Saying ‘I Do’ at the Mason Inn

Posted: July 26, 2010 at 1:04 am, Last Updated: July 23, 2010 at 10:10 am

By Dave Andrews

The largest Mason Inn ballroom, which can accommodate more than 500 people. Creative services photo

The Mason Inn Conference Center and Hotel couldn’t have picked a better time to open for business: It’s wedding season, and the brides and grooms are lining up.

The inn’s official opening was Thursday, July 22. But that wasn’t a concern for the 18 wedding parties that booked their receptions months ago. In fact, the first wedding reception took place the weekend before the opening.

The Mason Inn booked its first wedding reception back in October 2009 when the building was nothing more than a steel-beam frame. Jasper Cooke and Jeannie Rose liked the idea of being among the first to celebrate a wedding at the inn. The two will be married on Aug. 7.

“The initial question used to be whether or not the construction of the hotel would be done in time,” Rose says. “But now that it’s all finished, we don’t have much else to worry about. The planning with the event staff has been really easy to do.”

The decision to book a reception more than 10 months prior to the building’s completion took a lot of faith on the part of the bride and groom. But considering that both of the bride’s parents have ties to Mason, it’s not so hard to understand.

Jasper Cooke and Jeannie Rose were the first couple to book a wedding at the new Mason Inn. Rose's mother is an alumna and her father is a current student. Photo courtesy of the Rose family

Eugene and Barbara Rose are the parents of the bride-to-be. Barbara earned a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Mason in 2002, and Eugene is a doctoral candidate in remote sensing in the Earth Systems and Geoinformation Sciences Program.

Being on the campus for their daughter’s wedding will make the celebration even more meaningful for them.

“It’s amazing how much Mason has grown in recent years,” says Rose. “I definitely see the benefits of building the Mason Inn because this area really doesn’t have many options for holding large, indoor events.”

And since her daughter wanted a wedding near her home, and both bride and groom live and work in the area, Fairfax seemed like the best location.

“We’re very excited for Jeannie and Jasper, especially because we’ll be having the reception in a beautiful, brand-new building,” says Barbara Rose, who now teaches at Lake Braddock High School. “It’s different and more refreshing than all of the other hotels we’ve seen in the area.”

The reception menu will be handled by the cooks at the Mason Inn’s restaurant, Boxwoods.

The Boxwoods concept of serving sustainable meats and produce really appealed to Rose’s vegan son-in-law-to-be.

“That was definitely a huge pull for them,” Rose says.

For more information on planning a wedding or social event at the Mason Inn, see the website.

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