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April 2019 Stevenson Ridge Newsletter Now Available

The April 2019 Stevenson Ridge Newsletter is now available! If you haven’t received a copy, you can view it here.

In this issue, we appreciate spring, we share our new quinceañeras packages, we recap last month’s bridal open house, and we tell you about our historian’s new audiobooks.

If you haven’t subscribed to our newsletter, we’d love to have you sign up. At the top of the newsletter, you’ll see a teal box that says “Join email list.” Click …


Wedding-Tip Wednesday: Choosing a Photographer

from Cassandra

Let’s start with photography. I find that most people I speak with aren’t looking to splurge when it comes to photography for their wedding day. However, choosing the right photographer will impact the entire experience of your wedding day. Having a background in wedding photography, I understand the importance of a skilled photographer. Your photographer will be there from the time you put on your dress until your final send off.

When looking at your budget, I always …


Thoughtful Details for Your Spring Nuptials

from Kellyn

You know what they say: “It’s all in the details.” This spring season, we are inspired to think of ways to employ thoughtful details into your wedding ceremony and reception. Here are few ideas to spark your creativity!

  1. Honor your fur babies with personalized cocktail napkins

Designed by Lichen Ink

  1. Add a touch of delicate florals to your wedding cake design

Cake by Maggie Austin Cake

  1. Opt for these fun, custom lollipops as your favors

From Leccare Lollipops



from Chris

Jennifer put together some lovely centerpieces for my daughter’s wedding a couple weeks ago: floating candles in glass vases wrapped in bands of silver sparkles, accented by a few small votives in silver holders. She placed everything on a mirror and then sprinkled sparkly silver stones around them. Particularly in the low light of evening, the centerpieces looked elegant and offered the perfect touch of ambience.

Here are some pictures from when we tested them out on the …



To Sign or Not to Sign

from Cassandra

How many wedding signs are too many signs?

Wedding signage is not always necessary, but it can be a nice touch! In this regard, Pinterest is our best friend and ultimate foe. I am one who fully understands the addictive qualities of Pinterest, so I am here to help.

Wedding signage has become a great love of mine. I’m able to create welcome signs, Stevenson Ridge’s signature buffet sign, and signature drinks signs for the bar for each …


A CVBT Recap

from Chris

Last weekend, Stevenson Ridge again had the chance to host Sunday brunch for the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust’s annual conference. After two full days of battlefielding in the Wilderness and at Spotsylvania—plus the Saturday night dinner highlighted by a great talk about recent archeology being done on a Civil War field hospital on the Second Manassas battlefield—festivities wrapped up with a delicious meal and a special tour of CVBT’s newest property acquisition, Myer’s Hill (which is pretty much …


Travel Greener

from Madeliza

With spring break around the corner, many of us will begin to plan trips and family getaways for the upcoming months. Whether we travel 30 miles from home or 3,000 miles, there are plenty of greener ways to travel!

“From the flight you book to the toiletries you pack, every travel decision you make impacts the environment,” says Sarah Engler in an article in the April/May issue of Airbnb’s magazine.

According to “30 Greener Ways to Go,” here …


Spring Gin and Tonic

from Kellyn

Beautiful Booze is my first stop when looking for a festive and delicious cocktail. They never fail to provide fun new recipes for us “cocktail enthusiasts” to try! I stumbled upon this spring-inspired beverage and just had to share. A few items and a little time are all that stands between you and the perfect springtime refreshment. Enjoy!

Spring Gin & Tonic:

  • 2-3 ounces of Seattle Cider Company Gin Botanical Cider
  • 1.5 ounces of gin
  • 1.5 ounces


Exploring Myer’s Hill with the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust

from Chris

This weekend, I get to help the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust show off one of its newest property acquisitions, Myer’s Hill, which sits to the south side of Route 208 across from Stevenson Ridge. A radio tower on Myer’s Hill is visible from the front yard of the Lodge. (We told you about the acquisition last fall.)

The purchase of Myer’s Hill was a fantastic coup for CVBT. The plot is just over 73 acres, which …