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Erin & Andrew Band
Erin & Andrew Band (Honeymoon)
Date: August 15, 2008
I grew up in Virginia Beach and have been in love with The Cavalier Hotel since I was a young girl. It was my dream to spend my honeymoon there. As a teenager, I used to go to the pool there and pretend that I was in that movie with Jane Seymour and Christopher Reeve, "Somewhere In Time." My sister told me that F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda vacationed there in the 1920s. I always felt there was something special and magical walking around the grounds and in the hotel. The Cavalier literally took me back in time, and to this day it is my favorite hotel for its history, location, and beauty. I met the man who would become my husband in California. He returned to Virginia to be married here with all our friends and family. We had our honeymoon at The Cavalier and stayed in the honeymoon suite. It was as wonderful as I'd always dreamed it would be.
Wendy & Kevin Chlan
Wendy & Kevin Chlan (wedding)
Date: September 13, 2003
Kevin and I met back in 2000 during our mutual friends' engagement party - we had an instant connection and a night full of music and dancing. He was getting ready to head off to flight school to become a fighter pilot, and I was finishing up my time at college, so we did not keep in touch at that point, but he was always in the back of my mind. Exactly a year later at those same friends' wedding, we met back up and reconnected, this time with intent to stay in touch. Within a year, despite living on opposite sides of the country, we dated, were engaged, and then married! The old Cavalier was a grand, timeless backdrop for our wedding reception, where we were surrounded by friends and family for an incredible evening of festivities before heading oversees for three years.
Melissa & Seth Coker
Melissa & Seth Coker (wedding)
Date: October 12, 2002
My husband Seth and I were married on October 12, 2002 in Virginia Beach and we had our rehearsal dinner and wedding reception at the old Cavalier on the Hill hotel. Ever since I was a little girl, I passed this beautiful historical hotel as I ventured off to the oceanfront. It was always such a magical looking place to me. When my husband and I first got engaged, I knew I wanted a wedding back in my hometown of Virginia Beach. The first place that came to mind for the both of us was The Cavalier on the Hill for our reception. My husband also visited Virginia Beach as a child and knew it was a perfect place for our destination wedding.
John & Carrie Duffy
John & Carrie Duffy
Date: May 11, 2002
When I moved to Virginia Beach in 1998, I immediately fell in love with the beauty and charm of the Old Cavalier on the Hill. I knew one day I would have my wedding there. In 2001, can you believe I fell in love with a man who had strong ties to the Cavalier and its history? John and I fell in love while enjoying the hotel and its historic neighborhood. We had the most wonderful wedding on May 11, 2002. It was a glorious day and night filled with love, laughter and lots of dancing!
Scott & Theresa Vander Vennet
Scott & Theresa Vander Vennet
Date: August 10, 2002
My husband Scott and I celebrated our wedding with a beautiful dinner at the Cavalier Hotel surrounded by family and friends on August 10, 2002. Even though we lived in Connecticut at that time, we chose to be married in Virginia Beach because Scott's family spent many happy years right on Atlantic Avenue as owners of the Laplaya Hotel. Scott proposed to me on the Cavalier dance floor where his parents first met in 1949. We have returned to the beach with our sons regularly to relive those happy memories.
Aaron & Mary Morris
Aaron & Mary Morris
Date: January 15, 2005
Our marriage began as most do, full of hope, of blinding love, of devotion and magic. I still remember the way her hair fell when she walked in, slightly tousled from the length of the day. I remember how her makeup had run ever so slightly from her joyful tears fallen since she first walked down the aisle. I still remember how the blue of her eyes seemed to radiate a little more luminescently during our first dance. They save the journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step. We began our journey that day. And our first footprints were left in our memories of the cavalier hotel.
Bobby & Christina Spivey
Bobby & Christina Spivey
Date: May 14, 2005
My husband and I both have always had a special place in our heart for The Old Cavalier.. It started on May 14, 2005 when we were able to celebrate our honeymoon there; it was love at first site. We have spent every anniversary at the Old Cavalier in the same room, at times enjoying the weddings taking place on the grounds or across the street at the Old Beach Club. It wasn't until our 8th anniversary that we were given The Cavalier Suite as a special treat for our anniversary from management that we found out that she was being sold. What an experience and honor to have been able to spend a night in that beautiful suite.
Michael & Jill Wright
Michael & Jill Wright
Date: July 30, 2005
We all knew of the Cavalier, so it was one of the locations we were considering. Once we saw it, we knew it was the perfect place for our guests and the honeymoon suite would be the first place we would stay as husband and wife. We did not fly out for our honeymoon till the next day. So that night, we joined some of our guests and hopped the trolley and enjoyed the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. That was 10 years ago and we can still picture the hallways, rooms and the pool. It was quite a sight and our guests still mention the charm of the Cavalier on the hill.
John & Beth Bangley
John & Beth Bangley
Date: August 13, 2005
My personal "fairy tale" came true when I married my husband at the Cavalier Hotel on the Hill on Saturday, August 13, 2005. Having grown up in Pungo in Princess Anne County, as generations of my family had before me, I had always dreamed that some day I would marry and celebrate in the venerable old beauty on the hill. In December of 2004 when the "man of my dreams" proposed I knew immediately where I would be married…….because nothing other than a ceremony and celebration at the Cavalier would do!! My wedding was my own personal fairy tale come true thanks to the Cavalier staff and the incomparable charm of the old Southern gem.
Edward & Katie Hand
Edward & Katie Hand
Date: November 25, 2005
After both being widowed, unexpectedly, after each being happily married for32 years , Katie and Ted Hand met, fell in love and we're married in 2005. Their whole family (including 8 grandchildren) enjoys happy times being together in VA Beach!
Jay & Christina Dixon
Jay & Christina Dixon
Date: June 30, 2007
My wife (Christina) and I got married June 30, 2007 at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens. I surprised my wife with our first night together as Mr. and Mrs. Dixon at the historic Cavalier hotel on the hill. Carrying my bride over the threshold was an awesome experience, seeing her face light up with joy made me realize the Cavalier was the right choice. After a great night of rest/excitement we enjoyed the Cavalier grounds. Our experience at your hotel was special and to this day, after a day at the beach we drive by the hotel and smile about those special memories.
Jacob & Maggie Freshman
Jacob & Maggie Freshman
Date: April 27, 2008
Jake and I met in Scottsdale, AZ in 2005 at a speed-dating event and became engaged there two years later. My mother and father had their wedding reception in the ballroom at The Cavalier on April 11th, 1981 and I really loved the idea of having our wedding at the same spot. We wed at The Cavalier on April 27th! What I see when I look back at our photos are the bricks, the vibrant colors, and the beauty we know The Cavalier held for ages.