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wedding is one of the most anticipated events of life. Brides and grooms plan for months to make sure their special day creates the memory of a lifetime – and not just for themselves. Ensuring family and friends have a fabulous experience is also a priority for couples, which is why many from across the country are choosing Smith Mountain Lake as their preferred wedding location. Holly Sweet, who heads up marketing and events at Mariners Landing Resort and Conference Center, said the number of out-of-town couples desiring an SML wedding is definitely on the rise. “We have noticed an increase in couples choosing Smith Mountain Lake for their destination wedding,” said Sweet. “The SML views are an amazing wedding backdrop, but the central location of Smith Mountain Lake seems to appeal to couples with guests traveling from various cities and states. Plus, it appeals to the guests since they can incorporate a vacation into their visit as well.” Lori Phillips, event coordinator at Bernard’s Landing Resort and Conference Center, said Smith Mountain Lake is often a happy medium for couples and their guests. “Anyone would love to get married on an exotic island like Jamaica, but it’s difficult to get everyone there and [requires guests] to spend money on airfare and such,” Phillips said. “SML is easier on the bank account and still makes you feel [like you’re] away from home.” This year, the Laker’s Wedding Guide includes stories on three out-of-state couples who chose Smith Mountain Lake to celebrate love’s big moment. And, starting on Page 54, is our annual directory of local vendors of wedding-related products and services.

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