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Nan & Art Bousquet
Nan & Art Bousquet (honeymoon)
Date: May 17, 1952
We were married in Washington, D.C. on May 17, 1952 after Art returned from his tour of duty in Korea. Art was a Marine Corps fighter pilot. We chose Virginia Beach for our honeymoon because neither of us had ever been there and we both love the beach. Of course, the weather did not cooperate. It was cold! But we enjoyed The Cavalier and everything it offered. What a wonderful week in a beautiful hotel. In 1964 the Marine Corps sent us to Norfolk where we still reside, so The Cavalier was near at hand but with raising eight children we couldn't afford a visit. Finally, in 1992, I surprised Art by reserving a room for our 40th anniversary. What fun we had re-living our honeymoon. The Cavalier will always hold special memories for us.
Margaret & Jerry Lombardi
Margaret & Jerry Lombardi (love story)
Date: October 23, 1954
My grandpa and grandma visited the old Cavalier in 1954 during their honeymoon trip. They are no longer here and able to enjoy the chance to visit or renew their vows, but they always spoke highly of their time there. Jerry and Margaret "Peg" (McCarthy) Lombardi were married on October 23, 1954 in Binghamton, New York, where they resided until they passed. In those days, my grandma worked as a telephone operator, and my grandpa worked for IBM after leaving the Army. They met when my grandpa continually called the operator line bothering her until she would agree to a date. They were married for 49 years.
Patricia & Frank Thomas
Patricia & Frank Thomas (love story)
Date: February 27, 1953
We were married on February 27, 1953 on the popular TV program "Bride & Groom," which aired on CBS at noon each weekday. It was during the Korean War and Frank was in the Navy. We were married by our own minister in a chapel in the studio. After the ceremony, we received many gifts, one of which was a week's stay at The Cavalier. Another gift was the use of a brand new black Pontiac sedan for our honeymoon. Between the luxury of The Cavalier and the beauty of that car, we were two wide-eyed young newlyweds. There was not much happening during February so the manager, Sydney Banks, offered us another week free of charge. We appreciated his generous offer but needed to return home to NJ. The Cavalier always had a special place in our hearts and although it's over 60 years since it was our good fortune to have stayed in such a wonderful place, we never forgot that grand hotel.
Daniel & Virginia Lane
Daniel & Virginia Lane
Date: October 23, 1954
Attached are photos of my grandpa and grandma visiting the old Cavalier in 1954 during their honeymoon trip.  They are no longer here or able to enjoy the chance to visit or renew their vows, but they always spoke highly of their time there.  Jerry and Margaret "Peg" Lombardi were married on October 23, 1954 in Binghamton, New York where they resided until they passed.  In those days, my grandma worked as a telephone operator, and my grandpa worked for IBM after leaving the Army.  They met when my grandpa continually called the operator line bothering her until she would agree to a date.  They were married for 49 years. when my grandma passed after a long fight with pancreatic cancer in 2004. My grandpa passed in 2011; after which, I found these photos.