Good luck, Erin!

Please join us in wishing the best of luck to Erin Terapane, our wedding coordinator extraordinaire. We’re sad to share the news that, after two and a half years, Erin is leaving Stevenson Ridge—but we’re excited for her, too! She had a wonderful career opportunity present itself to her that will also allow her to spend more time with her family (particularly her adorable little 2-year-old). It’s impossible to say “no” to something like that!

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The Chocolate Lovers Festival

from Erin

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and everyone loves to pick and choose from the assortment of chocolate candy boxes. Well, this year, forget the heart-shaped boxes of chocolate and jump on the Chocolate Express Bus. The bus will take you to the Chocolate Lovers Festival in the City of Fairfax. The festival takes place this weekend, February 6-7. Check out the link for locations of chocolate tastings and other activities everyone!…



“101” Engagement Photos

f101 Dalmationsrom Erin

Engagement photo sessions remain popular, and brides and grooms seem to be getting more creative with them. Many shoots incorporate different outfits for different locations, personal pets, and other props. One creative photo session we found comes from the Walt Disney movie 101 Dalmatians. The couple decided to recreate the romance scenes from the movie, which is one of her favorites. Take a look!



Bar Code Scanner vs. Computer Mouse Clicker

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from Erin

In today’s society, the Internet continues to make things convenient by a push of a button at home, in the office, or on the go. For example, the common way to register for wedding gifts was for the bride and grooms to use a bar code scanner at one or two individual stores. However, it is becoming more and more popular for the bride and groom to register online for an unlimited number of stores, …


Food Traditions for New Year’s

Grapes for New Yearsfrom Erin

Different cultures cook certain foods on New Year’s Eve or Day that are thought to bring good luck and prosperity. For example, the people of Spain will eat 12 grapes on a skewer at midnight. Each grape represents how many good or bad months you will have in the upcoming meal. The sweet grapes represent a good month while every sour grape represents a bad month.

Check here below to learn about other traditional New Year’s food around …


Warm Up Winter Weddings with Hot Chocolate

Hot Chocolate Barfrom Erin

Winter weddings are beginning to become more popular because they offer opportunities for great pictures in the white snow, with the frozen lakes in the backgrounds and lovely fur coats.

Create a fun touch to the winter wedding by adding a hot chocolate bar! This bar is exciting—and delicious—for all ages. Guests can enjoy toppings such as peppermint patties, crushed Oreo cookies, chocolate-covered pretzels, whipped cream and, of course, marshmallows! And for the adults: in some Baileys, Kahlua, …


Stove-Top Christmas Scents

Christmas Scentsfrom Erin

Put away the candles and make your own Christmas scent on the stove top! Mix a variety of ingredients to create your homemade holiday air freshener this year. Popular scents of the season include pine, peppermint, caramel, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves. Finish off your potpourri masterpiece with some fruits such as cranberries, oranges and lemons. Check out the links below for more recipes on stove top potpourri.


Fredericksburg Holiday Craft Show

from Erin

Complete your holiday shopping list this year at the Fredericksburg Expo Center Holiday Craft Show, Friday, December 4, through Sunday, December 6, 2015!

The show will consist of more than 250 vendors from across Virginia, featuring a variety of items such as jewelry, gourmet foods, and holiday decor.

Visit Fredericksburg Holiday Craft for more details and hours of operation.…