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Peggy & Chris Ettel
Peggy & Chris Ettel (wedding)
Date: February 6, 1988
My wife Peggy and I are lifelong residents of Virginia Beach and both grew up admiring The Cavalier Hotel in all its elegance and grandeur. Growing up we enjoyed going to breakfast at the Pocahontas Room and later enjoyed many good times in the Hunt Room. On what seemed to be the coldest day of the winter, February 6, 1988, we were married and enjoyed a wonderful celebration at the old Cavalier in the Raleigh Room. This special venue provided the perfect opportunity to celebrate with our friends and family. We danced the night away with the Walter Noona trio and a lifelong dream of celebrating our most special wedding day at the old Cavalier was fulfilled.
Donna & William Haycox
Donna & William Haycox (wedding)
Date: November 28, 1987
It was raining and a windy day when William & I were married at the First Presbyterian church on 36th Street - a sign of good luck some said! By the time we got to The Cavalier, the skies cleared and it was a most beautiful sunset. The lighting in the grand old hotel was so beautiful! We danced the night away and felt like our union was blessed by the soul of the old Cavalier on the Hill. 28 years and two beautiful children later, we are still blessed. We are so grateful that our wonderful Cavalier will remain majestic on the hill as a reminder of that magical day.
Cathy & Kevin Kilcoyne
Cathy & Kevin Kilcoyne (honeymoon)
Date: June 22, 1985
I grew up in the North End of Virginia Beach. Every day, I rode past The Cavalier Hotel on my way to W. T. Cooke Elementary School, Virginia Beach Junior High School and subsequently First Colonial High School. In the summer time, The Cavalier Hotel was the demarcation between my home and the strip, where I worked at various seasonal jobs. The Cavalier Hotel reminded me of all that was elegant of years past. I knew, even before I knew my future husband, that I wanted The Cavalier Hotel to be a part of my wedding day. Kevin and I were married at First Presbyterian Church at 36th Street on a hot summer day in June 1985. Our reception was held at Dam Neck Officers Club. We spent our honeymoon night at The Cavalier Hotel and enjoyed a wedding breakfast before departing for our honeymoon in Ireland and Scotland. The Cavalier Hotel has always been a milestone, both literally and figuratively, in my life.
Roland & Mever Lee
Roland & Mever Lee
Date: June 7, 1980
My husband and I are both Virginia Beach natives so when we decided to be married we chose the Cavalier on the Hill for our reception. June 7th was a magical night full of fun, dancing and festivities. We made many happy memories with friends and family. The food was outstanding, the room beautiful, and the music was magical. Just what any young bride would dream her happy event to be.
Mark & Janis Prock
Mark & Janis Prock
Date: September 18, 1982
We only had one night for our honeymoon and we chose to spend it at the Old Cavalier. We were young and on a very fixed budget but we always wanted to stay there. That night was magical. We even lost power on all of the oceanfront but the old Cavalier never missed a beat. When we gathered ourselves to leave the next morning we were shocked to see our old VW Beetle washed and sparkling and waiting for us at the front entrance. She never looked so good. Thank you for a wonderful experience filled with love.
Russel & Lee Ann Held
Russel & Lee Ann Held
Date: October 22, 1983
As a young couple on a tight budget we were thrilled to receive $100 from my grandmother to book the Bridal Suite at the Cavalier for our wedding night. That evening in our room, after a wonderful wedding day, we sat back and popped our "complimentary" bottle of champagne. We were shocked when the cork put a dent in the ceiling. And then to our amusement, we noticed dozens of similar dents from previous newlyweds. We hope those Cavalier newlyweds have had the happy, fulfilling life my wife and I enjoy.
John & Deborah Odell
John & Deborah Odell
Date: June 21, 1984
My husband is a romantic. Most of the time. In 1984 we planned our wedding while he was in and out of port with an Oceana-based A-6 squadron and while I was writing obits for The Virginian-Pilot. As the day neared, John discovered he had to negotiate to get the day off. And it would just be one day. Disappointed, we carried on and had a beautiful day.

