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Tim & Meghan Bakner
Tim & Meghan Bakner
Date: October 19, 2013
When we were planning our wedding reception we wanted to have a location that was truly beautiful and unique. After visiting The Cavalier, we were in awe of the quiet class and sophistication reminiscent of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby. It was then that we were hooked; there was no other place in our minds. We had the privilege of being the last wedding reception at The Cavalier before it closed for renovations. The rooms glowed with memories of past parties as our guests danced the night away. The grand old building was rightfully getting a final wedding to celebrate.
Kristine & Justin Ballard
Kristine & Justin Ballard (wedding)
Date: October 12, 2013
10 years ago, I ran into my wife at a going-away party for a mutual friend. She was way out of my league but I knew she was the ONE. Many months later and after several more dates Kristin and I ultimately fell in love with each other and each other's large families. A couple of years later after a long discussion with the family; I finally proposed using the diamond from Kristin's great grandmother's original 1927 Tiffany engagement ring. Kristin's grandfather played in a band on the weekends at the Historic Cavalier Hotel in the 1940s before the U.S. Navy commandeered the hotel in 1942. With the history of Kristin's grandfather performing, ornate architecture and grandiose feel of the hotel - there was simply no other place either of us wanted to take our vows to spend the rest of our life together. Falling only short to the birth of our beautiful twin girls - this wedding day at the Historic Cavalier Hotel was the happiest day of my life.
Rachael & Josh Malbon
Rachael & Josh Malbon (wedding)
Date: October 13, 2012
Josh and I met in the Fall of 2005. For lack of better words - when I first saw him, there was something familiar in his face, as if I already knew him. We dated for many years, sometimes parting ways for a bit, but always finding our way back to each other. By the time the Summer of 2012 came around, Josh was sure he was ready. I started planning our wedding right away; we were eager to start a family. Without hesitation, we both knew the Cavalier on the Hill was the spot for us. Josh has deep family roots in Virginia Beach and Princess Anne County and it felt like the right place to secure our own little spot in history. The charm, the elegance, the grandeur, and knowing we would have one of the last weddings in all of her original glory, was special for us. It was a warm October evening in 2012, and we said our vows in front of loved ones on the lawn. The celebration continued inside with dinner and dancing. We will always look lovingly at the Cavalier, through our past photos and memories, and seeing her restored to her full glory.
Joshua & Paige LeClear
Joshua & Paige LeClear
Date: August 4, 2011
On 10/10/10 I married my love of 8 years (then now we have been together for 14) and we wanted to spend our wedding night at the old Cavalier to begin our honeymoon night and life together, but during this time we had found out that the Cavalier was closed for the season. So we postponed this magical night for almost a year and called it our second honeymoon. We had a fantastic evening walking the grounds even in the rain. We had dinner then at the New Cavalier restaurant before it was demolished. The hotel was stunning even for just a short visit. We are excited for the reopening and hope to visit when it does.
Matthew & Hailey Johnston
Matthew & Hailey Johnston
Date: January 9, 2012
My husband, Matthew, and I met on a blind date. The evening was cool and the stars were shining bright. There was something in the air that night and we both felt it. Our hearts were inseparable and on January 9th, 2012 we wed. After a magical wedding day with family and friends, we rode into the sunset to begin our honeymoon at The Cavalier! The time we spent there is a time we remember fondly and with smiles.
TJ & Chasity Steger III
TJ & Chasity Steger III
Date: July 7, 2012
My wife and I were married on a hot July evening on my parents farm. We drove 3 hours to The Cavalier because of its "old school" beauty. We spent 3 days being pampered and enjoying all The Cavalier had to offer. It was our first time ever getting room service and it was so fast and the staff always so polite. We were heart broken to hear that it changed hands and have been so pleased with how things have gone for The Cavalier and the whole area.
Nicholas & Rashel Marks
Nicholas & Rashel Marks
Date: July 7, 2012
‘Twas the night before Thanksgiving in 2009 that I first met my wife. It was at a dinner party and she was the most beautiful lady I had ever seen. Our first date was in January and it was followed by a second date, which just so happened to be Valentines Day. For our first Valentine's Day together we attended the Red Hot Valentines Day Ball at the Cavalier on the Hill Hotel. From the second we took that left turn into the parking lot from Pacific Avenue, we fell in love with the Cavalier. It was only natural that our first choice was the Cavalier. We were married on July 7, 2012 and celebrated our wedding reception in the grand ballroom at the Cavalier on the Hill Hotel. It was a magical event.
David & Corrine Holland
David & Corrine Holland
Date: July 28, 2012
My husband and I were originally supposed to stay at another hotel in the area for the first two nights of our honeymoon, however upon arrival we were told our room was given away. Heartbroken, we searched for a place to stay but as you can imagine that is pretty difficult in peak season of July in Virginia Beach. We were able to book a room at the Old Cavalier and were treated with such kindness and generosity. It was the perfect place to spend the first two nights of our marriage. Even with the fire alarm going off at 3am and having to evacuate for a bit, the entire stay was memorable and a joy to share with my husband.
