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Where to Wed: My Top 10 Venues of 2017!



Virginia is such a lovely place to call home, and I am always so excited to visit new wedding venues all over the state to design flowers for my brides! I have been to many different venues throughout the last several years, and I thought it would be helpful for any of my engaged readers to share my top 10 favorites (it was SO hard to choose), and features I love of each!! That way, you can use this as a guide if YOU are still searching for that perfect wedding venue for your big day! So, in no particular order, here are 10 wedding venues that are sure to impress!

1. Mount Ida Farm, Charlottesville, Virginia

If you are searching for a gorgeous venue in the Charlottesville area, that can hold a large number of people and is rustic, natural and elegant, than Mount Ida would be a wonderful venue for you! With its beautiful interior design, thick wooden beams, and romantic crystal chandeliers, it strikes the perfect balance between a mountain lodge and an elegant vineyard ballroom, and had gorgeous mountain views- perfect for photos and for an outdoor ceremony! Photography of the Mount Ida Farm wedding is from Birds of a Feather Photography. See this beautiful wedding in our portfolio HERE! 

2. Signature at West Neck, Virginia Beach, Virginia

If you love tented weddings, with romantic Edison bulb lighting, and stunning golf course views, then you would LOVE the Signature at West Neck in Virginia Beach! I see this venue being perfect for a spring or summer wedding, with being surrounded by lots of lush greenery and a beautiful summertime beach breeze! Photography of the Signature at West Neck wedding is by Chelsea Schaefer Photography. See this lovely wedding featured on our blog HERE!

3. Williamsburg Winery, Williamsburg, Virginia

The Winery has such a classic, old-world charm feel, with beautiful detailing and vineyard rows adjacent to the ceremony and reception space- perfect for wedding photos! One of my favorite features is the beautiful stone fireplace inside, and the chandeliers- both look lovely dressed up in greenery and blooms! Photography of the Williamsburg Winery wedding is by Luke and Ashley Photography. See this gorgeous springtime wedding in our portfolio HERE! 

4. Early Mountain Vineyards, Madison, Virginia

If you are a bride who loves vineyard weddings with an organic, natural and cozy look, with the option for a beautiful indoor OR outdoor ceremony (you never know how the weather can behave), then Early Mountain Vineyards in Madison, might be for you! With its romantic roaring fireplaces on either side of its large reception space, Early Mountain has lovely natural indoor details, like mahonogany chivari chairs, long wooden tables, large windows, and more! Photography from Early Mountain Vineyard wedding by Corrin Jasinski Photography. See this romantic fall wedding in our portfolio HERE! 

5. The Historic Post Office, Hampton, Virginia

If you are a bride who loves a modern, blank-slate venue in which you can design your wedding from the ground up, and the most beautiful bridal suite, then you would love the Historic Post Office! The HPO has gorgeous indoor and outdoor details, with lovely hardwood floors, a grand staircase, and the getting ready areas are top-notch! Photography from Historic Post Office wedding from Chelsea Anderson Photography. See this beautiful wedding featured on our blog HERE!!

6. Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, Virginia

If you love clean, modern backdrops, with elegant details and unique artwork for your guests to enjoy, then you would love the Chrysler Museum, located in Downtown Norfolk. Its grand staircase makes for an amazing entrance into your wedding reception, and with the vast ceilings and bright backdrop, tall centerpieces and uplighting always look amazing! Photography from Chrysler Museum wedding by Jessica Ryan Photography. See this gorgeous summer wedding featured on our blog HERE!

7. Trump Winery, Charlottesville, Virginia

If your style is natural, rustic, and outdoorsy, and you love a combination of waterfront veiws and vineyard rows, with lots of variety for photos, then you may like the Trump Winery, located in Charlottesville, Virginia! There are several different settings you could choose from on the Trump Winery property, but the romantic barn is my favorite, with wooden detailing, ivy growing up the side of the building, and more! Photography from Trump Winery wedding by Alisandra Photography. See this romantic fall wedding featured on our blog HERE!

8. Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center, Norfolk, Virginia

If you love amazing waterfront views, lots of tall windows, indoor ceremony and reception space, modern interior details, and a large space to party the night away, with lots of guests, then the Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center would be a perfect spot for your wedding day! The large floor to ceiling windows truly are breathtaking, and if you step onto the outdoor patio to enjoy cocktail hour you will get to take in a gorgeous view of many of the waterfront sites of historic downtown Norfolk!! Photography from Half Moone wedding by Tara Liebeck Photography. See this garden-inspired summer wedding on our portfolio, HERE!

9. Big Spring Farm, Lexington, Virginia

If you love breathtaking mountain views, with scenery, a ceremony with a waterfront view,  and a barn-style reception, then you may love Big Spring Farms, located in Lexington, Virginia! With an abundance of lovely portrait locations and rolling hills, the property is perfect for lots of outdoor photos, and the reception space  is so beautifully designed, with weathered wood accents and big barn doors that can be opened or shut to allow the breeze in as you’re enjoying the reception! Bonus points for the gorgeous on-site property that the bride can get ready in as well! Photography from Big Spring Farm wedding by  Kimberly Florence Denn Photography. See this beautiful wedding in our portfolio, HERE!

10. The Tidewater Inn, Easton, Maryland

(Yes, I totally know it’s not in Virginia, but I HAD to include it!!) So, if you’re a destination bride, with an elegant, upscale wedding style, imagine pairing that with a cozy B&B type feel, and you get the coastal-inspired Tidewater Inn, in Easton, Maryland on the Eastern Shore! The Inn is situated in the middle of the quaint downtown area of Easton, and with its beautiful Chrystal ballroom to host a wedding reception, lovely patio gardens with outdoor seating for a laid back cocktail hour and after dancing hangout, and a beautiful tented ceremony site, this venue is STUNNING! Some of my favorite details are the hardwood floors, crystal chandeliers, and floor-to-ceiling windows in the Chrystal Ballroom- so much gorgeous natural light!! Photography from Tidewater Inn wedding by Natalie Jayne Photography. See this beautiful wedding in our portfolio, HERE!

I hope this venue guide was helpful to any brides searching for a beautiful venue for their wedding day! If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment or send me a direct email at


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