SAY YES TO THE HOMESTEAD Bridal stylist Monte Durham has helped dozens of brides find their dream dresses on TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta. But now the Southern charmer, who actually resides in Old Town, Alexandria, Va., is partnering with The Omni Homestead Resort. Durham will be on-site once a month to consult with wouldbe brides. “I call them ‘walkabouts’ when brides come in for a tour,” says Durham. “The brides gather at the foot of the stairs in the main lobby, and then I appear out of nowhere. You should see the brides’ faces!” But Durham’s duties go beyond celeb recognition. He’s helping the 250-year-old historic resort revamp its wedding packages to make them more modern, and the TLC star is also launching an on-site salon for brides and grooms to get wedding-day ready. Nestled in the Allegheny Mountains, The Homestead can accommodate weddings from 100 to 1,000 people, and offers a slate of on-site activities—from the resort’s famous hot springs to skeet shooting—that will keep your guests busy for a wedding weekend. “Of course, there’s always sitting on those rockers and sipping on mint juleps,” says Durham. “There’s nothing better than that.” Wedding packages from $150 per plate, omnihotels.com/hotels/homestead-virginia –Katie Bianco YES, PLEASE! The Omni Homestead Resort offers picturesque venues both outdoors and in for weddings, and Say Yes to the Dress alum Monte Durham is now available to offer wedding planning advice.
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