There are so many advantages to a more intimate wedding. First, you can invest in truly hosting your closest family and friends (the ones who will still be around a decade from now). You can invest in the most important aspects of the day (like exquisite photography!). You can go at a slower pace and enjoy relaxed and gorgeous images from your calm and smooth flowing day. 

You also have the advantage of planning for your space in a way that makes sense for your guest count. And there are so many special small wedding venues in Virginia ready to host your intimate affair.

I'm featuring just a few of my favorites on this page, but there are oh so many intimate wedding venues in Virginia. Be sure to check the venue report and wedding wire for more options.


"Whether it's an elegant elopement, a bridal portrait session or an intimate wedding day, small private Virginia wedding venues can offer the away-from-the-hustle day you've dreamed of"
- Michelle Lieb of Lieb Photographic 

Ava Laurenne Bride

Not only can you find the perfect wedding gown at Ava Laurenne Bride, but you can also book your intimate wedding day celebration there!

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Pearmund Cellars

Pearmund Cellars in Fauquier County is a lovely small winery where you can host your intimate wedding day amongst the vines. There are all kinds of photo ops there so it serves as a perfect location for an engagement session as well.

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Waterperry Farms & Gardens

Formal gardens for days! Waterperry is a gorgeous venue nestled in the heart of Virginia wine country. It is simply stunning at any time of year!

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The Pink Dogwood

The Pink Dodwood is a lovely intimate venue at the home of a florist. Your florals can come as part of the package. There is also a set of train tracks behind the property where the occasional train might make a visit.

Should we both get ready at our intimate Virginia wedding venue?


Absolutely! If the venue has the space for it, then make it easier by getting ready there. Or at least meet me there for the final touches. If you get ready off site, just wait to put on the dress until you get there. 


Where do you recommend taking our family portraits?

My favorite locations for family portraits will depend on lighting. If possible, I will do a site visit prior to the wedding day to determine some of the best spots. I especially take note of backgrounds and lighting. When we work on your timeline and you complete your group shots lists, we will have a good idea as to the best time and pace.

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. 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 as long as you have a plan B in place prior to the day, your day will still be as lovely as ever. View highlights from a rainy wedding day on a private estate HERE.

Should a bride consider bridal portraits in advance of the day?

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 some of my favorites HERE. And be sure to search the blog for "bridal portraits" to see many more.

Do you recommend any other vendors for my intimate Virginia wedding venue?

Yes I do! I have a wonderful and exclusive list of preferred wedding professionals. 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 an intimate Virginia wedding venue or elsewhere,  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 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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