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WEDDING DATE:

Mar 24, 2013

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The Venue - Top of the Bay

After checking out several local venue options, Brian and I decided to take a tour of a place called Top of the Bay which is located on a military base called the Aberdeen Proving Grounds.  From the moment we walked in the door, we were completely wowed and we knew that we HAD to have this place! 

Top of the Bay sits right on the waterfront overlooking the scenic Chesapeake Bay... formerly the old officer's club, it now serves as a premier restautant, catering and conference center and has recently undergone extensive renovations that fused the facility's old-world charm with today's modern technology.  Walking into Top of the Bay is like walking into an elegant old-Hollywood era mansion, but with the most updated of today's modern conveniences.  Those who are eligible to rent Top of the Bay are:  Active Duty Military, Civilian Employees, Department of Defense Contractors, Retirees and Family Members... lucky for us, Brian works for the Department of Defense so that made us eligible! 

We are so excited to be able to have our wedding there!  Not only is the inside gorgeous, but so is the outside... we have the option (depending on the weather, of course!) of having our ceremony on the rooftop patio which overlooks the Chesapeake Bay and is a beautiful backdrop for any event or special day!  Maryland weather can be tricky... we've had blizzards in March and we've had weather in the 70's in March.  As a matter of fact, today (January 29th) it is 60 degrees!  SIXTY!  And that is after a week of below-freezing HIGH temperatures.  Weird!

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the front/outside of the venue

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this is where my ceremony will be outside IF the weather cooperates... what a gorgeous view!  :)

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I am IN LOVE with these spiral staircases... aren't they awesome??

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the girls' room to get ready in 

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 the boys' room to get ready in

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in the event of inclimate weather, this is the room where our ceremony will be... I was thinking that we could stand on the platform at the top of the stairs, with the bridesmaids/groomsmen staggered down the stairs on either side of the platform. 

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looking into the reception area from the foyer entrance;  basically the same thing but just a little closer up

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a wider view of the room

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left:  as you're entering the room from the foyer but before you get into the actual room - the buffet dinner will be set up here

right:  the same thing but on the other side of the doorway - the cardbox/gift table and guest book table will most likely be over there

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the bar!  :)

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the bar area  :)

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           from the bar, into the boys' dressing room                          the view from the bar windows  :)

(6) Comments

Love your venue!

What an INCREDIBLE venue!!!  EEP!!!  This is going to look amazing for your wedding!!!

Wow, that is an amazing venue!  Your wedding is going to be positively gorgeous!

Wow what a gorgeous venue! I can just see photos now that you'll get on your big day! :)