Our Favorite Wedding Venues | RICHMOND VA

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November 21, 2018

What We Love About These Richmond Wedding Venues :: Richmond, Virginia

I don’t know if you’ve noticed those sparkly rings coming out of pretty velvet boxes here lately, but with all the glam and magic that happens around the holidays, it’s no wonder that this time of the year is considered the official start of engagement season. You’ve heard it here, folks. As soon as the question is popped and the enormous smiles (and happy tears) come, and that gorgeous diamond (or amethyst or sapphire for the daring) ring is in position, your next big task is to CELEBRATE… and then, find your perfect wedding venue. If you live anywhere near us or just love the city of Richmond as much as we do, you may be considering a Richmond wedding venue (or, affectionately known as RVA by locals, but you know this if you live here). As Richmond Virginia wedding photographers who live and work here – and – who have been in and out of various RVA wedding venues, we can be a great source of information on finding that perfect place to say, “I do.” So, to all you nearly and newly engaged couples, Dave and I are here to help by sharing some of our favorite Richmond wedding venues, in no particular order. Here goes.

  1. Quirk Hotel. Who doesn’t love Quirk Hotel? Described as a “boutique, luxury [hotel] to the arts and design district,” Quirk Hotel is truly one of a kind. With all of the gorgeous pops of pink and gold against the sleek black and white, it’s no wonder this posh downtown Richmond hotel is featured in the South’s Best Hotels, a list curated by Southern Living. From the ornate columns supporting tall, curved ceilings to the modern fixtures and classic style, this RVA wedding venue offers the options of luxe, comfortable hotel rooms that can serve as guest accommodations, the perfect getting ready location, or the ultimate moment of relaxation right after (or right before) your big day of festivities. Quirk offers a variety of choices for your perfect wedding reception, including: the Gallery Courtyard, The Mezzanine, and The Rooftop. We loved working alongside Chancy Charm and Stag & Lily at this trendy downtown Richmond Virginia wedding venue. For more information, click here
  2. The Mill at Fine Creek. Located just 35 miles outside of Richmond VA is the historic Powhatan wedding venue, Mill at Fine Creek, a centuries-old gristmill site dating as far back as the mid-1700s. This nearby Richmond wedding venue encompasses 10 acres of vegetable and floral gardens, in-house and made-from-scratch catering (partially sourced from the vegetable gardens), on-site access to Fine Creek, cottage-style guest accommodations, separate bride and groom getting ready locations, and a variety of ceremony sites, so that you can pick the one that really works well for you. To top it all off, this entire wedding venue is only available for one wedding at a time. We were honored to photograph Stephanie and Kirk’s wedding here this Summer. Their outdoor rose gold wedding included sequined rose gold bridesmaids dresses and a shimmery bow tie for the bridesman. It was gorgeous! Also, if there’s one thing that you need to know about this beautiful Virginia wedding venue, Stephanie was able to plan her entire wedding from across the country in California. And, the final product was flawless. How’s that for excellent customer service and attention to detail? For all of the details we missed and for more information on this perfect Powhatan Virginia wedding venue, click here.
  3. The Rennaissance Conference Center. If you’re a couple who loves old world charm, this Arts District RVA wedding venue features one of the city’s largest Victorian ballrooms with thirty foot ceilings. Although it provides no guest accommodations on-site, the Renaissance is located in downtown Richmond and is convenient to many hotels and parking. For more information on this beautiful downtown wedding venue, click here.
  4. Seven Springs Farm. According to this absolutely stunning RVA wedding venue, “Seven Springs offers the classic elegance of Southern tradition within the rustic and approachable setting of a historic estate and working heritage livestock farm. Nestled within over 100 acres, the heart of the campus is an early eighteenth century home surrounded by a collection of inviting living and entertaining spaces. A relaxed atmosphere with natural, organic elements and a modern edge, Seven Springs is the perfect backdrop for a wedding weekend getaway, farm to table dinner celebrations, and other collaborative community events” (source). We had the pleasure of being Cait & Phil’s wedding photographers and working alongside the talented The Hive Wedding Collective at this gorgeous, historic Virginia wedding venue. Their outdoor Spring wedding included a modern twist of black bridesmaids dresses accompanied by classic leafy greens and pillowy florals, it tied in so well to the charm and elegance of Seven Springs. For more details about this gorgeous, historic Manquin Virginia wedding venue, click here.
