Sunday, Visit Loudoun is hosting a self-guided Loudoun County wedding venue tour. West Belmont Place at the National Conference Center asked me to be on site when couples come through looking at their venue, and I said, “Absolutely!” Here is a link to the self-guided tour.
I’m excited to be part of this tour because Loudoun County is one of my FAVORITE places to shoot. It embodies everything that I love– nature, history, and the bespoke nature of mom and pop shops. I’ll share some of my favorite locations with you!
Silverbrook Farm is the perfect example of a Loudoun County wedding venue. Dot runs the bed and breakfast/ wedding venue out of her family’s restored farmhouse and barn. The Silverbrook Farm barn weddings are filled with antique chandeliers, manicured gardens, and everything so perfect it was even featured on Houzz (see here). (<– for full disclosure, I am the Houzz contributor.)
… and do you see that life-sized chess set?! Amazeballs for we nerds out there!
Silver Creek has an elegant outdoor, cocktail space, is nearby rustic locations to privately shoot, and the bridal suite! Check out the bridal suite on your tour!
The owner Lori populates the property with cool antiques– not your grandmother’s mahogany but cool pieces like the turquoise doors that I hear were once part of a Smithsonian and the gossip bench that made a perfect backdrop for our full moon shot!
Bluemont Vineyards is another go-to barn wedding venue. In addition to having a barn (they call it The Stable), they are a vineyard…. and what they don’t advertise is they have the BEST food in the area. My foodie clients Cassie and Phil picked this location, and it is not disappoint. YUM! To see their wedding, check out this post and this post!
The leaves change on the vines in October, so it is a PERFECT location if you are looking for Fall colors. Cassie and Phil paired the Fall colors with the beautiful draping, light-warped wooden beams, and jewel-toned purples and reds. Perfection!
Another great wedding venue is Briar Patch Bed and Breakfast. What I love most about this location is the natural light that streams into the reception. The beautiful location lit by natural light makes everyone look stunning!
The reception space is tall with a two-story, rock fireplace. If you like the mountains, this woodsy meets which meets Virginia rustic location is for you.
This wedding we shot in the rain, and because of the amazing light indoors, we had so many options! We were able to shoot in the reception space as well as jump outside between the raindrops! Most location are too dark to shoot natural light portraits– not so with the Briar Patch!
Let me share just one more, quickly, because my son is going nutzo and I need to run to the gym. The Woodlands at Algonkian. I’ve shot several weddings here, and what makes this location special is the natural light, two story fireplace, and location in the park. Most couples rent all the park’s cabins, and the couple and their guests get to stay together, close to the reception, and overlooking the Potomac.
You can see Meghan and Nick’s wedding here.
If you’ve made it this far, you are my kind of couple! I would love to share more with you on Sunday! Check out the tour, and stop by West Belmont Place at the National Conference Center. If you need directions or want to chat about a Loudoun County wedding venue, feel free to call or text me on Sunday– (907) 388-4724. I might not be checking email (email@example.com) until Sunday night.