Settle in friends, because today’s virtual tour is a treat. We have not just one venue for your wedding in the DC area, but rather a whole county of fabulous venue possibilities for your choosing and perusing. Allow me to introduce you to Orange County in Virginia. It is a quaint area just outside of Charlottsville and not far from the heart of DC. As it was described to me, Orange County is perfect for the DC area couple who wants a destination wedding without all the passport and airport drama.
To take us on our wedding venue tour of Orange County, we have Jennifer McBride from event planning and design firm McBride Events, and Jay Billie, owner of the Inn at Westwood Farm. Jennifer and Jay hosted a tour for 70 local wedding professionals and we have a few pictures to prove it!
Above Photo Credits: Don Mears Photography
Above Photo Credits: Meghan McSweeney Photography
Nestled in the Piedmont region of Virginia, Orange County boasts rolling hills and amazing views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The venues on the tour – from intimate inns to hundreds of acres of country setting – quickly upgraded their hidden gem status to the newest hot spot for couples desiring the peace and tranquility of the country with all of the conveniences of a metropolitan area.
First stop of the tour was Gordonsville’s Restaurant Pomme, which tempts the palate with French cuisine by classically trained Paris Chef Gerard Gasparini.
Initially settled in 1905, Rounton Farm features four wedding sites on property with a fifth on the way to be located in their award-winning blackberry patch. If you time it right, a breath taking sunset across the mountains can be yours.
Mayhurst Inn is a four story 9,200 square foot Italianate Victorian Plantation Manor House on 37 acres that offers brides several options – from an intimate ceremony on the front porch, to a celebration with friends and family under the 200 year old Ash tree. Their honeymoon accommodations, the Italian Suite, had us weak in the knees!
Built by Thomas Jefferson, the Inn on Poplar Hill offers a garden wedding package for a weekend long celebration, while also catering to the bride and groom who simply want to whisk away for a weekend and elope.
Lovingly restored in 2003, Chestnut Hill Bed & Breakfast specializes in offering outdoor affairs. If Emily Macon’s Bridal Suite doesn’t convince you to make it a Chestnut Hill wedding, we’re not sure what will! Have no fear as your groom and his groomsmen were also considered- their downstairs lounge is reminiscent of your favorite pub.
Offering intimate ceremony and elopement options, the Holladay House Bed & Breakfast encourages you to gather your nearest and dearest in front of their antique Italian marble fireplace in their 1830’s parlor.
A 1910 farmhouse situated on 19 acres of farm land, the Inn at Westwood Farm offers elopement packages for a wedding getaway for two, as well as a weekend of festivities under the stars. The proprietors , who themselves married at the Inn, have spent the better part of seven years reclaiming the lush gardens and turning it once again into a small working farm.
The critically acclaimed Inn at Willow Grove offers two extraordinary spaces for the bride and groom who want to wow their guests from the very first step onto the property. The locally inspired restaurant Vintage, located within the Inn, is the perfect setting for bridal luncheons and rehearsal dinners.
James Madison’s Montpelier may need no introduction if you are well versed on the history of the Commonwealth. Whether marrying at the Madison designed Temple or the lush Annie duPont Formal Garden, or dancing the night away at the duPont Gallery, Montpelier combines the magic of its historical beginnings with modern day Southern charm.
With both indoor and outdoor spaces to their name, Stonefire Station features two ballrooms, an outdoor terrace with fireplace, and lush Venetian courtyard.
Already on the radar for oenophiles, Barboursville Vineyard is located in the heart of Virginia wine country. With both Italian and regional design elements, the vineyard offers the perfect combination of luxury and comfort. On your next trip, be sure to take time out to savor a glass of award-winning Octagon.
So many venue choices! We hope you enjoyed just a quick glimpse of all that Orange County Virginia has to offer in the wedding venue department. Happy venue hunting in the DC area!
A big thank you to McBride Events and the Inn at Westwood Farm for hosting this tour, and the local Virginia wedding photographers who toured Orange County and shared their work: Cramer Photo, Don Mears Photography, Holland Photo Arts, Korie Lynn Photography, Meghan McSweeney Photography and PW Photography.