Craig & Cartwright Reilly
Craig & Cartwright Reilly
Date: April 6, 2013
We were married on April 6, 2013 at Galilee Episcopal Church and celebrated with a wonderful reception next door at the old Cavalier on the Hill. What a special night! I grew up in Virginia Beach so the Cavalier has always been a monument of splendor and grandeur at the Oceanfront. Everything about the weekend was amazing and I wouldn't change a thing. In fact, I'd do it 100 times over if I could!
Matt & Kelsey Backe
Matt & Kelsey Backe
Date: June 15, 2013
My wife knew she wanted to be married at The Cavalier before we even met! Her parents were married there so it became a family tradition. We were married under the trees at the front of the hotel and partied the night away in the Grand Ballroom. The hotel made our wedding that much more special.
Keith & Melinda Pezzella
Keith & Melinda Pezzella
Date: July 20, 2013
Keith and I dated for five years before we got engaged. We spent many summers and afternoons on the beach as we love the relaxation and surf. When we were looking at wedding venues we both knew we wanted to be near the beach because we love the scenery and have had so many memories there. When I visited the hotel I instantly fell in love with the majestic setting and historic significance of the property. We got married outside with the large columns and glass doors set as our backdrop while surrounded by family and friends. The Cavalier Hotel will forever be a significant place in our lives. It was on that hill that our family became one.
Colin & Courtney Kelly
Colin & Courtney Kelly
Date: September 28, 2013
When we were engaged on New Years Eve 2013, reality quickly set in on planning our wedding. As the dust settled our hearts were set on the Cavalier Hotel for so many reasons. One of our first dates was at the Valentines Day "Red Hot" ball held at the Cavalier. Colin asked me to be his "girlfriend" that night. ​The Cavalier Hotel was an obvious choice for our wedding venue and the event couldn't have been more perfect.
Dylan & Kelle Townsend
Dylan & Kelle Townsend
Date: October 5, 2013
Dylan and I grew up in Virginia Beach and met as young children. Our relationship started as friends and grew into a wonderful partnership. He swept me off my feet one summer evening and I still don't think they've touched the ground. He asked me for my hand in marriage August 21, 2012 and we married the following fall at Virginia Beach United Methodist, both in which our parents wed. We had a 1939 Cadillac bring us to the Cavalier and had all our closet family and friends dance the night away in the Raleigh room. It was the most beautiful romantic evening of our lives. We loved all the imperfections which gave it it's warm charm. The historic feel was the perfect touch to a perfect evening.
Jack & Jessica Miller
Jack & Jessica Miller
Date: October 12, 2013
They always say things happen for a reason. When it comes to how our love story came to be, that couldn't be more true. From the moment we pulled up in front of the famous brick building to the moment we toured the Grand Ballroom, we knew we'd say our vows in those hallowed halls. What we didn't see coming was the eventual court case and sale of the grand hotel. On October 12, 2013 we arrived at The Cavalier on a beautiful sunny morning. After a full week of rain the skies were finally blue and we were ready to say "I Do". It was as if all the stress and worry about the sale and the weather just melted away as we said our vows and became husband and wife. Our wedding night seemed to fly by as we spent the evening eating, drinking, and dancing with our closest friends and family, but those memories will last a lifetime.
Jonathon & Jacqueline Weadon
Jonathon & Jacqueline Weadon
Date: December 7, 2013
Ours was the last wedding reception at the original Cavalier Hotel on the Hill on December 7, 2013 before it closed for restoration. Jonathan and I enjoyed having that distinction and our guests enjoyed the venue's history, charm, and its possibility of paranormal activity.
Stephen & Kate Michaels
Stephen & Kate Michaels
Date: August 1, 2014
Like many couples planning a wedding in Virginia Beach, it was always a dream to have our reception at the Old Cavalier Hotel on the Hill. Unfortunately, we shared this dream with a host of other brides who had booked well in advance of our determining a June date. We tried to find other months and dates that would work but found it far too challenging. When we heard the news that the Cavalier would be closing for renovations, I was very happy to learn that there were opportunities to stay there one last time. Once again, I was disappointed to learn that there were no rooms available, they were completely booked. I began to think that my dream of staying there might not ever come to fruition. However, at last, my luck turned. We arrived on a beautiful summer evening and it was one of the most exciting and memorable nights I can ever recall in my lifetime. When we checked out the next morning, I smiled to myself, realizing that this magical night was very much like I dreamt it would be. Honestly, it was beyond my expectations.
Chris & Elissa Pierson
Chris & Elissa Pierson
Date: October 4, 2014
Our wedding could not have been more perfect, from our guests, to the weather and the location. We traveled to the Cavalier in style by parading 3 short blocks from Galilee Church (our ceremony location) to the Beach Club. Chris & I rode in a 1957 Thunderbird, followed by a jazz band and all of our guests with streamers! The old beach charm of the Cavalier provided an easy, elegant ambiance for our guests during cocktail hour. Dolphins leapt in the ocean as a steel drum band played in the background. After oysters and cocktails, our guests entered the Beach Club ballroom to a Frank Sinatra singer serenading them. The room glowed from gold linens, spotlights and added chandeliers- each table topped with beautiful, bountiful fall florals. Our personal touches brought the Cavalier to life by blending the old with the new. As the toasts, laughter, and evening progressed we danced the night away to a seven piece band. Our guests capped the night off with milkshakes while they waved us goodbye as we hopped on decorated beach cruisers & rode off down the boardwalk in the moonlight!