  5. Tuckahoe Women’s Club. With the aesthetic of metal floral chandeliers, whimsical pastel and brilliant fuschia wallpapers, simple yet elegant displays, and an intimate garden setting, this stately RVA wedding venue offers a variety of vendors to choose from and a number of reception and ceremony sites. For more information on this charming Richmond wedding venue, click here.
  6. The Estates at Independence Golf Club. Dave and I had the opportunity to be Jessica and Adam’s wedding photographers at this classic Midlothian wedding venue. Their outdoor Summer wedding ceremony was held at the Pavilion and featured a beautiful wooden cross made by the groom while their wedding reception location was at the Independence Estates stately clubhouse. It was truly the perfect setting for their blush and silver wedding colors. There are a variety of on-site ceremony and reception spaces and this RVA wedding venue was such a pleasure to work with. We love the neutral colors that you’ll find throughout the clubhouse and on-site guest accommodations and expansive green surrounding this gorgeous Virginia wedding venue. For more details, including the Independence Golf Club wedding guide, click here.
  7. Tuckahoe Plantation. Located in Richmond Virginia, the Tuckahoe Plantation wedding venue is a historic site that incorporates 18th century gardens and is the boyhood home of Thomas Jefferson. As an outdoor venue only, there is something to be said of adequate planning, keeping to Southern traditions like burying the bourbon, and completely throwing caution to the wind. For couples looking for a Richmond wedding venue that welcomes a non-traditional celebration and complete customization, check out this fabulous historic Virginia plantation. More details here.
  8. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA). What can we say about this Fan District Richmond wedding venue except: there are literally so many choices here. From the oh-so-elegant and historic Pauley Center with its design inspired by 1700 White House architectural plans to the sculptured surroundings of the modern Cochrane Atrium with brilliant views of the VMFA’s Sculpture Garden and Boulevard to the Italian pink Marble Hall (that so happens to include “private access to some of the museum’s most impressive galleries”), the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts has a wide variety of individual ceremony and reception sites. Dave and I had the honor of photographing Emily and Joe’s Summer wedding at the VMFA, and their blush and teal wedding colors against the backdrop of the Italian pink marble walls of the Marble Hall was simply beautiful. For more details about this Museum District Richmond wedding venue, click here.
  9. Jefferson Hotel. Corinthian columns, glistening chandeliers, and stained glass throughout, this downtown Richmond wedding venue is rich in history as well as aesthetic. It is perfect for the couple in search of stately elegance, rich, vibrant colors, and ornate architectural features. As a hotel, the Jefferson offers on-site guest accommodations, bride and groom getting ready locations, and the wedding and ceremony space all in the same building. For more information about the gorgeous Jefferson Hotel wedding venue, click here.
  10. The Boathouse at Sunday Park. Dave and I had the privilege of being Allison and Nick’s wedding photographers at this waterfront Virginia wedding venue. Their blush and burgundy outdoor Summer wedding featured the venue’s stunning Garden Pavilion that provided ample views of the Swift Creek Reservoir within an intimate setting and truly was the perfect backdrop for their vows and celebration. For more information on this picturesque Midlothian wedding venue, click here.

Quirk Hotel

The Mill at Fine Creek

Seven Springs Farm

The Estates at Independence Golf Club

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA)

The Boathouse at Sunday Park

Jefferson Hotel

Tuckahoe Plantation

Tuckahoe Women’s Club

The Renaissance


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