Rehearsal Dinner: Columbia Firehouse, Old Town Alexandria

7 02 2011
Columbia FireHouse Alexandria VA rehearsal dinner

Photo: Columbia Firehouse

Venue: Columbia Firehouse, Alexandria, VA . Old Town Alexandria, South St. Asaph Street,one block from King Street.

Food & Drink: Brought to you by the very popular Neighborhood Restaurant Group, this American brasserie and bar in the heart of Old Town is “devoted to familiar comfort foods, raw oysters and shellfish, steamed mussel, small plates for sharing salads, steaks and nightly suppers”.  In the way of libations, they offer” regional craft beers, stylish wines, and classic cocktails”.

Private Dining Options: There are two options that are offered for private parties:

1) Wine Room – 26 seated; 45 standing with private bar, fireplace, located on the top floor of restaurant

Wine Room Columbia Firehouse Alexandria VA rehearsal dinner

Wine Room Columbia Firehouse

2) Chop Room – 65 seated; 100 standing featuring  high ceilings, chandelier and beautiful window overlooking Old Town Alexandria

Chop Room Columbia Firehouse Alexandria VA Rehearsal Dinner

Chop Room Columbia Firehouse

Transit & Parking: Street Parking is available and there is a parking garage located 1 block away on Pitt Street.  The nearest metro station is the King Street Metro.



  • No dedicated parking
  • The Wine Room is semi-private and does not have a door.  If there is a party in the Chop Room you would be competing with that noise.

— Megan

Real Wedding: A Memorable Memorial Day Weekend Wedding (Part 2)

14 07 2010

As I had mentioned in Part 1 of this blog, Katie & Patrick tied the knot on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon in late May at the River Farm in Alexandria.  As promised, here are the details that newlyweds worked so hard for us to coordinate!

Venue: River Farm Alexandria, VA, Janet.  This venue has become extremely popular and there is no wonder why.  They provide an amazing backdrop for the entire event; ceremony and reception.

River Farm Alexandria Wedding

Katie & Patrick at River Farm (Ralph Alswang Photography)

Photographer: Ralph Alswang. Ralph is efficient and captures the moment fast!  I also need to mention he is fun and makes everyone laugh.  Great to work with!  Check out the slideshow of pictures by clicking here.

Floral Designer: Petals Edge. Provided beautiful personal flowers, reception flowers and cake flowers.

Caterer: Main Event Caterers, Michelle Fishman.  As always, the catering team and food was great.

Band: Doug Segree.  This was the first time I have heard them and they are now one of my favorites!  They had the guests dancing the entire time!

Transportation: Black Ice Transportation (Reggie Banks) Provided excellent sedan service for Katie and Patrick.  He was always early to the pick up and drop off points and would definitely use him again.  Dash Bus. At first I was worried about the reliability of using the public transportation buses but the service was excellent, the drop off and pick up worked seamlessly.

Hair: Hair by Jewels

Makeup: Jan Scott Makeup Artist

Accommodations: Lorien Hotel & Spa Alexandria, VA  They were extremely helpful and accommodating to all of the wedding party and guests.

Cake: Fluffy Thoughts The cake was amazing and they also made the colorful and tasty French macaroons to accompany the wedding cake.

– Megan
Main Event Caterers River Farm Wedding buffet

Main Event Caterers (Ralph Alswang Photography)

Petals Edge Floral Design River Farm wedding peonies bridal bouquet

Petals Edge (Ralph Alswang Photography)

Fluffy Thoughts wedding cake

Fluffy Thoughts (Ralph Alswang Photography)

Visit: The Lorien Hotel, Alexandria, Virginia

18 11 2009
Lorien Hotel Alexandria presidential suite rooftop veranda

Presidential Suite Private Veranda

Recently Vicky and I had the privilege of meeting the Director of Catering, Jeanna Connaughton, and touring the year old Lorien Hotel in Old Town, Alexandria.

Located on the north end of King Street, conveniently near the King Street Metro Station, the Lorien’s entrance is located through a courtyard off of King Street and sits between Chef Robert Wiedmaier’s, Brabo Restaurant and the Brabo Tasting Room.  The spa-like and soothing entrance is echoed throughout the entire the hotel.  The European “clean lines” and the “less is more” style of decorating, is actually quite warming.

Quick details: 91 Guest rooms, 16 lavish suites, two “meeting” rooms, a spa and gym.

Why I love it: The Presidential Suite (mainly the private veranda)

Event Spaces

The Independence Meeting Room, located on the first floor of the hotel, holds up to 50 people for a seated dinner and has a private terrace accessible through the meeting space.  The terrace has a fire pit and plenty of room for intimate wedding ceremony or outdoor cocktails. Upside: Great secluded spot for Rehearsal dinner or intimate wedding ceremony and cocktail reception.   Downside– It doesn’t hold more than 50 people.

Lorien Hotel Alexandria Independence Room Private Terrace

Independence Room Private Terrace w/ Fire Pit

The Liberty Meeting Room, also located on the first floor of the hotel, holds up to 100 people for a seated dinner and 125 for a cocktail reception.  Upside: The ability to hold 100+ people  Downside: No outdoor access .

Catering–  All food is catered by Chef Robert Wiedmaier’s Brabo restaurant and there are many food and beverage packages to choose from.  If the food is anything like the restaurant, you are in for a real treat,

Suites: These could easily be, and have been, used to host a small ceremony and reception.  The Presidential Suite has a 550 square foot private terrace overlooking King Street which can hold up to 40 people for a ceremony and/or reception.  It is amazing quiet on the 12th floor and you don’t get a lot of traffic noise.   These rooms are also great for the “night before” the big day to host groomsmen/bridesmaids and have plenty of room for getting ready the “day of”.

If you would like more information, please contact me!