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Alison & Adams Darden
Alison & Adams Darden (wedding)
Date: April 30, 1994
My wife Alison and I had our wedding reception at the old Cavalier on a beautiful spring evening in April 1994. I am so honored to have had the reception there. I grew up on 54th Street at the beach. My family has been at the beach since World War II. Four generations of our family have experienced The Hotel, our grand lady of the beach. My grandparents danced on the old open-air dance floor at the Beach Club. My first cotillion was there in 1975. There are too many memories of The Cavalier to list them all. We love the hotel and have for years and will forever be ambassadors.
Lori & Pete Delaney
Lori & Pete Delaney (wedding)
Date: November 12, 1994
The Unforgettable Wedding: This day was as magical as we envisioned! We met in the summer of 1992 while Pete was training with our local Virginia Beach Navy SEAL Unit. We fell in love during our first dance and one year later, with my father's blessings, we had chosen a fairy tale wedding and The Hotel Cavalier was the perfect fit. We had a whirlwind romance during his deployments and so grateful he made it home with only a few days to spare and now my dreams can come true. We believe in our hearts that the 24-year commitment as a U.S Navy SEAL and the commitment we made to each other on the evening of November 12, 1994 at The Cavalier Hotel are part of two beautiful historical stories that have become one and has touched each other's lives and resulted in two beautiful children.
Krissi & Chris Wood
Krissi & Chris Wood (wedding)
Date: May 21, 1994
When I turned 23, my husband proposed to me. We were thrilled to be able to build our first home together at the end of the driveway of the old Cavalier. When it was time to plan our wedding, the only place that we could have imagined such a symbolic ceremony to take place was there on the hill. The venue was nothing short of wonderful and the memories that the old Cavalier gave us that night will always be cherished. One of my favorite memories was being perched on the handlebars of my pink Worksman Beach-cruiser in my wedding dress while my groom peddled me to our new home at the bottom of the hill. Our guests were lined up on both sides of the hill tossing birdseed at us as we peddled between them.
Scott & Lori Arnoe
Scott & Lori Arnoe
Date: April 28, 1990
My memories of the Cavalier go back to the 80's as a former employee. I worked as a bartender and server for many years. My romantic journey began when I met my husband, Scott Arnoe. One of our first dates was at the Cavalier beach so, of course, when we decided to marry there would be no other place but the Old Cavalier. We were young and didn't have much money but the staff made sure we had a wonderful wedding and reception. We had our wedding and reception at the Old Cavalier and it was beautiful. The Old Cavalier was so beautiful that we didn't even have to spend money on decorations! Our marriage was witnessed by family and friends and it was a magical night.
Randall & Susan Neal
Randall & Susan Neal
Date: November 24, 1990
I grew up in Virginia Beach, the daughter of a Navy pilot, and still consider it home. The romance and grandeur of the Cavalier was always intriguing. The only reference I ever made to my wedding was a fantasy wedding reception "up on the hill". Lucky girl that I was, my husband proposed in May in a picture perfect setting, and after some guessing as to where he was in his career and when he would be transferring again, we planned a November wedding. In a fortunate stroke of serendipity the room at the Old Cavalier was available with the beautiful arched windows. I remember a sense of awe that I was really there dancing with my husband in the Cavalier. The beautiful architecture, the hum of our friends and family, and the incredible views were a stunning backdrop to a perfect day.
Ken & Nancy Hunt
Ken & Nancy Hunt
Date: October 26, 1991
My husband, Ken, and I share a love of history and beautiful historical buildings, so when we started planning our wedding back in 1989, we knew that we would have to have it at the Old Cavalier. Nothing compared to its splendor and rich history in our city and it didn't matter when our wedding was to take place, we just knew it had to be there.. To be able to celebrate a monumental event as your own wedding in such a grand old building was surreal and wonderful.
Carlos & Rhonda Riesco
Carlos & Rhonda Riesco
Date: April 25, 1992
It was officially the summer of 1989. It was my sixth year working for the "grand dame" and had started this year in my new capacity as Beverage Manager. As soon as I arrived at work all my female bartenders were excited about the new bartender hired for the Beverage Department. "Have you seen him yet?" After introductions and pleasantries our conversations flowed without effort. We seemed to be finishing each others sentences. Who would of thought that three years later we would vow our love for one another in the "grand dame", where we met.
Tom & Joan Wagner
Tom & Joan Wagner
Date: May 16, 1992
As a lifelong resident of Virginia Beach it was always my dream to be married at the old Cavalier in the Raleigh Room overlooking the swimming pool. My dream had a twist, as I married my parents best friends son. The wedding was a wonderful celebration of two families. Many guests didn't know weather to sit on the brides side or the grooms. As we pulled away and looked back at all our family and friends gathered on the steps of the Cavalier, it was the perfect backdrop for a perfect night.
Michael & Kristine Smith
Michael & Kristine Smith
Date: September 25, 1994
We married, had our reception, our wedding night at the old romantic Cavalier Hotel on September 25, 1994, 22 years ago. It was a beautiful sunny Sunday afternoon at 1:30pm. Friends and family from several states gathered to celebrate our day of love and our life long commitment. It was my 'husbands' choice to marry at the Cavalier Hotel, not only because of the history, beauty, and he was a native Virginia Beach resident, but because of the sentimental value it held in his heart.
Rob & Amy Joynt
Rob & Amy Joynt
Date: August 19, 1995
My husband grew up in Virginia Beach and always wanted to get married there so that he could have his reception at the Old Cavalier. 2 days before our wedding we had to evacuate our hotel because of the hurricane. Needless to say I was freaking out and worried my wedding wasn't going to happen or that people wouldn't show up. Thankfully it did not do too much damage and we were able to have our special day! It was in the 70s and there was not a cloud in the sky. We danced the night away and ended up paying extra to stay later. I am forever grateful I listened to my husband and decided to get married in Virginia beach and have our reception at the Old Cavalier.
Chandler & Susan Pitcher
Chandler & Susan Pitcher
Date: January 6, 1996
In September 1994, my now husband proposed to me when we stayed in the Old Cavalier. In 1996 we had our wedding reception at the Old Cavalier Ballroom, and this year we are celebrating 20 happy years of marriage. It was a night that no one in attendance will ever forget. Shortly after the wedding ceremony it began to lightly snow and before we knew it Virginia Beach was covered in snow. We have the most beautiful pictures and memories of that night at the Cavalier. Both of us still remember sitting in our suite at the new Cavalier looking out over the North End watching the snow fall. The Cavalier will always hold a special place in our hearts.
Tommy & Cid Griffin
Tommy & Cid Griffin
Date: June 22, 1996
My wife Cid and I were born and raised in Lima Ohio. We did not discover Virginia Beach until we had been married for many years. On our 25th anniversary we spent our first night at the Cavalier on the Hill. We had such a delightful experience we decided that since my occupation made it difficult to travel in the summer we would spend one night celebrating our marriage each June 22nd at the Cavalier on the Hill. It was a great decision. Year after year we would check in on June 21st or 22nd and enjoy a wonderful evening devoted to remembering how lucky and blessed we both are to still be in love and enjoying each other's company within the setting of the historical and elegant Cavalier.