We have had the honor of photographing some of Virginia’s most beautiful and best wedding venues over the past several years. Out of hundreds of weddings and dozens of places, we’ve narrowed down a list IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER of some of our absolute favorite wedding venues in Virginia. That is not to say that other venues aren’t wonderful, these venues just happen to meet a variety of certain criteria, and lists cannot go on forever! Factors we considered in creating this list included of course the wonderful staff at each venue, how often we have photographed at these venues, the gorgeous opportunities for photographs, and of course, we had to consider ‘back-up’ options at each venue in case of inclement weather.
If there is a jewel in Virginia’s beautiful varied landscapes, the wine region around Charlottesville is it. Located within a brief drive of Washington DC and within an hour of Virginia’s capital, Richmond, Pippin Hill is often ranked not only among the top wedding venues in Virginia, but in the United States. Pippin Hill has it all: beautiful, private locations to get ready for the wedding, options for ceremonies rain or shine, and a lovely reception area. We love the subtle rustic elegance and the breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Pippin Hill is a place for people passionate about good wine and good food, and for anyone who can truly appreciate just how special a Blue Ridge sunset can be.
We love Inn at Warner Hall weddings. Not only does Michael’s family come from Gloucester County, Virginia, but the Inn always has the most beautiful sunsets. The historic venue is one of those old enough that it was built with natural light in mind, which is perfect for wedding photographs. From the first time we met them, owners Theresa and Troy have inspired us in how we have shaped our client relationships. From its grand staircase, to the gorgeous lawn, to the nearby steady thrumming of cicadas, it is a perfect location for an ideal Southern wedding that combines rich history, inspiring elegance and the peaceful rustic countryside.
Located in the hills of Leesburg, a quick and convenient drive from Washington DC’s Dulles International Airport and in view of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Stone Tower Winery offers a sprawling property with elegant charm for couples to celebrate their vows with family and friends. With over 40 years of history in the heart of Loudoun County, and a passion for delivering the highest quality possible in both their wines and their customer service, each wedding we photograph at Stone Tower is a joy to experience.
We have had a love affair with the Williamsburg Winery going back to 2012, when we had only just recently moved to the United States from Germany. From our first introduction, the Williamsburg Winery event staff has consistently provided outstanding levels of communication. The proximity of the Williamsburg Winery to Colonial Williamsburg and the College of William and Mary make it ideal for those planning a destination wedding, or for college alumni in search of an aesthetically pleasing venue close to the Wren Chapel. The wine is delicious. The European inspiration of the entire venue makes us feel right at home. Located closer to Hampton Roads than most of the other locations on this list, it is also within a few minutes drive of the beach at Yorktown, and an hour from Virginia Beach. The luxurious suites at the neighboring Wedmore Place lend a perfect setting for brides and grooms to prepare for one of the best days of their lives!
Another beautiful Virginia wedding venue that truly shows off some of the best scenery the Commonwealth has to offer, Castle Hill Cider is another gem for newly engaged couples planning their Southern wedding. The grounds have unlimited opportunities for spectacular wedding photos, and showcase some of Virginia’s loveliest countryside. The barn offers a blank slate with which to plan and decorate. The loft in the barn has an intimate area for preparations as well as a beautifully simple area by great doors for ceremonies in winter or on rainy days. Their cider is not to be missed!
Located in Middleburg, Virginia, the Goodstone Inn provides one of the most luxurious and elegant venues for a wedding within a few hours drive of Washington, DC. After journeying down twisting roads and through quaint, historic towns with stone houses and ancient watermills on old creeks, through miles of hilly horse-farm country, one finds the Goodstone Inn. It is one of those places where you can close your eyes, listen, and not hear any distant traffic – just wind in the trees. We love places like that. Even more, we love the historic houses the Goodstone Inn provides for couples to ‘get ready’ in, and the green hills with massive, moss-covered boulders. We love the vine covered walls and the expansive meadows. The fact that the staff is so incredibly hospitable always leaves a lasting impression. We are always happy when life takes us back to Middleburg, thanks to the beautiful Goodstone Inn.