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Virginia Wedding Venues
The ring has been bought, a question has been asked and the planning has begun. Congrats you are getting married! Now it’s time to pick some dates and start looking at Virginia wedding venues. You probably aren’t sure where to begin so hopefully this will help you out some. I’ve put together a list of 10 amazing wedding venues in Virginia and linked to real weddings I’ve photographed there.
This is a great way to view an entire wedding at these venues to see if it will really fit your needs. You can see areas where the bride and groom get ready, of course ceremony locations and great spots for portraits but how about where your guests will enjoy cocktail hour and view how other brides have decorated the reception space. When viewing venue websites it is hard to get a feel for an entire wedding when you are just seeing a few great images from one or two weddings.
I find it is so much more helpful for my couples when they can see an entire wedding to really see if the venue works with their vision for their wedding. We have everything from plantation homes to vineyards to barns in this round up! Whether you are having a rustic wedding or going for more of an elegant glam feel I bet one of these venues will be the perfect fit for you.
Looking for a rustic outdoor space for your ceremony?
With beautiful stone ruins of an old Virginia mill as the backdrop for your ceremony outdoors or tall windows accented by lit trees for your indoor holiday wedding you can’t go wrong. The Mill at Fine Creek near Richmond, Virginia is my favorite Virginia wedding venue, it has beautiful light for photos any time of day and anytime of year I’ve found.
Looking for a waterfront ceremony location with a beautiful ballroom style reception area?
Look no further then Osprey’s Landing in Woodbridge, Virginia. The gorgeous ceremony location with a flagstone pathway and pergola set on the Potomac are beautiful for wedding ceremonies. Indoors guests can relax in the bar for cocktail hour before being escorted into a beautiful reception space with windows all around. The golf course location can be fun for photo ops too!
Looking for a rustic indoor location reminiscent of an old church? Or an outdoor location set under the trees overlooking a pond?
This venue has an option for almost any bride, from rustic to glam Stevenson Ridge in Spotsylvania, Virginia can accommodate. Their chapel features reclaimed wood from an old church that was being torn down. For outdoor loving brides they offer a beautiful ceremony space with a pergola set under huge trees overlooking a pond with a fountain. For your reception the Lodge offers plenty of space for your guests and a roomy dance floor.
Are you military and looking for something unique that honors your military heritage?
How many people do you know that had their wedding reception under planes and next to tanks? Located in Quantico, Virginia the National Museum of the Marine Corp is a unique venue perfect for military couples. The Semper Fidelis Chapel is beautiful with gardens and pathways perfect for photos. Guests can enjoy the museum during cocktail hour before sitting down to dinner under the magnificent dome.
Do you love the idea of a family wedding weekend at a gorgeous location?
I love big family weddings where everyone comes together to catch up and relax as the celebrate a new marriage! The Inn at Willow Grove in Orange, Virginia offers onsite cottages and rooms for your family to stay plus an onsite restaurant and bar to hang out after hours. They offer rehearsal dinner options along with brunch the morning after your wedding. Your ceremony site is set in their boxwood gardens with the reception in a beautifully converted barn. The Inn is the perfect backdrop for a Southern style wedding!
Are you planning a more elegant affair?
Located in Leesburg, Virginia Rose Hill Manor is a traditional Jeffersonian mansion. I think this lends itself well to a more elegant traditional wedding. The gardens around the manor are beautiful for photos of the bride and groom! The reception space features two story ceilings and beautiful fireplaces. Your ceremony is performed under the pergola on the brick patio behind the manor.
Do you love garden weddings and elegant ballroom receptions?
Located in Fredericksburg, Virginia on the campus of Mary Washington University the Jepson Alumni Center has the most unique cocktail hour space I’ve seen. Featuring checkerboard black and white floor tiles and soaring ceilings with lots of architectural detail it makes for unique photo ops! The ballroom features large windows for natural light during the day and as the lights go down the party starts!
Planning a rustic barn wedding?
Barn weddings are all the rage right now and the Adams School near Richmond, Virginia offers a traditional red barn perfect for a rustic wedding. Guests sit on hay bales as they watch you say I do! So if your a country couple this is the perfect venue for you!
Looking for a dramatic backdrop for your outdoor ceremony?
Located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Crozet, Virginia this venue provides a stunning backdrop for your outdoor ceremony. Horses roaming in fields nearby and the majestic mountains peaking in the background. With a gorgeous indoor reception space featuring a wine barrel wall and beautiful fireplace. Head outside for portraits among the grape vines and enjoy a glass of wine!
Do you love the idea of an outdoor reception to follow a more formal garden wedding?
Located in Richmond, Virginia Mankin Mansion offers a more formal garden wedding space. Beautiful brick buildings and pathways accent the property offering an old worldly elegant feel. Chandeliers hang from inside the tent adding drama and flair when the dance lights start pumping. This venue is perfect for a more formal wedding!