gourmet chocolates were a wedding gift to the couple and their guests from the Chocolatiers at Richmond’s For The Love of Chocolate shop in Carytown. A wonderful treat for the end of a wonderful wedding and reception.

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September 19, 2015 was a beautiful fall day for the wedding of Lindsey & Austin Smith.  Golden sunflowers in blue wine bottles with accents of wheat decorated guest tables throughout the backyard.  Dinner for the guests was prepared and served by Italian Kitchen (IK) of Mechanicsville, VA.  Not only was the food wonderful, but the owners and their staff were top notch.  They certainly lived up to their business motto of ‘catering with class’DSCN9482

The bridesmaids wore one shoulder royal blue dresses and the groomsmen accompanied them in pale gray suits with royal blue bowties.  The bouquets of sunflowers popped with color.

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This was quite a dancing crowd and DJ Kat with KD Productions kept them rockin’ through the night under the pool house.

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The couple’s wedding cake was prepared by The Mixing Bowl Bakery and was a beautiful centerpiece amongst the landscape.

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We got our first chance to the use a new, portable serving table that was made from a re-purposed church pew.

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Lindsey and Austin wrote: “We can’t thank you enough for sharing your home with us and allowing us to be married on such a beautiful property.  Our wedding day was all we could have ever dreamed of and more!”

We have the opportunity to meet so many wonderful families!  We miss them when the wedding is over and the emails stop!  It is exciting to run into our brides and grooms many months later only to discover they are starting their families, building homes and enjoying married life!

Dana and Tyler Fisher exchanged their wedding vows on September 26, 2015. It was a cool, fall day with just a few sprinkles of rain.  We took the opportunity to light the gas fireplace under the pool house.  The bride and groom snuggled in front of the fire and enjoyed the beautiful picture spot.

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The couple chose to include the Unity Cross as part of their ceremony.  This Christian ceremony reflects how God created man – bold, strong, the defender of the family yet how he is empty and incomplete without the woman. The groom places the outer cross in the wood base and the bride places the more delicate cross inside of the grooms cross.  This symbolizes how God created woman – delicate, multi-faceted, taking care of all of the little things that completes the man, and the – two become one. The bride and groom then use pegs to lock the union (cross) together in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit as the pastor exclaims that: What God has brought together let no man take apart.

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Sweet moments between Dana and Tyler were evidence that the weather wasn’t the most important event of the day.

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It wasn’t long and the skies cleared and the celebration began!  The Barn was bursting with fall colors and pumpkins running over with the season’s flowers.  The wonderful aroma of Nanny’s BBQ from Prince George, VA filled the air and invited all of the guests to enjoy dinner in the Barn.  The families worked so hard to make the evening perfect!   This was a family that insured every detail was done with love and devotion – even if it meant move the table once, move the table twice, cover the hay, uncover the hay.

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Sunshine Florist (now located in Hopewell, VA) also designed flower arrangements that accented the landscape.  They were breathtaking –

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While the photographer captured pictures, the guests enjoyed a Popcorn Station and an Appetizer Table with Artisan Bread and Dipping Oil accompanied with fruits and cheeses.

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We created a new picture spot on the wall of the Cabin next to the Barn.  Thanks to our guests for showing how it’s done!  We had a fun time with this crowd!

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The bride’s mother wrote, “My daughter wanted to get married outside with a barn atmosphere. She chose this beautiful B&B that had the most amazing grounds as well as innkeepers, Bill and Kathy. Bill and Kathy were a huge blessing to me and my family.   Bill and Kathy were great to work with and very patient. Their main concern was to give my daughter the wedding of her dreams and they made that happen.  It was a wonderful night and my daughter said everything was perfect. It was truly a wonderful experience working with Bill and Kathy and very affordable.”

The groom’s family stayed with us for the weekend.  The groom’s father wrote, “Great overall experience, Kathy and Bill are very very Friendly people, and great hosts. Made sure that we had everything we needed and was very accommodating to all of the family. My son and Daughter-in-law chose Scents of Cedar for their Country Wedding venue. All of the guests raved at how beautiful the place was and how great everything looked. Over all we had such a fabulous time I would recommend this place to everyone and will be going back for a visit to the B&B.”

In between weddings at Scents of Cedar, I made batch of fresh apple butter using apples from my Grandmother’s apple trees in Elkins, West, VA.  The house smelled yummy while the apples were cooking and my heart was filled with wonderful memories of my Grandma.  She use to make this stuff by the gallons, but I know she smiles down on me for my small batch!!

