"Just 50 miles outside D.C., Airlie transports you to a world filled with rich history, heartwarming Virginian hospitality and an unspoiled countryside setting spread out across 300 highly photographable acres in quaint Fauquier County. So it’s no wonder the Washingtonian declared Airlie 'The Most Romantic Ceremony Site We Have Ever Seen.'

You and your guests will dine on food that’s not just pasture-to-plate, but harvested directly from Airlie's own farm so every bite crackles with flavor. Overnight guests get pampered in well-appointed accommodations at one of the notable Historic Hotels of America. And their dedicated events team ensures everything runs smoothly—from your heart-fluttering walk up the aisle to the very last dance of the night." - Airlie

And as you walk the grounds of Airlie, I’ll capture photos that will grace your home for decades to come. I will record your preparations, your first look, your family...as well as capture images of you dancing for the first time as husband and wife in the Pavilion.

You’ll always remember how beautiful your day truly was at Airlie.


"Imagine your wedding day filled with all the historic charm of Virginia along with the enchantment of Europe. From the Spanish Steps to the Butterfly Garden to the Formal Gardens and the boxwood labyrinth, Airlie has it all! Welcome to Airlie"
- Michelle Lieb of Lieb Photographic 

The Spanish Steps

The Spanish Steps at Airlie provide a gorgeous backdrop for photos of the bride and groom as well as family and bridal party portraits. They look amazing any time of year!

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Butterfly Garden

The butterfly garden is such a romantic spot for a first look! It's gazebo, fresh blooms, cherry trees, stone gate and yes...butterfly bushes, make it the perfect spot for romantic portraits as well!

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The Formal Gardens

These formal gardens are full of so many incredible spots! I can't say enough about this location...truly it's like an enchanted fairy tale garden. Airlie's formal gardens make the perfect place for your ceremony as well.

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The Lake & the Airlie House

The lake and the Airlie house are also two incredible draws at Airlie. The historic house, the "love" sign, and the stone bridge make for some romantic portraits!

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The Pavilion

The Pavilion is the perfect spot to dance the night away. It's designed in the round with plenty of room to comfortably accommodate your guests.

Should we both get ready at Airlie?


Absolutely! There are several suites you can reserve for the night before through your wedding day. I do have my preference as to which one is better (for photographs). I'm happy to help all my booked couples in choosing which one! There are also great options for the men, including the groom's cottage.


Where do you recommend taking our family portraits?

My favorite locations for family portraits are on the Spanish Steps and in the formal gardens. But much of this depends on the time of day and season. I'm open for other locations so long as the lighting scenario is complimentary. Ask me to view a full day's wedding gallery so you can multiple locations for family and group portraits! View these HIGHLIGHTS.

What time should we schedule our ceremony to begin?

I work very closely with you and your wedding planner to ensure that you start your ceremony with enough time for the images prior as well as time for golden hour portraits and a steady reception start time. Before you set a start time, let's chat about sunset for your time of year and your wedding day priorities. Airlie has a lot of ground to cover and I know the best ways there to maximize your time. View a perfectly time wedding day HERE.

What if it rains on my wedding day?

No one wants rain on their wedding day! But if it does rain, your day will still be perfect and your images will be stunning! I have photographed on rainy days and very cold days at Airlie and I know all the choice locations as well as plan B, C, D and E! Your day will still be as lovely as ever. View highlights from a rainy wedding day HERE.

Should a bride consider bridal portraits at Airlie?

A thousand times YES! A bridal portrait session provides the opportunity for a bride to prepare for her Big Day with a private session devoted just to her. Bridal portraits do not always happen at golden hour on the wedding day, so a session months prior to the big day provides those gorgeous images in the prettiest light of the day. And they make the BEST surprise wedding day present for the groom! Peruse an example HERE. And be sure to search the blog for "bridal portraits" to see many more.

Do you recommend any other vendors at Airlie?

Yes I do! I have a wonderful and exclusive list of preferred wedding professionals. Many of them are familiar with Airlie. I provide all of my booked couples with a comprehensive online bridal guide complete with preferred professionals. I'm glad to help match you with the vendors who could be the perfect fit for your style and budget. Find out more about my process HERE.

Meet Michelle


I understand that you want photographs you can't stop looking at because they capture an authentic joy encased in a romantic, classic image of you at your best moments together. That's why I plan to be fully present with you, listening to your questions and your vision, encouraging you and showing you how beautiful you are together. Serving you well and creating a curated collection of fine art images of your favorite moments is at the heart of what I do. I want to bless you by making this process fun, simple and enjoyable. My heart is to give you an incredible photographic experience from beginning to end. 

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Whether you’re getting married at Airlie or someplace in Virginia (or beyond!), I would love to be considered for your day. 

If you’re interested in working with me, the best way to reach me is by either filling out the form or sending an e-mail to michelle@liebphotographic.com with your wedding date and location. If you’ve filled out the form and haven’t heard from me in a few days, please email me directly.


I WOULD LOVE TO serve you on YOUR big DAY!

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