My favorite thing about weddings, aside from fancy clothes and open bars, is seeing how the bride and groom show their personalities and tell their story through the setting , the themes, and all of the personal little touches they choose to include on their special day. More and more, weddings seem to be moving out of traditional settings and into venues that allow for an even greater expression of the couple themselves.
With wedding season officially upon us, love is in the air. If you’re planning a wedding or maybe, just maybe, you will be soon, the following list is more than inspiring. From rustic barns to elegant ballrooms, these sites provide the perfect space for self-expression, romance, and elegance.
1. On Sunny Slope Farm, Harrisonburg
It's easy to see why this stunning venue in the countryside has been awarded "Best Of" and "Couples' Choice" awards from top wedding sites. Ceremonies can be held outside or under tents to make sure the day goes off without a hitch, despite the weather.
2. Sundara, Boone's Mill
This premiere wedding destination has won nearly as many awards as it has hosted weddings. Voted "Best of Weddings" by TheKnot.com, "Best of Virginia Weddings", and "Best of Roanoke" Gold and Platinum, Sundara offers an idyllic setting for outdoor "I do's".
3. House Mountain Inn and Irvine Estate, Lexington
Set on a private mountain, these joint venues are considered to be the Shenandoah's premiere mountain wedding destinations, earning them a "State Best" and "Local Best" ranking at mywedding.com.
4. Historic Rosemont Manor, Berryville
If you want a wedding that feels like something from "Downton Abbey," few things could be more perfect than a manor house built in 1811. With indoor and outdoor venue options, this destination-style getaway is practically perfect in every way.
5. The Founders Inn and Spa, Virginia Beach
For a beach destination without getting sand in your shoes, the Founders Inn and Spa offers history, lush gardens, and indoor/outdoor accommodations.
6. The Renaissance, Richmond
This exclusive indoor wedding venue has been hosting some of Richmond's most elegant weddings for a century. With grand ballrooms and all-inclusive service, it's no wonder it has received a 5-star rating on TheKnot.com.
7. Briar Patch Bed and Breakfast Inn, Middleburg
Another "Couples' Choice" award winner, Briar Patch Bed and Breakfast Inn promises a magical setting for you and your guests on that special day.
8. Early Mountain Vineyards, Madison
Named a Top Wedding Vendor for 2014 by Virginia Living Magazine, this picturesque vineyard offers equally beautiful indoor and outdoor wedding and reception sites.
9. The Berry Hill Resort, South Boston
A former ante-bellum plantation founded in 1728, Berry Hill is now a National Historic Landmark offering 92 guest rooms and 650 rolling acres. Choose an indoor or outdoor setting and prepare for a day that's perfect in every way.
10. Sinkland Farms, Christiansburg
If you only think of Sinkland Farms as a pumpkin patch, it's time to think again. This beautiful farm makes for rustic romance with a fairytale countryside setting and elegant reception barn.
11. The Clifton Inn, Charlottesville
It's easy to see why The Clifton Inn would be chosen "Best Venue for Initimate Weddings" in Borrowed & Blue's Best of B&B awards. This picturesque inn at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains has everything you could want for a quaint, romantic wedding.
12. Inn at the Old Silk Mill, Fredericksburg
The Old Silk Mill is an actual mill that was converted into a premiere wedding and event space. Sitting just behind the Inn in the heart of Downtown Fredericksburg, this space combines industrial charm with modern elegance for a truly unique experience.
13. The Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk
With multiple venue options, the museum not only provides an elegant and creative setting, it also gives you the opportunity to create a custom wedding experience, from large indoor affairs to small, intimate garden ceremonies and receptions.
14. Selah Springs Farm, Riner
Set in the Blue Ridge Mountain of Southwest Virginia, Selah Springs provides the perfect backdrop for any wedding, offering a pond, gazebo, bridge, and rolling hills.
The only thing I love more than a wedding is a really good wedding story. Tell us about your favorite wedding spot or memory in the comments below!