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October 10, 2015 welcomed the family and friends of Stephanie and Justin Raby to celebrate their marriage at Scents of Cedar Bed & Breakfast.  The cool autumn air was a welcome guest too!

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The family decorated with assorted colors of mums and pumpkins around the barn.  The eggplant table linen was a beautiful compliment.

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The family also prepared so many wonderful, personal touches for this couple.  It is always so delightful and heartwarming to see a couple surrounded by a such a loving family that travels from near and far to be a part of the celebration of marriage.

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Stephanie was escorted by her brother and her father.  She was given away to her prince charming during the exchange of their vows under the arbor next to the pond.

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Stephanie’s auburn hair was stunning and so tastefully accented with a lace and pearl headpiece.

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The reception was catered by Nanny’s Restaurant of Prince George, VA and set up in the Barn.  The smell of fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy sure warmed the fall air!

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The Bride and her family were the first to take advantage of the hay couch for a picture spot and then make room for the guests to enjoy the smore’s table!   Bill and I enjoyed their company and sampled the smore’s too!  Congratulations to Stephanie and Justin and to their families.  They are blessed to have so many people that love them.

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I would love to take credit for the beautiful colors that graced the property of our Bed & Breakfast on November 7, 2015, but that artwork was painted by The Master.  There was a bit of rain on this cool fall day but it only served to accentuate the beauty of the landscape.

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We were excited to host the rehearsal dinner for Laura and Travis and their family on the eve of their wedding.  The house smelled wonderful with the scents of chicken and dumplings, roasted butternut squash and biscuits. (The greatest compliment to a cook, is for someone to ask for their recipe – thank you!) For dessert the bride’s family prepared personalized, hand painted sugar cookies and cupcakes.

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The next day the bridal path was lined with sheppards hooks and hanging mason jars filled with sunflowers and mums and beautiful pumpkins filled with flowers also. The bride carried a cascading bouquet of roses, sunflowers, mums and carnations.  She was graceful and elegant and her bouquet was stunning.   The flowers were provided by Stranges Florist, of Midlothian, VA.

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Laura chose to have First Look wedding photos with her father and then her groom.  For her father, Laura walked down the circular staircase inside the main house.  At the bottom of the staircase, her father presented her bouquet and shed a few emotional tears with his daughter.  A very touching moment for everyone.

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Laura was excited to peek from the upstairs balcony down at her groom as he awaited his First Look .  It didn’t take many steps for the groom to reach his bride and embrace her.  Travis was immediately colored with a bit of Laura’s red lipstick – a charming accent!

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The Saturday afternoon wedding ceremony was in front of the pond at Scents of Cedar B&B.  The wedding party proceeded through the fallen leaves to the edge of the pond where Laura and Travis  exchanged their own personalized vows amongst their friends and family.

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The Reception was held in the Barn.  It was decorated with plum colored linen with burlap and lace accents.  Personalized favors for the guests included dried fall leafs to adorn the bride and groom.  Nanny’s Restaurant of Prince George County catered the dinner and aromas of barbequed chicken and mashed potatoes lured all of the guests inside quickly.  Speciality cakes were prepared by the bride and groom’s family which included a  wonderful selection of Carrot Cake, Apple Dapple Cake and Red Velvet Cake.

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While the wedding party took pictures next to the pond, other guests were busy taking some not so serious photos next to the cabin.

 

 

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The Bubble Send Off was a big hit for all of the guests!  It’s amazing how an ounce of bubbles brings out the kid in all of us!  Relax, enjoy – Blow More Bubbles!!  There were lots of squeals of fun and lots of laughter.  What a great way to wish the Bride and Groom an abundance of love, good health and prosperity!  Thank you for letting us be a part of so much fun!

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The Bride and Groom wrote, “This venue was exactly what my husband and I wanted for our outdoor wedding and our rehearsal dinner. Both indoor and outdoor is just stunning, and so personal and special, as Bill and Kathy built the house and designed the grounds themselves. The love they have put into the venue shows in every inch, and what a blessing that they feel called to share their good fortune for both traveler’s and events.” and “… this was the perfect place, and Bill and Kathy were the perfect people to carry out our incredibly special day. If you are looking for a beautiful, private and peaceful place to hold a wedding (and rehearsal dinner), Scents of Cedar is the perfect place. There is absolutely nothing that I feel could be improved. And one last note, the price was absolutely amazing.”

This was our last wedding for the year 2015.  We have been blessed to come to know so many wonderful families over the last year.  We look forward to our continued friendships and making new friends in the coming year!

1 Peter 4:9-10- “Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay. God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.” NLT