After the guests left, John mentioned that he guessed we'd head back to my house. Nope. This was so hard to believe.I alternated between disappointment and anger as he drove up and down the oceanfront. The Cavalier sat proudly on the hill. He drove up and went in and somehow managed to get a room. Pretty good save, I thought.
Rick & Wendy Rudiger
Rick & Wendy Rudiger
Date: March 23, 1985
The Cavalier on the hill has been a part of my life in so many ways. In 1985, my dream came true of having my wedding reception at the Old Cavalier in the " Pocahontas Room". One hundred fifty close friends and relatives enjoyed themselves that afternoon into the night. Some thirty years have gone by and my husband and I can still remember that wonderful time.
Walker & Sharon Gore
Walker & Sharon Gore
Date: May 5, 1985
My dream of a wedding in the Old Cavalier started in 1979 when I moved to Va Beach and lived across the street at 224 Cavalier Dr. I would sit on our balcony and look at the architecture of this grand building and somehow knew it would impact my life. How fortunate I was to be asked for my hand in marriage during this time! The wedding was out of a fairy tale with the ceremony beginning in the lobby showered by light from the windows illuminating our aisle to happiness. We sealed the ceremony with a kiss and off to the wrap around indoor porch for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. It felt like southern renaissance. Then on to the ballroom for food, traditional dancing and festivities. One of our favorite photographs is "on the hill", wedding dress flowing in the winds of our love.
Shade & Maria Honeycutt
Shade & Maria Honeycutt
Date: May 25, 1985
In planning our celebration there was only one choice, in our minds, for a fitting location to hold our reception. We wanted to begin our entry in the family history books in a place with nostalgia and grandeur. The Old Cavalier exuded the romance and splendor we imagined for our wedding day, and it lived up to every expectation. As the gentle notes of a harp and flute wafted from an alcove overlooking the indoor pool, candles floated softly on the turquoise-blue water. The huge arched windows opened to the fresh ocean breeze, and the champagne flowed. The ambiance was magical.
Allen & Debbi Skolnick
Allen & Debbi Skolnick
Date: February 2, 1986
My wife Debbi and I were married at the Cavalier on Groundhogs day in 1986. We both grew up in Virginia Beach. We just celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary and drive by the Cavalier often when we are down at the Beach. Each time we pass, my heart skips a beat. The past 3 years have been tough. Both of us have lost our fathers. We would love to have a piece of our past to re-live.
Mike & Betty Sutton
Mike & Betty Sutton
Date: October 25, 1986
Michael and I were blessed by my parents to have our rehearsal dinner, wedding and reception at the Cavalier on the Hill. The weather was overcast but nothing could have put a damper on our special day. The setting at the hotel was truly elegant and the food superb. We could not have had our wedding at a more wonderful inclusive location.
Samuel & Tracy Estep
Samuel & Tracy Estep
Date: August 27, 1988
The Cavalier On-the-Hill Hotel holds a very special place in my heart.. My husband, Sam, and I held our wedding reception in the Pocahontas Room on August 27, 1988. There was never a doubt in my mind that if I were fortunate enough to get married, I wanted my reception at the Cavalier. This special place played a major part of my formative years and the person that I am today. After our wedding, Sam and I arrived at the front doors in a horse-drawn carriage and entered into the beautiful Pocahontas Room filled with family, friends and tables of delicious food. The night flew by so fast it was like a dream.
George & Jennifer Trotman
George & Jennifer Trotman
Date: November 18, 1989
The Cavalier Hotel will always hold a very special place in our hearts. On November 18th, 1989, the historic "hotel on the hill" was the site of our spectacular wedding reception. We celebrated with some 250 friends and family members in the grand ballroom downstairs. Live music from The Sounds of the Drifters, the huge wooden dance floor, awesome food and beverages, and most of all, the momentous setting in the celebrated Cavalier Hotel gave to us truly, a night for the ages.