I played a wedding at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hilton last weekend and was it beautiful! If you’ve never been there, it is certainly worth a look if you want an oceanfront wedding. The facility is just beautiful, the staff is wonderful, and you can’t beat the view. We were in the Peacock Ballroom for the ceremony and it was really windy outside so the backdrop was the ocean in all of its wild glory with big waves crashing against the beach. The cocktail reception was in the Prefunction Area outside of the ballroom which also provides and endless view of the ocean.
I was working with a Mistress of Ceremonies rather than a professional planner, so I made sure that she felt comfortable about everything concerning the ceremony, and I also made sure to come out to the foyer a few moments before the ceremony was set to begin. She was happy about this because there were a couple of last-minute delays that would have been difficult to communicate had I not been nearby, but as it was everything went off perfectly and everyone entered right on cue; just like in the movies!
After the ceremony, we went to the Prefunction Area for the cocktail reception and switched gears for some jazz until it was time to go into dinner. I couldn’t believe how quickly the Hilton staff turned the ceremony room into the reception room, complete with fairly elaborate decor! They opened the doors right on schedule and it looked absolutely gorgeous; lots of “wow” factor!
Wedding season is coming to a close but I still have one or two more coming up, one of which is in a venue I’ve never had the privilege of playing. It’s a little out of the way, in Powhatan, VA (west of Richmond), but the photos I’ve seen are stunning and I can’t wait to see it in person!